Friday, January 19, 2018

Amethyst for February Birthdays

A popular Greek folklore story regarding amethyst is the story of Bacchus, the god of wine.  Because amethyst is purple, it was associated with wine.  This is the way the tale goes:  A beautiful maiden was on her way to the Temple of Diana.  She had the bad luck to cross paths with Bacchus.  He was angry due to some slight he had suffered and vowed to take his revenge on the next person he saw.  He saw the maiden and set his two guardian tigers upon her.  Before the tigers reached her, Diana took pity on her and turned the maiden to a pure clear stone so that she would be spared the terrible fate of death from the creatures.  Bacchus was immediately remorseful and poured his wine over the maiden now stone.  The wine turned the crystal stone a deep violet hue.  And so, the maiden now Amethyst lent her name to the stone.

The Greeks believed that the gemstone could guard against drunkenness.  Amethystos means "not drunk" in Ancient Greek.  They thought as long as you had an amethyst on your person that you could drink all night and remain sober.

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and one of the emblems of the twelve apostles.  Ruled by the planet Jupiter, it's the zodiacal gem for those born under the sign of Pisces.  St. Valentine is said to have worn an amethyst ring carved with Cupid's likeness.  In Medieval times, chaste love was highly valued as true love.  Amethyst signified this vision of love.

Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and owes it color to irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements.  The stone is produced in abundance in Brazil where it occurs in large geodes within volcanic rocks.  Amethyst is found in Uraquay, South Korea, Austria, Russia, Africa, Canada and the United States.

Up until the 18th century, amethyst was considered as valuable as diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds.  But since the discovery of deposits in locations like Brazil, it has lost most of its value.  Rather than carat weight as a determination of value, color is the biggest factor for amethyst.

Hers is a little poem by author unknown about amethyst:

The Amethyst
From passion and from care kept free
Shall Pisces' children ever be
Who wear so all the world may see
The Amethyst

Listed below are lovely examples of Amethyst and the color purple from some of my fellow artisans.  I know they would be honored to have you visit their shops!

Shadow Dog Designs

Linor Store Jewelry

The Singing Beader
Blue Morning Expressions
Two Glass Thumbs
Art by Sunfire

Magdalene Knits

Holly Knitter Creations

Blonde Peach Jewelry

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Best 25 Stylish Comfortable Clip on Earrings for Women

I think you will agree with me that when it comes to finding a pair of comfortable clip on earrings that are also beautiful, you often have to compromise.  One pair is really pretty but very uncomfortable to wear.  Another pair might be comfortable but looks like your mother or grandmother might wear them!  I promise you that you will enjoy the handmade clip on earrings that I create because they are stylish and comfortable.

Who Wears Clip on Earrings Anyway?  Many women choose to wear clip on earrings now.  Some women have never pierced their ears while others have pierced their ears but their ear lobes have stretched over time.  A small percentage of women have had their ears pierced but experienced problems and now need to wear clip on earrings or nothing at all.  We all want to look our best and wearing earrings is one way that women have chosen to adorn themselves.

How Do I Choose Comfortable Clip on Earrings?  There are many different types of clip backs for earrings but they are not all the same.  When choosing your clip on earrings, look for clip backs that have soft rubber inserts like these: 

I use these Tierra Cast clip backs for all of my handmade clip on earrings.  I have tested them myself to see if they are comfortable and they really are.  I made a pair of earrings to wear to a party with clip backs like these.  I wore them for about 4 hours and except when someone mentioned how pretty they were I forgot that I had them on!

Where Do I Find Stylish Clip on Earrings?  In my opinion, the best place to find stylish clip on earrings is in handmade shops or festivals.  I have a growing collection of beautiful and comfortable clip on earrings in my Etsy shop at Blonde Peach Jewelry.  Take a few minutes now to check them out before you forget and miss out on purchasing a pair of clip on earrings that you will be very happy with for a long time! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Mother's Day Countdown - Week Four

Time is flying by as usual and it is time for week four of the MDC sponsored by Julie of Blue Morning Expressions.

I would like to share my favorite picks from the group with you here.  I hope you like them as much as I do!

Black Crystal Lampwork Beads Aurae Metallic Band Glossy Beads - Click Image to Close

Short Beaded Pendant Necklace Purple Pearl Mosaic Magnesite Gemstone

Short Beaded Pendant Necklace Purple Pearl Mosaic Magnesite Gemstone

Green Jasper Gemstone Tear Drop Women's Necklace and Earrings Set | Amazonite Jasper Gemstone Necklace Set | Lady Green Eyes Jewelry

Pink Rhodocrosite Natural Gemstone Sterling Pendant Black Leather Cord

Friday, March 24, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Blu Print: She Was Born in February

The Blu Print: She Was Born in February: Second Place She may be second, but that doesn’t make her second best by any means. In fact, she is charming and makes a wonderful first i...