By Jody Kerzman

14When Kristin Sathe’s doctor at Mayo Clinic suggested she look into alternative therapies for wellness, her search led her to beads and crystals. She never dreamed it would lead to a business venture.

“I fell in love with the beads,” she says.

Kristin says healing beads help her deal with multiple sclerosis, chronic migraines, and fibromyalgia.

“I didn’t want to just carry around a bunch of rocks in my pocket. I wanted to wear them as jewelry,” she explains. “I started looking for ways to wear the stones, but I couldn’t find any jewelry I liked so I decided I would just make it myself. People wanted to buy it right off of me! So I started my own business.”

Kristin’s business, Aunt Kitty’s Designs, is just over a year old, and already her jewelry, handmade in Williston, North Dakota, has been featured in swag bags at pre-parties for both the Emmys and the Golden Globes.

Kristin is quick to point out she is not a doctor, and does not recommend using stones instead of seeing a doctor, but she says the stones are worth incorporating.

“I still seek medical help for all my issues and I take my doctors’ advice,” she says. “I do feel better and I think the stones bring a sense of calm and peace. There are no side effects and if the stones don’t make you feel better, you still have a pretty piece of jewelry.”

To learn more about Kristin’s designs, and to purchase your own, visit her website.