Inclusive Crystal Shop
We believe in creating a safer space; a welcoming, inclusive crystal shop. At Crystallography Gems, everyone is treated with respect, compassion, and dignity. We feel that our differences are what make life beautiful, fun, unique, and interesting. Our owner and employees work to create a culture where these differences are celebrated.
We ask that our customers respect both our employees and other customers.
As a part of our dedication to inclusivity, we diligently work to ensure our products represent our beliefs, and we strive to purchase from vendors and mines whose ethics align with ours.
Zero Tolerance for Discrimination
Crystallography Gems has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination and hate speech. Discrimination is inconsistent with our company’s mission and values.
We embrace and celebrate the differences between us, such as: race, religion, skin color, sexual identity, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, and national origin.
Any speech or action used to vilify, humiliate, or incite hatred against another person or group will not be tolerated.
When customers visit our store and interact with our employees and fellow customers we ask that they:
- Communicate respectfully.
- Refrain from language, gestures, or actions that are abusive, harassing, hateful, and/or obscene.
- Never mock, ridicule, or mimic another’s culture, accent, appearance, or customs.
- Avoid wearing clothing or accessories that promote hate speech or display offensive symbols.
- Do not engage in threatening, intimidating, or other hostile or offensive acts.
Safer Space Policy In Action
Thank you for helping us foster a safer space at Crystallography Gems. Those not in accordance with our policy will be asked to leave, with assistance from law enforcement if necessary.
Thank you for supporting our business—and our efforts to create healing in the connection between all of us.
Diversity At Crystallography Gems
Crystallography Gems is LGBTQ+ Owned and Operated. As a bisexual woman of color, it is challenging for me to feel safe in shops that tout “tolerance” but have zero representation.
The staff at Crystallography Gems is knowledgeable in minerals and the healing arts. Though chosen for skill, the very intentional diversity also helps to create a safe and inclusive environment for all people.
Our staff (as of November 2022) is:
80% – POC / ethnically underrepresented
100% – LGBTQ+
100% – Women / Non-Binary
100% – Neurodivergent
Whether you are a part of the New Majority* or not, or are anywhere on the spectrum of sexuality, gender, class, disability, neurodivergence, or otherwise, we welcome you. We encourage and invite you to be your most authentic self.
With Love & Support,
Michelle Ferris & Crew
*US Census data shows that caucasian people are now outnumbered by other racial groups
ʔi, ti dsyaʔyaʔ (Hello friend)
Crystallography Gems respectfully acknowledges the original and current caretakers of this land, water, and air: the Duwamish Tribe & Coast Salish people, all of their ancestors, and descendants.
This land is Indigenous and was colonized through the use of interlocking systems of dominance: white supremacy, imperialism, capitalism, and patriarchy. It is our collective responsibility to support Indigenous people, culture, and rights, thereby honoring, protecting, and sustaining this land. Crystallography Gems strives toward including and honoring decolonized knowledge and traditions.
– t̕igʷicid (Thank You)
If you’d like to learn more, there are resources to help connect with and understand some of the topics mentioned above. Here is the story of the North Wind Weir which is a cultural landmark for the Duwamish people. If you are curious about which Indigenous land you are on, here is an insightful map by Native Land. Some resources like the Treaty of Elliot Bay, The Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, and Bracero Railroaders by Erasmo Gamboa can provide some local historical understanding.