Crystals & Ethics
I obtain all my crystals from a vendor that has 30 years of experience with crystals. Before choosing them as my vendor, I made sure to ask them about ethical sourcing.
All their crystals are obtained with ethical sourcing in mind, and they are constantly working on improving their international trade and working on better being able to ensure that their stock is ethically sourced through tracking. Bear in mind, most crystals have passed hands multiple times, and it is increasingly difficult to ensure that you are getting 'clean' crystals unless you go all the way to the source, which might currently be difficult depending on the country of origin.
For the utmost ethical approach to crystals, I highly recommend local sourcing either by foraging for them yourself or by going to a local vendor that directly obtains the crystals.
That being said, it is my personal goal - and that of my vendor - to constantly work and strive towards a more ethical market. In supporting me, you also support my vendor and their process. You also support a small business owner that is BIPOC and LGBTQI+.
I also fully plan to begin adding locally sourced crystals (foraged by yours truly) to my stock as soon as possible!