The Mystical Amethyst
Color purple, the color of royalty and the mystical color of Amethyst and both color and gem have extremely powerful and spiritual vibration. The Amethyst a purple variety of quartz, is the gemstone of choice for psychics as it can take you to higher states of consciousness. It is also attributed to strong healing and cleansing of body, mind and soul.
If you're feeling scattered, Amethyst will help you refocus, and bring you spiritual insights and a better ability in decision making.
The most protective of all crystals, the Amethyst is known as the all-healer. Are you having problems getting a good night sleep or suffering headaches lately? Wearing an Amethyst while sleeping can help you rest. It would be a wonderful gemstone to take along to work, it will sooth you and guard you against anxiety, anger and impatience. If your daily tasks are overwhelming you at work, the Amethyst will be the gemstone to sooth you. Place an Amethyst on your computer table to avoid eye strain.
Indeed the healing properties of the Amethyst are many. A beautiful crystal one should appreciate.
If you have old rings with the Amethyst stone that you no longer wear because you don't like the style, we can redesign a new piece for your beautiful Amethyst to reign on! Or if you would like to purchase this stone, come visit us and browse our showcases, we'll can also show you samples of stones, various sizes and work with you on a new piece.
Ever heard of the 'precious four' gems of the world?
They are the diamond, sapphire and ruby, and the Emerald.
The latter is one of the most famous of the Beryl group of minerals, another famous gem is Aquamarine, also from the Beryl group of minerals, famous for March born babies of course. But Aquamarine is liked by many because of its beautiful breathtaking sea-blue colors which can range from light to dark-blue. It vibrates well with the soulful nature, Mystical and clear, it brings any metal to life, be it white gold, yellow gold or rose gold. Aquamarine is exceptionally hard and has an outstanding vitreous (glass-like) luster.
Aquamarine and emerald are beryllium aluminum silicates. Emerald is colored by trace amounts of chromium (and vanadium), aquamarine gets its color from iron impurities within colorless beryl crystal. Unlike the emerald, aquamarine has excellent transparency and clarity. Like seawater, aquamarine can be light-blue, dark-blue, blue-green and green-blue. The dark, deeply saturated blue is the most desirable and valuable aquamarine color. The intensity of color and the clarity of the stone are the most important criteria when evaluating aquamarine, followed closely by quality of cut. On the Mohs scale aquamarine is 7.5 - 8.
It was in 1910 when the "Minas Gerais" mine in Marambaya, Brazil, unearthed a stone of 243 lb (110.5 kg), 18 inches (48.5 cm) long and 15.5 inches in diameter, the largest find of gemstone quality aquamarine that was cut into many gemstones with a total weight of more than 100,000 carats.
The 'Dom Pedro', weighing 26 kg and cut in Idar-Oberstein, Germany in 1992 by the gemstone designer Bernd Munsteiner, is the largest single piece of aquamarine to have ever been cut.
So your favorite gold chain broke, and your diamond ring won't slide on your finger as it used to because you either gained weight or lost weight, you're thinking "I need to take these to a jeweler". Your first thought is the chain jewelry stores, but here's a few reasons you should consider your local family owned jewelry store.
Jewels Quest is one of those small businesses owned and operated by family for over 13 years. Now 13 years doesn't mean our experience in the jewelry industry is that long, in fact it is much longer. From father to son, the expertise in jewelry making, repairing and selling goes as far back as 40 years. And even though the store opened only in 2000, the people running it have been in the industry for two generations.
Coming to a small business jewelry store, ensures you will get extra personalized service, a one on one communication with the owner/jeweler expert, and you will also find the prices far more competitive. With a lower overhead, a small jewelry store will be able to pass down savings to you.
Jewels Quest will also repair your precious jewelry right there on the premise. A lot of large jewelers send out your diamond rings and pieces to a third party. Not Jewels Quest, and this has been a very important factor with our customers. Often leaving their diamond rings in-store and feeling secure that their piece will not leave the premise is very reassuring.
Top reasons to go to a small business jeweler like Jewels Quest:
1. One on one personalized service
2. Expert repair service done on the premise
3. Lower prices on repairs
4. Faster service
5. Helping small businesses
Here's a reality about larger jewelery chain stores:
1. Often send their repair jobs out to third party
2. Turn around time longer
3. You deal with sales persons, not owner
4. Prices are higher (they have larger overhead)
5. Yes they have bigger discounts up to 75% off on merchandise, but their mark ups are very high to begin with.
So next time you are in the market for jewelry, or need jewelry services, consider Jewels Quest, a mom and pop small business. You'll be getting superior service, great deals and helping your local business at the same time,
We deal with diamonds, gold and sterling silver, precious metals and stones. But we find Copper to be an attractive metal to make jewelry from as well. It has a look and feel that many connect too. While Copper isn't a precious metal, it is or can be considered the greatest discovery after fire. Ancient civilization took a giant leap into the bronze age due to its discovery and usage. history shows the early importance of Copper in many ancient worlds such as ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and early Americas.
The Island of Cyprus is one of the sources of Copper and its name given by the Romans. Copper first discovered 13,000 years ago, is the oldest mined mineral and was found in Egyptian and Sumerian household items like cooking pots by 3800 BC.
Ancient Egyptians were first to create an alloy of tin and copper, otherwise known as Bronze and an alloy if zinc and copper, known as Brass. And this propelled them toward modern Civilization. By 2500BC Copper had become a very valuable item, wealthy Egyptians wore Copper jewelry and the usage of it also meant higher social status. They created jewelry and crowns and the jewelry makers were highly regarded. One can see jewelry making on painted monuments and walls.
ANCIENT NATIVE AMERICANS
Copper has been found in may archeological sites, timing the usage of the metal around the same time Egyptians were mining it. Early Native Americans made jewelry out of Copper, hammered and etched pieces and beads, and later traded Copper bracelets with the Europeans. The Navajo are credited with creating Copper jewelry for trading, and by late 1800's, Copper jewelry became common in the South West.
Arizona is the largest deposits of Copper.
In the Mid 20th Century the interest in Copper soared for various reasons, from the early modernist Francisco Rebajes, the abstract and bold designs of Renoir-matisse by Jerry Fells, traditional symbols of Native American culture and the re-emergence of healing beliefs in the properties of Copper; to today's great appeal in the special qualities and healing properties which is said to stimulate the mental flow of energy. Copper, since Prehistoric times, still catches the interest of many who see beauty and value in it.
We get asked this question often, so here is a blog worth revisiting, Chrysoprase is a very rare form of the Quartz with colors ranging from light to dark greens, the traces of nickel found in it is what gives its color. Chrysoprase is a cryptocrystalline, it is not formed by large six sided crystals, the size of the crystals are extremely small and invisible to the naked eye, and why it is rare.
Chrysoprase has a hardness of about 7 to 8 and is a great gemstone to be shaped into beads or other shapes.
Chrysoprase was one of the most sought after stones during the middle ages. It was mined in Silesia (Northern Czech Republic and Southern Poland), and were used as architectural decorations, mainly in major churches. Today is it mined in Australia and often referred to as Australian Jade.
This magic stone was recharged outdoors at half moon to ensure good health and happy marriages. St Wenceslas chapel in Prague has decorations made with Chrysoprase. It has the healing power of balancing body, mind and body. If you suffer from high blood pressure, wear this stone against your skin. Chrysoprase calms you down and also clears the mind, you'll begin to think more clearly. It is believed to be an important stone for those born under the sign of Cancer. It provides balance between the conscious and subconsious.
Nothing is more soothing than the beautiful translucent Aquamarine gem which gets its name from the latin meaning sea and water. The turquoise soft hues bring a fresh and calming feeling to the wearer. Birthstone of the Month of March but only since 1912. On the Mohs scale, it ranks 7.5 - 8 in hardness.
If you are celebrating your 16th or 19th anniversary, you might want to find a jewelry set with the Aquamarine. This gem is a member of the Beryl family, its hues range from very light to deep blue, the latter is the most prized. Some have shades of green too. One particular vivid blue Aquamarine is called Santa Maria, because it comes from Brazil's Santa Maria de Itabira mine. These gems are also found in Mexico, the Middle East, Africa and the U.S.A.
It is one of the popular gems, they bring charm and make beautiful jewelry, an Aquamarine will have a different look but an enchanting look wether set in white or yellow piece.
As a healing stone, Aquamarine is said to help those suffering from anxiety. It brings foresight to the wearer, as well as courage and happiness. Who wouldn't feel happy with the lightness and beauty of this gem. It opens the heart and lighten the energy, it is no wonder healers will often use this gem to harmonize a diseased body.
Sailors have long considered the Aquamarine a lucky stone, they believe it keeps them protected and prevents sea sickness.
" Without a little help most mussels or oysters won't grow a pearl either. "
Freshwater cultured pearl means cultured pearls produced in mollusks in freshwater. Normally, freshwater pearls are referred to as “freshwater cultured pearls” in commerce.
Freshwater cultured pearls come from freshwater mussels and are produced by Japan,China, and the US. The most famous type of freshwater cultured pearl is the Biwa (pronounced bee-wah) pearl which use to come from mussels grown in Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake. Because of pollution, production has stopped. Freshwater shell and pearl mussels are from the family Unionidae, from which about 20 different species are commercially harvested. The tones of the freshwater cultured pearls are dictated by the mother shell. White is the most common, followed by pink. Other colors depend on the type of mussels. Big washboard mussels (Megalonaias nervosa) usually have pink pearls, as do the wartyback mussel (Quadrula nodulata). Threeridge mussels (Amblema plicata) have pearls in shades of blue-green and lavender. Muckets (Actinonaias ligamentina) produce fine pink pearls, and sand mussel (Lasmigona costata) have salmon-pink pearls. Other mussels used to produce freshwater cultured pearls include the ebony, heelsplitter, pimple back, elephant ear, mapleleaf, three-ridge pigtoe, pistol grip, and butterfly.
For non-nucleated cultured pearls, the grafting process begins by selecting a suitable donor mussel and cutting a strip of tissue from the mantle. This strip of tissue is then cut into 3mm squares. These square are delivered to a technician who performs the operation. Unlike saltwater bead nucleation, this process is not considered difficult, and technicians need only minimum training to perform the operation. The technician creates small incisions on the upper value and inserts the tissue piece. A small twist of the tissue upon insertion is believed to create a higher ratio of round pearls. After the maximum number of grafts had been performed, the mussel is flipped, and the procedure is performed once again on the reverse side of the value.
The production of freshwater pearls with a nucleus is difficult. The workers at the farm are trained at a high level, which is constantly being improved. It is now possible to implant up to nine nuclei of an average size of 5 to 7 mm into the connective tissue of the mantle, together with a tiny square of mantle tissue from a donor mussel. The mussel is used at the same time for the production of non-nucleated pearls, and 10 to 20 tiny pieces of tissue are implanted in the mantle. Only one nucleus of over 7 mm in size is implanted into the gonad.
After the implantation procedure and after two weeks of intensive care, the mussels are placed foot-up into labeled plastic nets or baskets, which are hung from ropes just below the surface, the water depth rarely exceeds two meters.
The density should not exceed 150 to 225 mussels per one hundred square meters, but the smaller farms probably do not adhere to this rule.
Cleaning take place twice a year, but only the larger farms use cleaning machines. Water quality is monitored constantly, at least on the larger farms. When water temperatures increase, the farmers will add cooler, flowing water from neighboring rivers and canals, but they also use ground water.
the mussels are quite strong and they can survive several days in the dry without damaging the quality of the pearls they hold. They are also able to endure a certain amount of water pollution. However, the farmers do everything to protect them during the rain season. Moreover, nets at the entrance of each pond protect the mussels from their natural enemies.
The farmers determine the end of the growth period in accordance with their financial requirement. Harvests may take place each month, especially on the small farms. But October and November, the late autumn months, are considered the best time as the growth rate slows down due to the cooler water temperatures. The smaller size of the growing aragonite platelets will have a favorable influence on the luster of the pearls.
The skilled workers open mussels and gather the pearls quickly. It took only a few minutes until a colorful mixture of pearls of all possible sizes, shapes and colors appeared on the bottom of the tubes. They were immediately collected and seemed to disappear quickly into sheds where they were weighted and packed without undergoing any further treatment.
The result of the harvests depends on the size of the farm and may range from several kilograms to several tons. It’s usually thought that one hundred mussels produce about 500 to 1,000 grams of pearls. Only about 10 to 20 percent of the marketable pearls are of good quality, and only a tiny amount is of very good quality.
After harvest the pearls are delivered to a first stage factory. This factory is responsible for cleaning and sorting the pearls by size and shape. After this process has been completed, the pearls are considered ready material for processing factories.
The pearls are pre-treated in a warm and cold chemical solution and then bleached. The pearls that exhibit strong coloration will only go through the pre-treated.
After the pearls are bleached they are drilled and then polished with a mixture of cornmeal and wax.
The rounded shapes are sometimes dyed artificially in loud blue, green, yellow, pink, dark grey and black. The dyed pearls are all in the lower price ranges.
Moissanite is a rare mineral found in very limited quantities or as minute particles in the earth. It is a natural silicon carbide within a meteorite. It is also called (SiC) silicon carbide.
Moissante is the Jewels Born from the Stars™ - perfected on Earth.
Harder than Sapphire and Ruby, and second in hardness only to diamond, it is acclaimed for its exceptional brilliance and fire.
Meteorite carrying a trace amount of silicon carbide crashes to the Earth, creating a meteor crater in Arizona, called Canyon Diablo. Particles will not be discovered until modern times. In 1893 French scientist Dr. Henri Moissan examines small geological samples and discovers crystals with extraordinary sparkle. As you can conclude the natural mineral is named after Dr Henri Moissa - in 1905 - an honor recommended by mineralogist, gem experts and former vice president of Tiffany & Co.
These natural silicon carbide crystals were so rare and unrefined, they couldn't be used to make jewelry. It was in the 1980's with the combination of advanced science and propriety technology, that gem-quality silicon carbide was lab-created and finally produced and available for use in jewelry.
In 1995, with the collaboration of a master gem cutter and a world-renowned scientist in the field of physical chemistry, a spectacular jewel with incredible visual characteristics would emerge.
1998 Charles & Colvard created Moissanite and we saw its debute in the jewelry industry. Charles & Colvard remain the sole source of Moissanite today, making the jewel available in many stores. Across the world people today enjoy and cherish the unique brilliance of stunning Moissanite Jewelry.
Citizen Watch has launched a new model in its Eco-Drive range that hooks up to an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 and offers a number of very interesting features.
Introducing the Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity Watch has low energy sapping Bluetooth 4.0 so you can talk directly to an iPhone application in order to sync wirelessly with your phone. no need to manually set your watch again. This cutting edge Timepiece will sync to the GSM time and date after your phone has been adjusted. Convenience at its best!
As well as alerting the wearer to incoming calls, emails or calendar entries - through a discreet vibration function and the second hand pointing to a specific icon - the Proximity has an Automatic Date and Time Synchronisation feature which ensures the time and date on the watch are the same as on your iPhone. This works across time zones too, so if you land in San Francisco, for example, as soon as your phone switches to local time, so will the watch.
iPhone Search: Can't find your phone? No problem, The Proximity also has a Watch Find feature, you can easily locate your phone by simultaneously pushing the buttons on your watch. An audible alert will sound, even when your phone is in silent mode.
THE CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE PROXIMITY SOLD AT 25% OFF
Key Watch Features and Bluetooth Features:
Are you a Real Local?
Let's begin with some statistics which were reported by the University of Southern Maine's Institute for Family-Owned Business:
- Some 35% of Fortune 500 companies are family-controlled.
- Family businesses account for 50% of U.S. gross domestic product.
- They generate 60% of the country's employment and 78% of all new job creation.
Yes Family-owned businesses form the backbone of the American economy.
Here are 5 good reasons to THINK LOCAL and Buy from small family owned businesses in your neighborhood:
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