• Mon, Jun 11 2007

Recycled Jewelry?

We are all recycling, right? We separate our papers, plastics, and beyond. But have you ever thought about recycled jewelry?

gk ringI know of a few people who have had an older, maybe out of fashion gold ring, for instance, melted down and turned into something else. And this is a fine way to recycle it for ourselves. But I want to introduce you to a company that is taking this to the next level. The company is called GreenKarat. And their main objective is that in using recycled gold, it will slow down the need for such harsh mining.

GreeKarat explains “Effecting Change through Recycled Gold”:

Gold is a very versatile metal. It is malleable and ductile. It’s a good conductor of heat and electricity, immune to tarnish, and resistant to acids. Although these properties make it very useful in industrial applications, 80% of the gold used each year nonetheless goes into jewelry.

While gold is valuable enough to provide an incentive to recycle, significant amounts of gold sit idle, while mining continues at a pace of 2,500 tons a year. In fact, there is enough gold above ground (already mined) to satisfy all demands of the jewelry industry for the next 50 years. Much of it sits in bank vaults and in the form of old and unused jewelry.

greenKarat believes that consumers have the ability to demand the liberation of that idle gold through their purchasing decisions. Demand for recycled gold, in conjunction with campaigns to clamp down on ecologically and socially unacceptable mining, holds the potential to effect change. Because this methodology helps societal custom work in concert with principles of commerce, it can be embraced by consumers and producers alike, and therefore result in sustainable change.

Buying recycled gold is one of the most ecologically and socially responsible choices a consumer can make. Thank you for considering greenKarat when you make that choice.

I am for this, and applaud GreenKarat for their efforts. If for nothing else, to make the mining safer and to teach the miners better practices that will have less harm to our environment.

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  • Leila

    I like the idea of recycled jewelry. I think that can make a piece much more special. Have you heard of Todd Reed? He uses recycled gold and raw diamonds..beautiful pieces. In his rose cut series he uses recycled rose cut diamonds..and the rings are stunning! There’s a magic to them that i wonder would even be there if there wasn’t a lot of past love infused in those stones. if you like the idea of recycled jewelry, check him out alteredspacegallery.com