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We asked Andrew at Aurum Designer Jewellers whether jewellery could play a role when trying to plan a sustainable wedding. Here's what he had to say...
If you're looking for a way to make your wedding rings more sustainable, there are a few things you can consider.
When choosing a jeweller, look for one that is committed to sustainability. This means that they source the precious metals and stones ethically. This might mean that they offer wedding rings made from recycled gold or platinum, rather than from freshly-mined material. Recycling precious metals helps to reduce the environmental impact of mining. Re-cycled precious metals have been re-refined and re-alloyed to make bullion that is just as good as new.
Some jewellers offer gold made from gold of Single Mine Origin. SMO gold comes from a bullion company committed to supplying responsibly-sourced gold. Every batch of gold is fully traceable to mines that are accredited with the highest responsi-bility standards. These mines provide vital social, environmental, and cultural support to local communities.
Reusing your old jewellery. If you have old jewellery that you no longer wear, you can have it melted down, and used to create your new wedding ring. Not only is this better for the environment than newly-mined gold, but it also brings down the price of your ring. Plus, a wedding ring that’s made from items with sentimental value can be even more special!
Talk to your jeweller to find out what they can offer to make your rings as sustainable as possible.
Andrew, Aurum Designer Jewellers, www.aurumjewellers.com