– ETHICAL PROMISE  –

Recycled Gold and Silver

 

We strive to be ethically and environmentally responsible so we use recycled gold and silver almost exclusively and here is why...

When I first learned about the atrocities that can occur in the mining of gold, I was shocked and upset. Something precious to me causing so much destruction.

 

Artisanal miners are at the end of a very long supply chain, often working illegally without rights, so we don’t always hear about their stories: miners not being paid enough to feed their families; working in mines that are unsafe, leading to deaths and injuries; as well as working with dangerous chemicals, such as mercury, that harms them and their children and the natural ecosystems around them.

And as if that’s not enough, gold mining in particular, is one of the most environmentally destructive types of mining because 20 tons of ore are required to produce enough gold for a single ring.

 

I wish to be part of the solution to this, not the problem. Therefore I use recycled gold and silver in my work and hunt out suppliers that feel the same as me.

 

What next?

Currently we are not able to source some components and findings, like earring backs and chains, from recycled sources. We are working with our suppliers to increase the availability of these.

 

 

Quality and Origin

 

Recycled metals are made from existing jewellery, industrial metals or electronics and are refined back to their pure elements by removal of impurities. The result is chemically identical material to newly mined metals, and precious metals can be recycled repeatedly without any loss of quality. So rest assured that there is no compromise with buying recycled, only good reasons.

 

 

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