Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Made in St. Louis: Spiritual Brothers Harness Healing Energy of Stones

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Made in St. Louis: Spiritual Brothers Harness Healing Energy of Stones

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El Jones, Ronald "Fari Fyah" Jones, Carlos Hagens and Rai Morehead had been working in multiple art forms for years. "We all just kind of came together because of what we were each doing in the arts," said El Jones, who is not related to Ronald Jones. "We're all spiritual brothers, but everyone thinks we're related."

Good vibrations * When Ronald Jones, a longtime spoken word artist and performer, isn't giving metaphysical lectures, or discussing energy, cosmic history or the paranormal, he said he's researching holistic health. "It's about creating better vibes within ourselves and other people by working with the Earth's elements," he said. The clusters of stones are never haphazard and have little to do with aesthetics. The designers said that they tune into the healing properties and vibrations of each stone to make each piece. If someone requests a stone for protection or courage or strength, they customize their work for the customer's goals. He said it's most like creating an antenna that helps them channel mystic forces.

Art collaboration * "We all came from different paths," El Jones said. Paths that happened to converge at coffee shops and spoken word events and through mutual friends. Now they all work together feeding off one another's creativity and energy. Their work doesn't look similar intentionally; it reflects their collective spirit. Morehead was already making jewelry before he met the group, he's also a local dance, martial arts and acrobatics teacher. "We are all self-taught," said Morehead. "Some things can't be taught," he said in reference to how the stones are arranged to create something energetic. "Whether people believe in that or not," El Jones said. "They usually feel drawn to the stones."

Look, don't touch * Speaking of being drawn to the stones, the guys are quick to cover their neckwear when curious newbies reach for their stones. "We are all energetic beings," Ronald Jones said. "That means that energy transfers." He mimicked one hand covering his huge pendant and the other pushing someone away. "You don't just let anyone go around touching your piece." And because their work can be large, elaborate show pieces, some people don't even wear their work, they hang it on the wall instead. …

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