You may have seen the sweetly smiling redhead in an enormous geode on a billboard alongside I-35 in Austin, but who is that Mona Lisa of crystals that some of us pass by everyday? Meet Karen Richards, the Owner and Founder of Nature’s Treasures Texas!
Born in California, she has explored and lived in many regions of the US before making her home in Austin, TX over 30 years ago. She has been a successful business woman in a wide...more
Michael received his Bachelor's of Science in Earth Sciences from Rice University in 2008 and continued on to earn his Master's of Science in Geosciences from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012. As the Nature's Treasures Retail Manager, Michael sees to daily operations, employee relations, customer relations, jewelry purchasing, educational outreach, and marketing & advertising. Keep an eye out for him on the “We Are Austin”...more
Amanda received her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education in 2007 from Concordia University in Austin, TX. Amanda joined the Nature's Treasures family as a front counter employee in 2010. Since then she has worked her way up and is now the Inventory Manager. She oversees the entire inventory process from our shopping trips to Denver & Tucson to processing and even stocking and restocking new and exciting products within the...more
Online Operations Manager
Tami was born in the Quartz-filled foothills of Arkansas, and raised in the shady pines of East Texas, Tami developed a profound love of Nature. An avid learner and excellent student, both academically and spiritually, Tami learned how to focus her intuitive abilities at a young age which allowed her to open her own metaphysical shop before coming to Nature's Treasures. With a passion for Tarot, astrology, history and mythology,...more
Although born in Colorado Springs, Alex grew up in neighboring Georgetown, but has always spent most of his time in Austin-proper. As a business management major at ACC, Alex recognizes there is so much to learn about the world. He first started on his spiritual path through music, numbers and numerology. Alex says "I love everything about Natures Treasures, and the conversations with the customers more than anything else". When he is...more
Born in Atlanta, Alaena and her family came to Austin to find better work opportunities. Alaena originally worked in the medical field, but found that it would break her heart at times. It was during one of her more rough times that Nature's Treasures took her in. Now working for the Online Department fulfilling customer orders, she gets to learn something new about crystals every day while developing a closer bond with them. Her main...more
Allison moved to Austin from Florida to further her education in geology and vertebrate paleontology. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, skating, and reading. You will see Allison working mostly in the Rock Depot and Rock Yard, but she also helps restock the Showroom as part of the Inventory Team.
"My favorite stone is a silicate mineraloid known as Opal, the vibrant color play and the odd lumpy crystalline structure has...more
Growing up in the suburbs of Houston, Amy spent much of her time as a kiddo running around with her Barbie camera taking candid photos of her family and pets. She later received her degree in Digital and Photographic Imaging from Texas State University. After graduating, she moved to the eccentric city of Austin, worked in the hospitality industry, and began to build her portfolio to make photography a full-time career. The stars aligned and...more
Bonnie was born and raised here in Austin, and is currently studying behavioral neuroscience at St. Edward’s university. You might see her working in the retail showroom or in the rock depot, happy to engage with customers and share perspectives. Her biggest passion is to learn new things, and Nature’s Treasures provides the perfect community for that. She loves to spend her time reading some Stephen King or cuddling up with her fur...more
China Rose grew up all over finding that home is where the heart is. She moved to Austin from Durango, Colorado with her daughter in 2015. A renaissance woman, China's jobs have varied from sushi chef to landscaping. Now she helps coordinate inventory and orders for Nature's Treasures Online. Outside of work, she enjoys skateboarding, cooking and swimming, and aspires to breed insects and become a mermaid someday!more
Chris is a Houston native that moved to Austin in 2016. With his B.A. in Studio Art and Philosophy Minor, he continues to pursue his artistic endeavors in various media including darkroom photography, painting, drawing, and jewelry making. Working at the Front Counter of Nature's Treasures, he has rediscovered a childhood passion for crystals that compliments his vast knowledge of classic and esoteric beliefs.more
While studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, Christine traveled to Austin, Texas with her class for a design project which inspired her to move out to our weird city after graduation. She finds joy in befriending stray animals, making people laugh, and creating magic with art, design, and computers. You might see her covering our in-store events for social media or peeking out from the corner of the Online Store - but...more
Originally from Houston, Gerardo received his BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. A part-time job at UT led me to my first managerial job. My accounting experience includes parking, medical, wholesale/retail, import/export, and food industries in both small and large business settings. My career highlights include having travelled to Latin America to work with folk art artisans, taking on accounting projects, and learning...more
Jessica was born in Rochester, NY, traveled around the country, and landed here in 2005. She spent 5 years holding space and advocating with clients as a Mental Health Peer Specialist. For 3 of these years she was a Manager of these services at Austin State Hospital and served as Director of Mental Health Peer Services for the other 2 years during which time she implemented Policies and Procedures for the State of Texas. That work directly...more
Born and raised in ATX, Katie G attended The Art Institute of Austin and studied Media Art and Animation hoping to join Pixar Studios! However, as life sometimes goes, spirit led Katie to San Marcos where she learned office administration! Today she uses both of these skill sets at Nature's Treasures helping to create product content, maintain inventory, , handle shipping and intuitively select items for customers of the Online Store. Katie...more
Originally from Orange County, CA, Katie has always loved crystals, but didn't really start learning about them until about 4 years ago through various online groups. Having a family of 6, Katie likes to spend her spare doing all sorts of arts and crafts, including making jewelry. She also enjoys learning about different cultures, reading and singing. At Nature's Treasures you can find Katie in either our Retail Showroom or in our Rock...more
Justin grew up in Leander and received two associates degrees from Austin Community College. He joined the Nature's Treasures team as part of a competition with a friend to see who could get a job in a geology-related field first. In addition to a passion for rocks, Justin loves biking and went abroad to Bosnia to bike the mountainous terrain there. You may see him in our Rock Depot, but if you're into Austin night life you might also see...more
Juyna was born in Kerrville, TX and grew up in Georgetown, TX where she studied Business Management at Southwestern University before completing her degree at Texas State to be a little closer to family. Juyna was a frequent customer for a number of years before joining the NT family as a front counter employee in 2015. She is now the Inventory Department's Assistant Manager and loves being a part of processing all the new treasures after the...more
Madisen grew up in Mason, Texas before moving to the Austin-area. She attended Texas State University, where she obtained her Bachelor's in psychology with a minor in anthropology. As one of the Front Counter Trainers and Aura Readers, she enjoys interacting with both customers and employees, especially when she gets to discuss astrology or help people find crystals that heal energetic ailments. Outside of work she enjoys dancing,...more
Born in Colorado, Mari moved around a lot, and has lived in at least 10 different states. She has lived in Texas for about six years.
Career highlights include working with two United Way agencies, one as an Executive Secretary and one as a Medical Transcriptionist. She is thankful that she had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom to her four children, including 21 years of homeschooling.
Hobbies include traveling,...more
Merrieh was born in Milledgeville, GA. She grew up outside Austin in Leander, TX. She joined our team with a shared love of sea shells, crystals, and gems. As a hairdresser her passion to reveal others outer beauty has transformed to helping others find their inner light thru the love and healing potential from crystals.more
Nance grew up in Pennsylvania before moving to the Southwest to finish her education in Arizona. In addition to being a semi-retired optician, Nance works at Nature's Treasures as an Event Coordinator, Aura Reader and Front Counter Staff Member. In any role Nance loves learning new things and assisting customers and coworkers. She loves nature and exploring, and utilizes her intuitiveness and massage training in 'assisted touch...more
Ricky (they/them) is a queer/trans Latinx speaker, spiritual advisor, and soon-to-be author. Using their resonant voice, channeling abilities, and broad knowledge of symbolic ritual, they curate guided meditations and rituals in alignment with each stone's highest purpose. In their free time, they host tea sessions and book clubs to explore myth, magic, and mindfulness with others on the Path. Ricky can usually be found greeting customers...more
Robert studied Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University, and worked in landscaping until 1988. When Robert's wife bought Dyer's Jewelry Supply and Lapidary, Robert taught himself the art and science of lapidary and agates so that he could help her run the business. Robert first worked with Nature's Treasures at their former Kramer/Braker location by assisting customers,...more
Sky grew up in Austin, Texas and is currently in college studying to be a sign language interpreter. You might see them in the Rock Depot or Retail Showroom working on projects or helping customers. Still fairly new to the metaphysical community, Skyler continues to grow in understanding of the many facets of crystals each day. They enjoy reading, helping design projects, and drawing in their spare time.more
Sylvia LeDoux earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Delta State University and worked for 25 years in Laboratory Medicine as registered Histologist. She learned to cut and cab stones after joining the Austin Gem and Mineral Society before joining the Nature’s Treasures Team. She says “while my strongest talent is in painting, I got my degree in Graphic Design and Ceramics to explore other mediums. Now stones are added to that list,” as...more
You might not have met Cheryl while at the store, but if you are reading this - you might recognize her work. She maintains the main NTRock.com website, creates the monthly newsletters and designs billboards, flyers and other eye-catching ads that notify you of sales and special guests presenting here at NT. Cheryl is a mosaic artist and sometimes teaches classes here allowing you to use the beauty and bounty of Nature's Treasures in a...more
Leah works on many of our outstanding events. Leah is a New Paradigm messenger. An Austin native, she just hasn't found a reason to leave. She attended UT as a Speech Communications major, and as an event coordinator, hosting events and interfacing with all kinds of people is a joyful and energizing experience for her. Leah is a 5D planetary community facilitator, speaker, and personal awakening coach, and has written three metaphysical...more