What is Fairmined Gold? - W.R. Metalarts

What is Fairmined Gold?

Welcome, ethical jewelry enthusiasts! Here we dive into the world of gold – a metal that has adorned civilizations for centuries. However, despite its beautiful appearance, there is a dark side to the story of how most gold ends up in the jewelry we buy and love. If you’re not sure why gold is harmful and want to help change the status quo, just read on to uncover the hidden costs of conventional gold, debunk the impact of “recycled gold,” and learn why Fairmined gold is making a positive impact.

W.R. Metalarts on Fairmined Gold Jewelry

The Hidden Toll of Conventional Gold Mining

Behind the sheen of conventional gold lies a tale of environmental harm and social injustice. Traditional mining methods can involve the use of toxic mercury, which leads to water pollution and impacts ecosystems and communities alike. The miners often work in precarious conditions, facing exposure to harmful substances. What’s worse - they are typically denied fair wages for the hard labor they contribute to bringing this valuable metal to market. On top of this, the conventional gold supply chain contributes to deforestation and also offers funding opportunities to conflict groups. It's a harsh reality that the beauty we adorn ourselves with can be a source of suffering for those extracting it from the Earth.

Recycled Gold: A Misleading Solution

Recycled gold may seem like a step in the right direction, but it doesn't actually solve the issues tied to conventional mining. In fact, most gold labeled as "recycled" is, in fact, newly mined gold - cleverly rebranded as it moves through the supply chain. Often, “recycled gold” has never actually reached a consumer at all. It's a bit like regular gold in disguise, maintaining the status quo. The concept of “recycled gold” is, unfortunately, mostly a lie. 

So, here we are at the crossroads, searching for a more ethical option for buying gold without compromising the well-being of our planet and its people. Enter Fairmined gold – a beacon of hope in the world of responsible and transparent sourcing.


Fairmined Gold Miner Worker

Fairmined Paves the Way for Positive Impact

Fairmined gold ensures fair wages, safe working conditions, and access to essential services for miners. This certification system promotes environmentally responsible practices by incentivizing miners to minimize the use of toxic chemicals and strive for a minimal ecological footprint. Beyond gold, the Fairmined certification system also extends to silver; Fairmined Silver represents a necessary step towards addressing and minimizing the damage associated with this popular white metal. 

Bringing responsible mining to scale, instead of turning away from new mining at all, is the true solution to creating lasting change in the jewelry and mining industry. Fairmined offers gold and silver with a conscience – ensuring that the beauty of your jewelry doesn't come at the expense of our planet.

The Choice for Ethical Jewelry Consumers

In conclusion, if you're passionate about making ethical choices in your jewelry purchases, supporting Fairmined metals is the way to go. By doing so, you become part of a movement that advocates for responsible mining, fair labor practices, and environmental stewardship.

So, the next time you're on the lookout for a piece of jewelry, remember the journey of gold and silver – from the depths of the earth, to the hands of artisans, and ultimately to you. Choose jewelry that not only enhances your beauty but also tells a story of compassion, responsibility, and a brighter, more sustainable future.

At W.R. Metalarts, we take pride in our commitment to Fairmined metals. We even accompanied the Fairmined organization on a trip to Colombia - check out our Spotlight on a Fairmined Mine: Mina Chede. We hope you join us in making a conscious choice for jewelry that reflects not just style, but also a commitment to positive change. 

Shop our Fairmined Jewelry Collection: Gold For Good 

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