Dirty gold mining has a history of civil war, labor abuses, and environmental devastation. Metal mining, and gold mining in particular, is one of the most environmentally destructive types of mining and millions of gold miners earn low wages in dangerous working conditions.
Our objective is to help diminish the negative impacts of dirty gold by reducing the demand for newly mined metals and contributing to programs dedicated to improving mining practices.
Quality and Origin
The jewelry we cast is made with primarily recycled and re-refined precious metals. Because our recycled and re-refined silver, gold, and platinum are refined back into their pure elements, they are of the same high quality as newly mined metals, without the level of degradation to our natural resources caused by new mining.
There are different definitions for recycled precious metals in the jewelry industry that are defined by London Bullion Market Association, Responsible Jewellery Council, and Responsible Business Alliance. We are working with these international bodies to standardize the definition so that we can source exclusively post-consumer material. Currently we do not offer components and findings, like peg heads, posts, clasps, tennis bracelet mountings, and chains, from recycled sources due to limited availability. We are working with our suppliers to increase the availability of these components made from recycled sources. Current disruptions in the supply chain at this time may affect the availability of recycled precious metal. Geoffrey's Diamonds remains committed to sourcing recycled materials when possible.
What We Can Do
We can choose recycled metals to decrease the global demand for newly mined gold. This will diminish the environmentally and socially destructive effects of dirty gold and other metal mining practices. Because precious metals can be recycled repeatedly without degradation in quality, they are a naturally renewable resource.
Choose Recycled Precious Metals to Protect the Environment and Reduce Demand for Dirty Gold.
As part of our commitment to give back 5% of net profits, we have also donated to programs to reduce the environmental impact of gold mining, including training in mercury-free techniques. Learn more about our giving back efforts.
Responsibly Sourced Tungsten and Meteorite
In addition to recycled silver, gold, and platinum, Geoffrey's Diamonds offers responsibly sourced tungsten and meteorite jewelry. These rare metals offer a striking and distinctive look.
The tungsten in our jewelry originates from mining areas that are not identified as geographies producing conflict minerals. Our tungsten is processed in refiners that conform to the Responsible Minerals Initiative’s Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP). The RMAP is designed to meet requirements set by the OECD Due Diligence Guidance and government regulations on conflict minerals in the US and European Union.
Geoffrey's Diamonds’s meteorite jewelry is composed of Muonionalusta iron. This extraterrestrial material is estimated to have fallen to earth between 120,000 - 800,000 years ago, and is collected in Sweden from one of the earth’s largest and oldest meteorite fields.