With all the talk of ecologically and responsibly mined "green"
gemstones have you stopped and considered how this criteria applies
to silver and gold mining ?
Precious metal mining is far more damaging to the environment than
gem mining. The associated sulfur, cadmium, lead, and other toxic
elements have proven to be far greater problem than anything flowing
out of gem mines.
So before we head down the slippery slope of certifying gem mines as
environmentally friendly or unfriendly we should consider the
hypocrisy of these judgments.
Rough and Ready Gems, Inc.