Jewelers Divide Over Use of Coral

Coral has been in danger of humans for years. Along with coral bleaching, ocean acidification, jewelers have been harvesting coral to make jewelry. In the Mediterranean reef harvesters have been harvesting red and pink coral. In ancient times, Egyptians, Romans and Victorians believed that red coral would ward off evil spirits. These corals are harvest from the coral reefs of the Mediterranean.

Tiffanys was one of the first jewelry company to agree to stop coral harvesting. ““Coral popped on to our radar screen five or six years ago,” Michael J. Kowalski, president and chief executive of Tiffany, told a coral conservation conference in New York in October.” With jewelry companies joining the movement of saving and not harvesting from the coral reef, it will take the threat of coral harvesting away.

The news article helped my research by giving examples, history, and what companies are doing now to save the coral reefs. Jewelry companies are looking for different solutions to make “coral jewelry”. Companies are making molds and making fake coral.


In Fight to Save Coral Reefs, Strategies That Work

“When marine biologist Nancy Knowlton began studying coral reefs in the early 1970s, the world’s scientists had little understanding of just how diverse and complex these ecosystems were — and the key role they played in the health of the planet’s oceans. Nor did they fully grasp the scale of the threats that would bear down on coral reefs in the coming decades.” Thanks to the work done by Knowlton, we now know the diversity of the animals that make up the coral reef and how they work together to create the most complex ecosystem in the world. During the interview with Nancy Knowlton and Yale 360, Knowlton describes that the reefs has so much more to explore and to discover on the coral reef. There are a huge number of species that have yet to be discovered.

Nancy Knowlton’s interview helped me understand my guiding questions by sharing information that she has learned while studying the coral reef. She explains how the ecosystem works together to create a system that thrives.