How do we respond to the regular pressures of life?

Consider the stunning crystals that form in the Earth over millions of years among a myriad of great stressors like volcanic activity, water pressure, heat, and earthquakes.

These pressures work to form some of the most precious crystals known in the world, and one Blue Mountains business labours to bring these to our doorsteps.

Little Hartley locals Chris Magner and Caradene Hannan run their mineral trading business Mineral Magik from home, and source their unique crystals from some of the most remote mines in the world.

Caradene said much scrutiny is given to where their natural, unpolished minerals and crystals come from.

“One thing that is really important to us is that the crystals that we purchase resonate with our ethics, in terms of mining and working conditions, like PPE and wages,” Caradene said. “We don’t tend to buy crystals from big heavily machined mines, we try and buy them from small mines, often family owned and operated so that the people who own the land, and work the mine actually benefit immediately from the sale of their crystals.”

They have literally gone traipsing across the far-flung regions of Western Australia and unearthed some vibrant, pale and dark purple amethyst crystals from a mine. “I’ve just posted one off today to New Jersey, in America,” she said. “And there are some currently in transit to a mineral collector in Japan, who loves Australian rocks and minerals, so it’s very exciting to share some beautiful Australian minerals to the world.”

And so what other beauties do they have in stock? They have some rare, ethically sourced African amethyst crystals, some Himalayan quartz from Pakistan, with moving trapped bubbles within, green and pink tourmaline from Brazil, and topaz crystals.

Crystals start off as a liquid within a small chamber in the Earth that can attach themselves to a rock, as its host, and what colour they turn out to be depends on other minerals and dynamics at play during their formation over the ages. So a mineral like iron, along with radiation from rocks, play a role in giving an amethyst its bright purple colours.

Caradene said that as minerals like iron, magnesium, sodium, and silica are present in the depths of the Earth, we ingest these from plants that take up those minerals from the soil. “It’s very much the same minerals that are present in our body as well, we are made of the same stuff,” she said.

So, if you are keen to get a hold of these ancient pieces of natural history, contact the team via their Instagram page.

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