the money stone: who mines the gold you wear?

Photography by Thomas Lee

Photography by Thomas Lee

At kara | daniel, we’re passionate about creating beautiful adornment from ethical materials so you can feel good on every level about the jewelry you wear.

when we heard about the upcoming film, The Money Stone, we were intrigued. Filmmakers Stuart Harmon & Paula Ely delve into the dangerous world of small-scale mining, a vast and controversial local industry that provides the livelihood of millions across the globe.


Deep under the jungles of Ghana, scores of children are driven by poverty to leave school and work in dangerous pits in search of gold. “The Money Stone” tells the stories of Justice and Maxwell, two teens trapped in the deadly world of illegal mining who must risk it all in search of a better future.

Nearly one-quarter of the world’s gold output is estimated to originate from small-scale mining, yet few know at what cost this precious metal is obtained. We think these types of stories are so important for jewelers and consumers to hear, and we are proud supporters of the film. Knowledge is power, and building awareness of practices within an industry allow us to make a decision to purchase the most ethical materials we can. While we may never have the opportunity to interact directly with the workers that pick our food, make our clothes, or mine our precious metals, we can choose to put our dollars in places that we know are aligned with our values. 

This is just one of the reasons that kara | daniel works with Fairmined gold. Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold from empowered responsible Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Organizations who meet world leading standards for responsible practices.

You can support responsible mining too. Ask your jeweler about their gold source. Are they working with recycled content or Fairmined material? Can they source it for you? You can find our FAIRMINED collection online, make any of our gold wedding bands Fairmined, and request Fairmined gold in any daniel juzwiak custom design. Stay tuned for the release of The Money Stone, and join us in our mission of #ethicaladornment and #goldtobeproudof.

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