As more and more couples try to make green choices about everything from the free trade coffee they drink to the fuel efficient car they drive, Isadoras offers what it has always has offered—a way of preserving the past and the future.
Isadora’s sells antique and vintage jewelry. Antique jewelry is a consumer conscious alternative for couples trying to avoid not only conflict diamonds but also gold that is mined in such a way that its procurement has a damaging effect on the environment.
By purchasing an antique ring a couple makes an investment in the future, both theirs and the worlds. They also preserve the past by curating and loving jewelry that has been around, in many cases, longer than they have.
Mining for gold has never been a clean business, but the grime used to come primarily from dirt, as people used pickaxe, shovel and sifter to cull precious metal from the earth. Today it is a far more toxic endeavor.
Gold, today, is primarily produced by blasting the ground and digging up enormous tons of ore, creating large open-pit mines. The gold is culled in a process called “cyanide heap leaching”, leaving behind is not only beautiful gold but also tons of contaminated rock as well as toxic mine waste or “tailings”. These tailings contain dozens of hazardous materials including arsenic, lead, mercury and cyanide. If not properly taken care of, they work their way into the air, earth and water.
The EPA stated hard rock mining generates more toxic waste than any other industry in the United States. Which is why the “No Dirty Gold” campaign says the only way to buy “clean” gold is to opt for vintage or recycled jewelry.
FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE ENVIRONEMENTAL IMPACT OF THE GOLD MINING INDUSTRY PLEASE CHECK OUT THE NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE: Behind Gold’s Glitter: Torn Lands and Pointed Questions
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