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.


Silver of the Stars Exhibition

Silver of the Stars

Silver of the Stars, the internationally renowned showcase collection celebrating Scotland’s outstanding reputation for contemporary silver and design, will be exhibited as part of Inspired 2017 and London Craft Week at London’s Goldsmith Centre between Wednesday 3 May and Saturday 6 May 2017.
Silver of the Stars is a sparkling collection of contemporary silverware created by some of the best Scottish craftsmen and women and combines ancient techniques and craftsmanship with superb artistry and new engineering solutions. The collection, which was designed in collaboration with world-famous Scottish actors, writers and musicians, including Sean Connery and Ewan McGregor, has been touring for more than 10 years around the world.


The ten drinking vessels, created in response to the theme “a drink with a close friend”, make up Silver of the Stars include a vintage car-inspired whisky set for actor Robbie Coltrane; a diamond bejewelled teapot for singer Sharleen Spiteri and a rolling teapot for Billy Connelly.

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 Symposium

It’s In Our Hands – The Future of Ethical Making in Scotland


Greg Valerio, activist & jeweller, presenting the story of gold


In partnership with the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, the Incorporation of Goldsmiths held their first ethical jewellery symposium titled ‘It’s in our Hands – The Future of Ethical Making in Scotland’. The Symposium addressed key issues in the jewellery industry, why and how to adopt an ethical jewellery practice.

We learned how an ethical approach adds value to your product and makes for a more authentic story to tell your customers about where and how their jewellery was made. Speakers included Greg Valerio MBE, pioneering ethical jeweller and activist; Ute Decker, ethical jeweller and researcher; Karen Westland, jeweller and silversmith, regarding the broader history of precious metal sourcing and its environmental and socioeconomic impact, Dr Peter Oakley from the Royal College of Art introduced international case studies in the industry, while ethical consultant, Vivien Johnston, pointed to the transparent supply chain that the Scotgold mine in Tyndrum presents, and Marian Brown, co-founder of Ostrero, a circular economy social enterprise, presented the opportunities in Scotland for companies adopting a Circular Economy model. Tim Ingle from Ingle & Rhode, ethical jewellery brand, presented the business case for brands to turn to ethical jewellery making and the benefits of investing in this niche market as a maker. Mary Michel, Director of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, finished off the presentations by discussing the components of the chain of custody and the importance of provenance in the jewellery supply chain.

The symposium was supported by a workshop on sustainable jewellery practices led by two proponents in ethical jewellery, Greg Valerio and Ute Decker. The workshop gave attendees practical advice on how to improve their practice including how and where to source responsibly mined metals and stones.



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: