How Eco-Friendly is Your Jewelry?

Make a statement with eco-friendly jewelry, such as conflict-free diamonds, recycled silver and gold, vintage, antique jewelry and natural stones and gems.

| January/February 2006

  • GreenKarat’s Kindred Souls wedding bands are hand cast in recycled 18K white or yellow gold.
    Photo Courtesy GreenKarat

How eco-friendly is your jewelry? Get the information you need so you can scope out eco-friendly jewelry. Wearing a necklace, bracelet, or ring makes a statement: “I’m married,” “I have style,” or “I can afford precious things.” Your jewelry can also say, “I care about environmental and human welfare.”

Gold: Greed behind the glitter


• Mining destroys local ecosystems and creates toxic waste—including mercury, arsenic, and cyanide, which poison waterways and create health hazards for people, animals, and birds.

• Gold refineries use lots of water and dangerous chemicals.


6/8/2014 5:50:14 AM

Yes, the only way to get out of trouble is to buy for wedding, engagement and gifts. It can do a number of great works certainly. However, the prices for such pieces are higher mainly since the people involved in the trade of original diamonds mostly pay full government taxes after paying higher prices. That's where scope for improvement is needed the most. From humanity's point of view, paying higher prices for the safety of fellow human beings is something to be considered a great sacred job by the society.

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