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New South Wales-based jewellery manufacturer Palloys and goldsmith ABC Refinery have provided assurance for consumers by adopting responsible sourcing and sustainability practices.
Palloys, Australia’s oldest brand for custom jewellery manufacturing, has attained certification from the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the “foremost” standard setting and certification in the world for the international jewellery industry.
RJC certification assures consumers that gold jewellery has been manufactured according to RJC code of practices, which covers human rights, labour rights, environmental impact, mining practices, product disclosure and other matters related to the jewellery supply chain.
“In the past, Australian consumers could not be sure that gold jewellery they purchased was manufactured responsibly,” ABC Refinery managing director Phillip Cochineas said.
“This has now changed with Palloys becoming the only RJC certified jewellery manufacturer and wholesaler in Australia.”
RJC certification involves a rigorous independent audit process whereby production standards are graded against the RJC code of practices, which is made up of 42 provisions, according to Gold Industry Group. The RJC code also aims to align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
In addition to the RJC, ABC Refinery, along with associated companies under the Pallion umbrella, are fully compliant with relevant standards. These include the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) Responsible Gold Guidance and the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for responsible supply chains of minerals from conflict affected and high risk areas.
“The addition of Palloys’ RJC certification to ABC Refinery’s existing accreditation with the LBMA and Shanghai Gold Exchange means that Pallion companies apply responsible sourcing and sustainability practises from mine to market,” Cochineas concluded.