The demand for crystals has risen dramatically and the increased demand is causing a dirge of destructive mining practices. New Mexico mines have contaminated billions of gallons of water, and Madagascar mines are notorious for using child labor.
Here’s 4 ways to find high vibe crystals:
Go to a gem show
Take your time at a major gem show like the Tucson Gem & Crystal Show to meet the vendors to discover where and how they sourced their crystals. I talked to vendors who’d bought their crystals from distributors (so were probably sourced from unethical mines) but also Brazilian rock hunters whose nails were still full of dirt (as were their amethysts) and they told me where and how they found their geodes. I bought from the Brazillians.
Hunt or dig for crystals yourself
Georgia has blue quartzes and lazulite to find.
New York has quartz and hermitite diamonds at Crystal Grove.
Buy from ethical companies
Buy at sustainable, ethical markets such as at Mercado Sagrado, who have done the research for you. Or, buy from trustworthy online stores such as Elements, Gemrock Peru, Moonrise, or Solstice Stones.
Buy second-hand crystals
Look on Ebay, Etsy, Mercari, FB Marketplace, or estate sales for crystals. I once found a large rose quartz slab at a yard sale for a fraction of its value.