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Why We Use Recycled Metals

Dirty gold mining has a history of civil war, labor abuses, and environmental devastation. Metal mining, and gold mining in particular, is one of the most environmentally destructive types of mining and millions of gold miners earn low wages in dangerous working conditions.

Our objective is to diminish the negative impacts of dirty gold by reducing the demand for newly mined metals.

quality and origin

Every piece we cast is made with recycled and re-refined precious metals. Because our reclaimed silver, gold, platinum, and palladium are refined back into their pure elements, they are of identical quality to newly mined metals.

Brilliant Earth's reclaimed precious metals come from numerous post-consumer sources, including existing jewelry, industrial-use metals, and electronics components

reclaimed metal origins

existing jewelry

industrial use metals

electronics components

consequences of mining

Metal mining, and gold mining in particular, is one of the most environmentally destructive types of mining with 20 tons of ore required to produce enough gold for a single ring.

What we can do

We can choose recycled metals to decrease the global demand for newly mined gold. This will diminish the environmentally and socially destructive effects of dirty gold and other metal mining practices. Because precious metals can be recycled repeatedly with no degradation in quality, they are a naturally renewable resource.

Choose recycled precious metals to protect the environment and reduce demand for dirty gold.

ethical jewelry, ethical practices

Recycled precious metals are an important component of Brilliant Earth's commitment to the environment, but we also practice environmental responsibility throughout the jewelry production process. For example, we employ a vapor emissions cleaning system and a rigorous process of cleaning liquid emissions to prevent contaminants from being released into the environment.

Additionally, we are committed to responsible labor practices. Many jewelers outsource their production to countries where labor and environmental standards are weak or poorly enforced. While this may reduce cost, it often comes at the expense of product quality as well as worker health and safety.

Brilliant Earth jewelry is crafted in the United States with the strictest labor and safety practices.

RECYCLE your jewelry with us

Brilliant Earth encourages our customers to recycle their own gold and platinum jewelry that they no longer wear.

We will gladly accept and recycle any gold or platinum jewelry, and we will offer a credit towards any Brilliant Earth purchase of equal or greater value based on current metal prices.

Please note that after 30 days from the initial credit notice, if we have not received instructions to return jewelry to you, Brilliant Earth reserves the right to recycle all items sent in for evaluation and apply a store credit to your account.

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