Ethically Mined Quartz Crystals from Arkansas
Since I began making jewelry over a decade ago, there has been only one place where I will buy my quartz crystals: a small, independently-owned mine in Arkansas, run by a man who has a deep love for "his" crystals and respect for the land and the stones. People who are skeptical of crystal energy or just consider them to be pretty rocks inevitably startle the first time I drop one of these crystals into their hand, and anyone who's worked with crystals for any length of time will look at the crystal, look up at me, and say in a tone of some astonishment "I have NEVER felt such a happy crystal before!"
These are, indeed, very happy crystals. I have been to the mine; the land is treated with kindness and respect for the treasure it shares with us, and the crystals are beyond anything else I've ever found in quality, clarity and energy. I will never buy crystal anywhere else, and I think you'll understand once you feel these stones for yourself.
Price is per crystal; they average about 1.5" long and .5 - .75" wide. I will pick one just for you from the assortment shown here. These are wonderful to use for focusing energy, or just to carry in a pocket on days when you need a little extra tranquility or joy.
My silver wire is .999 fine silver over a copper core, encased in a durable clear enamel coating. (My gold, bronze, rosegold, and copper wires also have the clear enamel coating, unless otherwise specified.) I have been using this wire since I began making jewelry in 2003, because it is extremely non-reactive - people with metal allergies can wear it! - and it does not tarnish. It is also easier for me to manipulate than solid sterling wire, which allows me to hand-sculpt it into the intricate fwooshiness of my trademark style despite the extensive hypermobility caused by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
In the interest of being environmentally friendly, I keep my packaging as minimal as possible while still protecting the contents. Most orders are shipped in small kraft boxes inside bubble mailers, with items packed together whenever possible rather than using a single box for each piece of jewelry in an order. (If you ever need an extra box for gift-giving purposes, just ask!) Larger items are usually shipped wrapped in tissue paper in a Priority Mail box.
I am transitioning away from using packing slips or other paper inserts; while many small businesses like mine routinely include handwritten thank you notes in every order, I feel it is more environmentally responsible to express my appreciation for your patronage via email rather than contributing to the contents of your recycling bin!