the ethical making Resource

The Ethical Making Resource presents up-to-date, reliable information about what ethical making means in jewellery and silversmithing, why it is important, and how makers can achieve a more ethical practice.

The Ethical Making Resource has been created primarily for jewellers and silversmiths, however the Resource is also for buyers and collectors who want to know what accreditation schemes exist and what questions to ask when it comes to sourcing ethically made jewellery and silver.

Ute Decker at the Scottish Goldsmiths Trust 2018 Symposium

About Us

The Ethical Making Resource has been created by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh, which administers the Edinburgh Assay Office, and is Scotland’s oldest consumer protection group. We have hundreds of years of experience in third-party, independent assessment and we are now applying that experience to one of the most important issues in the industry today; making ethically and sustainably in a global world.

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths is committed to helping makers on their journey towards ethical making. We do this through our annual Symposiums, a range of grants, and our Ethical Making Pledge with the Scottish Art Colleges. Learn more about these projects on the Incorporation of Goldsmiths website or by contacting us.

Our heartfelt thanks go to Ute Decker, who has fed over nine years of her own research, passion and commitment to excellence, into this Resource. Thank you also to our formal adviser, Dr Peter Oakley, Senior Tutor (Research) School of Arts and Humanities, Royal College of Art; to Greg Valerio MBE and to our panel of makers and industry leaders who have helped make the Resource fit for purpose.

We invite makers to send us questions or observations from their own ethical making journeys.

Banner Image Credit: Ute Decker | Page Image Credit: James Robertson