Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has announced a new collaboration with luxury analyst Paola De Luca, to deliver three complementary course programmes about sustainability, recycling and responsible materials management to jewellery designers around the world.
The webinar modules, endorsed by the RJC, will take place on 20 October, 3 November and 24 November, 2021.
The courses will cover areas relevant to designers such as how to create a sustainable and responsibly managed supply chain of metals, gemstones and other materials, recycling, repurposing and re-design of products and services.
It will also cover “circular design” and the circular economy, applying the three pillars of sustainability, “people, planet and profits” to more conscientious and responsible jewellery design and case studies of jewellery design inspirations for the sustainably minded consumer.
The courses, which will receive a certificate of completion from the RJC, will aim to encourage designers to join the RJC community.
De Luca said: “The Millennial and Gen Z jewellery consumer is demanding ever higher standards and responsible supply chains. These courses are designed to present to jewellery designers the steps they should take to meet the new demands of sustainability in a circular economy where recycling and responsible materials management are essential.
“The Futurist aims to inspire designers by ‘doing the right thing’: taking responsibility by creating a circular vision as a movement that dramatically makes a change in the jewellery industry and other sectors.”
Iris Van der Veken, executive director of the RJC, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with The Futurist and CIBJO, World Jewellery Confederation on the sustainability courses especially targeted to designers. Education is critical to advance the sustainability agenda.
“Designers are the future of creativity, and we look forward to building a strong programme to help them integrate sustainability at the core of their concept thinking and business strategy.”