What is the future of diamonds? This question will be the focus of a leading panel of jewellery and sustainability experts from British Vogue and The Fashion Debates during this special evening talk.
The rise in the manufacture of lab grown diamonds and ever evolving techniques for their creation is beginning to impact the traditional diamond sector. Moderated by Nina Sophia-Miralles, Editor of Londnr Magazine at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, a panel of leading experts:
Philippa Durell, former jewellery editor of Tatler and contributing editor of Vogue & GQ
Olivia Pinnock, Fashion Journalist and Founder of The Fashion Debates
Laura Chavez, Founder & Managing Director of Lark & Berry
Dr Karen Smit, Research Scientist at the GIA laboratory in New York
Nina-Sophia Miralles, founder and editor of Londnr Magazine
will discuss the current state of the diamond industry and the differences between mined and lab grown diamonds. They will explore how our cultural opinion of diamonds is shifting as a result of these changes and what needs to be done to ensure a sustainable future for the industry.
When will the talk start?
Exchange innovative ideas and network with your peers with a glass of wine, a beer or soft drink from 6pm. The talk starts at 6.30pm.
Who are the speakers?
Laura is the founder of Lark and Berry, a cultured diamond jewellery brand. Her brand launched early 2018, following her frustration at not being able to find affordable, high quality jewellery that guaranteed ethically mined diamonds. She finally found her solution in lab grown gems. The line is designed by world-renowned jewellery designer Katie Rowland and has been worn on the red carpet by Halima Aden, Martha Hunt and Michaela Coel to name a few. Lark and Berry is available globally online and at their standalone store in the heart of Marylebone, London.
Pip is a writer, editor and stylist, who has previously worked for a variety of heavyweight publications including Vanity Fair, Vogue, Tatler. She started her career as a fashion assistant and later moved onto becoming the Jewellery & Watch Editor at Tatler. She has worked as on editorials with some of the biggest designer brands and heritage names in the industry and is a consultant to jewellery brands worldwide.
Dr. Karen Smit
Karen is a research scientist at the GIA laboratory in New York. Her area of research and expertise is diamond geology and since joining GIA in 2014, she has been closely involved in researching the origin of natural diamonds and their color treatments. She has studied natural diamonds from deposits around the world, including Ellendale, Australia; Zimmi, Sierra Leone; Marange, Zimbabwe; and Victor, Canada. She earned a master’s in geochemistry from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2008 and a PhD in geology from the University of Alberta, Canada in 2013.
Olivia has covered the fashion industry for the likes of Forbes, Drapers and The Future Laboratory, regularly exploring innovations and developments in sustainability. In May 2016 she launched The Fashion Debates, a series of panel discussions covering ethical issues affecting the industry from the health of models to vegan fashion to the lack of diverse beauty ideals and the environmental pollution caused. She is also a lecturer in fashion journalism, branding and communication.
Nina-Sophia is the founder and editor of Londnr Magazine, a print and digital publication which launched in 2015. Londnr’s focus is discerning journalism covering the arts, culture, fashion and lifestyle in the capital, with an emphasis on supporting the creative industries. Londnr Events is a cultural programme of events hosted by Londnr Magazine focusing on thought-provoking discussions and insights from industry leaders.