SUSTAINABLE PRECIOUS METALS.
Precious metals, such as gold, silver, platinum and palladium, have always been considered symbols of luxury and prestige. However, the extraction of these metals has a significant environmental impact, due to greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and the use of chemicals to treat the rocks. Therefore, it becomes increasingly important to choose sustainable precious metals, i.e. those that have been extracted responsibly and that have not caused damage to the environment. In this article we will see how to choose sustainable precious metals and how to understand if they have been recycled.
HOW ITALIAN PRECIOUS METAL BANKS CERTIFY THEIR PROVENANCE.In Italy, the certification of the provenance of precious metals is regulated by the Ministerial Decree of 25 July 2014, which establishes the requirements that precious metal banks must meet in order to purchase and trade precious metals. Precious metal banks that want to join the certification program must undergo verification by a third party, which checks compliance with the environmental and social regulations provided for by the decree. In case of a positive outcome, the precious metal bank is included in a public list, which is available online and attests to its certification.
HOW TO DETERMINE IF PRECIOUS METALS ARE RECYCLED OR NOT.Another way to choose sustainable precious metals is to check if they have been recycled. The recycling of precious metals has numerous environmental benefits as it reduces the impact of metal extraction and saves natural resources. To determine if a precious metal has been recycled, you can check for the presence of marks or certifications that attest to its provenance. For example, "Responsible Jewellery Council" (RJC) certified gold has been produced in compliance with very strict environmental, social, and governance standards. Silver can also be certified as recycled, for example with the "Recycled Silver" mark of the Italian Association for Recycled Silver (AIAR).
THE BENEFITS OF CHOOSING SUSTAINABLE AND RECYCLED PRECIOUS METALS.Choosing sustainable and recycled precious metals has numerous benefits, both for the environment and for local communities. The adoption of sustainable practices in the precious metals sector can help reduce the environmental impact of extraction and promote the sustainable development of communities hosting mines. In addition, the purchase of certified precious metals guarantees greater transparency and awareness on the part of consumers, who can choose to buy responsibly made.
In conclusion, choosing sustainable and recycled precious metals is not only important for the environment, but it can also support local communities and promote transparency and awareness for consumers.It is essential to choose metals that have been extracted responsibly and without causing harm to the environment, and to verify the presence of certifications or marks that attest to the origin of the metals. Italian metal banks can certify the origin of precious metals by undergoing a third-party verification process and being included in a public list of certified banks. By making conscious choices about the precious metals we use, we can contribute to a more sustainable future.
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OUR CONCLUSIONS"At Fersera, we are very focused on sustainability and the use of recycled materials in the production of our jewelry. One of the main challenges in our industry is the environmental impact of extracting precious metals, which can lead to greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and the use of chemicals for rock treatment.To reduce this impact, we are committed to using sustainable and recycled precious metals in the production of our jewelry. For example, we use gold certified by the "Responsible Jewellery Council" (RJC), which guarantees that the metal has been extracted responsibly and produced in accordance with very strict environmental, social and governance standards. In addition, we use silver certified as recycled by the 'The London Good Delivery List of Acceptable Refiners'.Using sustainable and recycled precious metals not only allows us to reduce the environmental impact of our industry, but also to support the local communities where these metals are extracted. In addition, the use of certified materials guarantees greater transparency and responsibility to our customers.We are convinced that the choice of sustainable and recycled materials is an important step in making a difference in our industry and protecting natural resources for future generations. We are proud to be part of a movement that promotes sustainability and a positive impact on the environment."