Thank you to all who supported Conjure Jewelry from 2020 to 2022. During that time, my Etsy shop and YouTube channel grew more than I could have ever imagined and I'm so grateful for the sustainably and magically minded community that came from it. As of now, I've taken a step back to focus solely on my music which you can find at nicolezell.com. Blessed Be!
I have been surrounded by mineralogy most of my life due to my amateur rockhound father. Over time, I developed my own passion for crystals and rocks, but also discovered the sad reality behind the modern crystal trend: most minerals are extracted through unethical and environmentally unfriendly methods, perpetuating inhumane treatment of workers and environmental destruction. In order to conduct my business with intention and transparency, I established a close relationship with an ethical, sustainable mining company based in the majestic Andes Mountains of Peru.
My Supplier's Story:
The mining company, Crystals from Peru, is managed by two partners, Paco Solano Santiago and Rodrigo Delgado Haro, with almost 50 years of combined experience and a like-minded vision to share their crystals with the rest of the world. Crystals from Peru engages in local community cultivation projects such as instituting rural credit programs, reforestation efforts, and the establishment of potable water systems. The miners live and work in the Highlands and their way of life relies heavily on a remarkable herd of native llamas which transports minerals, supplies, food and more across the rugged terrain. The mineral specimens are gathered topically on the fields, the mountain walls, or within the mines, leaving minimal environmental impact as the community's production is regulated by the government. The miners receive a fair profit due to their province abiding by a low tax system in order to promote employment and benefit the community which has historically been impoverished. Crystals from Peru's story is one of perseverance and dedication to forge a better way forward in the mining industry.
Once I receive the natural, raw crystals, I drill them in my home workshop based in the countryside of Chester County, PA. In an effort to reuse and reduce waste, the hardware is either vintage or repurposed. I procure the hardware from a variety of places: local antique shops, other Etsy sellers, etc. The eco-friendly packaging I use consists of jewelry card holders which are hand-created from recycled cardboard, package cushioning alternatives such as corrugated cardboard, shredded paper, etc. and EcoEnclose mailers which are recyclable and biodegradable.
My vision is to create jewelry that a customer can proudly wear, knowing their purchase, which was made with intention and informedness, had a positive ripple effect on Mother Earth and others.
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