Mining Reform

"We must be the change we want to see." — Mahatma Ghandi

Ethical Metalsmiths’ vision is a world in which people can create and enjoy jewelry made with materials from responsible sources that protect and sustain the earth, its peoples and cultures.

Our ethical foundations support this vision in several ways. One is in the realm of personal beliefs; in how we practice our craft, teach and conduct our business. Another is rejecting "business as usual" in the mining industry and taking action to support social, political, economic and environmental change.

As a jeweler, you can endorse basic human rights, social and environmental criteria for responsible mining by adding your signature to the Golden Rules* Demand that mining companies meet the following standards in their operations:

    •    Respect basic human rights outlined in international conventions and law
    •    Obtain the free, prior, and informed consent of affected communities.
    •    Respect workers' rights and labor standards, including safe working conditions
    •    Ensure that operations are not located in areas of armed or militarized conflict
    •    Ensure that projects do not force communities off their lands
    •    Ensure that projects do not take place in protected areas or fragile ecosystems
    •    Refrain from dumping mine wastes into the ocean, rivers, lakes, or streams
    •    Ensure that projects do not contaminate water, soil, or air with toxic chemicals
    •    Cover all costs of closing down and cleaning up mine sites
    •    Fully disclose information about social and environmental effects of projects
    •    Allow independent verification of the above


*The Golden Rules were created by the No Dirty Gold Campaign, a project of EARTHWORKS. Studio jewelers signing the Rules will be identified on the Ethical Metalsmiths website and on their Jeweler Directory listing. 

*EARTHWORKS is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from irresponsible mining.  To stay informed about what is being done to reform government policies, improve corporate practices join EARTHWORKS and sign up for their e-mail alert list. (Ethical Metalsmiths is an affiliate of EARTHWORKS.)

Consumers, are urged to use their “consumer power” by signing the No Dirty Gold Pledge.

"I support the No Dirty Gold campaign to end destructive gold mining practices. I call on retailers and manufacturers of gold jewelry, electronics, and other goods to work to ensure that the gold in their products was not produced at the expense of local communities, workers, and the environment. I demand that the global mining industry provide retailers and consumers an alternative to dirty gold."