Where is it coming from?
I have two sources
I am ordering recylced silver through Merkle in Hamburg.
Also I a using a mass-balance system. This means old silver is being sold to a goldsmith colleague of mine. This silver is the given to a refinery which adds the silver to a silver account. The physical silver will go into the "big pot" with all other metals, will be refined and alloyed again.
I am buying this silver form silver account to silver account. When I am having something casted, it will be substracted from my silver account. The reason for not casting directly with silver has been that until recently I have not found a casting company in Germany that would have casted with my "old silver", especially not in a small quantity.
I will soon stop using this system and only work with traceable silver for example from fairtrade or fairmined.
Recycling old gold
If you do have some old gold at home that is not worn or used anymore it can be used to create new rings or jewelry, by casting or reworking it.
Fair traded Gold
Who are the suppliers?
You will find more here at fairtrade-deutschland.de/produkte/gold
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