Marc Choyt is President and co-founder of Reflective Images Jewelry, a company focused on ethically sourced, handmade designer jewelry since 1995. He has published articles in trade and consumer publications and and on this website which he started 2007. He is a co-founder, with Greg, of Fair Jewelry Action.
Marc and his company have won awards over the years, from both industry and government. In 2013, he was recognized as one his states leaders in sustainability practices and in 2014, his company was honored by the City of Santa Fe for its triple bottom line practices.
He is currently working with Fairtrade to support the broad roll out of fairtrade gold in North America. He is also completing a book, The Circle Manifesto, which explores implementing regenerative business practices using the circle as a process model.
Greg Valerio is co-founder of Fair Jewelry Action, a fair trade jewellery activist, public speaker and journalist. He writes a regular ethics column for the UK’s National Association of Goldsmiths jeweler’s publication, The Jeweller. His articles, initiatives and interviews are posted on Fair Jewelry Action. He is the Founder of CRED Jewellery (1996-2009) and Founding board member of The Alliance for Responsible Mining(2005-2009) For his full bio please visit www.gregvalerio.com
He instigated and currently serves on the UK’s Jewellery Ethics Working group. He has worked alongside Fairtrade International to create a solid and systemic platform for the international success of Fairtrade certified gold, that has seen him work with miners, traders, manufacturers and retailers throughout the world. As the first international jeweller to establish traceable supply chains in gold, in partnership with Oro Verde in Colombia, he has extensive knowledge and experience in delivering ethical jewellery to customers and the jewellery trade.
Greg is well known in the international jewellery community as a provocative, direct and honest speaker and advocate for transparency and traceability throughout the jewellery profession.
Currently working on a cinema release documentary with Dartmouth Films on the secretive world of gold, and recently published a book entitled Making Trouble – Fghting for Fair Trade Jewellery, that documents Greg’s remarkable journey as the pioneer of ethical jewellery practices.
In June of 2011, Greg won top honors for Global Activist of the Year from the UK’s Sunday Observer for his pioneering effort to bring Fairtrade gold to the market.