5
Apr

The History and Spiritual Uses of Iolite

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Iolite Necklace by earthegy

Iolite Necklace by earthegy

 

The History and Spiritual Uses of Iolite

Iolite has a property known as pleochroism, meaning when it is viewed from different directions it displays different colors. A cube cut from iolite will look a violet blue from one side, clear from the other, and honey yellow from the top. This property led some people to call iolite “water sapphire.” Iolite was named after the Greek word “ios,” meaning violet, which is the primary color that is comes in.

The Vikings, including Leif Eriksson, used iolite to help navigate their ships. Once ships are no longer in view of the coast, courses were plotted by calculating the degree of the sun. Looking straight into the sun was not practical, so Viking sailors used iolite as polarizing filters for the first sunglasses to stare directly into the sun. Looking through an iolite lens, they could determine the exact position of the sun and navigate safely to the new world and back.

Iolite is a shamanic stone reputed to stimulate visions as it is a very powerful aid for clearing the mind of thoughts and tuning the intuition. The positive energy helps guide you during meditation and allow you to connect with your soul so you can get a better understanding of who you are and what your purpose is in life on earth. Iolite enhances curiosity and helps in building relationships. Ancients believed that it could unlock creativity in an artist. Because iolite is pleochroic it resonates to both Archangel’s Michael and Gabrielle, the Archangel of vision and prophecy.

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The History, Legends, and Mythology of Malachite

~In ancient Rome malachite was referred to as the “Peacock stone,” sacred to the Goddess Juno, whose sacred bird was the peacock. Juno was enchanted by the eye-like patterns in Malachite that resembled the pattern in her sacred peacocks feathers.

~The Book of the Dead indicates that the Egyptians believed that the goddess of the sky drops stars on the earth in the form of green stones.

~Egyptians obtained their Malachite specimens from the Sinai peninsula. Headdresses of pharaohs were lined with Malachite to raise the ruler’s vibrations to a higher level, opening him up to wise counsel. In Egyptian mythology the hippo goddess Taweret wears a necklace of many beads including malachite to promote fertility.

~In Ancient Greece amulets for children were made of malachite. Malachite stones were attached to an infant’s cradle to keep evil spirits at bay.

~In the Middle Ages Italians wore malachite to protect them from the evil eye and to cure various stomach ailments.

~Russian czars used Malachite for ornaments, paneling, and inlay work in their castles. According to Russian legend, anyone who drinks for a chalice made of Malachite will have the eternal power to understand the language of animals.

~Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used malachite for jewelery and ground it to use as eye shadow as far as 3000 BC.

~In Germany malachite shares the same reputation as turquoise in protecting the wearer from falling. It has also been said to warn of coming danger by breaking into pieces.

~Malachite has been called”The Magic Stone” for it is said to bring good luck, safe travel, and protection. It is also believed to bring good health, success, and constancy of affection. Also called a salesperson’s stone, placing malachite in the corners of a business or in the cash register is said to attract business.

~In the Middle ages, malachite was worn to protect from black magic and sorcery.

~To dream of malachite signifies major changes in your life for the better.

4
Feb

Celestite, the Stone from the Seven Sisters Stars

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Pleiades, The Seven Sisters

Pleiades, The Seven Sisters

According to Greek mythology celestite comes from a cluster of stars known as Pleiades, or The Seven Sisters, and this is a reason it possesses qualities of the heavens and angels.

The Pleiades were seven sisters… Maia, Electra, Alcyone, Taygete, Asterope, Celaeno, and Merope. Their parents were Atlas, a Titan who held up the sky, and the Pleione, the protectress of sailing. After a chance meeting with the hunter Orion, the Pleiades became the object of his pursuit. Enamoured with the young virgins he pursued them over the face of the Earth. In pity for their plight, Zeus changed the sisters into a flock of doves, which he set in the heavens. There these seven sisters formed the star cluster known as the Pleiades. Only six stars are distinctly visible to the naked eye. Merope, one of the sisters, deserted her sisters in shame after having taken a mortal husband.

According to another myth celestite was created originally by the music of angels singing in celestial choirs. Celestite is thought to help access the angelic realms through communication with the stone. It is also said that the stone can tell stories and share knowledge or angelic realms to those who listen and communicate though it.

Celestite, also known as Celestine, is best recognized as a sky blue colored crystal often found in clusters. The name Celestite is derived from the Latin word “caelestis” which means celestial” or “heavenly.” The ideal placement for celestite is in the bedroom or your meditation space. Place a piece of celestite next to your bed and it will help you remember dreams and other astral experiences more vividly. Celestite is also said to help those who fear heights. It can help you find your spirit guide and develop the gift of prophecy, clairvoyance and psychic abilities. Celestite can be used to help a rescued animal trust humans again or help an injured animal to recover its strength.

Angelite is a variation of celestite that has been compressed in the earth for millions of years.

Celestite Cluster from earthegy

Celestite Cluster from earthegy

Gemstone Pyramids from earthegy

Gemstone Pyramids from earthegy

 

 

Sacred Geometry Meets Ancient Stones… Crystal Pyramids

The word pyramid is composed of the Greek word “pyra,” meaning fire, light, or visible and the Greek word “midos” meaning measures. “Pyramid” immediately brings to mind the three great Egyptian pyramids at Giza. The Great Pyramid of Giza has been called the center of measurement and enlightenment for centuries. In ancient Egypt pyramids symbolized the rise of earth from the primeval, with its strong solid base that rose to a single point. The lines and triangles invoke the sun’s rays coming to earth. The pyramid represented the meeting of two worlds, the worlds of the living and the dead. The Pyramids at Giza are the only one of the 7 wonders of the world and the oldest that has withstood the true test of time and the ravages of Mother Nature.

Ancient pyramids are not just found in Egypt. There are Mesoamerican pyramids, Chinese tomb pyramids, South American step pyramids, Mesopotamian ziggurats, North American mound pyramids, and even Roman ceremonial pyramids. These ancient structures have popped up across the globe right through the centuries in cultures who often have no connection to each another. Pyramids represent ancient technology that has inspired people of all cultures and ages. Ancient pyramids are found in Egypt, Iran, Peru, Mexico, China, Polynesia, Guatemala, India, Cambodia, Greece, France, Italy, and even the United States.

Pyramids had several functions. They were used as burial sites, landmarks, feeding stations, bomb shelters, and ceremonial sites; and there is evidence that many of them served several functions simultaneously. But most importantly, the pyramids, platforms and mounds around the world were places where the gods and mankind came together.

On this planet and throughout the cosmos, the pyramid is utilized to represent a great unity of consciousness. It is the structure of perfection that gathers energy from earth and sends it outward.

In Feng Shui the shape of the pyramid is believed to convert negative energy into positive focused energy. Negative energies are absorbed into the base of the pyramid. Energy that has been absorbed by the pyramid is then transformed into positive energy and released through the top point of the pyramid.

Gemstone Pyramids amplify and then tightly focus energy through the apex and enhance the inherent properties of the stone. The triangular sides of pyramids represent the mind, body, and soul while the four faces represent the four elements of nature, air, water, fire, and earth. Pyramids help you focus and attain your goals. The sacred geometry of the pyramid directs the energy of the gemstone or crystal through the apex, transforming negative energy into positive energy.
Whether you are using a crystal pyramid for meditation, reiki, massage, acupuncture, healing, or charging other gemstones, they are an effective tool to have in your crystal collection.

2
Feb

11 Ways to Use Crystals in the Bathroom

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Himalayan Salt Crystals from earthegy

Himalayan Salt Crystals from earthegy

 

 

11 Ways to Use Crystals in the Bathroom

Crystals can be used in bath water or placed around the edge of the bath tub to wash away the stress and strain of the day, release any negative emotions, refresh us, soothe us, and revitalize our energy. Water is a great conductor of energy and the healing powers of the crystal will be directed to where it is intended. Whether you place one stone in your bath or experiment with different combinations, gemstones are an inexpensive way to make that hot winter bath more of a spa experience in your own home.

1. Jade: Soak your feet in warm water with a jade stone to restore energy and energize the nervous system.

2. Citrine: Steam and condensation in the bathroom can make the atmosphere heavy and oppressive. Place citrine on a shelf or windowsill in the bathroom to brighten the ambiance and keep the atmosphere light.

3. Aquamarine: Keep aquamarine on the side of the bathtub to create a calming environment and reduce stress.

4. Rose Quartz: Bathe with rose quartz in the tub to relieve the stress of a traumatic day.

5. Amethyst: For restful sleep, take a hot bath with an amethyst stone before going to bed.

6. Himalayan Salt: Use Himalayan Salt in place of typical bath salts for nourishing and replenishing the skin. (Himalayan salt will dissolve in water)

7. Clear Quartz: Place clear quartz in your water tank or attach them to pipes to soften hard water.

8. Tree Agate: Live plants in your bathroom will stay healthier with a tree agate gemstone plopped in their pot.

9. Moonstone: Moonstone placed in a bowl in the bathroom will have a serene, calming effect on the atmosphere.

10. Petrified Wood: Petrified Wood placed in the bathroom will help balance the elements.

11. Aventurine:  Aventurine placed in the tub is useful for soothing and all around healing.

 

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2
Feb

The History of Jade Gemstones

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The History of Jade Gemstones

The history of jade is as long as the Chinese civilization, and jade is the crown jewel of China. Archaeologists have found jade objects from the early Neolithic period, about 5000 BC. The Chinese people referred to jade as “vu,” meaning “royal gem.” To the Chinese, jade is also the embodiment of the Confucian virtues of courage, wisdom, modesty, justice and compassion. The polish and brilliance of jade stone is considered by the Chinese to be representative of purity, while its compactness and hardness reflect intelligence.

Jade was first found in the rivers of Chinese Turkestan, the Black Jade River and White Jade River. Women would gather jade from the rivers since it was believed that man would have a much harder time doing it. The reason was that women were a Yin force, and thus fared many betters in attracting jade, which was a Yang force. The women would wade in the rivers searching for jade, naked to enhance their Yin. This caused most mining to be done at night.

In ancient China when people “joined their ancestors,” all the orifices of their bodies were stopped with jade for purity. Jade was believed to have preservative and protective qualities that would prevent deterioration. During the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), the bodies of emperors and wealthy aristocrats were encased in jade burial suits. Burial suits were believed to be an armor for immortality.

Legends claim that when the Mongols invaded China, the dragons wept for the Chinese people. When their tears reached the earth, they changed to jade.

Many Chinese believe that a jade stone becomes a part of the life of its owner. Jade is said to change colors depending on the aura of its possessor. When he or she is down or depressed the jade becomes a darker shade. If fortune is good, the stone will be of a lighter tint. It is also believed that when a jade piece cracks or breaks, it has shielded its owner from evil and harm.

Today jade is considered a stone of health, abundance, protection, and longevity. Jade heals the body and spirit, gives confidence, and increases tolerance.

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2
Feb

Top 10 Gemstones for New Years Resolutions

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Top 10 Gemstones for New Years Resolutions

To keep on track with a diet: Apatite
To give up smoking or drinking: Amethyst
To attract a soul mate: Rhodochrosite
To attract wealth: Aventurine
To attract luck: Tigers Eye
To keep focused: Onyx
To stay healthy: Malachite
To increase passion: Garnet
To increase vitality and zest for life: Sunstone
To increase spiritual development: Iolite

 

18
Oct

Spiritual Properties of Opalite

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Opalite Gemstones from earthegy

Opalite Gemstones from earthegy

 

 

Spiritual Properties of Opalite…

Opalite, also known as Tiffany Stone, Opalized Glass, Sea Opal, or The Stone of Eternity, is a man-made glass resin composed primarily of the mineral dolomite fused with metal. It is an excellent healing gemstone, also associated with business success. When placed over the crown chakra it is said to induce visions and enhance psychic powers, intuition, and insight. It improves communication, clairvoyance, and removing energy blockages. Opalite brings peace and is a beneficial stone to keep in areas where serenity is needed.

Opalite is not just a calming stone, but also an energizing one. Opalite stimulates sexual prowess and boosts the libido.

Known as a merchant stone useful for success in business, opalite helps manifest material wealth and affluence.

Physically, opalite is believed to stabilize mood swings, reduce fatigue, and purify the blood and kidneys.

Hematite Stones from earthegy

Hematite Stones from earthegy

The Difference Between Hematite, Hematine, and Lodestone

Hematite (Fe2O3) is the mineral form of iron oxide. All natural, even found on Mars.

Hematine, (Ba,SrFe12O19) also called “magnetic hematite, hemalyke or hemalike,” is man-made. Although it is claimed by many that it is made from ground hematite or iron oxide mixed with a resin, analysis has demonstrated it to be an entirely artificial compound, a barium-strontium ferrite. In other words, hematine is not a natural stone. You will not find it at earthegy.

Magnetite, (Fe3O4) also known as lodestone, is a mineral form of iron oxide, similar to hematite, that is naturally magnetic and slightly lower on the hardness scale. Magnetic iron oxides are often used in magnetic storage, for example hard disks, floppy disks and cassette tapes. Lodestone is one of only two minerals that is found naturally magnetized; the other, pyrrhotite, is only weakly magnetic. The name “magnet” may come from lodestones found in Magnesia. It was used for the first magnetic compasses.

The conclusion…if you’re wearing “hematite” jewelry and you can hang a paper clip off it, you’ve gotten the knock off.

18
Oct

Feng Shui Tips for Your Front Door

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Feng Shui Tips for Your Front Door

~Paint it red! Red represents fire and abundance.

~Keep it unobstructed, giving opportunities a way to find you.

~Add a water element for wealth and abundance.

~Use it! Opportunities come through the front door, not the back or side door.

~Place wealth attracting stones next to your front door. Carnelian, tigers eye, and citrine work well together.

~Your other exterior doors should be different colors so they don’t upstage the front door.

The colors of the door should reflect the compass direction it faces according to the Five Elements and/or be in balance with the elemental properties of the energies of the sector where the door is located.

South (Fire) = Reds, pink, burgundy.
Southwest (Earth) = Yellows, beige or browns.
West (Metal) = White, silver, copper or gold.
Northwest (Metal) = White, silver, copper or gold.
North (Water) = Blacks, grey or blues.
Northeast (Earth) = Yellows, beige or browns.
East (Wood) = Greens.
Southeast (Wood) = Greens.

 

1
Aug

earthegy Turns 3! Secrets Revealed…

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That's me...Chrisy Bossie

That’s me…Chrisy Bossie

 

Today is the day. earthegy turns 3!  Three years of learning, laughing, limping occasionally, and loving all of you who helped make it happen.

Some of you know a lot about me and have been with me since the beginning. Some of you are new, just getting to know me.

Secrets are getting spilled today. I want you to know me, and believe me, I want to know each of you better.

There’s no big corporation, no giant warehouse, no call center taking orders 24 hours a day. Just me, some pliers, a big work table and a spiffy website. Please, come get to know me better.

 

earthegy Secrets…

~earthegy started as a fluke. I had a girlfriend that showed me her pouch of rocks over drinks one night and told me all about them. They were exquisite. I fell in love with rocks right then and there. My friend also wore them in her bra to keep them closer to her. She didn’t show me that part….

~Three years ago today I put my first bracelets up for sale on etsy. My first sale didn’t happen until a full two months later, in October…

~Which was just in time because a few days earlier I was laid off from my full time job as a controller, along with other upper management staff…

~Which made me cry for exactly 2 minutes…

~It took me two solid weeks of messing with word generators to come up with the name “earthegy.” It hit me as I was falling asleep one night in bed…

~My parents told me earthegy was a nice idea but it would probably take me two years to make a living from it. It’s taken three…

~I never thought I would be cut out for self- employment. I couldn’t imagine having the initiative to get up each morning and work for myself. Now I get up every day, work non-stop for a few hours in my pajamas, and have to tear myself away from my work table to put normal clothes on…

~I picked up accounting consulting jobs on the side to pay the bills…

~It wasn’t until April, 2011 that earthegy had its first profitable month…my net profit was $94.75. I immediately called my parents to share my joy…

~My house is only 950 square feet. earthegy has taken over my dining room, laundry area, and now it’s steadily seeped into my living room and kitchen. Zip lock bags are stashed in my coffee table/ottoman, and cases of bubble mailers are stacked under and on top of my piano…

~I measure my success by how often I go through a 150 foot roll of bubble wrap and I do the Happy Dance when I need to buy a new roll…

~Now I only do accounting work to barter for getting my hair done at a nice salon…

~My long term dreams include an addition to my house with a dedicated work space so I can reclaim the rest of my house … (ok, so it’s a big dream, but why the hell not?)

I would not have been able to do any of this without people that believed in me, including my family, friends, and all of you who shop and send me more customers. Your support and your referrals have helped me grow from “starving artist” to independent business owner…

I could never thank you enough. Ever.

-Chrisy Bossie

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The home of earthegy, Kents Store, Virginia

The home of earthegy, Kents Store, Virginia

1
Aug

9 Meanings of the Tree of Life

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Tree of Life Necklace by earthegy

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 Meanings of the Tree of Life…

The Tree of Life represents the interconnection between all life on our planet.  It unites heaven and earth and is honored as a universal symbol for healing, growth, the seasons of life, and the magical qualities of nature.  The symbol tree of life has been used as in science, religion, philosophy, and mythology.

~Ancient Egyptians considered the sycamore as a connection between life and death.

~In ancient Armenia, the Tree of Life was a religious symbol and was drawn on walls of fortresses and carved on the armor of warriors for protection.

~In Chinese mythology, the Tree of Life depicts a phoenix and a dragon. The dragon represents immortality.

~In the Bible the tree of life is described in the Book of Revelation as having curing properties.

~In Catholicism the Tree of Life represents the immaculate state of humanity free from corruption and original sin.

~Modern Rastafari consider cannabis to be the Tree of Life.

~The Mayan Tree of Life is a cross with its center being the point of “absolute beginning,” the source of all creation and its branches passing through each of the three layers of existence, the underworld, the earth, and the sky.

~To the Babylonians, the Tree of Life was a tree with magical fruit, which could only be picked by the gods.

~In Nordic cultures the Tree of Life is called Yggdrasil. It is an enormous ash tree where gods assemble daily. The tree provides magical knowledge. An eagle is on the top of the tree and a serpent is coiled around the roots of the tree. The eagle and the snake hate each other.

 

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1
Aug

How to Use a Gemstone Mala and Mala Jewelry

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Mala Necklace by earthegy

 

 

How to Use a Mala and Mala Jewelry

The mala is used in Buddhism and Hinduism and sometimes they are simply referred to as prayer beads. The Mala is designed to assist the wearer in keep track of the number of mantras he or she repeats. During the twentieth century malas also started becoming fashion statements.

Malas are mainly used to count mantras. The basic function of the mala is to allow one to think about the meaning of the mantra without having to also concentrate on counting the repetitions. Each time the mantra is repeated, the fingers move to the next bead. The mala is generally held in the left hand. One bead is counted for each recitation of the mantra, starting with the first bead next to the guru bead. The guru bead is the three holed bead that is the decorative focal piece. The first bead is held between the index finger and thumb, and with each count the thumb pulls another bead in place over the index finger. Recite one mantra, then move your thumb and forefinger to the next bead, recite the next mantra, then repeat. After completing a full circuit of the mala,the mala is flipped around 180 degrees and continues as before, in reverse order. One avoids passing over the guru bead, as doing so is symbolically like stepping over one’s teacher.

Mantras can be recited for different purposes linked to working with mind. The material used to make the beads can vary according to the purpose of the mantras used. The mala is used to bring peace and contentment and holds the power that you put into it with your prayers and mantras.

Does this mean you have to chant stuff if you wear one? Heck no! Malas also make very fun, unique jewelry and will give you a conversation piece to wear. Because of the bead count the necklace are long and you can just slip them over your head or wrap them around your wrist for a layered bracelet. The mala bracelets could double as anklets (depending on your ankles size…may not work for everyone)

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Gemstone Mala Bracelet by earthegy

1
Aug

Spiritual Properties of Moonstone

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Moonstone Gemstones from earthegy

 

 

 

Spiritual Properties of Moonstone

Moonstone is the gemstone of goddesses, full of feminine mysteries. It is a stone that enhances intuition, helping women find their feminine power and helping men get in touch with their feminine side. Moonstone helps you sort through emotions and gain perspective.

Rainbow moonstone is a stone of vitality, life force, and joy. It promotes healthy optimism with its great light. It sustains you through dark times and helps you overcome obstacles and difficult people.

 

 

Tips for Using Moonstone

~You can silence noisy neighbors by placing a stone outside next to your neighbor’s boundary. Within a few days quiet and serenity should come.

~Moonstone can help dispel confrontation with its soothing and balancing energy. Place one on your desk at work to prevent office confrontations and reduce work stress.

~Holding a piece of moonstone near your pelvic region or wearing moonstone jewelry can relieve menstrual problems and PMS.

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Moonstone Crown Chakra Bracelet by earthegy

21
May

Spiritual Uses for Selenite

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Selenite from earthegy

What is Selenite?

Selenite is a form of gypsum and the name comes from the ancient Greek word for the moon.  It has a Mohs hardness of 2 and will disintegrate in water and can scratch easily, making it useless for jewelry making.  It is formed from ancient sea salt water that has evaporated.  5000 years ago it was used as a building plaster and it was used by Egyptians in building pyramids.  It is used in crop fields to aerate soil, plaster casts in the medical and dental industry, and as a polishing compound for plate glass windows. It is also used to promote yeast fermentation in beer making. Where ever you see stucco or mortar, there’s probably selenite present.  It is commonly found in the US, Mexico, Russia, Austria, Greece, Germany, Poland, France, and England.

 

Spiritual Uses for Selenite

Selenite may be physically fragile, but it’s healing properties are powerful. It is a wind element gemstone associated with the Crown chakra and Soul Star chakra above the head. Selenite instills peace and calming and is superb for meditation work and connecting with spirit guides and creating a telepathic link with animals.

Selenite wands are commonly used to align the spinal column and promote flexibility.

Used with other gemstones, selenite will clear out any negative energy and recharge your other stones. (The selenite bowls and charging stations are perfect for this!)

Rubbing a piece of selenite along its striations can help balance and stabilize your spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental body system.

Placed next to your bed or under your pillow, selenite can encourage vivid dreams.

Desert Rose selenite is particularly useful for strengthening positive affirmations.

Placing selenite in each corner of your house will form a protective grid from outside influences and encourage a calm, tranquil environment.

Orange selenite can help a woman recognize her femininity and supports the reproductive system by activating the sacral chakra.

Selenite should never be immersed in water, but it is a stone that thrives with sunshine and light.

 

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8
May

Moldavite History and Spiritual Properties

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Click to Shop the Moldavite Collection at earthegy

 

What the heck is moldavite and where did it come from?

The question cannot be fully answered. Moldavite has some pretty mysterious origins and scientists have different theories about how it was formed. Moldavite has an extraterrestrial origin, formed when a giant meteorite hit the earth 14.8 million years ago in the Czech Republic. It is a member of a the tektite family, but tektites are a little easier to find.

Some scientists say moldavite was formed by earth rock melted by the heat of the meteorite crash. Others say moldavite has an extraterrestial origin, possibly from obsidian objected from a lunar volcano. A third theory contends that moldavite was formed when the meteor hit earth, the two combined and vaporized into a gas that went up into the atmosphere, and the combination of earth and meteorite cooled and became a liquid glass that rained down onto the impact area.

The only thing scientists agree on is that moldavite is associated with a meteoric collision that formed the Bohemian Plateau in Czech Republic. Moldavite is only found in Czech Republic, Germany, and Moldova and is unlikely to be discovered anywhere else in the world. Which means it will become extinct.

The richest moldavite fields, called “strewfields,” are in the towns of Chlum and Slavce. The moldavite you see at earthegy is all from the Chlum region and is imported straight from there. There are now only four moldavite mines left in full operation in Czech Republic and commercial moldavite mining is estimated to end in about ten years time.

About Moldavite Jewelry

Moldavite should never be cleansed in salt or it can scratch the surface. Instead, cleanse it with water,sunlight, moonlight, or by placing it on a quartz crystal. The best way to charge your moldavite is to leave it outside on the night of a meteor shower.

Natural moldavites often contains small bubbles, different color layers and surface dimples and craters and is never absolutely perfect.

Moldavite has been associated with the legendary Stone of the Holy Grail, an “emerald” said to have fallen from the sky, and a talisman for the healing of the earth.

Moldavite has an extremely high vibration that opens and clears blockages from all chakras, and sometimes needs to be grounded with another stone like hematite or smoky quartz. It can also be worn gradually until you become accustomed to its energy. It is the equivalent of a cosmic kick in the ass and can jump start your spiritual development.

Moldavite works with all chakras but its energy will center towards the heart chakra, crown chakra, and brow chakra.

7
May

Spiritual Properties of Malachite

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Malachite Carvings at earthegy

Malachite Carvings at earthegy

 

Malachite is a superb healing stone, believed to be good for healing a person’s heart, soul, and body. It opens a person’s chakras, bringing clarity to them. Malachite attracts money, wealth, balance, and love.

In ancient Rome malachite was referred to as the ‘Peacock Stone’ and was linked to their goddess Juno, who protects against lightning, tornadoes, storms and earthquakes. Malachite is particularly useful for problems with the female reproductive system.

Malachite absorbs negative energy and pollutants and guards against radiation of all kinds. It should be cleansed by placing it on a quartz cluster in the sun. Never cleanse malachite in salt or it can be damaged.

Energy: Creativity, confidence, protection

Element: Fire

Chakra: Heart, Solar Plexus

Source: Romania, Zambia, Russia, Middle East

5
May

10 Tips for Using Rose Quartz

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Rose Quartz Specimens from earthegy

 

10 Tips for Rose Quartz

1. Placed next to your computer, rose quartz can help prevent eye fatigue and headaches.

2. Rose quartz can be placed in every corner of your bedroom to improve the quality of sleep.

3. Rose quartz stimulates circulation and has a refreshing effect when worn.

4. Placed around the house, rose quartz can clear negative energy.

5. You can make a rose quartz essence by soaking a stone in mineral water and leaving it in the sun for several hours. Pour the liquid into a mister bottle and spray around your home to remove negativity.

6. Combine rose quartz with citrine and aventurine to attract wealth and success.

7. If you need to de-stress when you’re feeling fragile, take a warm bath with a rose quartz stone in your water.

8. To attract a soul mate, combine rose quartz and rhodochrosite.

9. To promote fidelity, keep a large rose quartz crystal next to your bed.

10. Cleanse your rose quartz stones under running water or among tumbled hematite stones and recharge them by setting them on an amethyst geode overnight.

28
Apr

Why and How to Cleanse your Crystals and Gemstones

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Why and How to Cleanse your Crystals and Gemstones

This week is all about cleansing your crystals. Why bother? Crystals take on energy from their surroundings and if you don’t cleanse them regularly the energy you feel may be the equivalent of wearing somebody else’s clothing. Which is a kind of yucky energy. You want your crystals attuned to you and working with you, not the postal carrier who delivered them, and not me who packed them in giant wads of bubble wrap and tape before shipping them out.

The info below is meant as a quick guide only. I cannot encompass every method out there or put disclaimers for every stone in existence, so do your homework first. If in doubt, moonlight is my personal favorite method of cleansing stones because it will never harm them and it’s easy. If something special is happening up in the sky, like a full moon, new moon, or eclipse, all the better.

7 Easy Ways to Cleanse your Crystals
Water – Water is a universal cleanser…ocean water, spring water, lake water, or any water filtered by nature. Place your stones in a clear glass container, immerse them, and put the bowl in the sunlight for a few hours or just hold them under running water. (Note: certain gemstones are sensitive to water including selenite, pyrite, lapis, malachite, and turquoise.)

Smudging – The smoke from sage, cedar, frankincense, myrrh, and sweetgrass all work. Just hold your stones in the smoke for a few moments. Placing your incense or herbs in an abalone shell while burning will improve the cleansing process. Alternatively, you can place your crystals in the abalone shell and pass the entire shell through the smoke.

White Sage Smudge Bundles from earthegy

Moonlight – One of the easier, safest ways to cleanse your crystals, just place your stones in the direct light of the moon. Some people also bury their crystals in the earth under the light of a full moon to take advantage of the magnetic force of the moon and earth. Doing this during a full moon or lunar event will be more effective.

Visualization – Find a quiet place to sit your your crystals and visualize a white light surrounding the crystal and removing any negative energy.

Sunlight – Place your crystals outside on a sunny day and allow them to soak up the sun’s energy.

Rice – Bury your crystals on a bed of brown rice overnight and the rice will absorb and transmute any negative energy.

Other Crystals – placing a stone on a quartz cluster or selenite or next to carnelian, citrine, or kyanite will cleanse it.

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8
Apr

Spirit Animal Totem Meanings

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Spirit Animal Symbolism

Bear-Strength, solitude, focus
Cat-Magic and mystery, perception, agility
Dolphin-Communication, harmony, trust
Elephant-Strength, intelligence, loyalty
Horse-Friendship, freedom, power, stamina
Owl-Magic, wisdom
Raven-Introspection, courage, self- knowledge, magic
Wolf-Freedom of Spirit, discipline, loyalty
Buffalo-Abundance
Seal-Transformation
Monkey-Creativity
Unicorn-Virtue
Scorpion-Passion, protection
Ram-Opportunities
Moose-Feminine Power
Eagle-Vision
Turtle-Longevity
Frog-Acceptance

24
Mar

How to Make a Gemstone Elixir

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Gemstone Vial Pendants by earthegy

Gemstone Vial Pendants by earthegy

About Gemstone Elixirs…

Gemstone elixirs offer a simple way to put your gemstones energy to work. A few ideas:

~Add a few drops of your elixir to your bath water.
~Re-energize your plants with a few drops.
~Anoint areas of your body for healing.
~Cleanse the energy in your house or your sacred objects

Please note, I am NOT promoting using elixirs for internal use because there are stones that can be toxic when ingested. Do your homework and research on the toxicity of gemstones before using them. There are thousands of different stones on our planet and I cannot possibly research the chemistry of all of them or I’d never had time to make any jewelry. If in doubt, err on the safe side.

 

Making an Gemstone Elixir…

~Use purified water, such as spring water or distilled water.
~Use only a glass container, avoid plastic.
~Cover your gemstones with water and allow to sit for a minimum of 2 hours in sunlight or moonlight to charge the water.
~Use the energized water immediately.
~Dry your stones and vial.
~Cleanse and recharge your stones.

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This is actually one of the funnest things I do, but it’s incredibly time consuming.  Enjoy a photo tutorial showing how I turned two strips of brass into two etched patina butterfly bracelets.  The whole project takes about two days.

Step 1:

A butterfly design is stamped onto two brass blanks and I've used a Sharpie to give the bracelets a border and add some polka dots.

A butterfly design is stamped onto two brass blanks and I’ve used a Sharpie to give the bracelets a border and add some polka dots.

Step 2:

Masking tape is applied to the back of the bracelets so they can suspend into a vat of acid.  The acid will not eat through the tape.

Masking tape is applied to the back of the bracelets so they can suspend into a vat of acid. The acid will not eat through the tape.

Step 3:

Etching solution is poured over the suspended bracelets and  they're left to soak for about an hour.

Etching solution is poured over the suspended bracelets and they’re left to soak for about an hour.

Step 4:

This is all done on my front porch.  With gloves. I don't want the acid touching me.

This is all done on my front porch. With gloves. I don’t want the acid touching me.

Step 5:

After soaking in etching solution for an hour the blanks are soaked in a solution of baking soda and water to neutralize the acid.  the acid eats away the metal parts that don't have an ink resist on them, so now my design is raised.

After soaking in etching solution for an hour the blanks are soaked in a solution of baking soda and water to neutralize the acid. The acid eats away the metal parts that don’t have an ink resist on them, so now my design is raised.

Step 6:

To remove the remaining ink, the blanks are soaked in acetone in a glass pan.

To remove the remaining ink, the blanks are soaked in acetone in a glass pan.

Step 7:

Now you can see I have a three dimensional relief.

Now you can see I have a three dimensional relief.

Step 8:

Now the blanks are hammered into a shape for a cuff bracelet.  I use a rolling pin as a form because I'm too cheap to spend the money on a professional mandrel.  They're expensive.

Now the blanks are hammered into a shape for a cuff bracelet. I use a rolling pin as a form because I’m too cheap to spend the money on a professional mandrel. They’re expensive.

Step 9:

Now they're starting to look like bracelets but they're still ugly.

Now they’re starting to look like bracelets but they’re still ugly.

Step 10:

The cuffs go into my rock tumbler with stainless steel shot, a drop of dish soap, and water.  An hour or so of tumbling hardens the metal and removes any rough edges.

The cuffs go into my rock tumbler with stainless steel shot, a drop of dish soap, and water. An hour or so of tumbling hardens the metal and removes any rough edges.

Step 11:

Now I'm applying 3 colors of patina for the background color.  Smudging with fingers gives a better effect than a paint brush.

Now I’m applying 3 colors of patina for the background color. Smudging with fingers gives a better effect than a paint brush.

Step 12:

Once the background color has dried, I add color to the butterfly wings.  Still pretty ugly, huh?

Once the background color has dried, I add color to the butterfly wings. Still pretty ugly, huh?

Step 13:

After drying for a night, I use a sanding block on the bracelets.  The patina is removed from the raised parts of the bracelet giving my butterflies beautiful gold edged wings.

After drying for a night, I use a sanding block on the bracelets. The patina is removed from the raised parts of the bracelet giving my butterflies beautiful gold edged wings.  The top bracelet has been sanded, the bottom one has not.

Step 14:

Back into the tumbler the bracelets go to shine up the now exposed brass and polish them up again.

Back into the tumbler the bracelets go to shine up the now exposed brass and polish them up again.

Step 15:

After about a half hour of tumbling they're rinsed, drained, and dried.

After about a half hour of tumbling they’re rinsed, drained, and dried.

The result:

The finished bracelets, photographed and put up for sale.

The finished bracelets, photographed and put up for sale. Clicking on the pic will take you straight to the listing at earthegy.

Tips for etching copper and brass:

~It’s messy.  Wear old clothes, do it outside, and don’t expect your manicure to survive.

~Your design options are only limited by what you can draw or stamp on your blanks.  I can’t draw squat, so I stick to rubber stamps.

~If you don’t ink off the borders of your pieces the edges will be rough and ugly.

~Etching solution can be saved and reused for the next batch.

~You can’t put etching solution in a metal container.  Get cheap plastic ones that will never be used for food again.

~Use coarse sanding blocks or you’ll be sanding the patina off for hours with little result.

~I use raw copper or brass.  I haven’t tried sterling yet because it’s so ridiculously expensive.

Enjoy!

Chrisy Bossie

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Ask earthegy…

Laura asks:
“I suffer from depression and anxiety.. What would you recommend I have in my room to help me sleep, pick up my mood, and relax me and where I should place them?”
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For sleep: Amethyst, rose quartz, or hematite. Amethyst can be placed under your pillow or on a bedside table. Rose quartz should be placed on the floor next to your bed. Wearing hematite around your neck at night can also help with relaxation. Just before you go to sleep or to help you relax any time, try holding amethyst on your forehead or rose quartz on your heart for a few minutes.

To elevate your mood: Sunstone and amber are the two I would recommend most. Both are stones associated with the sun, which can lift depression and help you rediscover the sunnier side of life. Sunstone is a stone of vitality and cheerfulness, more effective when worn in the sun. Amber is a more calming stone that can lift depression and absorb negative energy. Amber should be worn in direct contact with your skin, but shouldn’t be left out in the sun or it can become brittle.

For depression and anxiety: Tigers eye, turquoise, malachite, and rhodonite are all good stones, in addition to amber and sunstone. I suggest either wearing a piece, touching your skin, or keeping one with you all the time as a touch stone whenever the feelings start to hit you. Aquamarine is another good one to use as a touch stone, especially useful if you suffer from panic attacks.

Have a question?
Just send me an email at earthegy@gmail.com and I’ll see if I can help! ~Chrisy

6
Jan

Spiritual Properties of Agate

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All About Agate…
Agate is a gemstone associated with the water element and throat chakra used for calming, healing, confidence, and clarity.  Agates help decrease anxiety and depression and are considered strengthening and stabilizing stones.
~Agate is mined in the United States, India, Morocco, Brazil, Africa, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, and Nepal.
~The name “agate” come from the Achates River in Sicily (now known as Dirillo River) where agates were found in ancient times.  The gem was given its name by Theophrastus, a Greek naturalist and philosopher.
~Agates are a form of chalcedony formed within layers of quartz
~The Sumerian may have been the first to use the stone for seals, beads, signet rings and other pieces of jewelry.
~Greeks used agate for protecting themselves from hazards of sea.
~Agates come in a huge variety, including crazy lace agate, dendritic agate, fire agate, moss agate, and Botswana agate
~Wear green agate to improve decision making and resolve disputes.
~Pink agate should be worn over the heart to strengthen the bond between parent and child.
~Botswana agate is superb for anyone connected with fire or smoke, and can benefit anyone wishing to quit smoking.
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6
Jan

Feng Shui and Carnelian Cures

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To enhance romantic relationships, place carnelian in the relationship corner of your home, the far back right-hand corner.

 

Carnelian is a high energy stone that can also be used to relieve pain and blockages. Place a carnelian stone over the source of your pain for 15 minutes until your discomfort is relieved then cleanse your stone well.

 

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3
Jan

Ancient Roman Glass History

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Although forms of glass were produced over 2000 years before the founding of Rome, it was the economic and industrial might of the Roman Empire that made glass popular and available throughout the known world.

With the discovery of glassblowing in Palestine around the first century BC glasswork quickly spread and less than 200 years later could be purchased in every corner of the Empire.

The combination of an abundance of source material – mainly sand – as well as being the crossroads of trade and commerce in the Mediterranean made Palestine ideally suited to become the industrial capital of glass making in the ancient world.

Quickly, the glass makers began to mix different materials into the glass to change the color from the distinctive “aqua” of untreated glass to mirror all the colors of the rainbow. For example, using Magnemium would create a brilliant purple color while adding lead and Antimony creates a lovely yellow. View a complete guide to Roman Glass colors.

 

Uses of Roman Glass

Initially glass was a luxury only available to very wealthy but as highly-skill glass blowers began to pour into Rome and production grew, glass objects became more affordable middle class families.

As the popularity of glass work grew and became accessible to the average citizen, it became indispensible in virtually every aspect of day-to-day Roman life.

• Goblets and urns for holding or drinking water and more adult beverages
• Basins and bowls used for washing
• Containers for storing perishable fruits and vegetables as well as vessels for dispensing oils and sauces
• Small vials for holding cosmetics, perfumes and ointments
• Glass jewelry for more affluent citizens (Yes, your Roman Glass Jewelry might actually be part of a 2000 year old piece of jewelry!)

In fact, glass became so abundant throughout the Empire that Trimalchio, a character in the famous Roman novel The Satyricon remarked that, even though they were more fragile, he would prefer glass vessels to gold ones because “These days, they are cheap.”

Within a few decades glass work began to move from the utilitarian to the artistic as glass-blowers experimented with more sophisticated techniques in order to produce glass objects in the shape of animals, trees and even people.
Roman Glass In The Modern World
Today most of the Roman Glass to be found in the world originates in Israel and Palestine; where the same sands that were used in the creation of the glass now help preserve it for centuries.

Whether unearthed by archeological digs or construction projects that turn up Roman ruins the glass quickly finds it’s way into the hands of collectors who sift, select and polish the artifacts into gleaming baubles.

These ancient treasures are then passed to modern-day artisans that turn them into beautiful necklaces, earrings and other jewelry so even thousands of years later we can enjoy on of man’s earliest and finest inventions.

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30
Dec

Spiritual Properties of Fluorite

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Fluorite Bracelets from earthegy

Fluorite Bracelets from earthegy

Fluorite is used for clarity, decision making, and healing.  It is a wind element gemstone associated with all chakras.  Fluorite is the organization stone.  It blocks negative energy and stress and reorganizes anything out of order, whether spiritual or physical. Fluorite is an excellent stone for combating computer and electromagnetic stress and is a superb healer for colds and viruses.

~Fluorite is mined in the United States, Britain, Australia, Germany, Norway, China, and Peru.
~Fluorite should be cleansed in warm water, then left to recharge in the sun or next to rock crystal.
~Fluorite was found in the ruins of Pompeii and is called the “home of rainbows.”
~Green fluorite is particularly useful for relieving travel sickness.
~Purple fluorite is useful for purifying negative energy and expanding your mental capabilities.
~For physical pain such as arthritis, place fluorite directly on the area.
~Like amethyst, ancient Romans believed that drinking from a glass made of fluorite prevented drunkenness.
~The word “fluorescent” comes from the word fluorite.
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29
Oct

Spiritual Properties of Bloodstone

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Bloodstone’s legendary red liquid-looking drops of color are thought to be the drops from Christ’s blood. Because of this, it is thought to have special powers. Bloodstone is a root chakra gemstone associated with strength, vitality, courage, and purification. It is associated with the earth element and can also be considered one of the alternative March birthstones. Bloodstone increases patience and creativity and reduces irritability. Physically, bloodstone is a healer of all sorts of blood and circulatory problems, including iron deficiencies, liver problems, slow metabolism, anemia, and leukemia.

~Bloodstone is mined in Australia, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Russia, and India.

~Another name for bloodstone is Heliotrope, which is a Greek word meaning “sun turning.” The Greeks thought that a stone placed in a bucket of water would make the reflection of the sun red.

~Bloodstone is technically a green jasper with flecks of red throughout due to iron oxide in the stone.

~For a full night’s sleep, place bloodstone beside your bed at night.

~To prevent problems with childbirth, wear bloodstone on your arm or thigh.

~Placing a bloodstone gem on your desk will increase creativity and motivation.

~To relieve menstrual cramps, place bloodstone on your abdomen.

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29
Oct

Spiritual Properties of Opals

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Peruvian Pink Opal Gemstones from earthegy

Peruvian Pink Opal Gemstones from earthegy

Spiritual Properties of Opals
Opals are associated with purification, emotional healing, calming, and protection. They are mined in Australia, Mexico, Peru, South America, Canada, United States, Honduras, and Slovakia. Opal is associated with love, passion, and eroticism, known for intensifying emotions and releasing inhibitions. It is a protective stone, useful for entering dangerous situations. It brings loyalty, faithfulness, and spontaneity into romantic relationships. Opal gemstones strengthen the will to live, and have extensive healing powers. They are excellent for infections, childbirth, vision, and the blood.

~Boulder opal is found in Australia where precious opal forms in patches and veins within brown ironstone boulders.

~A doublet opal is not a solid opal. Doublets are made of thin slices of fine quality opal (generally light opal) glued to a backing piece of black potch, glass or Queensland ironstone, thus resembling natural black opal or Queensland boulder opal.

~Peruvian opals are found only in the Andes mountains of Peru. Peruvian opals are considered a gift from Pachamama, the ancient Inca goddess of fertility and Mother Earth. Unlike the better known opals with a display of shimmering color, Peruvian opals are usually solid Caribbean blue or ballerina slipper pink. Depending on the cut of the opal, Peruvian opals can be scenic with variations in color, or uniform in color.

~Owyhee opals are mined along the Owyhee River that runs through Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon.

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28
Sep

Spiritual Properties of Tigers Eye

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Tigers eye is associated with fire and earth elements and is a root chakra gemstone. It’s energy is useful for balance, vitality, strength and protection. Tigers eye helps balance your yin and yang, alleviates depression, helps resolve inner conflict, and heals low self-esteem issues. Physically, tigers eye aids in night vision, healing broken bones and throat problems. The rarer blue tigers eye is a calming stone that relieves anxiety and helps overcome phobias. Oddly enough, blue tigers eye decreases an overactive sex drive, and red tigers eye increases your sex drive. (I don’t suggest both in the bedroom or you might end up a hot mess! But if you do…send me the details because I’m kind of curious…)

~Tigers eye is mined in the US, Mexico, India, Australia, and South Africa.

~Tiger Iron is a stone that includes tigers eye, hematite, and red jasper.

~If you have bronchial problems, wear a tigers eye necklace for relief.

~Tigers eye was used in ancient Egypt 3000 BC as eyes in the statues of various gods.

~Roman soldiers carried tigers eye into battle to give them courage.

~The Japanese associate tigers eye with longevity because the tiger was supposed to live for a thousand years.

~Indians believe tigers eye attracts wealth and prevents the wearer from losing money.

~Tigers eye is a divination crystal useful for discovering information about past and future lives.

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28
Sep

Spiritual Properties of Jasper Gemstones

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Jasper is a March birthstone associated with the earth element. It is a stone of strength, vitality, and connection with nature. Jasper protects against negativity, provides balance, tranquility, and wholeness. Physically, jasper prolongs romantic pleasure and supports and re-energizes the body during prolonged illness. Jasper encourages attunement and communication with animals and can help with animal allergies. It brings happiness and a good outlook on life and eases stress.

~In the 4th century jasper was used to bring rain.

~Jasper aligns all the chakras and balances yin yang energies.

~The name Jasper means “spotted or speckled stone”, and is derived from the French word jaspre.

~The odem, the first stone on the High Priest’s breastplate, was a red jasper, and the tarshish, the tenth stone, may have been a yellow jasper.

~Green jasper was used to make bow drills in Mehrgarh (part of Pakistan) between 4th and 5th millennium BC.

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28
Sep

Spiritual Properties of Lapis Lazuli

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Lapis is a gemstone associated with the wind element and brow chakra. It’s a stone of vision, communication, and royal virtues. Lapis possesses enormous serenity and releases barriers and blocks. Lapis helps one find self knowledge and a higher purpose.

~Buddhists believe lapis brings inner peace and freedom from negative thoughts.

~In Europe lapis was used as an antidote to snakebites.

~Lapis is a stone of royalty and spirituality, and was used in the sarcophagus of King Tut.

~Lapis is said to aid vision and was ground up and used by Cleopatra as eye shadow.

~Lapis is mined in Russia, Afghanistan, Chili, Italy, United States, Egypt

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28
Sep

Feng Shui Jewelry, Feng Shui Symbols and Their Meanings

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Mystic Knot: The Mystic Knot is an endless knot that symbolizes never ending love and luck.

Yin Yang: The Yin Yang symbol increases and balances your energy and is good for those seeking a life long partner.

Double Happiness: The Double Happiness symbol increases the potential for a happy and meaningful life and marital luck.

Fire: The Fire symbol represents success and recognition and is said to bring fame or the kind of success that can burn eternally.

Wu-Lou (The Gourd): The Wu Lou is a symbol of longevity and good fortune. It is a good protection symbol for someone continuously on the move or experiencing severe health problems.

The Wheel: The Wheel is the symbol of wisdom and knowledge. It is one of the most positive symbols of the mind and useful for overcoming ignorance and anger.

Water: The Water symbol represents good finance and can bring the wearer enormous fortune.

The Bird: The Bird is a symbol of new opportunities, good news, and protection from accidents.

Bamboo: Bamboo is the feng shui symbol for good health and longevity.

Butterfly: The Butterfly represents social life and young lovers and is useful for those seeking out new friends.

Conch Shell: The Conch Shell is a symbol for prosperous voyages and offers protection during travel.

Mandarin Ducks: Mandarin Ducks are said to energize the love life of the wearer.

Two Fish: The feng shui Two Fish symbol represents wealth,harmony, joy, and protection. It is thought to give protection to the entire family.

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24
Aug

10 Gemstones for Anxiety

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Top Ten Gemstones for Anxiety

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. To reduce a headache and let go of stress, place an amethyst stone on your head or neck where there is pain for 5-10 minutes.
  2. To relieve PMS or cramps,  hold a piece of moonstone next to your pelvis for 10 minutes.  Repeat each day for a week.
  3. To calm anger, carry an agate gemstone with you at all times.  When you feel yourself getting angry hold it in your hand and breathe deeply.  
  4. To boost self confidence place a chrysocolla stone on your throat and visualize yourself as a happy, positive person.  Repeat daily until you’re ready to put your Wonder Woman boots on.
  5. To manifest a positive future, sit in a quiet room holding a piece of labradorite.  Breathe deeply and visualize your dreams, allowing the wisdom and strength of labradorite to increase your imagination. 
  6. To calm driver aggression place a piece of blue lace agate on your dashboard.
  7. To soothe nerves and tension, place a piece of turquoise on your solar plexus chakra in your upper abdomen and breathe deeply until you feel calm again.
  8. To relieve depression, place a chalcedony stone on your forehead while holding it in your hand. 
  9. To find more coping strength, place yellow jasper on your upper abdomen in the solar plexus chakra area to attract energy and stamina.
  10. To relieve lovesickness, place rose quartz next to your bed while sleeping.
19
Aug

Properties of Amazonite

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All About Amazonite…

 
The legendary female warriors of Brazil, the Amazons, wore amulets of amazonite and gave them as gifts to visiting men.  (That’s so backwards!) 
 
Amazonite is mined in Colorado, Brazil, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Russia, Namibia, Canada, Austria, and Zimbabwe.
 
Amazonite’s color is never artificially enhanced.  
 
Amazonite is a water element gemstone associated with the heart charka, and an alternative December birthstone.
 
Amazonite emits the energy of confidence, truth, communication, and harmony.
 
Physically, amazonite has been used to treat heart trouble, depression, anxiety, metabolic disorders, headaches, mood swings, and grief.  Placed under your pillow at night amazonite promotes restful sleep.
19
Aug

10 Gemstones for Success

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10 Gemstones for Success
1.   Black Onyx
2.   Carnelian
3.   Tigers Eye
4.   Topaz
5.   Citrine
6.   Fluorite
7.   Peridot
8.   Green garnet
9.   Aventurine
10.  Lapis
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26
Jul

Fear Not the First Kiss…

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“It was a dark and stormy night…”

Nope, it wasn’t.  Not even close.  It was a hot summer night and I was dumb enough to wear a sweater.

“He was tall, dark, and handsome…”

Ummmm, no.  More like a short, chubby, Jewish guy.

“The earth moved beneath me…”

Wish I could say so, but no, that didn’t happen either.

It was around 7th or 8th grade.  We had just moved to Connecticut and I was learning the ropes in my new middle school social circle.  Meaning, I had to have alligator shirts and topsiders if I wanted to fit in with the “in” crowd.  Not to mention Dean’s sweaters and angora, which I was horrendously allergic too.  Connecticut in the late 70′s was preppyville and I was the new girl in town.  I had my work cut out for me.

Despite my fashion faux pas I managed to make a few friends.  A school dance was coming up and my new posse of preppy girlfriends wanted to fix me up with a boy.  His name was Mark* and he went to a private school so I had no idea who he was.  That really didn’t matter back then.  If you have no other prospects with boys (which I didn’t) you take what your girlfriends throw your way and thank your lucky stars that they’re willing to send you their cast offs.

Alas, the night of the dance arrived.  I was in my new topsiders and my prettiest, fluffiest pink angora sweater.  My sweater was super tight and slutty looking, which was fine by me.  I could barely breath in it, but that was partially due to the fact that the angora hair was getting in my eyes and nostrils making me sneeze.  No matter.   Fashion has always been a painful experience for women and we just learn to live with it.

The dance was held at the school gym, complete with bleachers on the sidelines.  I was promptly introduced to Mark and abandoned by my girlfriends while they went off to make out with their taller, hotter dates.  I may as well have been left in a mine field.  I had no idea what to say to a boy, much less do with him.

Mark, thankfully, had a clue.  He promptly asked me if I wanted to go out.  Oh. My.  God.  He asked me out.  Now in the late 70′s in Connecticut when a guy asks you out that doesn’t mean he’s actually going to take you “out” anywhere.  It’s secret code for “do you want to go steady” or “will you be my girlfriend.”  I knew that code phrase.  And I promptly said yes (it wasn’t like anyone else was asking, so why not?)  So now I’m in the gymnasium sitting on the bleachers with my new boyfriend.  The fact that I had no idea what his last name was made absolutely no difference.  I was “going out” with someone.  My social status just went up at least 3 notches.

And then he did it.  He tried to kiss me.  I’m not talking peck on the cheek.  He was on a mission to give me my first French kiss.  A terrifying thought for me, because I knew what is actually supposed to happen with our mouths, but couldn’t imagine actually doing it.

But I’ve left out an important piece of information…

I had braces.  Full fledged 70′s metal mouth ugly braces.  And so did Mark.

Me. Braces. Enough said.

Before I knew what had happened we were locked together.  Not in a Harlequin romance knee knocking lover’s kiss, but a full fledged welded wire lip lock.  We were stuck.  I was trapped.  I couldn’t get loose if I tried and I was losing air.  ”Just breathe through your nostrils,” I kept telling myself, but air was having a hard time getting through all that angora hair stuck in my nose.

I was going to die.  There was no way around it, my first kiss was going to kill me.

Somehow I broke free and survived.  The dance ended and I had survived my first kiss.  I “went out” with Mark all summer.  Which means we were “going out” and he was my boyfriend, but I never actually saw him again until the fall.  He politely asked me then if I wanted to break up.  I agreed, and we never saw each other again.  Years later I actually found out his last name.

*=last name withheld to protect the guilty and hinder any potential lawsuits in the future.

On the bright side, I stuck with it, swore off angora, and got better with practice.  Now the men look scared and children run…

Want to share your first kiss story?  Share it in the comments section for all of us to enjoy : )

 

~Chrisy

23
Jul

The Powers of Moonstone

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Moonstone is the gemstone of goddesses, full of feminine mysteries.  It is a stone that enhances intuition, helping women find their feminine power and helping men get in touch with their feminine side.  Moonstone helps you sort through emotions and gain perspective.

Rainbow moonstone is a stone of vitality, life force, and joy.  It promotes healthy optimism with its great light.  It sustains you through dark times and helps you overcome obstacles and difficult people.

Tips for Using Moonstone
You can silence noisy neighbors by placing a stone outside next to your neighbor’s boundary.    Within a few days quiet and serenity should come.

Moonstone can help dispel confrontation with its soothing and balancing energy.  Place one on your desk at work to prevent office confrontations and reduce work stress.

Holding a piece of moonstone near your pelvic region or wearing moonstone jewelry can relieve menstrual problems and PMS.

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23
Jul

Spiritual Symbolism of the Turtle

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Gold Turtle Bracelet by earthegy

Due to their long lifespan turtles are a symbol of longevity and stability in many cultures. The turtle is a feng shui water element, and the tiger, phoenix, and dragon represent the other three elements.

In Hindu mythology the world is thought to rest on the backs of four elephants who stand on the shell of a turtle.

In Japan the tortoise symbolizes longevity, good luck, and support.

Indians of North America used combs made of tortoise shell to signify the margin between life and death. According to their beliefs, the turtle has the power to bestow good health.

The turtle as an animal totem symbolizes protection, long life, stability, strength, and patience.

 

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12
Jul

How I Found My Girl Power

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I was a spoiled child. I fully admit it. As the youngest of two, my sister got to experience all the new stuff in life first just by the sheer fact that she was older. This obviously made things a lot easier for me which I didn’t mind a bit.  If she didn’t die trying something new the first time, like making it through that first real hair cut, riding a bike, or going off to college, then it must be safe for me. I liked that feeling.

Fast forward 20 years, and I’m newly divorced and have just purchased my own house. I moved in without so much as a hammer for tools, and suddenly had to figure things out for myself…things like broken toilets. I had several choices. I could cry. I could call a repair guy and wait for days for a response. I could call my Dad, but he was hours away. Or I could get my act together, figure it out, and get my stuff fixed myself.

I did what any woman would do. I bawled my eyes out. Then I called my parents and bawled again in a sympathy plea. Then when my Dad didn’t magically drive 200 miles immediately to fix my toilet, I tried to figure it out for myself.

Now I’m a girly girl, believe me. I like my high heels, my lipstick, and my manis and pedis. But I also have zero interest in using my yard as an outdoor bathroom, and I really wanted my toilet fixed. So I drove on down to the local bookstore and tried to find instructions. I was flopped down on the floor in the home improvement section, books spread around me, and another girl came into the aisle. She was young and cute and blonde, and she immediately started looking for books on setting tile. And then she spoke…

She said, very quietly under her breath, “Hell, if a man can do it, I can do it.”

I’ll never forget those words. And the next day I figured out all by myself how to fix my toilet. Mission accomplished.

Flash forward another few years, and I’m meeting a date for dinner. He’s gorgeous, intelligent, and marriage material as far as I’m concerned. I drove 40 miles to meet him, drinking water in my car the whole trip, so of course I had to pee as soon as I met him.

The first thing he tells me is that his toilet was broken and he had a call in to get it fixed.

Seriously???  I was in my favorite leopard print heels and my little black dress, looking as cute and feminine as I could, but I really had to pee. I had two choices. I could pee and not flush, or I could stick my orange scented arm down the back of this toilet and fix it. Not flushing was not an option.  Any girl on a hot date knows that rule.  My arm was wet in two seconds flat, his toilet was fixed, and I walked proudly out of his bathroom, grinning ear to ear, and announced that I’d fixed it.

His jaw dropped. Then we had a lovely dinner and he never called me again.

I’m not about to claim that I enjoy fixing toilets. I would rather fetch a man cucumber sandwiches and a cold beer while watching him do it so I don’t mess up my manicure. But I absolutely relish in the fact that I CAN fix a toilet. It’s perhaps a silly sense of empowerment, but it’s what happens when you take the time to figure out the hard stuff. I have a system in place now for tackling challenges that seems to work well.

1. Get the crying and cussing out of your system. Go for it, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. One of the privileges of being female is that we’re allowed to cry at the drop of a hat.

2. Walk away from the problem until you have the patience and time to tackle it. It may have taken me 3 days to figure out how to fix a toilet, but now I can do it in seconds in my best heels without ruining my manicure.

3. Once you’ve tackled your challenge, give yourself lots of kudos. I usually call my parents to brag too. Parents are great for cooing over their children’s accomplishments no matter what age.

I’ll be the first one to admit, challenges sometimes scare the hell out of me. I’m a wuss. But each one I overcome gives me a little more sense of power and confidence in myself. Each accomplishment makes it easier to tackle the next one.  My full set of basic tools I now own helps too ; )

~Chrisy Bossie

The Feminine Power Bracelet by earthegy

22
Jun

Properties of Labradorite

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Labradorite gemstones from earthegy

Labradorite is a gemstone useful for spiritual awakening and connecting your conscious and subconscious.  It is a stone of magic and intuition,  bringing calmness and harmony into your life. Labradorite helps you visualize your dreams and turn them into action.  Labradorite unblocks chakras, increases intuition, promotes courage, dispels insecurities and fear, and inspires imagination.

Physically, labradorite is used for balancing hormones, reducing blood pressure, balancing metabolism, and treating colds and vision problems.  It is also effective in healing bone problems and arthritis.

Labradorite is a wind element gemstone that works with all chakras.

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Labradorite Spiritual Awakening Bracelet by earthegy

22
Jun

Energy Properties of Copper

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Copper is a metal that’s all about channeling energy.  It is the metal of the magician, crackling with electricity and fire,  a conduit between heaven and earth.  Copper is a strong energy conductor that enhances the energy of any stone with which it is used.

Copper is an earth element material that works with all chakras and its natural patina does not inhibit its energy powers.  Copper bracelets have long been used to treat arthritis and they work by opening energy blockages.

Physically, copper can strengthen the blood and circulatory system, strengthen the female reproductive system, and increase vitality in men.  Copper supports iron in the formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin, and it helps the body heal after accident, injury, or surgery.

 

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Copper Cuff Bracelet by earthegy

22
Jun

Spiritual Properties of Chrysophrase

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Chrysophrase Necklace by earthegy

Emeralds are the most commonly known May birthstone, but did you also know about Chrysophrase? Chrysophrase is an apple green form of chalcedony. It is mined in the United States, Russia, Brazil, Australia, Poland, and Tanzania.

Chrysophrase calms the tired, sick heart, creating internal harmony and content.  It instills emotional security and encourages you to be independent. Chrysophrase is a stone of cooperation that helps attract relationships based on mutual interest and sharing.

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22
Jun

Rose Quartz and the Heart Chakra

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Rose quartz is a heart chakra stone of infinite compassion and peace.  Wear rose quartz over your heart or place one under your pillow to enhance an existing relationship or rekindle love that is feeling stale.

Placed next to your computer rose quartz can prevent headaches and eye fatigue. Cleanse your rose quartz stones once a week under running water.
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22
Jun

Water Element Gemstones

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Water Element Stones:
Water elements are part of the universe’s circulatory system, shifting and moving energy through the tides and oceans, rivers, streams, springs, lakes, and ponds.  The water element carries nourishment to every part of the universe and removes waste.  It is a dynamic balancing force that helps correct imbalances in the earth’s energy field.
In the human body, the water element governs the circulatory system, lymphatic system, fluids of the body, and emotional body.
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17
Apr

Meet Josephine…my inspiration…

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Josephine in full bloom

You may not know it, but unfortunately not all my time is spent creating earthegy jewelry.  I’ve just suffered through a tedious day with hours spent trying to figure out how to submit my website products to shopping engines followed by cleaning up my March accounting and doing sales tax returns.  I was tired.  My brain was frozen, but I finally finished around 4 pm, got up from my table, and decide to take a walk around the yard to get some fresh air.  And then I saw Josephine…

 

Josephine is a rose bush I planted about two years ago next to my back patio. She’s “supposed” to be a climber and I was hoping she’d find her way up my pergola posts, but right now she’s just kind of …..sprawling….right into the driveway.

So much for climbing....

No matter.  She’s in full bloom and I had forgotten about how many colors she can produce.  Pink, peach, and soft pale yellow each flower unique and different.  I love Josephine.  She instantly brightened up my day and made me realize how wonderful it is to work from home.  She also has the additional talent of being able to survive my black thumb.  At my house it’s survival of the fittest as far as plants are concerned.  If they’re expecting daily cocktails of Miracle Grow, showers of bug repellent, and regular  haircuts it’s just not going to happen.  My plants get rain when it rains and if they’re lucky I remember to mulch them every year or two.   That’s it.  If they can survive that minimal care then they belong here.

My inspiration

 

Josephine has survived me so far and done it with grace.  Her real name is CI Josephine Coat.  Sounds very pretentious, doesn’t it?  Well, she’s not, thank God, and she’s gracious enough to keep blooming for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In honor of Josephine and her unrelenting beauty, I not only introduce you to the rose bush, Josephine, but my latest creation, a necklace inspired by her colors.  Her pale yellow is lemon quartz, her vivid pink is chalcedony, and her subtle peaches are sunstone.  Wrapped into her clasp is vibrant orange carnelian, a stone of vitality and passion.  Because my lovely enduring rose bush has livened up my mood and given me reason to create.  This is why I love what I do.

Enjoy!

~Chrisy

 

6
Apr

The new earthegy shop…on it’s way!

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Opening up hopefully this week, and then we’ll run it through testing to make sure everything works properly….a brand new earthegy website!  The address will be here at www.earthegy.com and I’m hoping to provide a better shopping experience for my fans and customers.  You’ll be able to shop by price, by chakra, by birthstone, you name it.  If you want to know some of the finer details about your gemstone’s powers, you’ll have the info available right on the site.  Meet a few earthegy customers, and do you shopping in no time with a faster site with oodles of new features!

10
Mar

earthegy needs models!

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Sarah wearing an earthegy silk ribbon

Some of you may know that I’m building a new website for you to shop on…it’s been a work in progress for awhile, and I have been blessed with some super designers to help me.

On the new site, there will be large banner pics on the landing page that rotate.  I’m looking for models….but not the super expensive runway models that throw some earthegy jewelry on for a photo shoot and then never wear it again.  I’m looking for real people.  My beloved customers.  The ones that actually wear my stuff!  (Admittedly, I can’t afford “professional” models anyway.)  I have a few models already, but there’s plenty of room for more.

Corey in lapis

If you’re interested, I will be giving out gift certificates to shop at earthegy.  I’m not talking huge amounts here, and the pictures have to be usable.  That means I need clear shots of happy, smiling faces without a lot of background clutter showcasing your jewelry clearly.  If you’re wearing an earthegy necklace in a picture and some other designers earrings, I can’t use it….someone is bound to ask me about the earrings.  Photos need to be the largest size possible so the graphic designer can edit them into a banner pic as she pleases.  And you need to be comfortable having your face splashed on my website for anyone to see.

Another similar project I’m working on is a “Who Wears earthegy” page.  Ideally with a nice photo and a little info about you.  This is a completely unpaid position, but if you have a business or something you’d like me to promote, I will be delighted to include links to your website or another page to promote you or something you love.  I would need a clear photo for that page, plus what you’d like written about you, plus links or contact info that you’d like to promote.    I will also need to know if you’re comfortable with your full name being used or just your first name.  That’s entirely up to you.

If you’re interested in participating in either of these projects or would like more info, send me and email at earthegy@gmail.com

~Chrisy

25
Jan

Amber, the Natural Pain Reliever

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Wood Resin, the Source of Amber

 

Amber is  a gemstone formed by fossilized tree resin, and has been used as a folk medicine, jewelry, and ingredient in perfumes for ages.  Amber is a natural pain reliever, most commonly used in teething necklaces for babies.  Amber is   at stone strongly associated with the sun and warmth, a form of solidified sunlight.    It is a superb gemstone for healing seasonal affective disorder, increasing vitality,  and healing from illness or injury.  Amber is a stone of the solar plexus chakra.

 

 

In ancient Greek mythology amber was created when Phaeton, the son of the sun god Helios, was struck by lightning and fell into a river.  Phaeton’ sisters grief was so immense that they became poplar trees and the tears became the golden amber we know today.

Phaeton’s sisters cried tears of amber

 

 

 

Baltic Amber Necklace by earthegy

Baltic Amber Necklace by earthegy

23
Jan

Peridot and the Goddess Pele

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The Peridot Green Sands of Hawaii

 

A rare known fact about Peridot gemstones is that they are the gem quality form of olivine.  Olivine is named for its olive green color, spread throughout the sands of the beaches in Hawaii.  Olivine is found in lavas, and quite possibly meteorites.

 

Peridot is treasured in Hawaii as the tears of goddess Pele.  Pele lives inside the largest active volcanoes and is described as “she who shapes the sacred land.”  She is the goddess of fire, lightening, wind, and volcanoes.  With every volcanic eruption in Hawaii, it is said that Pele is expressing her longing to be with her true love.  However, because of her fiery origin, Pele is considered a fickle and dangerous force, prone to killing her lovers.

Pele, the Goddess of Volcanos

 

 

Today Peridot is considered a stone of luck and abundance, easily attracting love and wealth into your life with its beautiful lime green energy.  Peridot is an August birthstone, also used to keep away evil spirits and enhance confidence.

Awake your Hawaiian goddess with Peridot from earthegy…

 

 

 

 

 

Peridot Earrings by earthegy

Peridot Earrings by earthegy

21
Nov

Peruvian Opal Properties and History

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Peruvian opals, as the name would suggest, are found only in the Andes mountains of Peru.  Peruvian opals are considered a gift from Pachamama, the ancient Inca goddess of fertility and Mother Earth.

Unlike the better known opals with a display of shimmering color, Peruvian opals are usually solid Caribbean blue or ballerina slipper pink.  Depending on the cut of the opal, Peruvian opals can be scenic with variations in color, or uniform in color.

Peruvian opals carry an energy of calmness and tranquility, helping with communication and insomnia.  Sleeping with a Peruvian pink opal is said to help heal subconscious pain from your past.  Blue opals help with knowledge retention and spiritual understanding.

 

Opals are not only superb gemstones for healing emotionally, they’re also the October birthstone.

Peruvian Pink Opal Necklace by earthegy

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15
Nov

Carnelian Gemstone History and Current Uses

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In ancient Roman times carnelian gemstones were used to make signet rings used for imprinting a seal with wax on important documents.  One of the lesser known qualities of carnelian is that hot wax doesn’t stick to it.

 

Romans wore rings for many different reasons.  In the first and second centuries Roman men often wore a ring on each finger, and some of those were used for sealing and authenticating documents with their individual identification engraved on the gem stone signet ring.   This is where the phrase  ”seal of approval” comes from.  The carved gemstone rings were called “intaglio” meaning to carve, cut, or incise.

Today carnelian is known as a gemstone that carries the energy of courage, confidence, and power, associated with the fire element.  When you need help figuring out a course of action, carnelian helps you find your spiritual path.  If you have lost your zest for life, carnelian is the gemstone that will help you find it.

 

 

Carnelian and Coin Pearl Necklace by earthegy

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3
Nov

earthegy Indulgences…

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Indulgences....

I admit it.  I’m a girly girl sometimes and I like my little secret indulgences.

Don’t we all?

That one piece of chocolate truffle that we savor at the end of the night after our dinner…the hot bubble bath in winter with a glass of wine….and one of my all time favorites, scented candles.  Yummmmm… pure heaven when you need some of that much needed quiet girl time.

 

Since I started selling on Artfire last year I’ve gotten to know a few shop owners and try out their goods, and EmeraldChandlery is one of my favorites.  She is the self proclaimed “home of VegiSoy votive candles, some of the longest lasting highly scented natural wax votives available.”

Now I don’t know what VegiSoy is, and I really don’t care.  What I do know is that I just restocked my candle supply from her store for the second time and piled up on her “not quite right” candles.  What do I care if they don’t look absolutely pristine?  I’m going to burn them down anyway, and I’m not sharing them, so I may as well save some money on my little indulgence.  What I also know is that my house smells really really good right now.  Cherry is the flavor of the day at earthegy, though I have quite a few more options in my box that just arrived.  And sheesh, what a bargain!  This is what I just got today, only 3 days after ordering for only 30 bucks:

Assorted Scented Candles from Emerald Chandlery

That’s a LOT of candles packed in there.  I like my ambiance when I’m working making earthegy jewelry.  I like music playing, and I definitely like the house to smell good.  And these babies last forever.  My last candle I burnt had about two inches left on it and like an idiot I forgot to blow it out when I went to bed.  That bugger was still burning in the morning, cranking out it’s almond scent throughout my house.  (Yeah, I know, I should probably invest in a fire extinguisher, but I’ve survived so far.)

During my day I usually have one lit on top of my piano, centered in my downstairs.  It’s pretty.  It smells good.  I lasts all day or longer.  And it makes me feel a little more pampered at a darned good price.

Ambiance, earthegy and Emerald Chandlery style....

I don’t get paid to write this stuff.  Emerald Chandlery didn’t ask me to, and she doesn’t know this post is going up.  But when I come across another artist that’s got a good thing I want to share with my friends, you can bet I’m going to let everyone know that her shop is worth the look.

Because I want all my friends out there to make sure they get their indulgences indulged.  We all need a little spoiling now and then.

~Chrisy Bossie

Shop Emerald Chandlery for some scentaliciousness

Or…

Shop earthegy for some gemaliciousness

5
Oct

earthegy gets a Present!!!

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I really don’t know what I did to deserve this…

Susan from TownofBeadrock has been a friend for awhile.  I’ve never met her in person.  She lives in Vermont, I live in Virginia.  We “met” in the Artfire forums and chit chatted back and forth a bit and shared business tips.  She makes the Chan Luu style bracelets and sells them in her Artfire shop that I cannot make.  Seriously.  I tried one day for kicks.  I watched a video, gathered up all the ingredients, and tried like crazy to put one of these bracelets together.  After several attempts and a whole lotta cussing I gave up.  I don’t have the patience for them.  I promptly commended Susan on being able to make those things and I knew she’d do well with her business because she has a high quality product and a nice specialized niche.

Susan and I have become good friends, and I send my facebook fans to her shop all the time to get those bracelets I can’t make.  At this point we share a lot of the same customers, which is fine.  We don’t consider each other competition, but colleagues.

Last week I asked Susan if she’d help me edit my ebook coming out soon and she’s graciously given me tons of help, picking up things in my writing that I can’t see.  I didn’t pay her for this, she offered her own time.

And today in the mail I got this!

Woo hoo, I got a present!!!!

Along with this note:

 

To top that off, she included this for my mongrels:

The earthegy VPs get gifts too!

 

How cool is all that?  Here I should be sending all kinds of gifts to Susan for all her help and support with my book lately, but she’s sending ME gifts!

Susan and I could view each other as fierce competition for the jewelry world, but really, what good does that do?  By working together we seem to bring each other more business and we share our successes.  I find that a much more rewarding way to run my business than fretting over competition.

And look what happens when you combine a little earthegy and TownofBeadrock:

A Very Sparkly Wrist!

 

8
May

Of Mothers and Books and Simple Pleasures…

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My mother is the most brilliant woman I know.

When I was young, my mom took my sister and I to the library every week without fail.

It was an ominous, dusty, spidery, old place, with creaking wood floors and towering rows of steel metal shelves that looked like they’d topple over at any moment.  We had to be quiet in the library…anything above a whisper was not tolerated by the blue haired woman at the front desk.

But inside that library, on all those shaky shelves were books.  Thousands of books.  And inside those books were countless stories to be read, lands to be visited, adventures to be had,  and rabbit holes to go down.

She would leave me in the children’s section for hours….actually, I don’t even remember my mom being there, but I know she’s the one who took us.  I don’t recall actually being abandoned there, so I imagine she was in another aisle.  I don’t remember what my sister looked at, or what section she went to…within moments I was lost, taking out book after book from a shelf, opening them up, making the very grown up decision of whether or not it was  deserving of the limited space in the book bag my mother brought with her.

I still remember that book bag.  It was a yellow calico print, and actually the size of a large briefcase.  Mom was smart.  She brought a big bag.

My mom, in her incredibly sneaky and subtle brilliance, taught me to enjoy the written word.

The three of us packed that yellow fabric book bag full every single week with our new treasures.  Reading commenced on the car ride home….after all, we only had one single week before all those books had to be returned.  Renewing wasn’t an option or a necessity in my family.  We don’t dilly dally with our books, we devour them.

Years later, while living in Charlotte, NC, I went into my first super bookstore…a Borders or Barnes & Noble, I can’t remember which.  There I discovered something even better than the library…a single building, full of brand new glossy books, with the extra added perk of a cappuccino bar.  It was okay to pull a book out and read through it while slowly nibbling on a piece of carrot cake.  Nobody worried about crumbs, and I could take all the time I wanted in that store.  Every subject was there, and my interests changed by the minute depending on which aisle I wandered through.  I could start a fiction novel, or read up on holistic pet care, or find gardening advice all in one place….a place that served cappuccino and didn’t have spiders or dust.  How decadent is that???  I was in heaven.  I don’t think I came out of that store for a good eight hours on my first visit.

The super bookstores have not been good to me.  I invariably spend way too much money for those freshly printed words that I cannot live without.  But I’ve enjoyed every second of it, and until now, it’s been a secret indulgence.

My first real bookmark came from one of those gigantic stores.  They got me in the checkout aisle, the land of impulse purchases.  There they were… beautiful beaded bookmarks on display for the rock bottom low price of about  $15.  Seriously….$15 for some string and glass beads???  I had to have one.  In fact, I had to have three…one for my mom, of course, and two for me in case I ever lost the first one.   I still have both of mine, and their value has only increased to me.

My bookmarks have joined me on my adventures.  They’ve been with me to many places, and when we take a break from our secret adventures for a small while, they mark our last stop.  They’ve gone down the rabbit hole with me, and come back out of it.  When one story ends, they wait patiently on my nightstand for the next one to begin, sparkling slyly at me whenever the table lamp is lit.  They’ve sat with me on a cold rainy day, huddled under a cable knit throw with a dog in my lap and a fire roaring, always marking my page with grace, always ready to be taken to the next page, never complaining, never daring to leave a mark or crease a page… never marring the inherent beauty of the printed words.

My first real bookmark still graces my bedside table

My first bookmarks were the inspiration for the earthegy bookmark line, and they done their  job well.  The bookmarks I’ve made have given me a chance to share my appreciation for something so simple, yet so elegant.  They are the resting place for mismatched gems, and random glass beads…a new purpose for something extra laying around.  There are no design rules when making bookmarks, except for one…they must respect the book and protect the written word.

And I have a confession to make…my earthegy bookmarks are my weakness.   They make no business sense.  They don’t make a profit, and even if purchased in bulk, the sale doesn’t add up to much.  But they give me something else.   They’ll be marking a page for someone that shares my love for the written word, adding a little sparkle to their bedside table, and joining that person in their adventures.  That is enough.

To view all earthegy products, please visit my shop.

15
Apr

Spring Inspiration at earthegy

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I love living in the south.  I have lived at some point in just about every coastline state between North Carolina and Maine, and most of my later childhood through college was spent in Connecticut.  But nothing compares to the country pace and friendliness of Virginia for me.  It’s a state of big breakfasts, dripping with sausage gravy, biscuits, and grits.  It’s a state with a vineyard around every corner, open daily, waiting for you to drop in and taste some of their fruits.  A state with great diversity…with beaches and mountains and lakes, withkite flying competitions and tractor show and country fairs.  I admit, I used to be a Yankee.  I never knew what a “barbeque” was at a street festival until I was offered one.  My response was “barbeque what???  Chicken?  Pork chops?”  Followed by, “ Oh my God, they put coleslaw in the sandwich!”

I promptly recovered from my shock after eating my first barbeque, and now I know well enough to ask for extra napkins.

My first house in Virginia was a monstrous thing, built back in 1870.  It had low ceilings, a maze of additions added on with no logic or order, and a overgrowth of boxwood hiding the paint peeling siding and broken porch steps.  But it also had heart pine floors, a huge kitchen, three fireplaces, and a big barn in a field showcasing two mulberry trees.  The trees offering our horses some daily shade, perhaps placed there to feed the birds their sweet fruit.

That first house taught me how to turn a house into a home.  It taught me to cook and garden and paint.  It taught me how to be a hostess for visiting family.  It taught me to slow down from the fast northern lifestyle, and appreciate the slow rocking of a porch swing on a hot summer day.

I ripped out the boxwood and replaced it with daylilies spilling over a rock wall.  I gave away all my northern contemporary furniture and found a new appreciation for quilts.  I went strawberry picking and soon discovered that I was a master of strawberry pie making.  I made ice tea with mint and drowned it with sugar, in true southern style.  I planted an herb garden, carefully at first…trying to emulate the formal gardens of Montpelier and Monticello that I’d visited nearby.

And I promptly gave up on trying to maintain its sense of order and renamed it a “cottage” garden, planting rose bushes and tulips everywhere they would fit.   If there was a bright flower to be found, I bought it, and planted it, and crossed my fingers it would live.  Some things died, I’ll admit it.   I have a black thumb, and houseplants are doomed in my care.  I didn’t know anything about zones and shade and sun when I first planted my gardens.  I just liked the plants I saw and wanted them.  But I learned each time, and found out what works and what doesn’t.  And I was always surprised when the next spring something I’d completely forgotten about or given up on came back to life to bless me with another season of color.

I am long gone from that house, and although I miss it tremendously, I now have a tiny yellow cottage on 5 acres with a creek.  I gave up the horses for pet chickens, and I gave up the maintenance of an older house for one that I can manage to afford to repair.  My gardens are small, and better planned now, though equally colorful when in full bloom.    Deer roam my back field, and the neighbor’s guinea hens often visit, strolling around the yard eating bugs, chattering to each other the entire time.   My home now better suits my informal cottage style, with glass bird feeders and grape plants winding up my pergola.  Rose bushes are still planted, but I’m more discerning with my choices now, and I buy for color and hardiness.

It’s been a long, cold, never ending winter, and I have spring fever.   And I hope to bring you the bright colors of my favorite flowers in my upcoming work.  I have a hankering to see fuchsia pink and lemon  yellow together.  Peridot and  jade will be my foliage, garnet and chalcedony may be my beloved tulips.  Amethyst may be my iris, and coral agate may be my  cosmos.     It’s time for spring.  And I’m feeling inspired.

 

3
Apr

The FB Fan Sunstone/Moonstone Clasp Gemstone Choices

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For those ordering this necklace, I need clasp gemstone choices from some of you still so I can customize your necklace to you.  Here’s a photo gallery of what I have available so you can get a better view:

Update May 23rd:

Today I received my Certified Handmade Artifact from Artfire!  Now when you enter my store there you’ll see a pretty blue seal on the left that says I’ve gotten their stamp of approval.  Woo hoo!

 

April 1st Post:

I have homework.  I’ve been itching to apply for this designation, but I had to wait until I had been on Artfire for 60 days before I could apply.  I sold my products on etsy before this, but this is a certification offered exclusively at Artfire.

What do I get if I get approved?  Well, I get a super fabulous little seal I can put on my shop site that says I’ve received the artifact and my items have been certified as handmade.  And I get bragging rights…that’s the part I really want….

Once I submit my application, I’ve heard that it can take up to two months to be approved.  Another long wait, but worth it.

The qualifications and requirements on the application:

“Artisans must meet the following prerequisites before an application for the Certified Handmade Artifact will be accepted:

1.      Artisan must be a PRO member of ArtFire for at least 60 days.

2.      Artisan must be in good standing with ArtFire.com including

a.      No outstanding cases concerning non-delivery of product.

b.      No outstanding cases concerning misrepresentation of products for sale

c.      No outstanding cases concerning other violations of the ArtFire TOU

3.      100% of the items in the Applicants studio must be Handmade.  Digital media such as pdf tutorials, hand assembled supplies kits, designed (but not handmade) products, or any other product that does not meet ArtFire’s definition of handmade will make a studio ineligible to receive the artifact.   Gift Certificates to your studio can be listed as they would only be redeemable for handmade items as long as all other items are handmade by you.

4.      Artisan studio must be complete and contain sufficient information including:

a.      An avatar

b.     A banner

c.    Complete Studio Policies

d.     A Bio with photo

5.      Product photographs must be in-focus and of a reasonably sufficient size.”

 

So…my homework I’ve been working on today has been taking pictures of my studio. There’s no big factory in China.  There are no elves stringing together beads.  Your jewelry may arrive in your mailbox, but there was a place it came from before it got there.  Welcome to my studio…and welcome to my home.

1
Apr

earthegy featured in Craft Spotter!

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I was interviewed! Everything you did or or didn’t want to know about how earthegy got started….

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30
Mar

Sunstone…the energy stone

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Of all of the gemstones earthegy has offered, none has generated so much interest as sunstone. Sunstone is rich with history, that only confirms it’s spiritual powers, and once you’ve seen a sunstone’s incredible beauty and depth, you may be a believer too. Ancient Vikings used sunstone as a navigational compass. They sailed their ships through fog and bad weather. Without abundant sunshine or a clear view of the North Star to navigate, they came up with another tool….a crystal compass made of sunstone. Much study has been done on the subject, and a short video here shows how a sunstone can be used to find the direction of the sun in the sky (about 3 minutes into the video):

Viking Navigation

Sunstone attracts good luck, but the definition of luck in this case is simply being in the right place at the right time… sunstone helps you navigate yourself to the right place that you need to be, in perfect synchronicity with the world around you. Sunstone lifts depression and is especially useful for seasonal affective disorder, bringing its joyful light into otherwise foggy or dark surroundings. It is a gemstone of optimism and enthusiasm.

 

Like its parallel stones, Labradorite and Moonstone, Sunstone radiates an inner fire that calls out for you to come closer for a better view. While Labradorite and Moonstone ask you to look inside, Sunstone asks you to bring what’s inside out. Sunstone is the optimists stone, and a pessimist is a pessimist no more around it.  The name “Sunstone” is self-evident of course, but this fiery stone has another technical name – Heliolite, from the Greek “helios” meaning “sun” and “lithos” meaning “stone. There’s a word for the fire in sunstone…schiller. It is the fire within the stone, a piece of the sun trapped in mineral form.

Sunstone with intense schiller

 

Robert Simmons wrote “Sunstone is the yang which balances the yin of Moonstone.”

 

 

Sunstone Necklace by earthegy

 

 

For more sunstone and moonstone products, visit earthegy

Shain Mayer, a gemstone cutter and bread baker from Arizona, recently wrote an interesting response to my labradorite article. I had posted  a link to the article on a lapidary forum, and there was a discussion whether people believed in the spiritual properties of gemstones.  Here is his story, in his own words (unedited)…

“I believe, based on experience. Here my story, share if you got one.

When I was 14, I worked the weekends with my Dad as a day laborer for his patio business. One Saturday doing a relatively small job. The customer wanted a Gulam beam. It was about 16 feet long. For those who don’t know what a gulam bean is. It is a laminated wood beam, which mimics steal. They last forever when it comes to wood. They also tend to be extremely heavy, even at only 16 feet. This beam weighted in at roughly 3 tons, 6000 pounds.

I’m sure you can see were this is going; yes he dropped this beam on me while we were trying to set it. I took 6000 pounds to my right shoulder and stood my ground. I was always a big kid, and could always take a lot. And we both thought we could set the beam. It only fell arms length, about 2 feet. Hence why I was able to stand my ground and it didn’t crush me.  But it took me out of work for a couple weeks with him.

As a growing young man, I brushed it off. 4 years later as a senior in high school. I began suffering pain in the eyes, and extreme migraines.  Tested through an MIR and found nothing wrong with my brain. Went to a chiropractor and from a basic x-ray, the problem is extremely evident. But because I brushed it off, grew 4 more years I pretty much stuck with a bent spine. Its bends to the right, the direction in which they took the brunt of the fall.  After 2 weeks with this guy, he managed to reverse the curvature of my spine.  I was starting to turn into a hunchback, and was begging to suffer early effects of nerve damage. At 20, I was almost in full hammer hand, and suffer extreme pain in both my arms and hands from the nerve damage. A second chiroprature was two brothers, close to work. Daily adjustments and electrolysis.
Well, that lasted rough 8 months before one of the brothers displaced one of my front ribs. Into my lungs. Was almost a lawsuit, but the other brother took care of me. And after I was able to understand how now I can popped this rib in an out anytime I want now. I decided I was about done with chiropractors.

This is when I started getting into the metaphysics of rocks and gems I was cutting all the time.  Believe it or not, there is a type of Condor agate I call Condor Fire jasper. It’s the type of super rich red and orange jasper type, with almost no translucent or agate layers. I began meditating and putting this certain piece under my pillow when I slept. Within 2 weeks, my hammer hand was beginning to relieve and the general pain from headaches/backaches/arms, and often a heavy blood vessel problem in the pinched area on the spine. All started to subside, but it wasn’t a cure by no means. I then began reading more about energy transference, like Reiki and acupuncture.

I was then moved to a new store at my job, and guess what. Right next door was a chiropractor office. Ahh man, since I was still having adjustments problems from the first two. I figured it was worth investigation this doctor just for the connivance factor of him being right next door. But when I went it, I came to find out he was actually an Acupuncturist first, who also did adjustments for people. I explained my situ to him and what I was doing with the condor agate. He gave me one neck adjustment, then two weeks of Acupuncture to the arms, hands, brow, and neck areas.

He explained to me that the first two guys managed to tear me apart to the point that my bones will always been floating and problematic. Based also on the fact that I allowed myself to grow in the teen’s years at the height of growth. I should have had surgery and one day still might need it.

But he further explained to me that the use of the agate was helping realigned my nervous system that was effected and not properly maintained by the first two groups I went to. My nerves were responsible for telling my muscles to crap up and get claw hand.  And were the only real source of any pain I was now experiencing.  And that over a period time he wouldn’t know, the stone he believed would do what he was able to do in two weeks of acupuncture.  It was some of the most intense pain I’ve ever been trough.  The damaged from the accident was generally fixed before I got to him. But the nerves were still all confused and he had to reset them.  Funny thing is too, this guy was no stereotype of witch doctor. But a Harvard Medical school grad and Jewish. Not that matters, but just so folks reading this understand this is highly accepted form of medical practice. And his comments to the use of my stone was evident when that what he prescribed for me. More meditation with that stone.

I am now 34, have complete use of hands, no hunchback, no nerve damage. The occasional back problem we all suffer with age.  Funny because I was very afraid when I started getting the claw hand. But now, I have cut more rocks, shaped more bread, and still learning claw hammer banjo. My dexterity is a bit off, that’s about it.”

Shain Mayer’s work can be viewed on his blog Freeformcabs by Shain Mayer.  For current cabochons for sale, please visit him here…

Update:  I emailed Shain asking if he had a picture of his condor agate.  His response (unedited):

“I don’t have the stone anymore.  As after I regained the use of my
hands and the pain started going away. I began further exploring the metaphysical information online and became friends with many people through similar forums. I gifted the stone to  a woman whose husband was suffering similar nerve damage.  From my understanding this stone is actually in a third set of hands because of its powerful energies. AS it has help everyone along the way.”

Agates are known as very grounding stones, useful for physical and emotional balance.  Condor agate was discovered on a 7,000 foot plateau in Patagonia, Argentina, and was named after the condor of the Andes.

If you have a story about how gemstones have affected your life that you’d like to share, I’d love to write about it.

Looking for gemstones to enhance your life?  Take a look at my earthegy shop.

13
Mar

Spiritual Properties of Labradorite

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A gemstone said to have dropped from the Aurora Borealis itself, Labradorite is a stone surrounded by myth yet relatively new in our history. The gemstone with its misleading appearance sometimes shimmering, a transparent yellow, or even black, grayish, or tinged with blue was discovered in the 18th Century and has often been described as the rainbow bridge between the conscious and unconscious mind. Perhaps, this is why it has been used as an inspirational gemstone by novelists, artists, and composers alike. Along with inspirational properties, Labradorite also possesses metaphysical, psychological, and physical healing properties.

By grounding energies, specifically spiritual energies, this beautiful gemstone strengthens the energies of the physical body, enabling one to decrease energy leakage and form a barrier against negative energies. Moreover, the link Labradorite provides to the unconsciousness opens the inner self to introspection, spiritual purpose, and initiates exploration into the mysteries.

Psychologically, Labradorite is a useful tool to have during change, as it imparts strength and perseverance. Banishing fears and insecurities, Labradorite calms an overactive mind, energizes the imagination, and balances analysis and rationale with inner sight, dispelling illusions to clear one’s path to well-bring.

Labradorite Earrings by earthegy

Labradorite Earrings by earthegy

 

When used in crystal therapy for the physical body, Labradorite is believed to relieve stress, though if one subscribes to the metaphysical and psychological benefits it should not be surprising. It is an immune strengthener, aiding the spiritual energies with strength as it supports the physical body. Labradorite is used to treat disorders of the eye and brain, regulate metabolism, and can be used to aid in relief from colds and gout. It can also be successful in treating rheumatism, lowering blood pressure, balancing hormones, and relieving menstrual tension.

In true historical form, Labradorite’s myths are quite possibly part truth in some form or fashion. This unique gemstone is as multi-dimensional in its physical form as the seemingly limitless ways in which it benefits our beings. From the spiritual to the psyche to the physical, Labradorite may be as myth suggests, a piece of the Aurora Borealis linking our physical selves with the conscious beyond. To find out more ways that Labradorite can make a difference in your life or to find products and healing methods, visit earthegy.

 

12
Feb

Out of Safe Places by Imani Constance

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One of my lovely customers is an author!

In her words…

I am happy to present Out of Safe Places, my first book of poetry and short stories. This is a labor of love filled with juicy words and ideas that will make you laugh and perhaps even cry.

To my delight my Sisterfriend Rashida shares these sentiments in the foreword which begins… Out of Safe Places will whisper sweet something’s into the ears of all who hear. This collection touches hearts, lightly nudges sensibilities, stirs the soul and feeds the intellect with wisdom garnered by thoughtful observation and historical research. In a world where problems can numb and dumb life down, Out of Safe Places challenges us to reawaken and explore places where we are compromised and safe; places that endanger our true reasons for being alive.

And my scholarly Sisterfriend in the academy Dr. Sandra Jackson, Director, Center Culture and History of Black Diaspora, DePaul University, witnesses that …“This language is imagistic, resonate, powerful, reflective, imbued with social commentary…sensory rich and sensual.”

Out of Safe Places is available through lulu.com.

Use this link to purchase a copy or download the entire volume http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/out-of-safe-places/14679394.

Out of Safe Places will be available on Amazon within the next month.

1
Feb

An Interview of Chrisy Bossie about earthegy

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I was interviewed last week, and just found out it was published on January 26th…

http://www.woodmors.com/crafting_bee_3.html

earthegy interview

13
Jan

earthegy Selected for a 4th Treasury in the Same Day

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The new gemstone eyeglass holders are getting a lot of attention!

13
Jan

earthegy Featured in 3 Treasuries in One Day!

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Think of Them as Love Letters

13
Jan

earthegy featured in Serendipity!

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earthegy bookmark featured in a treasury!

9
Jan

Secret Indulgences

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Now that the holidays are over, I’ve had a bit of time to put new efforts into place.  My mind goes constantly, with new ideas for designs, advertising, business development, you name it.  And, in a few short days, I’ve actually accomplished a lot.

A huge decision I made at Christmas time…to upgrade most, if not all, of my products to sterling silver and 14k gold. Not everything can be switched…I’m finding it impossible to find sterling clasps large enough to handle pet charms, nor can I find the little rubber doo-hickeys that attach croakie strands to glasses with sterling springs on them, but overall, I’m getting there.  Two bracelets went on sale today, completely done in sterling.  Despite this upgrade, I still plan on keeping some of the less expensive items in my shop.  The wire wrapped rings and bookmarks sell like hot cakes, and I love making them!  I also come across a ton of spectacular art beads and cloissone beads that I can never resist, and the rings and bookmarks give me a chance to use them.  I have a strange fondness for my bookmarks, I think because they leave me with the knowledge that someone will sit down and relax, thoroughly enjoy reading a good book, and my little beaded charm will be there beautifying their book when they do.

Another change in the works…product photography. I’ve FINALLY nailed it down to where I’m happy with the new pictures I’m taking.  And I’ll let you in on my secret…they must be taken in morning daylight, streaming through my kitchen window, with every super-sonic macro setting) my camera can do (which is actually only one button.)  Parchment paper, a few non-descript rocks, and a leather bound journal…that’s it.  I admit, I get off course occasionally, and sometimes throw in a more vibrant kyanite/pyrite rock or a sparkly amethyst chunk to prop jewels on, but I just can’t resist my prettier rocks sometimes.

The new line is here!  Croakies!  AKA eyeglass holders!  Bejeweled and bedecked with pearls, beads, gemstones, and satin.  They’re not for the timid…they’re for all the girls who love beautiful sparkly things.  The first set sold in just a few hours, and I’m waiting on more supplies ordered to finish more that are halfway assembled, but they’re out, they’re here, and they’re probably here to stay.  Given the plethora of hideously ugly croakies I’ve been exposed to in the last month on my mission to figure out how they’re engineered, I’m now on a mission to beatify the croakie world.

As for writing more, and publishing more…the folklore, stories, spiritual and healing properties…I haven’t had time yet, but my next major subject is Labradorite.  You just can’t go wrong with a stone that has the northern lights radiating from it.  

The entirely mundane resolutions I’ve been working on…analyzing my statistics and trends of my clients, so I can reach out to more, and throw my products on the market when people are actually in the etsy shop shopping.  I’ve set goals for January sales, facebook followers, and views of my products, among other things, and once that’s accomplished I’ll move on to February.  Admittedly, I set them high, but why not?

Onwards and upwards, and Happy Holidays to all!

–Chrisy Bossie

earthegy…Ancient Gems, Modern Jewels

31
Dec

earthegy Bracelet Featured in BraCraft’s Treasury

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31
Dec

Who Let the Dogs Out?

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16 ways to keep your pooch warmer this winter

29
Dec

Etsy’s Secret! Move over Victoria!

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The smokin hot side of etsy artists that you never knew about…

29
Dec

No Regrets, Just Bruises

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Fabulous finds for your New Year’s Eve!

29
Dec

Ring in the New Year

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29
Dec

Winter’s Trees

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As I look out my back window, sipping my my morning coffee, the snow on the trees inspired this collection. Winter isn’t over yet, with still plenty of time to take in it’s pleasures.

23
Nov

Custom Dog Pendant for Izzy

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Izzy is a wire haired Jack Russell that needed a little bling.  Her new pendant is coral agate, sunstone, and Australian jasper.  She’s much prettier now, and the coral agate and jasper should help with her constant itchiness.  Sunstone is great for seasonal affective disorder and happiness, which she really didn’t need, but it looked pretty.


20
Nov

Rutilated Quartz and the Legends of Atlantis

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Regular quartz is quite common, but rutilated quartz is a clear quartz shot through with fine, golden or golden-red needle-like rutile crystals.  It’s also referred to as Maiden Hair stone, Venus Hair Stone, and Cupid’s Arrow…and it’s been linked to the stories of Atlantis, as a source of great energy for the lost city.

Rutilated Quartz Necklace by earthegy

Rutilated Quartz Necklace by earthegy

 

The popular twentieth century prophet Edgar Cayce (1877–1945) told his followers about his visions of the great crystals that powered Atlantis, and he referred to the healing capacities of crystals.  Cayce taught that crystals possessed an energy within themselves that could be transmitted to people and be of great assistance in meditation, healing, and the achievement of higher levels of consciousness.  For Cayce, Atlantis was more than myth, it was the history of the first human civilization capable of advanced technology, capable of harnessing the power of quartz technology and the electromagnetic field.

The Lost City of Atlantis

According to legend, the Atlanteans used crystals quite extensively, and mis-used them to such a degree that they eventually led to the catastrophe which caused Atlantis to disappear into the ocean.  The crystal was tuned too high, activating volcanoes and melting mountains, ultimately causing the submergence of Atlantis, and perhaps even the axis shift of the Earth itself.  Cayce claimed a new island would rise up near the island of Bimini and that it would be the top of Atlantis and only a small portion of it. 
Cayce died in 1945, but in September of 1968 the Bimini Road was found in the Bermuda Triangle.  Could this be part of the lost city of Atlantis?  And are the unusual occurrences there caused by the energy of the quartz crystals that formerly powered the city? Are we left with an island that sunk thousands of years ago, with hidden “power sources” that still zap unwary travelers today?  Anything’s possible…

Bimini Road, discovered in 1968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop for rutilated quartz at earthegy here…

19
Nov

The Making of a Tigers Eye Pendant

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I picked up a spectacular tigers eye the other day.  It’s huge, with spectacular coloring, and now up for sale.  Photo gallery shows both sides of the stone as I wrapped it today.  Enjoy!

17
Nov

Custom Dog Charm for Willow

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Willow is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, very much loved by her mom.  They live on the coast of New Jersey.  After much debate over gemstone shapes and colors, she’s about to receive her very own gemstone doggie charm, easily attachable to her collar, with no messy wires to ruin her beautiful coat.  The final decisions…Lemon Jasper with copper colored freshwater pearls…perfect for a beach loving dog.

13
Nov

More Sneak Peeks for Monday’s Show

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10
Nov

Sneak Preview—Other New Stuff

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Yesterday was productive!  Some new pendants, and another single strand bracelet…

10
Nov

Sneak Preview–Double Strand Bracelets

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Two bracelets in one…because whenever I wear mine, I love to layer them and listen to them chattering against each other.  I’m also trying to make more adjustable bracelets, so they can be sized easily to the individual.  These aren’t listed for sale yet, but will be soon…just finished them yesterday.

Autumn Jasper bracelet already sold, before I  could get it listed or to a show…

5
Nov

Customized Earrings for a Client

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One of my faithful customers, Paula, saw these earrings in my shop, but wanted them in silver to match a necklace.  Apparently, she’s buying them for her husband to put in her Christmas stocking this year ( a superb plan that I think all women should follow.)  I just finished re-wrapping them in silver, and I think they look a lot better.  The gemstone is a turquoise dyed howlite.


3
Nov

Nights in Rodanthe-earthegy Meets the Sea

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“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”Baroness Karen Blixen

A week’s recent stay at this beautiful spot inspired an entire new line…seashells and pearls.    Is it even possible to walk a beach without finding a treasure?…This time not from the land, but the tides that wash up on the Rodanthe beaches.  The sea’s jewels are infinite, and the beach’s inventory changes daily.   These pendants have stories in their past, further than we can imagine.  Some were handpicked with love by my young niece, who gently blew the sand away to evaluate their worthiness for you.  Some were discovered on a nighttime walk by my brother in law, chosen by what he saw in them that appeared in the moonlight.  Some were picked up by me, scouting for the most perfect shapes and colors, curious about their travels through the oceans and former inhabitants.  Each piece and shell are individual and can never be duplicated.  Each comes with a long lived life of salt and sand…and I hope to bring to you the serenity of the sea, and an appreciation for the uniqueness of her treasures.

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea—whether it is to sail or to watch it—we are going back from whence we came.- John F. Kennedy


3
Nov

New Wire Wrapped Gemstone Pendants

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26
Oct

Nights in Rodanthe

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So I’m currently on vacation in Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of NC with my family.  I’ve been sipping sangria on the porch in the ocean breeze, waiting patiently for Richard Gere to show up and take over position as my cabana boy, but apparently he’s running a bit late.

Yesterday my niece and I scoured the beaches for pretty shells.  I’ve brought all my gemstones and jewelry making goodies, and my twin nieces are bombarding me with making them bracelets and rings (or rather, letting them do it under my limited direction)….so, not a lot of work being done down here that I’d hoped to get done.  However, I have accumulated a bucket of pretty shells, and if I can get my dremel up and running when I get home and poke some holes in them, I may just have a new line of jewelry.

And darned if I could find any beach glass!  Apparently we live in such a responsible, non-littering world, that nobody breaks glass on the beach anymore.    Ugh.  Don’t these tourists down here realize that I’m looking for more material???

22
Oct

New Items–Wire Wrapped Gemstone Rings

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I’ve been experimenting with my wire wrapping skills again…

Because these rings are wire wrapped, they can adjust to fit any size finger…and a steal at only 8 bucks!

19
Oct

Rose Quartz, the Love Stone, in History and Folklore

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Rose quartz is a gemstone full of rich spiritual history and meaning, a gemstone full of the energy of love.  One legend says that Cupid and Eros brought rose quartz to earth in hopes that its beautiful pink color would arouse love and desire among people.

Aphrodite and Adonis

In another legend, Adonis, the lover of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, was attacked by Ares (the god of War) who came in the form of a boar.   Aphrodite rushed to save him and caught herself on a briar bush.  Their mingled blood stained the white quartz to a pink.  Zeus took pity on them and restored Adonis to Aphrodite for six months of the year.  Because of this myth, this stone has become a symbol of reconciliation in love.

It is written that the Egyptian goddess Isis searched for river-tumbled rose quartz to use on her face. She would rub the stones in an upward motion over her cheeks and around her eyes because she found this helped keep and restore her beauty. Her beauty ritual, insight and knowledge has been passed on through the years among Egyptian women.  Rose Quartz is associated in modern ritual with Isis – an astrologer dropped a piece of this stone into the water that surrounded Isis’s temple at Philae in Upper Egypt as a way of keeping contact with the location when she returned home.

Isis Temple in the Grand Canyon

The  Isis Temple is  one of many prominent buttes in the central region of the Grand Canyon created by millions of years of wind and water erosion.  Bands of red, orange and yellow limestone predominate, their colors tuned by the moods of sun and cloud, and punctuated by vertical seams of dull rose quartz, created by magma that had seeped through cracks in the rock in times long forgotten.

 

Rose Quartz is a love stone.  Rose Quartz teaches you to love yourself, vital if you have thought or deemed yourself unlovable. You cannot accept love from others nor love them unless you love yourself. This stone encourages self-forgiveness, and acceptance, and invokes self -trust and self-worth.Rose quartz promotes receptivity to the beauty of art, music, and the written word, and enlivening imagination. Rose Quartz enhances your peacemaking abilities within your family or at work.  All through the middle ages until today, this stone has been given as a love charm.   It is a wonderful gift for a close friend and is excellent for bringing peace.

 

Rose quartz earrings by earthegy

 

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19
Oct

Custom Orders

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This morning I was asked if I could make a bracelet similar to a pair of earrings I have listed, and whether I do custom orders.

Yes!  Absolutely!  If you see something you like, or have something in mind, let me know, and I’d be happy to work with you to make your own special, perfect piece.  My gemstone inventory changes a lot, but I can email you current pictures of stones in stock or try to find something more specific for you.  Gemstones are very personal and hold the energy of the wearer, so they need to be right for you.

I don’t charge extra for special orders.  Bracelets are currently at $26.99, earrings $12.99, bookmarks $8.00, and shipping is $2.50 for the first piece, and $.25 for additional pieces.  If we work with my current gemstone inventory, I can have your piece done pretty quickly, and on its way to you within a day or two after final decisions are made on gemstones and design.  If you want me to find a particular stone, but in a shape or size I don’t currently have, I’ll need a little more time to hunt down the perfect stones for you.

But be forewarned…I’m probably going to take a few pictures of the process and blog about it…

Chrisy

18
Oct

Upcoming Mine Tour

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My fiend, Jerry, who owns the store where I purchase a lot of my gemstone beads, gave me a chunk of kyanite with pyrite mixed in it that came from Buckingham County in my area.  Jerry knows my fondness for using Pyrite in my jewelry.

So I decided to do a little online research to try to find out where I might be able to hike and come across some more.  Kyanite Mining Corp operates a mine near me, so I emailed them asking for any info on trails in their area where I could do a little digging.  Okay, I really don’t want to dig, I just want to take a pretty hike and trip over a giant slab of kyanite or pyrite, but that’s besides the point.

Kyanite Mining emailed me back right away, and graciously offered to let me join a mine tour on October 23rd.  I’m hoping to get lots of pictures so I can write about it again. And of course, I’m hoping to get lots of pretty little stones that I can make into pendants.

I’ve attached a picture of the rock Jerry gave me, next to some finished kyanite beads that I work with.   If you click on the picture, you should be able to see the flecks of pyrite in the stone too.  Great stuff!  Then again, I’m a girl, so anything sparkly and pretty is a welcome addition to my life.

For Jerry’s store, visit:  http://www.blueridgebeads-glass.com/

For Kyanite Mining Corp, visit: http://www.kyanite.com/

17
Oct

Today’s Work, not listed for sale yet

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I’ve been working on building up an inventory to put in my friend Lori’s shop, so these may not go up for sale online.  And since I’m here writing, I have to vent…I cannot for the life of me figure out how to increase this font size on WordPress….so don’t feel bad if you can’t read it.  Neither can I.

And now that I’ve just spent a half hour figuring out how to put these into gallery format, I’m kicking myself in the butt.  I should have just draped them all over a piece of driftwood and taken one picture.

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16
Oct

Opal, The Vision Stone

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In the Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Legend, the Aboriginal tribes in South Australia believed that their ancestral being conveyed himself to earth by a great rainbow, which in turn colored the rocks and stones where it had rested.  The Opal outcrops were sacred and used as ceremonial grounds due to the mystical association with the creator, and the great rainbow in which it was believed he would some day reappear.

In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal It was also said to confer the power of invisibility if wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in the hand.

In Medieval times Opal was thought to ward off illness and aid eyesight. It was a guaranteed remedy for all eye troubles and then there was the lore that opal could bestow the power of invisibility upon its owner.

Plato tells a story about the opal ring of Gyges, which conferred invisibility on its wearer. The shepherd Gyges, who found it in a cave, used its power to seduce the Queen, kill the King and take his place.  According to the legend, Gyges was shepherd in the service of King of Lydia. After an earthquake, a cave was revealed in a mountainside where Gyges was feeding his flock. Entering the cave, Gyges discovered a bronze horse containing a corpse, larger than that of a man, who wore an opal ring, which Gyges pocketed. He discovered that the ring gave him the power to become invisible by adjusting it. Gyges then arranged to be chosen as one of the messengers who reported to the king as to the status of the flocks. Arriving at the palace, Gyges used his new power of invisibility to seduce the queen, and with her help he murdered the king, and became king of Lydia himself.

Napoleon presented his Empress Josephine with the “Burning of Troy”, a magnificent opal with brilliant red flashes.

Red Opal

As a vision stone, opal helps one see possibilities all the possibilities in a situation and discover a broader view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opal Doublet Earrings by earthegy

Opal Doublet Earrings by earthegy

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13
Oct

The Legend of Amethyst

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The legend of the origin of amethyst comes from the Greeks.  Dionysus(Bacchus,) the god of wine, celebration, intoxication and joviality, was angered one day by an insult from a mortal who refused him acknowledgment.  Enraged, Dionysus vowed to unleash his fury upon all mortals who did not partake in his gifts of wine and drunkenness.  Unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana appeared and was detained by the wrathful god. Dionysus summoned two fiercely voracious tigers to devour the youth and sat back with his wine to watch. Amethyst cried out to Diana. When Diana saw what was about to transpire she quickly transformed the young mortal into a statue of pure white crystalline quartz to protect her from Dionysus’ tigers.

At the sight of the beautiful statue, Dionysus was moved with pity and realized the ruthlessness of his actions and began to weep with sorrow.  As the tears dripped into his goblet Dionysus collapsed and the tear-tainted wine ran out onto the stone from the tipped cup. The white stone then absorbed the color from the wine creating the stone now called amethyst.

The name “amethyst” comes from the Greek meaning “not drunken,” and amethyst has long been considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness. Wine goblets were often carved from it, and the gemstone still symbolizes sobriety to this day.

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Amethyst Purification Bracelet by earthegy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13
Oct

Cleopatra and Lapis

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Cleopatra, the ultimte seductress…

The intense blue color of lapis lazuli will make you remember this stone forever.  In various civilizations and cultures this stone was used in jewelry and other decorative goods, and Cleopatra played an important role in the popularity of this stone. It’s said that she used pulverized lapis lazuli as eye shadow because of its aphrodisiac effects.   It is considered the secret of Cleopatra’s spell binding effect which she was quite well known for.  It was a common practice in ancient Egypt to use the ground lapis lazuli for its many different healing and aphrodisiac effects. Egyptian reckoned this stone, the stone of friendship, love and passion that could save them from misfortune.

Now, if you’re going to purchase lapis jewelry from me in my online shop, I’d really prefer it if you didn’t pound it into dust and spread it on your eyes.   But if that brilliant blue just happens to entice a gentleman to pay a bit more attention to your wrists or ears…then perhaps Cleopatra’s spell will work for you.

Lapis Neckace by earthegy

Lapis Neckace by earthegy

 

11
Oct

Garnet and Noah’s Ark

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Noah's Ark

Noah’s Ark

An ancient legend says that the garnet carbuncle was fixed on the mast of Noah’s Ark and lighted up its voyage day and night. From this time the garnet is considered as amulet for travelers.

The word garnet is from the Latin word “granatum,” which means pomegranate, and was named for it’s similarity to pomegranate seeds.  While most people associate garnet gemstones with their ruby red color, there are also other varieties, including the green grossular garnet.

Garnet gemstones are useful for manifesting abundance and prosperity.  They are powerful stones of attraction and are said to increase fertility and sexual desire.   Garnet encourages love and devotion, and encourage commitment in relationships.

 

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Garnet Necklace from earthegy

Garnet Necklace from earthegy

 

 

11
Oct

The Kalpa Tree

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The Kalpa Tree  of Hindu religion, a symbolical offering to the gods, is described by Hindu poets as a glowing mass of precious stones. Pearls hung from its boughs and beautiful emeralds from its shoots; the tender young leaves were corals, and the ripe fruit consisted of rubies. The roots were of sapphire; the base of the trunk of diamond, the uppermost part of cat’s-eye, while the section between was of topaz. The foliage (except the young leaves) was entirely formed of zircons. (Surindro Mohun Tagore, “Mani Mala,” Pt. II, Calcutta, 1881.)

 

 

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11
Oct

Aaron’s Breastplate and Gemstones

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The birthstones originate from the episode that took place in ancient history of the Jews. Gemstones were actually produced in the Asian continent and it was the Jews who took the gems into the European world when they traveled there.

The old Exodus that is the book of Jews explains the entire concept of the breastplate of Aaron or the breastplate of the high priest. The verses explain that in the olden times when there was the high priest and he had twelve sons. Who were naturally his descendants and they commanded 12 different tribes of that time. Aaron was inspired by God, not merely inspired but he was ordered by God to make a breastplate. He gave Aaron all the details about it. He was ordered to insert various precious stones that numbered 12 on it. These stones were to bear the names of each of the 12 descendants of the high priest. When this breastplate was finally made the high priest wore it over his ephod which actually is a dress worn by the high priest. When he wore that on his breast the 12 commanders could communicate with God through that plate. Each of them asked a question from God and the stones shone one by one and together they formulated the answer by God.

This breastplate has been the bases of the 12 birthstones that we now commonly know.   When the commanders had the breastplate it was easy for them to communicate with God. They could simply turn to him for suggestions,  for good luck and for their future course of action. God was felt closer and gradually common people also began regarding the breastplate as a blessing and divine image and influence upon their lives.

A time came when these stones actually started having great influence upon the people. When they wore the stones on the breastplate like diamonds, topaz, ruby, sapphire, beryl, emerald etc they were blessed in many ways not acknowledged by common man. These stones had strange healing powers and weak people took refuge in them and wore them for strength. Some stones were said to increase livelihood, other stones purified blood, cured diseases, safeguarded people from evil. Some stones were even said to have power to bring peace and tranquility and increase wisdom in people. One of the stones gave courage and so on.

However with the passage of time the stones in the breastplate have been fabricated as some others but there is original proof to remove any fabrications that may come forth. The breastplate however, is a source of heavenly blessings in the temples to this very day.

Kadence Buchanan writes articles on many topics including gemstones, weather, and investing.

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11
Oct

Cleansing and Charging Your Gemstones

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Cleansing and Charging Gemstone Jewelry

Gemstones pick up and absorb negative energy and can be drained of their energy after being used for awhile. Gemstones and crystals should be periodically cleansed and charged to ensure they can be used efficiently for healing purposes.

Using the Elements to Cleanse Gemstones

Air - present the stone to the east and pass the object through the smoke of burning incense.   Or take the stone outside on a breezy day and let it spend a few minutes absorbing the energy from the wind.

Water - present the stone to the west and pass the object through a bowl of water. Or take the stone to a nearby river or stream and wash it in the fresh water.

Fire – present the stone to the south and pass the object through the flame of a candle or small fire. Or the stone can be placed outside and left out overnight in the light of the moon. If pressed for time, simply take the gemstones and crystal outside for a few minutes during the heat of the noonday sun.

Earth – present the stone to the north and wave a previously charged rock or crystal over the stone that is being cleansed. Or, if time is not a concern, bury the gemstone or crystal for a few days, in the ground or in a cauldron filled with dirt.

Gemstone Charging Charm

After the gemstones and crystals have been cleansed, as described above, they will need to be charged with positive energy so that they can be put back into service for healing purposes. Hold the stone in the dominant hand while it is being charged. A left handed person would hold the stone in the left hand while it is being charged, while a right handed person would hold the stone in the right hand while it is being charged. Visualize the stone being filled up with healing energy while reciting this charm three times.

  • This wonderful stone is a precious gift
  • From our great and powerful mother earth
  • May this stone be imbued with energies of old
  • So it may be used for healing and giving one’s spirit a lift
8
Oct

earthegy…

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The Power of Gemstones

For thousands of years, gemstones have been used as a divination tool. Nearly every culture has held the belief that gemstones possess spiritual powers that endow the wearer with certain attributes. Due to the magical powers associated with gems, they were used extensively as amulets, talismans, and portals to the future. Formed over ages, often at high pressure, the Earth’s gemstones contain intense concentrations of energy. It is believed that we can use certain gemstones to focus and balance the body’s instinctive energies and health. Gemstones always hold the energy of the wearer. They protect the owner from negativity, accumulating it in themselves, and replace it with positive energy.

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