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Auralite 23 straight from the Auralite 23 mine! These gorgeous little Amethysts have a variety of mineral inclusions that can be seen when held to a light or looked at under a magnifying glass. I know the mine owner personally (we brunch together at the Tucson Gem Show.) Sometimes he has something lovely I can buy directly from him. At other times, I buy from a tumbler who has high safety standards. These particular drum-tumbled Auralite 23 are a marvelous addition to any crystal collection.
When we know better, we do better. Ethical sourcing is a constantly evolving process. If the original sourcing for the stone still passes Moonrise Crystals’ current standards, it will be restocked as soon as possible. If the original sourcing is no longer acceptable, it will be restocked when/if a better supplier can be found.
The miners sell the rough stones to a lapidary that polishes the stones
This Auralite 23 comes from the family-owned Auralite 23 mine in Ontario, Canada. Canada is one of the few countries that has adopted environmentally-friendly and sustainable mining practices. Canada has one of the safest mining standards in the world.
This lapidary drum tumbles stones in Cape Town, South Africa. It is a family business, founded by a father and passed on to his sons. Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly. The lapidary sells primarily at two gemshows, one in the United States and the other in France.
I have been doing business with this source since 2014. They are the oldest tumbling company in the world and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The company started in California in the 1950s and was eventually bought by a British immigrant who had young sons. Eventually the company moved to South Africa in order to be closer to the source of their best-selling stone and to have the legal rights to export it. The company is now run by the sons and their childhood best friend.
The current owners personally visit many small and large mines. To connect with artisanal miners in sub-Sahara Africa, they work with local Gem Dealers who travel far into the bush to buy from part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women. Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I ask the owners directly. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of the stones I sell from sub-Sahara Africa.
Published September 2016 • Updated February 2024 • Read Time: 7 minutes Auralite 23 is a rare variety of Amethyst with up to 23 mineral inclusions. It comes from small mines in the boreal forest of Canada and is similar to the Super Seven Amethysts found in Brazil. Auralite 23’s name is a tribute to the beautiful aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, which dance across the sky above the mines during the winter. While some metaphysical names are purely marketing grabs, Auralite 23 is a useful name from an ethical sourcing perspective since it helps identify a specific deposit. It combines the sweet wisdom of Amethyst with many other energies, making for a complex vibration that is celebrate by crystal intuitives and healers. […]