“I had a really great day and left feeling inspired by all the amazing speakers and buzzing with energy!”
The start of April saw our Making Impact Conference at Edinburgh College of Art. The conference was organised in collaboration with Fair Luxury and Edinburgh College of Art and welcomed a broad audience including jewellers and silversmiths, gemstone dealers and mining experts, students and academics.With over 15 different presentations and activities aimed at getting us all to think about how we can make an ethical impact in our work without having to compromise on design or quality, the day proved a great success. Guest speakers included Emily Auckland from the UK Stake Holders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), Vivienne Low from Fashion Revolution Scotland, Stuart Pool from GIA (Gemmological Institute of America) and PACT Tanzania Project. We also enjoyed hearing from jewellers Hannah Bedford and Stefanie Cheong about how they put ethical jewellery making in to practice.
We have been absolutely delighted to hear from so many of the attendees after the event about how they have been inspired to make changes in the way they work and we will be blogging about jewellers who are embracing ethical making, so please watch out for updates and keep checking our Ethical Making Resource which has a wealth of information in it.
Image by Arabel Lebrusán