Los Angeles, CA
Published: September 15th, 2009
If the thought of buying diamonds has an unethical appeal, opt for the conflict-free,
environmentally friendly choice of pearls
instead, says PearlParadise.com, Inc., the world’s largest online pearl company.
“Sometimes called “blood” diamonds or conflict diamonds when they can be linked
to corrupt groups or factions who traffic their diamonds to perpetuate war, diamonds
are often seen as an unethical jewelry choice,” said Jeremy Shepherd, President
of PearlParadise.com, Inc. “In addition, most diamonds, gemstones and precious metals
are found through hard-rock mining, which displaces large amounts of earth, then
uses chemicals to leach metals such as gold from the earth leaving toxic chemicals
in the ground.”
In contrast, pearl farms are generally very “green” and environmentally friendly;
they are one of the few industries that give back more than they take from the environment.
High-quality pearls can only be harvested from healthy oysters grown in clean, nutrient
rich waters, so pearl farmers are often the leading local advocates in enacting
laws and protecting water quality to keep their industry alive.
Cages, ropes, nets and other equipment used on pearl farms provide a habitat for
aquatic species such as lobsters, fish, crustaceans and shellfish during critical
times in their life cycles. Oyster cages provide these aquatic species vital protection
from predators and a larger area for mating.
In addition, pearl oysters clean the water, remove nitrogen and accelerate the process
of de-nitrification by passing water over their gills and using it for food or binding
it into larger pieces to discharge. Due to their ability to remove heavy metals
from polluted waters, there are potential bio-remediative possibilities from pearl
oysters as well.
“If you want a ‘green’ piece of jewelry, without spending a lot of green, come to
PearlParadise.com,” said Shepherd. “We offer the widest selection of
pearl necklaces, pearl earrings and pearl bridal jewelry – all crafted
from environmentally friendly pearls.”
For additional information, visit www.PearlParadise.com.
About PearlParadise.com, Inc.:
Founded in 1996, and launched online in 2000, PearlParadise.com, Inc. is the world’s
largest online pearl company selling the world’s finest pearls at up to 80% off
retail prices. With a custom-built, 1,400-cubic-foot vault filled with pearls, PearlParadise.com,
Inc. offers a selection of pearls unlike any other pearl seller, including Tahitian,
saltwater, and freshwater