From sourcing natural stones to making each bracelet, meet Vosswood's founder and maker, Matthew Rivera.
Vosswood Bracelets

It all started because my bracelets were breaking, they were made from cheap materials but weren’t cheap in price. For example, I spent over $400 on one beaded bracelet and it broke within the same year. I decided to go on a journey to find stronger materials and wanted to make my own designs too. As an adult, I worked at Nordstrom for ten years and from that experience I gained experience in superior customer service and quality products. Just because it is expensive doesn’t make it “good quality.” In 2014 I decided to put my interests from a young age of collecting stones to my interests of fashion as an adult and merge them into what is now known as my brand Vosswood
Why I use Natural Semi-Precious Gemstones
Ever since I was young I’ve collected stones and categorized them by their names and the minerals inside the different stones. Each stone has a different meaning which I personally love researching and relating to my personal life. 

Stonelove simply means: the Love for Stones. Here are some of the properties of the semi-precious gemstones that Vosswood loves. More will be added soon. If you don't see the meaning of your bracelets stones here, you can search the meaning on your favorite internet healing sites. Our meanings are mostly from The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall.

Amethyst: Is extremely beneficial to the mind, calming or stimulating as appropriate. Mentally, it helps you feel less scattered, more focused and in control of your faculties. It enhances the assimilation of new ideas and connects cause with affect. It is helpful where insomnia is caused by an overactive mind and protects against recurrent nightmares.  

Amazonite: This is an extremely soothing stone. It calms the brain and nervous system and aligns the physical body maintaining optimum health. It balances the masculine and feminine energies and many aspects of the personality. It is a stone that helps you to see both sides of a problem or different points of view. Emotionally, it soothes emotional trauma, alleviating worry and fear. Dispels negative energy and aggravation.

Aventurine: All around healer, and general harmonizer, protecting the heart. It is a very positive stone of prosperity. It reinforces leadership qualities and decisiveness. Promoting compassion, empathy, and encourages perseverance. Calms anger and irritation. Stimulates emotional recovery and enables living within one's own heart.

Black Banded Agate: Is formed from microscopic crystals of quartz laid down in bands. It is considered a receiving stone and is used for calming, soothing, inward meditation and reflection. When used for Chakra healing and balancing, it represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and our sense of grounding connection. -peacefulmind.com

Garnet: Represents love. It revitalizes feelings and enhances sexuality. Inspires love and devotion. It revitalizes feelings and enhances deeper connection. Controls anger, especially toward the self. Opens the heart and bestows self-confidence. Mentally, it helps you let go of useless or old obsolete ideas.

Hematite: Dissolves negativity and prevents negative energies from entering the aura. It is said to be beneficial for legal situations. Mentally, Hematite stimulates concentration and focus. It enhances memory and original thought. Useful stone for the study of mathematics and technical subjects.

Howlite: Is an extremely calming stone. Formulates ambitions, both spiritual and mental, and aids in achieving them. *Helpful for studying, as they inspire you to research new ideas and may trigger instinctive standards of decent moral behavior. Helps with procrastination, and may stimulate creative ways to achieve what you desire. 

Labradorite: Calms an overactive mind and energizes the imagination, bringing up new ideas. Helps you understand your destiny. It strengthens faith in the self and trust in the universe. It removes other people’s projections. 

Lapis Lazuli: Opens the third eye and balances the throat chakra. This stone quickly releases stress, bringing deep peace. Mentally, it encourages taking charge of life. It reveals inner truth, encourages self-awareness, and allows self-expression without holding back or compromising. This stone brings the enduring qualities of honesty, compassion, and uprightness to the personality. Healing, alleviates pain, especially that of migraine headaches. It overcomes depression and benefits the respiratory and nervous systems.

Lava: Is a dense, ingenious volcanic rock. It is superbly grounding, lending you strength, patience, and stability. It’s especially helpful for dissipating anger and creating a much needed cool, calm space to escape from stress.

Malachite: Important protection stone. Life is lived more intensely under the influence of this adventurous stone, which encourages risk-taking and change. It alleviates shyness and supports friendships. *Goes to the core of a problem, enhancing intuition and insight. Helps alleviate mental disturbances and combats dyslexia. It strengthens the ability to absorb and process information, makes you more observant, and helps in understanding difficult concepts.

Moonstone: Is a stone of “new beginnings.” Strongly connected to the moon and to the intuition. Psychologically, Moonstone calms overreactions to situations and to emotional triggers. Emotionally, Moonstone soothes emotional instability and stress, and stabilizes the emotions. It improves emotional intelligence.

Onyx: Is strength-giving. It provides support in difficult or confusing circumstances and during times of enormous mental or physical stress. Mentally, Onyx alleviates overwhelming fears and worries. Onyx conveys the invaluable gift of wise decisions.

Pearl: Brings out purity, honesty and integrity, plus feeling of beauty, dignity and calm. Pearls symbolize and stimulate femininity, feminine wisdom and charity.

Red Banded Agate: Formed from microscopic crystals of quartz laid down in bands. Agate gently facilitates acceptance of one's self. This builds self-confidence. Agate's love of truthfulness encourages speaking one's own truth. Red is a projecting stones which assists in destroying disease, strengthens conscious, courage, strength, physical energy, luck and success.

Rhodonite: Emotional balancer that nurtures love. This stone stimulates, clears, and activates the heart and heart chakra. It grounds energy, balances yin-yang, and aids in achieving one’s highest potential. 

Rose Quartz: Stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. Teaching true essence of love. It purifies and opens the heart at all levels, and brings deep inner healing and self-love. Rose Quartz teaches how to love yourself, vital if you have thought yourself unlovable. This stone encourages self-forgiveness and acceptance, and invokes self-trust and self-worth. In existing relationships, it will restore trust and harmony, and encourage unconditional love.  

Snowflake Obsidian: Stone of purity, providing balance for body, mind, and spirit. Helps you recognize and release "wrong thinking" and stressful mental patterns. It promotes dispassion and inner centering. With the aid of Snowflake Obsidian, isolation and loneliness become empowering, aiding surrender in meditation. 

Sodalite: Unites logic with intuition and opens spiritual perception, bringing information from the higher mind down to the physical level. Psychologically, this stone brings about emotional balance and calms panic attacks. It enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance, and self-trust. Sodalite is one of the stones that bring shadow qualities up to the surface to be accepted without being judged.

Tiger's Eye: Is a protective stone that was traditionally carried as a talisman against ill wishing and curses. It shows the correct use of power and brings out integrity. It assists in accomplishing goals. Psychologically, Tiger’s Eye heals issues of self-worth, self-criticism, and blocked creativity. It aids in recognizing one’s talents and abilities, and conversely, faults that need to be overcome.

Turquoise: Is a strengthening stone. It dissolves a martyred attitude or self-sabotage. Mentally, Turquoise instills inner calm while remaining alert, and aids creative expression. A promoter of self-realization, it assists creative problem- solving and calms the nerves when speaking in public.

 Caution: The information given in this book is not intended to act as a substitute for medical treatment, nor can it be used for diagnosis. Crystals are powerful and are open to misunderstanding or abuse. If you are in any doubt about their use, a qualified practitioner should be consulted, especially in the crystal healing field.