Friday, April 27, 2012

Stones of Taurus - Sapphire


The Stuart Sapphire

Sapphire is the ancient Zodiac stone of the constellation Taurus the Bull. Sapphire comes from the Greek word “sapphiros” meaning blue stone. The color of Sapphire can be blue, purple, green, yellow, even black or colorless, with a characteristic silky glow. It is said that a sapphire will refuse to shine when worn by the wicked or impure. Sapphire is a stone of protection and prophetic wisdom. It is believed to promote joy, faith, hope and protection on long journeys. It brings light and peace; and opens the mind toward beauty and intuitive understanding. They are also thought to help maintain the hope needed to cause our deepest desires and dreams to be fulfilled. Sapphires are often marked as stones of destiny. They bring mental clarity, and clear perception. It has been argued that they also bring financial independence and even abundance in this area.

Queen Marie of Romania's Sapphire
Sapphire is also a symbol of joyful devotion to God. According to tradition, Moses was given the 10 Commandments on a tablet made of Sapphire; which makes this stone one of the most sanctified of all gemstones. Due to this, sapphire represents a sort of Divine stone, desired by royalty as well as high-priests. The British crown is saturated with large blue sapphires. The largest faceted sapphire in the world is known as Queen Marie of Romania's Sapphire, at 478 carats.

Star of India Sapphire
A medieval historian wrote that kings wore the crystal to protect them from harm, and prevent jealousy among the court. It was believed that a Sapphire worn to the signing of a treaty would ensure a true reconciliation and prevent bloodshed. Lore also states that a venomous snake left in a vessel with a sapphire would certainly die, as the gemstone provided protection from poison. There is also an ancient Persian myth which tells of a giant blue sapphire upon which Mother Earth rests, and that the sky is a reflection this crystal.

Millennium Sapphire
Sacred to the god Apollo (Greek God of music, prophecy, healing, and light), the sapphire was often called the "celestial stone" because of its deep blue color. The Greeks wore the stone when consulting oracle,s such as the famous one at Delphi. They were believed to have gender: dark stones were designated female, light ones were male. Ancient priests and sorcerers honored sapphire above all gems, for this stone enabled them to interpret oracles and foretell the future.

Associations:     
  • Birthstone – September
  • Zodiac Stone – Taurus
  • Planet – Saturn
  • Element – Air, Water
  • Chakras – 6th’ 7th
  • Deities – Apollo [Greek]
  • Energies – Power, Love, Healing
Until next time,

-Liz

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Weekly Treasury Report - 4/26/2012

This week's treasuries are mostly for Mother's Day. Take a few minutes to check out all the beautiful collections of ideas for gifts for Mom.


Our Labradorite and Rose Quartz Ring was featured in Timeless Elegance for Mom by Dallas Soap Company.


Handmade Creations by Shelly included our Blue Quartz Flower Necklace in Beautiful Blues for Mother's Day.


Our Spring Tree of Life Pendant was included in On Fire For Moms: Mother's Day Gift Guide by Kaylene Sue of Jardin De Lillian.


Olive Penguin of Beads, Stones, Etc by Olive featured our Summer Tree of Life Pendant in Gifts for Mom.


Our Summer Tree of Life Pendant was also included in working hands, makes a great work by Ayse of Angel of Anatolia.


One of a Kind Baby Designs featured our Turquoise and Peacock Feather Earrings in Turquoise Gifts for Mom.


We created two treasuries for  Mother's Day this week. For On Fire for Handmade, we created the treasury, Earthy Gifts for Mother's Day.


We also created a collection of Austin Craft Riot team's lovely gift ideas in What to get Mom?


We hope you enjoy perusing these lovely suggestions for Mom, or other special women in your life.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Featured Artist - T.Rusk4u

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Stones of Taurus - Emerald


Queen Victoria's Emerald & Diamond Tiara

By some accounts emeralds are labeled as the true Zodiac stone of Taurus. They are also connected with the signs Gemini and Aries. The name Emerald comes from the Greek word ‘smaragdos’ meaning “green stone” and probably referred to not just emeralds, but to most green stones. Emerald is one of the four precious stones, which include Diamonds, Sapphires, and Rubies. All other gemstones are considered to be semi-precious stones. A lesser known ‘strange’ fact about emeralds is that when exposed to heat, it will actually sweat. Ancient writings tell of the phenomenon.

Gachala Emerald
In ancient mythology, the emerald was associated with Mercury, who was known as the messenger of the Gods, and of travel. Consequently, it is commonly known as the travel protection stone. Venus, the Goddess of love and beauty, holds this stone as sacred and it is thought to preserve love. 

In the Christian faith it is the symbol of faith and hope. Some say that an emerald in the shape of a bowl fell from Satan’s crown. That bowl was later used by Christ at the last supper, and Joseph of Arimathea gathered Christ’s blood dripping from the cross in that bowl, founding the order of the Holy Grail.

Sacred Emerald Buddha
Emerald is a stone of love and romance. It brings and enhances joy, cleansing, memory, and faith. It is considered by some to be the stone of prophecy. It is said to act as a tranquilizer for troubled minds. The emerald is also believed to bring the wearer reason and wisdom. The power of the Emerald is believed to be the strongest in spring.

Associations:
  • Energy- Receptive
  • Element- Earth
  • Deities- Venus, Aphrodite
  • Chakra- Heart
  • Planet- Mercury
Until next time, Blessings

-Liz

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Weekly Treasury Report - 4/19/2012


We have some beautiful treasuries to share with you this week.

Rani J, of Gorgeous Bead Strings, included our Turquoise and Baltic Amber Earrings in Gifts for Mom.

Our RedClover & Aventurine Organite was included in You can tap them, by Ayse of Angel of Anatolia.


Our Blue Quartz Flower Necklace was featured in blue rain, by Pet Collage Paradise. 


Our Irish Pearls & Leather Bracelet was included in after the rain the most beautiful scents: soil and foliage, by Sibel Design.


Our Blue Quartz Flower Necklace was included again in Behind the Rainy Clouds Thereis Sun! by Marina Lubomirsky, of Golden Thread Design.


I just love the purples in the treasury that we created, Purple Rain.


Please take a few minutes to check out all the beautiful creations that are featured in these wonderful treasuries.


Blessings,


Theresa

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Zodiac - Taurus


Whether true or not, Astrology has always fascinated me, so while researching metaphysical properties of stones I found they were also linked to the different zodiac signs, not just to different months. I began making jewelry using the stones associated with each sign. I’ve taken endless notes and decided to write up short descriptions about the different Zodiac signs to share with you. Hope you find as much enjoyment in it as I did researching it. -Liz

Taurus: April 20 – May 20

Known as: The Builder
Symbol: The Bull
Element: Earth
Quality: Fixed
Ruling House: Second
Ruling Planet: Venus
Ruling body: Neck and throat
Day: Friday
Lucky Numbers: 6, 4
Colors: Green, Orange, Yellow, & Earth Tones
Flower: Violet & Poppy
Metal: Copper
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Virgo, Capricorn
Best for Marriage or Partnership: Scorpio

Virtues & Strengths:
Dependable, persistent, loyal, patient, generous, endurance, harmonious deposition

Weaknesses & Negative Traits:
Stubborn, possessive, materialistic, self-indulging, rigidity

Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac and takes its name from the Greek word Tauros, meaning ‘The Bull’. There is no other sign closer to the element earth, than the Taurus. There is also no one more persistent or unwavering. They are solid, practical, stable, reliable, balanced, patient, and methodical. Taurus is inclined to be a bit bull-headed and stubborn, hence the bull as their sign. They have strength of will and extreme determination and are apt to become fixed in their opinion. Bulls tend toward conventionalism. They prefer to take things slow and steady, while working toward their goals. They want to get things done. Their persistence is often seen as stubbornness. Taurus enjoy testing their strength, therefore physical activity is a must. They are industrious and good craftspeople, and not afraid to get their hands dirty.

Taurus Earrings
Bulls tend to be gentle, even tempered, good natured, and slow to anger. They dislike quarreling and discord. If provoked, though, they can explode into violent anger in which they seem to be out of control. Like any bull, it’s probably not a good idea to piss them off.

Taurus Bracelet
Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus. In Roman mythology, Venus was the goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure. They may not look it, but Taurus has a strong aesthetic taste, enjoying art, beauty, and music. Consequently, the Bull is all about the reward. They love physical pleasure and material goods. Bulls adore comfort and being surrounded by pleasing things. They love the good life in all things. Bull are considered true romantics and loyal to the core. When it comes to love they are devoted, romantic, and possessive.

Throughout the coming month, I will be highlighting some of the stones associated with the sign of Taurus. Be sure to check in here each Friday for the weekly Stone Blog.

Liz

Monday, April 16, 2012

Featured Artist - Georgia Marbles

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Celtic Astrology - Nathair


While investigating the stones of the Zodiac, I got more interested in Astrology; so I began to research that as well. I started with Taurus, and came across Celtic Astrology linked with the same general time periods. Since Celtic designs are fairly prominent in our art, I decided I would look in to that also and share some of what I found.

The popular Celtic Tree Astrology is based on works by Helena Patterson, who in turned used Robert Graves’ work The White Goddess. Additional research has shown Graves’ system to be greatly debated by scholars. See The Fabrication of ‘Celtic’ Astrology, if you are interested in following the debate. That being said, I am sharing this information strictly for your amusement.

Cerridwen
April 15 - May 12

Tree - White Willow -The Observer
Name - nathair: the Adder
Stone- Moonstone
Planet- Moon
Ogham Word- Saille
Ruling God/Goddess - Cerridwen: Celtic Moon Goddess

There are 13 trees and animals associated with the lunar calendar months in Celtic Astrology. April 15- May 12 is connected with the Willow and the Adder.

White Willow
In Celtic myth the universe was hatched from two eggs hidden among the boughs of the Willow. The Willow sign is ruled by the moon, this means people born under this sign are highly creative, intuitive, and intelligent. They have a profound understanding of cycles and inherently recognize that everything has a time. This provides them with a more realistic perspective of things, and also causes them to be more patient then other tree signs. Willows have the tendency to hold themselves back, for fear of appearing flamboyant and over indulgent. It’s their powers of perception that will ultimately allow their true nature to shine, and lead them to success.
Willows join well with Birch- ‘The Achiever’ [Dec. 24- Jan. 20] and Ivy- ‘The Survivor’ [Sept.30- Oct 27].
               
The Druid Animal Oracle, Illustrated by Bill Worthington
In Celtic Astrology, the animal associated with this time is the Adder, whose Celtic name is nathair. Adders have exceptional memories, are very family oriented and can modify their appearance very quickly. They are extraordinarily resourceful, which is one of their greatest assets. Adders are natural and spiritual and are apt to use natural methods of healing. They are highly influenced by the moon.

Compatibility:
Adders usually have harmonious relationships with stags (Dec.24- Jan. 20) and salmon (Aug – Sept. 1). They will also relate well to seals (Feb. 18- March 17), otters (Jun. 10- July 7) and geese (Sept. 30- Oct. 27.
Carved Moonstone









Blessings,
Liz

Friday, April 13, 2012

Stones of Aries - Jasper


Ancient Egyptians wore Jasper scarabs because it was believed to increase sexual energy. According to the Bible, Jasper was a direct gift from God and would be the first foundation stone of the New Jerusalem. The Indians of Asia, as well as the Native Americans, see it as a magical rain stone and a powerful healing stone.

Legend has it that Jasper would drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites. In the fourth century it was thought to bring about rain. In ancient Europe it was used as a “rain bringer” and the word Jasper in some Native American cultures also meant “rain bringer”.

Jasper is the stone of Scorpio and Virgo, as well as the planetary stone of Aries. It symbolizes will-power, and in the Middle Ages it was known as the Warrior's Stone. Legend holds that jasper is the stone that adorned Siegfried's Sword.


Aries Earrinngs

Jasper is a fairly common stone, and it is generally worn or carried to promote mental development and to restrain dangerous desires or impulses that may lead to hazardous situations. Traditionally, when worn as a decorative necklace, Jasper is known to combat exhaustion. Jasper needs direct contact with the skin; after each use, the stone should be cleaned under warm running water and recharged overnight in a bowl of tumbled hematite stones to be recharged.

Each color of jasper has its own corresponding magical nature and uses.

Associations: Energy – various; Element – various; Chakras – various; Planet – various. 


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Weekly Treasury Report

WOW! We are really feeling the love this week. We have had our items featured in nine beautiful, amazing treasuries. Please take a moment and check out all the wonderful items from talented artists in these treasuries.


Our Pink Feather Earrings are part of Lovely Collection for Spring......, by Vyldanstyl.

Our Blue Quartz Flower Necklace is included in Color of My World, by Teresa Penrose of Penrose Designs.

Our Labradorite and Rose Quartz Ring is featured in alone or a lot, by Sera of Designs by Seragun.

Our Spring Tree of Life Pendant is part of Spring is Here!!, by Hazel Wollbrinck of My Gemstone Designs.

Our Yellow Jade and Copper Earrings are included in Copper is a Precious Color, by MJ Chittenden of Clay by MJ.

Our Orange Feather Earrings are featured in O So Orange!, by Marsha Bourquin of Bags By Hags.

Our Turquoise and Baltic Amber Earrings are part of Paying It Forward #1, by Bonnie Sernesky of Bonnie's Sew Crazy.

Our Gemstone Medicine Wheel is included in On Fire for Mixed Media, by Molly Kimball of Elephant Beads.

Our Carnelian and Amber Ring is featured in Hey! Give Me a Ring Sometime, by Linda Welcome of Warmth.


We had such fun finding the beautiful Sodalite Blues for Bluer Than Blue.


Until next week, share the love.


Blessings,
Liz and Theresa

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Featured Artist - The Bea's Knees

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Stones of Aries - Amethyst


In the process of researching Aries Zodiac stones, I have come across some less commonly known stones connected with this sign. One of these is Amethyst, which is also associated with Pisces, and even Aquarius. Of course, different authorities have different opinions.

Amethyst is known as the ‘Sobriety Stone’. The word amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystus”, meaning not intoxicated. Legend has it that Dionysus (deity of wine and mischief) was so angry with Artemis (a virgin huntress and Lunar deity) that he set his sacred tigers upon a maiden attending her shrine. To preserve the maiden, whose name was Amethyst, Artemis fossilized her in Quartz. Upset by this, Dionysus poured his wine over the statue, which became permeated with the purple of grapes. Therefore, Amethysts were worn to guard against drunkenness, to protect from poisons, and to instill a sober mind.


Amethyst is also known as the ‘Bishop’s Stone’. It symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom. It is to this day, still worn by Catholic Bishops.


Amethysts are believed to be meditative, calming, and can help overcome the suffering of personal loss and grief. It’s said they enhance emotional stability and inner strength. They are also thought to promote courage and overcome phobias. Amethysts can alleviate depression and calm anger. They are alleged to be supportive in overcoming addictions and compulsive behavior. Amethysts are reputed to be used as dream stones and to help with insomnia. Put one under your pillow to bring about pleasant dreams.


Insomnia? Hmmm….. I may need to try that.
Planets- Saturn, Neptune
Chakra – 7th
Element – Water
Energy - Receptive










Until next time,


Blessings


Liz

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Weekly Treasury Report

There are some really beautiful treasuries to share this week.


My Burgundy Has The Blues! by Hazel Wollbrinck of My Gemstone Designs featured our Blue Quartz Flower Necklace, among many other beautiful finds.


This lovely Spring treasury by Laurie Reynolds, of Laurie's Letters and More, includes our Spring Tree of Life Pendant.


I enjoyed putting together Burgundy and Blue Is How I'm Feeling, the On Fire For Handmade team.




Please take a few minutes and check out the amazing work featured in these treasuries.


Until next time,




Blessings,


Theresa

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Featured Artist - Finding Charm


This week's Featured Artisan - Finding Charm! Beautiful Creations at Budget Friendly prices!
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