Have you ever thought about ensuring you are sourcing crystals ethically? A few weeks back, a friend approached me with doubts about purchasing lapis lazuli due to ethical concerns she had heard about. This got me thinking, and I decided to delve into the topic and conduct some research.
Whenever I buy crystals, I make sure to source them from suppliers who claim to obtain them ethically. However, determining the true origin of crystals can be quite challenging. So, here are a few factors to consider when purchasing crystals.
If you come across a supplier offering significantly lower prices compared to others you've explored, it should raise a red flag. There's a possibility that you might be supporting unethical labour practices or even purchasing a counterfeit crystal.
I mentioned lapis lazuli earlier as an example, and upon further investigation, I discovered that lapis mined in Afghanistan has the potential to fund terrorist regimes with millions of dollars. Lapis is also sourced from other parts of the world, such as Pakistan, Russia, and China.
Considering the country of origin and having a general understanding of global affairs can serve as useful indicators.
Transparency of the supplier
Another crucial aspect to consider is the level of transparency exhibited by your chosen supplier regarding how they source their crystals ethically. Do they openly disclose the origin of their crystals? If they do, you can use this information to conduct your own research into the practices prevalent in those areas. However, if the supplier does not mention the source of their crystals, it may be cause for concern.
Platform for selling crystals
If someone has taken the effort to establish a website, openly discussing their environmental considerations, including sourcing crystals ethically and their pricing is consistent with other sellers, chances are there is little to worry about.
However, when browsing online, especially on marketplaces, if you stumble upon a significantly cheaper crystal being shipped from a location where it naturally isn't found, there is a high probability that it may be counterfeit or obtained from an unethical source.
Lab grown crystals
Another factor worth contemplating is whether the crystals have been mined or if they have been produced in a laboratory. This choice ultimately depends on your personal beliefs and comfort level. Some argue that lab-grown crystals lack the same healing qualities as those extracted from the Earth. On the other hand, lab-grown crystals possess an identical chemical makeup, resulting in similar atomic vibrations and potential effects.
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