In North America, most crystals are mined by individual hobbyists, rockhounds, and tourists at mine-your-own-gem businesses set up near abandoned industrial mines in the Rocky Mountains.3 3 - Stephen Robert Miller, “American anxiety drives a crystal boom: ‘People are looking for healing,’” The Guardian (website), 31 October 2020, accessible online. Prospectors read the landscape for sudden changes in colour, tracking any glittering that might lead to a crystal vein. Regulations guarding environmental and labour standards act as a deterrent to North American demand for crystals. Therefore, the majority of crystals sold in the United States and Canada are mined elsewhere. That insidious elsewhere.
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