GOING FURTHER WITH GOLD
Gold’s and silver’s high value, and the ability to refine it over and over again, means the jewellery industry has always recycled precious metal, adding it in with newly mined metal.
It’s a no-brainer really!
So recycling gold has gone on for millennia. However recycling is only a very small part of the story - things really have to change much further for the benefit of people AND the planet.
WAKING UP TO FAIRTRADE GOLD
The most beautiful, luxurious and valuable items in the world are made by exploiting the most vulnerable people, working in unthinkably hellish conditions is an ugly reality that finally, thankfully, is impossible for the jewellery industry to ignore.
Thanks to campaigners and activists working in mining communities around the world, and the efforts made by a handful of companies deciding to do the right thing by helping artisanal miners set up safe working conditions in the mines, the industry is now slowly working waking up to its responsibilities.
More and more jewellers and consumers are demanding to know where the materials they are buying come from and how environmentally friendly and ethical are the processes used to extract and bring them to market have actually been.
REGISTERED AS A FAIRTRADE GOLDSMITH in since 2014
In 2014, I first registered as a Fairtrade Goldsmith, a scheme set up to enable small business designer/makers like myself to buy Fairtrade Gold to use in our designs.