Updated: Apr 27
Earth Day is an annual event on 22 April that celebrates the planet and its resources. The theme for Earth Day 2023 is "Invest in Our Planet."
Earth Day is a time to celebrate our planet and all that it provides for us. It's also a time to reflect on our impact on the environment and make changes to live more sustainably. One way to do this is to choose ethical gold jewellery.
What is Ethical Gold?
Ethical gold is gold that has been mined and processed in a way that minimizes its impact on the environment and the people who work in the mining industry. This means that it is not mined in conflict zones, child labor is not used, and the mining process is taking steps to reduce pollution. All of the materials used in Kernow Gold's jewellery ranges and custom made Cornish jewellery commissions are ethically and responsibly sourced.
Alternatively, ethical gold can be recycled gold, which is gold that has been melted down and reused. It can come from a variety of sources, including old jewellery and electronics. Recycling gold helps to reduce the environmental impact of gold mining, as it requires less energy and water to produce. It also helps to conserve the world's gold resources.
What Else is Important in Ethical Jewellery?
As well as the gold itself, there are other factors which can make gold jewellery more ethical:
1. Ethically and Responsibly Sourced Materials
Choose jewellery where all the materials used are ethically and responsibly sourced. All the diamonds used in Kernow Gold Jewellery are certified as Conflict Free, and the gemstones used are sourced according to the best practices of the Responsible Jewellery Council, which is the global membership and standards body for responsible jewellery throughout the entire supply chain – from mine to retail.
2. Eco Packaging
Kernow Gold has become a Business Champion for the Surfers Against Sewage "Plastic Free Communities" initiative. They have committed to reduce and eventually exclude all single use plastic such as bubble wrap in padded envelopes and even in the foam in jewellery boxes.
Eco-foam jewellery box inserts are now used by Kernow Gold, which are made from made from tall oil - a by-product from wooden pulp, which is a part of the paper production process. The inserts are tested free from tarnish and made without plastic and unwanted chemistry.
Celebrate Earth Day with Sustainable Jewellery
If you're looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day and show your support for sustainability, consider buying ethical gold jewellery. It's a beautiful way to show your love for the planet and the people who live on it.
There are a number of ways to make sure jewellery is more ethical and sustainable; here are our top tips:
Buy jewellery from a company that is committed to ethical sourcing. When you buy ethical jewellery, you are supporting businesses that are committed to sustainability. You can find ethical jewellery at Kernow Gold.
Repair your jewellery. If your jewellery is broken or damaged, consider having it repaired instead of replacing it. This will help to extend the life of your jewellery and reduce waste.
Upcycle your jewellery. If you have any old jewellery that you no longer wear, consider upcycling it into something new. Metals can be melted down and formed into a completely new piece of jewellery whilst retaining the links with the past. Kernow Gold can help in this with their custom jewellery design service.
Choose jewellery that is designed to last. Well-made jewellery will last for years, so you can enjoy it for a long time. Kernow Gold jewellery is made to stand the test of time and to be be passed on through the generations.
Do your research. If you would like to make sure that a piece of jewellery is ethically sourced then asking the store will be a good source of information. They'll probably be delighted to assist, and if not then you probably have your answer!
Reduce your personal plastic waste by choosing jewellery stores that have committed to reducing plastic waste.
We Can All Make a Difference
We can have a significant impact on the earth by making even tiny adjustments to our daily routines.
Let's all pledge to care for the environment starting on Earth Day in 2023. Let's choose actions that promote sustainable methods and save our natural resources.
Let's support businesses and organizations that are working to make a difference. Together, we can create a more sustainable future for our planet.
Gold Jewellery Design FAQ's
What is Ethical Gold Jewellery Design?
Ethical gold jewellery design refers to the process of creating gold jewellery in an environmentally and socially responsible way, from sourcing the gold to crafting the finished product.
How can I Ensure that the Gold Jewellery I Purchase is Ethical?
Look for jewellery brands that use ethically sourced gold, such as recycled or Fairmined gold. Check for certifications like the Fairtrade Gold certification, which ensures that the gold has been responsibly sourced and mined.
What is Recycled Gold, and is it Ethical?
Recycled gold is gold that has been recovered from old jewellery, electronics, and other sources. It is considered ethical because it reduces the need for new gold mining, which can have a negative impact on the environment and local communities.
Are There any Ethical Concerns with Gold Mining?
Yes, gold mining can have negative impacts on the environment and local communities, such as deforestation, water pollution, and exploitation of workers. Ethical gold jewellery design aims to address these concerns.
Can I Design my Own Ethical Gold Jewellery?
Yes, you can work with a jeweller who specializes in ethical gold jewellery design to create a custom piece that meets your ethical standards. Look for jewellers who use recycled or Fairtrade gold and who are transparent about their sourcing and production processes.