Prized by ancient civilizations for it’s deep blue color, lapis is mined in the high mountains of Afghanistan. Pyrite crystals give it a golden sparkle and calcite forms white veins. Those born in September are lucky as this stone confers wisdom and good judgment on it’s wearer.
Fluorite comes in many colors and some crystals will fluoresce under ultraviolet light. The colors are determined by the impurities found in the otherwise clear crystal. It’s industrial usage is in microscopes and telescopes but we think it’s best use is in sparkling jewelry.
Hypersthene comes from the Greek meaning “over strength” – it is said to heighten psychic abilities and help solve problems. Containing iron and magnesium, it is now known by the name “enstatite.” We hope the new name doesn’t change it’s purported properties .
The July birthstone is the king of gems – said to represent love and success. Wear it in good health and may it bring you many blessings.
Tassel necklaces are the current fashion take on the traditional mala. Rather than containing 108 beads for prayer, these beauties are shorter and the length is adjustable. Perfect for dressing up or down.
- If you love the beach as much as we do, you probably spend some your time there collecting shells and other washed up bit and baubles. Do you know the difference between beach glass and sea glass? The pendants pictured are authentic sea glass from the shores of Maui. Sea glass is best found at low tide on salt water beaches. It has a distinctive frosted and weathered look. Beach glass is found along inland fresh waterways and is less frosted. Both sea glass and beach glass make great jewelry, especially if you collected it yourself.
Larimar was discovered in the Dominican Republic quite by accident. It is named for the discoverer’s daughter, Lara and the Spanish word for sea, “mer.” To date there is no where else in the world where it is mined, which makes it much more valuable. And the perfect stone to set off your summer wardrobe.
Originally found at the Sweet Home silver mine in Alma, Colorado, rhodocrosite was named the Colorado state mineral in 2002. Also mined in Argentina, really fine examples include the white banding seen on this pendant, circled with tiny white topaz rondelles. Wear your state stone with Colorado pride.
We all love hoop earrings – the casual or dressy look for our ears. Why not try a new variation – stick earrings with gemstones or pearls, to glam up any outfit.
A chain of tiny gemstone rondelles accented with a gemstone briolette at the center is the perfect wear anywhere/anytime necklace for the spring/summer season – endless combinations possible – what’s your favorite?