GOING GREEN GLOSSARY
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You hear it mentioned on the TV and you read it online – most businesses are making an initiative to go green. Whether this is through making their methods more environmentally friendly or using more sustainable jewelry materials, it’s something on everyone’s radar.
With so many new sustainability terms emerging almost daily, it is hard to keep track. Luckily, our Going Green Glossary below will teach you everything you need to know about the terminology surrounding eco-friendly jewelry.
What is Eco-Friendly Jewelry?
Eco-friendly sustainable jewelry uses recycled and natural materials. Any jewelry with small or no impact on the environment, including minimal carbon footprint, is considered eco-friendly.
What is Recycled Metal?
Recycled metal is the process of reusing precious metals. Silver and gold are easily melted and transformed into a new piece of jewelry. Recycled jewelry materials don’t lose their qualities when they’re melted down and reused—which is perfect for the atmosphere (ethical dilemma solved!) and consumer.
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What is Fairtrade Gold?
Fairtrade gold is an artisanal product produced from small-scale miners. With fairtrade gold, environmental and labor conditions are closely monitored and gold is transparently traceable directly back to the community that mines it.
Fairtrade gold also provides a social premium that allows miners to improve quality-of-life conditions for themselves and others in their communities.
What are Eco-Friendly Gemstones?
Ethically sourced gemstones are usually mined in areas where the workers' rights and environmental conditions are not compromised and purchased in a legal and transparent fashion.
High-quality ethically sourced gemstones include those produced by small artisanal mines that use ethical and sustainable methods, such as the use of sustainable energy sources, minimizing waste and ensuring environmentally sound practices.
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What are No Conflict Diamonds?
Conflict-free diamonds refers to diamonds which have not funded civil wars.
What are Eco Sourced Diamonds?
Eco sourced diamonds go further than conflict-free diamonds. Ethical diamonds supporting ethical principles such as fair pay, safe working conditions, environmentally sound practices and absolutely no violations of human rights.
What are Reclaimed Diamonds?
Recycled diamonds a.k.a reclaimed diamonds undergo a process of being repurposed rather than newly mined, thus there’s nearly zero impact on the environment and surrounding communities. In other words, recycled diamonds are eco-friendly diamonds.
What Lab Created Diamonds?
Lab grown diamonds are a highly eco-friendly alternative to mined diamonds. Lab created diamonds are precisely identical to mined diamonds with one exception. Lab created diamonds creation occurs in laboratories from carbon atoms. They’re physically, optically and chemically identical to mined diamonds.
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It's no secret that jewelry lovers are increasingly interested in buying fair trade, sustainable and ethically sourced jewelry pieces, especially millennials. The fact is that today's jewelry consumers buy much more than a physical product, whether driven by a growing sense of social responsibility, such as a desire to improve the working conditions of miners or an overall concern for the fragile environment. They realize that their purchase is the result of a supply chain.
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