GIA Grant Provides Opportunity for Reducing Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining

Caelen BurandNews

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has awarded a $50,000 grant to Mercury Free Mining (MFM) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) to focus on mitigating mercury use in artisanal gold mining in Ananea, Peru.  The grant provides funding to evaluate ore-testing processes that have the potential to significantly reduce or eliminate the inadvertent release of 5,440 kg of … Read More

Minding the Gold We Mine: Turning the Tide

Caelen BurandNews

Written by MFM founder and director, Toby Pomeroy (pictured right). As a jewelry designer and goldsmith for more than 50 years, I’m thrilled that many jewelry companies, from independent makers to some of the industry’s most notable institutions are taking bold action to support the discovery and implementation of alternative processes so that 15~20 million gold miners will no longer … Read More

Mercury in Mining: Insiders, Outsiders, and Innovators Video Series Episode 1

Caelen BurandMercury in Mining Video Series

Inaugural video of MFM’s interview series, “Mercury in Mining: Insiders, Outsiders, and Innovators” We invite you to join us in this illuminating video interview series that inquires into the devastating condition of mercury pollution in the gold supply chain. We’ll be speaking with jewelry industry experts, artisanal and small-scale gold miners, scientists, engineers, health professionals, and innovators at the cutting-edge of solutions … Read More

Your Gold’s (Potentially) Craggy Origins

Caelen BurandNews

Although gold is a modern necessity, as adornment, an antiviral, circuitry, and much more, we do not question its source. This is the first in a series of posts exploring the irreplaceable metal, from its origins, chemistry, and geology to extraction, processing, and much more, while placing an emphasis on ASGM’s role in the gold supply chain. Our journey begins … Read More

Lashbrook Signs on as Mercury Free Mining Premier Sponsor

Andrew PomeroyNews

Originally posted on National Jeweler. Read Original Article By Brecken Branstrator November 11, 2020 Corvallis, Ore.—Custom wedding ring manufacturer Lashbrook has become the 2020-2021 Premier Sponsor of the Mercury Free Mining (MFM) initiative. The company’s $50,000 contribution will help the program in its efforts to find effective technologies for the safe, mercury-free mining of gold, connect small-scale and artisanal miners … Read More

Bernd Wolf on Johnny Depp’s film Minamata, Greta Thunberg, and the Mercury Free Mining mission

Andrew PomeroyNews

The German jewelry publication Blicktpunk Juwelier spoke with jewelry designer Bernd Wolf, in their April 2020 interview entitled Sustainability in the Jewelery and Watch Industry. Bernd is a jewelry designer, and the managing director and founder of the Bernd Wolf Company in Freiburg, Germany, and has been a supporter of Mercury Free Mining since 2019. The interview covers topics such … Read More

Update on Coodmilla Gold Ore Testing

Toby PomeroyNews

EXCITING NEW DEVELOPMENTS Since December of last year, MFM and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) have been exploring opportunities to connect innovative green mining technologies with interested artisanal and small-scale mining (ASGM) communities to help them mine more efficiently and profitably, ending their need to use mercury. In a coordinated initiative between ARM, MFM, and Coodmilla, Ltda., a gold … Read More