09 January 2023

Responsible, recycled or mined gold, who’s using what?

Over the past 10 years, most designers and jewelers have opted for responsible gold. Some defend mined gold, extracted by local communities which have adopted respectful practices, and bearing labels such as Fairmined, Fairtrade, SMO (Single Mine Origin) for larger-scaled mines, etc. Others advocate recycled gold, metal that’s already been used in jewelry, electronics, ingots, etc. A third approach is to mix the two.

Who’s using what? Recycled or/and mined gold ? In this issue we offer a non-exhaustive overview of pieces heralding these new jewelry values.


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  • Cartier - 80% recycled gold, 10% responsible gold from artisanal mines, 10% from banks

  • JEM - 100% Fairmined gold

  • Mené - Mené - Responsibly mined gold (in Nevada, USA and Ontario, Canada) and recycled gold

  • Fernando Jorge - Responsible mined gold bearing the SMO label for pieces made in Italy

  • Rouvenat - 100% recycled gold

  • Piaget - 100% recycled gold

  • Pomellato - Responsibly mined gold including Fairmined gold

  • Boucheron - 100% recycled gold

  • Paulette à Bicyclette - 100% Fairmined gold

  • L'or du Monde - 100% recycled gold

  • Ute Decker - 100% Fairtrade gold and recycled silver

  • Vever - 100% recycled gold

  • Frank Darling on thefuturerocks.com - 100% recycled gold

  • Héloïse et Abélard - 100% recycled gold

  • Viltier - 100% recycled gold except for mined gold engagement rings bearing the Fairmined label

  • Courbet - 100% recycled gold, 50% of which comes from electronic waste

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