Pomellato and its Sustainable Approach to Jewellery Production
Transparent and responsible gold acquisition
The Italian jeweller believes in the complete transparency of its products from the very beginning through the processes of design, acquisition of gold and precious stones and the entire manufacturing process. For the mining of gold in mines, no mercury or cyanide can be used, all stakeholders in the process must be appropriately financially compensated, and the industry must also support local communities in other ways.
The standard of the entire Kering Group, which owns the Pomellato brand, is based on the responsible purchasing of raw materials certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). The watchmaking brands IWC Schaffhausen and Cartier are also part of this initiative.
The Jewellery house of Pomellato believes in the integrity of each jewel, from its conception to its materials and design and since 2018, all Pomellato jewels are made from Responsible Gold.
For the mining of gold in mines, no mercury or cyanide can be used, all stakeholders in the process must be appropriately financially compensated, and the industry must also support local communities in other ways.
Fairmined – the initiative for fairly acquired gold
It is not enough for Pomellato to simply meet the RJC’s standards; they also participate in other similar initiatives, such as “Fairmined” which directly supports smaller mines in Peru and Columbia. These have to be locally owned and the Fairmined organisation regularly monitors them to ensure safe working conditions, social development, and strict environmental protection. The initiative guarantees fair prices for the purchase of minerals, which also include a premium for local community development and thus directly contributes to their welfare.
Forestation as restoration of mining surfaces
Many years of draining mineral supplies from the mines have left a mark on local communities and, most importantly, frequently leaves almost irreparable environmental damage. With great efforts, the #EVERYGRAMCOUNTS by Fairmined initiative tries to heal these wounds by foresting the entire areas of the depleted mines.
Local regulations in French Guiana, for example, demand that the area of abandoned mines be forested to the extent of 30%, while the Kering Group provides a 100% restoration and, aided by modern techniques, creates ideal conditions for the revival of flora and fauna.
Sustainability is more than a transparent supply chain
Pomellato is aware that sustainable approaches are not crucial only at the beginning of the supply chain but are to be maintained throughout the production part of their manufacture facility in Milan.
Thus, they collaborate with the local goldsmithing school in preserving and developing the goldsmithing craft, and through various initiatives, they encourage care for the environment, equality of the sexes, and the balance between work and private life within the company, too.