Zale Pledges to Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay



Zale Corp. and twelve other firms pledged support Tuesday for permanently protecting Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale metal mining, including the controversial proposed Pebble Mine.

Along with Zale, the twelve new jewelers include independent jewelers Toby Pomeroy, Blair Lauren Brown, Reflective Images, Michaels Jewelers, Security Jewelers, Ingle & Rhode, Alberto Parada, Real Jewels, CRED Jewellery, Open Source Minerals, and Fair Trade in Gems and Jewelry.

The jewelers join 20 other prominent retailers, including Tiffany & Co., Birks & Mayors, and class ring firm Jostens, who have already vowed not to buy gold from the Pebble mine. The mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay is projected to be the largest in North America, generating billions of tons of mine waste and industrializing important salmon habitat in the heart of the world’s last great wild sockeye salmon fishery.