Over many years, I’ve asked countless mineral and gemstone collectors if they know where their stones come from and if they know how workers are treated in these mines. The answer is almost always, “No.”

Ethical sourcing has become an important tenet of my current crystal, stone, and mineral collection.

For the Crystal Resonance Therapy sessions I do, I need to know that the minerals I’m working with have been taken from the earth with care, and not under violent circumstances only for their value.

For centuries and maybe millennia, humanity has been at war over precious minerals. Years ago, this idea gained momentum in the jewelry world, focused almost entirely around “blood diamonds.” But awareness and action has not extended to other gemstones or metals in the same, widespread way.

Since 2020, I’ve had the privilege of working with Bario Neal founders Anna and Page to share more with them about the metaphysical properties of the stones they use in their designs.

Anna and Page are true path pavers and trail blazers around ethical sourcing in the jewelry industry.

They value knowing where the metals, stones, and crystals that they work with come from. Bario Neal wants to make sure that these materials are being mined in sustainable ways, and that miners are compensated well.

When I first met Page and Anna I thought, “Finally! There are jewelers who actually care about the effects of taking from the earth.”

If you’re going to wear a piece of jewelry, it matters where its parts originated — through terrible circumstances or through fair practices.

I was invited to New York to facilitate an event with Bario Neal for NYC Jewelry Week 2024. After a guided crystal meditation, we had an open discussion about the role of metaphysical mineral properties and ethical sourcing in jewelry.

  • How can we improve traceability and responsible sourcing in crystals and minerals?
  • How do jewelers and designers engage with energetic properties of gemstones?
  • What are the energetic impacts of the journey of these materials to us?

I’ll be reflecting more on these questions in upcoming newsletters and perhaps also through some online sessions. Please let me know if this is a conversation you’re interested in.