GOLD AND PEOPLE
SMO GOLD- SINGLE MINE ORIGIN
We are over the moon to be working with SMO (Single Mine Origin) Gold. When you purchase SMO gold jewellery, you can be assured that the gold has been produced by a legitimate mining operation which holds no ties to conflict, where miners are being paid a just wage under secure employment. SMO strives to ensure that the communities living locally to the gold source are benefitting from sustainability initiatives carried out by the mining operation. Such initiatives include programmes centred on education, healthcare, safe drinking water and agricultural prosperity to support a wide number of people.
We also currently work with 100% recycled gold. The gold we work with comes from a trusted UK supplier who ensures that the recycled gold they supply carries none of the associated human or environmental problems that can sometimes be associated with mining.
Having said that,there is fair debate surrounding recycled gold. The argument being, that if more and more jewellery businesses,(large and small) switch to using only recycled gold then it won't stop the need for continued mining and therefore doesn't tackle the issues surrounding mining i.e the poor, dangerous conditions miners are forced to work in to survive. So whilst we search to shop more ethically and responsibly, with a strong desire to do the right thing by the environment and others, the demand for gold would still mean these miners continue to endanger their lives and the environment in which they live.
We will tell you which type of gold has been used in the making of one of our pieces of jewellery in the shop description section.