Winden purchases silver and gold from a select few suppliers.
Most Winden gold findings and wire are purchased from Hoover & Strong. Hoover & Strong has been committed to conserving energy and re-using materials for over 100 years. They do not purchase mined metals; over half of their metal supply comes entirely from scrap metal purchased from jewelers. The remainder comes from other refineries that also recycle scrap metal. They are designated as a Certified Responsible Source by Scientific Global Services (SCS), guaranteeing that their precious metals are 100% recycled. We are really excited to be working with this particular company as they are the world's greenest refiner, and clearly make their environmental impact a top priority. This business is also the source of most of our recycled and Kimberley-compliant diamonds. In addition to that, we are able to send them our scrap metal and any recyclable fine jewelry that we acquire to have the metal and stones reclaimed to be repurposed.
We also purchase gold chain and select findings from a small family-run business in New York City's Diamond District. They work with extremely small companies that recycle gold mainly for economic reasons. Because of the size of these refiners and manufacturers, they are unable to certify their materials as 100% recycled. While we prefer to use recycled metal, we are also committed to helping sustain small businesses that may be unable to afford what can be a prohibitively expensive certification process.
Our pieces are cast by a small family-run business in New York City's Diamond District. They purchase metals from United PMR. United PMR is a refinery based in New York State that has also been designated as a Certified Responsible Source by SCS. This SCS certification guarantees that our cast pieces are made using 100% recycled metals.