Now it’s Crystal Clear: Tourmaline

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about Tourmaline.

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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. [****]

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Ever since I first saw Kristen’s work on Instagram, creator of KKB Metal Studio, I considered her to be an inspirational metalsmith! I’ve been waiting to find and snag a piece of hers that I could call my own and this was it! I saw the first photo above of all three pieces and my eyes immediately gravitated towards the blue/grey tourmaline with the reticulated/textured pebble charm that reminded me of the ocean waves. She perfectly describes these pieces as “a perfect mix of grit and glamour, these pieces make for easy, everyday wear; a wabi sabi piece” and I couldn’t agree more! If you act fast the pink tourmaline is still available in her shop and she has some other great pieces listed as well! 🙂 – photos by Kristen, KKB Metal Studio

[**] =https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/benefits-of-tourmaline-gemstone/

[***] = https://www.gia.edu/tourmaline-description

[****] = http://www.minerals.net/gemstone/tourmaline_gemstone.aspx

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

Now it’s Crystal Clear: Sodalite

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about Sodalite.
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Dating back to ancient civilizations, Sodalite is linked to the ethereal energy that promotes the highest form of self-expression. Sculptors, painters and artists were known to carry it around for inspiration! The crystal’s meaning has a long-held association with the color of the heavens. [**]

Called the blue “Logic Stone,” Sodalite emits an easy, tranquil energy that clears the mind and elicits deep thought, expanding the ability to arrive at logical conclusions based on rational consideration. It enhances one’s powers of analysis, intuition, observation, creativity, strengthens self-discipline, efficiency and organization. Sodalite does not stimulate wisdom, but rather clears one’s vision and intellect opening the mind to formulate wisdom.  [***]

Being a salty combination of manganese and calcium, Sodalite crystal is commonly found in large deposits in Brazil. It can also be found in Russia, Greenland, Romania, France, India, Myanmar, Namibia, Canada and the USA.

This crystal is classified as a feldspathoid and is well-known for its rich blue color intermingled with white Calcite. It may also form as gray, yellow, green, or pink. [****]

I just received this pair of Sodalite stones I purchased from India! I can’t wait to make something awesome with them — I’m thinking earrings or maybe a double-sided cuff! 🙂 What do you think? – photo taken by me

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

[***] = https://www.crystalvaults.com/resource/cme/sodalite/

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

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

Fringe, Tassels and Chains — Oh My!

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Picasso Marble pendant in sterling silver – piece made and photo taken by me

Ever since I started metalsmithing and making jewelry, I’ve come to notice how I’m drawn to this pattern of adding embellishments to every piece I make — especially fringe! I think it adds such a fun element and uniqueness to a piece.

Recently, I made a pendent with Picasso Marble (pictured above) and added chains in a fringe design at the bottom. It’s now one of my favorite pieces — I’m so proud of it!

This type of jewelry design has been around for ages.  Originating as a garment design by the Native American’s — it was used as a sort of gutter system to repel rain water from the wearer. During the 1920’s, this design became more prevalent as a fashion statement in clothing as well as with jewelry. [**]

Being a big fashion trend for 2018 — keep on the look-out for more fun pieces like these, made by me and in the market! Whether you find yourself drawn to fringe, tassels or chains — it’s a timeless design that is sure to add a little fun to your every outfit!

xo. Britt

[**] = https://www.encyclopedia.com/sports-and-everyday-life/fashion-and-clothing/clothing-jewelry-and-personal-adornment/fringe

[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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So far 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 workspace 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 700+ sq ft 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 area. Calcite comes in a variety of colors, so you’re able to still 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? Let me know!

xo. Britt

* = 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].

Hello!

Welcome to flaxccentuate!

 

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been a collector. It was always a mixture of rocks I’d found on the street or in front of a neighbor’s yard, as well as shells and sea glass along the shoreline. I’d never really had a purpose for them, I just knew I liked the way they looked and it was always something fun to find and bring home.

As I got older, I started to immerse myself in fashion and accessories — statement necklaces being my accessory of choice. I had big dreams of graduating and jet setting off to New York to work in the industry. However, college flew by and I diverted on to a completely different path. Being that it’s so different, I had felt that I was losing my sense of creativity.  I was always trying to be very involved, have a social life and do well in my courses + my internship. I didn’t have the time I once did to write, read for fun, or create art. Once I graduated and started working full-time, this became very prevalent and it was all I could think about. So, I started researching and found a set of hobbies that would soon change my life — Metalsmithing and Beading!

As I’m learning all about these art forms and this industry — I’ve decided to create an outlet to showcase my work [which a few of my pieces can be seen above], life happenings, my findings and to geek out about crystals/gems/stones + more!

Speaking of geeking out … every other week I will feature my ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series to showcase different crystals/gems/stones and all you could ever hope to know + learn about them!

I’m so excited to start this journey and bring together my love for accessories and nature’s beauty!

Thanks for joining me on this rockin’ adventure — you’re such a gem! 😉

xo. Britt