A Word to Our Mineralogist Friends About Metaphysical Collectors

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I recently received an email from a favorite customer who is a "serious" mineral collector, chiding me for using metaphysical terms to describe a mineral specimen. He said:

"That's a nice green fluorite but I'm surprised that you would use a non-mineral term like "record keeper" to describe growth hillocks. This may be the first time I have heard "metaphysical" used by a dealer in minerals selling primarily to mineral collectors. I know what record keeper means, but I think there is no place for it in the hobby. Let it remain w/gift shops, "head" shops and new age places. I think it is a bad precedent and blurs the area of our hobby."

I replied that the mineral world has been greatly enriched by people with all kinds of beliefs who are now buying crystals. The resulting increase in demand provides strong impetus (and financing) for more specimen mining, which means we all have a broader range of choices amongst more and finer specimens. This is a good thing for mineral collectors of all persuasions.

Treasure Mountain Mining is non-discriminatory: we sell our crystals to everyone. This includes serious mineralogists, those who collect beautiful natural objects, researchers who grind them up for analysis and testing, gemologists who want to cut gems out of crystals, and also to those who are interested in the metaphysical and healing properties of crystals. We don't pass judgment on any of them. We just offer the finest quality mineral specimens we can find at the most sensible prices possible. I hope no one is offended that we include information regarding these other areas of interest in our listings. Our policy is simple: after a customer buys a mineral specimen from us, it is totally up to them how they chose to use it.

Finally, one of the true leaders in the mineralogical community in the early 20th century was George Frederick Kunz, chief gemologist for Tiffany's and the person for whom kunzite was named. Besides gemology, he was interested in both the mineralogy and the metaphysical aspects of crystals, particularly gem crystals. His work demonstrates that there do not have to be any boundaries between the mineralogy, the aesthetic appreciation, the gem and jewelry uses, and the metaphysical uses of crystals and mineral specimens. Let's all try to practice respect rather than disdain for our fellow travelers on spaceship Earth.

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