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Great Jewelry gifts!

We have just added three new gemstone pendants to our Wrapped to Go! website!

Amazonite in bronze wrapped in gold-filled wire.

Petoskey Stone from the shores of Lake Michigan, wrapped in gold filled wire

and a lovely Rainbow Calsilica pendant wrapped in both gold and silver wire.

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Stone meanings, lore and metaphysical properties

amethyst-heart

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!

New Jewelry hot off the pliers

All sorts of wonderful new pendants are now for sale at Wrapped to Go!  

We now have a lovely Fordite pendant wrapped in gold and silver wire

Sparkly blue Adveturine in silver wire

American Tuquoise heartFordite/detroit jasper pendant, jewelry in silver and gold

Bumble Bee/ Sulfur jasper in silver and gold

American Turquoise is copper and silver

Lovely Larimar in gold and silver

Peridot Trees of Life earrings in sterling silver frames

Larimar heart pendant in silver and gold wire

A very rare and unusual heart made from Imori/Victoria Stone wrapped in silver

And Amazonite wrapped in silver and gold wire

Please visit my store: Wrapped to Go! and browse all of my wonderful creations!!!

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.

teardrop-emerald

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.

New jewelry in time for Christmas!

Just in time for the holiday season, I have added bunches of yummy jewelry creations to my website, www.wrappedtogo.net   Pendant, bacelets and earrings, affordable prices, and custom orders are welcome!

Metaphysical Properties of Spectrolite

 

spectrolite pendant

spectrolite pendant

 

A stone of transformation, Labradorite (also known as Spectrolite)
is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance.
It balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies.
Excellent for strengthening intuition-promoting psychic abilities.
Powerful in revealing the truth behind illusions, Labradorite (Spectrolite)
banishes fears and insecurities, and strengthens faith in the self
and trust in the universe.  It stimulates the imagination and calms an overactive mind,
developing enthusiasm and new ideas.

Labradorite (Spectrolite) treats disorders of the eyes and brain,
stimulates mental acuity, and relieves anxiety and stress.
It regulates metabolism, balances hormones and relieves menstrual tension.
Labradorite treats colds, gout, and rheumatism,
lowers blood pressure, and aids in digestion.

The astrological signs of Spectrolite are Scorpio, Sagittarius and Leo. Associated with the Winter season, and the January Moon (Wolf Moon).

Labradorite (Spectrolite) Associations:
Chakras – Base Chakra
Zodiac – Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius
Planet – Uranus

( source: Charms of Light )

 

 

Spectrolite – variety of labradorite displaying with intense reds, oranges and yellows as well as blues and greens. These colors are due to light interference by thin lamellae (parallel layers) within the Spectrolite. The color play is iridescent like the feathers of a peacock or the Northern Lights.

Spectrolite belongs to the plagioclase feldspar group, a series of mixtures of sodium and calcium aluminum silicates. Spectrolite has a hardness of 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale and a specific gravity of 2.69 – 2.72.

Spectrolite is the very high grade of dark based Labradorite that is found only in Finland. The name “Spectrolite” is a trade name given to this material by the Finns, and only this material can truly be called Spectrolite.

 

spectrolite jewelry

spectrolite jewelry

 

Wire wrap spectrolite