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To recycle or not to recycle, that is the question? - Greg Valerio
To recycle or not to recycle that is the question. The gap between fact and emotion is huge in the jewellery trade. It is one of the characteristics of our industry that in many respects remains un-reconciled. There is no doubt in my mind that the rise in recent years of the ethical and fair trade jewellery debate has been largely due to the emotional and moral disconnect between source and finished product. When it comes to filling this apparent void, there has been a rush of well-intentioned ideas and the use of recycled metals is very close to the top of many jewellers lists of actions that can be taken. In fact there are now a number of jewellery brands as well as metal trade suppliers claiming a strong responsible ethical message around the phrase ‘100% recycled’ From the outset I wish to be clear that I believe using 100% recycled metals in jewellery is a definite ethical improvement. Yet I am also of the opinion that it is has a limited impact on ethical performance within the jewellery and broader metal trade. The process for scrapping gold and silver is well known within the industry, no jeweller worth …