Sunday, March 29, 2009

More than just a pretty face ...

All of my designs begin with a beautiful visual ... but the stones that I use to complete these visions are selected for more than just their aesthetic value. Each piece that I design has symbolic meaning as well. I'm not trying to design just a visual. My goal is to design a whole experience for the wearer. While I make no claims to the power of gemstones, I do tend to choose them based on the symbolic meanings as well as their physical beauty. Below is a list of some the gemstones that I use often in my jewelry and their symbolic meanings.

Amazonite is a semi-opaque stone that was used extensively by the Egyptians. It is called the stone of courage and is said to be named after the Amazon women warriors. It is considered a soothing stone that enhances creative expression, aligns astral bodies, and unity with life.

Bloodstone is a dark green variety of chalcedony that has nodules of red jasper throughout. Polished sections show red spots on a dark green background. From the resemblance of these to drops of blood is how it gets its name. Bloodstone is used to help one become more knowledgeable in the ways of the world. Bloodstone is also believed to be a very magical stone.

Chrysocolla is called the "peace crystal" because of it's calming and soothing powers. This semi precious stone is a stone of peace and tranquility. It is said to promote level headedness and clear thinking, decrease nervousness, and enhance intuition.

Citrine is a semi precious gem that symbolizes light-heartedness, joy and happiness. It is said to enhance creativity.

Coral is an organic substance and semiprecious stone from the ocean. It is one of the five sacred stones of the Tibetan Buddhists and symbolizes the energy of the life force. Coral is believed to bring success to the person who wears it.

Freshwater Pearls are said to promote sincerity, truth and loyalty.

Green Aventurine is an all-purpose healer, used to reduce stress, develop confidence, imagination and improve prosperity. Many believe that this semi precious stone has the capacity to calm a troubled spirit and bring about inner peace.

Jade is believed to produce serenity, wisdom, balance, moderation, prosperity and stability.

Turquoise has long been appreciated as a holy stone and a good-luck charm. It is believed to promote good fortune, happiness, and long life.

Quartz jewelry is said to bring about feelings of harmony, peace and bliss in the wearer.

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