Over the course of the London Design Festival 2018, we will be opening the discussion on the provenance of Cox & Power jewellery – from sourcing our precious raw materials, through the design and making process at our Marylebone workshop studio and finally, the finished piece. In doing this, we hope to highlight the intricate journey of expert craftsmanship that is vital from start to finish in order to create jewellery that is both beautiful and sustainable.
This journey is illustrated by a series of photographs by renowned Magnum photographer Ian Berry, as seen at the ‘Fair Luxury Presents’ exhibition at the Goldsmiths’ Centre during last year’s London Design Festival. Berry’s poignant photographs show us how deeply connected the two worlds of mining and jewellery making must be in order to promote full transparency and greater sustainability in the world of craftsmanship and design.
Featuring highly skilled miners in Uganda alongside British artisanal designers at work – including our own Tony Power – Berry’s keen eye depicts the truly commendable craft of the goldminers as wholly equal to the artistry of the jewellers, conveying how both parties must communicate and work side-by-side in order to create exquisite precious jewels. Through this photo story we hope to help highlight the significance of why we are working towards a more equitable future for all those involved in the creation of a piece of jewellery.
Images copyright Ian Berry Magnum Photos