Sustainability is a topic that is very important to us. We maintain a supply chain that respects the planet, as well as each person who is involved with our company. Every piece of Golpira jewelry is handmade locally in Germany by a small team of artisans. We are committed to ethically sourcing each element of our products. Everything that we purchase and produce must be aligned with our core values.
Our Gold Nuggets are coming from Papua New Guinea or Australia.
Unlike the industrial gold mines has the traditional gold digging process in Papua New Guinea or Australia no impact on the environment. During the gold digging process no chemicals like cyanide, mercury or other toxic substances are used. Our gold diggers are using a floating gold dredge to dig gold. Although this method has largely been replaced by modern methods it is the most efficient way to dig gold ecologically correct, because this method has no environmental impact, as no stripping on vegetation or overburden is necessary and all process water is fully recycled.
How Gold Diggers find gold and work is very interesting and without doubt a very physically demanding job. First of all panning is done to locate the parent gold veins which are the source of placer deposits. Once the gold diggers found a gold vein the actually digging process can start.The dredge is a small machine that floats on the water and is usually operated by one or two people. A suction dredge consists of a sluice box supported by pontoons, attached to a suction hose which is controlled by one or two worker beneath the water. It works like a large vacuum cleaner by sucking up underwater gold-bearing material like rocks, gravel, sand, and dirt with the help of an engine and pump and forcing it through a highbanker or power sluice that is capable of recovering very fine particles of gold. Sluices use water to wash ore down a series of angled platforms. As water washes sediment down a sluice, gold particles sink and are captured by material covering the bottom of the sluice, often carpets. As moving water travels down a sluice, it generates greater force and keeps gold particles from sinking easily. For this reason most gold is captured at the beginning of the sluice. Carpets or other capturing devices on the bottom of sluices can be removed and washed in a bucket to remove the captured dense material. Sluices are good at concentrating large amounts of ore and sediment in a relatively short time but often do not yield concentrates with high amounts of gold. The resulting concentrate must usually undergo further methods of concentration, such as panning. It is a manual technique of separating gold from other materials. The pan is submerged in water and shaken, sorting the gold from the gravel and other material. As gold is much denser than rock, it quickly settles to the bottom of the pan.
We process the Gold Nuggets by hand in Germany into precious pieces of jewelry. We don’t manipulate the gold nuggets, so we don’t hammer, shape or even polish them. We leave them in their original shape, just as the gold diggers found them in the river. We use them as they are in designs that suit them. Each nugget looks different, and therein lies its beauty. Whether its angular or matt, elongated or rough, round or shiny – no two are alike. Each has its own structure, shape and especially its own energy. If you would like to know more about Gold Nuggets please feel free to visit our page Facts about Gold Nuggets.
Round brilliant cut diamonds which are triple excellent quality, G color, and above SI1 clarity at minimum are used for our jewelry. The stones used in our jewelry pieces are Conflict Free and abide by the Kimberly Process.