Hippopotamus tooth with Peruvian pyrite chunk necklace by Mineralogy
In my ninth grade English class, I was tasked with creating a website for the Greek Goddess, Athena. I remember the entire process as if it happened yesterday, the coding, the research, the (awful) designing. I was fourteen and it was the first website I had ever created. The website was hosted on Geocities — does anyone remember Geocities? Building the website was one of the most rewarding experiences and after it was over, I knew at that time that web and graphic design was something I wanted to pursue as a career.
Theresa Cowan shares a somewhat similar story. Inspired by an earth science class lecture on minerals, Theresa created Mineralogy, an Etsy shop where she sells handcrafted jewelry of the most naturally beautiful variety. I’m especially fascinated by the explanations that Theresa has included in each of her listing.
Take for instance, the herkimer diamond necklace where Theresa writes, “Herkimer diamonds are a type of double terminated quartz (where the crystals form on both ends.) They are known for their extreme clarity and are ascribed to have specific occult properties and mystical powers.” I love learning something new everyday and after visiting her shop, I learned many a somethings new.
Theresa’s handcrafted jewelry inspires me to read up on minerals as I only know of a small handful by name.