Gold Diamond Semi

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Does the mining of precious metals and gemstones negatively impact the environment?

No one ever talks about mining for gold and diamonds and other precious and semi-precious stones as being bad for the environment but do I need to give up these to live a Greener existence?

A truly WONDERFUL question for sure. Yes, mining for precious metals and stones is VERY destructive to the environment. Especially for precious stones as a LOT of waste (called spoil) must be romoved to find just ONE useable diamond, ruby or other precious stone. This spoil has ended up filling in entire valleys in some places like Columbia where Emerald mining has destroyed hundreds of acres of what was once lovely rainforest. Not only is it environmentally destructive it is also socially destructive as many mines simply enslaved, coerced or forced the local people to work in the mines for little or NO pay, under horrid living and working conditions under oftentimes very dangerous conditions. I don’t think that you need to give up having a diamond or emerald as a jewel, just make sure of the source and the conditions that the jewel was obtained. Many reputable dealers in jewels will have some sort of certification to show how and where a particular gem came from and it’s up to YOU to decide whether or not you agree with the methods and environmental or social context of the acquisition would be undesirable.

Raji the Green Witch

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