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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
October Jewelry Color of the Month: Copper

October Jewelry Color of the Month: Copper

October has arrived, and the weather has grown cool.  Thoughts turn to shorter days and Halloween.  Pumpkins and gourds are starting to appear. What color would say October better than copper?  A warm color whose reflection adds coolness, copper so also the color of dried leaves and hot fires.

Dried Leaves

The colors of fall leaves are a joy even for those who aren't looking forward to winter.  The Carved Jade Copper Gemstone Beaded bracelet calls to mind all the colors we see in the changing leaves as they near the end.  The carving in the multi colored jade calls to mind the veins we see on leaves close up, while the copper reminds us of those last sparks of bright color.  

October 27, 2016 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: Chameleon of the Gem World

Apatite Gemstone: Chameleon of the Gem World

As far as minerals are concerned,  has a nebulous, often misunderstood nature. Frequently mistaken for such minerals as amblygonite, andalusite, brazilianite, beryl, sphene, topaz, olivine, peridot and tourmaline, gem-quality apatite manifests in a variety of colors from green and blue, to yellow, purple, and even brown.
March 03, 2016 by SWCreations Jewelry
Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: Queen of Kilimanjaro

Famous Gems and Beaded Jewelry: Queen of Kilimanjaro

The Queen of Kilimanjaro is one of the most famous faceted tanzanites in the world; a 242 carat beauty set in a stunning tiara where it is surrounded by 803 rare green tsavorite garnets and 913 diamonds. The Queen, along with its brilliant-cut royal retinue, is set in 18 karat white gold in the exotic-looking tiara.
More Interesting Facts About Gemstones

More Interesting Facts About Gemstones

Over thousands of years and back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Christians, precious and semi-precious gemstones have been revered for their mystical and spiritual properties. As well as cultural and religious affiliations, they have always also represented the outstanding wealth of their owners.

In more modern times, the connection of particular stones to birth months was formalized in the United States in the early 1900s although assigning astrology to birthstone jewelry was first observed in Poland in the 15th century.

Garnet Gemstone: More Than Just a Birthstone

Garnet Gemstone: More Than Just a Birthstone

garnet birthstone gemstoneThe Garnet gemstone is the birthstone of January. The stone is a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors ranging from a deep red/orange of the Mandarin Garnet to a green color of the Tsavorite and the usually recognized Pyrope Garnet. It can be given for the second, sixth, and nineteenth wedding anniversaries and it symbolizes eternal friendship and trust. The name comes from the Latin word granatum meaning "seed-like" referencing it to a pomegranate because of it's looks and color. The garnet gemstone is an interesting stone in terms of history, legends, and Greek mythology.

 

History

The Garnet gemstone was found as inlays in the jewelry of a deceased man dating back to 3000 B.C. It was very popular in France in the 18th and 19th centuries and was found prominently in jewelry during the Victorian Era. It was also popular in Old Spain because of its similarity to the pomegranate, which was a favorite during that time period.

Legends

A legend says that Noah used a finely cut, glowing Garnet stone to illuminate the ark during the dark of night. Hebrew writers state the Garnet stone was one of twelve stones in the breastplate of Aaron and the blood-red color of the stone symbolizes Christ's sacrifice. In medieval times, the stone was used to cure depression, protect people from bad dreams, and even relieve liver diseases and hemorrhages. 

Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, Hades gives a pomegranate to Persephone before she leaves him to ensure a speedy return. Consequently, the Garnet gemstone also represents separated love and a quick return. Today, the stone would be a respectful gift for someone leaving another to bond lovers and to help a broken heart. 

The Garnet gemstone symbolizes several different things including love, friendship, trust, and a swift return by separated lovers. It's a great anniversary gift and January birthday gift.

To explore unique, handmade Garnet jewelry and other gemstone pieces, contact us today.

The Magnificent Allure of Emerald Gemstones

The Magnificent Allure of Emerald Gemstones

emerald gemstonesEmerald gemstones signify the month of May. Like spring, emeralds represent rebirth, good fortune, youth, and renewal. 

Emerald is rooted from smaragdus, defining green in Greek.

The first emerald was unearthed in Egypt in 300 B.C. Cleopatra infamously adored the stone. In ancient Egyptian texts, Cleopatra found the "Cleopatra Emerald" weighing at an unimaginable 97 karats. She split the gemstone in half, giving it to Marc Antony. After Marc Antony fought the Romans and died, architects tried to find his missing half. They never located it.

Mysterious incidents began to occur while the owner of the Cleopatra Emerald tried to transport Cleopatra's half. To this day, it is said to be cursed and the only way to remove the curse is to reunite the halves.

The Emerald Tablets of Thoth, the Atlantean are 12 tablets filled with texts about mysticism. Thoth's Emerald Tablets are described as a rich emerald-green. The properties of the tablets make them imperishable, defying the laws of ionization due to the fixed cellular and atomic structure.

The emerald gemstone structure comprises vanadium, chromium, and iron in the beryl mineral. A spectrum of hues occurs in the presence of its chemical properties. For example, a stone consisting of a stronger chromium and vanadium reaction creates a darker green. The third element, iron, may give off a bluish tinted emerald.

The discrepancy of the emerald has changed, however. In the 1960s, vanadium emeralds were declared actual emeralds by the jewelry industry. Internationally, the distinction is different due to grade differences. This introduced the "Colombian emerald".

The crystal system is hexagonal in nature. Radiant and square cuts tend to emphasize and suit the stone. The enchanting "emerald cut" provides a hypnotic rectangular or square step, creating endless geometric illusions. 

High-quality emeralds are hard to find, thus color treatments continue to enhance the gemstone. Classic in its enduring and bewitching symbolism, the illustrious emerald transforms seers and wearers alike.

To view our selection of emerald centered pieces or any questions relating to our custom handmade jewelry, contact us.

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. 

Interesting Facts, Legends, and Myths About Gemstones

amethyst gemstonePrecious and semi-precious stones have been honored for many centuries. The folklore concerning them is definitely fascinating. All cultures treasure the stories that go back to the beginning of history.

Birthstones Originated in the Bible

It is believed that the Breastplate of Aaron is the origin of birthstones. Exodus 28, 15-30, calls for the twelve stones of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, corresponding to the zodiac signs of the time, be set into four rows. Since our calendar month system was not known at the time of Exodus, birthstones became more commonly associated with a person’s calendar month of birth.

Found in Caves

Jewelry and other uses of gemstones have been found in caves that are said to have been inhabited more than 5,000 years ago!

Ancient Uses

The ancient Romans, Babylonians, Egyptians, and Greeks revered these stones and used them for many uses from talismans to medicinal cures to burial items. Emperor Nero supposedly watched the gladiator games by looking at them through a large emerald!

Imperial Topaz

The golden topaz changed color when in the presence of poisoned drink or food. Therefore, many royals made sure the stone was put to use, and that is how it got the name “imperial” topaz.

Turquoise

This stone has many legends surrounding it. The Apache had a number of uses including attaching one to a weapon to improve its accuracy, putting one in a horse's mane or on its bridle to make the horse sure-footed, and wearing turquoise to prevent them from breaking a bone or taking a fall.

The Zuni used turquoise to protect them from demons.

The Navajos believed that if they threw a piece of turquoise into a river while they prayed to the rain gods, they would be blessed with rain.

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