Jewelry’s Responsible Future. Originally in Instore Magazine by Eileen McClelland

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Get ready: Gen Z will ask questions about materials sourcing, the environment and human rights. Originally in Instore Magazine by Eileen McClelland WHEN JEWELRY DESIGNER Jennifer Dawes first began talking about responsible sourcing in 2005, she didn’t find a receptive audience in industry circles. “A lot of people were looking at me like I had two heads,” she recalls. Since … Read More

Mercury Free Mining Helps Launch Climate-Neutral, Certified, Sustainability Rated Gold Supply Chain

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SCS 007 Sustainable Jewelry Standard to Include Artisanal Gold Mines Announced by SCS Global Services and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) Opportunity to Bring Certified Sustainability-Rated, Climate Neutral Gold Jewelry to Market EMERYVILLE, Calif., (March 15, 2022) – SCS Global Services (SCS), a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing and standards development, and the Alliance … Read More

Mercury Free Mining Awards GIA CEO Susan Jacques with Wooden Batea

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Background: In 2021 GIA (Gemological Institute of America) granted MFM and ARM (Alliance for Responsible Mining) $50,000 to work with gold miners from the Ananea District of Peru to eliminate mercury from their ore processing. At February’s Tucson AGTA Gem Fair, MFM was honored to present GIA CEO Susan Jacques with a hand-carved traditional wooden batea (gold mining pan) used … Read More

The Toxin that Blights Gold Mining

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By Toby Pomeroy, Mercury Free Mining Founder and Executive Director, writing for IDEXonline, November 25th 2021  ( We are living in arguably the most abundant and innovative time in Earth’s history, with change happening at an exponential pace. We can be the drivers of the future we want our children and grandchildren to inherit. By now most are well-versed on … Read More

Mercury Free Mining and the Alliance for Responsible Mining Work to Reduce Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining

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GIA Grant Supports Effort The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has awarded a $50,000 grant to Mercury Free Mining (MFM) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) to focus on mitigating mercury use in artisanal gold mining in Ananea, Peru.  The grant provides funding to evaluate ore-testing processes that have the potential to significantly reduce or eliminate the inadvertent release … Read More

Minding the Gold We Mine: Turning the Tide

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Written by MFM founder and director, Toby Pomeroy (pictured right). As a jewelry designer and goldsmith for more than 50 years, I’m thrilled that many jewelry companies, from independent makers to some of the industry’s most notable institutions are taking bold action to support the discovery and implementation of alternative processes so that 15~20 million gold miners will no longer … Read More

Mercury in Mining: Insiders, Outsiders, and Innovators Video Series Episode 1

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Inaugural video of MFM’s interview series, “Mercury in Mining: Insiders, Outsiders, and Innovators” We invite you to join us in this illuminating video interview series that inquires into the devastating condition of mercury pollution in the gold supply chain. We’ll be speaking with jewelry industry experts, artisanal and small-scale gold miners, scientists, engineers, health professionals, and innovators at the cutting-edge of solutions … Read More

Your Gold’s (Potentially) Craggy Origins

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Although gold is a modern necessity, as adornment, an antiviral, circuitry, and much more, we do not question its source. This is the first in a series of posts exploring the irreplaceable metal, from its origins, chemistry, and geology to extraction, processing, and much more, while placing an emphasis on ASGM’s role in the gold supply chain. Our journey begins … Read More