TAG: Pearls

The Cost of Jewelry

Mining for diamonds

When you look at a piece of jewelry, say a diamond ring, you are struck first by its beauty – the precision of its angles, the way the light plays off its cut – its implications, and its cost. Rarely does the first impression invoke questions of the ring’s extensive environmental cost, of which often the debt cannot be repaid. Should you consider the past of a piece of jewelry, you are confronted with the baggage of each material. For every strand of man made pearls, a mussel has had foreign matter inserted into its valves through a human induced… read more