CIBJO president’s message about COVID-19 – and our response

Toby PomeroyNews

April 29, 2020 Dear Dr. Cavalieri, Thank you for your invitation to collaborate on designing our industry’s path forward so we can thrive in a novel, post-COVID world. We’re certainly in a different world from when I began my jewelry career more than 50 years ago as a designer-goldsmith.  In 1966 gold cost $35 an ounce, 2% of its current price, … Read More

In Quest to End Mercury Use in Gold Mining, Field Tests of Safer Goldrop Method Prove Positive

Toby PomeroyNews

The Goldrop process was tested among small scale gold miners in Ghana, West Africa Mercury-Free Mining, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating the use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining, announced that field tests of Goldrop, a mercury-free gold separation process, proved positive enough to merit further testing and refinement. The testing took place among small-scale miners in Ghana, … Read More

Mercury Free Mining Awarded $25,000 JCK Industry Fund Grant, Helping Drive Innovation in Responsible Gold Mining

Caelen BurandNews

Mercury Free Mining (MFM) is honored by this generous and visionary grant from the JCK Industry Fund. We are delighted by the support for our mission to eradicate the use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM), ensuring the public trust in the jewelry industry gold supply chain. The JCK Industry fund was founded in 1997 with the … Read More

Driving Late into Kumasi. A Test Day in Tarkwa Hard Rock Mine.

Caelen BurandNews

Driving late into Kumasi. A test day in Tarkwa hard rock mine. Mixed results and a very valuable learning experience. A Ghanaian Board of Standards member, a Water Resources Council member (not sure of accurate names) and a mining engineer from University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa were at the mine and will accompany us for testing tomorrow as … Read More

First Day Testing Results….”We’re capturing 95% of Alluvial Gold we’re Processing”

Caelen BurandNews

This just in from Toby Pomeroy in Ghana… It’s been a great first testing day. The National Organizer of GNASSM, Anaji Baba, observing, said we’re capturing 95% of the Alluvial gold we were processing. More comments, testing, video & photo feeds over the next three days. These miners pick up the GOLDROP almost immediately; we’re learning a lot about the … Read More

Toby First Meeting w GNASSM Team

Caelen BurandNews

What a day yesterday was…I’m relishing the privilege of being here! Unfortunately, we don’t have wifi at our hotel so it makes communication a bit more challenging. Festus and his son Wise took us shopping for safety gear in Kumasi and later in the evening we met with six of the GNASSM team who will accompany us to the testing … Read More

The Eagle has landed…Toby’s first report from Ghana

Caelen BurandNews

We’re on the bus between Accra & Kumasi, a 5-6 hr ride, very comfortable. Not much to share yet but I LOVE the culture & the people. Delighted to be here, what a gift! Excellent food. Jacob Massaquoi is an excellent host, is managing everything wonderfully. He gave me this Ghanaian shirt he had made for himself! We will meet … Read More

New Tech May End Horror of Mercury Use in Artisanal Gold Mining

Toby PomeroyNews

Mercury Free Mining to Field Test New GOLDROP Equipment in Ghana It is estimated that millions of artisanal gold miners in developing countries pan for gold using mercury and in the process release nearly 8,000 lbs. of the toxic metal into the environment every day. Mercury pollution is increasing around the world and is devastating to the physiological and neurological … Read More

Indonesian Infrastructure Failure Pushes Local Miners into Utilizing Mercury

Caelen BurandNews

By Caelen Burand In Indonesia miners flock to the island of Sumbawa in the hopes of accessing a stable income. They search for gold as a means to escape poverty and trade their health in to obtain it. A simple longing to earn a living traps these miners in the disastrous use of mercury in gold refinement. The land these … Read More

Toxic river: Mining, Mercury and Murder Continue to Plague Colombia’s Atrato


by Frederick Gillingham, Melisa Valenzuela on 10 October 2019 Decades of internal conflict have fueled an unprecedented surge in illegal mining in Colombia’s Choco region, decimating the Atrato River basin and provoking an environmental and humanitarian crisis. In a landmark ruling in 2016, Colombia’s Constitutional Court granted the Atrato environmental personhood rights just as the country signed historic peace … Read More