Gold Jewelry

Dórnor generally uses recycled and re-refined gold in our high-end jewelry as part of our environmental responsibility. Our precious metals are of excellent quality and obtained responsibly.

Why We Use

Recycled Metals

Gold mining has a long history of civil war, labor exploitation, and environmental devastation. Metal mining, especially gold mining, is one of the most environmentally harmful forms of extraction because gold miners are frequently paid low salaries in hazardous working environments.

Our goal is to lower the harmful consequences of unclean gold by reducing the demand for recently mined metals and giving to programs striving to better mining habits.

Quality and


We use recycled precious metals for our products, which are sourced from certified responsible refiners audited for standards set by organizations such as the Responsible Minerals Initiative and London Bullion Market Association.93% of our fine gold jewelry is made from recycled gold, and 99.8% of our fine silver jewelry is composed of recycled silver. We're also continuing to work with our suppliers to increase the usage of recycled metal in all future production.

Although it can be challenging to find recycled platinum due to the limited amount available, we partner with suppliers who use recycled materials in their products. We also only work with refiners known to be environmentally friendly. However, disruptions in the supply chain caused by COVID-19 may make it challenging to obtain precious metals responsibly sourced from recycling centers. Despite these difficulties, Dórnor remains committed to using sustainable practices when possible.

We use gold in our products from multiple sources, including post-consumer materials like jewelry, industrial-use metals, and electronic components; material from in-house recycling, refining, and manufacturing or other secondary sources; and investment gold and gold-bearing goods. Because of supply constraints, we do not provide elements and findings such as peg heads, posts, clasps, tennis bracelet mountings, or chains. We are presently working with our suppliers to increase the number of recycled components used in our products.

Miners' safety

Standards are inadequate

Inhumane labor practices involve mistreating workers, forcing them to work in unsafe conditions or for long hours without breaks. These practices can lead to severe injuries and even death.

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What We

Can Do

If we recycle metals instead of using newly mined gold, we can decrease the harmful environmental and social effects of dirty gold mining. Additionally, they are a sustainable resource because precious metals can be recycled over and over without losing quality.

We support Recycled Precious Metals because it helps preserve the environment while reducing the demand for dirty gold. We donate funds to projects that promote environmentally responsible mining, including training in mercury-free methods through the Dórnor Foundation. Our donation allows miners to learn how to use and implement new technology that doesn’t damage or pollute their natural surroundings. You can help make a difference by volunteering with us today!


Twenty million of the 150 million people worldwide depend on mining for a living in artisanal and small-scale mines.

While trying to lower our environmental impact, we mainly use recycled metals. We also sometimes do artisanal and small-scale mining to affect those specific communities' social conditions and environment positively.

The Limited Edition Fairmined's Jewelry Collection is made from responsibly sourced gold produced by Fairmined certified manufacturers. This gold was mined by artisanal and small-scale miners committed to responsible operations, minimizing or eliminating pollution, and joining the formal sector.

Suppose we partner with Fairmined and buy jewelry made from responsibly sourced gold. In that case, we can help miners by giving them access to fair markets, promoting higher wages, and improving working conditions.

Recycle Your Jewelry

With Us

Customers may recycle their gold and platinum jewelry if they no longer want it, as Dórnor encourages.

We will gladly take and recycle any gold or platinum jewelry, and we'll give you credit towards your next Dórnor purchase of equal or more excellent value based on current metal costs.

Please be advised that after 30 days from your initial credit notification date, Dórnor will recycle any jewelry sent in for an evaluation and apply store credit to your account unless you instruct us to return it.

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