You are a worthy debater- very eloquent, indeed. Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your points. I hope you stay and ask many questions.
We have had at least one person ask for environmentally correct pearls on this forum. Pearl people do tend to be sea lovers and maybe a tad more sensitive in general to environmental soundness and PC.
I hope you keep up some PR along these lines. PC is a line that sells to some- and it is easy to tell who- the ones in the birkenstocks!
After all the pearls don't have the bad "Karma" of African diamonds, for instance. (There are literally dozens of websites out there that assure people they can buy diamonds from them which aren't mined under the repression, etc.)
Zoe got an A+ on that presentation and a crowd of folks wanting to know more. She said it solidified her goal to be a "pearl monger" (her term). By the time she is ready to join me in my part/time beading business, I hope I will have moved up from beading quality pearls to AAA CFWP and the Freshadamas!