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Top Three Gemstones for Good Luck

Top Three Gemstones for Good Luck

Have you ever wondered about the symbolic meaning behind the beautiful gems in your beaded jewelry? Whether you purposely seek out gemstones and crystals for their supposed metaphysical properties or you just like the way they look, there's no doubt that it is interesting to understand the traditional meaning behind your unique beaded jewelry. Here are the top three gemstones that have historically been used to bring good luck.
Handmade Jewelry: Past, Present, and Future

Handmade Jewelry: Past, Present, and Future

Handmade jewelry has been a part of the fashion world since the earliest of civilizations. Ancient Egyptians are notably known for jewelry made of fine gemstones and precious metals, such as gold and silver. Mummies of past reigning pharaohs have reportedly been found adorned with exquisite handmade jewelry, along with other amulets that were believed to assist the dead as they crossed over to the other side.
August 25, 2018 by SWCreations Jewelry
The Hidden Lore of Gemstones

The Hidden Lore of Gemstones

There are two things that make handcrafted jewelry special ... beautiful artistry and the significance of the piece. Sometimes, the piece is special because of the moment it celebrates. An engagement or anniversary, the birth of a child, or perhaps it's a memento of a wonderful vacation. But sometimes, what makes that piece so exceptional is something more steeped in lore.
August 11, 2018 by SWCreations Jewelry
Gemstones and Crystals that Look Amazing in Handcrafted Jewelry

Gemstones and Crystals that Look Amazing in Handcrafted Jewelry

Looking to add just the right splash of color to your jewelry? Gemstones and colored Swarovski crystals are some of the most popular, offering a wide mix of styles and shades. When combined with a beautiful diamond or glass bead, they make a bold statement that looks good no matter where you are. Use this brief guide to gemstones to learn more about these precious stones and how to incorporate them into handcrafted jewelry.
Apatite Gemstone - Gemstone Meanings and Magical Traits

Apatite Gemstone - Gemstone Meanings and Magical Traits

Magic is something everyone ponders at some point in their life. We could be living the happiest, most successful lives and yet we'll still long for some abnormal escape from reality. Perhaps getting lost in Harry Potter novels and dreaming about being psychic or having extraordinary healing powers are just not the right way of going about it? It will amaze you, as it amazed me, the things this simple gemstone is capable of when worn in jewelry and beaded jewelry. 
The Masai and the Blue Stone: Tanzanite

The Masai and the Blue Stone: Tanzanite

How Tanzanite Was Discovered

One day in 1967, a Masai tribesman named Ali Juuyawatu was walking along the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania when he found a stone. Perhaps he stubbed his toe on the rock or maybe its unusual color caught his eye, history doesn’t tell us that. We do know that this Masai warrior made history that day; he had discovered Tanzanite! To this day, this rare member of the zoisite group of minerals has been found in only one place on earth: a five-square mile hilltop near Arusha, Tanzania. In fact, Kilimanjaro International Airport is just ten miles north of where this rare gem is mined.

August 22, 2015 by SWCreations Jewelry
Jade: Gemstone of Spirit and Virtue

Jade: Gemstone of Spirit and Virtue

Long associated with Chinese culture, jade is an ancient and beautiful gemstone. The characteristic green color of the stone (which can range from very pale, milky green to very dark green) is caused by its iron content. More iron results in deeper green color. This extremely durable stone has been used to make tools and beaded jewelry, along with other objects used for ornamental or spiritual purposes, for at least 7000 years. Fine examples of jade jewelry and artifacts, both modern and historic, have been found all over the world.
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Five of the Most Famous Gemstones of All Time

Nature makes them.  Men sweat for them, cut them, polish them, steal them and also kill for them.  Gemstones impress everyone, but some stones seem to take on a life of their own.  These famous gemstones still fascinate us today.

Probably the most famous gemstone in the world, the Hope Diamond hides quite a tale in her lovely steel-blue facets.  Mined originally in India, the owner sold it to the French King Louis XIV in the mid-1600s.  About 100 years later when Louis XVI lost his throne and his head, the diamond disappeared along with the other French crown jewels.  

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: Koh-i-Noor Diamond

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: Koh-i-Noor Diamond

In the history of famous gems and beaded jewelry, the Koh-i-Noor Diamond stands out for its dark tales of tragedy, torture, and murder, of thrones, lost and gained. The legend is that whoever holds the diamond will be invincible, and men who believed the legend was willing to slaughter thousands for it. Even now, the gem is at the center of a dispute.
April 30, 2015 by Stephanie White
​Harnessing Energy From Gemstones In Handmade Jewelry

​Harnessing Energy From Gemstones In Handmade Jewelry

For centuries gemstones of all types have been said to hold mythical powers and healing energies. In fact, entire businesses were founded upon the belief of these healing properties which people have observed since ancient times. Today, many people may not believe in the healing powers of stones and other minerals, but they do believe the stones contain a certain natural 'force.' Whatever you believe, check out these five gemstones that are said to have some amazing health and wellness benefits.

January 09, 2015 by Stephanie White
Jade, The Essence of Heaven and Earth

Jade, The Essence of Heaven and Earth

Jade was considered more precious than diamonds in pre-Hispanic Mexico. This captivating green stone was valued with the same mystical properties in pre-historic Asian cultures. Named the “Stone from Heaven” jade has been prized in both Mesoamerica and China for thousands of years. The earliest jade object found by archeologists in China was a piece of a serpentine jade discovered in the Immortal Cave in Haicheng in the Liaoning Province.  This artifact dates back to the Stone Age, more than 12,000 years ago.
Agate, the Force Field of Ancient Times

Agate, the Force Field of Ancient Times

Today, we have home security systems that set off an alarm if an intruder enters. In the future, we will be protected by a force field, like the one Scottie switches on when the Klingons are at the backdoor of the Enterprise and Captain Kirk starts getting nervous.

In ancient times, say roughly 20,000 B.C. the Stone Age people found comfort in agates, as a form of protection.

 

September 27, 2013 by Stephanie White
Chalcedony: History, Healing & Spirituality

Chalcedony: History, Healing & Spirituality

Distant, milky, mysterious – Chalcedony is an enigmatic gem, with more than a hint of the magical about it. Though there are no myths or legends directly attributed to this gauzy stone, chalcedony is wrapped in rich folklore and is said to have a huge number of potent powers. But before we delve into the mysterious world of chalcedony, let’s take a look at a little of the science behind the stone.
September 23, 2013 by Stephanie White
Amethyst: The Myths, Legends & Magic

Amethyst: The Myths, Legends & Magic

According to the 16th Century French poet, Remy Bellau, Bacchu the Greek god of wine, revelry, and debauchery was once captivated by a beautiful maiden by the name of Amethyste. Bacchus pursued the fair Amethyste relentlessly, chasing her for mile after mile. Desperate not to become the prey of the lustful god, Amethyste called out to the goddess of chastity, Diana, for help. To protect Amethyste’s treasured virginity, Diana turned the maiden into a stone of the purest white. Humbled by her sacrifice, Bacchus poured a libation of his symbolic wine onto the stone, staining Amethyste the most glorious purple.

Dazzling Drusy Crystal: A Hot Item in Today’s Jewelry Market

Dazzling Drusy Crystal: A Hot Item in Today’s Jewelry Market

One form of quartz crystal that is becoming more popular among jewelry designers today is known as the Drusy (pronounced DREW-zee) mineral. Oddly enough, there are many different spellings, including “druzy,” “drusie,” “druse,” and even “drusies.” The word itself originated from the German word, druse, and is defined as a beautiful grouping of very tiny crystals that grows on the surface of a stone. It is also not uncommon for drusy to form in the cavity of a geode or larger pocket of a mineral deposit.
August 26, 2013 by Lisa Vella