Good that you worry about it Jane. Its a hard call. Your arguement
that the black coral would wind up on the ocean floor is a good one.
The biggest consideration, on items such as coral & ivory, for
example, is that by using it, you might be creating demand.
There are so many black alternative stones/materials other than
black coral, it probably isn’t a major concern with coral.
Ivory has a unique color and texture - there aren’t many natural
alternatives. And current demand has resulted in poaching and the
unnecessary deaths of thousands of elephants. Countries tend to sell
their legal ivory when they need cash. So ivory should continue to
With black coral it is really your call - and that of your
gems to excite your imagination! ™ - since 1975