THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR SOURCING
What do we know?
We know how easy it is to state that all crystals are ethically sourced. But to know-how, what and where each crystal type proceeds with extraction, cleaning, polishing and where it has been handled can be tough. It has been difficult over the years to find truthful and honest suppliers. From experience and client relations, we have learnt so much about the trade and how the exchange should be from spiritual to physical morals.
What is Ethical sourcing to us?
Everything. On a spiritual level, Ethical exchange makes a huge difference. In fact, you can feel it. Crystals feel the energy and collect what they are close to. If someone is mining a crystal in fear, pain or even sensing a minor. That energy is not going to go with a quick smudge. These crystals hold a trauma, a memory, which is why it is a ripple effect on different realms. Precisely if it is unethical, you are carrying the negative energy and trauma that lies within, not only that but the unknown supply chain where energies are mixed and unbalanced.
Ethical sourcing takes years. Unless you have been lucky to fall into the hands of a trusted supplier, that is excellent news. We have always been the store to supply crystal and mineral varieties. We went through a long period cutting back to expand again by finding suitable suppliers for you and for us.
HOW LONG IS OUR CHAIN?
We only purchase crystals from where they have been extracted. The miners are small scale miners with low environmental impact. When more extensive deposits are extracted, sometimes it is too dangerous to mine without machinery. Machinery is checked for safety use, including geologists on sight, to ensure they have a safe procedure for extraction.
When we purchase larger pieces, home decor or polished. Our lapidary services are in-house. They have premises where they can cut, polish and shape the crystals extracted from the mines. Most of our suppliers are independent family or local run businesses.
US TO YOU
Once our crystals are ready to be shipped over to us, we supply them to you. We cleanse, connect and take delicate and special care of everything we purchase. All our crystals are stored away from plastic, unsafe conditions. We ensure secure shelving, tubs and display units for picking and cleansing.
WHAT HAPPENS IN BETWEEN the CHAINS?
Safety procedures are essential and each country will vary in their practises as it varies on the size and location of the mine. Ensuring all machinery in and out of the premises is functioning correctly and safely.
It is refreshing to hear that our miners and workers are paid well and are content in the working conditions. Us paying that little extra to ensure procedures are followed and kept at a high standard.
There are different scales of mining. Artisanal, small scale and industrial. Concerns vary as it depends on the crystal that is being mined and how. But we have an 80% supply chain of artisanal miners which means it is an extremely low impact on the earth.
On small occasions, our supply chain has an extension. This means it has been passed through a wholesaler to sell to us. With the exact source of knowledge, we ask about ethics.
NO CHILD LABOUR
None of our suppliers has children on site. In fact, all our miners and suppliers forbid the behaviour and are against their country laws to allow such a dangerous practice.
SUPPORTING LOCAL COMMUNITY
We are honoured to share that our purchases help build schools, plant trees and protect against poaching. Thousands of families have been supplied with work to support their families.
Keeping close contact with our suppliers is essential. They send us videos, photos and video calls regularly. Building relationships with your suppliers goes a long way for trust, security and friendship.
SAGE, HERBS AND SMUDGING TOOLS
The same ethics apply to our smudge sticks, herbs and resins. We are against poaching and killing for feathers and abalones. We work with a small handful of businesses that are in shamanic practises or herbalism. All plants and tools are cared for and are fully traceable just as much as our crystals.
Supporting Farmers & Tribes
We do not sell wild sage, nor do we sell them commercially. Each smudge stick has been handled by paid staff and the indigenous people. Providing income and keeping the community together
Great source of knowledge
We have great connections to South America and other parts of the world to understand the endangered and threatened plants. For example, we refuse to sell any palo santo as it has become unethical and dangerous to the indigenous and local community.
Quite a few of our suppliers in the crystal and plant world support anti-poaching. In shamanism, the animals' remains are collected after natural causes. Connected to the spirit for permission and purpose.
Our plants are cared for, grown and extracted accordingly to their natural habitat. Once they are ready, they will be dried and handled by staff for wrapping and packaging.