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  • Ethical Gold: Why Manufacturing Methods Matter

Oakley, Peter, 2019, Conference or Workshop, Ethical Gold: Why Manufacturing Methods Matter at The Goldsmiths' company Jewellery Materials Congress 2019, London, 8-9 July 2019.

Abstract or Description:

The presentation focused on intersections between gold manufacturing technologies and the rise of new social aspirations and expectations around buying, selling and owning gold. It presented a brief history of the development and current use of the term ‘ethical gold’ and related phrases (i.e. fair trade gold, Fairtrade gold, Fairmined gold, responsible gold, non-conflict gold and mercury-free gold) being employed to impart a moral register to specific types of provenance. It then considered how these expectations and demands impact on gold manufacturing practices, such as refining, alloying, stock production and jewellery and watch manufacturing. The presentation concluded by considering how a meaningful dialogue between the gold industries and NGOs was being hampered by the use of incommensurate language as well as divergent notions of what constitutes ethical practice.

Official URL: https://www.assayofficelondon.co.uk/events/the-gol...
Subjects: Other > Social studies > L600 Anthropology
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts > W720 Metal Crafts > W721 Silversmithing/Goldsmithing
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Funders: AHRC and RCA Research Development Fund
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2019 10:11
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 15:11
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4009
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