by Ben McLeod
Observing how a baby reacts to visual stimuli and it is easy to see how jewelry gets the attention of children and adults alike. Beauty, color and shine are universal attractants not limited to humans. Many species of animals and insects all react and respond to visual cues that often utilize elements of color and brilliance.
The effect on primitive man may be safely inferred the effect such objects produce upon infants. When an infant is shown a brilliantly colored object, they reach for it and gaze into the object. Vibrant colors pleasure the optic nerve. This can also be seen in the animal kingdom as well. Some animals especially birds will collect objects to build their nests with. The birds often travel great distances to find some of the objects. They are very meticulous and even though a similar bone may be close to their nest, they may not want it and travel a long distance to get one that looks very similar.
Jewelry designs for children have roots in many ancient cultures. Gifts of jewelry have been presented to honor the birth of child or to recognize other milestones in a childs development. Even today, many cultures adorn children with body jewelry at an early age. Body piercing is common even in western countries. It is not unusual for parents to pierce the ears of a newborn, adorning the child with earring jewelry. Though there is a great of debate surrounding this practice, it reflects customs that go back thousands of years.
Not limited to body jewelry, gifts of precious metals and gemstones for children are well documented throughout history. The Magi are said to have brought the newborn Jesus a gift of gold to honor him. Jewelry that has been in the family for many years is often given to child in hopes of carrying on a generational tradition. Birthstones, precious gems that have a connection to astrology, are common gifts for children. History is replete with stories and lore about the powers of precious gems and amulets. Bead jewelry has always had a strong cultural significance for children.
The moonstone is regarded as blessed or holy and is thought to bring good fortune to the wearer. In some cultures, the stone was thought to make the wearer invisible and is now believed by some in the New Age community to impart a level of spiritual permanence or even immortality to the wearer. It is widely believed that small children and infants are granted certain protections by owning the stone.
Along with the power of associated with gems, amulets and talisman, the sheer beauty of precious metals and gemstones is not lost on older children. In western cultures, jewelry has been thought of as an adornment primarily for females. Bracelets, rings and earrings have been considered must have items for modern girls and young women. The fascination of gold has not been lost on men and young boys.
Men have worn rings, tie tacks, stickpins and other items of jewelry as a display of wealth and influence. The late twentieth century saw a tremendous growth in the market for jewelry designed for boys and young men. In todays modern times, it is not uncommon to see young boys sporting earrings and body piercings. The hip hop culture has had a tremendous influence, creating a completely new language to describe flashy, audacious jewelry.
Even though the bling has become the thing for many kids today, traditional jewelry gifts for young men and boys are still popular. Whether a watch to signify graduation from school or a class ring.
What’s up Energetic Arians: Know your Birthstone
Arians birthstone is Diamonds. Birthstones play a vital role in influencing the nature of an individual. As the astrological signs are ruled by various stars and their energies positive or malefic, we all know they make a huge impact on our lives throughout. However, for centuries now cultures across our ancestors have been experiencing the magic of healing powers emitted by various birthstones accordingly.
Beautiful and precious in itself, each birthstone or gemstones rules a particular sign, one or more, depends on the energies and planets with which they are associated. Gemstones or birthstones not only conduct the energy of particular sign but also manifests your life by focusing corresponding positive energies in your life. Buy a birthstone or form a customized piece of jewellery that well suits your star sign. They bring you luck with a perfect transformation in your personality that you seek.
So to discuss something in particular about an Arian birthstone stone, let’s see what sun sign is waiting for you today.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Quite exciting and the very first astrological sign of the zodiac “Ram”. The Arians Star sign.
Arians are all about- Confidence, adventure and optimism, you are born leader and you shine brightly almost in any situations of life. Your good traits seem like never ending. Having no way towards fear, Arians are bold and lively people to be with. You explore the adventure of life with a daring approach. Besides, you don’t even give up on your craving to adventure and love to travel in real life. You wish to lead and yes, your wishes come true all the times. Being a great leader, you express your freedom and independence in all that you do.
This all doesn’t stop here. To flatter you guys some more, you are lucky, impulsive philosopher of your own life. Success is what you follow, but some hindrances like intolerance, envy and inflexibity do follow you. However, this does not really matter to enthusiastic, courageous and generous Arians. Just you’re your great personality is, you have something really amazing that help you retain your goodwill.
A Diamond is a symbol of purity and its origin comes from a Greek word “Adamas” meaning cannot be tamed. Certainly, a precious stone ruling excellence and brilliance, can only rule someone as daring as Arians. Diamond is all about beautiful play of prismatic colors.
TWO TONED JEWELRY
What is two toned jewelry?
Two toned gold jewelry is jewelry that has two or more tones of gold in it such as red – gold and gold or green gold- gold just to name two of the connections that a two toned gold jewelry item has involved in it. A combination that you may have heard of is Black Hills Gold. This is a popular style that incorporates gold, rose gold, yellow gold, and green gold to make their signature rings and jewelry. This style of jewelry is popular and the usage of two tones of gold to make jewelry is not unheard of. This jewelry is spectacular to look at and relatively inexpensive to own. The reason why this jewelry is so beautiful is because of the contrasts in the gold colors that are used in making this jewelry.
How many different jewelry items can be made of two toned gold?
There are many different two toned gold jewelry items for sale. They range from rings and bracelets to necklaces and watches and everything in between the two. You can find a wide selection of this two toned gold jewelry both at your local retailer and online through an internet search. There are many different sellers of this popular jewelry, no matter where you look. Buying online usually is the easier of the two, since you do not have to stand in line or wait or a salesperson to help you. You can usually find what you want online as well. Retail stores in a physical location also sell this popular jewelry. [Read More…] about What is the Latest Trend in Two Toned Gold Jewelry?
Christian Names and their Gemstones.
For the next few months I will be publishing a monthly list of Christian names and the gemstone that are associated with each name.
G F Kunz, one of the most famous gemologist once wrote ” There is a very strong custom of assigning to the various male and female Christian Names their own particular gemstone”.
Belief in the magical powers of gems goes back to ancient history. The ancient Babylonians used gems in Talismans and believed in their healing properties.
These ancient traditions continued through the Middle Ages. In Medieval Europe a book described the symbolism and association of gemstones, and the properties they were believed to have together with the supposed benefits of wearing them.
The blue of Sapphire, for example, was considered to raise the thoughts to heavenly things, and so was suitable wear for clerics.
So why do so many people still wear gemstones for their crystal healing and talisman powers? Probably this is because many people feel the positive effects from gems as a direct result in the belief of their powers.
It is believed by many to be a very strong talisman when the correct Christian name gem is worn and the effect is believed even stronger when the gem is set alongside the birthstone of that person. For thousands of years man has worn gemstones to bring good luck, fortune and good health. i.e. Ruby is associated with Rose and with Roland.
Many people wear gemstones for their crystal healing powers and talisman powers.
Below is a list of some Female names with the gemstone that is associated with that name.
Garnet and some of its properties.
Garnets give a spectrum of colour akin to that of a fireworks explosion on New Year’s Eve. This gemstone group, “garnet”, contains more than ten different gemstones with a similar chemical structure.
The main difference in the physical properties of the garnet group are slight variations in colour, density and refractive index. The name “garnet” comes from the Latin granatus meaning seed, because it often resembles small round seeds when it is found. (like a pomegranate seed).
Garnets as a group are relatively common in highly metamorphic and some igneous rocks. They form under high temperatures and pressure. This gemstone can be used by geologists as an indication of the temperature and pressure at which the rock was formed.
This gemstone supposedly has the powers to illuminate even the darkest room. It is written that Noah used the gem to light the inside of the Ark.
There are many other legends that involve its mystical powers for lighting and brightening capabilities. It has been suggested that eastern Indians rubbed Garnets gemstones on themselves in belief that the gems’ glowing qualities would be transmitted into their “glowing wellbeing”.
Aquamarine, March’s Birthstone.
Aquamarine is the Birthstone of March.
Aquamarine derives from the Latin “aqua” for water and “mare” for sea. Many superstitions have associations with this gemstone. Believed to be the treasure of mermaids it is said to be especially strong when in water. When its powers began to dwindle, the gem would be placed in water on the night of a full moon.
It is part of the beryl family and gets its delicate blue colour from the presence of iron within the stone.
This gemstone is often credited with bringing harmony to married couples as it is thought to bring peace and clarity to all who wear it.
In past times, as a last resort, sailors caught in a bad storm are believed to have thrown their Aquamarine overboard to calm the Gods. They were said to have taken it to sea as a lucky charm to protect against shipwreck. Many people today wear it to prevent travel sickness.
Although the name refers to its beautiful blue colouring, the stone is actually dichroic, appearing blue in some lights and colourless in others.
The major source of aquamarine is the state of Minas Gerais, southeast Brazil, especially the mines around Aracuai. The Brazilian mines produce stones of characteristic colour with distinctive inclusions. Gemmologists can often determine the mine it came from just by a visual inspection.
The deepest and rarest of Aquamarine blues is the Santa Maria Aquamarine. The intensity of the Santa Maria will leave you immersed in a world of tropical beaches and mythical sea legends for it is now so rare that it has almost, itself, become a legend of the sea. If you ever see a Santa Maria it will capture your heart for ever.
Andalusite and some of its Properties.
Andalusite holds the everlasting colours of the season of Autumn. It varies in colour from a pale yellowish brown to a dark bottle-green, dark brown or the most popular, greenish red.
It has a very strong and distinctive pleochroism, so that, when turned, the stone may appear yellow, green and red. A true mimic of the beautiful colours of Autumn.
Large crystals may be vertically striated prisms with a square cross section and pyramidal ends. These are rare. More usual are opaque, rod-like aggregates of crystals or waterworn pebbles. It is these pebbles that are usually cut as gemstones.
Andalusite is an aluminium silicate. It was discovered at Almeria in the southern Spanish province of Andalusia, from where it gets its name.
It is heated to form mullite, a refractory material with industrial uses such as spark plugs.
Some crystals have carbonaceous inclusions, arranged so that in cross section they form a dark cross. This variety is called chiastolite, named after the Greek for “cross”. Chiastolite existed in schists near the town of Santiago de Compostela, northern Spain. Many amulets of the “cross-stone” were sold to pilgrims. This variety is also found in Australia, China, Siberia, Russia, France, England and United States to name a few.
Padparadscha Sapphire and its Properties.
Padparadscha is a very rare variety of Sapphire with a delicate pinkish-orange colour. This is caused by tiny amounts of chromium, iron and vanadium being present. The word comes from the Sinhalese word meaning “lotus -blossom colour“, the name of the colour used to describe the Sri Lankan lotus flower.
It is one of the world’s most expensive gems with prices similar to those fetched by fine Ruby or Emerald. The most pricey stones display uniformity and purity of colour.
These gems are among the rarest gems on the planet. They are strikingly beautiful and no other gemstone compares to this unique mix of pink and orange.
Unlike most other Sapphires, the finest colour of this gem is not a function of intensity. The most valuable display a delicate mixture of pink and orange.
Today many stones are enhanced by heat-treatment.
Oval and Cushion cuts are the most common for this gem.
People argue that Sri Lanka is the only legitimate source of this gemstone. However pinkish-orange Sapphires have been found in Vietnam, north east Tanzania and in Madagascar. The Tanzanian gems are more brownish orange and are sometimes named “African Padparadscha” to distinguish the difference between them and the Ceylon gems.
ZODIAC GEMSTONES AND THEIR MEANINGS
CAPRICORN December 21-January 19 RUBY
No other gemstone shares it’s attachment to the feelings of love and passion. In the ancient world people believed that Rubies could help them predict the future. They have been worn as talismans to protect from illness or misfortune. It is also said that the wearer of a Ruby would enjoy romance, friendship, energy, courage and peace. Capricorn Zodiac Birthstone.
AQUARIUS January 20 – February 18 GARNET
Garnet is the ultimate gift of love. Today the gemstone continues to be a symbol of love, passion, eternity and warmth
Aquarius Zodiac birthstone
PICES February 19 – March 20 AMETHYST
Amethyst is considered a symbol of peace of mind, modesty and piety. Some believe that Amethyst gemstone holds power to change anger to tranquillity and is used by crystal healers to revert negative energy into positive. Pices Zodiac Birthstone.
ARIES March 21 – April 20 DIAMOND AND BLOODSTONE
Diamonds, said to be ” a girls best friend” the name derives from the ancient Greek word “adamas” meaning invincible. Some Diamonds were formed as long ago as 3.5 billion years. The youngest Diamonds are believed to have been formed over 100 million years ago.
Bloodstone was once referred to as the martyr’s gemstone. Medieval Christians often carved scenes of the crucifixion in Bloodstone. According to legend this gemstone formed when Christ’s blood fell to the floor. The virtues ascribed to this gem are that it is good for circulation of both energy and blood in the body, it is said to remove energy blocks. Aries Zodiac Birthstones.
TAURUS April 21 – May 20 SAPPHIRE
A gemstone with opulence and regality fit for a king. Sapphires are revered the world over for their beauty and mystery. In ancient times this gem has been admired for the good luck and magic associated with it. It has long been the traditional gem of choice to set along side Diamonds for a man wishing to express his love and commitment to someone special. For over a thousand years it has enjoyed a close association with royalty. Taurus Zodiac Birthstone.
Arizona Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
Arizona Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is now becoming harder to obtain and therefore more expensive to buy.
There has been a vast reduction in the quantity being mined and this has resulted in it beginning to be rare.
It is said that the mines in Arizona will not be able to produce much more of the gem, if any, as the months go by.
It is a gem with a pure clarity and vivid colour. There are no marks on the stone and when set as a multi gem item, all the stones will match in colour and clarity exactly.
It first became popular when it was announced that it would become rarer in the future and many people have been buying both made up jewelry as well as single gemstones as an investment. Like other gems such as Tanzanite, it has become now a very desired gem to own and to keep. It looks good in Silver and Platinum as well as Gold. You can obtain it in Rings, Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets and Pendants knowing they will all match.
Its beautiful Blue colour means that it can be worn for all occasions, Daytime, evening wear, special occasions and for any reason you may wish. It has all the qualities of Turquoise with all the meanings behind such a lovely gem.