I am passionate about only using ethical, recycled gold for my jewellery and always have been. It causes the least damage to the planet, and it creates jewellery just as beautiful as directly mined gold. But this post is not just a way of saying 'buy from me' but trying to explain why ethical gold is so important to our planet, and how much damage mined gold is doing.
From this recent article on BBC News which is well worth a read, you can see how gold production has increased and profits have soared which makes it so much more tempting for large companies to mine wherever they can for gold, even if they do a huge amount of damage. After all, worldwide we spend an enormous £135bn a year on gold jewellery. But gold is now so popular that even the soil beneath tropical forests is frequently mined, stripping the forests bare and polluting the waters and atmosphere with mercury.
When you're considering buying a gold engagement or wedding ring (or other type of jewellery) probably the last thing on your mind is where the gold came from, but it should and needs to be, as you are the only ones who can help stop this pilfering of our planet by insisting wherever possible on ethical, recycMens Recycled Gold Ethical Ringled gold which causes so much less damage than mined gold and is just as beautiful.
Fairtrade gold was introduced into the UK in 2011 but many still do not know what that means, and in fact that although it helps the miners and does less damage, you're still talking about mined gold, which is what we need to avoid.
Recycling gold takes old jewellery and gold pieces, cleans them totally of any additions to make them pure gold again, and then new pieces can be created from the result. Yes there are some processes that the gold has to go through to make it pure, but these processes cannot be compared with the damged and pollution caused by mining.
'The FF (Fairtrade Foundation) estimates that if 50,000 couples chose Fairtrade-certified gold wedding rings, £650,000 could be generated to help the poorest mining communities in the world transform their lives, health and working conditions and support community projects such as schools.' The Guardian Jan 2014
If couples or individuals buying gold jewellery asked where the gold was sourced and then refused to buy anything other than recycled gold, of which there is a plentiful supply, it would, yes, damage the mining business (and perish that thought of course) but it would make an enormous difference to the planet.
So give a thought, the next time you buy a piece of gold jewellery, to seeking ethical, recycled gold. Hard to come by? Definitely, but saving our planet? Most certainly.