The jeweler statements below endorse the Golden Rules. For jeweler statement endorsing the Bristol Bay Protection pledge, go here.
Andy Heyneman, President and CEO, Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store
"Since the inception of our company, Robbins Brothers has followed a rigid policy that ensures both the gold and diamonds we purchase are mined and distributed under the highest ethical standards. We fully support the No Dirty Gold campaign efforts to ensure that our customers' gift of gold purely symbolizes love and commitment, and is not tainted by either human rights violations or irresponsible mining practices. We are dedicated to making sure that the gold in our products is responsibly composed, both environmentally and socially."
Michael Gross, President, Since1910.com
"Since1910.com has always adhered to a strict policy of ethical mining practices associated with the products we sell. This applies not only to gold but to diamonds and gemstones as well. It applies to both environmental as well as human right concerns. We are certainly in favor of and will do our upmost to support and adhere to the NoDirtyGold policies. This includes the respect of basic human rights outlined in international conventions and law and the respect of workers' rights and labor standards, including safe working conditions. Environmentally it ensures that projects do not force communities off their lands and that projects are not located in protected areas, fragile ecosystems, or other areas of high conservation orecological value. It further ensures that projects refrain from dumping mine wastes into the ocean, rivers, lakes, or streams, that they do not contaminate water, soil, or air with sulfuric acid drainage or other toxic chemicals and that they fully disclose information about social and environmental effects.
The world is a different place then it was when we were founded in 1910. It is the responsibility of all of us to see that it remains a clean and humane environment for future generations."
Meghan Connolly Haupt, C5 company
"C5 company is proud to participate in the No Dirty Gold campaign. Our company was founded upon the belief that consumers shouldn't have to sacrifice sustainability for luxury or their values for beauty. In signing the Golden Rules, we hope to help advance the jewelry industry as a whole toward greater social and environmental responsibility. Ethical sourcing of metals is one of many important steps to be made."<
Anna Bario, Bario Neal
"When we launched Bario-Neal in 2007 as a company focused on principles of ethical jewelry sourcing and manufacturing, the No Dirty Gold campaign was one of the few resources available to jewelers interested in working with responsibly sourced materials. No Dirty Gold helps to create an awareness of the environmental and human rights' impacts of precious metals mining both among our clients and within the industry."
Michelle Pearlman, Senior Vice President and President of Jewelry, Sears Holdings
"The No Dirty Gold campaign is a great initiative that pushes for sustainability and ethical sourcing on gold. We are proud to be a part of it and to offer our customers gold that was obtained in a responsible manner. Sears strives to be a green company and we will continue to work to build lifetime relationships with our customers starting from the mines up."
Mike Bagull, Senior Vice President, Ultra Stores
"Ultra Diamonds fully supports The Golden Rules and we look forward to being part of the effort to ensure that our jewelry suppliers adhere to gold mining standards that are both environmentally and socially responsible."
Marc Choyt, President, Reflective Images
"We are 100% in support of the No Dirty Gold campaign. Precious metals mining causes tons of toxic pollution and is often tied to human rights abuses, which are unacceptable to us and our customers. Not only do we manufacture exclusively with recycled gold, but in 2008, my company was perhaps the first manufacturer in the jewelry sector to move its entire American and international manufacturing to recycled silver as well. We are now creating ethical mine-to-market custody, and also write the internet's leading resource on fair trade jewelry issues, www.fairjewelry.org."
"In 2005, I encountered the No Dirty Gold website and was confronted by the fact that precious metals mining is arguably the most toxic and polluting practice on Earth -- a fact that I had sensed over the years, but had conveniently been willing to ignore. Our job is to take action -- and then inspire others to take action. I'm happy to see growing progress toward sustainability in the mining sector and industry at large."
Jean-Christophe Bédos, President and CEO, Boucheron
"Boucheron is actively committed to environmental and social responsibility. Given our desire for transparency and responsibility in sourcing our materials, it was only natural for our Company to sign on to the No Dirty Gold campaign. Although we do not source our raw materials directly from mines, we do care about the respectability of the whole supply chain in our industry."
Jon Bridge, co-CEO, Ben Bridge Jeweler
"While we can't guarantee all the gold we have is from appropriate sources, we are striving to make sure that our suppliers comply with the principles outlined. It is important for us as retail jewelers to do all practically in our power to adhere to the principles of the No Dirty Gold campaign. It is the "right thing to do" for our community, our customers as well as the world environment."
Thomas A. Andruskevich, President and CEO, Birks & Mayors
"We know our customers expect their jewelry to sparkle without the taint of dirty gold. We believe it is our responsibility, as the premier jewelry retailer in Southeastern United States, to take the lead in the effort to ensure that gold is mined with socially and environmentally responsible methods."
Matt Gase, General Manager, Commemorative Brands
"Our primary customers--college and high school students--make up a generation firmly committed to supporting brands that take corporate social responsibility seriously. By supporting the No Dirty Gold campaign's Golden Rules, we hope to reflect the values of the many students around the country who have a deep commitment to human rights and the environment."
See the video where Matt Gase explains the importance of the company's endorsement of the Golden Rules.
Brian T. Leber, President, Leber Jeweler
"Leber Jeweler Inc. salutes the No Dirty Gold Campaign for their efforts in raising awareness to issues relating to the mining of precious metals. We look forward to the day when all mining is done responsibly.
Leber Jeweler Inc. continues to be a strong advocate for both sound environmental stewardship and the preservation of human rights in the extraction and sourcing of precious metals and gemstones. Working with fellow industry members, non-governmental organizations, as well as US government agencies, we are steadfast in our determination to raise and uphold the highest standards of socially responsible business practices so that they may guarantee a healthy future for both our planet and all people.
Leber Jeweler Inc. believes the jewelry industry, from the mine to the retail store, has a shared obligation in addressing the myriad of issues that face us. We are in a prime position to accomplish so much good by acting responsibly and decisively."
Beth Gerstein and Eric Grossberg, Brilliant Earth
"Wherever possible, Brilliant Earth uses precious metals from renewed sources derived from recycled jewelry or industrial products. By using renewed metals, our goal is to reduce the need for additional dirty mining of precious metals. Brilliant Earth supports the goals of the No Dirty Gold campaign. Cofounders Beth Gerstein and Eric Grossberg formed Brilliant Earth based on a passion for fine jewelry and a common belief that socially and environmentally responsible buying choices should be freely available to the consumer."
"Helzberg Diamonds was among the first jewelry retailers nationally to make a public commitment to ensure that the gold and metals we purchase come from sources that meet the highest standards for human rights, social responsibility and environmental stewardship.
We believe that gold should be extracted and processed in a manner that respects the needs of current and future generations, and we expect our business partners to adhere to ethical business practices."