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ethical policy

 

"Jewellery that makes a powerful statement.
This sculptural jewellery by Ute Decker
sets a shining ethical example"
Fincnacial Times, How to Spend It

 

 

Ethos

Ute Decker is a leading proponent of the international ethical jewellery movement and one of the very first jewellers in the world to create a collection in Fairtrade Gold.

Only the finest sustainable materials are selected to hand-craft each individual piece in her London studio; either 100% recycled or predominantly Fairtrade Silver and Fairtrade Gold sourced from the Sotrami artisanal mining cooperative in the highlands of Peru.

The internationally exhibited wearable sculptures created by jewellery artist Ute Decker offer a vision of the one genuine modern-day luxury, in the form of a unique dedication to artisanal method, sustainability, provenance and distinct, original collectable art.

They tell powerful stories of craftsmanship and mindful living, offering a compelling sense of authenticity, simple sophistication and of a passionate vision.

Committed to best practice in all areas, she has developed a comprehensive social & environmental policy from mine to jewellery box.

Furthermore, Ute Decker is regularly invited to share her expertise in talks, seminars and articles.


read about Ute’s background & philosophy >

 

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Fairtrade Gold

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Fairtrade Silver

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Fairtrade Ecological Gold

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100% recycled gold

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100% recycled silver

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non-toxic studio chemicals

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eco-friendly packaging

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eco-friendly print materials

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carbon neutral web hosting

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100% renewable energy supplier (at office, sadly not available at Cockpit Arts studios)

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Eco-friendly cleaning recommendations for your jewellery

 

 

Fairtrade Gold pieces by Ute Decker:

  • chosen by Zaha Hadid as a Goldsmiths’ Fair highlight

  • in art jewellery fair at Museum of Art & Design, NYC

  • represented at Design Basel
    by gallery Elisabetta Cipriani and formerly by gallery Didier

  • in current Crafts Council touring exhibition 

  • Victoria & Albert Museum has recently acquired the very first piece in Fairtrade Gold; the sculptural statement ring ‘Curl’ by Ute Decker, unveiled in spring 2016

 

 

fairtrade gold_photography by cred jewellery

 

Your guarantee

 

Fairtrade Gold & Silver has the world’s most stringent traceability and transparency standards. Empowering artisanal mining communities thanks to social and environmental improvements.  Importantly, the system is fully audited by an independent 3rd party to offer consumers full confidence.

The Fairtrade Gold collection by Ute Decker reflects in its minimalist, clean and pure lines the purity of the gold’s provenance. Pieces are individually handcrafted as unique one-off pieces or in a limited edition series and feature the Fairtrade stamp next to the traditional hallmark, to guarantee the gold’s fair provenance in each piece.

 

 

 

Metal Sourcing

 

 

"Ute Decker is one of Europe's leading designer jewellers
and her commitment to Fairtrade Gold
is a great example to us all"
Greg Valerio

 

 

 

Use of Fairtrade metals means the world’s highest environmental & social & ethical standards:

  • Supports sustainable development
  • gender equality, child protection, labour, health & safety standards
  • fair access to market & producer support
  • improved environmental management
  • Fairtrade Premium for community and business improvement
  • Fully transparent and traceable supply chains

Fairtrade Gold logo - ute decker sculptural jewellery  Fairtrade Ecological Gold - ute decker architectural jewellery Fairtrade Silver - ute decker art jewellery, artist jeweller, jewellery artist, minimalist jewellery, contemporary jewellery

 

Working in Fairtrade Gold & Fairtrade Silver sourced via the Fairtrade system guarantees the world’s most advanced transparency through a fully traceable and independently monitored system far exceeding any other industry trade guidance, standards or legislation.

If Fairtrade Silver is not available, recycled silver is sourced from Capella, a refinery committed
to high ethical standards who is also a UK refiner approved for Fairtrade metals.

 

Sotrami Fairtrade Gold mine:


 

 

Green Studio

Ute Decker is committed to best practice in all areas, including:

  • materials and standards to be applied in sourcing
  • materials to avoid, reduce, replace/introduce
  • how water/energy use can be reduced
  • what waste streams can be reduced/recycled & how
  • chemicals that can be replaced with less harmful alternatives or use can be reduced
  • recycled & recyclable materials in packaging & printing

 

 

Sharing & training

 

 

"ute decker is one of the country’s leading exponents
on green practices in the workshop
and at the forefront of the new wave of jewellers
who are shaping the future of the jewellery trade"

Greg Valerio

 

 

Ute Decker works together with many organisation around ethics in jewellery:

  • Fairtrade licence holder (one of the very first)
  • Association for Contemporary Jewellery -  ACJ Advisory Panel, Ethical Advisor
  • Ethical Metalsmith, USA – associate member
  • ethical jewellers group,  Germany
  • Ethical Fashion Forum – associate member
  • Signatory, No Dirty Gold Campaign
  • FJA - Fair Jewellery Action, USA/UK

 

Talks, seminars & workshops include

  • universities & colleges
  • conferences & symposia
  • New Designers
  • Crafts Council
  • jewellery fairs
  • annual  in-depth seminar together with Greg Valerio (winner of Observer Ethical Award, awarded MBE in the Queens New Year’s Honour list 2016 for his work in Fairtrade Gold and with gold mining communities in South America and Africa)

 

 

Free online resource

Furthermore, Ute's website has become a focal point for information on ethical jewellery. It is probably the most comprehensive resource of this kind globally with tips on green bench practices, background information and a comprehensive list of ethical suppliers. 

Provided entirely for free by Ute Decker, her online resource is consulted by over 17,000 visitors each year. She also regularly shares her passion and information about ethical jewellery with her over 6000 Facebook “friends” all over the world. 

 

http://www.facebook.com/utedecker - has now reached the 5000 friend limited
please join me at new: http://www.facebook.com/utedeckerjewellery

 

 

Fairtrade gold jewellery by Ute Decker - sculptural jewellery, architectural jewellery

 

 


 


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