Jewellery, and by extension jewellery crafting, is arguably one of the oldest forms of crafting. To call it ‘traditional’ seems somewhat of an understatement — the techniques and skills for creating jewellery at every level, be it polishing, goldsmithing, or bench-working, have trickled down throughout the years, and survived as both a craft and as antique jewellery pieces in the modern world. Few things in history can claim that level of longevity, and it’s hard not to get swept up in the grandeur of it all.

But, while its long and illustrated history is certainly one to maintain and cherish, it is important that the jewellery industry considers its current place and responsibilities among modern issues. Matters such as responsible sourcing, industry impact on the environment, and greener practices should be introduced into the sector at an educational level in order to see it embedded within jewellery-making processes.

Teaching Greener Lessons

It’s important to note that greener methods are actively sought by the next generation of workers who are currently at educational level. Nancy Diniz, course leader for Central Saint Martins’ new Biodesign Masters, stated, ‘[W]e are already witnessing an energetic movement of start-ups and young entrepreneurs focusing on developing products and services on circular design, zero waste, sustainable materials, and low-energy manufacturing’.

With this in mind, how should the jewellery industry integrate an environmentally aware message into its educational level to encourage new talent to prioritise better processes for the industry?

Jewellery designing is more than just creating visually beautiful pieces. It all starts with sourcing materials, and this where a greener method can be taught, whether it be through apprenticeship schemes or degree courses.

When sourcing materials, it is important to highlight the need for the jewellery industry to adapt to a more sustainable method. But, buying from verified sustainable sources can be challenging in this industry — as Forbes rightly reports — the supply chain from source to designer can be difficult to trace, with material passing through multiple hands before reaching the design phase.

Pushing for a better sense of transparency in a supply chain is one thing, but it will not happen overnight. What can designers do in the meantime? Well, there’s always recycled metals and gems as a raw material source to consider — particularly with recycled gemstones. This is a much greener practice than sourcing more from mines, and it’s also far better for the environment than to rely on synthetic gemstones.

The issue of synthetic gemstones in the jewellery industry is certainly no secret, but did you know about the environmental problems surrounding lab-grown gemstones? The process requires huge amounts of heat, especially for growing gemstones such as diamonds, requiring a significant amount of energy.

But, the level of carbon intensity needed for a lab-grown diamond is enormous, as is its impact on the environment. For comparison, a single, polish carat of synthetic diamond takes more than 500kg of CO2 to produce. But, a single, polish carat of natural diamond takes just over 150kg of CO2 to produce. Knowing the environmental impact of raw material choices is crucial, and needs to be integrated at an educational level for the jewellery industry to ingrain a sense of responsibility for its part in environmental matters.

Educating around environmentally friendly practices, greener innovations, and eco-awareness in jewellery is beneficial to a number of careers too. From seeking greener casting technology to improve the overall environmental impact, to being able to connect with customer demand for more ethical and environmentally-aware supply chains on the retail shop floor, it has never been more essential for the jewellery industry to do all it can to attain greener practises.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Sponsored Video

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page