Ethics Around Gold Mining

Ethics Around Gold Mining

A few of you have asked us about the ethics around gold mining.  It's not a simple thing to answer, as it is such a big issue, complicated by environmental and human concerns from mine to mine and country to country.

We have done our best to answer as simply as we can and focus on the most prescient aspects for us.  We hope this helps!

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Ethics Around Gold Mining

Mining is not good for the environment. Let’s not greenwash it. 

Mining is a hazardous occupation for the men and women that work in them and can be disastrous for the ecosystem that surrounds them.

However, mining is a reality of our modern world and some mines are better than others, particularly when it comes to the health and safety of their workers, though virtually none of them are “green” or “good”. 

Barrick Cowal Gold Mine in New South Wales, Australia

Barrick Cowal Gold Mine in New South Wales, Australia. 

Gold mining in Guyana, South America

Gold mining in Guyana, South America

Mining practices vary from country to country and the ethics of employment within each mine varies dramatically. So too does the processing of the metal itself and managing the environmental impact on the land and the waste associated with processing.

Gold refining. Work on a gold mine laboratory

At Edge Only, we feel the only sustainable, ethical thing for us to do is to use recycled gold in our jewelry. 

That way we are not contributing to further mining. We are availing of gold that is already in existence and refining it, so that impurities are removed and so that it is ready to be made into something truly beautiful once more. 

All of our jewellery is then tested for purity and hallmarked at the Assay Office in Dublin Castle, Ireland.

As always, all of our jewellery is designed and ethically made in Ireland. 

It is an imperfect industry and gold is a finite and valuable resource, so we use recycled or fair trade bullion [bullion: gold, silver or other precious metals in the form of bars or ingots] whenever and wherever we can throughout our production and wish to be transparent about it. 

Gold Bullion ingot

Gold bullion or ingot

Our bullion comes from the UK and Europe where environmental processing standards are high.

That is important to us, as many developing countries (where mass produced jewellery is typically made) simply dump chemicals into the water system, which has a disastrous impact on nature - plant, animals and humans alike. 


For more on gold please visit our blog The Key Facts About Gold

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