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Stone meanings, lore and metaphysical properties

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Amethyst heart in silver pendant

Metaphysical, healing, and spiritual meaning and properties of stone and gemstone mythology

Agate: balancing physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual energies; perceptiveness

Amazonite: success, joy, self expression, awaking heart, soothing, harmony, balancing

Amber: soothing, calming, cleansing, lightens the burdens of life

Amethyst: contentment, spirituality, dreams, healing, peace, happiness, love, intuition

Ammolite: bring good luck and prosperity, said to grant miracles, radiate positive enregy

Apatite: intellect, achieving results, insight, humanitarianism, meditation, balance, creativity

Aquamarine: courage, purification, peace, intuition, self expression, preparedness, balance

Astrophyllite: Enhance confidence, aids in Astral travel, bring to life hidden forces

Aventurine: healing, money, mental agility, visual acuity, opening heart, motivation

Azurite: intuitive energy, dreams, healing, insight, stilling the mind, concentration, self transformation

Bloodstone: courage, intense healing, renewal, strength, victory, intuitive decision making

Carnelian: precision, analytical capabilities, physical energy, verbal skills, peace, spirituality

Chalcedony: Increase mental stability, encourages good will, balances mind and spirit

Charoite: Heralds in a new and vibrant life, lightens the way to a new life, focused clarity

Chrysocolla: Soothing, attracts prosperity and good luck, stimulates the mind, provides inner peace

Chrysoprase: Balances and aligns the Chakras, brings harmony and balance, helps heal a broken heart

Citrine: intuition, comfort, protection, creativity, physical energy, wealth, mental awakening

Coral: diplomacy, quieting emotions, visualization

Crystal Quartz: intensifying energy, spiritual development, healing, raising consciousness

Diamond: courage, strength, healing, protection, spirituality, mental abilities

Dumortierite: self-reliance, stamina, patience, recognition of potential, understanding

Emerald: love, domestic bliss, sensitivity, loyalty, memory, mental capacity, harmony, focus

Fluorite: stability, impartial reasoning, responsibility, concentration, health

Garnet: health, removing negativity, awareness, commitment, order, insight, regeneration

Gaspeite: brings good fortune, grants success, helps attract friends and friendship

Gold: Clears negativity from Chakras, balances the Heart Chakra, purifies the physical body

Hematite: mental attunement, memory, calming balance, focusing energy, peace, inner happiness

Howlite: awareness, calm, emotional expression, observation, patience, eliminating negativity

Iolite: intuition, spiritual growth, balance, healing, releasing discord, awakening to inner knowledge

Jade: fidelity, dreams, realization of potential, peace, accord, resourcefulness, accomplishment

Jaspers: protection, nurturing, joy, balancing of physical, emotional and intellectual energies

Labradorite: alignment, spiritual connection, transformation, clarity, progression, discernment

Larimar: Stone of Tranquility, soothing.  Cools tempers and calms fears.

Lepidolite: Cosmic awareness, emotional balance, lifts depression, meditation

Lapis Lazuli: wisdom, intuition, awareness, objectivity, creativity, expanded consciousness

Marble: charitable actions, original thinking, alleviation of sorrow

Mother of Pearl: clarity, intuition, sensitivity, imagination, adaptability, cooperation

Obsidians: clarity, deflecting negativity, protection, healing

Onyx: self control, decision making, intuition, recognition of personal strengths

Opal: creativity, spontaneity, memory, happy dreams and changes

Pearls: Purity, honesty, serenity, focus, meditation, tranquility

Peridot: warmth, friendliness, understanding, openness in love, regulation of cycles

Quartz: Communication, wisdom, clarity of thought, higher conscience, transformation

Rhodochrosite: Balance emotions, invokes courage and passion, powerful emotional healer

Rhodonite: Opens one to unconditional love, decreases anxiety, calming, enhances passion

Rose Quartz: love, peace, happiness, gentleness, healing emotional wounds

Ruby: spiritual wisdom, attainment of values, economic stability, protection from distress

Rutilated Quartz: Strong healer, brings forth each person’s strengths, spiritual communications

Sapphire: joy, peace, beauty, prosperity, fulfillment of dreams

Silver: Hope, grounding, unconditional love, energizes other stones, draws out negative energy

Smoky Quartz: dissolving emotional blockage, cleaning the mind, personal pride, joy in living

Sodalite: wisdom, logic, calmness, healing, stress reduction, companionship

Solar Quartz: Energy enhancer associated with the Crown Chakra.  Uplifting

Sunstone: alleviating fears, energizing, cleansing

Tanzanite: Communication, intuition, protection, symmetry, decision making, spirituality

Tiger Eye: practicality, peacefulness, clarity, intelligence, intuition, calmness, new experiences

Tiger Iron: artistic endeavors, beauty, vitality

Topaz: true love, success in endeavors, understanding of interrelationships, expression

Tourmaline: energizing, soul-searching, releasing, strengthen the body and spirit

Turquoise: spiritual attunement, cleansing, healing, protection, valor, soothing, peace of mind

Unakite: balance, re-birth, foresight, emotional balance

Ziosite: dispelling laziness, facilitation, advancement

Jewelry created from some of these wonderful stones can be found on my web-site for purchase:  Wrapped to Go!

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History of Handmade Jewelry

Handmade jewelry is made by bringing together different components that are assembled by the hand of mankind other than using machines. Even if at some point lathes and drills are used to make the jewelry, they have to be guided by the hands of humans. They are made by artists who use any kind of available material to come up with unique designs by using several techniques.

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Handmade Emerald Pendant

Some of the materials used to make the jewelry include gemstones, special coated wires, beads or even threads. With the unique skills, the jewelry are crafted using wires wrapped on the gemstones. History of handmade jewelry is traced back several thousands of years ago when jewelries were used by different cultures for different purposes. They provide several myths about how the ancient cultures functioned. This also includes the beautiful wire wrapped jewelry.

It is believed that the very first jewelry originated from the people in Africa. The materials used then included perforated beads that proved that shell jewelry made out of sea snails, dating 75,000 years ago at Blombos Cave, were very beautiful. In Kenya, at Enkapune Ya Muto, perforated ostrich egg shells were used to make numerous beads dating more than 40,000 years ago. In other parts of the world, there is evidence that the Cro-Magnons wore crude bracelets and necklaces made of bones, teeth, berries, mammoth tusks and stones.

The first sign of a copper jewelry was seen around 7000 years ago. Tremendous development on handmade jewelry include; Pair of Gold Hair Ornaments, Mesopotamian, circa 2000 BC in Greece, Gold earring from Mycenae, from the 16th century to the 20th century where there have been tremendous improvements on jewelry making worldwide. In the 21st century, most modern commercial jewelry continues traditional forms and styles, but designers have widened the concept of wearable art, bringing in the use of plastics, Precious Metal Clay, and coloring techniques.

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Ammolite handmade jewelry

Handcrafted jewelry has become very popular around the world. The current trends in handmade jewelry making involves unique necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and are all about size, volume, and edginess. They include; oversized cuffs, stacking rings, mixed metals, chandelier earrings, cuff earrings and cartilage jewelry, bright-chunky rings, glam chokers, statement necklaces, layering small pendants and charms as well as animal-themed jewelry. Therefore, you need to look for current trends in handmade jewelry making, especially the wire wrapped jewelry.

I use several gemstones to make wire wrapped jewelry as it gives it the glamour that is required of it. I use Ametrine Heart gemstone to make very unique and gorgeous jewelry. This awesome sparkling gemstone that is heart-shaped is wrapped using 14k gold-filled wire that is approximately 1 7/8” long and 1” wide (48x25mm). It is approximately $ 150 in price.

My skills as a jewelry artist are unique. I have acquired over 25 years of twisting Stainless Steel Safety wire as a licensed Aircraft Mechanic and Inspector, working on Piper Cubs to Boeing 747s. This vital skill of mine has enabled me to transform a wire wrapping activity into a serious business of jewelry making.

 

Aquamarine-heart pendant

Handmade Jewelry

For my handmade jewelry,  I wrap stones creatively by observing each angle to bring out their natural look and use the very finest available materials in the market. All my plastic materials and wire wrapped jewelry are of high quality and I use natural materials like Coral, Jasper, Turquoise, Agates, Glass and Pearls, without forgetting the whole family of Citrine & Peridot, Apatite & Amethyst as well as Chalcedony & Tourmaline gemstones.

Also in my possession is the world’s finest lead crystal that is made by Swarovski. Moreover, I use solid Sterling Silver, Copper or Brass wire and 14k Gold, to wrap my one of a kind jewelry that is handcrafted. I also customize jewelry pieces to meet the individual needs and unique personality of each client as well as budget. You can see all these products, and more, in my website www.wrappedtogo.net.

Facts about Tiffany Stone/Bertranite/Icecream Opal

 

This rock is composed of many different minerals,
 which vary from sample to sample. It is found in nodules
and you have no idea what it is going to look like until you break them open.
It is found in the west desert of Utah,
near Spor Mountain, in a small area where they mine for beryllium.

 It is very rare, both because it comes from such a small geographic area
 and because much of it ends up in the ore crusher and gets destroyed.  Now, due to National security reasons, rockhounds are no longer allowed to collect this material.

 Some say the name tiffany stone came about because the
slab slices cut from the nodules reminded the miners of tiffany glass lamp shades.
 Others say the name tiffany stone came about
because of a miner that used to pick up the nodules for his daughter Tiffany.
In either case, it is a name that people recognize in association with the nodules.

Tiffany Stone can be a soft to hard opalized stone that forms in very small to very large (100+ pound)
“mineralized nodules”, composed predominantly of opalized fluorite (blues, purples and whites),
 often with many other minerals such as quartz, chalcedony, dolomite, rhodonite, manganese oxides (blacks),
 bertrandite, beryl, solid white or translucent-yellowish opal, and other surprises included.
The best pieces for cabs are the opalized pieces, which cut well and take a beautiful polish.

Some other tidbits about tiffany stone –

~ Tiffany Stone formed from water circulating underground,
eventually penetrating nearby volcanic tuff layers
and precipitating out as fluorite-rich siliceous nodules.
 The nodules consist mainly of quartz, chalcedony, agate and opal,
but the waters also contain numerous other elements
hat were picked-up as the water passed through other rock within the area.
 Only 75% of the siliceous nodules contain fluorite,
and the nodules that do contain it vary considerably in total fluorite content.
 The color of the fluorite varies from a light blue to a deep reddish-violet color to pink and red.

Slicing open the nodule often shows a wide variety of aesthetic and colorful patterns.

~ Mineralized nodules are locally abundant
in beryllium ore and represent altered clasts (fragments)
of carbonate rock. Other clasts, of quartzite, limestone, and volcanic rocks
, are little altered. Carbonate clasts show the alteration
sequence dolomite-calcite-chalcedonic quartz/opal-fluorite.
 Some of the nodules have a very nice concentric structure,
with an interior of calcite, an intermediate shell of gray to black chalcedony,
and an outer, white to purplish layer of opalized fluorite.

~ Bertrandite is a colorless, white, yellow, or light pink mineral that contains beryllium
and is what the mine is seeking as a raw ore. The beryllium processed from the bertrnadite
is used in the production of missile nose cones (it does not heat up at high speeds)
 and other high-tech metallurgical uses. Some say the beryllium is concentrated in the fluorite
 (probably how the purple rock became known as bertrnadite),
as microscopic inclusions of the bertrandite crystals,
with generally not more than 1% bertrandite present.
 Others say the bertrnadite is found in the soil and the nodules
are just dug up as the bertrandite is dug up. My guess is that both are true.

~ In either case, while mining for the bertrandite,
the tiffany stone nodules are dug up and end up in the overburden
(mining leftovers) and/or go through the ore crusher, to extract the
 1% to 2% beryllium contained in the opal tuff.
The end result is that not only are Tiffany Stone nodules
 rare because of their limited geographic location,
they are made even more rare (and consequently expensive)
because so few of them ever “escape”.

 

Please visit my web-store to view or purchase more examples of this marvelous stone :0)  www.wrappedtogo.net

 

History and Lore of Agates

Raspberry Plume Agate

AGATES

In ancient times the beauty and durability of agate prompted man to use it in
both practical and ornamental forms.
It was believed that agate had unique properties that protected
the wearer from dangers and promoted strength and healing.

Agate is an excellent stone for rebalancing and harmonizing body, mind and spirit.
Agate stabilizes the aura, balances ying-yang energy,
eliminates and transforms negative energies, imparts strength and courage.
It is a cooling stone; it reduces fever, quenches thirst, soothes and calms,
healing inner anger or tension and creates a sense of security
and safety. Agate enhances mental function, improving concentration,
perception and analytical abilities and ensures good health and a long and prosperous life.

Bloody Basin


Its cleansing effect is powerful at the physical and emotional levels.
Placed on the heart, it will heal the emotional disease that prevents acceptance of love.
Placed on the abdomen or taken as an elixir,
Agate stimulates the digestive process and relieves gastritis.
It heals the eyes, stomach, and uterus;
it cleanses the lymphatic system and the pancreas;
it strengthens blood vessels and heals skin disorders.

Agates in general come in many different forms. It is formed in a unique way and
many fossils are actually agatized material
that has replaced the original organic substance. For example,
petrified wood is fossilized wood that has had its organic matter replaced by agate.

Flamewood

The main conditions necessary for agate formation are the presence of silica from
devitrified volcanic ash, water from rainfall or ground sources, manganese,
iron and other mineral oxides that form the bands and inclusions.

Botswana Agate

Agate is a fine-grained fibrous variety of Chalcedony Quartz and comes in many different
forms ranging from transparent to opaque. Varieties include Blue Lace, Crazy Lace,
Green, Indian, Moss, Tree, and Wood. Typical colors are clear or milky white, grey, blue, green, pink, brown.

Blue Lace Agate

 

To view a varity of Agates creatively wrapped into jewely, please visit my web-site: Wrapped to Go!

Kitty Cats are Superior Pets!

Why Cats are the Superior pet!

SamwiseBuffet Kitty

What’s not to love about them? They’re independent (just try calling them), entertaining ( give them a box and a piece of string and watch the show…), loving (when they want to be), they love to give you gifts ( hairballs and the occasional dead rodent) and they purr! Exactly what you need to wind down at the end of the day

Ancient Egyptians regarded cats as embodiments of the goddess Bast, and their major duties were to to kill the mice and rats trying to get into the royal granaries. Cats were considered sacred at this time, and the death of a cat by human hands (whether deliberate or accidental) was punishable by death.

Vikings used cats as rat catchers and companions and are sometimes credited with the domestication of the Norwegian Forest Cat. Kittens were often given to brides, in the name of Freya, the Viking goddess of love, fertility and war, thereby linking together Freya’s influence over both cats and romance.

Cats and sailors have a special bond stretching back centuries to the days of the pharaohs. The ship’s cat is a respected and important member of the crew, charged with rat control, and not a pet. So respected is the ship’s cat that mutinies have occurred because the captain kicked the cat.

In Asia, cats were often used in the temples to control mice, who would otherwise chew on the prayer scrolls, and many became semi- mystical. The Tibetan lamas revered cats for their patience.

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So you can see, cats have been worshiped and respected throughout history. Me – I just love them for their warmth, companionship, soft silky fur and the way they make me feel after a long day at work

One of my favorite You Tube videos

This one is just plain funny!

And here is my favorite Kitty Blog: I CAN HAS Cheezeburger? 🙂

I have even made a Kitty Cat charm/pendant that is for sale on my web-site, www.wrappedtogo.net

which can be viewed here!

Wired Kitty