Gold Jewelry: Ethical Sourcing, Sustainable Practices & Standards  3/21/2017


Lisa Koenigsberg, PhD, President and Founder of Initiatives in Art and Culture, moderated a panel discussion on ethically-sourced gold jewelry/gold jewelry made in keeping with environmentally and socially sustainable practices during ECRM's Gold EPPS last month in San Diego.

The panel featured four industry leaders in the ethical-sourcing space: Marla M. Hedworth, Global Business Lead for the Jewelry and Watch Industry - Consumer & Retail Services - UL Verification Services, Inc.; Toby Pomeroy, who has been a U.S. jewelry designer since 1967 and has been recognized by Jeweler’s Circular Keystone Magazine’s as one of the 7 most influential designers in 2008; Patricia Syvrud; the executive director of the World Diamond Council, the organization charged with representing the diamond pipeline at the UN-mandated Kimberley Process forum; and Sara Yood, Senior Counsel at the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC).

Among the topics discussed were:

  • Overview of ethically sourced gold 
  • Traceability and chain of custody 
  • Gold made with conflict-free gold mined in a socially responsible manner, such as "Fairmined" gold 
  • Gold jewelry made with reclaimed metal 
  • Government standards, compliance and regulations 
Below are some documents from the The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on ethical sourcing, supplied by Pat Syvrud of the World Diamond Council.
Below is the full panel discussion on two videos.
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