Emma Lucy Knowles is not only our resident WYLDE ENERGY columnist, but also an author, a hands-on healer, a crystal reader and a meditation teacher.
Holly has loved working with Emma Lucy over the years and wanted to share her powerful healing skills with the world.
This month, Emma Lucy is educating us on the crystal supply chain; what we should be asking, looking for, and trusting when it comes to buying beautiful crystals.
Crystal of the Month
Every month sees a new energy, a fresh vibration and frequency. To celebrate that magic and to allow you to make the most of it, we’re bringing you a crystal of the month. Watch this space!
September’s vibe is all about ushering in a new start. Remember that new pencil case feeling at the start of a new term at school? This month is all about harnessing that energy and getting ready for what the rest of the year is going to bring. Change is in the air and Amazonite is the crystal you need to welcome in childlike love and play. Amazonite promotes a sense of the world being our playground, reminding us what it feels to be whole and connected to more than just ourselves and our mental attachments. It helps us shed the old, while dancing into the new.
How To Buy Properly Sourced Crystals
I genuinely couldn’t live without my crystals. That may sound like a crazy statement but it’s the truth; they have saved me emotionally and physically time and time again. For context: I have been doing self-work with crystals since I was 7 years old, during a period when I didn’t understand who I was, nor why the world felt so cruel and cold when it should have been a blast. Now, at 37, I could not be more appreciative of the fact that I get to work with them and open others up to their incredible healing properties. As a kid, I believed that they were part of the magic of the inner workings of our world, directly from Mother Earth’s belly. But I never overly considered nor tuned into the how or the who. How did they get from there to here? Who did that? At the time, I just assumed it was all part of the magic.
But sadly, magic isn’t always part of the story, as much as we’d love it to be. Within every fairytale there’s the role of the wicked witch or the baddy; the bad within the good, and the good within the bad. And although there is no magic fix for some of the conditions, effects or impacts that the farming of our crystal beauties has, awareness is the best mental and energetical place to start. Having an awareness of where you are adopting your crystal team from and how aware your chosen seller is, will work towards changing the game.
When it comes to sourcing crystals, let’s start with the facts:
there are no set regulations, no ethical standards, no laws as such in the entire crystal mining and trading process. All of this, as you can imagine, leaves space for some incredibly bad behaviour though not, thankfully, in everyone.
And so, whilst we are without an official process, it’s important that I do my part as best I can, on whatever scale that is. I need to always be asking the right questions when it comes to who I source or purchase my crystals from.
From my own personal experience, each and every supplier that I work with takes the time and care and love and values each and every part of the supply chain, from the mines to the factories and their workers. They do this so that they can delve into the process and see, first hand, if there are any exploitative or unethical practices going on. I am forever blown away by the care that they have, the attention in gathering as much information and detail as is humanly possible. I have a huge respect for the entire process and for these humans. They are across as much of the ‘all’ as they can be, because they genuinely have a love and understanding for what crystals can bring into our lives. But, perhaps most importantly, they understand their own responsibility in ensuring that it is done as ethically as possible to sustain such a blessing for us today and for future generations to come.
So, what is there to know and what is there to ask? Most buyers will (and should) have an ethical trading statement in their store or online. If not, ask them where they source from and why. If you feel like you need to, question them more. If they can’t or are unwilling to tell you every single link in their own supply chain, it’s not the right place to buy from. Sadly, there’s no overnight fix when it comes to polishing out the crystal supply chain and I don’t have a solution (although I wish I did!). I have faith, though, understanding that there are steps that the industry is making towards more ethical practices. During my research I was both pleased and relieved to hear how important it was to those that I was working with that their ethical traders used the monies from sales to go back into the community from which it is farmed and how they have cut ties with others, due to a lack of transparency. For some businesses, this is their only source of income. It’s therefore imperative to them that farming takes place with delicacy and care and that their workers and their community are supported by their work. For others, this isn’t always the case and your imagination can and should run wild here…
I believe that it’s also important that we recognise that mining has always been extremely dangerous to mankind and to Mother Earth and that there are environmental effects that we cannot ignore.
As the industry continues to boom, we need to work together to make sure the part we play in the fairness of trade is upheld. That starts with each of us making small changes in how, where, and why we buy and to pay that knowledge forward.
We should always remember each crystal touched has an energetic fingerprint from the hand in which it was held. So always ask yourself: do I selfishly want to bring energy into my home where these crystals are treated as fast food, with unclean and unclear intentions? Or do I want to lean into and invest in those crystal suppliers and lovers who take the time, the care, the responsibility in what they are bringing to market? No matter how long it takes, I’m here to be a part of making that difference. I’d rather do that than make no difference at all.
Emma Lucy Knowles
Clairvoyant, Healer, Reader, Teacher, Translator, Author and Coach