Papa from "Stranger Things" and Gold, what do they have in common?
Posted on 14 October 2022
They support gold jewelry made of fairmined gold to help raise awareness and clean up pollution from toxic chemicals. What do I mean by this?
For the past five years, I have been participating in the annual jewelry auction at Pure Earth, a wonderful non-profit organization with an amazing and dedicated team who does wonderful work in cleaning up pollution, specifically toxic chemicals such as lead and mercury in low and middle-income countries. This is a huge simplication of the scope of work they do, but my participation is important to me because they work with artisanal small scale gold miners by training them to mine mercury-free.
Did you know...
Much of the mercury released into the environment is the result of artisanal and small scale gold mining. This is something to be concerned about because up to 20% of the world’s gold comes from artisanal and small scale gold mining. A big percentage of it gets released into the environment, and eventually ends up in our food system.
Gold as you know is used not just in jewelry, it is used in electronics (cell phones!) computers, medical, aerospace, award medals, and buildings (gold leaf) etc…
I am honored to participate each year in a small way to help this wonderful organization’s work in cleaning up mercury pollution and helping artisanal miners mine mercury-free using cleaner and safer methods.
Additionally, I am VERY excited that the talented actress and musician Ruby Rivera Modine is featured to model the jewelry pieces for the collection's photoshoot, including my Margarita baroque pearl earrings. Ruby is the daughter of actor Matthew Modine, Papa from "Stranger Things" and the actor has joined Ruby in supporting Pure Earth as well! 💕
The auction consists of beautiful jewelry created and donated by 30 designers made with fairmined gold. I hope you check it out, and share the link with your friends and family. The more awareness there is, the higher the demand for mercury-free gold mining practices, which ultimately means cleaner gold and healthier environment for all us 🙏🏼😊
Thank you for reading!