Thanks for this wonderful investigation. It's unconscionable that the workers making Love, Earth jewelry are being paid so little. As for the question of Wal-Mart’s gold, it’s important for jewelry buyers to know: the most eco-friendly way to make a new piece of gold jewelry is to use recycled gold. Jewelry made using dirty gold mining methods -- such as cyanide heap leaching -- just doesn’t qualify as eco-friendly.
Let's hope that this leads to changes in Wal-Mart's supply chain. When any jeweler claims to be selling ethical and eco-friendly jewelry, it’s important that their clams be true. Otherwise, consumers will be misled, and practices in the mining and jewelry industries won’t improve.- GK, www.brilliantearth.com