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Development Diamonds

December 10th, 2013

DEVELOPMENT DIAMONDS Ethical Metalsmiths interview with Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) Introduction: Diamonds are often a focal point in jewelry and despite this spotlight role they are also the most mysterious and challenging material to trace, especially when mined artisanally. While their mine to market traceability is an essential first […]

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A Call to Jewelers, Artists, And Artisans PART 3 (of 3): The Body Politic

June 25th, 2013

ETHICAL METALSMITHS DIALOGUES: A VOICE FOR ETHICS IN JEWELRY Ethical Metalsmiths has partnered with the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) to encourage dialogue about the ethical implications of jewelry. Essays by EM members will be engaging, challenging and hopeful. The topics will range from visionary to practical. Writers for this series are professional jewelers, […]

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A Call to Jewelers, Artists, And Artisans PART 2 (of 3): The Miner’s Gift

June 25th, 2013

ETHICAL METALSMITHS DIALOGUES: A VOICE FOR ETHICS IN JEWELRY Ethical Metalsmiths has partnered with the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) to encourage dialogue about the ethical implications of jewelry. Essays by EM members will be engaging, challenging and hopeful. The topics will range from visionary to practical. Writers for this series are professional jewelers, […]

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A Call to Jewelers, Artists, And Artisans PART 1 (of 3): Makers of Things Great and Small

May 12th, 2013

ETHICAL METALSMITHS DIALOGUES: A VOICE FOR ETHICS IN JEWELRY Ethical Metalsmiths has partnered with the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) to encourage dialogue about the ethical implications of jewelry. Essays by EM members will be engaging, challenging and hopeful. The topics will range from visionary to practical. Writers for this series are professional jewelers, […]

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An Urgent Appeal For Your Support To Save The Fairtrade Gold Brand

September 24th, 2012

THIS IS A TIME SENSITIVE POST! Dear Jewelers, Metalsmiths and Concerned Citizens, We need your help. The Alliance for Responsible Mining and Fairtrade International have put forth proposed standards that call for selling Fairtrade and Fairmined gold that is mixed with gold coming from other “responsible” sources.  You can review the proposal on pages 86 […]

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Radical Jewelry Makeover – Boone, NC!!

September 17th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jody Servon servonjm@appstate.edu 828.262.7338 Catherine J. Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University Presents the Radical Jewelry Makeover Boone, NC—September 6, 2012—The Catherine J. Smith Gallery (CSG) at Appalachian State University (ASU) and Ethical Metalsmiths (EM) presents Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM). We are seeking donations of old, unwanted jewelry for a community […]

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CEO of Responsible Jewellery Council Responds To Letter From Ethical Metalsmiths and Fair Jewelry Action

July 30th, 2012

NOTE TO READERS: This post is the response that EM and FJA received from the Responsible Jewellery Council to their open letter signed by 154 jewelers and interested parties. I reply to the Open Letter which Ethical Metalsmiths and Fair Jewelry Action sent to the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Alliance for Responsible Mining, which […]

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ARM and FLO Respond To Ethical Metalsmiths and Fair Jewelry Action Letter

July 30th, 2012

NOTE TO READERS: This post is the response that EM and FJA received from the Alliance for Responsible Ming and Fairtrade Foundation to their open letter signed by 154 jewelers and interested parties. RJC Recognition of Part A of the Fairtrade and Fairmined Standard for Artisanal and Small Scale Miners We have recently received concerns […]

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An Open Letter to RJC and the ARM signed by 152 jewelers, organizations and civil society groups

July 6th, 2012

An Open Letter to The Responsible Jewellery Council and the Alliance for Responsible Mining We, the undersigned, are writing to express our concerns in regards to the Fairtrade and Fairmined gold label, in context to the current relationship between the Alliance for Responsible Mining and the Responsible Jewellery Council.  We are concerned about how this […]

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Sustainability Grant Transforms F.I.T. Jewelry Program

May 8th, 2012

Changing old habits isn’t easy. But systemic change, that offers new and more sustainable approaches, can alter the way jewelry students do basic tasks, ultimately breaking a cycle of waste. By Lauren Pineda The Jewelry Design Department of the Fashion Institute of Technology was awarded a  Sustainability Grant in March of 2011. Our original proposal […]

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