WALLINGFORD — Alyssa Martin took her passion for crystals and crystal healing to a new level by starting a new online business — Bite The Bullet Gems.
After shooting at Delta Arsenal on Quinnipiac Street with her brother, Martin realized she could use the empty shell casings to make necklaces with crystals.
“The empty shell casings end up in my bag so I had a couple of them and I thought about it. I was like, ‘Oh I can incorporate this with (crystals),’” Martin said. “It works because a lot of the crystals actually have protection healing properties. They represent protection, so it kind of doubles when you put the bullet casing in there because that’s kind of a symbol of protection.”
Martin started making her jewelry for her friends and family before starting her home-based business.
“...I just decided that other people might want them, might enjoy them,” she said.
One of the necklaces Martin made was a sodalite crystal necklace for her mother, Arlene Martin.
“It brings peace, healing, mental clarity and removes negative thoughts,” Arlene Martin said.
Martin’s products are promoted on Etsy and Instagram pages.
“It’s definitely different for me,” Martin said. “I’ve never done anything like this. I never really thought I would do anything like this, but it is definitely exciting. I’m learning a lot.
“I’ve had a few people reach out inquiring about my necklaces…,” she added. “My family, friends and coworkers are also spreading the word to help me get started.”
To learn more about Bite The Bullet Gems, go to its Instagram page, @bitebulletgems, or search Bite The Bullet Gems on Etsy.