July 16, 2012 § 2 Comments
I have to stop hoarding. I love my rocks, but I bought them to create jewelry, to share the beauty. I need to learn to let go, be less selfish. SHARE.
Every now and then, I pull out some of the rocks that I have trouble showing to people that I don’t know and love. I want “worthy”, appreciative people to share them with. They’re special. Recently I decided it was time to play with some of my beautiful sunstones:
Considered “magical”, sunstones make for wonderful talismans.
One of the sunstones I pulled out is particularly luscious. It’s a huge Oregon sunstone, 14 carats (!) I like that already, but it also has a wonderful “schiller”, a thin opaque copper sheet (like a copper colored mirror) that I think is breathtaking. Oregon sunstone contains copper crystals, unlike sunstones from other parts of the world which usually get their color from iron, so the color is slightly different, very beautiful.
This is the stone for “vitality”, the stone that helps enforce the body’s healing energies. It is protective, healing and encourages success. Need a boost of self confidence? Sunstone will have you thumping your chest like a large hairy beast. We’ll know who’s in charge.
This luscious sunstone is practically an inch long, and it felt like it needed to be in a “Wanga” piece.
Wanga is a magical charm, or spell (See the post: That Old Black Magic, where I started with the idea). So it needed a fossil. I love fossils. For me, they represent our ancestors, and sunstone represents life. Here. Now. Vibrant. Vital.
Ammonite is a symbol of the unending spiral of life. It has absorbed the energies of the universe, the five elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal, and holds the power of wisdom.
This is what I made:
It hangs on a strand of faceted “nugget” sunstones (from India), and shares the spotlight with an ammonite fossil, and two Oregon sunstone briolettes.
This is a statement necklace, and it may be just the thing for the wallflower in your life. Here’s the link for more info:
Are you matchy-matchy?
Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over. — F. Scott Fitzgerald
July 5, 2012 § 3 Comments
I’ve been thinking a lot about water lately. Usually it’s in the form of “hope the levees hold it in” type of thinking. But lately, the fires in Colorado have spurred me to send watery thoughts in that direction. I understand the angst and the pain of loss; a devastating experience. Harnessing the energy from anything (fire, wind, water) and using it wisely is always a trick. Dealing with the aftermath is a bigger challenge.
Quelle surprise that I’ve been playing with aquamarines more than usual lately, and revisiting some of the aquamarines in my rock collection, and in my finished pieces.
The aquamarine gets its name from Latin: “water” and “of the sea”.
Apparently, (and I like to believe this) aquamarines originated from mermaid’s tails, they were referred to as the “treasure of mermaids” with the power to keep sailors safe.
Last month the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a statement that mermaids “do not exist”. Well bah humbug. Next they’ll be picking on the tooth fairy, or the sandman.
I have written before that aquamarines are a symbol of peace, promise a happy marriage and bring the woman wealth and joy. In addition, they bring courage, and in advanced meditation, wisdom to see the truth.
I’d been hoarding a few fabulous big squarish cabochons, and decided it was time to share their beauty. Here’s what I made with a couple of them:
You can view the aquamarine pieces that are for sale in my shop here: Leda Jewel Co Jewelry with Aquamarines
Not believing in magical creatures or dismissing the power of gemstones makes life very dull indeed. One of my favorite quotes:
“In a crystal we have clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nontheless a living being.” – Nicola Tesla
I send the good people of Colorado and Utah watery blue aquamarine energy for peace and courage.