Happy Accidents on the Bench

This necklace represents the joyful result that came from a somewhat painful lesson. I had been hanging on to the bottom stone for a long while. It was part of a parcel of stones I bought, and I didn’t know what it was, and frankly, I didn’t even really like it. But with a giant mess on my bench, I was pushing things around and this garnet pyramid landed next to it. Suddenly the deep reds popped out of what had been a muddy mix of red-brown-blue, and I saw it in a whole new light. This kind of scenario is a reminder that I often need to give myself, which is to play around and be open to seeing things in a new way. Sometimes we get so stuck in the way we do things it’s hard to loosen up. Doe

How to use Crystals in your Daily Life

As a jeweler, I love gemstones and crystals, but my love for them extends beyond their use in jewelry. I also use crystals in my daily life as a way to bring focus or intention to something important. A recent example was earlier this summer when I was preparing for some events. As excited as I was to participate in several new opportunities and get my jewelry out there, I was also being very critical of myself and my work. When I caught myself in a negative spiral, I turned to my rose quartz, a stone of unconditional love. On one particular evening, I ran a bath, lit a candle, and simply held the stone while mediating. I also carried it in my pocket for a few days. Having the stone with me


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