How-To: Surround Yourself with Success.

Whether you are advancing your career, looking for love or making a change to your daily routine — we always strive for success in everything we do. While it is not always guaranteed, there are ways to help present success into your life. I’m going to show you how you can add success into your life by surrounding yourself with crystals and gemstones.

Pyrite

Commonly known as fool’s gold, Pyrite is associated with wealth, abundance, prosperity and good luck. If you are looking for success within your career, place a piece of Pyrite on or near your workspace. That way you can look into its shiny, reflective surface and tell yourself you are ready to take the next step.

Garnet

Looking for love and success in your relationships? Purchase a Garnet gemstone necklace and make sure it lays right next to your heart. This deep red gemstone represents love, endurance, self-confidence and courage. Just like its namesake of ‘granatum’ meaning pomegranate in Latin, Garnet can help you plant the seeds of success into your love life — if you let it.

A beautiful Garnet gemstone necklace – photo taken and piece created by Gardens of the Sun. Don’t worry guys — there’s a fun, unique version for you too, click here to check it out!

Citrine

From a smokey to a light warm yellow hue, Citrine crystals are beautiful but one of the most deceiving on the market. Unknown to many buyers, most Citrine sold are actually heat-treated Amethyst or Smokey Quartz. This crystal symbolizes joy, optimism, creativity and inspires positive outcomes. Wearing a piece of Citrine in the form of jewelry or carrying one in your pocket will help you manifest success into your life by providing a clear mind and positive energy to focus on your pursuits.

Sodalite

Promoting truth and self-expression, Sodalite gemstones emit a tranquil energy to help you think logically while exploring your creative side. This gemstone encourages discipline, trusting your intuition and helps to calm your emotions. Wearing a piece of Sodalite in the form of jewelry or having one near you when working on your pursuits and creative interests will help bring success into your life by allowing you to believe in yourself, think clearly and act efficiently to help turn your dreams into a reality!

These crystals and gemstones are just some ways to help you surround yourself with success. While success is not always guaranteed, it’s important to remember to always believe in yourself and your abilities. If you continue to work hard and dream big — success will come to you!

How-To: Buy Jewelry Online.

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One of my recent purchases — a magical moonstone and labradorite necklace by local artist and small business owner Taneisa @_theopaque_photo taken by me

Ever since I started my metalsmithing and beading journey, I’d say its been about a year since I’ve made an in-store jewelry purchase. Why? Well, with all the local artists, small businesses and major brands at your fingertips — there’s so many options for you to choose from online! I’m here to tell you how you can make smart decisions when purchasing your jewelry online.

  1. Research You might have had your eye on a piece of jewelry for a while or seen one that stops you in your Instagram scrolling tracks. It’s an exciting feeling — but don’t pull your purchase trigger finger just yet! Before you add to cart, make sure you do thorough research first. Depending on the type of company you’re looking at — whether it’s a local artist, small business or a major brand — browse the shop a little further before deciding.
  2. Compare You’ve done your research, perused the online store and narrowed down your options. Now it’s time to compare! Make sure you look at the size, shape, color and see if the style resembles something you already have in your current collection. There have been times where I’ve looked up similar pieces and suddenly preferred one over the original piece I was set on. If you’re torn between two, take a step back and revisit them later. Still feeling unsure? Ask a friend or loved one for their opinion!
      • Pro tip: If you’re looking at a piece of jewelry that features a gemstone or crystal, make sure to check what other pieces with that stone are priced at.  Some stones like labradorite, amethyst or moonstone may be used in more pieces because of their commonality so their prices may vary. Other stones like citrine and turquoise can be fake as most sold in the market are actually heat treated amethyst or dyed howlite. So, just be aware and make sure you’re buying from a verified seller.
  3. Check the Material Used and How It Will Affect You Brass, nickel, sterling silver, gold, gold or silver filled — the possibilities are endless! However, some people are affected by one or more of these materials when it comes in contact with their skin. It’s important to check what the piece is made of and how it will affect you before purchasing it. If you know a certain material affects you — ask the artist if they are able to create a custom piece in the same style for you, or check the brand website to see if they make the piece in another material for an additional charge.
  4. Measure This step is crucial! In my first few online purchases, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I received a piece that fit longer than expected, was too small or sometimes didn’t even fit! One of the things to keep in mind when purchasing jewelry online is that a lot of the images you see are enlarged to show you the details of each piece. This is why measuring yourself is so important so you can order the size that is right for you!
  5. Read the Shop Policies Last but not least — when purchasing a piece of jewelry online, you need to make sure you read and understand the shop policies. Purchasing from a local artist or small business is a lot different than purchasing from a major brand. Each will have their own set of return and exchange policies, as well as prices. The local artist or small business might only make one of a kind pieces or have a limited release while the major brand might produce larger quantities. If the price is a concern for you, ask to see if there is a payment plan option available. A lot of local artists, small businesses and major brands are implementing them and is a great option to look into.

Now you’re ready to go shopping online and add some beautiful new jewels to your collection! Remember these 5 steps and you’ll be satisfied with your purchase every time.

Feeling blue? Relieve your stress with these helpful gems.

person-holding-teapot-3363097There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world today due to COVID-19, which brings a lot of fear, anxiety and stress. It’s in these moments that we need hope and reassurance to help us get through these troubling times. What usually brings me peace is being surrounded by Mother Nature, especially in the form of jewels and gems. I want to share with you a list of gemstones that are best to be surrounded by when you’re stressed, and will help bring you a sense of calm and control within this new reality.

Amethyst 

A must-have in every crystal collection, Amethyst encourages you to trust your intuition and soothes away your day-to-day stresses. If you’ve set up a new workplace in your home — it’s great to add to your space!

Blue Lace Agate

Visually appealing with its light blue hue, Blue Lace Agate is said to bring a calming, soothing effect on the mind. It encourages you to speak your truth, embrace your self-confidence and inner stability.

Celestite

Coming from the Latin word for heavenly, this crystal inspires deep relaxation, peace and joy. Helps relieve stress, anxiety and clear your overburdened mind when times are tough — it’s a great piece to add to your space for creative expression, increase your rational thinking and even encourage a great night’s sleep.

Fluorite

Known as the genius stone, Fluorite carries a calm, stable frequency that brings order to the chaos. Making it one of the most collectible and highly sought-after crystals, it’s said to neutralize negativity and inspire peace and harmony.

Sodalite

Known as the logic stone, Sodalite emits an easy, tranquil energy that clears the mind and elicits deep thought — expanding your ability to arrive to logical conclusions, rationally. It’s said that sculptors, painters and artists were known to carry this stone around for inspiration! Remember that tidbit when you want to spark your creativity!

Black Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline is the ultimate stone of protection. Helping you build boundaries between yourself and others, it’s a great stone to put outside of your home to ward off any negative energy that people might bring with them and stop it in its tracks. It will help you feel more centered and calmer within your space.

A crystal’s healing ability works differently for everyone. It is not one-size-fits-all and will take some experimentation and exploration on your part to find which crystals and gems work best for you. Every gemstone is unique and calls out to us in distinct ways, which is part of the fun when building your collection!

Do you associate a gemstone or crystal with stress-relief that was not presented on this list? Comment below!

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

Now It’s Crystal Clear: Malachite

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’s topic is all about Malachite.

il_794xN.1487738947_ntmp.jpgRevered in ancient times, the Malachite stone has been used to make jewelry, bowls, vases, sculptures, pigments and other artifacts. Coming from the Greek word meaning “mallow”, this stone was named after the dark green leaves of the mallow tree.

Mines are found in Israel, Russia, Germany, England, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Mexico, Sweden, parts of the United States and other areas around the world. [**]

Design: I’ve always been drawn to this stone — especially when it’s paired with gold or bronze. Also, being a Scorpio, it’s said to be a great stone to surround yourself with. Recently, I saw these malachite pieces that I had to get my hands on!

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These studs by Tiffany, owner of TheWestWindStudio, are a great option for everyday wear. I’m always drawn to little gold accents on jewelry & these were no exception! I then saw this ring by Charlotta, owner of JewelrybyClo, and thought they’d be a great match! Rings aren’t usually my jewel of choice (as you can see all the necklaces I own) but I liked how this ring was adjustable (since I never know my correct size) haha. I also saw these beaded bracelets by LuxeRebel and wanted to add them to my growing malachite collection! – photo taken by me

Decor: The Malachite stone and print are a great accent to add to your home! Pairing well with neutral colors and bright, bold prints — it’s a fun addition that will spice up any room. Bringing a calm, healing and transformative energy, the Malachite stone will open a meditative space for you to contemplate and enjoy. It’s also a must-have for those who live in a city to bring in the luscious green feel of nature. [***]

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[**] = https://www.jewelsforme.com/gem_and_jewelry_library/malachite

[***] = https://www.energymuse.com/malachite-meaning

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

Now it’s Crystal Clear: Druzy

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’s topic is all about Druzy stones.

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Druzy (drusy) stones are made up of tiny micro-crystals that cover a rocks surface. It can form on top of many stones including quartz, calcite, malachite, dolomite, agate, amethyst and garnet. It can be found in Thailand, China, India and Brazil. [**, ***, ****]

Design: With its sparkle and shine, inexpensive price and many variations, druzy’s make a very popular stone for jewelry production. Used by high-end designers and Etsy creators alike, these stones are sure to find their way into your collection! Coming in all fun shapes and colors — some of the brighter colors are dyed, as it’s very rare to find vibrant specimens in nature. If you’d like to purchase all-natural druzy’s, stick to neutral tones and verify their authenticity with the seller.

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I purchased this piece from Amy Kae Atelier and still can’t believe the grey ombré is all-natural! Can be used as both a bracelet and a choker — giving an edgy look with a bit of sparkle! – top photo taken by Amy, bottom photo taken by me

Decor: Bringing a relaxing and calming energy, Druzy’s are a great accessory to add to any space! Whether displayed or for everyday use — they’re said to help reduce stress, anxiety and provide creative inspiration. [***]

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[**] = https://whatisdruzy.com/what-is-druzy/

[***] = https://www.sunnyray.org/Druzy-crystal.htm

[****] = https://www.gemrockauctions.com/learn/a-z-of-gemstones/druzy-information

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

Now It’s Crystal Clear: Rutilated Quartz

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’s topic is all about Rutilated Quartz.

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Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, and Citrine crystal points with my new Rutilated Quartz pendant shining in the afternoon light – photo taken by me

Found in Madagascar, Brazil, and many other locations around the world — this variety of quartz has rutile inclusions within it. Rutile is made of long, hairlike crystal strands with a golden shine. Strands can also form in red-brown, copper, silver, and black. In ancient times, this stone was known as the ‘Venus’s hair stone’, said to have been graced by the ‘golden locks of the angels’. It inspires clarity, spiritual awakening, manifesting your desires, and healing your emotional wounds. [**, ***, ****]

Fun fact — Rutile is made of Titanium Dioxide! It’s used for the production of titanium metal, ceramics and is also crushed to make a bright, white powder pigment that’s used in foods (ever wonder what the white M&M writing was made out of?), plastics, papers, cosmetics and more! [***]

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On my birthday, I saw this necklace and it immediately stopped my Instagram scrolling in its tracks. The artist Mary, creator of Barka Jewelry, makes her beautiful pieces in Budapest, Hungary. It took a little over a week to arrive but it was well worth the wait! I wear it constantly! – photo taken by me

[**] = https://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/golden-rutilated-quartz.html

[***] = https://geology.com/minerals/rutile.shtml

[****] = https://www.energymuse.com/rutilated-quartz-meaning

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

Now It’s Crystal Clear: Fluorite

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! Today’s topic is all about Fluorite.

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Immediately recognized for its fluorescence and vibrant colors, the Fluorite gemstone looks like no other!

Colors typically range from purple, blue, green, yellow, and pink — Fluorite is found as vein fillings in rocks that have been subjected to hydrothermal activity. [**] It can also occur with other minerals in the form of a host-rock or holding rock. Usually, it forms a host-rock with minerals like quartz, calcite, and barite. Found in South Africa, China, Mexico, Mongolia, Russia, South Africa, Spain and the U.S. [***]

One of the most collectible and highly sought after crystals in the world — it carries a calm, stable frequency that brings order to chaos. Known as the “Genius Stone,” Fluorite represents the highest state of mental achievement, boosting aptitude and discernment, the absorption of new information, and helping one work through complex issues. [****]

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Ever since I first saw Sarah’s work on Instagram, creator of Alloyd Studio,  I was immediately drawn to her work. I’d been waiting to find and snag a piece of hers that I could call my own and this was it! I purchased this fluorite pendant a few months ago and wear it constantly. I love the stone’s colors — especially the hint of lavender in the middle. – photo taken by me

[**] = https://geology.com/minerals/fluorite.shtml

[***] = https://earthinspiredgifts.com.au/blogs/latest/fluorite-crystals-meaning

[****] = https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/purple-fluorite

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

How-To: Authenticate Citrine

November is the month of citrine and recently I’ve been noticing that there are a lot of variations of this stone sold on the market. I decided to do my research and was surprised with what I had found! Here’s my how-to guide on how you can authenticate citrine’s!

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Being my birthstone, I’ve always been intrigued by this stone. Its beautiful yellow hue has always been so warm and inviting. Said to provide positive energy, Citrine’s associated with wealth and abundance known as the “Success Stone”. Naturally found all over the world, including Brazil, Africa, Madagascar, Spain, Russia, France, Scotland, and the U.S. [**] What a lot of people don’t know is that a lot of the citrine sold in todays market is fake — say, what?! Yes — it’s true! Here’s what to look out for when you’re shopping for your own citrine to add to your collection.

You may have seen citrine stones like these sold in gem stores or out shopping. What you aren’t being told is that these are heat treated amethysts. You can see a side by side comparison below. If it has an orange hue, it’s fake.

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Real citrine is a clear, yellow stone that can also come in a smokey hue.

So now you know what to be on the look out for the next time you’re in the market for citrine!

[**] = https://www.energymuse.com/citrine-meaning

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

A Healing Home: Crystal Decor.

Ever since I’ve started to get into gemstones and crystals — it has become such a fixture in my home.

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I have Pyrite – which is said to act as a shield of protection, while bringing in/inviting prosperity, success and wealth – , Calcite, Blue Agate – which is said to increase concentration, honesty and memory – , and Crystal Quartz Geode in various areas of my home! – photo taken by me

It’s said that different gemstones and crystals give off certain energies and healing properties. They can range from protection, calmness, self-esteem/confidence boost, wisdom, balance and groundedness — just to name a few.

With all of these different types of stones and properties — it’s hard to know which to add to your home. Now, it’s strictly up to you for which stones call out to you and feel the best / have the right fit! However, for those – like me – who can’t decide — here’s a few suggestions on which gemstones and crystals to add to your home and various living spaces! [*]

The Best for your Desk and Workspace – Amethyst

I’m definitely going to bring a chunk of one to the office for my desk! This stone is a natural stress reliever — it encourages inner strength, peace, spiritual growth and intuition. [**] I also suggest having one (or a cluster) of these in your work space at home as well!

The Best for your Bedroom – Rose quartz

Known as the stone of love, its gentle qualities are said to open your heart to all types of love. Whether it be self-love, romantic, family and for everything else — the bedroom is the best place to surround yourself with love. [**] Since it’s not necessarily a very neutral color, placing this pink stone in your room can be in areas where it’s hidden or to bring a bit of color to your decor — whether it be in a bowl with other stones, a candle holder, book-ends — the possibilities are endless!

The Best for your Kitchen / Dining room – Calcite

Does it still count as being in my kitchen if I placed this stone in my living room which is right next to my kitchen? I’m going to say yes — especially since I only have so much space in my tiny apartment. Calcite radiates calm and soothing energy. It helps restore balance to the mind, body and spirit! [**] The kitchen is a great space for this crystal because it’s where we keep ourselves and our loved ones nourished, as well as being a busy and frequent gathering place. Calcite comes in a variety of colors, so you’re still able to get its properties while choosing whichever fits your color palette best!

The Best for your Living room / Family  room – Selenite

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Selenite is ideal for energy cleansing. It’s said to unblock stagnant and remove negative energy. Bringing peace and mental clarity, this is a great crystal for this space because it’s where we gather to be with our loved ones and or an area to rest/relax after a long day. [**]

The Best for your Bathroom – Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz amplifies energy and enhances clarity of the mind. [**] It’s a good crystal to have in this space because it’s an area we are with our thoughts and have time to ourselves — whether it’s taking care of business or relaxing with a hot shower or warm bath.

I can’t wait to add some of these new crystals to my home ASAP! Are any of these in your home? How are you experiencing + enjoying them? Comment below!

[*] = https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/crystals-for-every-room-guide/

[**] = http://thechalkboardmag.com/ultimate-guide-how-to-use-healing-crystals

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].