That alternative is recycled gold.
The World Gold Council estimates the planet's gold reserves at 244,00 tonnes of which 187,000 tonnes have already been mined: two-thirds of that in the past 70 years! According to the United States Geological Survey, only 57,000 tonnes of gold remain in the ground. Do we really need to mine it? What if we told you that extracting enough precious metal to make a plain gold band produces two tonnes of waste, more than 40 kg of CO2 and uses 5,000 litres of water. Gold is a wonderful thing! It can be melted, transformed and recycled an infinite number of times. Surely it's our responsibility to work with gold that has already been mined, rather than digging deeper and deeper in search of new supplies?
Courbet works with a specialist in metal recycling to recover the gold from electronic devices. That's right: gold is precious not just in jewellery but in industry too, because of its excellent resistance to corrosion and conductive properties. This is the recycled gold that we use.