Recycled gold jewelry

Recycled gold earrings
Women's recycled gold chain
Recycled gold ring

A guarantee of preciousness and quality, gold has fascinated people for centuries. A true safe haven and ally of choice in jewelry, its demand has continued to grow over the years. Faced with the social and environmental challenges linked to gold mining, new perspectives oriented towards sustainable development have been thought out, giving rise to ethical jewelery that masters the art of making desirable rhyme with sustainable...

Conventional mining: a source of contention

Gold mining is one of the most polluting activities in the world and tends to dull the shine of jewellery. However, there is currently enough gold mined in the world to meet all the demand, so there is no need to extract more.

The toxic substances that are released during the extraction of this precious metal – among others cyanide and mercury – cause heavy degradation of the environment, polluting soil, air and water and destroying entire ecosystems permanently.

On a human level, wild gold mining also has considerable negative consequences. The industry of this yellow metal uses very rudimentary extraction techniques and in conditions that are sometimes dangerous for the workers. Today, mining represents 15 million miners across 50 countries around the world.

A gold ethic

Faced with ecological and social problems of such magnitude, solutions have emerged. These alternatives have made themselves heard and are now increasingly supported by the market despite higher prices. Among them, we find recycled gold, ethical gold and labels.

recycled gold

It is a question here of precious metals already extracted from the mines, they are part of the world's gold stock which is no longer used. Recycled gold comes from various sources such as gold dust and filaments, gold sold in gold buying shops, “debris” from a workshop or that present in computer equipment. After being recovered, the gold is melted, then refined, and combined with different precious alloys to create 18 carat gold, then certified.

Requiring no additional extraction by tapping into the Earth's resources, the recycled gold solution allows precise traceability of the gold and causes practically zero co2 emissions.

Choosing to favor a durable and timeless jewel by offering a second life to gold, is a way allowing everyone to add their stone to the building by changing our mode of consumption, in a more eco-responsible approach.

At min&ral joaillerie, you will find exclusively creations in recycled 18-carat 100% gold.

Bet on the alliance of gold and precious stones, by wearing the Eclipse Diamond Bracelet or the Retro Rainbow Ring.

Ethical extraction: gold labeled fairmined

Increasingly used in jewellery, the fairmined label guarantees respect for the environment and working conditions linked to gold mining. It thus encourages the extraction of the metal more cleanly. Since the mining activity is retained, the certification label encourages entities to reduce their use of chemical substances.

Constituting a real step forward in the history of the gold industry, due to its more ethical and responsible nature, Fairmined gold is not without ecological impact.

Accurately traceable gold 

At min&ral joaillerie, the recycled gold used for each of our creations is certified by the RJC-COC label.

The Responsive Jewelry Council (or Council for Responsible Jewelry Practices) is a non-profit certification and standardization organization created in 2005. This organization's mission is to ensure, at the global level, a responsible supply chain that promotes transparency in these sectors.