Dell Turns Recycled E-Waste Gold into Incredible Jewelry

By: | February 3rd, 2018

E-waste gold

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Did you know that certain parts of computers contain a whole lot of valuable metals, such as gold, silver, platinum, etc.? Tons of gold and silver are used in the global production of consumer electronics every year. But these precious metals end up in landfills when we don’t recycle e-waste.

Image courtesy BaYou with Love

Image courtesy BaYou with Love

A ton of motherboards contains up to 800 times more gold than a ton of gold ore

Now, Dell has announced its collaboration with actress and jewelry designer Nikki Reed to launch a limited edition jewelry collection made from gold recovered from used electronics.

The partnership was announced after Dell decided to do something more interesting with the precious metal derived from Dell’s recycling programs rather than just hoarding it.

The Reed-designed jewelry line “Bayou with Love” is up for preorder now. The collection includes 14 and 18 carat gold rings, earrings and cufflinks, ranging in price from $78 to $348.

The collection was showcased at this year’s 2018 Consumer Electronics Show to spread awareness regarding the hazards of e-waste on the environment and suggest the benefits of moving toward preventive environmental strategies like a circular economy.

According to Dell, smartphones dumped by Americans every year contain over $60 million worth of gold and silver.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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