Cradle of Humankind

Cradle of Humankind

$12.25

per stone

Deep Connection

Celebrate the beautiful humanity in those around you. Recognize and return to your original state of perfection. Heal pain, guilt, or shame from the past or past lives. Remember your roots and honor your Ancestors. Let Cradle of Humankind reveal who you truly are!

OriginSouth Africa
PolishShiny & Smooth
QualityA (quality chart)
ShapeIrregular Polished Shapes
TransparencyTranslucent to Opaque
Average Size0.5 in / 13 mm (size chart)
Average Weight2 g / 10 carats

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Cradle of Humankind Healing Properties

Rare and wonderful tumbled Cradle of Humankind. These darling stones come from the World Heritage Site in South Africa where our ancestors came from. It doesn't matter where you live or where your recent ancestors came from - ALL of us, the whole hominid family. once roamed the tip of Africa. The grey stones were mined by archaeologists who are carefully digging in caves, searching for the fossil remains of some of our oldest grandparents. Cradle of Humankind stones are fantastic tools for exploring generational issues and for connecting to our roots. They are also a phenomenal choice for a crystal collection dedicated to world peace.

Ethically Sourced Cradle of Humankind

Know where your crystals come from

This Cradle of Humankind was mined by archaeologists digging at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.  It has a low environmental impact and is safe for the workers.

Learn More About Ethical Mining

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.

Learn More About Ethical Lapidaries

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.

  • Fair Wages

  • Legally Mined

  • Mine-to-Market

  • Family Business

  • Safe Lapidary Conditions

  • Environmentally Friendly Mining

What is Ethical Sourcing?

Cradle of Humankind Healing, Mineralogy, and History

Published January 2015  •  Updated August 2022  •  Read Time: 7 minutes
Cradle of Humankind is a rare and fantastic addition to any crystal collection! It is a Gray Chalcedony that is mined as part of archaeological digs at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in South Africa. These remarkable caves have produced some of the oldest and best hominid fossils in the world.  Anyone who is interested in who we are, where we came from and the family of humanity will delight in this special stone.  Energetically, Cradle of Humankind is sweet and grounding.  It reminds us that there is no need for war or strife, or the divisions of Us vs Them.  There is only a Greater Us.  […]

Tumbled Cradle of Humankind

What You’ll Receive: 1 Stone - 100% natural Cradle of Humankind

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal. If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Polishing Method: Drum polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Color: grey and white

Taking Care of Your Healing Crystals

  • Crystals Sturdy For Pocket

    This stone is sturdy enough to be carried daily.

  • Crystals Keep In Shade

    Keep it in the shade to protect its colour.

  • Crystals Safe In Elixir

    This stone is safe to use in direct-infusion elixirs.

Learn About Safe Handling

Shipping

All Orders are shipped Next Business Day

  • Domestic First-Class averages 3-7 days.
  • International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

Environmentally-Friendly Materials

  • Shipping envelopes, paperwork & boxes are recyclable
  • Shipping peanuts & bubble-wrap are biodegradable
  • ‘Plastic’ bags are plant-based & compostable

31 reviews for Cradle of Humankind

  1. Ramona C. (Arkansas) (verified owner)

    It was Packaged very well and it was very beautiful. Loved the extra info too.

  2. Melissa M. (Ohio) (verified owner)

    Fast shipping! Thanks so much!

  3. Jennifer S. (Colorado) (verified owner)

    The Cradle of Humankind is a fascinating crystal. I love the connection it has to our ancient ancestors. I love the markings on the one you chose for me. It’s very distinctive!

  4. Renee E. (Texas) (verified owner)

    Just as described. Great purchase!

  5. Petra O. (New Jersey) (verified owner)

    Beautiful stone

  6. Wendy C. (Indianapolis) (verified owner)

    Beautiful stones/good quality and well wrapped. Super fast shipping.

    Kinda small for the price of them but I knew that and these are harder to find stones.

    Will def shop w this seller again.

    Ty!

  7. Tammy R. (Pennsylvania) (verified owner)

    WONDERFUL!!! ABSOLUTELY! Do not hesitate to purchase from this amazing seller. Many Blessings ✨✨

  8. Estelle V. (France) (verified owner)

    Very beautiful stone, a soft cold dark gray with lighter shades like light whiffs of clouds and lighter veins in light grey and even reddish. It seems to hold many secrets and be soothing at the same time. Can’t wait to work with it :)

  9. Julia Y. (California) (verified owner)

    These are top quality crystals. These stones have such a beautiful vibration. The first thing that came to my mind was “Peace on Earth.” I wanted these stones for a pendant I will be making but I will be purchasing more for a grid. They are powerful!

  10. Donna K. (Virginia) (verified owner)

    Fast shipping! Very happy with purchase!! Great seller!! A+++

  11. Desiree S. (Nevada) (verified owner)

    My crystals arrived today!!! They are amazing thank you!!! They are all so beautiful!!! I am in love!!

  12. Laura T (Texas) (verified owner)

    I got the cradle of humanity…they are GORGEOUS! Your stones are always so high-vibration, and I can tell that they have been well-treated.

  13. Marne G. (New York) (verified owner)

    Beautifully packaged, good communication!

  14. Mary G. (Minnesota) (verified owner)

    Beautiful stone! A great addition to my collection.

  15. Caroline B. (British Columbia) (verified owner)

    Excellent communication, packaging & beautiful crystals, thank you <3

  16. Regina V. (Florida) (verified owner)

    Love this Seller.I want something special I contact her 1st. Never dissapointed

  17. Karen K. (California) (verified owner)

    Awesome. Thanks!

  18. Shawn C. (Michigan) (verified owner)

    Great stone, very good person to deal with. Will be purchasing more stones.

  19. Jennifer B. (Washington) (verified owner)

    I could not believe how fast these stones arrived first of all. I was not even able to leave a review yet :) Not only did I receive these fast, the stones are gorgeous and have a wonderful energy. My interaction with this seller has been incredible! I love her site and will be back many times to purchase more.

  20. Samina J. (Ohio) (verified owner)

    So grounding and powerful. Happy to be working with its medicine.

  21. Janet S. (Maine) (verified owner)

    I received the Cradle of Humankind the other day and loved the energy I felt when I opened up the packaging. It has such a powerful, yet at the same time, gentle energy. I can’t wait to use it in a session!

  22. Margaret G. (West Virginia) (verified owner)

    Arrived quickly and as promised. Nice friendly seller.

  23. Tracey N. (California) (verified owner)

    Just amazing! Julie is the best; my two stones are perfect together and for me!!

  24. Donna T. (North Dakota) (verified owner)

    Nice stone. Satisfying transaction.

  25. Debra M. (Texas) (verified owner)

    beautiful thank you

  26. Karen (Illinois) (verified owner)

    Love this stone, excited to awaken to its energy. Wonderful to know that the owner is a healer as well. Great customer service and hope to remain connected in the future.

  27. Deanna S. (Illinois) (verified owner)

    Julie is such a wonderful person to deal with and it’s obvious the stones are consciously chosen — the Cradle of Humankind I just received has a wonderful energy. I’ve always been happy with my Moonrise Crystal purchases and I’m also grateful for Julie’s dedication regarding the information she provides on her site about the stones. I highly recommend Moonrise Crystals.

  28. Bradley C. (California) (verified owner)

    Pretty

  29. Cynthia W. (Missouri) (verified owner)

    Beautiful stones. Thank you for the quick delivery!

  30. Christopher P. (Ohio) (verified owner)

    Great seller! Beautiful Gemstones!! Will do business with again!

  31. Alex H. (Texas) (verified owner)

    Neat stone.Thanks!!!

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