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 by ASGM to concentrate gold. We look forward to continuing our partnership with GIA, working together to discover and implement ways millions of AGSM around the world can mine safely without the need for toxic mercury.
Photo by Emily Lane © GIA
The Story of the Wooden Batea: