ABOUT THIS SMALL SHOP & IT'S MAKER
HOW IT ALL STARTED:
The year was 2012, after being diagnosed with cervical cancer & endometriosis. I'm sitting in a chair 4 weeks after hysterectomy surgery at the age of 29, with another 8 weeks to go from complications. An experience that would change my life & thought process forever. Through the experience & accepting my new life & work habits would never, ever be the same, due to my complete lack of immune system, I had to accept that & that was a hard pill to swallow...I turned inward & began to contemplate life & my true happiness, what was really important to live for.... I came to a hard conclusion, Health is #1 in the foundation of life & this is the juncture where I became vegan (but that is another story). Something else while alone with my thoughts became very clear~ I spent so much time & energy wasting my life on irrelevant things. During the next 8 weeks, I was pretty much bed ridden & began to go thru things I had put off for years. Within one of these boxes, I had found keepsakes from my childhood, things that touched my soul & moulded me into, well Me. Among them was a lil pouch of tumbled stones, I had since age 9, that I meticulously picked out one by one from 1,000's of gemstones (a practice I still uphold to this day) came from a gift shop museum while on a school field trip.
In the bag was a small list of traits of each stone & thats when I started to put "google search" to work!
I found each stone I had choose has some very deep rooted need within me for things only I knew I truly needed help or healing from. And that my friends!, is when my obsession & journey really started with Crystals & Gemstones. I found so much assistance in just the few I had from childhood that the moment I was able to get out, I sought out the 1st available metaphysical store in my home town of Las Vegas, Nevada & became immediately hooked on their various energies & special qualities each possessed.
HOW INTERCHANGING GEMSTONE ELEMENTS WAS FORMED INTO EXISTENCE:
It's now 2014, and from finding so much aid from Crystals & Gemstones, I began a desire to share my Love and knowledge about them, I often wondered how the world's population did not know of this
amazingness ~ gemstone & crystal metaphysics! At this juncture of my life with being in recovery & relearning things about my body, I was also searching for "how do I still support my family in my new current physical state?" A resolution that the universe would soon provide... I say universe cause that is the highest power of all deities wrapped into one for me personally, I firmly believe in the phrase "to each their own." And this especially applies to religion. I identify with various so called "religions" or "practices" but I respect & honor everyones choice for whatever suits them, with no judgement. Metaphysics is about measurable science not just Faith although you do have to have some of that as well, especially after all I had been through & was sure about to embark on.
And so, on one very, very late night, while on the phone with my best friend Michelle. It just came to me out of thin air, like a lightning bolt, it struck my thoughts & I immediately told her the idea I had for a completely "interchanging gemstone & crystal jewelry line" that would help masses just like they had done for me, but more so!!!
Fueled from the excitement from the previous night, that next morning I started to plan, research & reach out to people already in the Crystal & Gemstone industry (small shop owners, that had success selling crystals) seeking their knowledge & wisdom about how to reach people all over the world. That's when Instagram became apart of my daily life, & I began to start working on my website.
MY SMALL BUSINESS DREAM:
I wanted to share what I experienced with metaphysics with the world one person at a time, thru jewelry. cause who doesn't wear or love jewelry? And after much research & thought, I decided that the reason why Gemstones & Crystals weren't very well known for their metaphysical ways was due in part by the inaccessibility of them to the general public because of their price point. They are far beyond just pretty rocks~ lol!
Continuing to be inspired by a childhood gift, I decided to make wearable jewelry easy & "interchanging" bringing multiple things together to assist in accessibility to all ages, time and money saving. From that Interchanging Gemstone Elements name was born into existence & so was a fun, unique, expressive & endless ways to Change jewelry~ Anytime, Anywhere and for Whatever the reason or need!
That's also when I decided my business would be fairly priced for all to afford & I would definitely offer reserves & holds for my customers. Always providing fun frequent Discounts & Sales. Cause it's far more then just about selling a piece of jewelry to me, it's about helping others receive why they need from the universe thru me.
WHY IS THE "IGE" BRAND ABOUT QUALITY VS. QUANTITY?
As a small business, deciding on sources for my products was never in my mind a question to be asked but once I started on this venture, It clearly became something I should be concerned about. This is why in the end, I decided on only Natural Earth Grown Gemstones & Crystals~ Never Lab Grown, Ethically Sourced and from other small business like myself! Community over Competition. And also why my Hand picked tradition still lives to this day where I personally can choose every piece that goes into my jewelry elements. Having a working relationship with my vendors & knowing them personally insures I can hand pick items and focus on quality and unique pieces. As such this is very important to me with everything being hand made cause over 95% of "IGE's" jewelry is "one of a kind~original." And I'm very proud of that!
WHY I TEST PRODUCTS PRIOR TO RELEASE:
To insure that handmade will last! I can't always guarantee this as it's up to the wearer to be responsible & follow the Care instructions & use common sense. However sometimes things happen unexpectedly & if they do Contact me & we can see about a fix or repair. Customer Happiness is most important to me!
NOW IT'S BEEN 5 YEARS & WE ARE EXPANDING & NOW HAVE CHANGED OUR WEBSITE NAME TO "THE HOUSE OF MERAKI TROUVAILLE":
it's meaning to do something with Soul, Creativity, or Love; to put something of yourself into your work. A chance Encounter with something Wonderful! I feel that so deeply within every step I have taken with this ever growing small business & this name envelopes very facet of what this small shop's directional journeys becoming. I do plan to offer more intriguing & wondrous items that are sure to bring Joy, Healing & Happiness into your Lives. Thanks for continuing to be here & supporting Me & my dream! Take 20% off with code "MT20" for being so Awesome!!!