Goldsmiths' Fair is barometer for artisanal jewel design tastes
* Fairtrade gold and silver jewels on show
* Rare gems include Brazilian Paraiba tourmalines
* East Europe, Middle East conflicts turn off luxury buyers
By David Brough
LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Goldsmiths' Fair has kicked off in London, providing a showcase for innovative jewellery designs and precious objects, revealing tastes for ethical jewels and rare colour gems.
As private collectors drank champagne and milled around the historic Goldsmiths' Hall on Tuesday evening, standout pieces included abstract sculptural jewels from Ute Decker, made from recycled and Fairtrade gold and silver.
"My jewels are a conversation piece," said Decker, wearing a huge twisted wiry necklace that can be transformed into different shapes.
The Fairtrade and Fairmined gold, from Colombia's Oro Verde mine, is extracted using sustainable processes that respect the environment.
Catherine Best presented an exquisite 241-carat opal, set in red, white and yellow gold, which she calls "The Flight of Dragons", and in line with a current industry vogue. Continuación...