A New Perspective on Fair Making

Each year, an exhibition is displayed at Elements to complement the selling fair and events programme. The 2018 exhibition, Perspectives: Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future, has been curated by Fair Luxury and the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, and will be on view for the duration of the Festival.

Featuring a range of works that consider the concept of fair making, the exhibition will cast a fresh light on what terms such as ethical luxury can mean and the ways in which we can create jewellery for a fairer future.

Perspectives 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.


Eileen Gatt. Balance Bowls.


Elements makers unveiled

The exhibitors have been unveiled for Elements 4, our annual festival celebrating the finest UK jewellery, silver and gold, which will be held in Edinburgh in October.

This year’s event will also feature an exhibition dedicated to sustainable making entitled Perspectives: Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future.

Elements, which runs from 19 to 21 October, is now firmly established as one of the most innovative and exciting opportunities to see and buy high quality handmade jewellery and silversmithing by designers from Scotland and elsewhere in the UK.

This year there will be 50 makers and designers selling work at the festival – with around half coming from Scotland including makers Heather Woof, Linda Lewin and Misun Won. Makers from elsewhere in the UK include Daphne Krinos, Sarah Herriot, and Brett Payne.

View the full list of exhibitors here.


The Future of Ethical Making is Bright

On Wednesday 28 March 2018 more than 200 makers, educators, students, suppliers and campaigners gathered in Edinburgh for an important day in the history of ethical making in Scotland.

After our first, hugely successful Ethical Making Symposium in 2017, we have been working to promote meaningful conversations about ethical making in Scotland and to create real change for the future. Our second Symposium, It’s In Our Hands – One Year On, began with the launch of our brand new Ethical Making Resource and with the signing of an Ethical Making Pledge.


Incorporation Director, Mary Michel (left) and college representatives. Image by Colin Hattersley.


Introducing the Outstanding Student Award winning goblet of 2017

Each year the Incorporation of Goldsmiths runs the Outstanding Student Award for students of jewellery and silversmithing courses.

Scottish art colleges offering jewellery and silversmithing courses at HND level or higher are invited to take part by submitting one student’s design for a goblet, and the winner then paired with an established silversmith to create the goblet.

The 2017 winner, Glasgow School of Art student Rowan Berry, was paired with celebrated silversmith Michael Lloyd, and worked with him to produce her final piece.

Goblet by Rowan Berry. Image by Nick Strong.


Ethical Making Symposium

The Ethical Making Symposium will be held in March 2018. 

In partnership with the Precious Metals Workshop, the two-day programme (28-29 March) will take place at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Edinburgh. The Symposium is primarily directed at silversmiths and jewellers, who will learn about the impact of ethical making, how to adopt an ethical approach, and how to communicate the value of ethical making to buyers.

Scottish Gold samples from the Scotgold mine at Tyndrum


Did you know that gold is ethically mined right here in Scotland?

At the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, we believe that Scotland is home to the best designers and makers in the world.

Through our work to promote the importance of ethically sourced precious metals, we also know that Scottish makers are passionate about ensuring that the materials they work with have been ethically produced.

This is just one of the reasons it’s so exciting that gold is now being commercially mined in Scotland. The gold mined at the Cononish Gold Mine is ethically mined and processed, and great care has been taken to ensure that the local environment remains undamaged.

Director of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, Mary Michel, had the opportunity to accompany Assay Master and Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Assay Office, Scott Walter, on a routine visit to the Cononish Mine to learn about the process that Scottish gold goes through from discovery through to refinement.

After a stunning drive through the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Mary and Scott arrived the Cononish site, near Tyndrum. They were pleased to see that although the mine is visible, it didn’t mar the landscape of the National Park.