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Ethical Jewelry and Responsible Jewelry Practices: Part 2

This workshop is the second in a 3-part series. In Part 2, we ask “What is Ethical Jewelry?” - with an emphasis on solutions, we address notions relating to responsible sourcing, health/safety, mitigating waste production, responsible marketing, and packaging. The ethical jewelry practices explored in this series are essential for developing an action plan for small business owners to transform their jewelry practice into a socially and environmentally responsible business! During class, the instructor will guide participants to develop their personalised action plan to integrate responsible practices.

The first class session in Part 2 will focus on developing your business philosophy and identity, as well as building your action plan. The second class session will explore responsible jewelry practices throughout the lifecycle of a piece of jewelry.

Check out the class listing for Part 1 by clicking HERE.

Check out the class listing for Part 3 by clicking HERE.

Meet the instructor

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Christine is a Quebec based sustainable jeweller, gemmologist  and designer. She established her modus operandi on a quest for excellence and the importance of innovation. Working from her studio, she produces unique collections as well as highly personalised one-of-a-kind pieces. 

Graduating head of her class at Ecole de Joaillerie et des Métaux D’Art de Montreal Christine then underwent an apprenticeship with Robert Ackermann, a Swiss-German master jeweller. This apprenticeship proved to be a career changing experience, allowing her to bring the highest quality of skill to her work.

Christine has been an instructor in jewellery making and gemmology for the last 25 years and currently teaches at École de Joaillerie de Montréal. Her main objective is to advance her art and share her knowledge in the sciences of metallurgy and gemmology as well as to inform her students about the dire issues of sustainability in the jewellery industry. 2016 was a highlight in her teaching profession as she won the Niche award – Educator of the Year for North America.

After winning a design competition, Christine became the designer and manufacturer of the CALQ (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec) insignia, an honour awarded to Quebec artists for their talent and cultural contribution.

Most recently, she has won first prize in the 100 Fairmined Challenge in the Best Silver Collection category. 

Christine’s designs can be found in galleries and boutiques in Montreal sand Ottawa and have appeared in magazines such as Elle Quebec, Jewellery Business and Canadian Jeweller.  

Christine is a member of the prestigious Gem-A Gemmological Association of Great Britain. She is also a member of the ethical jewellery movement and a member of the Ethical Metalsmiths Association whose mission is to promote responsible jewellery practices through education, connection and action.

Materials & Tools

The instructor will cover course content thoroughly during class, but students will have the opportunity during the course to purchase a course text - Ethical Jewellery and Responsible Jewellery Practices - written by the instructor. 

Students should bring
  • notepad and note taking implements

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