In the Peruvian desert, lies a small gold mining town by the name of Relave. Families here have depended on small-scale mining since the 1980s when economic hardship and conflict drove numerous families to settle as informal miners. Starting out without basic infrastructure, they worked the tailings left by previous large-scale international mining operations and managed to transform their challenging situation over the years.
Relave is now a 4,000-person town and an international exporter of ethical gold and silver. These achievements are mainly the fruit of the hard work, vision and commitment to responsible mining of the AURELSA Company that in 2012 obtained Fairmined certification. As a certified Fairmined organization, AURELSA has been able to export at a fair price and make important improvements to their mining organization and in the community.
Now thanks to Virginia based eco-friendly refiner Hoover and Strong, supporting responsible miners in AURELSA has never been easier. Led by the demand of jewelers of the organization Ethical Metalsmiths, the company began offering Fairmined gold to its clients in 2013 on demand. Since then, interest in ethical gold has been rising steadily and Hoover and Strong now offers a stock of Fairmined gold and silver to customers interested in supporting responsible artisanal and small-scale miners.
“We are proud to play an integral part in the Fairmined initiative. With the support of Ethical Metalsmiths and participating jewelers, certified mining communities like AURELSA will be able to improve the lives of their communities significantly due to the generation of more wealth and improved working conditions,” said Torry Hoover, President of Hoover & Strong.
Fairmined, created by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) certifies gold and silver from responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations who meet world leading standards for responsible practices.
“Thanks to our recent updates to the Fairmined model, businesses of all shapes and sizes can now support certified Fairmined mines. We are thrilled by the commitment which Hoover and Strong has made which clearly shows their leadership in the U.S. jewelry and refining industry,” said Kenneth Porter, Fairmined business developer in the Alliance for responsible Mining.
Hoover and Strong offers Fairmined casting grain, sheet and round wire in 14K yellow, 18K yellow, 24K yellow, sterling silver and fine silver. For more information or to place an order at Hoover and Strong, please visit www.hooverandstrong.com.