I’ve been thinking recently about how crystals are mined and where they come from. A few issues and questions arise in my mind, including:
- How were the crystals mined? By hand? Machine?
- Was the land destroyed or was its integrity maintained?
- What labor was used and were the workers fairly compensated?
Crystals are incredibly abundant on Earth and I don’t have a concern about depleting crystal resources on the planet, but I am concerned about how the mining practices impacted the land. I am also concerned about the labor used.
I recently bought a beautiful apophyllite crystal that came from India. Most of my crystals come from the US so I believe that those aren’t using child labor, but what about the crystal from India? What was the “cost” for that crystal to come to me in Portland, OR?
As I think through this, I will be developing a set of standards that Sparkle Shelf adheres to in deciding what crystals we sell on this site. I want each crystal to meet a set of standards so I can ensure crystals you buy from us were mined ethically and hold the Earth and those that gather the crystals in high regards.
Because I love crystals and I love you! <3