Why Are Crystals & Healing Crystals So Popular Right Now?

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So much can be said about crystals and their role in the millennial mind. The mainstream’s relatively recent fascination with crystals is far-reaching and undeniably polarizing. There are those that think a crystal’s ability to heal is hogwash. Others go so far as to dedicate their lives to healing crystal’s seemingly magical powers.

Then there are people like me who fall somewhere in the middle. Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely fascinated by crystals, and my collection is vast enough to need its own cabinet or two. I use crystals while meditating, and I even playfully ponder over the unseen “energies” different crystals emit.

But I’m still skeptical. Do I think holding a piece of rose quartz over your heart is going to heal a cardiac arrhythmia? No. Do I think every crystal sends off a different vibration? Not really. What I do know is that each type of crystal has a different composition and absorbs and refracts light (and radiation) in different ways — to put it simply.

Regardless of where you stand, the age of buying druzy crystals in mass numbers is upon us. Crystal healing has been around for centuries, but why all of a sudden are these specimens so in-demand? Skepticism aside, here are some reasons why crystals are so popular:

1. Crystals Are Helpful Meditative Aids:

A crystal doesn’t need to be unearthly magical to help with a simple meditation practice. If the crystal just so happens to emit an energy that helps you channel a goal, great. But that isn’t the point. So much of our own energy is channeled through our thoughts.

If we think a particular stone will enhance our intuition, chances are we’ll be seeing things more clearly. Whether it’s the stone’s work or just our mind, having a token to focus our attention on while meditating can help with the process of destressing.

2. Healing Crystals Lend to Personalized Spiritual Practices:

I’m not a New Age expert, but I do know that the culture developed as a means to explore spirituality for those that don’t fit into the confines of standardized religion. In a New Age practice, no one model that fits all. An individual explores varying belief systems and ideologies, then they practice a mixture based on works for them. One potential area of study is crystal healing, which is an ancient practice that has been around for thousands of years.

Many millennials that don’t easily fit into another religion are adopting this New Age model to help them through difficult times. Whereas some might find their solace in Catholicism, Hinduism or Islam, New Agers might find that same comfort through astrology or paganism.

A recent cultural shift to more New Age type thinking among millennials explains in part why crystal sales have been seeing a resurgence. Before you’re quick to agree or disagree, remember that with belief systems, you don’t necessarily see what you’re believing. If crystals bring someone closer to their spirituality and the universe and if crystals somehow make them a better person because of it, all the power to them. So long as someone’s beliefs are ethically okay and don’t infringe upon someone else’s beliefs, no judgements here.

3. Crystals are Absolutely Fascinating to Look At and Study:

Alright, so let’s get down to the reason why most of my jewelry friends and I are obsessed with crystals. They’re gorgeous! Most of the time they’re completely untainted. And they can grow under the most extreme yet specific conditions. They’re colorful, optically fierce, and exceptional little snowflakes. Okay, I’m going a little overboard, but you get the idea.

Crystals and gemstones that haven’t been dyed or altered in any way are such a profound testament to the beauty of earth and nature. Something as seemingly simple as rain pushing sediment into a mountain crevice can transform into an unworldly treasure millions of years later. Hello, opal! And that’s just one example.

The science behind crystals is vast, complex, and undeniably intriguing. And even when you fully understand the how, you still can’t help but be mystified when you come across an even more radiant and unusual specimen.

Whatever marketing or New Age trend that pushed the mainstream population onto crystals has only promoted what we gemology and geology fanatics have known all along. There’s nothing quite like a perfectly imperfect crystal.

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Metal & Smith Jewelry Show Debuts in NYC with Much Enthusiasm

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Some unique rings by Ilana Ariel Collections, based out of NYC

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Was so floored by the beautiful designs of Margery Hirschey Fine Jewelry, obviously a fan of opal, who is based out of Colorado

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Some diamond favorites by TAP by Todd Pownell who came from Cleveland, OH to exhibit

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Another who traveled far: all the way from Japan, Kataoka Jewelry

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Would wear everything from Katey Walker Fine Jewelry, I couldn’t pick a favorite! Just look at this ear cuff!

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Loved meeting East Fourth Street Jewelry who is based out of Minnesota

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Adding some west coast vibes to the show, Sarah Swell Jewelry stopped people in the tracks with her unique designs

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A favorite of mine, Nancy Newberg continues to be most wearable and necessary to someone’s jewel box!

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I was way too enchanted by Variance Objects and all their handcrafted jewels, especially these stud earrings!

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Finally met Jennifer Dawes and her sustainable, “outside the box” bridal pieces. She is based out of Sonoma County, California!

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Anabel Higgins Jewelry uses vintage and antique motifs as her main inspiration when designing, often using authentic components when creating pieces!

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Geometry never looked so good thanks to Selin Kent and her designs. She is based out of NYC but hails from Istanbul, Turkey.

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The lovely displays of Margery Hirschey–makes you want to dive into the smooth velvet and stay awhile.

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Pointed perfection from Marli, a fine jewelry brand for the modern woman, based out of NYC.

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Take a look at this sketchbook from Christine Huber who is one that pays attention to detail. Her designs are full of surprises and handcrafted beautifully.

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Designer Lisa of Charlton & Lola knows how to create a good stack, her colorful creations have fingers happy and collectors wanting more.

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Ambyr Childers displays her jewelry on rose quartz and I learned of her Native American heritage which impacts her designs, with each piece being spiritually blessed.

Samantha Knight Jewelry brought out her fine jewelry line along with her curation of fine antique pieces, like these five stunning rings. I want the snake!!

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Finally got to meet Uma K Jewelry, her jewels and energy are 100 and these are some of my favorites.

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Monica Marcella’s gorgeous pendants–moss agate, dendritic agate and enhydro quartz are one-of-a-kind favorites.

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Emanuela Duca is from Italy and uses rich, 18k yellow gold to create these rings.

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LOVE this display from Workhorse Jewels–these vintage vitrines are perfect for holding their vintage inspired stacking jewels. And yes, they make antique-inspired baby rings, but in rings sizes that are fitting for today’s fingers.

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Hannah Blount Jewelry handcrafts every piece in her Boston studio and is as sweet and funny as her whimsical jewels are!

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Vrai & Oro are based out of LA and strive to create essential fine gold pieces at a fraction of the cost–getting rid of markup and sold online-only.

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I never wanted a lamb so bad (besides a real baby lamb) before seeing these little lamb rings by Julie Lamb (yes, that’s her real last name).

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LuLu and Shay Jewelry is based out of NYC and I can’t get enough of her handmade pieces, especially her matte gold finish and totally dying for a sapphire Bud Ring!

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I love finally getting to try on something you’ve been wanting on for the first time–that’s what I was feeling when meeting Elizabeth Buenaventura and her amazing collection. Her Starfish ring is on my wish list!

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If you want to be blown away by design, just check out Roule & Company. Many of their designs feature cage-like enclosures, encasing loose gems for a fun, kinetic piece. They are based in NYC.

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Someone inspired by antique jewelry is usually a jewelry designer I can get down with! Liz Phillips’ had a collection that took Art Deco details and brought them into today’s world.

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Tola Jewelry’s phrase is Alchemy + Architecture and her jewels embody and depict that phrase perfectly. Her handmade cuffs, seen here, mold to the wrist and feel like second skin.

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Yama Jewelry is created by an architect turned goldsmith and designer–the pieces are fun, bold and done in 14k or 18k gold.

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Sophie Ratner is a recent graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design and I loved seeing her pretty and feminine designs on display.

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Cherut Jewelry is based out of Tel Aviv and is designed by Shani Erez who draws from her surroundings and background to create this modern, ultra-chic line.

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Bleecker and Prince is a cool line that showcases jewelry like above–chunky, bold gems carved into jewelry…and then it has a totally opposite look, with pieces that are delicate and layer-ready done in gold and gemstones. Love the Yin and the Yang of this collection.

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One to watch: Gillian Steinhardt whose designs were bold (what I love) and some incorporated hands (which I absolutely love)…and then I saw that some of the hands had red enamel nail polish on the nails and I was hooked.

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Eriness Jewelry shows you exactly how to stack it up!

Metal & Smith Moratorium Jewelry is based in NYC and shall I say, mixes goth with glam? Or badassness with diamonds? I like that better.

Creating something new and different, something that is needed and challenges what is currently offered is not for the faint of heart. It takes great determination, a driven and clear path, a concise vision and lots of enthusiastic supporters to pull it off. Metal & Smith was envisioned by co-founder Lee Wright as an experience for fine jewelry brands to present their work for potential buyers, press and stylists in a laid back, open environment. Something similar to a trade show, yet unlike a trade show in every way possible. I was honored and excited to be on board with Metal & Smith as an Advisor and help curate which jewelry talent was invited to this exclusive one-day event which took place September 19th, in NYC.

Attending the event was so much fun as I immediately could feel the enthusiasm from everyone there, whether they were exhibiting, attending or helping. Designers had one day to show off their work, which brought talent from as far as Israel, Japan and all over the US. Having a great location started with NYC as a diverse, upbeat backdrop and the Mercantile Annex offered the perfect setting for this new type of jewelry show. All white floors and walls, large windows, plenty of sunlight, and table top displays, all of which are features not typical for a jewelry show, but were first and foremost for Metal & Smith. I like to call these distinguishing features a blogger’s dream because taking photos is so important in our job and the backdrop/lighting at most jewelry shows is, well, completely horrible! I couldn’t have been happier snapping photos at Metal & Smith thanks to something extrememly rare being present–THE SUN. The differences didn’t stop there.

Having a list of exhibitors that did not exceed more than 50 may be the smartest part about Metal & Smith. First off, being able to FOCUS on 50 was doable and not feeling overwhelmed helped tremendously. It also gave the event a feeling of exclusivity. My goal was to visit all 50 designers and although I spent a total of 5 hours at the show and thought I had visited everyone, I realized once I had left that I had forgotten a whole section! I enjoyed that the event was one day only, from 1-9pm, which is another aspect about Metal & Smith that sets it apart.

One thing is for sure, the Metal & Smith show is a great place to discover new talent. Just as the event had their debut last week, so did many of their exhibitors, with several who exhibited for the first time ever that day. It was unchartered territory for many, but you would not have guessed by their confidence and proud displays. Jewelry stores and luxury lifestyle stores who like to be on the cutting edge of what’s new and now have a unique opportunity with Metal & Smith for this exact reason! There is no one jumping on the band wagon here–just trend setters and the next big thing happening.

I want to thank every jewelry designer who graciously spent some time with me during the show–whether it was showing me your work or meeting me for the first time, it was a special day. I’m also very grateful to be a part of this show and can’t wait until January 2017! (Yes, a new date has been added!)

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Gem Gossip Visits Shamila Fine Jewelry in Seattle, WA

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While a majority of my Seattle #JewelryRoadTrip was spent in the downtown area of Seattle, I was able to change the scene up a bit with my next visit. Shamila Fine Jewelry has called Seattle home for several years, with a private design studio tucked away in Fremont–an artsy district, where the views are captivating and the inspiration is flowing. For Shamlia, her extensive travels and worldwide thinking have shaped her collections and it is no surprise that she has clients that live all over the globe. Her customers end up being collectors and obsessed with her pieces, with the first purchase never being the last! I’ve met Shamila at tradeshows in the past but had only seen a couple pieces of her work at a time – she always wears her gold stacking rings or a cocktail rutilated quartz ring. I was so excited to not only get the chance to see her collection in its entirety, but to also catch up for more than just a few minutes with this warm-hearted soul. She is one of those types of people that you want to be around, with a contagious positive spirit!

Shamila’s background is quite interesting, she was born and raised in Tanzania, then moved to Canada as a teenager where she had the opportunity to live in both Toronto and in Vancouver, and has since called Seattle home. This however, was not before spending an exciting year living in the West Indies, where a work assignment with the UN and the WHO sent her to the Island where wonders never cease – St.Lucia! She has lived in many parts of the world, as she describes herself as “comfortable out of her comfort zone.” Her studies brought her to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver BC, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and International Affairs. In 2009 she apprenticed for many weeks in Instanbul where she learned from the best. Seattle has been a great place to call home for Shamila, as an easy gateway for her jetset life, ideal food destination for her foodie habit, and the weather pairs perfectly with her obsession with shirt dresses!

For Shamila, designing jewelry began as a hobby about 14 years ago when she first moved to Seattle. It started off with beads from a local bead store and when that didn’t satisfy her, she began looking for bigger and better. Shamila’s drive lead her to seek out rare stones, like specially Labradorite from Madagascar. Her hobby continually grew and brought her more and more happiness than she ever thought. Keyword here is hobby, so still this wasn’t a full-time thing for her. Alas, she was at a crossroads where many passionate people find themselves—choosing what you love vs. being realistic and sticking with her day job, she vividly remembers what made her decide to put everything on the line with jewelry. She says that choosing jewelry would be, “A career that would allow me to travel the world, to find beauty in the often overlooked, to make deep and lasting connections with those I worked with, while being able to give back on many different levels.” That was it—she was choosing jewelry, and yes, this decision came right at the brink of the recession. But she was ready for the challenge and it was the best decision she has ever made.

Inspiration abounds for Shamila when designing jewelry. She says, “When I am designing pieces I am thinking about who is going to wear them, sometimes the clients are such muses, especially when they are collectors, you get to know what they love and like. Quality is of utmost importance. I like to offer luxury in the details. The weight of the piece, the curvature of the shank, the subtle polish of the metal, the way the stones are cut, and how the light reflects off of them.” Design ideas pop into her head frequently, without warning. Travel is a huge inspiration, although there is a time and a place for these ideas. There is an art to holding onto inspirations and releasing them when they are ready. I think Shamila has mastered this, especially when she says, “Creating is not linear to me. It is like a careful yet chaotic orbit of paths; I just do what feels right for the stone and for the experience I am having at that point in my life.” All her designs are proudly handmade in Seattle. Having everything created locally is extremely important to Shamila and her objective, as well as keeping everything as ethically sourced as possible.

One thing I love so much about her designs is how she showcases the gemstone’s beauty above all else. A rutilated quartz is poised gracefully within a setting, while a labradorite is captured ideally to show off its unique labradorescence. Shamila loves using gems that are specially cut, which takes her collections to a whole new level.

Speaking of specially cut gemstones, her carved citrine and amethyst minaret stacking rings are what dreams are made of! A week later and I’m still thinking about them. If you’re unfamiliar with what a minaret is, it is found in Islamic architecture and is a distinctive feature, where prayer is called out–oftentimes similar to a tower. Shamila’s Lokum Lale Luxe collection features these minaret carved gemstones in different styles, not just rings! I’m wearing a few in the photos above, like the lariat necklaces and dangle earrings. I especially love the variety of gemstones that this carving style comes in–like Pyrite?! So amazing to see pyrite not only used in fine jewelry but carved into a shape like that. Other stones besides the citrine and amethyst include lapis, turquoise, black spinel, lemon quartz, London blue topaz, smokey quartz, chalcedony, rose quartz, carnelian, rock crystal quartz and green onyx.

Another collection that blew me away, Shamila’s stacking rings made of specially cut gemstones–round and square checkerboard, honeycomb and rosecut faceted stones. Pops of color are huge for accessorizing and these rings are ideal to pull off some colorful looks. These rings are the kind you just can’t have one of, so the more the merrier. I’ve stacked several in the photos above. They are so fun to wear and have a loyal, local collector base! Want something unique and gets people wondering, “What kind of gemstone is that?!” Then you HAVE to check out her Flèches d’Amour collection which uses rutilated quartz and rutilated topaz. Not many gemstones feature inclusions that make them even more beautiful than they already are! These gemstones are so unique and Shamila does a great job of enhancing their beauty!

I want to thank Shamila for welcoming me into her design studio and allowing me to learn about her as a designer, while experiencing her jewelry first-hand. I hope you are now familiar with her work if you weren’t already–and if you’d like to get a chance to see her designs in person yourself, she has many upcoming shows where she exhibits. Like this Saturday & Sunday in Glencoe, IL at the Glencoe Festival of Art…as well as August 13th & 14th in Los Gatos, CA at Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes. Be sure to continually check back on the EVENTS page of her website or sign up for her jewel-laden newsletter to know before anyone else! More dates, especially during the holidays, will be announced soon.

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Swap and hop Reveal

Vanakkam, Vandanam, Namasthe to all the folks visiting JewelsOfSayuri for the Bead peeps swap and hop reveal.

Vanakkam, Vandanam, Namasthe to all the folks visiting JewelsOfSayuri for the Bead peeps swap and hop reveal. Our Hostess Linda had put together a list of 53 magnificent jewelry blogs and bloggers early this year for a bead swap and now its time for the reveal. My Partner is Kelly Hosford Patterson of Pyxeestyx- The travelling Sideshow and to see what we sent each other, check out the swap intro post here.
The beads were all so gorgeous and the colors – green and blue, and fitting perfectly in my comfort zone. I assumed that it would be extremely simple and I would churn out pieces by the dozen.
Since most of my customers prefer pieces with an Indian traditional look, I hardly get to experiment with very modern, western arrangements. Hence, for this reveal, I decided that I would make a piece that was completely western. After some brainstorming and word association, I settled on the following words – Rustic, frosted, mouldy, dreamlike to guide my design process.

Ceramic and metal necklace by Sayuri


Of the Yore Necklace: The idea here was to use the copper domed disc, the ceramic (?) tube and the bone sort of piece as the focal component(s) by marrying them together with wire. This simple process proved to be extremely frustrating because of the sound that arises when ceramic/frosted glass/natural components/chalk strike metal. Metal on metal is even worse! (You should see me when my colleagues eat lunch with their metal spoons 🙁 ) It was this minuscule sound that drove me absolutely mad and my teeth start grinding even when I just think of it. I somehow powered through it and finished the piece but I did not even want to touch it, so I took it apart and remade it using embroidery thread.To avoid any more friction and the resultant noise I replaced the beads at the neck with a strand of leather cord and cotton cord each – in brown and blue respectively to bring out the colors of the main components.

Ceramic and metal necklace by Sayuri

The bone piece and the sea glass still feels chalky to touch and I am wondering if coating it with some sort of a sealant will help? Any Suggestions? I love how this piece looks and really want ot wear it

Neel – Gulab Earrings (Blue and pink earrings): For my second piece, I made a quick pair of wire earrings with the carved fan shaped blue sea glass beads and rose quartz beads to match a new printed pink, blue, and beige cotton shirt. I cheated a bit and wore them both to work on Tuesday 🙂 before the reveal.

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When I saw Peeps disclosing that they had made 3 -8 pieces for the hop, I made another pair of earrings but gave them away to my cousin without photographing it, so I decided to do one more using the packaging paper.

Misty Moor – I made a recycled paper pendant with foil encasement on the sides and add patina inks for more depth. It started off as shrapnel sort of form, very modern looking. But I wasn’t really happy with it, so I added some rhinestone and ball chain to it (Okay, I gave in and Indianised it!). After these pictures were taken, I have poured resin into it. I used the green nuggets and the patterned beads from the beads that Kelly sent me and finished it with organza ribbon. It feels a little imbalanced, ( I am unable to put my finger on what is wrong!). Maybe the pendant is shimmery and the beads look a little dull? I might restring it after the hop – design/color/material suggestions are welcome.

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Those are the pieces that I made, I still have lots of goodies left and hopefully you would see them in future designs. So what did Kelly make with the goodies that I sent her? Visit her blog the travelling Sideshow to find out. Special thanks to Linda for hosting this hop with amazing artists. Please do take time out to visit blogs of other participants of the Bead peeps swap and hop II. Happy Hopping!

Participant List with blog links

1. Linda Anderson 28.Rosantia Petkova
2. Natalie Davidson 29. Claire Fabian
3. Marcy Lamberson 30.Inge von Roos
4.Kathy Lindemer 31.Rachel Mallis
5.Dita Basu 32.Sam Waghron
6.Andrea Glick 33.Lori Schneider
7.Kristina Peck 34.Fay Wolfenden
8.Shai Williams
9. Catherine La Vite Seed Beaders
10. Christina Hickman 35.Suse Stelljes
11. Gloria allen 36.Ginger Bishop
12. Teresa Schurter 37.Nelly May
13.Maria Rosa Sharrow 38.Rebecca White
14. Susan Kelly 39.Sheila Prosterman
15. Jenny Kyrlach 40.Catherine King
16.Michelle McCarthy 41.Pallavi Asher
17. Terry Jeanette Carter 42.Krafty Max
18.Lee Koopman 43.Renetha Stanziano
19. Laurie Vyselaar 44.Becky Pancake
20.Marianne Baxter 45.Katy Heider
21.Divya N (You are here) 46.Deborah Apodaca
22. Kelly Hosford Patterson (my partner) 47.Heather Richter
23.Johana Nunez 48. Tami Norris
24. Kari Asbury 49. Brandy Scozzari
25.Robin Reed 50. Kathleen Breeding
26.Kristina Hahn Eleniak 51.Veralynne Malone
27.Robin Lynne Showstack 52.Bobbie Rafferty
53. Lori Blanchard

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Necklace Stories: Four Figas, Four Different Ways

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Remember that time I decided to make a New Year’s Resolution where I can only buy one ring per month for the entire year?! Yeah, I do too…I, like, just made that resolution and I already want to break it. But I must not falter, I must resist temptation. Oddly enough, other parts of my jewelry collection are growing! Hmmm…strange how that works! 😉 For example, I bought a brooch. I bought a curb-link necklace (photo is of it twisted into a makeshift ring, because I can’t help it, ring obsessed). I’ve even strung a ring onto a gold chain and created one of my most favorite necklaces ever (that way it doesn’t count as being a ring if it is worn as a necklace)! Yes, truly loving my new Charlton & Lola Japa ring–a 14k gold ring that features nine sacred gold balls elevated off the main band. When the Japa ring is worn on the finger, it can easily be turned with just the flick of the thumb, becoming an aid in meditation, a soulful piece of gold. This is one of those pieces that you just fall in love with, both the design and comfort of the piece, and end up wearing daily. The Japa ring made me start looking into my necklace and charm collection. I began to pull favorite charms and started to create mini-vignettes of charms that complemented one another. Hope you enjoy!

Necklace One: one malachite figa (from James McHone Jewelry), one St. Anthony medallion (passed down to me by my dad), one green enamel dangling fish (passed down to me from my mom who was gifted it by my grandma after a trip to Italy)

Necklace Two: one figa with gold nails and gold bracelet (!!) (from James McHone Jewelry), one Italian horn pendant (passed down to me by my dad), one Victorian heart padlock (from eBay), one Fox & Bond Mini (from Fox & Bond, engraved with my wedding date)

Necklace Three: the necklace is actually a Y-necklace which I experimented with adding charms to and I love how it looks with charms (from Bea Millen), one Japa ring (from Charlton & Lola), one amethyst figa charm (from James McHone Jewelry), and one Amoré heart charm (from Pasquale Bruni)

Necklace Four: one rose quartz figa charm (from James McHone Jewelry), one Edwardian carved mother of pearl religious medallion (from where I used to work), one gold heart key (gift from my grandma after she got back from Italy)

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Mixed Media necklaces – Paprika II

Click here for the 4 Beaded necklaces giveawayApart from making lots of bridal jewelry, I have also spent the last three months creating more paper and fabric based goodies.

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Apart from making lots of bridal jewelry, I have also spent the last three months creating more paper and fabric based goodies. I showed you the first few pieces in this introduction post on using fabric in mixed media jewelry here and got great reviews. Here is the second set; all three of them are available for sale. In this post I am going to be showing you multi color traditional Indian looking sets, that were specifically created for the festive season.

Gems arcade necklace


As a 90’s kid in India, I grew up playing Brick video games but heard stories about colorful arcade games in America from my cousins who lived there. Then in the 2000s when computers became a staple at home, I used to play the PC version of these games with must gusto- particularly the gems arcade style games. Thus Inspired by the candy crush and gems arcade video games of 90-2000s I have creates a necklace in neon green and rust with a completely bejewelled fabric pendant. Earrings are included in the set, which is for sale


Multicolor Rose

Like the first necklace, this one too comprises of a piece of painted fabric embedded in resin. to begin with I chose a piece of black cotton fabric machine embroidered in red and olive green and added highlights in pin kand blue to make it more vibrant. Tints of bronze and gold were added for a little shine. I then used rose embellishments on top to make it look like flowers on the embroidered vine. I wanted to make this necklace very colorful, so I added beads in mustard, green, pink and blue along with some gold and copper accents. Earrings are included in the set, which is for sale

 
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Rose Quartz Gemstone beads giveaway

One of my earliest memories of my dad’s work (as an electrode and welding engineer and developer) was listening to him talk about Silica.

One of my earliest memories of my dad’s work (as an electrode and welding engineer and developer) was listening to him talk about Silica. Fascinated with the word, I asked him what it was. He said, “What you know as sand, I know as Silica”. Then shortly, one day, as I was sitting in my primary school ground, drawing doodles in the sand, something crystalline caught my my eye and I felt it must be silica. But it was shiny, somewhat like a gemstone, so it got me thinking, what if it were a ‘real gemstone’ instead of electrode material? What if the entire ground was filled with gemstones? Then imagine how rich we would all be!!
I might have been 5-6 years old then,and it was an interesting thought. The ground was, is filed with (a) gemstone commonly referred to as quartz. Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral on Earth’s crust and is made up of a continuous framework of SiO4 resulting in SiO2, i.e silicon dioxide or Silica. Particular varieties of Quartz are used as gemstones and rose quartz is one of them.

Rose quartz is called so owing to the light to medium rose pink color in the crystals. It has microscopic silicate mineral (maybe dumortierite) inclusions, which give the stone a pastel pink cloudy appearance. If rightly cut as a cabochon, then the rutile inclusions also produce a six rayed star pattern known as asterism. Apart from this commonly known pink stone, there is also a rare stone called “pink quartz” or pink crystalline quartz which is transparent and found in Brazil.


Healing Attributes & Feng Shui
Historians say that Assyrians were the first to create rose quartz jewelry and Egyptians believed in their magical power. They believed that the stone could prevent aging and help with matters of the heart. In the Roman era, these crystals were used as talismans. Some cultures believe that wearing rose quartz increases fertility and helps a mother keep her unborn child safe during pregnancy. Known as the “love stone”, rose quartz was used by some cultures to manifest love, and lessen anger and disappointment.

I have seen rose quartz being used by crystal and pranic healers who use it to relieve stress and anxiety, strengthen the human heart and improve the circulatory system as it is connected to the heart chakra. It is also used to reduce negativity and aid the healing of lung ailments and help soothe patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson and early dementia. Rose Quartz beads are commonly used as Mala beads by people wanting to manifest love, trust and friendship.
Followers of Feng Shui use carved charms or figurines of wealth pots,gourds, mandarin ducks to manifest love. Keeping Tumbled quartz nuggets under your pillow is said to promote good sleep particularly in children.



Gifting Rose Quartz
Though Rose quartz jewelry can be presented to your loved one at any time/ stage in your relationship as it is the stone that stands for unconditional love, it is usually given as a fifth wedding anniversary present.Color psychology dictates that ‘pin’ is the color of love. So along with Morganite, I expect rose quartz rings to be popular choices for engagement rings or promise rings in 2016. In my last post on Pantone color of the year, I talked about how I was on the lookout for rose quartz beads. It was because I wanted to make a prayer bead mala for my dad as he is a Libran and rooted to the Earth element – both of which are attributes of rose quartz.

Rose Quartz jewelry
With Rose quartz being the color of the year 2016, Rose quartz jewelry is going to be on every faishionista’s must have list in 2016. Rose quartz beads like many other pastel Navneet gemstone beads can be combined with both silver and gold findings. When used with shiny silver, shiny yellow or rose gold rose quartz gives off a very sophisticated and luxurious vibe. Pearls and white/ clear gemstones add to the look. For a rustic chic, combine chunkier, rough cut beads with antique silver or antique brass focals. For more ideas on how to create jewelry using semi precious stone beads visit the Navneet gems blog.

Giveaway

As promised, here is the second installment of the “Mega Gemstone Giveaway” where you could win a beautiful Rose quartz beaded necklace along with other Gemstone beads like amazonite, Rhodochrosite and sodalite sponsored by Navneet Gems, international sellers of Wholesale semi precious stone beads

With worldwide shipping, one really really lucky winner could win the following 4 necklaces with charms. Isnt that really absolutely amazing?

Rose quartz beads 10 mm beads necklace
Amazonite beads 8 mm beads necklace
Rhodochrosite beads 8 mm beads necklace
Sodalite beads 10 mm beads necklace


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Pantone Color of the year 2016 – Rose Quartz & Serenity

Ever since I was a child, I have had a gift – A gift of predicting which color would be in trend in a year or two.

Ever since I was a child, I have had a gift – A gift of predicting which color would be in trend in a year or two. I would chance upon the color and not let it go – I would hunt for the most beautiful objects in that color(s) amidst open criticism and fill my cupboards and house with it. It should have made me a great forecasting reporter, but it dint or rather I didn’t try and capitalise on it so I am here squabbling with people over my color choices and grinning devilishly and saying the proverbial “I told you so” at the back of my head when the color(s) become a huge trend.

Color of the year 2016 - Rose Quartz & Serenity


As student I have faced innumerable “Which forecast predicted this color for this season?” questions and as a designer I have had shopkeepers tell me that nobody wants these colors or that they dont go well with one another. As an individual I have had Fashionistas snigger behind my back, my friends question my choices and my family facepalm for the lack of a better reaction.

Rose Quartz & Serenity
Pearl & Pink glass bead necklaces from 2009

It has been happening this year too.
I have been a girl who dislikes pink – I find it too girly and boring much to my parents dismay and I think I have had maybe two mauve clothes my entire school life. But then I have been drawn to light pink and lavender for the last few months- I am always on the lookout of rose quartz, I am using pink/purple nailpolish everywhere and hearting pink clothes by the dozen. I have also spent the better part of this year hunting up jewelry supplies and clothes in Lavander apart from dull pink without much success. The last time I used light pink and lavender was way back in 2009 when I was just starting to make jewelry and dint want to alienate any color. I have always used hot pinks in my designs for vibrancy and energy but now I find dull gray pinks calming too. So naturally people around me, who know me, are curious and ask “Whats wrong, did something happen?” when they see me make these choices. so before people find one more reason to label me crazy, Pantone has come to my rescue and announced the Colors of the Year 2016 as Rose quartz and Serenity. I did a little pirouette and pumped my fist in the air. Yes, I wasn’t as crazy as people thought!

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