Last week a few viral articles made their round online on the topic of the ethics of collecting crystals: ARE ‘ETHICAL’ HEALING CRYSTALS THE ‘NEW BLOOD DIAMONDS’? and Do You Know Where Your Healing Crystals Come From?
This week I’m going to discuss my take on this whole situation.
Resources My Blog Posts Related to the Ethics of Crystal Collecting
Old blog post I wrote in 2012 (quoted in some of the recent viral articles): Is Crystal Collecting Ethical?
And then in 2016: Lapis Lazuli | The New Blood Diamond?
Other Articles Citing Mineral Mining Problems
Corrupt Jade Trade in Myanmar
Illegal mining of lapis lazuli fuels Taliban’s rise in Afghan province
Although I do agree that there are mining issues that exist, the main point I’m trying to drive home here today is this:
Usually, mineral specimens are collected as a by-product to ore mining where mines have been dug to get at coal, copper, aluminum, gold, etc. for other items our society seems to have no problem with.
[caption id="attachment_27960" align="aligncenter" width="749"] Lavender Pit Copper Mine in Bisbee, AZ Photo Credit: StellarD [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)][/caption]
Check Yourself: Are you a Crystal Hoarder?
However, after saying all of that I do think that it’s extremely important that we don’t over-collect. I’ve written several blog posts on being careful not to crystal hoard:
9 Signs You May be a Crystal Hoarder
What To Do if you think You May Be a Crystal Hoarder
Options to Collect Consciously
Trade: in the spirit of collecting crystals responsibly, we’re starting something new for students in my Certified Crystal Healer Course. We’re encouraging conscious crystal collecting; a way to rehome crystals not being used or we have too many of. Recycle them and save some money at the same time. See if you can create a group to trade within.
Mine your own: This is more fun than you can imagine!
Purchase directly from a small hand miner
Purchase from estate sales or large established mineral collections: gem shows are a great way to accomplish this
Conflict Mineral Info
The latest report I could find that ranked electronics companies was here.
Apple’s Conflict Minerals Report
What You Can Do
Inform others about Conflict Minerals
Email your tech companies and tell them what you think
Ask questions when purchasing electronics!!!
Finally, vote with your dollars. Choose to purchase your next smartphone or other electric from a company that pledges to NOT use conflict minerals.
The more potential customers who ask these questions, the more the tech companies will move to make change happen.
Let’s Not Redirect
Someone correctly commented in the live chat above this:
”Pointing out that electronics are also an issue does NOT negate that crystal mining is also a problem! It does not suddenly make it okay!”
Great point! Thanks for making it.
I’m not saying that it’s OK to specimen mine via strip mining. There would be NO strip mining solely for mineral specimens. The economics of it would simply make NO SENSE. In my original blog post from 2012 here, I go over how specimen mining is a much gentler process.
Reading this right now maybe you felt a pang of misplaced guilt when you read the title, thinking to yourself…
“Is my Crystal Collection unethical? Am I doing something wrong?”
But now you know what we really should be shining the light on and the problems would get corrected if people knew!
I’m going to ask you to help to set the record straight and please pledge to get this info out there by sharing or linking to this blog in 3 places or with 3 people. It will help exponentially. Let’s make the right info go viral; not the wrong. You came here for a reason and you’ve been given a mission. What you do with this info now is up to you.
That is… books that are twenty years old or older. Well, see… I already have a classic blog post here listing my crystal healing book recommendations. (Wow, I wrote that blog post back in 2012.) And that list still stands for me.
But, today… I have some oldy-but-goodies that are hidden little gems that I’d really like to share with you. Keep in mind, this list is, of course, my opinion and you may disagree.
DISCLAIMER: Many of these books are out of print and may be hard to find thereby coming with some ridiculous price tag. Please don’t get mad at me if they do. I’ve been collecting these books for a long time from when they weren’t so hard to get.
If you’re patient
and put them on your Amazon wishlist
look for them on eBay
check out old book stores
some more tips listed here
or even Abe’s books or one of the books stores mentioned here… just chill out about when they’ll show up, add in some persistence and a grateful attitude… you’ll begin to notice that slowly but surely they’ll start appearing for you.
Amazing how that works.
Top 7 Vintage Crystal Books That I Love
Crystal Enlightenment: The Transforming Properties of Crystals and Healing Stones (Crystal Trilogy, Vol. 1) by Katrina Raphaell
Crystal Healing, Vol. 2: The Therapeutic Application of Crystals and Stones by Katrina Raphaell
The Crystalline Transmission: A Synthesis of Light (The Crystal Trilogy Vol. 3) by Katrina Raphaell
Clearing Crystal Consciousness by Christa Faye Burka
Spiritual Value of Gem Stones by Wally and Jenny Richardson and Lenora Huett
Color and Crystals: A Journey Through the Chakras by Joy Gardner
Gems Elixirs and Vibrational Healing Volume 1 by Gurudas
Gems Elixirs and Vibrational Healing Volume 2 by Gurudas (good add on to Volume 1 but not a must)
Please let me know in the comments below if you think there are other books that you think should be on this list. Keep in mind that vintage means the book should be at least 20 years old. And… Click here for SUMMER SOLSTICE BUNDLE.
One stone that’s always on the top of my list is Black Tourmaline. By the way — if you want to check out my Top 10 Must-Have Crystal List, head over here.
So, today I’m giving you the lo-down on all things Black Tourmaline.
Black Tourmaline Properties
The large pieces pictured above, are really good quality pieces of black tourmaline, for instance: Chunky, hefty, smooth.
Of course, you don’t have to have this kind of quality (which is very difficult to find anymore). The lower quality type emobodies the SAME energy.
Just so you know, many black tourmaline mines have been closed. Specifically, a large mine in China, where my high-quality specimens came out of. So, the A-grade is no longer readily available. And if you do find it, it’s going to have a price tag to reflect its rarity!
The common type that you’re seeing out there these days is more spindly; more splintery and friable (in the same way of some kyanite is, if you’re familiar with that raw stone), meaning they’re more brittle, but… they work just as effectively!
Often times, this stone will be accompanied by quartz and mica just like the above specimen.
Black Tourmaline is a workhorse for your energy field, and one of my top 10 must-have crystals.
It’s a primo crystal tool for:
Neutralizing negative energy
Lowering risks from EMF exposure
I love this stone for transmuting energy, so if energy has a specific charge to it and it has a negative feel to it, black tourmaline is my go-to transmuter.
It’s excellent for bringing that energy back to neutral. For that reason, it’s always in front of me between me and my laptop. I’m transmuting that electromagnetic radiation coming off of the laptop. I’ve tested other crystals and things, and when I tested black tourmaline, I get good results.
It’s not the best thing. It’s not going to completely mitigate that energy, but it’s one thing I can do to help mitigate it.
Neutralizing a Space
I also like it for transmuting negative energy that people might bring into a space. For example, when I used to work in a classroom (which I left in 2012…) I used to be a science teacher for those of you that don’t know: some people would come into the room and they were just a sheer joy, and some people would come into the room and they’d suck the energy out of the space. Talk about energy vampires. There weren’t too many of those thankfully, but black tourmaline was wonderful for helping to mitigate that.
I had them conspicuously placed throughout my classroom. Heck, I could get away with putting any rock in my room that I wanted to. I taught geology as part of my curriculum, so I could put anything I wanted and no one would question a thing.
You can also make black tourmaline mojo kits and you can make room sprays with black tourmaline and all kinds of great stuff.
For the same purpose of transmuting energy in your space, Himalayan Salt is a great option and an entirely different approach to cleansing your space. Here’s another blog for you: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Himalayan Salt Lamps.
I don’t like using silicates on my desk for the purpose of shielding from computer EMF, etc.
So, I hear people say, “Oh, put a piece of fluorite, put a piece of selenite, put a piece of citrine in front of your laptop.” Those crystals are silicates… and silicates amplify that energy. We use silicon chips in our electronics to make them work better, so I don’t want to amplify that energy. Anyway, let me get off my soapbox I go into that a lot more in my Certified Crystal Healer Course.
What I DO like to use for this purpose is a chunk of BT! (black tourmaline)
I also have a blog post here going into detail on crystals I like to use to help lower EMF exposure.
The surface of our planet is covered in free electrons, which are very attracted to us (water + minerals)…if we allow them to be.
Problem is, we’re usually well insulated from these free electrons with our rubber soled shoes and carpeted or tiled floors so there’s very little if any direct contact happening and we’re depriving ourselves from Mother Earth’s balancing restorative energies. In other words, we’re disconnected.
This stone (BT) is ideal for helping us to connect and ground to Mother Earth.
Ancient peoples were (are) very aware of all of this and knew to monitor the cycles and to stay closely connected to the planet. Being closely in-tune allows us to regulate many bodily functions and feel plugged in. GROUNDED… dissipating any excess energy to the ground.
Our body’s various vibration frequency can move our body out of our dominant oscillary rate very easily when we experience stress, which we are constantly doing, especially since we are not regularly connecting with Mother Earth to re-balance.
Vibrational healing (like crystal healing) oscillates and naturally entrains our body back to its base resonant frequency.
I highly recommend staying grounded as much as possible and, yes, we can use crystals to help us to do that:
Black tourmaline is my go-to stone for this. In fact, it’s part of what I call my Sacred Grounding Trio: black tourmaline, smokey quartz, and hematite.
Do lots of Earthing (check out that book on Amazon!) Earthing is amazing! Get barefoot and go outside which is the ultimate in grounding. Your feet are meant to connect with Mother Earth! That’s why animals are so well-grounded and in-tune. They’re always barefoot! But, I know— getting barefoot isn’t practical for all people and situations so here’s another blog I wrote: Grounding Tips for Balance in a High Flying World.
Plus I’ve got more grounding info and tips for you, including a recipe for a Grounding Gem Elixir Oil in my blog; How to Ground using Crystals
Black Tourmaline Geology
While there are many different varieties of Tourmaline (I talk about Watermelon Tourmaline over here), you’ve probably noticed we are focusing on black tourmaline for this blog. 😉
Some of the main geological properties include:
Mohs Hardness of seven to seven-and-a-half
Also known as Schorl, a complex aluminum borosilicate
While the mine I mentioned the mine in China has closed, BT is also found in Mexico, Africa, United States, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and Russia
Black Tourmaline has two critical physics properties:
It’s piezoelectric (just like clear quartz, citrine, and rose quartz)
Both which mean that, essentially, it can polarize and transduce electricity and energy. It’s one of the reasons why I find it to be such a powerful and effective stone to work with.
Black Tourmaline is associated with the Root Chakra and the Earth Star Chakra.
The Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine and is associated with all things foundational including your sense of safety and security. It’s all about the fundamental things we need for survival. The Earth Star Charka, while not technically not one of the seven main chakras, it’s known as a “transpersonal chakra”… located about six inches below your feet.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this spotlight on Black Tourmaline! What do you think about this workhorse mineral? Share with me in the comments below.
Topic: FTC Crack Down | Fake Crystal Sellers Now at Risk
In this blog post, I’ve included the show notes for today’s show or the most recent show, including the links and resources I reference in the video.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a legal expert and this is not legal advice. All information provided in this post and video is for entertainment purposes only.
In today’s show, we’re talking about those selling known crystal fakes or misrepresentations being at risk of legal action with the FTC. We’re discussing stuff like:
crystal sellers possibly running the risk of legal action
popular crystals that are a straight up scam
examples of dodgy or deceitful selling practices
What the FTC is cracking down on
BTW, the above image is of Rainbow Cal-Silica, one of the crystal-fakes I’ve written about before.
Just wondering… have you ever looked at a crystal and thought, “Is this the real deal or is this just a fake?” Want my guidance on becoming more Crystal Savvy? Then come take a look at my Crystal Savvy: Crystal + Mineral Identification Class Elective.
Federal Trade Commission document referenced in the show.
My blog post on How to Tell the Difference | Merlinite, Mystic Merlinite & Blizzard Stone
Recent video and blog post on Real Citrine vs. Fake Citrine | How to Tell the Difference
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