Erica Rae Sanchez
Jane Duran, junior communication through art major, led a classroom of 18 people on the importance of stones and crystals in one’s life at an event titled “Nature through Spirituality.”
In a Powerpoint she described some of the more popular stones and crystals, such as amethyst, opal, turquoise, and rose gold and the meaning behind each stone.
After Duran shared the information, she brought stones, wire and supplies for the guests to make their own stone based jewelry.
Duran noted that these stones were authentic as she has connections with people throughout the country that she buys from for her new jewelry making business.
Duran began making pine cone jewelry because she saw someone make them and sell them at a price that was too expensive, she said.
“It took a lot of trial and error but I just kept making them and at the center of each pine cone was a stone,” Duran said.
“Just seeing the same jewelry in the stores… for $20, I thought, ‘I could make that so why am I spending that much money.’”
Duran explained that her favorite stone is cellonite.
It is a finer stone that is a shiny white and serves as the one stone known to man that continually cleanses all stones around it, but never collects negative energy.
“Everyone has a right to nature and everyone has a right to access it, and teaching people how to make their own jewelry helps them connect their own nature to their surrounding nature,” Duran said.
Green aventurine represents personal growth, quartz is the base of all stones, being at the core of each, and can act as a substitute stone if one is without another, while turquoise promotes good health and healing.
Miranda Tejeda, sophomore theater major, said her favorite crystals were mentioned in the presentation. The crystals are her favorite because of what they represent, and the values they hold.
“I think that it is a lot of personal strength you have to find instead of trying to find that strength elsewhere, the crystals help me find the strength inside of me,” Tejeda said.
Cynthia Basulto, sophomore biology major, explained that she was excited to attend this event because she wanted to learn more about crystals and their healing powers.
Basulto said she was also excited to create jewelry.
“I learned that different crystals, for example the tigers eye, helps with keeping you balanced and with motivation and working hard,” said Basulto. “I really liked how I was able to learn about different crystals that might help me in my life.”
Karla Carcamo, junior chemistry major, said that she was interested in how the crystals represented spirituality.
Duran explained that the Interfaith Fellows group is allotted one event a semester and although this event happened last year, due to the amount of support she got, she decided to hold it again this year.
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