Thursday, February 22, 2007

gemstones: pink tourmaline

People are generally defined by subjective categories of eco conscious, vegan (see fiftyRX3 rant), meat eater, treehugger crystal enthusiasts, etc.. It is hard to define exactly what is right for the environment and for the planet, albeit we are all starting to act with a general consciousness on the subject. This is my preface for posting about an obviously taboo subject such as gemstones, which are extracted by mining. Of course there is also the social injustice side of that story, recently told quite accurately in the movie "Blood Diamonds", based on the undercover investigations by the Global Witness Organization who seeks to "expose the corrupt exploitation of natural resources and international trade systems, to drive campaigns that end impunity, resource-linked conflict, and human rights and environmental abuses". Aluminum, copper, etc... are strip mined, leaving unnatural scars on the earth and dangerous leaching of heavy metals into groundwater. Strip mining is at the hardcore environmental degredation side of the story, so keep that in mind when buying your next piece of furniture that has aluminum legs, aluminum cooking pans which are bad for your health, and the aluminum found in countless consumer products. Then there are so called "small scale mines" for mineral gemstones such as emeralds, amythest, tourmaline, etc. So, in a nutshell I am writing and exposing only the eminent beauty of pink tourmaline, under the vise that it is a lesser of other evils. There are two well known domestic locations or mines for these beautiful gems, Maine and California. My favorite, the pink tourmaline is found in Pala California mines near San Diego. One thing is for sure, there is no denying the earthly beauty of small scale mined tourmaline.



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