I AM A MODERN WOMAN: Ammy Murray with Glittersaurus Rex Jewels
Tell us about your business?
I primarily make handmade wire wrapped jewelry with semiprecious stones, but recently have expanded my offerings to include a line of crystal elixir oils. These are oils you can use for massage, as bath oils, as diffuser oils, or just as perfume scented with essential oils. Each bottle contains a number of crystals as well as a handmade resin pendant.
My Etsy shop intro says I am make jewelry for your inner forest gypsy, making her way hidden through the modern world. It's made with the understanding that maybe you can't bring your crystal wand to the office, but you can sure adorn yourself with it!
How did you get started?
It all started with a love of crystals.
For as long as I can remember, I've been attracted to crystals. My mom talks about making me empty my pockets before I could come inside the house as a child, as my pockets would be filled with various rocks I had collected during the day. I liked the way they sparkled, or an unusual colour, or a unique shape, or just the way a particular rock felt.
As I grew up, my love of crystals morphed into a small obsession with healing crystals and jewelry. After a particularly rough couple of years where I went through a lot of personal changes, I started learning more and more about the healing and vibrational qualities of different crystals. I started a new rock collection, and found myself with bowls of crystals everywhere - on my desk, in my bathroom, in my kitchen, under my bed. At the same time, I became more and more interested in jewelry featuring crystals. I wanted to have some way of carrying my crystals with me all the time without destroying my pockets - turns out my mom was right to make me empty my pockets every day! Rocks can be rough on fabrics. Plus, I wanted to see my little sparkly beauties shine. I began dreaming about all of the different ways I wanted to wear my crystals. I always knew what I wanted, but finding it was another matter!
Finally, after years of seeing pieces that were almost, but not quite, what I wanted. I decided to start making the jewelry I wanted on my own. I started reading blogs, and watching youtube, and practicing with craft wire. Then I started asking friends for feedback on what I was doing, and started giving away some of my excess as gifts. I kept experimenting, and as fast as I could make something, ideas for the next piece would start percolating. Very quickly, my house started to become overrun with supplies and finished pieces. That's when I decided to take the next step and open my Etsy shop!
But still, I was increasingly frustrated that I could carry or always access the particular crystal combinations I wanted in a practical and everyday way. Although making my own jewelry was the solution for a while, I wanted more.
I have always believed in the power of dreams. Every person is a dream interpreter for themselves – they just need to learn their own language. If you can understand your own personal set of symbols your subconscious uses, then you can go a long way to solving your own problems. You are your own best counsellor, if only you can learn to listen. When someone close to me is going through change or is unhappy, I’ll usually ask them what they are dreaming about lately – because the answer and comfort they need is already there.
In September of 2016, I started dreaming about beautifully scented crystals, singing in harmony with nature, rising out of bathing pools where people would go to heal. People would come to the pools and were told to enter into one, hurting and disfigured. After some time in the warm healing waters, inhaling the scents from the crystals and relaxing, they would stand up, completely healed. The crystals of the pool would then transform into a beautiful woman, who would hand the bather a small piece of herself to keep.
I knew this had to mean something. I knew I had to make it. I knew I had to offer it. But how? I started meditating on it.
Eventually it came to me. I knew about making crystal elixirs using water – but what about oil? I started doing research, and discovered that with some harder crystals, it was possible to infuse them into carrier oils, and the oil itself would begin to carry the vibration and power of the crystal. But some crystals, especially copper based or bluish crystals, are not appropriate for elixirs as the chemicals in the stone can leach into the surrounding liquid and then be absorbed by the user. And then I remembered orgone generators. Essentially, these are crystals and metal shavings embedded into resin. The embedding itself, or perhaps the organic matrix of the resin, seems to amplify the chi or energy flow of the crystals within. I had already been experimenting with embedding crystals into resin in my jewelry making – why couldn’t I use the same process to make “wands” that would protect the user from chemical leaching, but at the same time amplify the power of the crystals embedded within? And why couldn’t this wand eventually become a piece of jewelry for its user?
But that didn’t solve the problem of a scented crystal. I started researching essential oils and aromatherapy, and found that many different oils have compatible uses with the crystal combinations I love using. And indeed, one of the best ways to access aromatherapy is to use combinations of essential oils in a carrier oil. Aha!
Once I struck on the how, the next step became what: What were the best ways to best combine these two powerful modalities? I sent myself back into dreaming and meditation. And sure enough, as I meditated, combinations of oils and crystals and purposes began to come to me. And, the moment a combination was “right”, the name of an associated Goddess would arise alongside to claim this elixir as hers.
And that’s how the Glittersaurus Rex Crystal Oils were born.
My love of making jewelry still stands. In fact, rather than leave the buyer with a “wand”, each bottle of 4 oz or larger oil contains some small crystals, some larger crystal points, and a series of resin-encased crystals that I’ve made into a pendant for your use long after the oil is gone. The beauty of it is, the crystals are in a symbiotic relationship with the essential oils and the quartz points, meaning that as the pendant is in the oil, it “steeps”, like a tea, making the power of the crystal stronger and stronger over time. So, by the time it is ready for you to wear, it has spent all that time growing and recharging its energy, preparing for you, getting to know you.
Each blend contains as a base a piece of obsidian and a quartz crystal point. The quartz helps to purify intention and amplify power and continues to cleanse the other stones in the oil, and the obsidian provides a grounded base for action to occur. Each stone used is carefully cleansed with sage, and programmed with the blend’s intention before it is placed in the bottle. The oils are diluted in either 100% apricot kernel or sweet almond oil. All essential oils used are 100% pure and organic essential oils.
What inspires you?
The stones. For me, it all starts with the stones. I listen to when the "rocks talk", and move from there.
I sort of waver between being very, very minimalist in my designs, and being very intricate. I'm also very attracted to asymmetry. I think everything about you should be interesting and unique, and so I'm also very attracted to asymmetry. I very rarely, for example, make a pair of earrings where both are exactly the same. They will match, but they will be slightly different in shape or arrangement or in the stones used.
I think these are all a function of being so inspired by nature. I like to say that perfection is boring. What I mean by that is, every thing in nature is both absolutely unique and slightly imperfect - which is what makes it unique! I want that echoed in the things I give to the world.
What is your idea of a Modern Woman?
A woman who knows what she wants, and is not afraid to do what she needs to chase it!
What tips can you give to aspiring women entrepreneurs?
Learn as much as you can. Listen to podcasts, read books, talk to other entrepreneurs. Apply the same creativity to you give to your business to marketing your business. And remember - failures are always opportunities to learn. The only difference between an expert and a beginner is practice.
What is one piece of advice you would give yourself looking back?
Trust yourself. Listen to yourself. Meditate more, listen to your body, and don't feel like you have to be perfect all at once.
What is in the future for Glittersaurus Rex Jewels?
I would really love to find some dedicated studio space where I could branch out even more! I'd love to be in a few stores over the next year or two. I'm also looking to launch a website as well as a few video series explaining a bit more about each of the oils I create, and the reasons/uses for each crystal.
What would we find you doing in your free time?
Those rare occasions are dedicated to my children. We like to cook, go for walks, talk and joke. It doesn't matter where we are or what we are doing - just time together is enough.
Who is someone that you find is a role model for women in business?
Is it trite to say Oprah? I love that she has built an empire, but an empire with a heart for the Universe. I love that she encourages and empowers other women to be present and be connected.
Do you think having a mentor is valuable both while you're starting out and even after you are more experienced?
Mentorship is always valuable, at any stage, in every part of your life. No matter what you are going through, someone else has gone through it first. I find that my biggest challenge is my own fear of reaching out and seeking mentorship. However, I've been blessed with some really great role models so far. And I've always found that when you ask for help or advice, people are always happy to do it.
Check out Ammy's designs HERE and make sure to come visit her booth at The Modern Woman Show on Saturday April 22nd. She will be located in the Marketplace area and we are so excited to have her and all those healing crystals!