Mining for gold is very destructive and causes serious environmental contamination. Open pits leave large wounds on the surface of the earth that we never see, or even consider, when we buy nice jewelry.
Even worse is the use of cyanide to separate the rock from the gold. extracting the gold produces mountains of waste, crushed rock impregnated with this highly toxic chemical.
As time proceeds and the cyanide leaches out, it severely contaminates rivers, streams and aquifers for many years to come.
As i was thinking of this, mirel (a model that had worked with me) rang to tell me that she had shaved her head completely. My instant response was to say to her, “let’s paint a skull on your face!”