Jewellery Stories
By Niki Bruce
25 Nov 2020

This is how your jewellery choices play a role in Climate Change

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The production of most jewellery, the precious metals, gemstones, and minerals, individually and collectively contribute to the creation Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. GHG in turn leads to the increase in environmental temperatures and ultimately leads to climate change.

What is the impact of jewellery on climate change?

The most important impact the jewellery sector has on climate change is in the form of the production of  carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and fluorine gas (F2). These GHG emissions are generated during mining, the processing of minerals, and manufacturing. Another key negative impact of mining involves the massive displacement of land and even human settlements.

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The carbon footprint of seemingly innocent jewellery is critical as mining demands a huge amount of energy and chemicals. The traditional practice of pit mining uses heavy machinery, fossil fuel and extensive transport. The damage from mining precious metals has left certain locations so vulnerable that they can be identified from space.

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Gold and diamond mining across some of the greenest regions on earth has created long-lasting, harmful consequences for the environs and climate at large. The Amazon Rainforest across the Peruvian landscape will never be able to fully recover from the destruction it witnessed due to gold mining.

The endless gold supply chain fuelled by global transportation

Though mining is a crucial greenhouse gas generator, the gold supply chain spread across the world is another perpetrator. When taken into account, the never-ending supply chain – from sourcing raw metals from mines in developing nations to refining and processing the jewellery in another country until the final product is delivered to the end consumer – the carbon footprint of a piece of jewellery can be enormous.

How can you be a conscious consumer?

Reducing the environmental harm and carbon footprint of the jewellery industry starts with you – the consumer. Shifting consumer demand for green, ethical and environmentally sustainable jewellery shows that things have changed. Ethical design, responsible brands, and sustainable choices are driving the modern jewellery industry. When you make a conscious decision, the industry has to take note. Buying ethical is not a trend, it is the norm.

Recycled and reimagined

Buyers worldwide have been switching to and focusing on recycled metals. Environmentally speaking, your choice of recycled metal saves the earth from displacement and ecological hazards. Recycled metals have the character and history that does away with the need for mining, refining, processing and manufacturing. The ecologically detrimental industrialised and capital-intensive processes can be avoided.  

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If you think about it, recycling or rather reusing gemstones has always been popular. Your family heirlooms are the proof as they stand the test of time over many generations. Bespoke, sustainable with an emotional attachment, what more could you want from a piece of jewellery.

You can also choose other exotic materials to create your jewellery from like the Tagua Nut, which is also known as Vegetable Ivory. Discover our unique fine jewellery collection featuring the Tagua Nut.

To create a bespoke piece of jewellery or redesign a family heirloom, call us on +65 6733 4100, or send us an email at bespoke@thejewelbox.com. Our atelier is open to customers, or we can organise a virtual appointment if you prefer. 

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