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Australian Diamonds

Bario Neal is proud to offer ethical, traceable Australian diamonds. Currently, all of our Australian diamonds originate from the Argyle Diamond Mine (ADM) in the Kimberley region of northwestern Australia. We are also exploring a new source for rough diamonds from the Ellendale Diamond Mine, in West Kimberley, but for this post we’ll focus on […]

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Could Cornstarch Replace Cyanide in Gold Extraction?

New research shows the possibilities of cornstarch to to replace cyanide in gold extraction. The use of cornstarch could greatly improve the environmental and health impacts of gold mining and scrap separation. Thanks to Toby Pomeroy for sharing! The article: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-05/cornstarch-replaces-cyanide-clean-new-gold-extraction-method The science: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v4/n5/full/ncomms2891.html  

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Fair Trade Diamonds on the Market Soon

This is a great interview from Fair Jewelry Action with Mike Angenent of Open Source Minerals and Jeweltree.  We’re looking forward to working with stones from the Diamond Development Initiative and DC Diamascorp. Introductory Comments Those wishing to have a diamond which aligns with the values associated with engagement and marriage often choose Canadian diamonds, despite […]

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Recycled Metals

Gold smelting   Working with recycled precious metals is an important part of our process at Bario-Neal. We focus on sourcing the most environmentally and socially responsible metals and stones possible. One hundred percent recycled precious metals are the best option currently available, as they don’t require additional mining. Our recycled silver, gold, palladium, and […]

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Mercury in Artisanal Gold Mining

credit: Artisanal Gold Council Mercury pollution is one of the greatest risks in artisanal gold mining, the term used to refer to small-scale mining done primarily by hand in more than 70 countries worldwide. Artisanal gold mining (ASM) produces about 20% of the world’s gold, and an estimated 20 million people conduct ASM.  ASM is […]

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The Money Stone

The Money Stone is a soon-to-be-released documentary by Stuart Harmon that focuses on the lives of artisanal gold miners in West Africa. The film follows three artisanal miners: a digger, a miller and a refiner in Ghana, and the policymakers who attempt to regulate illegal galamsey mining. Galamsey mining is the livelihood of more than […]

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