Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about Aquamarine.
Coming from the Latin name aqua marinus meaning “water of the sea”, the Aquamarine gemstone brings a calming and soothing sensation that inspires truth, trust and letting go. In ancient lore, it was believed to be the treasure of mermaids, and was used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness and protection. [**]
The pale blue, transparent crystal is a member of the Beryl family. Its color is caused by iron oxides within the chemical makeup of the stone [**]
Deposits of Aquamarine can be found in Brazil, China, Pakistan, Burma (Myanmar), Nigeria, Madagascar, Namibia, and locations in the U.S. (Colorado, California, Connecticut, Portland and Massachusetts). [***]
Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about Labradorite.
Immediately recognized by it’s labradorescence, the Labradorite gemstone shines like no other! Being a gray to gray-black stone (with black specs embedded within the surface), light enters it and strikes a twinning surface within the stone. The colors seen is the color of light reflected from that twinning surface. Different twinning surfaces within the stone reflect different colors of light such as a vibrant blue, green, coppery red, orange and yellow shimmer. [**]
Discovered in Canada and named after its location of Labrador, Newfoundland — other deposits of the stone can be found in Australia, Madagascar, Finland, Mexico, Norway, Russia and the USA. [**]
According to the Inuit tribe, the last native tribe to arrive in North America, one of their legends state that the Northern Lights are captured in the minerals off the coast of Labrador. Like Tourmaline, the Labradorite is thought to be a magical stone that helps its wearer find their true path in life. It possesses protective properties such as: soothing menstrual problems, aiding disorders of the lungs, preventing colds, helping with digestion and regulating both metabolism and blood pressure. [**] & [***]
A year ago today I started my first big job after graduating from college. If you would have told me a year ago that this is where my life would be, I never would have believed you.
I started my new career with high hopes. I took on as many challenges as I possibly could, and worked hard to achieve recognition from my peers and upper management. I moved on to new programs and kept receiving a plethora of assignments, each just as daunting as the last. I took them in stride and completed each task, waiting with bated breath for the next one to come my way.
The funny thing is though, that sometimes, with all of that rush and excitement — it can take its toll. Instead of feeling energized, I had felt tired and drained. I was being worked level grades above my years of experience and knowledge, and I was starting to feel the strain.
However, when you least expect it, life has a way of telling you that when the time is right — to keep working hard and stay true to yourself and your goals — you can create the outcome you wish to see for yourself and make your dreams a reality.
And I’m here to say … Dreams really do come true!
Ever since I can remember, New York City has always been such an important influence in my life. I don’t remember a day after my first visit to the big city, where I wasn’t constantly inspired by its eccentric energy.
Whether in my artwork, stories, on my graphic t’s, pictures I put up on my bedroom walls … the city was everywhere.
It was hard to escape from — featured in almost every movie, various songs and as a popular backdrop for many novels, this beautifully crazy city is a force to be reckoned with!
I’m very excited to say that because of an amazing opportunity … I am about to call this place home!
I couldn’t be happier to start this new adventure and take this big new step in my career!
Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about Tourmaline.
Tourmaline gemstone is a semi-precious mineral similar to granite. With colors ranging from magenta to teal-blue, meadow-green to vibrant yellow, and even black, tourmaline gets its name from the Singhalese phrase “tura mali,” which means, “stone mixed with vibrant colors.” It’s believed that no two tourmaline stones have the exact same color!
Historicaly revered as a “magic” stone that is capable of protecting its wearer, it is said that Tourmaline has powerful effects such as: helps with detoxification, supports fat loss, reduces water retention, improves circulation, supports the liver and kidney, promotes a healthy mood, helps eliminate toxic metals and reduces lactic acids and free fatty acids. [**]
I’d have to agree that these stones are magical — just by looking at the colors they naturally form in are absolutely incredible!
Many tourmaline color varieties have inspired their own trade names:
Rubellite is a name for pink, red, purplish red, orangy red, or brownish red tourmaline, although some in the trade argue that the term shouldn’t apply to pink tourmaline. Indicolite is dark violetish blue, blue, or greenish blue tourmaline. Paraíba is an intense violetish blue, greenish blue, or blue tourmaline from the state of Paraíba, Brazil. Chrome tourmaline is intense green. In spite of its name, it’s colored mostly by vanadium, the same element that colors many Brazilian and African emeralds. Parti-colored tourmaline displays more than one color. One of the most common combinations is green and pink, but many others are possible. Watermelon tourmaline is pink in the center and green around the outside. Crystals of this material are typically cut in slices to display this special arrangement. [***]
Deposits of Tourmaline are in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and the United States (California and Maine). Several African countries have recently become big producers of gem Tourmaline, specifically Madagascar, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Malawi. [****]