Mikazuki Crystal Co.
I'm Naomi, a jewelry maker from California. Thank you for taking the time to visit my shop!
Why Mental Health?
I want to be open about why I emphasize mental health. Please feel free to skip this part if it's a sensitive topic for you!
I was officially diagnosed with depression several years ago. It was a relief to gain some clarity on what I was experiencing, but that was only the beginning of my mental health journey. In my experience, depression and anxiety can be painfully isolating, and that was my least favorite part about it. As a result, I wanted to be able to help others feel less isolated on their mental health journeys, so I began to study music therapy. It felt natural at the time because I had been a huge band geek since elementary school, and I also wanted to heal people. While I was in school, I worked as a nanny and personal support worker for children on the autism spectrum. I continued on this path for two years, but I gradually realized that I'm particularly sensitive to caregiver burnout. Though I tried my best to work through it, my mental health was suffering. Eventually, I decided that it would be best for me to choose a different path, but I still want to help people. I believe one of the ways I can do that is through jewelry.
To support the mental health community, I donate 10% of all sales to the Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers. APCTC supports the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities around Los Angeles. They provide lots of programs, services, and resources to those affected by mental illness. With different awareness months, my focus may turn to different nonprofits and organizations.
I'm always looking for more ways to give back, so I have a couple of projects in the works that I'm excited to introduce once they're ready. Thank you for taking the time to read through this.
Jewelry to Heal
In the summer of 2017, I started to make pendants with craft wire and my favorite pocket crystals. It was the perfect way for me to lean into spirituality through artistic expression, and it was a very healing, peaceful time. Eventually, I started turning my jewelry hobby into a business. As it turns out, I have a big passion for jewelry and business! This discovery (along with the caregiver burnout) encouraged me to refocus my time and energy on growing this business.
At the beginning of 2019, I formed Mikazuki Crystal Co. in the hopes of using my creative passion to make a difference in the mental health community. Crystal healing and jewelry making have helped me through a lot of my hard times, and I want to use this passion to help others through theirs.
In Japanese, mikazuki means "crescent moon." "Mikazuki Crystal Co." is a nod to both the Japanese part of my heritage and my lil black cat, Luna.
All pieces of jewelry are handmade in my home studio. The crystals I use are cleansed and blessed to promote the positive energy of your unique piece. If you have any special requests, please feel free to reach out to me on Instagram (@mikazukicrystal.co) or by email (email@example.com)! I'd love to work with you to create something special.
Thank you so much for reading my story -- your support means the world to me! ♡