Gemstones Are A Passion
For Crystal Dayton (Zenmala Creations)
Crystal Dayton's business came out of a simple passion for rocks - gemstone, in particular.
"The inspiration for my business comes from my interest in different gemstones," she says. Her pieces, which include bracelets and decorated keychains, come from her discoveries.
"Gems are sourced from around the world, and each and every one is carefully selected to ensure the best composition of colour, cut, and clarity," she says.
"I recently found abalone shell that I am drawn to that comes from another small business who is located in the Philippines. They make all their beads by hand. I really like just finding new bracelets or keychains to make."
Part of that interest lies in the meaning she finds in those stones and natural materials such as abalone shell.
"I have always been interested in spirituality, different types of stones, and their energy. Each stone used can help heal different areas of your life due to its energy. Each handmade beaded bracelet is crafted with the intention of bringing peace and tranquillity. The bracelets are designed to be lived in, layered, stacked, and to evolve with you."
She talks about abalone shell beads, and the meticulous process that begins with wooden beads, inlaid with shell and then polished to perfection using sand paper and at the end, a polishing cloth.
"The believed abalone healing properties of today are very similar to ancient beliefs of the shell," she explains. "Abalone healing carries energies of protection and emotional balance. It brings with it a natural shielding that blesses the person holding it with tranquility."
"Abalone healing is especially helpful for those going through emotional turmoil or those having a hard time dealing with a situation in a relationship. Through it’s soothing energy, it provides a layer of protection that perches the spirit up with the confidence necessary to view situations from a new, more understanding perspective. If you think of abalone as representative of water, like many cultures do, it is the water that will tame the flames of one’s emotional strife."