I love shinies. I’m really one of those people that will collect things because they’re pretty and sparkle.
However, my love for crystals is hindered by a very valid concern.
The labor conditions of miners in many places and how the strip mining destroys the earth. I’m generally worried about both. So I’m always wary about buying crystals, no matter how much I like them. Actually, every one of the few crystals I have was given to me…I haven’t bought any of them. I’m just too skittish about supporting something that is terrible to the workers, not getting paid enough, and the way it is done that can cause harm to both worker and earth.
So does anyone know about companies that are ethically procuring crystals and gems? Or does such a thing even exist?∗