Fresh Perspective on Ethical Luxury at Festival of Jewellery

Gold Chloride Silver Bowl, Sandra Wilson

Elements 4, the festival of jewellery, silver and gold, is an opportunity for anyone who loves jewellery and silversmithing to see and buy work by leading designers from Scotland and elsewhere in the UK, and this year at the heart of the festival is the exhibition Perspectives – Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future,

Eco Balance Bowls, Eileen Gatt

Part of a wider drive to make Scotland a world-leader in ethical jewellery making and silversmithing, the exhibition aims to raise awareness of issues in the metal, stone and jewellery industries, such as unfair working practices, environmental damage and health and safety risks, while also exploring the many ways makers and consumers can choose to engage with fair making.

The ground breaking research that is happening in Scotland is highlighted by the work of Dr Sandra Wilson, who is developing technologies to extract gold from electronic waste, and Dr Katharina Vones, who is transforming ocean plastics into a new filament for 3D printing.

Highland jeweller Eileen Gatt, who is currently transforming a former post office in Munlochy on the Black Isle into a centre for ethical making and design, presents two eco balance bowls which feature a ladybird and bee balanced on the lips representing two of the many species of wildlife whose survival is at a tipping point. Other jewellers and silversmiths in the exhibition include Dorothy Hogg, Amanda Li Hope, Karen Westland, Sheila Fleet and Kyosun Jung.

It builds on a major initiative by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh and Scotland’s art schools to develop the world’s first Ethical Making Pledge to ensure that all jewellery and silversmithing students have a thorough knowledge of ethics and sustainability.

The exhibition is curated by Rachel Sweeney, a founder of Fair Luxury, an independent UK-wide group drawn from all areas of the industry, and is hosted by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh and Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers.

See & Buy: Elements 4, A Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold, and Perspectives – Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future
19-21 October 2018
Lyon & Turnbull
33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3RR
11am to 6pm daily
Entry to the fair is by catalogue and costs £5 (allows unlimited access for the duration of the festival). Under 16s free admission.

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