JEWEL PEDIA

 

14K GOLD-FILLED jewelry has a dense layer of 14 karat gold permanently bonded over a base metal core.  It will never flake or wear off and can be treasured just as any heirloom piece.  Like solid 14K gold, it is tarnish resistant and is safe for most people with sensitive skin to wear. Spiritually, gold supports balance and purity of the heart. It helps to attract wealth, happiness and positivity. We love how rich it looks against colorful gemstones!

 

AGATE is a protective energy stone. It is very calming and soothing, and clears the mind, allowing understanding to enter by grounding the emotions. This grounding helps lessen feelings of envy, dispel fears, and increase self-confidence. It opens up the channels of communication. Wear it to help with decision making. Agate comes in many colors, from reds to greens to blues and pinks.

 

AMETHYST semiprecious gemstones range from light lilac to deep purple. February’s birthstone, amethyst is said to dispel anxiety with its soothing influence and represents metamorphosis. A stone of spirituality and contentment, it is regal and beautiful.

 

AQUAMARINE is the stone of both courage and meditation. It emits a gentle and compassionate energy and accelerates one’s intellect and tolerance. Aquamarine also helps one stay centered and supports introspection. It is the birthstone for March.

 

CHALCEDONY is a sacred stone to Native Americans used to balance the energy of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. It symbolizes benevolence and can alleviate hostilities, while instilling brotherhood, generosity, and empathy. Wear chalcedony to dispel negative energy.

 

CHRYSOPRASE semiprecious gems are said to bring the unconscious to the conscious mind. It also strengthens the workings of insight and creativity and instills a state of grace. Wear chrysoprase as a blessing for fidelity, acceptance of others and acceptance of the self. Colors can range from pale yellow-green to rich, verdant green.

 

CORAL is unlike other precious stone in that it’s derived from sea creatures, and thus is a charm of vitality. Naturally bright red or pink, coral has been used for decorative purposes since prehistoric times. Since it evokes images of the sea, coral is uplifting and revitalizing.

 

FRESHWATER PEARLS - Natural freshwater pearls come from mussels that live in ponds, rivers, and lakes. They are generally more irregular and varied in shape than saltwater pearls. While the most commonly produced shapes are baroque, a very small percentage, less than 2% of total production, are considered round or very near round.

 

GARNET gems are the birthstone of January and are said to enhance one’s internal fire by bringing creative powers to the stage of implementation. Its energies are associated with strength, security, passion and endurance. Also known as the stone of health, garnet provides support to the physical body and promotes commitment.

 

HEISHI (pronounced "hee shee") are small disc- or tube-shaped beads made of organic shells or ground and polished stones. They come from the Kewa Pueblo People (formerly Santo Domingo Pueblo) of New Mexico, before the use of metals in jewelry by that people.

 

IOLITE is an inky blue to purple stone that brings harmony to the self and eliminates dissonance and disruption. Known as the Viking compass, it provides clear vision to the traveler and unlocks creativity. Iolite enables one to enjoy each moment and awaken to inner knowledge.

 

JADE comes in many different colors. It is the stone of fidelity that brings realization to one’s potential and devotion to one’s purpose. Revered in the Mayan culture, it was used to release suppressed emotions via the dream process. Jade inspires wisdom and is known to attract love.

 

JASPER is an opaque variety of Chalcedony, and is usually associated with brown, yellow, or reddish colors. Jasper is almost always multicolored, with unique color patterns and habits. An elemental Earth stone, Jasper’s frequency is slow and constant, aligned with the electromagnetic energies of the planet. It enables one to be more present in the physical body and conscious of Nature and one’s surroundings. It encourages one to celebrate moments of isolation to absorb, reflect, and connect with these energies and enkindles an awareness of the spiritual connection we hold with all living things.

 

LABRADORITE semiprecious gemstones strengthen intuition.  Symbolizing spiritual awakening and representing the temple of the stars, labradorite is said to have landed on Earth via meteors.  It’s extra-terrestrial properties protect auras and keeps them clear and balanced.

 

LAPIS was widely used in ancient Egyptian jewelry.  It is the stone of awareness.  It reveals truth, increases inner vision and encourages creativity and articulation. It also aids in objectivity and reasoning.  Wear lapis to stimulate your emotional, mental and physical clarity and to prevent confusion.

 

MOONSTONE carries an extraordinary balancing, introspective, and reflective energy.  A stone used for feeling and understanding via intuition, it enhances perception and reduces emotional tension.  Also known as the traveler’s stone, moonstone is commonly used as a talisman of good fortune.  Wear it to experience the rejuvenating effects of calmness coupled with awareness.

 

MOTHER OF PEARL is an iridescent sea gem that is the womb in which pearls are created.  Mother of pearl signifies faith, innocence, and clarity, which contribute to enhancing personal integrity and focus.  Mother of pearl stimulates intuition, sensitivity, imagination, and adaptability.

 

ONYX semiprecious stones are protection stones that bring about self-mastery in matters of discipline and personal power.  It acts as an anchor to stabilize and alleviate fears and worries.  Benefit from its powers to banish grief, enhance self-control, stimulate the power of wise decision-making and awaken to personal strengths.

 

PEARL is the stone of sincerity and wealth.  Its power of calmness and beauty also encourage faith and charity.  Wear pearl to bring about truth, innocence and gracious living.  Pearl is the birthstone for June.

 

PYRITE gems are highly regarded as gemstones of intellect and protection.  Pyrite’s protective energy shields one from negativity and fortifies the mind.  This golden gem is also very grounding.

 

QUARTZ is known as the “universal crystal,” and is the most recognized type of crystal.  Quartz can be icy clear or have inclusions, veils or clouds.  It can amplify subtle energies and is a stone clarity, dispelling negativity and protecting its wearer.  Quartz enhances spiritual growth, wisdom, inspiration and creativity.

 

RUBY is the birthstone for July and is considered to be the most powerful gem in the universe.  Its fiery crimson color caused many civilizations to associate it with passion, love and romance.  Ruby, the stone of nobility, promotes wisdom, health, and success.  Wear a ruby to bring contentment, stimulate emotions of love and nurturing and encourage happiness.

 

SAPPHIRE represents wisdom, sincerity, honesty and truth.  A most noble gemstone, sapphire is a stone of intuition and can assist in focusing the mind.  The birthstone for September, sapphires can be found in many colors – blue, pink, yellow and even white are all part of this stone’s color range.

 

SMOKEY QUARTZ semiprecious stones promote stability, practicality and calmness.  It is a particularly grounding stone.

 

STERLING SILVER has an energy that draws out negativity and transfers the positive effects of other materials to its wearer. Silver is a balancing precious metal.

 

SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS - Crafted in Austria to the highest standards of quality, luxurious Swarovski crystals are considered to be the finest products of their kind in the world. To create crystal glass that lets light refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its products with special metallic chemical coatings. For example, Aurora Borealis, or "AB", gives the surface a rainbow appearance. Other coatings are named by the company, including Crystal Transmission, Volcano, Aurum, and Dorado. Coatings may be applied to only part of an object; others are coated twice, and thus are designated AB 2X, Dorado 2X etc.

 

Why are Swarovski crystals more expensive than glass?

 

The method of production and processing of raw resources are important factors in the quality of finished crystals. Swarovski uses only the finest materials to fashion faceted lead glass that is known around the world for its brilliance and value. Superior production, materials, cutting, and polishing are what set Swarovski crystals apart from other glass works. According to Swarovski, “Cutting hard materials such as crystal and gems, in such a way that they have a hundred identical facets in several directions, is a very complicated task; each direction of the reflected light must first be calculated by computer, then this has to be simulated in 3D, optimized and finally converted into control programs for complex machinery.”

 

TIGER’S EYE is actually a kind of quartz known for its iridescent quality and banded brown color.  Unlike the properties of many stones, tiger’s eye’s power is said to be devoted to the mind and not the body.  It helps gain insight into the self and provides stability, fortitude, and control.  This stone focuses energy. 

 

TOURMALINES are gems with an incomparable variety of colors. The reason, according to an old Egyptian legend, is that the tourmaline, on its long journey up from the center of the Earth, passed over a rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all the colors of the rainbow. And that is why it is still referred to as the “gemstone of the rainbow” today. There are tourmalines from red to green and from blue to yellow. They often have two or more colors. No two tourmalines are exactly alike. This gemstone has an endless number of faces, and for that reason it suits all moods. No wonder magical powers have been attributed to it since ancient times. In particular, it is the gemstone of love and of friendship, and is said to render them firm and long-lasting.

 

TURQUOISE stones are thought to balance the chakras and promote communication.  Turquoise is the traditional birthstone for December.

 

VERMEIL is .925 sterling silver layered with a thin coating of gold. While standard plating is about 2 millionths of an inch of gold, a vermeil coating is 50 times that thickness, or 100 millionths of an inch over sterling silver. Vermeil is gold jewelry with the exact same shine and richness of real 14 karat gold that won’t wear down easily.  It will naturally age and gain a lovely patina that can be more beautiful than the piece in its original state. To care for your gold vermeil jewelry, simply polish with a cloth, and never machine polish or use any chemicals such as silver or gold cleaner.  The wearer should not shower or swim with these pieces, as this will cause the plating to deteriorate.

 

ZIRCON gems bring one’s virtuous nature back into balance and promotes the union of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  It also symbolizes innocence, purity and constancy.  Zircon is believed to promote inner peace while providing the wearer the wisdom, honor and riches.  Zircon is an alternate birthstone for December.