21 Feb Ethically Sourced Crystals
The crystal healing industry is growing rapidly in popularity. With so many sources all around the world, both online and in-store, it can be difficult to know where your crystals originally come from and if they have been sourced ethically. The process of collecting crystals is gentler on the Earth than the mining of industrial minerals such as graphite, corundum or limestone, as many are sourced by hand or by small-scale mining. Large-scale mining for precious stones is usually focused on extracting gold or copper rather than crystals, which are often considered a by-product of the more environmentally destructive industrial mining.
However, it is important to be aware of unethical mining and poor working conditions, especially in relation to large-scale mines. Crystals can also go through many hands before ending up in yours, so it is important to support the sellers that are open about where they source their stones, and to look out for those that don’t disclose this information, even when asked.
Of course, in some cases it can be difficult to know for sure, but it is always helpful to look for a supplier that understands and respects where the stones have come from. By building strong, lasting relationships with crystal suppliers you can establish a high level of trust regarding authenticity. By remaining conscious and mindful when sourcing crystals, we can ensure that the natural environment is appreciated and preserved.