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For the Love of Amethysts in February!

For the Love of Amethysts in February!

Did you know that amethysts are not only the most popular purple gemstone, but one of the most popular of all time? Amethysts are the ultimate "geek to chic" stone, found within geodes that look like ordinary dark rocks with nothing to hint of the beauty inside. When they are cracked open, the geodes reveal raw crystals that range from the lightest of mauves to the deepest of purples. Just as beautiful in its natural form as it is faceted, smoothed, or tumbled into stones or beads, it is a perfect stone for all kinds of handcrafted artisan and beaded jewelry.
February 02, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Starting Fresh In The New Year

Starting Fresh In The New Year

When we think of January, we think of the new year. We think of the year ahead, and we think of all the hopes we have for it. As many may know, January's traditional birthstone is garrnet, but 2019 feels like it is truly going to be a year of new beginnings!

This January, jade green is your color.

 

January 01, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
April Jewelry Color of the Month: Pink

April Jewelry Color of the Month: Pink

It's the time of year when we turn our thoughts to the beginning of warmer weather. As the snow melts and new growth emerges, we start finding ourselves looking for the first buds and the beginning of flowers.  Whether it's bulbs, shrubs, or bushes, the stand-out color we find ourselves searching for is pink.

Dogwood

The delicate pink of dogwood is soft and sweet.  Representing that same softness and sweetness is our Romantic Pink Pearl Beaded Anklet.  Delicate pink pearls with Swarovski crystals grace your ankle like petals from the new bloom of the pink dogwood.

April 20, 2017 by SWCreations Jewelry
July’s Birthstone: Ruby Passions

July’s Birthstone: Ruby Passions

July’s birthstone is ruby. Given that July is a month dedicated to Julius Caesar—a dictator who died in a pool of his own blood--the red gemstone seems somehow appropriate. But then, July has always been a month for red hot passions, whether murderous rages or ardent love affairs. In that respect, with its own internal fire, ruby is the ideal birthstone for the hottest month of the year.
July Birthstone Gemstone – Symbolic Fortune of Love

July Birthstone Gemstone – Symbolic Fortune of Love

Handcrafted jewelry adorned with Ruby gemstones, the month of July’s birthstone, has been accepted through the years as a symbolic fortune of love, passion and the ability to enrich one’s life.  Through history the Ruby gemstone is revealed as a powerful spiritual deterrent banishing sorrow and disharmony.  As well as offering protection from bad friendships and possible dangerous situations that life may throw at you. 
Ruby - July's Gemstone of Hot and Spicy Fun

Ruby - July's Gemstone of Hot and Spicy Fun

ruby gemstonesRuby is a semi-precious gemstone frequently incorporated into some of the most modern, beautiful handmade jewelry in the world. It is most often found in shades of opaque or translucent red, and is widely recognized as the July Birthstone as well as the gemstone for the 15th and 40th anniversaries. But beyond its modern-day uses and associations, ruby holds a decadent mythological, spiritual and etymological history that adds nostalgic value to its already strong esthetic worth. Read on for more information that will help you fall in love with your ruby jewelry – or inspire you to buy some today!

Ruby is a variety of the species Corundum, and is one of the most sought-after precious colored gems in the world. The word ruby is said to come from the Latin word "rubber" or "rubens," which means red.

In ancient Sanskrit, ruby is called "ratnaraj," or "king of precious stones." Centuries ago, people believed that if a ruby were placed in a pot of water, it would cause the water to boil. People also believed that if rubies were placed beneath the skin, they would generate a mystical force field that would protect the wearer from mishaps. Red is also the color of blood--the life force of all mankind.

Ruby gemstones look best as parts of formal evening jewelry when paired with diamonds, black onyx or dark blue sapphire. More casual combinations include softer contrasts of brilliant ruby reds with clear quartz, emerald or pearls. To see a selection of handmade artisan jewelry featuring ruby, click here. Ruby is typically considered a sophisticated gemstone that works well with any outfit. In earrings, it works especially well to enhance the luster of green or hazel eyes.

Rubies became a popular colored stone among European royalty and other nobility because of their intense red color. Whenever a ruby was found, the emperor/royalty sent out people to see and welcome the precious stone. The ancient Hindus believed that those who offered fine rubies to the God Krishna could be granted the life of an emperor in their next lives.

The ruby is often associated with the emotions of love, passion, majesty, power and anger. Rubies are also believed to open the heart, attract others, and overcome fear. They were also said to help predict the future if they change color or intensity. Rubies were first mined 2500 years ago. While they originated in Sri Lanka, today rubies are found in Thailand, Mynamar, and Kenya.

Mohs' Hardness score is based on a 10-point scale where 10 is the most resistant, like a diamond, and 1 is easily scratched, such as Talc. Ruby gets a score of 9, meaning that it is very scratch resistant and therefore suitable as a component of jewelry. Ruby gemstones should be regularly cleaned by a professional or with a soft rag and mild soap and water. Other methods, including ultra-sonic cleaners, are also okay as long as they are not oiled. Avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning your handcrafted jewelry as exposure to these elements can damage semi-precious and precious gemstones and pearls. 

Article: Sarah Stephens
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July Birthstone Jewelry - Ruby Gemstones - Love and Passion

July Birthstone Jewelry - Ruby Gemstones - Love and Passion

Handcrafted jewelry adorned with Ruby gemstones, the month of July’s birthstone, has been accepted through the years as a symbolic fortune of love, passion and the ability to enrich one’s life. Through history the Ruby gemstone is revealed as a powerful spiritual deterrent banishing sorrow and disharmony. As well as offering protection from bad friendships and possible dangerous situations that life may throw at you. As an elegant gemstone known for promoting tranquility, centuries have passed and many people continue to wear July’s birthstone, the Ruby, never knowing its history. The antiquity and power behind this astonishing gemstone only accentuates the beauty this July birthstone has to offer. Handcrafted jewelry embellished with Rubies affirms a luxurious and opulent personality for any person wearing such elegance.
July’s Gemstone of Hot & Spicy Fun

July’s Gemstone of Hot & Spicy Fun

Ruby is a semi-precious gemstone frequently incorporated into some of the most modern, beautiful handmade jewelry in the world. It is most often found in shades of opaque or translucent red, and is widely recognized as the July Birthstone as well as the gemstone for the 15th and 40th anniversaries. But beyond its modern-day uses and associations, ruby holds a decadent mythological, spiritual and etymological history that adds nostalgic value to its already strong aesthetic worth. Read on for more information that will help you fall in love with your ruby jewelry – or inspire you to buy some today!