We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauryn Allen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lauryn, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Well to now where my thought process began I have to explain where it started from. In high school I was in all the art classes but I never saw the practicality of making a living off the paintings I like to do. I wanted to make wearable art, because wearable art is something everyone, every body, can indulge in. So when I found jewelry and discovers how extensive of an art form it could be and the beauty of the gems that inspire the canvas I was hooked on making it because I wanted to have all of it around me. From the beginning of when we start thinking ” what might I do with my life? How might I make a living?” I knew I wanted to be passionate about the job I would have other wise what would be the point? My point is i had to have passion for the business I started and I found that in Jewelry.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Think the most defining thing that sets my designs apart from others is that I design for the stone. It is the canvas and the paints are the details I create around it. The cherry on top that drives me is that each unique creation will end up in the hand of an even more unique person who will love it for a long time. It comes naturally at times and sometime you hit a creative wall, but its a good wall because sometimes it means your going in the wrong direction and you need to sit down and put the stone away, save it for another day. Thats one of the best lessons I’ve learned is to not force creativity. What will be will be. Other times though when its a custom order you have to double down and turn that idea into reality no matter how much the creation fights with you. My customers are as unique as the stones I work with and they drive me do my best.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well my friends all grew up here with me so thats an unfair question. However other then traveling the entire San Diego country for the best food like gelato love and and searching for the best taco stand we like to get-out in nature since its where I draw most of my inspiration from. If their staying a while then traveling to Joshua tree is a must. If they prefer the local beach scene the a hike to blacks beach at any time of day is just beautiful. The thing about his lovely place we call home is it has a little bit of everything for everyone, its a big place with a local community feel no mater where you are. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost My mom is my MVP. From every art class I’ve ever taken to supporting me even in a pandemic and encouraging me to live my passion and pursue my business full time. Secondly I would have to shout out Palomar community collage for having the most amazing art program of any community collage in the U.S. . They have some am mazing teachers and classes that you could truly never find without becoming a journey man. I learned the basics of jewelry and metal smithing From their 4 exploratory corses and AA degree. They gave me a foundation and the tools to learn how to expand my knowledge.

Website: www.sunmoonandcrystals@gmail.com
Instagram: @sunmoonandcrystals
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SunMoonAndCrystals/

Image Credits
me, myself, and i! haha one women show over here

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