Implementing sustainability as a jewelry designer and master goldsmith starts with the selection of my raw materials. Since I make each of my TrauMRinge® and each piece of jewelry as an individual one-off by hand, I can work with materials from different, sustainable sources.
Adhering to sustainability standards is not for me and shouldn't be anything extraordinary for anyone in the jewelry industry ... But for me this is just the beginning of a fundamentally important rethink.
I want my customers to be proud of their piece of jewelry ... and that's why I've been looking for partners who are willing to go the extra mile for 26 years.
I get my new gold exclusively from Fairmined Gold, because by this I support the local, community, responsible small-scale mining (RSM) and contribute to the promotion of this initiative ... a source of gold to be proud of . . .
The seal of approval, confirms the consistent compliance with:
Positive development in artisanal small-scale mining
Ensure a fair price to the miners and also a premium that helps transforming the sector and the life of the mining communities
Social development in the region and environmental protection
Responsible and conflict-free supply chains
The participation of small-scale mining in the global market
The Fairmined Initiative was founded by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), an international non-governmental organization considered a pioneer in its work with small-scale gold mining.
Your existing gold enables perhaps the most sustainable extraction of raw materials and the most transparent supply chain. Furthermore, passing on enduring values from generation to generation is a wonderful process with priceless, emotional value:
I melt down your gold jewelry, from the resulting gold bar I forge your new, permanent companion.
When reworking your existing jewellery I give your companion a new look. By adjusting the shape, engravings, gemstones I can give your piece of jewelry a new character.
Another key supplier that I found in my search for credibly sustainable companies is C. Hafner.
From there I get my secondary gold ...
The INEC (Institute for Industrial Ecology) project at Pforzheim University, funded by the Federal Ministry for Research and Technology, showed that recycled gold has a carbon footprint that is 400-2000 times smaller than that of gold primarily extracted from mines. An important reason: secondary gold can always be returned to the resource cycle.
Hafner also uses the latest technologies to further reduce CO2 and protect the environment:
- With the help of heat exchangers, the residual heat from the cutting process is fed into the heating circuit.
- Raw materials, such as B. nitric acid are recycled for use in the circulatory process.
Green SUOMI washed gold, which is washed by small prospecting teams and individual prospectors from streams in Lapland, I use from time to time, because I also want to support this sustainable mining method.
The prospectors have organized themselves in the Finnish Gold prospectors' Association (LKL), whose goal is the certification of "Lapland Gold":
Washed gold from the nature reserve under the strictest ecological conditions
Raw gold with the highest content of fine gold without the environmentally harmful cutting process
Identity gold with proof of claim and batch
In search of fair sapphires I came across CYLONS MUNICH, who, with the guiding principle "Fair for Everyone", are doing pioneering work for resource-saving mining and ethically fair processing of sapphires and other precious stones from Sri Lanka.
As a producer of Fairtrade gemstones, especially Fairtrade sapphires, CEYLONS gives an open insight into their work and explains very transparently what they mean by “fair” and “sustainable” in relation to nature and the local people and how they implement this.
What we have in common is that it is also a privilege for my supplier to work with rare colored gemstones. With their approach, they work fairly with their partners and employees in Sri Lanka, fairly with their business partners and fairly with me as a customer.
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The increasing commitment to sustainable concepts for the extraction and trade of gemstones finally gives me more opportunities to process fair products from fair, sustainable micro-mining and processing.
I get my diamonds from my RJC tested and certified partner. This Council ensures responsible, ethical, social, environmental and human rights practices throughout the jewelry value chain.
The annual review of the COP (Code of Practice) also ensures that all specifications, for example on human rights,
Environmental impact and product descriptions complied with