Dana Schmalenberg | Gem + Remedy

Sitting at SFO during a layover back from NYC, I stumbled upon Gem + Remedy via instagram. I loved the concept behind every aspect of these bracelets—gemstone promoted healing with color therapy in a modern dainty design! Each detail really fit my vibe, so I got in touch with Dana ASAP and we decided to collaborate on a bracelet together. Thus the FREE + NATIVE X Gem+Remedy bracelet was born (giveaway details below). Meet Dana Schmalenberg of Gem+Remedy.

 

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT GEM+REMEDY AND HOW IT EVOLVED

I've been beading for over 20 years and always been interested in the power of gemstones.

Last year I made bracelets for all my friends as Christmas presents and they were a big hit. I've

been wanting to start a business that I could eventually turn into a full-on non-profit and I'm

hoping to grow this into that.

 

ENLIGHTEN US ON COLOR HEALING AND HOW YOU FORM THE BRACELET

COMBINATIONS

I have a BFA and an MFA, so I've studied and made quite a bit of art in my day! I think that sort

of classical training has helped my eye, but specifically reading books on color therapy also

informed what colors I would put with different gems. There are many different books with

varying opinions, but I try and suss out the common thread that runs through them. I also use

my own intuition. I've found most colors evoke the exact feeling you think they would-- yellow is

positivity, blue is peace... etc.

 

I LOVE YOUR CONCEPT OF ONLY WORKING ON THESE PIECES WHEN YOU'RE IN A GROUNDED AND PEACEFUL STATE. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU

Everything-- animal, vegetable, mineral-- is made up of energy. Whatever we handle we imbue

with the vibrations of our own energetic state. Because these bracelets are going to be worn

right on the skin (our biggest organ) I feel it's important that my own energy is calm and

grounded. Whatever bracelet I'm making, for example a "Courage, Grounding", I think about

and feel those energies. I also cleanse the stones before I use them by leaving them outside in

the sunlight.

 

THE COLOR AND GEMSTONE COMBINATION YOU'RE WEARING NOW

I always wear my Peace, Clarity, which is a light blue silk with blue topaz and white topaz. I call

these bracelets "intention bracelets" because it's my hope that when the wearer looks at them

they will remember what they're intending to bring into their lives. I've been busy lately and

having to make a lot of decisions, so it's a good bracelet for that.

 

HOW DID YOU COME TO SOURCE STONES FROM FAIR TRADE DEALERS AND WHY

I am still in the process of doing this. So far I've only found one dealer. I feel it's important to

know the people who are cutting these stones are working in a safe environment and aren't

being taken advantage of-- I think it affects the vibrational charge of the stones in the same way

my energetic state affects them. The stones that are verifiable fair trade are more expensive and

I imagine my prices will go up the more I am able to use only fair trade, but so far only about 30

percent of my stones are fair trade.

 

SIX BEAUTY PRODUCTS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT

Aquaphor - it's the only thing that unchaps my lips!

Lulu Organics hair powder

USLU airlines lip gloss and lipstick

Face oil - I use Love Your Face Serum from Black Chicken Remedy or Rejuvenating oil from Olie Biologique

My shu uemura eyelash curler

My friend's handmade hats- Capelo Hats- to shade my face!

 

FAVORITE EATERIES IN LA

A.O.C.

Mozza

Chateau Marmont

Cafe Gratitude

FAVORITE STORES IN LA

Woodley and Bunny on Third Street - They have all my favorite organic make up and potions

and lotions!

Lake on Silverlake Blvd - I love the owners taste in everything from scarves to shoes to dresses.

The Golden State on Rose Ave in Venice - it really has it's own vibe: hippie, beachy, sexy with a

whiff of 70s LA.

It's a Wrap - I can always find some little designer piece marked down 50% or more.

Heath Ceramics - Dishes are something we use and touch everyday, may as well have

something beautifully made that feels good in your hands.

 

FASHION PHILOSOPHY

I'm a big believer in "price per wear"-- meaning I'm only willing to pay as much as I think I will

wear it. I have a pair of Giuseppi Zanotti boots that have totally been worth their steep price as

I've worn them constantly for the last three years. That being said, I also have a few "mis-steps".

expensive dresses or shirts I've only worn a few times a year, then given them away as they

were just clogging up my closet.

 

HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR ZEN

On my kneeling meditation bench (highly recommended) or when I'm gardening or walking in

nature, when I'm holding one of the two sweet dachshunds that live with me or when I'm

laughing really hard with people I love.

GIVEAWAY

We are giving away two F+N X G+R bracelets that promote stability, positivity and courage. Follow Gem+Remedy’s and Free + Native Instagram as well as Gem + Remedy’s and Free + Native’s twitter to enter and win one of the bracelets. We’ll announce the winners Monday.