Searching for Ethical Healing Crystals
"First, Do No Harm" - Hippocrates, Father of Medicine
When you buy a healing crystal, you are the final link in a global supply chain, peopled with merchants, factory workers and miners.
Can you use a stone for healing, if it causes harm to others?
In order to know the environmental and humanitarian impact of our purchases, we have to know what is happening at each step in the supply chain.
True Spiritual Alignment requires a strong foundation in reality.
Why are ethical crystals so hard to find? How does Moonrise Crystals trace stones, Earth to Pocket?
In 2018, a journalist searched for someone willing to speak "on the record" about sourcing in the healing crystal industry.
Only one person was willing to talk, Julie Abouzelof of Moonrise Crystals.
In January 2019, I almost quit my job because I was dismayed by the ethics in the gem and mineral industry.
But I didn't quit. Instead, I decided to take a stand.
What makes a mine "ethical"?
How do small and artisanal mines compare to industrial mines?
What makes a polishing factory "ethical"?
What are the subtle clues that a lapdiary will be a good business partner for Moonrise Crystals?
Moonrise Crystals is currently overhauling this website to dramatically increase transparency about sourcing and ethical issues.
As of July 12, 2019, 100% of the hearts and 25% of the tumbled stones have been updated.
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