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Gold & Platinum

As part of our commitment to environmental responsibility, Brilliant Earth primarily uses recycled and re-refined precious metals in our fine jewelry. We offer our customers high quality and responsibly sourced gold and platinum.

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 help diminish the negative impacts of dirty gold by reducing the demand for newly mined metals and contributing to programs dedicated to improving mining practices.

Quality and Origin

The jewelry we cast is made with primarily recycled and re-refined precious metals. Because our recycled and re-refined silver, gold, and platinum are refined back into their pure elements, they are of the same high quality as newly mined metals, without the level of degradation to our natural resources caused by new mining.

There are different definitions for recycled precious metals in the jewelry industry that are defined by London Bullion Market Association, Responsible Jewellery Council, and Responsible Business Alliance. We are working with these international bodies to standardize the definition so that we can source exclusively post-consumer material. Currently we do not offer components and findings, like peg heads, posts, clasps, tennis bracelet mountings, and chains, from recycled sources due to limited availability. We are working with our suppliers to increase the availability of these components made from recycled sources. Current disruptions in the supply chain at this time may affect the availability of recycled precious metal. Brilliant Earth remains committed to sourcing recycled materials when possible.

Examples of Recycled Metal Sources

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 without degradation in quality, they are a naturally renewable resource.

Choose Recycled Precious Metals to Protect the Environment and Reduce Demand for Dirty Gold.

As part of our commitment to give back 5% of net profits, we have also donated to programs to reduce the environmental impact of gold mining, including training in mercury-free techniques. Learn more about our giving back efforts.

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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Responsibly Sourced Tungsten and Meteorite

In addition to recycled silver, gold, and platinum, Brilliant Earth offers responsibly sourced tungsten and meteorite jewelry. These rare metals offer a striking and distinctive look.

The tungsten in our jewelry originates from mining areas that are not identified as geographies producing conflict minerals. Our tungsten is processed in refiners that conform to the Responsible Minerals Initiative’s Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP). The RMAP is designed to meet requirements set by the OECD Due Diligence Guidance and government regulations on conflict minerals in the US and European Union.

Brilliant Earth’s meteorite jewelry is composed of Muonionalusta iron. This extraterrestrial material is estimated to have fallen to earth between 120,000 - 800,000 years ago, and is collected in Sweden from one of the earth’s largest and oldest meteorite fields.