This ring is made of white-gold plated 925 Sterling Silver. It represents the skeleton of black corals (Antipatharians), one of the most unique coral species of the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and one used for extraction, which without regulation can have devastating impacts on the marine ecosystem and can cause entire nursing grounds of commercially important fish species to collapse.
Coral Skeleton Ring
This coral skeleton ring made of white-gold plated 925 Sterling Silver and is inspired by the skeleton of a black coral.
Antipatharians, such as the Black Coral (Myriopathes panamensis) are thorny corals and belong to an order of soft corals that grow in deep waters of up to 3,000m depth. However, around Punta Descartes, M. panamensis forms dense gardens along the rocky slopes and outcrops and can be easily found at depth of 20 – 30m, creating a mystical environment of dense, dark waters and suspended sediments.
Black Corals are guarded by the Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus), which feed on algae, snail, and mussel larvae in process of settling onto the corals and therein protects them from overgrowth. However, Hawkfish are sought after in the national and international Aquarium Industry and are caught from the corals, often illegally. The absence of their guardians makes the Black Coral vulnerable to the invasion of, for example, oysters, slowly killing their polyps.
Because of their relatively strong skeleton, another important threat to Black Corals is their extraction to be used for jewelry and decor. Therein, branches and feather-like structures are broken up, carved, and polished to create precious necklaces, bracelets, and diadems and when chemically oxidized, turn into a bright shiny gold color.
The number of Black Corals extracted only to make jewelry, caused the entire order to be included under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which requires special permits to be able to travel and show the legitimate origin of Black Coral products. The loss of corals, such as the Black Coral, has devastating impacts on the marine ecosystem and can cause entire nursing grounds of commercially important fish species to collapse.
That said, by purchasing this coral skeleton ring, you can choose to support any of Equipo Tora Carey’s conservation projects, and as we grow, hopefully, the introduction of new projects on other key species, including corals. Also, if you ever want to visit the site and learn more about the projects and these corals, make sure to contact us or Equipo Tora Carey and schedule your visit!
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