Necklace and bracelet in 18 kt yellow gold from the Reflect collection designed by Jacqueline Rabun

RECYCLED GOLD

 Better sourcing. Same exceptional quality.

We’re on track to a full transition to recycled gold by the end of 2022. It’s a significant milestone for our business, as we adopt an ever-more sustainable approach to jewellery making while maintaining the exceptional quality our designs are known for.

Currently, 95% of our newly-produced gold jewellery is crafted from solid 18kt recycled gold – obtained by repurposing and refining previously mined gold.

The quality, look and feel are just as good as mined gold. However, the process significantly lowers the amount of newly extracted resources from our planet.

Yet how did we get here? What does it mean for you and your gold jewellery? And what are the benefits?
Let us explain.

YOUR QUESTIONS, ANSWERED

Ring in 18 kt recycled gold from Reflect Collection designed by Jacqueline Rabun

First. What is recycled gold? 

Repurposed. Reused. Recycled. Name is as you wish. The process involves melting and refining previously mined 18kt gold to craft brand new pieces of jewellery. This is done without giving up any of the properties that make the material so precious and unique. 

Earrings and ring in sterling silver and 18 kt gold from the Reflect collection designed by Jacqueline Rabun

Does recycled gold look any different to mined gold?

Not at all. There is no visible difference between recycled and mined gold. Purity, colour and look are the same.
Earrings in 18 kt recycled gold from Reflect Collection designed by Jacqueline Rabun

Is recycled gold jewellery any less valuable?

No. The material remains the same: solid, radiant 18kt gold. The process of transforming previously mined gold into new designs does not, in any way or form, take away from the value and purity of the mined material.
Rings and necklace in 18kt yellow gold from the Moonlight Grapes collection

Can I expect the same quality as newly mined gold? 

Absolutely. The metal is recycled to the same exact quality standards as mined gold without losing its purity or value over time. Our certified recycled gold is of highest quality, responsibly sourced, traceable, and comes with COC certification (chain of custody). Choosing certified recycled gold for your jewellery gives you the exact same quality that you have been accustomed to by Georg Jensen.

Ring in 18 kt recycled gold from the Moonlight Grapes collection at Georg Jensen

What are the benefits of using recycled gold?

Similarly to other repurposed materials, this eases our strain on valuable natural resources. By making good use of leftover gold, we prevent the extraction of new metal while crafting stand-out jewellery.
Earrings and rings in 18 kt yellow gold from the Reflect collection designed by Jacqueline Rabun

Is every gold design crafted in recycled 18kt gold?

We're almost there. 95% of newly crafted gold jewellery is made from recycled gold. From the start of 2023, we’ll hit 100%. We are very proud that already today, we can guarantee 100% recycled gold on two of our newest 18kt gold collections: Reflect and the new Moonlight Grapes designs.