The growing importance of recycled gold was one of the big themes at a major international gathering of jewellers in the US.
The Portland Jewellery Symposium, held every year in Portland, Oregon, in the US, puts the spotlight on new techniques and developments in the industry worldwide. The issues discussed at the event inform the new approaches that jewellers large and small take when they are creating new designs and exploring new ways of working, Forbes reported.
This year, one of the areas under the spotlight was how the industry can responsibly source gold. And in addition to the growing pressure for more socially and environmentally-friendly ways of mining the precious metal, the use of recycled gold – the precious metal that’s obtained from your old and unwanted pieces – was a big focus.
Responsible sourcing expert, Bennett Freeman, gave one of the keynote speeches, in which he pointed out that demand from the public for sustainable gold is growing.
He said: “These pressures, this kind of scrutiny is not going to go away. The 21st Century is the century of sustainability, the century of accountability, the century of transparency.
“Every company, every industry is going to face ever rising pressures and expectations to be straightforward about how it does its business, about the character and quality of its content, of its products throughout the entire supply chain.”
One of the jewellers at the event, Toby Pomeroy is leading the pack when it comes to using recycled precious metals in his designs. He brands pieces made this way as EcoGold and EcoSilver and it’s won him a major following.
His business has received such demand for its Eclipse hoop earrings that are made completely from recycled precious metals, that he had to find a way of making them by machine inside of by hand.
“We’re really causing a revolution in the jewellery and mining industries. Anything is possible,” he said.