Email #3 – Crystals

Healing crystals, that are even marketed as nothing less than basically being part of making the world a better place (which they surely might be), should definitely be checked to come from ethical and sustainable sources. If not expressed clearly from the people selling them I invite us all to ask about it. And ask again if the answer is not crystal clear, so to speak..

A minor issue as far as quantities counts perhaps – there are certainly bigger things to question in the world of minerals and crystals than this one (like conflict minerals in cell phones, computers, electronics etc – actually, when we’re at it, check this out, if nothing else as a source of inspiration and maybe a little teaser to learn more) – but still an important awareness-question, and definitely a moral one as well.

Hi xxx,


Can I just ask first where the crystals come from/how they are “harvested”? I’m sure all good, but didn’t find any mentioning of it on the homepage (as far as I could see) and just want to be sure before purchasing.

Thank you,
Jenny

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The ethical sourcing of our crystals is a great source of pride for us. The crystals used to make our products are sourced from China, Brazil, and Madagascar and we work only with lapidaries who adhere to the ethical mining and labor practices. The crystals are carved and polished from what we call mother-stones, which guarantees that it has never been owned before it reaches you. I hope this was helpful!
 
Best,
Jessy
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Thank you for the reply Jessy, it somehow got stuck in my spam folder but glad I found it!

Could you just send a bit more information on “The ethical sourcing of our crystals…  …and we work only with lapidaries who adhere to the ethical mining and labor practices.“-parts? Like, is there a framework for ethically harvesting crystals or what are “the ethical mining and labor practices” in use? I appreciate that crystal harvesting might not have a regulation “in force”(?), so maybe just some information about how you monitor the fairness and sustainability in the harvesting or alike? Would be super helpful!

Many thanks,

Jenny
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Hi Jenny,
I’m happy to elaborate. When we need rose quartz, for example, we don’t go out and mine rose quartz. We source the rose quartz that is considered a by-product of industrial mining. Many crystal wholesalers today extract crystal for wholesale distribution – we will not work with these companies. These wholesalers are extracting as much as they can to sell without regard for the environmental impact. We’ve found that sourcing mother stones from crystals that would’ve been extracted anyway is the most ethical way to craft our products. This way we do not add to the environmental impact of these extraction practices. Our lapidary and her team are work fair hours and receive fair wages and other forms of compensation. 
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