Each year, an exhibition is displayed at Elements to complement the selling fair and events programme. The 2018 exhibition, Perspectives: Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future, has been curated by Fair Luxury and the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, and will be on view for the duration of the Festival.

Featuring a range of works that consider the concept of fair making, the exhibition will cast a fresh light on what terms such as ethical luxury can mean and the ways in which we can create jewellery for a fairer future.

Ebba Goring, Ada Pendant

Perspectives aims to raise awareness of issues in the metal, stone and jewellery industries, such as unfair working practices, environmental damage and health and safety risks, while also exploring the many ways makers and consumers can choose to engage with fair making.

The exhibition will shine a light on a range of approaches to fairly made jewellery, such as the provenance of metals and stones; the conditions in which makers and miners work; the environmental and social impact of creating the finished piece; and the importance of cultural craftsmanship.

Perspectives will give viewers a detailed picture of what fair making can look like and the possibilities it opens for both makers and buyers of jewellery and silver.

Ute Decker, Man Ray Spirals Ear Sculpture


There will be nine sections in the exhibition, each representing a different way to engage with fair making. The exhibition will feature works made in FairtradeFairmined and Recycled precious metals, as well as works that represent responsible sourcing of precious gemstones. Visitors will also be able to view work made with alternative materials such as repurposed rubber, plastics, and textiles.

The work of Dr Sandra Wilson, who is developing technologies to extract gold from electronic waste, and Dr Katharina Vones, who is transforming ocean plastics into a new filament for 3D printing, will also be on display, highlighting the ground breaking research that is happening in Scotland.

Eileen Gatt, Balance Bowls


Visit Elements from 19-21 October to see this thought provoking exhibition. Perspectives will include work by Eileen Gatt, Dorothy Hogg, Amanda Li Hope, Karen Westland, Sheila Fleet, Kyosun Jung and more.

You can read more about Dr Vones’ research on the Incorporation’s Ethical Making Resource.

Banner image: Sandra Wilson, Gold Chloride Silver Bowl