The new gold we use at Village Jewellery is sourced entirely from the mines on the West Coast of the South Island.
And, we also recognise the importance of recycling and jewellers are the masters of using every last particle of dust.
At the end of every work bench is a jar where every excess sliver or gold is collected.
In our sinks we have fine mesh that catches rogue bits of gold dust trying to make a break for freedom.
Once a year, we gather it all together and refine it down to make new ingots of pure gold.
The refining process involves the use of acids and heat to remove all the impurities or additives that may be in the gold. For example, 9ct gold consists of 37.5% pure gold, with the balance being silver, zinc and copper.
The pure gold is then alloyed again to create fresh carat golds, which we use to craft exciting new designs.
We can also do the same with old jewellery you may have at home.
Bring in great-grandad’s heavy gold signet ring, the one you wouldn’t be seen dead wearing, but still has sentimental value.
We’ll weigh it to get an idea of how much gold is present, refine it, and create something unique and beautiful just for you.
You are still wearing great-grandad’s ring, but now it’s got new life. In 100 years’ time, it may be refined again and will become your great-grandson’s wedding band. And so on.
The ultimate recycling process.