PR Charms for Charity

Why I give back

The little Caribbean island this necklace represents inspired my jewelry-making journey & is where it all began. I used to be a teacher in Austin, TX, before I returned to the island of my parents. I found a lot of fulfillment working with students at the local schools when I was back in Texas, but as an entrepreneur living in Puerto Rico, I’ve had to find other ways to give back to the local community. I started selling these necklaces back in September 2019, & since the beginning, I’ve been giving back to the island of Puerto Rico with the sale of these special charms.

You can see all the organizations I’ve given to through the sale of Summer Love Jewelry HERE.

The current campaign

It’s exciting to share that a portion of sales from these island charms will be donated to HJR Reefscaping, a group of marine scientists who are treating sick corals in the waters around Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra.

Corals are essential to protecting the beaches and for a healthy coastal ecosystem, so when I heard about this project I was eager to get on board! Since my family and I love spending time at the beach, snorkeling the beautiful reefs, and surfing when we can, I was also curious to learn a little more about these sick corals and the treatments that the team at HJR Reefscaping use. I got a chance to ask these questions to Hector Ruiz, Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Executive Director of HJR Reefscaping, and here’s what he had to say:

The name of the disease is called ‘Hard Coral Tissue Loss Disease.’ The disease has been reported in Culebra, Vieques, the east coast of Puerto Rico, on the north coast to Manati, and on the south coast to Ponce. It has not been reported for the west of the island. And it is not known what causes it.

The disease mainly affects brain corals (Meandrina, Pseudodiploria, Diploria, Dendrogyra) and star corals (Montastraea, Orbicella) and was reported in Puerto Rico two years ago.

The corals have been treated with the antibiotic (Amoxicillin) in all areas where the disease has been reported.

Aside from treating sick corals, Hector and his team at HJR Reefscaping also work on coral restoration projects through coral nurseries in the southwest of the island, as well as island restoration, management and protection (recently Maria Langa, a small mangrove island off the coast of southern Puerto Rico), and reef shark population research.

To learn more about HJR Reefscaping and their projects, check out their website here.