Gold mining is one of the most environmentally destructive forms of mining. It creates massive amounts of toxic waste and causes more global mercury pollution than any other source. Gold mining also ravages landscapes, pollutes rivers with sulfuric acid, and contributes to the destruction of the Amazon. The environmental damage left by gold mining can last generations. Learn more
Gold mining is difficult and dangerous work. Millions of gold miners earn low wages or are exploited by dishonest middlemen. Dangerous working conditions can cause illness, injury, or death. The risks are highest for the estimated 600,000 children who work as gold miners. Learn more
For too many communities, the costs of gold mining are far greater than the benefits. Gold mining has fueled a tragic civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, led to higher crime rates, facilitated the spread of disease, and threatened indigenous cultures - all while failing to lift local communities out of poverty. Learn more
Gold mining today relies on practices that are extremely harmful to the environment. Open pit mining devastates the landscape while cyanide heap leaching and mercury amalgamation contaminate the water, air, and soil. Modern industrial gold mining creates 20 tons of toxic waste for every gold ring. Learn more
As part of our commitment to environmental responsibility, Brilliant Earth uses recycled precious metals in all of our fine jewelry.
Because precious metals can be recycled repeatedly with no degradation in quality, they are a naturally renewable resource.
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