Monday, August 13, 2018

Dendritic Agate - What Are the Properties of this Stone!


Let's talk about dendritic agate!

Dendritic agate is a stone in the chalcedony family, "agate" , with manganese inclusions, called dendrites - thus the name :)

The color of the agate can be from clear to white with the manganese inclusions, you may even see a white agate with green inclusions, called Tree Agate. 

Dendritic agate is the stone of plenty and abundance. It has been known to be buried in soil of garden beds and farm lands to promote healthy and large yields from crops. 

This stone resembles the branches of a tree or plant and in turn is known for healing the skeletal, nervous and vascular system, which also 'branch' out in us. 

It is a great stone of protection and inner peace.  It promotes a peaceful environment. Great fo those with a green thumb. 









I love looking at the patterns of this agate. This stone and I have had several long moments together. Each time I pick it up to work with it, I find myself getting lost in its patterns and beauty, that I never get anything done! Because of the patterns and how I get lost in it, it is also a great stone for digging deep inwardly.  Use with meditation or self exploration and discovery and in turn healing of the past. 


I will wrap this into a pendant, I really will :)




Until then, I will continue to marvel at nature and her creations with wonderment and amazement. 


All of my jewelry creations are based on the metaphysical properties of the stones or the colors that are incorporated. Jewelry should be a window to our soul, a protector of our emotions and a companion to our spirit. All of my other creations come directly from my heart in hopes they touch yours as well. Celebrate yourself with healing jewelry, and other gift ideas made with love!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

I Love Labradorite. The Stone of Magic and Transformation

My love affair with labradorite is recent, 10 years or so. I love labradorite, who am I kidding I love them all, equally, with a few favorites :)

I have always had a collection of stones, it started with picking up rocks as a kid. I had a huge Readers Digest World Atlas and in the back was a chart of minerals from around the world. I would pull rocks from my pocket and compare them to the pictures on the chart and wonder which mineral I had.  That book has long since fallen apart, but I still have those 2 pages :)

When I found out that I could actually buy those minerals/stones/crystals and not have to travel to Brazil or Madagascar, my collection began. These stones spoke to me, drew me in. There would be days when I would have to have a particular one in my pocket, and I didn't know why.  Then I found out that the stones have properties, meanings and it all became so clear to me why I was so drawn to stones.

When I started making jewelry, my intent was to use crystals and stone and work with the metaphysical properties of the stones. I didn't just want fashion, I wanted soul support.

My friend Mushi was obsessed with labradorite like I was moonstone. I would be buying moonstone beads, and she was buying labradorite beads. The flash, that fire that came from the stone when the light hit it was amazing. Even the low quality labs had a fire that the moonstone didn't. I do love the fire of a feldspar!

Now that you have my backstory, let's talk about labradorite - the magic stone.

Labradorite brings your magic to the surface, opening up intuition, communication with spirits and more. It brings strength during times of change or conflict. It is a congenial stone, encouraging courtesy. Reduces depression and negativity. It brings hope to the hopeless. It is a strong protection.

Called the temple of stars - it is a connection to energy from other worlds.

It is a great creative stone and helps with writers block.

To me, this is one of those must have stones for any collection. I never go anywhere without one!



Thanks for stopping by, be blessed and always remember, be peaceful, be kind and find time to create!

All of my jewelry creations are based on the metaphysical properties of the stones or the colors that are incorporated. Jewelry should be a window to our soul, a protector of our emotions and a companion to our spirit. All of my other creations come directly from my heart in hopes they touch yours as well. Celebrate yourself with healing jewelry, and other gift ideas made with love!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

New Treasures from Bonnaroo - New Stones for My Collection!


Our one vacation every year is Bonnaroo. If you have never heard of it, it is a 4 night music festival in Manchester, TN. I take that back, it is more than a music festival, it is heaven. Yes there is music, all types of music, but there is also experiences, classes, community and more. It is my mecca.

Each year when we go, we also buy a momento of sorts, typically a t shirt or hat, and every year I get a new stone.  I have gotten labradorite, ammolite, garnet, prehnite and this year I bought 7..... I couldn't help myself. 

I typically shop at one tent in particular Twisted Bliss, and I did shop them, but I also found Wormtown Trading

I went for an early morning stroll, it was hot, I was on a mission for coffee. Very few of the vendors were open, and I stumbled into Wormtown. So many things, and so many of those things were crystals. Immediately the tourmaline caught my eye. I thought this will be the new pendant for the 2018 Bonnaroo experience. I continued to browse, and I found a box of very dark, tumbled cylinders. It looked like Pakistan Jade, but I thought it was too dark, and I had never seen it in long thin 'spears'. I asked what it was to make sure, and  - surprise - it is Pakistan Jade!

I continued to wander thru the tent, so many awesome stones, and most of them I had, but you never know when one will just pop out at you.  

Then I found the bumble bee jasper..OMG! I love this so much. I have several cabs of this, that I have wrapped into pendants. I did some reading on this jasper, and found that it is volcanic made, and because of this, it is also toxic. The sulfur content in the stone is too high, and it will get into your skin. It is highly recommended that if this stone is made into jewelry, that is has a metal backing on it. They had so much of it displayed and I had to touch each piece. I asked one of the women working there if she had heard of the toxicity of the stone, and she had. We chatted about it for a bit, while I was still looking. 

THEN I found a chevron amethyst point. I have chevron amethyst beads, but I had never seen it in it's natural state. FELL IN LOVE!

I was just about to check out when I spotted a box of carnelian. This beautiful stone, with all it's patterns and deep orange color had to come home with me because I am giving it to my daughter.

I had to stop.

Later that day I made it over to Twisted Bliss. I love that vendor so much. Not only do they have beautiful, and not so run of the mill loose stones, but the wire wrapping they do is incredible!!!

There I found the citrine. 
O
M
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That beautiful point with a window!!!!!

I got a smaller piece as well, to wrap for this years stone (i know I have the tourmaline for that) but you can't have too many pendants!!

The stones in the picture are as follows:
1 o'clock - carnelian
4 o'clock chevron amethyst
5 o'clock Pakistan jade
6 o'clock citrine point
7 o'clock citrine point
9 o'clock tourmaline
center - bumblebee jasper.

I'll break down each stones properties in the following blogs. 

This is my collection for this year, and I can't wait to get busy at the bench and make some jewelry!!!!

Thanks for stopping by, be blessed and always remember, be peaceful, be kind and find time to create!

All of my jewelry creations are based on the metaphysical properties of the stones or the colors that are incorporated. Jewelry should be a window to our soul, a protector of our emotions and a companion to our spirit. All of my other creations come directly from my heart in hopes they touch yours as well. Celebrate yourself with healing jewelry, and other gift ideas made with love!