Fairmined Gold: Gold to be proud of

Emily Chelsea Jewelry is proud to announce their partnership with Fairmined Gold. Emily Chelsea Jewelry is one of only a handful of jewelers who carries Fairmined Gold since it was first introduced in 2014. 

THE ISSUES

With approximately 10 million artisanal gold miners across the world, many rely on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining as a means to make a living and support their families. However, with mining come many issues and conflicts, including but not limited to:

•    Child Labor
•    Environmental Destruction
•    Gender Inequality
•    Economic Exploitation  
•    Unsafe Working Conditions

Despite the complications, some mining operations saw mining as the best way to strengthen their community and were looking to improve mining practices to create a more sustainable and responsible industry. While there was no immediate change that could happen overnight, awareness grew and the issues became more widely known. 


A NEW STANDARD


Fairmined Gold is an initiative developed by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), a non-profit organization globally recognized as a leader and pioneer of responsible artisanal and small-scale mining. Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold from responsible Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM). It is backed by a rigorous 3rd party certification system, ensuring that small mining communities are meeting the standards for responsible and safe practices. The premium that is collected for Fairmined Gold is paid directly to the mining communities and can be used to improve working conditions, social development and environmental protection.  
The Fairmined Standard not only covers all aspects of responsible mining practices, but the routine assessments ensure that miners maintain their certification as well as improve their social impact and efforts to care for the environment. 
Since Fairmined was first introduced in 2014, they now work with 10 different mines in 4 different countries, including Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Mongolia. Currently, over 120 jewelers in 21 different countries work with Fairmined Gold, Emily Chelsea Jewelry being one of them. 


A CLOSER LOOK

The mine 15 De Agosto in Bolivia became Fairmined certified in September 2015. The co-operative mining community has 189 shareholders, 50 of them being women, with 32 workers. Since becoming Fairmined certified, the co-operative invests up to 15% of their profits in community projects and were able to entirely fund the construction of an elementary school that is free of charge and provides basic computer skills education. 

According to Alexander Nina, the president of 15 de Agosto, the work done within the mine has made an immediate impact on his family and community:

“Thanks to the work I have done in mining, me and my family have a good home and food on the table every day. My expectations to the certification are to improve our mining activities and the place we live. With the premium, we now have more possibilities to support the community and open a health center.”
Workers of the mine 15 De Agosto in Bolivia. 

Workers of the mine 15 De Agosto in Bolivia. 


FAIRMINED FOR YOU

While we provide 100% recycled gold, silver and platinum, we recognize that the mining industry is not going away (nor do we want it to!) and new mining will continue to happen. We always knew that recycled metals were not the answer but rather an alternative to conflict mining. Choosing Fairmined Gold for your jewelry is a great way to make a positive impact on the mining industry, as your purchase helps to create a more sustainable mining industry where community members and miners can directly benefit. 

Fairmined Gold is gold to be proud of; as it demonstrates the value of responsible mining, generates positive impact with each purchase and provides an assurance that each piece has been made with responsibly mined gold.  

Fairmined Gold is currently available as 14kt Fairmined Yellow Gold and 18kt Fairmined Yellow Gold and is available for all Emily Chelsea Jewelry engagement and wedding bands.