07 Jun '11, 4pm

Cool (and ethical) jewels at #londonjewelleryweek

Cool (and ethical) jewels at #londonjewelleryweek

From blood diamonds to mining with mercury and terrible working conditions, jewellery has long been regarded as one of the least ethical parts of the fashion business. Destruction of coral reefs, widespread pollution and the terrible toll taken on the denizens of third world countries rich in minerals all make up part of the rap sheet amassed by the jewellery industry. Latterly, green designers have made a stab at replacing serious jewels with natural materials such as shells, polished wood and recycled rubbish. Not surprisingly, their impact on the mainstream jewellery market has been limited to say the least. But that could all be about to change. The launch of the world’s first ever Fairtrade certified gold back in February represented a sea change in the jewellery industry and for the first time ever, put the needs of artisan miners first. $137.5bn was spent globally o...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/clothing/9...

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