Do you know what your jewelry is made of?


(c) ARM

More and more is being said about the need for sustainable sourcing of raw materials, organic crops, fair trade. Certainly you often buy coffee or chocolate with the Fair Trade stamp, bananas or avocado with a Bio sticker, T-shirts or organic cotton underwear. Or maybe you follow the zero-waste philosophy and try to reduce the waste generated to a minimum.

But are you aware of where it came from and how was gold obtained in your ring?

Precious metals - like gold and silver - are extracted on an industrial scale in a manner extremely invasive to the environment and harmful to people.

Do you know how many tons of soil you need to dig, how many hectoliters of toxic chemicals to use to get the gold needed to produce only one wedding ring? Extracting this amount of gold - a few grams - generates several tons of waste ...

We believe that it can be different! 

We believe that using the Earth's resources in a sustainable and responsible way, we can stop the destruction and give a chance for stabilization.

There are several ethical alternatives.

Urban mining

In short, it is simply recycling, ie recycling of raw materials from used products, buildings or waste. Gold and silver are used in the production of many electronic devices, and you can recover 100% of the raw material used.


Gold and silver from recycling.

Precious metals are ideal for recycling.

From ancient time, all filings, scrapings, worn or damaged elements were meticulously collected, then melted and refined to obtain pure ore.

And the best thing is that this process can be repeated virtually indefinitely, without reaching for the original resources of the Earth.

We are supporters of such a solution. We often use so-called „jewelry junk pile", i.e. old, damaged or unwanted jewelry in our work. We are eager to use material entrusted by the Clients by creating a new jewelry or we rework the old one in the spirit of up-cycling.

(c) Manuela Franco

Gold and silver with the Fairmined & Fairmined Ecological certificate.

Certified ores are mined (on a small scale) in craft mines that meet the stringent Fairmined standard. This standard ensures that the mines provide a worthy existence to local communities, contribute to their development as well as protect the environment and minimize damage.

Artisanal craft mines, extracting on a small scale, are usually informal or even illegal ventures of poor communities that do not have many economic alternatives. It is estimated that craft mining is a source of income for about 10 million people around the world. People, often children, work in terrible conditions, usually without any safety measures, exposed to poisonous chemicals. That's 90% of the entire workforce associated with precious metal mining, providing 10% of world production.

Thanks to the support of initiatives such as Fairmined (or Fairtrade), it is possible to improve their situation. By receiving a fair payment and organizational and legal support, they have the chance to free themselves from dishonest dependencies, satisfy basic needs and take care of themselves and their environment.

We use gold with the Fairmined certificate on the special order of our clients.

You can find out more about gold with the Fairmined certificate at www.fairmined.org

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