Designer Asha Patel uses crystal healing properties and their benefits in her jewelry’s designs to make each piece special and unique.
– KEYS SOULCARE
Crystals have the power to transform our spaces and our skin for the better. So when we learned that Asha Patel — a pharmacist-turned-jewelry designer known for enclosing designs with personalized crystal “prescription” cards — was a Keys Soulcare fan, we knew we had to meet her. Here’s our chat about how stones inspire her work and a few tips for incorporating them into your days and wardrobe.
Your work is beautiful — and, clearly, crystals are, too. What inspires you to keep working with them?
I like to think of them as “vibrational surround sound.” They’re such a big part of nature — and they’re everywhere. So, incorporating them in a way where others can share their meanings through symbolism and intention is kind of how I go about it. My process is multifactorial: I often source [them] from India on trips home to see my parents and in-laws. So my relationship to the stones starts raw and at their sources, versus a trade show or store. It feels better that way.
Tell us about your crystal prescriptions.
Initially, they started as an offering: an additional layer of information for my clients, along with their purchase. The “prescription” part is a nod to my background as a pharmacist. I think a lot of people want just a little bit extra knowledge about the stones they’ve chosen. A few are specific to my most popular gemstones, and then there’s a more [general] one that talks more about the power of touchstones throughout our day.
Alicia’s been known to carry around crystals to set the mood or hold onto one throughout her day. How do your clients react to getting that extra energy booster?
I love hearing about what folks do with them! I’ve had a lot of people that use them as keepsake bookmarks, which I think is pretty cool. And I’ve also started including a bit of crystal quartz in each as an extra treat. It’s a master healer that I carry around in my purse, but others put them on their desks or bedsides.
Do you have a go-to source for tapping into crystal knowledge from day to day?
I’m old school, so one book that I always go back to is called The Crystal Bible. It’s a guide to everything about crystals: their natural environments, hardness, symbolism, history, and folklore. It’s a one-stop shop of sorts!
As you know, we incorporate malachite, obsidian, and quartz into our offerings. What are a few of your personal favorite crystals right now?
I love crystal quartz, just because it’s an all-encompassing healer. And malachite — all about the transformation, especially in times like these. Black onyx and obsidian are also amazingly grounding.
Lightning round. What crystal might you “prescribe” to someone missing a faraway friend?
I’d probably pick labradorite, because it’s a protective stone.
A romantic love?
Rose quartz! For sure. Be it for self-love or [the] love of others. I think we all need some extra doses of love.
What about someone you wish you could be there to celebrate with in person?
Crystal quartz — the master healer.
And how about a treat-yourself gift?
Any of the moonstones, from rainbow to peach to grey. They all amplify feminine energy and love, and I gravitate towards those things. They’re subtle hues, but such powerful gems.
And I love a good selenite stick, just to clear the negative energy. I don’t use it in jewelry, because it’s a fairly soft stone, but they’re beautiful and I use them to clear the air in my own space quite often.
What’s your highest vision for your work?
I’m most proud when people integrate my work into their own spiritual and self-love practices — whether that be through yoga or simply reaching for pieces throughout their days as a way to center themselves.
What touchstones and ideas help center and guide you throughout the day? Share your go-tos in the comments!