Ethical Gold vs Recycled/Refined Gold

Ethical Gold vs Recycled/Refined Gold

Nov 17, 2020 | Techniques, Publications, Gold Colour, Goldsmithing, Client Gold

A client wrote me and asked where I source my metals from. Here is my reply ‘Thank you for writing to me. I have always sourced my new precious metals from local metal refiners & recyclers. Interestingly, 1/3 of my clients bring me their own gold to reuse in a new piece. The rule of thumb is 50% new refined gold must be added to client gold. An article I had published in the Metal Craft Magazine explains some aspects of alloys. I enjoy researching historical alloys to make different colours of gold. https://www.bellchamber.net/old/Publication/History%20of%20Alloy.htm. Please let me know if you have any other questions.’

Different people will give different answers about what constitutes ethical gold. I do not buy from mines nor does my refiner/recycler sources. Recycled gold from a refiner is generally from 90% scrap jewellery and 10% industrial (electronics). The refining process means gold or silver will be refined 2-3 times before I use it. A wafer of pure gold made in Canada will be stamped with 23.99 or 23.999, the 9 refers to each time it has been refined. Interestingly, all of the gold on the earths crust would be a 15.25m cube,

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