Ute Decker to exhibit Fairtrade gold collection
LONDON, May 7, 2011 – Ute Decker, one the world’s first jewellers to have launched a collection in Fairtrade and Fairmined gold, is exhibiting at Essence – the Ethical Jewellery Pavilion during London Jewellery Week in June.
In response to the rising interest in ethical jewellery and the buzz created by the launch of Fairtrade gold, Essence – the Ethical Jewellery Pavilion – now in its second year – will be a key event at the heart of London Jewellery Week’s main selling exhibition, Treasure, held in Bloomsbury, central London, from 10 – 12th June.
Ute Decker will exhibit the minimalist PURE collection in Fairtrade gold alongside her wearable sculptures in recycled silver for which she has already won international acclaim and been voted one of “Britain’s most inspirational jewellery designers of the year” in 2010.
Combining organic and minimalist dynamic forms with exquisite surface textures, Ute Decker creates striking jewellery art as individual and limited edition pieces imbued with timeless elegance.
Essence offers discerning jewellery lovers the exciting opportunity to be among the first to preview and commission a bespoke piece from Ute Decker’s PURE collection in the highly sought-after and still rare Fairtrade gold.
Her Fairtrade gold collection PURE reflects in its minimalist, clean lines the purity of the gold’s provenance.
The Fairtrade Ecological gold in which Ute Decker handcrafts her minimalist PURE collection is alluvial gold mined by artisanal miners without the use of chemicals.
A premium on the cost of gold from this collection will directly benefit the small artisanal mining community of Oro Verde in Colombia.
Pieces from Ute Decker’s PURE collection are available by commission in an individually handcrafted limited edition series and will feature the Fairtrade and Fairmined “jewel stamp” next to the traditional hallmarking.
The gold in the PURE collection comes from the Corporación Oro Verde, a collective of community, sustainability and environmental groups from the Choco region of Colombia.
Oro Verde has pioneered an environmentally sustainable, socially responsible form of artisanal mining that seeks to preserve the unique and vital virgin rainforest ecosystems while providing a fair, regular source of income to miners, their families and their communities.
Ute Decker has been invited to exhibit her PURE collection at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Fair in October and at Sieraad, the International Jewellery Art Fair in Amsterdam in November.
She is an official Ambassador of London Jewellery Week 2011.
ESSENCE – the Ethical Jewellery Pavilion at Treasure
London Jewellery Week
10 – 12 June 2011 – public days
9 June – trade only, VIP gala 6.30 – 9pm
Victoria House, Southampton Row
London WC1B 4DA