This year at New York City Jewelry week was our second Reciprocity exhibition, where 13 international jewelers showcased their work collaborating with Peruvian responsible artisanal miners from a Women's Mining Association. These miners use mercury-free methods and some have achieved fairmined status already, while others are working towards it.
These artisanal mines are alluvial, and appear very different than the large open pit mines you may have seen images of. (photo credit: Miguel Castro)
The spirit of reciprocity is alive in the collaboration between Pure Earth field workers and the miners, as well as with the land. Pure Earth and the miners work to reforest the region, planting indigenous plants and researching the methods of how to properly plant them for the best outcome. Since 2018, miners trained by Pure Earth have reforested approximately 8.4 hectares of land with the support of Pure Earth.
For this exhibition, 13 designers have joined the miners in the spirit of Reciprocity to purchase material directly from them and encourage them to continue mining responsibly. Fellow members of the jewelry industry, as well as tech industries that use gold, are invited to join the movement in support of mercury-free mining in order to create the sustainable supply chain necessary for these miners to continue working in harmony with the planet. Jewelry lovers and collectors are invited to support the movement, spread the word, and purchase jewelry that has been mined without mercury, including our Reciprocity collection, and any of our pieces made with fairmined gold.
20% of the proceeds from the sales of Reciprocity pieces will be donated to Pure Earth, the NGO working to train and support these miners in developing their responsible mining work as well as reforesting, that we normally donate 10% of sales to in order to support this important work. You can also directly donate to Pure Earth.
Thank you to all of our sponsors: Amaru Superfoods, Jora Restaurant, Consulate of Peru in New York, Prom Peru NY, and Kuna.