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SMO Gold

Doing the right thing is a priority at Fultons. It is important for us to know where the materials in our products come from. That is why we only use sustainably sourced gold in all the jewellery we make.
We are one of only two goldsmiths appointed by Betts Metals to cast items using their sustainably sourced Single Mine Origin (SMO) gold as part of their stringent supply chain, so you can be assured of complete and traceable provenance of all your jewellery crafted by us.

What is SMO gold?

Some mining industries have a bad image because of their negative impacts such as ties to conflict, child labour and dangerous working conditions.

SMO gold is different because it comes from a single, responsibly run gold mine. The Yanfolila Gold Mine in Mali, West Africa holds no ties to conflict where the miners are paid a just wage under secure employment. The mine is operated to the best international standards and is socially and environmentally responsible.

From the moment it is mined, every gram of gold is traced by batch right through to the creation of a finished product. SMO gold is segregated all the way along the supply chain, ensuring that our customers know exactly what they are purchasing.

Supporting the community

The mine operators support local programmes centred on education, healthcare, safe drinking water and agricultural prosperity to support a wide number of people. For example, over $400,000 has been spent on local community projects including the installation of water supply systems benefiting over 5,000 locals.

Always fully traceable

The SMO standard provides an auditable chain of custody for every gram of gold from the mine, through the manufacturing process, to the finished product. So you can enjoy peace of mind that the metal has been produced within strict parameters of corporate, social and environmental responsibilit

The right price

Only a very small percentage of gold used in the jewellery industry is currently traceable and where it is, it is very expensive. However, SMO gold is different because it is sold at the usual market price. SMO gives our customers reassurance without having to pay a huge premium.

About Betts

Betts are metal refiners providing a complete service to the manufacturing jeweller by offering a wide range of precious metal products. Fultons is one of only two casters appointed by Betts, to cast items using its SMO gold and to be involved in its stringent supply chain to the jewellery trade.

The company was founded in Birmingham in 1760 and is still a family-owned business. Now into its fourth century of trading, the ninth consecutive generation of Betts family management is proud of the company’s long history of integrity.


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