Save The Date: Elements Festival of Jewellery, Gold & Silver 2017

Credits to Hazel Thorn


The Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull are delighted to confirm that Elements 3 – Festival of Jewellery, Gold & Silver, will take place from 2nd-5th November 2017 in the stunning showrooms of Lyon and Turnbull in Central Edinburgh.


Elements is a 4-day festival of gold and silver in Edinburgh produced by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull. The festival comprises of an exhibition, a varied programme of events and a selling fair showcasing some of the UK’s most exquisite work in silver and jewellery. The Incorporation and Lyon & Turnbull have a heritage of producing, exhibiting and selling work at the highest level. Most recently, six of Elements exhibitors were invited to participate at the American Craft Council Baltimore Show – one of Elements’ proudest moments! Head over to Elements gallery to see the talents previously exhibiting in the fair and for more information keep an eye on Elements website.


There makers who wish to exhibit at the 4-day selling fair in November can find more information and apply directly by filling in the online application form.

The deadline for designers to apply for the chance to exhibit at Elements is Friday 24th March. The selected exhibitors will be notified via email by Monday 3rd April.



Our First Ethical Jewellery Making Symposium – It’s In Our Hands

It’s in Our Hands – Symposium on the Future of Ethical Jewellery Making in Scotland


Greg Valerio, activist & jewellery designer, holding a Piece of FairTrade Gold


In partnership with the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, we held our first ethical jewellery symposium called ‘It’s in our Hands – The Future of Ethical Making in Scotland’, supported by a workshop on sustainable jewellery practices. The Symposium looked at issues of ethics in the jewellery industry, how and why to adopt an ethical jewellery practice. The designers and makers received advice on how to tell the story of their jewellery pieces in a more engaging way by adding value to their practice in a greener way. We had an incredible line-up of internationally renowned activists, jewellery makers and professionals in the luxury industry who offered a wide range of perspectives on the most important steps of setting up a sustainable fine jewellery business. These included Greg Valerio – pioneering ethical jewellery designer and activist who explained the differences between FairTrade, FairMined and recycled materials, Ute Decker – ethical jeweller and researcher whose website presents a wealth of information on suppliers, Karen Westland, jeweller and silversmith – participant at Elements – Edinburgh’s Festival of Jewellery, Gold & Silver who voiced the views of the makers’ community. Regarding the broader history of precious materials sourcing and its environmental and socioeconomic impact, Dr Peter Oakley from the Royal School of Art introduced international case studies on the history of precious metal mining, while ethical consultant, Vivien Johnston, pointed to the opportunity for innovation that our very own Scottish gold mine – Scot Gold in Tyndrum presents, and Marian Brown, founder of Ostrero – a circular economy information agency, shared more about the many opportunities in Scotland for companies adopting a Circular Economy model. Tim Rhode from Ingle & Rhode- the first green jewellery high-street retailer, presented convincingly the business case for brands to turn to eco jewellery designs. Mary Michel, Director of the Incorporation, finished off by discussing the components of the jewellery-making chain of custody and the importance of provenance when creating unique pieces. She advised designers to always approach their practice by questioning how their art pieces, their design and materials add to their unique story and distinctive mark.   



Symposium on Ethical Making

Karen Westland Studio 1

On Tuesday, 7th February 2017, the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design will be holding a free Symposium on Ethical Making at the University of Dundee. This is aimed primarily at jewellers and silversmiths, but we also welcome makers of all disciplines who have a particular interest in adopting an ethical approach in their practice.

Attendees will be able to interact with a fantastic panel of speakers, including:





Elements 2

Craig Stuart silversmith


The first ever Elements was a resounding success and we were overwhelmed by the positive feedback from both visitors and makers. The general consensus was that Elements is a much needed platform in Scotland for exquisite jewellery and silverware.

We are delighted to confirm that Elements will be returning this year from the 4th to 6th November at Lyon and Turnbull Auction House, 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh.



Outstanding Scottish Student of the Year 2015

The Outstanding Scottish Student of the Year Award


Naomi and Grant with her silver goblet
Naomi Scott – Outstanding Scottish Student of the Year Award for 2015/16


The winner of the Outstanding Scottish Student of the Year Award for 2015/16 was Glasgow School of Art student Naomi Scott, who created this beautifully crafted goblet, inspired by the movement of fabric.

Naomi was paired with talented silversmith, Grant McCaig and worked with him in his London studio to make the finished piece. Grant is also one of the ten makers who contributed to the Silver of The Stars collection, which was exhibited at Elements 1.


Success for Scottish Colleges in 2016


Kirsten MacGregor - Precious Metals Bursary
Image right: Mock design submitted by Kirstin MacGregor of Edinburgh College of Art


Scottish colleges have had a great start to 2016, winning seven out of a possible nine Precious Metal Bursaries from the Goldsmiths’ Company. Edinburgh College of art secured 4 of the awards, Glasgow School of Art were awarded two and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design won one.

This is a fantastic result for Scottish Colleges and Universities who are leading the way with jewellery and silversmithing courses. This follows on from the success at New Designers 2015 where the Scottish colleges were highly successful.