GETTING FROM THERE TO HERE

How and where we find crystals.

There is a loosely knit network of miners, importers, and dealers who are in the business of flying crystals around the globe. From Brazil to Hong Kong, from Madagascar to Munich, from Arkansas to Singapore, from time to time, from some pocket of the Earth, they make their way to me. The Internet and the instantaneous ability to send photos by e-mail have propelled crystals in all directions.

A few years back, I remember an orange sun setting as Sunni and I relaxed, taking our end-of- the-day tub, when the phone rang. My friend Zee was in Hong Kong; he had just seen a citrine crystal mined in Zambia and had first option to buy it. I don’t remember his words, but the pitch and decibel level of his voice told me that this was something special. He declared that if I wanted this crystal, I had to commit—it was now or never. A German dealer (whom I knew of) would have this grand crystal carved into a Buddha if I didn’t claim it first. The crystal was expensive, and given its 1800-pound mass, the challenge of cutting it was daunting. There was not enough time for me to assess and clarify all of the ramifications of this decision.

I never thought a bath could be so invigorating. My head was swimming, my body tingling, not sure if I had just been dipped in ice or was getting into hot water. Sunni and I were soaking up to our necks, the phone was pressed to my ear; our eyes were probing one another with the unavoidable question written on our faces—are we really going to do this? Shouldn’t we have a few days to think this through? I need to be grounded, sitting at my desk, feet on the floor, weighing the pros and cons before making such a significant decision. Instead, we were suspended in the moment. Maybe because gravity had less of a hold on us, we each heard the sirens clearly calling, “Yes, we can do this.” And with that, the crystal was ours. We toweled off, and a few days later, a 2200-pound crate showed up at our door.  This was to become The Golden One.

Read more about The Golden One in the Lapidary Journal Article

To Cut A Giant

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