Peter Oakley

Research Lead for the School of Material at the Royal College of Art and an affiliate writer at Benchpeg.

For the past four years he has been researching the European jewellery industry and its supply chains,with a particular focus on the perceptions and practices surrounding uses of gold. Fieldwork included training as a precious metal assayer, engagement with emerging technologies relating to jewellery and following the development of new ethical sourcing initiatives. He has given presentations on ethical gold and its impact on designers, manufacturers and retailers for the Goldsmiths’ Company, International Jewellery London and the Sustainable Luxury Forum inLausanne. He also regularly writes on ethical issues affecting the jewellery industry for Benchpeg.


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