Happy World Oceans Day!
"World Ocean Day is an opportunity every year to honor the world's ocean, celebrate the products the ocean provides, such as seafood, as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value. The ocean also provides sea-lanes for international trade. Global pollution and over-consumption of fish have resulted in drastically dwindling population of the majority of species." -Wikipedia
Like Pearls, our Shell beads are grown on farms. The shells are taken care of in a manner to assure that it lives a normal healthy life span for the larger it grows. Larger shells mean more beads and cabochons for jewelry thus bringing in more revenue. The cleaner the water; the healthier the shells and with this comes more beautiful, iridescent luster and smooth blemish free nacre. In this manner shell farming encourages keeping the waterways clean and free of pollutants. For more information on Pearls and their benefits for the environment see here.
For thousands of years Netsukes have charmed their viewers. A huge detraction to this exquisite form of legend/myth telling was that fact that they were carved out of Elephant Tusk. As the planet has become more aware of what happens to the magnificent elephants, it has made this extraordinary art form repugnant as well as illegal to own for many. The switch to boxwood has made these enchanting objects a green product as boxwood is an easily farmed wood. Boxwood is carved green when it is soft and as it dries it hardens. It is used in it's dwarf form for topiary in the west and the larger variety for ornamental and even furniture carving in China and other eastern countries. It is an ecology friendly solution to preserving an ancient art when boxwood is used to carve Netsukes and other object d'art.
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