When Stone & Star Founder Joyce Tsang looks back at her childhood, it would appear that love running a business dedicated to crystals, cards and cosmos had been written in the stars. She remembers, “My father collected stones and crystals.. So they’ve been in the home and background as I was growing up. Perhaps this was ingrained in my subconscious.”
It came as little surprise then that she would later find herself launching her very own label dedicated to energy healing and conscious living. Joyce is more of a conduit and connector for empowering others in their healing, than she is a proprietor in the traditional sense. And it's this purposeful approach that informs all facets of her life. She adds, “One amazing part of Stone & Star is that it’s become a platform when I have become a connector–for those searching for crystals or understanding of the cosmos and how it relates to their own healing journey.”
With her vast knowledge and deep understanding of crystals, she sits down with the ARAO team to talk about carving out a place in the healing space, living out one’s truth, and discovering the wisdom of pearls.
1. What keeps you busy these days?
I have three daughters, and the youngest is 20 months. My children keep me on my toes and active in my daily life. I also have my business, Stone & Star which is my other baby~ dedicated to crystals, cards, and the cosmos.
2. How did you come to find your current career or life’s work?
I’ve been fascinated by the stars and crystals since I was little. It is a space of inner calm and peace while looking up at the night sky. My father collected stones and crystals. So they’ve been in the home/background as I was growing up. Perhaps this was ingrained in my subconscious.”
It wasn’t until the past 5 years when crystals and stars once again became a focus, finding their place in my life in a more energetic way. I believe energy is everything. It is a continuous flow, exchange and interaction between ourselves and everything around us.
3. What is it about your work or career that you enjoy most?
Stone & Star is a space I’ve created to be myself–doing what I love, continuously learning and trusting my inner knowing as well as the Universe. Through my work, I am able to share with the world. Although this is technically my work or career, it is also very much an experience of how crystals and star allies have influenced, and become intertwined with other facets of my everyday life.
One amazing part of Stone & Star is that it’s become a platform when I have become a connector–for those searching for crystals or understanding of the cosmos and how it relates to their own healing journey. I am grateful for those within this community, who participate and share their own stories too.
4. For people who aspire for similar careers, what would be your advice?
Allow yourself to be YOU. Be true to who you are–your style, values, truths. Show up each day as your most authentic self.
Do what you believe in and don’t worry about people’s acceptance of you or validation. Whatever frequency you are vibrating at, those on the wavelength will naturally gravitate towards you.
5. What are the career milestones that inspire you to break the glass or mold?
Last year I started my residency at The Upper House for crystals and readings where clients can set appointments for private sessions. It was an incredible milestone. I am also grateful to have worked with JOYCE Boutique, LANE CRAWFORD, and K11 who’ve all stocked our crystals as well.
6. How do you balance work and family life? What are activities that enable you to bond with family?
Running my own business from home enables me to be around my children more. I work when I can, taking naps or checking on their homework in between. This means I have to juggle several things at times, too. But it’s asked me to embrace the meaning of flow, truly.
We try to get outdoors when possible: picnics in the park, sunshine, fresh air, and staying healthy (oh, and less screen time!). I also do a lot of baking at home. The kids like to help out and enjoy eating, too.
7. What is your self care indulgence? How do you treat yourself or reward yourself at the end of each day or long work week?
There are hardly any rewards or treats at the end of the week or day. All days seem to blend together. What’s more important is that I allow myself the space I need when it’s needed and as it is needed.
I don’t postpone a nap if it’s needed after a long night’s work or short tea-time breaks in between meetings or baby’s nap time. To me, everyday is about staying present, connected, and listening to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. I am intentional in every part of daily life and this is my idea of self care.
8. What is everyday luxury for you? Kindly share an example.
Everyday luxury is having the flexibility I have to do what I do. It is also about being present for myself and my children. Every luxury is in the little things like: the freedom to eat what I want, soaking up the sun during a weekday afternoon walk, and being grateful for all that is.
9. How would you describe your personal style? What are three your wardrobe essentials?
I think most of my wardrobe is now considered vintage since I haven’t shopped in ages. I dress pretty simply, mostly in grays, black and while. I've also started raiding my husband's closet for oversized shirts and hoodies.I have a soft spot for outerwear, eventhough the weather doesn’t reallypermit it in Hong Kong.
My three wardrobe essentials~ the perfect white tee, black Lululemon leggings, and comfortable trainers.
10. What comprises a good investment piece? Kindly cite examples of pieces in your current wardrobe.
Investment pieces are timeless. They can be worn everyday or passed down to my daughters.
Outerwear is definitely an investment for me, as well as more special pieces like my vintage petite zuni turquoise squash blossom necklace. I also love my Alanui Cashmere cardigans.
11. Why are pearls special to you?
Pearls are very much like crystals. They also hold their own wisdom and beauty, reminding us that there is beauty in the unseen. Pearls are also a reminder of the respect and appreciation we must give to all living beings and their creations.