Unlike most gem and diamond mining, precious metal mining often creates toxic waste. Artisanal gold mining is the largest contributor to increasing mercury levels in our seas, not to mention the direct harm it causes to the miners and gold refiners that handle it. Mercury is a neurotoxin and can be very harmful to brain development. Its an environmental catastrophe that is building at an alarming rate.
Our goal is to increase joy while decreasing harm and for years we chose to use 100% recycled precious metals. It made sense, precious metals can easily be reused, and no new mining would be needed. While we still consider 100% recycled precious metals to be a more ethical alternative to standard, unknown origin gold, we no longer think it’s the most responsible choice for the environment, for our Earth. A good argument can be made to stop all gold mining and open the worlds vaults, so the tons of gold hidden away can be put into circulation however, this is not the reality we have. We must fastrack the development of cleaner mining practices.
Gold and other precious metals are, precious. They are of high value and will always be recycled, so by choosing 100% recycled gold a jeweller isn't actually increasing recycling. They are in-fact removing the recycled content from normal gold refining practices and this gap in the market is filled with more mined gold. Gold will continue to be mined whether a jeweller chooses to use 100% recycled gold or not, so its clear to see that choosing 100% recycled gold is not the answer to reducing the harmful effects of gold mining.
We believe Australian gold is the best choice for our customers, for our Australian jewellery business and for the environment. If, however you would prefer 100% recycled, Fairtrade certified, Fairmined or to reuse/recycle some of your own old gold please contact us and we can discuss different options. We are always available for discussion concerning Ethical/Sustainable jewellery as it’s our passion.