In jewellery, the new consumer trends are demanding products that are crafted, personal, and created with respect to the environment. This implies a sustainability strategy that takes into account the entire supply chain, from the extraction of metals to the packaging materials. Sustainable jewellery contains all the aspects that are necessary to know in order to start the path towards sustainability in the jewellery business, from the traceability of gems and metals, to the impact of the processes of purification, smelting, polishing, etc., and the ways to work with certified materials. The book includes case studies and interviews with international designers and firms who started the challenge of creating jewellery from an ethical and responsible perspective. With an introduction written by the jeweller and activist Greg Valerio, this book is a unique and essential guide for all those designers who want to bring their jewellery firm to a way that is ethical and respectful of the environment.
Jose Luis Fettolini is a jewellery designer and creative director with extensive professional experience. He has worked with large firms in the jewellery and fashion sectors. In the field of education, he collaborates with the prestigious Istituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona and runs Workshop R2, his own training platform, from which he teaches courses and seminars on design, brand creation and sustainability in the field of jewellery. As collaborator of the Fairmined (R) certification, he has advised artisans and mining communities on commercial development and entrepreneurship. Greg Valerio is British jeweller and activist who fights for a responsible mining and the use and commerce of eco-fair precious metals and stones. Greg Valerio is well known also as fair trade activist and has discussed strategies to develop fair trade with Human Rights Watch and the governments of Kenia and Uganda to improve the situation of small precious metal miners. For his work for the fair trade he has been awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elisabeth and an MBE and Gloria Vessey Honorary award by the University of Winchester for his services to social justice.