Crystal Heart is the result of one man’s passion for crystals. Patrick (PJ), O Malley, an Irishman working in the fashion industry, first came into contact with crystals for a handbag line he was working on. He fell in love instantly. His work took him down into the mines of South America where he searched for crystals together with the men who mined them. It was down in the mines that he first felt the full power of the stones and saw how they changed and empowered the men who worked with them.
At this stage PJ was still working with handbags, but the crystals had touched him, and he couldn’t stop thinking about a way to bring the power of these amazing stones to others. One day, on his way back to his home in Malibu, California, PJ was walking past a small crystal shop. Something drew him into the store. Inside he saw a beautiful smoky quartz and was drawn to the exquisite beauty of the crystal.
He didn’t know it then, but historical records show it was the Celts from the British Isles who first mined these amazing crystals, searching for them in the rugged mountains and adorning their jewelry and weaponry with these power stones.
Still in awe of the crystal, PJ took it to a young woman at the till to pay. It was a $118, but the price wasn’t important. PJ felt a special connection to the crystal. There was something incredibly important about it, even if he didn’t know at the time what it was. After he paid her, the young woman took the crystal, grabbed a plastic bag from under the counter, dropped the smoky quartz into the back and closed it up with a strip of tape.
She probably smiled nicely. Maybe she said, ‘Have a nice day.’
PJ didn’t hear her. He was incensed. All he could think was: That is no way to treat a crystal!
He couldn’t stop thinking about it. That is no way to treat a crystal.
When he got home PJ went straight to his desk. His work in the fashion industry gave him a special insight into what he needed to do. He wanted these crystals to be treated with the honor and respect they deserve. And so Crystal Heart was born.
He designed a velvet pouch to protect the crystals. And then, a leather coaster with a special inscription to define and describe the different crystals he wanted to work with. Slowly Crystal Heart took shape. He would work with a few select crystals which he would source from the sustainable crystal mines he had visited during his work in the fashion industry. He designed a durable box gift box to protect each crystal during shipping.
Crystal Heart was still an idea, yes, but behind the idea was a man with a mission. And not any man. PJ had worked for years in the fashion industry. He knew where to source the beautiful velvet and satin pouch, the custom embossed coasters and the exclusive and elegant packaging. But he still needed to find the crystals.
For the next year he traveled South America looking for crystals that were mined sustainably, where both the stones and the people working with them were treated with the respect and honor they deserve. Finally he was ready and Crystal Heart was launched with 10 power stones. But these were no ordinary crystals.
Every single Crystal Heart crystal has a minimum weight of 10 oz (280 grams) and is certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The bottom of the crystal is left raw, the same way it came from the earth. The top of the crystal is cut and polished on six sides to intensify its beauty and power. Every crystal is treated with care and respect, from the moment it leaves the earth to the moment it arrives in your home. That was PJ’s dream. That is how Crystal Heart works today.
CRYSTAL HEART EMPOWERMENT GEMSTONES