Green Living Retail jeweler with Third-party Certification of Recycled Gold Wedding and Engagement Rings

GreenKarat® got some third-party certification of its recycled content to prove how green they really are. While there are companies saying this is what they do, this first third-party certification of a jewelry retailer is huge.


Eco-friendly wedding and engagement rings have grown in popularity. Oxfam has a No Dirty Gold educate regarding the environmental impact of gold mining.

In an effort to appeal to the green living guy, the jewelry industry has got a little green washing going on here with regard to recycled content.

“The jewelry industry is starting a slow turn toward environmental responsibility,” said Matthew White, President of greenKarat .  “We are proud to be in the lead on that effort.”

The problem is that the term ‘recycled’ is not regulated in the jewelry industry in the same way ‘organic’ is labeled in the food industry.

The US Federal Trade Commission and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have issued voluntary standards for environmental marketing claims, but we know how that goes!!!

So recognize that the greenKarat thirdparty certification also discloses the recycled and postconsumer portion of the piece you want to buy

From my conversation with people in the diamond district and others, it is pretty clear that the jewelry industry has been slow to adopt that disclosure standard. 

According to greenKarat’s certification, it confirms that the gold used is 100% post-consumer recycled.

Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.