Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The month of July

I can't believe July is almost over and I didn't had the time to post the birthstone of this month, but don't worry I will. I don't know were the days are slipping by, didn't had the time to create some new jewelry, but the ideas are piling up in my head. Thank you for reading my blog.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

JUNE BIRTHSTONE - ALEXANDRITE




Last but not list ALEXANDRITE is one of the three birthstone for the month of June.

This rare gemstone is named after the Russian tsar Alexander II (1818-1881), the very first crystals having been discovered in April 1834 in the emerald mines near the Tokovaya River in the Urals. It certainly has a noble history. Since it shows both red and green, the principal colours of old Imperial Russia, it inevitably became the national stone of tsarist Russia.

Beautiful alexandrite in top quality, however, is very rare indeed and hardly ever used in modern jewellery.

COLOUR:
The most sensational feature about this stone, however, is its surprising ability to change its colour. Green or bluish-green in daylight, alexandrite turns a soft shade of red, purplish-red or raspberry red in incandescent light. This unique optical characteristics makes it one of the most valuable gemstones of all, especially in fine qualities.

Good quality is teal, emerald or blue green under natural daylight, often a slightly grey, blue/violet/purple is seen. Alexandrite is a pleochroic gemstone that will show different colors depending on the orientation of the table to the optic axis.

Alexandrite is very scarce: this is due to its chemical composition. It is basically a chrysoberyl cat's eye and colour-changing alexandrite (also in cat's eye varieties). It differs from other chrysoberyls in that it not only contains iron and titanium, but also chromium as a major impurity.

Like many other gemstones, alexandrite emerged millions of years ago in a metamorphic environment. Its formation required specific geological conditions. The chemical elements beryllium (a major constituent in chrysobery) and chromium (the colouring agent in alexandrite) have contrasting chemical characteristics and do not as a rule occur together, usually being found in contrasting rick types. Not only has nature brought these contrasting rock types into contact with each other, but a lack of the chemical element silica (the second most common element in the Earth's crust) is also required to prevent the growth of emerald. This geological scenario has occurred only rarely in the Earth's history and, as a result, alexandrite crystals are very scarce indeed.

ORIGIN:
Russia has remained the primary source of alexandrite. In 1987, when alexandrites were discovered in a place called Hematita in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Brazilian alexandrites showed both a distinctive colour change and good clarity and colour. The colour of the Brazilian stones is admittedly not as strong a green as that of Russian alexandrite, but the colour change is clearly discernible. Today Hematita is one of the most important deposits of alexandrite in economic terms. Alexandrites are also obtained from sources in Sri Lanka, but the hue of these stones compares less than favourably with that of the Uralian alexandrites. They appear green in daylight and a brownish red in artificial light. The Tunduru area in southern Tanzania has also produced some outstanding specimens since the mid-1990s. Alexandrites are also found in India, Burma, Madagascar and Zimbabwe. This stone still considered a rarity.

MYTHS, LEGENDS AND LORE:
Alexandrite is relatively new gemstone that was only discovered some 150 years ago. It is also suggested as the gemstone for the 55Th wedding anniversary.

In India alexandrite is associated with the planet Mercury - the trickster. Alexandrite's ability to change color and its obviously dual nature associated with the Zodiac sign of Gemini, which is a sign ruled by Mercury.
As Mercury is associated with air, alexandrite in an air stone and so connected to the throat chakra, but because of its duality in color, it has also been associated with the heart, the solar plexus, and the crown chakra.

Mercury represents the power of the mind, our ability to think, perceive and communicate and it rules over the power of our words and how we use them. Alexandrite can be used in meditation, as healing stone to promote emotional balance, and to bring about change, happiness, and success. Alexandrite is said to be useful for overcoming a lack of confidence, low self-esteem and a lack of direction or focus in life. Meditation with the stone is supposed to help identify goals and plan how to begin working towards them. Alexandrite is also purported to relieve spleen and pancreas problems and help treat swollen lymph nodes.

Alexandrite is a magical gemstone with universal appeal that continues to fascinate and be admired by astrologers, scientists, and gem lovers throughout the world.

With this I am closing the birthstone for the month of June.




Thursday, June 18, 2009

JUNE BIRTHSTONE - MOONSTONE

Another one of June birthstone is MOONSTONE. In Europe, Moonstone is the sole birthstone for June. Although in the U.S it shares that honor with Alexandrite and Pearl.

Moonstone is often called "the visionary's stone", it helps us see things move clearly.
This stone has shimmer which always looks different when the stone is moved. This is caused by the reflection of light from the internal structure, made up of alternating layers of albite and ortho clase feldspar. Thin albite layers give an attractive blue, thicker layers produce a white schiller. Stone of large size and fine quality are rare.

This unusual gem with its milky shimmer has been known for thousands of years, and has been revered by many cultures. In India it is regarded as a holy, magical gemstone widely believed to bring good fortune, and as a dream stone which bring the wearer beautiful visions at night.
The ancient Romans also associated Moonstone with the moon, they speculated that the gem was formed from drops of Moonlight. They considered the gemstones as possessing those properties traditionally associated with the moon: romance, femininity, intuition, dreams and the emotions.

In many cultures, Moonstone is strongly associated with love, believed to be calming, healing stone. Due to it's feminine associations it has also been said to increase a woman's fertility.

Moonstone also has a historical connection with travel. Once know as the "Traveler's stone", it was used for protection against the perils of travel. Moonstone is associated with all goddesses, but especially the moon goddesses.

The energy of moonstone is balancing, introspective and reflective. It is a stone for wishing and hoping as well as a stone for embracing the cycles of change. It brings flashes of insight, and stimulates intuitive recognition and help in applying intuitive knowledge in a practical sense.

ORIGIN:
Moonstone is found in Brazil, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri-Lanka, Tanzania and the United State. It belongs to the large mineral group of the feldspars, of which almost two thirds of all the rock on earth consist. The Moonstone is actually the feldspar variety known as "adularia", a potassium aluminosilicate of gemstone quality which is also found in the European Alps near the Adula Group.

THE SHIMMER OF LIGHT:
The shimmer of light come from the lamellar inner construction of the gemstone. Incident light rays are refracted and scattered in the stone. The unique light effect comes about, and it is this which makes the Moonstone so distinctive and so desirable.
Moonstone should handled with care for they are sensitive. The more intense in colour, the larger and the more transparent the more highly valued the Moonstone.

MEDICAL LORE:
Moonstone is said to soothe stress, anxiety, women's hormones/menstrual imbalance and lymph system. It enhances intuitive, sensitivity via feelings and help one to be less overwhelmed by personal feelings, allowing greater flexibility and flow with life.

COLOUR:
The most desirable colour of Moonstone is blue, but it also occurs in grey, white, pink, green and brown.

Stay tune for next week, for the third birthstone of June the ALEXANDRITE.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The month of June

I can't believe June is here, summer is starting, I have so many ideas for summer jewelry line for this month birthstone.

In Europe, Moonstone is the sole birthstone for June, but in the U.S. it shares that honor with Alexandrite and pearl.

At various times, people have associated birthstone with some type of supernatural power of authority, while at other times the birthstone was understood to have religious significance.

Pearls is a unique among the birthstone because of it's organic origin, all other birthstone are minerals.

JUNE BIRTHSTONE - PEARL


Pearls are formed in shellfish especially oysters and mussels as a natural defence against irritant, such as a piece of sand enters an oyster. The oyster coats the piece of sand over and over with layers of Aragonite, known as nacre, are secreted around the irritant, and gradually build up to form the solid pearl. Light reflecting from these overlapping layers produces a characteristic iridescent lustre also known as the "orient of pearl". In cultured pearls an irritant is introduced to initiate the formation of a pearl.
Pearl is vary in color from white, white with a hint of color (often pink) to brown or black, depending on the type of mollusc and the water. The are sensitive to acids, dryness and humidity and so are less durable than many other gems.
Occurrence: Natural pearls have been harvested from the Persian Golf, the Golf of Manaar (Indian ocean) and the Red Sea for thousands of years. The coasts of Polynesia and Australia produce mainly cultured pearls. both fresh water and saltwater are cultivated in Japan and China. Fresh waters pearls occur in the rivers of Scotland, Ireland, France, Austria, Germany and Mississippi.
History: Since ancient times, the pearls has been a symbol of perfection, it is the oldest known gem. To the ancients pearls were a symbol of the moon and had a magical powers. In classical Rome, only persons above a certain rank were allowed to wear pearl jewelry.
Pearls have been considered ideal wedding gifts because they symbolize purity and innocence. In the Hindu religion, the presentation of an undrilled pearl and its piercing has formed part of the marriage ceremony.
In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, pearls were very fashionable in Europe as personal ornaments.
In the Americas, both the Incas and Aztecs prized pearls for their beauty and magical power.
Most European countries in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries had laws regarding who could and couldn't wear pearls.
Native Americans of the Atlantic coastal areas and the Mississippi river vasin were the first to collect and use U.S. freshwater mussel pearls and shells.
More about pearl go to the American museum of natural history.
The power of pearls: Pearls were once thought to be the tears of the gods. They eliminate emotional imbalances. The help one mater the heart chakra, aid stomach, spleen, intestinal tact & ulcer problems.
Pearls is said to help one see themselves and help improve selfworth. The pearls symbolizes love, success and happiness. Bring out purity, honesty & integrity plus feeling of beauty, dignity and calm.
The color of the pearl symbolise:

White pearls are symbolic of pure heart & mind, innocence, and faith.

Gold and black pearls are symbols for prosperty.

Pink pearls works especially well for the heart chakra.
Please stay tune for other June birthstone coming this month.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Where Gemstones are found

Some gem minerals, such as quartz and garnet are found world wide. Other, like dimonds and emeralds are rarer, due to the more unusual geological conditions necessary for their formation. The physical properties of gemstones, their hardness, theri specific gravity or density, and the way they break or cleave, depend on cemical bonding and the atomic structure within the stone.
Many kind of gems occur in more than one environment.

OPTICAL PROPERTIES:
Colour is the most obvious visual feature of a gem, it depends largely on the way it absorbs light. Each gem in fact has a unique colour "fingerprint".

MAY BIRTHSTONE - EMERALD
Emerald, the color of spring, derives it's beautiful green colour from the presence of chromium and vanadium. Emeralds are rarely flawless, so stones are often oiled to fill and disquise cracks, hide flaws and enhance colour.
Occurrence: Found in granites, pegmatites and schists, as well as alluvial deposits. The finest Emeralds are from Colombia. Other sources are Austria, India, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, USA, Norway, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
Most Emerald used in historical jewellery, would have been from Cleopatra's mines in Egypt, which now yield only poor quality Emeralds. The Egyptians were known to engrave Emeralds with the symbol of foliage to represent eternal youth and bury the jewelry with their dead.
The ancient Romans associated this gemstone with fertility and rebirth, and dedicted it to venus the goddess of love and beauty.
Some people beloeve that wearing an Emerald brings wisdom, growth and patience.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Birthstone

Before I am starting with my once a month education about gemstone, I would like to explain what is gemstone also called a precious or semi-precious, this stone is a piece of attractive mineral which when cut and polished is used to make jewelry or other adornments. how ever certain rocks (such as Lapis-lazuli) and organic materials (such as amber) are not minerals, but are still used for jewelry and are therefore other considered to be gemstone as well.
Most gemstone are hard but some soft minerals.

Birthstone: are gemstone that are associated with each month. they my be precious stone (like diamonds) or semi precious stone (like Amethyst) they are considered lucky for their particular months and for those who believe in such things their healing power are heightened during their months.
Birthstone started back in the 15th century and more modern birthstone were officially adopted in 1912 by the national association of jewelers. It was believed to give it it's power. With time birthstone began to be associated with their respective months. People wear birthstone jewelry to represent their birthday as well as their personality. there are few way to look at birthstone: Zodiac Birthstone, traditional and modern.
Every month I will bring some information about birthstone, and the month birthstone so stay tune!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Did you know the meaning of the stone?




As a new thing to me blog I want to start and write about the meaning and the properties of the stone that I'm working with. With those days of us coming back to understand nature it's look to me as very interesting. I will start with birth stone of each month and go from there. Keep tune every month is going to more and more interesting. Hope to some feedback's.


Revital


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mother's day gift







Mother's day is around the corner. As a mother and a daughter I know that to receive or to give a beautiful present is make mother's day more special. That's what I was thinking when I design the new line for mother's day. The jewelry are fashionable, dazzling, stylish and luxurious. you can find something for anybody.



I remmber all the gifts and my mother face when I gave her the present even if it was something silly (I never gave her a basketball ha...ha...ha..) but every thing that I gave her she like. So choose something I know she like it.



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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spring is coming, new design for spring




Spring is coming and my spring collection is on it's way. I went to the bead show in Santa Monica CA they had beautiful beads and it open your mind to new ideas and new designs and the color of spring.


Friday, April 3, 2009

New beads

I'm so excited this weekend there is a beads show in Santa Monica, Ca. I love going there you get so much inspiration to make new jewelry, I'm waiting to see what I going to find there and what I can design with the new beads.

My new blog



Hi this is my first time as blogging, I'm trying to see what is all about. I'm a jewelry designer and soon I'm going to post all my beautiful jewelry in my store it's a unique and fresh design of long necklaces, the one that you can see on t.v. Necklaces that long and you can close them in front at the length that you choose, also you can see smaller necklaces that are in different colors to fit wedding and prom and any spacial occasion or for every day.