Well I understand that, it’s just I figured you would try to use something (the valuable finds) more relate-able. This seems to be a way of challenging a mainstream society’s point of view (for the most part) so I figured you would try to get through to them by making it kind of identifiable. People reading the book can see the POV of the characters and why pearls would be useless, but in this society coal is bad. It’s valuable but not good for the environment. We’ve started teaching kids for a couple decades now that it’s bad, but pearls are still pretty. I know I sound kind of all over the place with it…I’m just trying to explain my assumption as best as possible.