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Fabulous finds for your New Year’s Eve!
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.
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.
The Lost City of Atlantis
Crystals have been linked to the stories of Atlantis, as a source of great energy for the lost city.
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.
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 also foretold that a gemstone of incredible beauty with powerful healing properties would discovered in the Caribbean Sea, which he referred to as the “Blue Stone.” It’s claimed that the stone originated on Atlantis, and may have actually been the crystal that Cayce claimed was the mechanism of the Atlantean’s destruction. Given that larimar’s color comes from volcanic eruptions unique to the Dominican Republic, larimar is quite possibly the “Blue Stone.” (There’s also another theory about the possiblity of his “Blue Stone” being lapis.)
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 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…
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!
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.
Yesterday was productive! Some new pendants, and another single strand bracelet…
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…
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.
“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
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???
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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…
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/
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.
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.
As a vision stone, opal helps one see possibilities all the possibilities in a situation and discover a broader view.
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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, Dionysuswas 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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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.
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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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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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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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
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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