Buying Mineral Questions
Where do your stones and minerals come from?
Our stones have their origins from all over the world! We do our best to clearly specify which geographical location each stone is from. As far as our supply line goes, we buy many of our stones from the mine owners themselves, but we’ve also developed a fantastic network of dealers and vendors and go-betweens from time spent in the trade and at trade shows.
What does this mineral do?
What do minerals do besides look beautifully interesting and take our breath away with a mere reflection of light? We’ve been compiling a reference library here at Origin Stones called the Mineral Index, compiling the basic folklore and history of each stone, fun facts plus some of the more universal esoteric meanings. Also, every month, our Origin Stones blog will explore various minerals, families of minerals, and their uses in greater detail. We encourage our visitors to participate in this process, and to write in with any stone-related topics they’d like to learn more about.
I don’t know which stone or crystal to pick!
Pick the one that stands out, that catches your eye, or the one you keep coming back to. Each person will connect to different stones in their own unique way, and what is a good stone for Sue may not be a good stone for George. Some stones will draw your eye more than others. Another might linger in your brain long after you’ve left the shop. You may have read about a stone and are intrigued, and want a chance to experience that mineral in your own personal environment. If you’re new to stones, the best thing to do is browse and note which stones attract you the most. Do you want a stone to carry in your pocket or one to display on your shelf? Some stones are more for looking at than holding, and some stones are polished in such a way it’s impossible not to hold them.
How do I know these stones are the real deal and not fake?
All of our stones and minerals come from reputable and trusted dealers in the industry. It is true that there are more and more imitations flooding the market these days, and Origin Stones is very sensitive to this issue. We made the difficult choice of not carrying moldavite because of this very issue. If we suspect a stone is not what the miner/dealer claims it to be, we will not risk buying it.
You carry stones that contain traces of lead and arsenic. Isn’t that toxic?
First of all, we want to assure you of the safety of handling the stones you get from Origin Stones. Each stone should be handled with care, especially fragile stones or crystals with sharp edges and points. We do NOT advocate any form of eating, ingesting, licking or otherwise imbibing stones. When you are finished handling your stones, it is always a good idea to wash your hands so any mineral traces are eliminated. For your peace of mind please know that whenever a shipment arrives at Origin Stones, the stones are immediately unpacked and sorted into individual airtight plastic bags. The minerals are only removed from the bags to have their pictures taken, then they’re immediately returned to the bag.