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My New Year’s Crystal Ritual

December 31, 2012

I stopped making New Year’s resolutions years ago. They just don’t work well for me. We begin the New Year filled with hope and make resolutions we know we won’t or can’t keep. New Years resolutions have always felt more like an empty wish than setting a true goal or intention. What I love to do however are New Year Rituals. There is such power in a ritual, creating a sacred space filled with symbolism and intention. A ritual can be as simple as stopping for a moment of silence and prayer before we eat our food. Or taking a moment to light a candle and offer out a blessing to someone we love. Or sending out gratitude to the new day as the sun rises to greet us each morning. Some rituals are steeped in spiritual tradition, carried out by many who came before us. The power of ritual […]

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Auralite, a Stone of Balance and Blessings

October 8, 2012

I discovered a new powerful healing stone at this year’s Denver Gem Show, Auralite-23. At first glance this gemstone looks like shards of Amethyst and could easily be overlooked as just another form of Amethyst. Once I held the stone I could sense it was much more.  Auralite contains many minerals as many as 23 different minerals, thus its name Auralite-23. The crystals themselves are structured layers of phantom chevrons composed of, Amethyst, Citrine and a rare form of metamicted green quartz. The minerals these stones contain reportedly include Titanite, Cacoxenite, Lepidocrosite, Ajoite, Hematite, Magnetite, Pyrite, Goethite, Pyrolusite, Gold, Silver, Platinum, Nickel, Copper, Iron, Limonite, Sphalerite, Covellite, Chalcopyrite, Gialite, Epidote, Bornite and Rutile. Auralite-23 crystals are about 1.2 billion years old, and are now hand mined in the Boreal forest of the Canadian Shield, far north of Lake Superior. These natural crystals were formed during the Meso-proterozoic age, at the […]

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Ventifactos, also known as Bell Stones from Argentina

September 24, 2012

Here are some really interesting stones! Ventifactos, also known as Bell Stones are from Argentina. They are a recent discovery made by one of my long time Crystal Dealers, who personally hand picks these unique forms of Basalt. These black stones are  naturally sculpted by the wind and sand. They are volcanic Basalt, containing, Iron, Nickle and Titanium. Each one is uniquely shaped. During my recent buying trip to the Denver Gem Show, I popped into Seann’s room to discover these exciting new stones. I was immediately intrigued by these unusual black stones. As Seann explained to me where and how these volcanic stones are found, I became even more interested in them. Then he picked up a pair and struck them together. When hit together they make a clean, deep tone, that resonated all throughout my body. This sound is described as primeval music which naturally supports healing energy […]

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Denver Gem Show 2012 Part Two: the unpacking

September 23, 2012

  This year’s Denver Gem Show was another fabulous year, with all of the same dealers and several new ones to explore. I found some great new stones this year, which always makes the show worth going to. I never know just what l’ll find or what will entice me. This year was no exception in fine quality crystals, gemstones, minerals, beads and jewelry. I came home with boxes and boxes of glorious new treasures from Mother Earth.   It takes days and days to unpack all the new stones. This year I set up several tables outdoors on my deck and laid out and unpacked all the goodies. The stones enjoy being outside in the sunlight, and so do I. It’s a slow process, sorting, organizing, pricing and admiring these natural beauties. So many of the new stones are from countries all around the world. They come packed in […]

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Denver Gem Show 2012-Part one: the anticipation.

September 8, 2012

The Denver Gem Show, held every year in mid- September is the 2nd largest Gem Show in the US. Second to the grand daddy of all shows which takes over the city of Tucson AZ. every winter. Denver’s Show features many of the same international gem dealers. The Denver Gem Show is really 5 shows in one, held at several different venues throughout north Denver. Several of the shows are only open to dealers, you must have a re-sale liscense to attend, while others are open to the general public. I’ve been attending this show for the past 15 years and have watched it grow in size with dealers from around the world and new shows added. I prepare for this show months in advance with much anticipation. I feel just like a little kid waiting for Christmas before the show rolls around. I begin making lists of what I’ll […]

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Namaste: Its Meaning and Origin

September 4, 2012

You’ve heard the word Namaste before, maybe in your Yoga Class. But do you know what it means and where it comes from? I often use Namaste in my Yoga Jewelry designs, so I decided to do a little research to find out its origins and meaning. Namaste, pronounced ” na-ma-stay” is both a spoken expression and a symbolic gesture that people use when greeting one another or in parting. The word comes from the Sanskrit and translates as “I bow to you”. According to wikipedia, namah means bow, te means to you. Namaste is commonly translated in several ways. I most often hear it expressed as “the divine light in me honors the divine light in you”, “the God within me greets the God within you” or “the spirit in me meets the same spirit in you”. When used as a hand gesture the palms of the hands come together over […]

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Lotus Flowers And The Chakras

August 7, 2012

I love creating jewelry with the lotus flower. Lotus flowers are associated with the 7 main Chakra energy centers. Each Chakra has a different shape lotus flower. I found these wonderful sterling silver charms with the lotus flower of each chakra on one side and the name of the chakra on the other side. I combined the chakra charms with 7 different gemstones which correspond to the chakras to create this Chakra Balancing Necklace. To purchase the necklace go to my web site The first Chakra, located at the base of the spine is called the Root Chakra or Muladhara chakra.The first chakra is symbolized by a lotus flower with four petals, and its shape is triangular. The second Chakra, located just below the belly button is called the Sacral Chakra or Swadishthana. The second chakra is represented by a six-petaled lotus and is circular in shape. The third Chakra […]

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Wear Lotus Flower Jewelry As A Symbol For Your Spiritual Journey

August 2, 2012

Why wear a lotus flower as a piece of jewelry? In many cultures the Lotus Flower symbolizes spiritual awareness. It is often used as symbol of enlightenment. Wearing a Lotus Flower necklace or pendant is a wonderful reminder of our own individual, unfolding spiritual journey. As a Yoga practitioner and gemstone jewelry designer, I love to create inspiring pieces of jewelry to assist me and others on the spiritual path. I often use the Lotus flower symbol in my jewelry designs. I’ll explain the meaning and significance of the Lotus flower. You just might want to wear this beautiful symbol as a representation of your own spiritual path. Meaning and Significance of the Lotus The lotus flower is special in so many ways. This many petaled flower is often found growing in dirty, muddy water, where it reaches beyond the muck to float on top of the water displaying its […]

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Celebrating Earth Day 2012 With Atlantisite- A Gemstone For Earth Healers

April 21, 2012

This year Earth Day falls on Sunday April 22. Its a day set aside to celebrate our planet Earth. I like to use gemstones to help me set intention for blessing the Earth. Working with stones helps me in setting my focus on making simple changes in my home and way of living. The stones act as reminders to the new choices I’m making in my life. I’ll be using Atlantisite to celebrate Earth Day this year. Atlantisite is a powerful stone for Earth Healers and those who focus their energies on helping the planet through its current transformations .Atlantasite helps us, so that we can be of service to others and Mother Earth. Atlantisite is a combination of Serpentine & Stichite found in Australia. It’s a beautiful yellowish green stone (the Serpentine) mixed with deep rich purple (the Stichite). This is a wonderful combination of energies to link the […]

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Green Garnet, A Prosperity Stone

April 2, 2012

Looking for a new prosperity gemstone? Check out Green Garnet.  They are wonderful for encouraging prosperity and overcoming scarcity, lack and limitations. Certainly a stone for these crazy economic times. Green Garnet can be the catalyst for changing your thinking from one of lack into one of abundance. If you are ready to begin seeing all that you do have, rather than everything you don’t have, Green Garnet can show you the way. Green Garnet’s loving energy helps us to overcome scarcity by reinforcing the loving vibration of the Earth. The Earth provides unlimited resources. Tap into this awareness with the help of Green Garnet. Reach into the unlimited potential within yourself. When you see yourself as abundant on the inside, abundance will be reflected on the outside. Green Garnet helps us to perceive true abundance in our lives, which can’t be measure by material possessions.   Green Garnet’s gift is to […]

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