GreenKarat-Alternatives To Dirty Gold

Gold has always been a symbol of wealth, power and beauty. It is also the most malleable metal, where a single gram of the dark yellow material can be pounded into a full square meter sheet. This precious metal is not just limited to jewelry and decoration. Gold is also used in holistic medicine. Since medieval times, it has been assumed that something so rare and precious could be nothing but healthy . With that in mind, many foods are decorated with gold leaf and flakes to add to their appeal, but the metal leaves the body unchanged.

Jewelry is usually what is associated with gold and 80% of the mined metal goes into these accessories. Unfortunately, not many people know how the gold traveled from various mines to a fiance’s finger or a favorite necklace. The whole process is a dirty one. Gold mining has devastating impacts on the environment and local communities. “No Dirty Gold” is a website dedicated to educating the public about the effects of gold mining. The site explains how the mining process reduces air quality, damages habitats and displaces local communities. The cyanide extraction process is one of the less environmentally friendly methods. The high toxicity of cyanide is an obvious threat to any living organism. The potential for disaster was proven when in 2000, a gold mining reprocessing facility in Romania accidentally released 120 tonnes of the poison into surrounding rivers. Dead fish washed up on shore, people became ill and the land simply died after the cyanide spill. No fish have been in the river Sasar for 60 years-ever since cyanide was used in the mining process there.

Gold will always have cultural significance and as well has a multitude of practical uses. It is unrealistic to think that demand for the metal will end. However, there are alternatives to buying an item made from freshly mined gold. GreenKarat provides ecologically responsible jewelry made from recycled gold and diamonds. GreenKarat explains: “Our greater goal at GreenKarat is to end destructive gold and diamond mining. We do not, however, strive to force that change through radical activism. While activist organizations play a critically important role in educating and motivating consumers, we believe that widespread and permanent change will ultimately occur through the voice of consumer buying decisions.”

With companies like GreenKarat providing hundreds of different jewelry options, it is a popular choice among environmentally conscious individuals.

3 Responses to “GreenKarat-Alternatives To Dirty Gold”
  1. Valorie says:

    I love finding new artists who are searching their design options through eco-friendly means. Todd Reed is a fantastic jewelry artist who uses all recycled gold and his raw diamonds come from conflict free areas. Stunning designs- i really think people should be aware of artists like him. It just opens up a door of possibilities. If this is possible..then what else might be possible? check out his work at

  2. lisa says:

    Green Karat has the worst customer service I have EVER experienced. It is not worth dealing with these people when you are under a ton of wedding stress as it is. These people are communication imbeciles! There are 3 people in this office. Apparently, none of them communicate, and on average they take 72 hours to a week to respond to your emails. I got used to sending the same email to them every day with a littler harsher of a tone until they responded back. Don’t even bother leaving a voicemail, they wont’ call back.

    My story: I set up my ring registry, then set up my ring order, and there was no communication between their tiny office about my order/registry. They went ahead and made my rings without the donated gold and were about to ship them before I left an enraged message on their phone after I got an email from them telling me they were done. I had left 3 voicemails prior to discuss my order, and this was the only one they returned. If my family hadn’t already donated to them, I would have cancelled my order on the spot. As of 2 day ago, they said they were starting on my ring now that my donated gold was back from the refinery. Today (as in 2 days later) they say my rings are done. Hmm, funny how they say that it takes 2-3 weeks to create a ring when mine only took 2 days. I just know they didn’t use the gold my family donated and are sending the original one they made without my family’s donation. This puts a horrible cloud over my wedding set. These people are liars and corrupt and give the eco-industry a bad name. Go somewhere else who is honest.

  3. Elaine says:

    I purchased a recycled gold comfort fit band from greenKarat – – a couple of months ago, and the service was great, plus I love my ring. This is a family-run business, and they are very passionate about the environment. I also purchased earrings from greenKarat several years ago and experienced the same great customer service as I recently did.


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