• Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

Strands Of Turquoise And Dark Coral

Thinking of places in the world that I have visited, where beautiful stones like ocean-smoothed pebbles, desert turquoise, or shallow sea coral lay delightfully scattered here and there. But it was illegal to pick up the smallest stone, you could not put so much as a pebble in your pocket. If you turned a stone in your hand in admiration and felt a personal connection with the earth through it, you must then drop it and leave empty-handed and hollow-hearted. You could, however, buy them as jewelry in a "gift" shop, strung by a stranger who owns that earth.


"Under the Coastal Protection Act 1949, the removal of any natural material such as sand and pebbles from public beaches in the UK is illegal...fined up to £1,000 as a penalty." Source: Glasgow Times.


"When considering the legalities of rock, mineral, or fossil collecting, the foremost principle is that a collector cannot legally take rocks, minerals, or fossils without the permission or consent of whoever has a legal right to those rocks, mineral, or fossils." Source: Microsoft Bing


The wealthy and the Government own even the pebbles of the earth.

Strands Of Turquoise And Dark Coral

by Annmarie Throckmorton 2021

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