Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Coral ~

Coral reefs are formed by growing organisms.  These necklaces are beautiful but I am no longer happy about having purchased them. 

Sadly, reefs around the world are in crisis entirely due to human shortcomings and I now see the trading of coral as having a parallel with the ivory trade.  Although the harvesting of coral for jewellery does not have a major role in reef depletion it is part of it.  My hope is that by raising these points others will gain insight.
Small 'pebble' of blue coral
Reading about this crisis is depressing.  However, these articles give a comprehensive overview of the world situation:
Shown much larger than actual size
These items are displayed on the AAAS website - the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Coral is relatively soft and fragile and therefore beads should always be strung on thread, never wire.

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