Recycled gold is created from existing jewelry, industrial metals, or electronic components, then they're smelted and refined until it reaches its purest elements, making it equal in quality to newly minded metals.
How does it work?
When it comes to jewelry, the process starts by looking for impurities in the gold itself. Impurities are then melted off during the refinery process. If the gold has been mixed with other metals, such as nickel, these alloys are separated to determine the true karat value of the gold. From there, the recycled gold is molded into another piece of jewelry.
Why should I use recycled gold?
In its elemental form, gold is significantly rarer than diamonds. With a finite number of gold on Mother Earth, we will eventually run out of places to mine gold from. On top of that, many countries have seen soil erosion, deforestation, and other issues impacting the ecosystems from gold mining. Chemicals like mercury and cyanide, are also involved in the mining process layering more negative impacts. Using recycled gold will help reduce the demand for newly minded metals.