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The Meaning of White

The Interesting Duality of WhiteIn any discussion of the color white, there is a duality factor that makes it especially interesting.  When referring to white light, it is the result of all the colors in the spectrum seen at one time.  With regards to paint, it is just the opposite.  The color white is an absence of pigment, or color.  In Western cultures, black is used to signify death, but...

INATS 2014

Another INATS has come and gone, and as the incredible and inspirational flower arrangements are being dismantled, I feel a bit sad that it's over.  The International New Age Trade Show (INATS) is a unique coming together of exceptional people and new age products.  But it's more than that.  For four days, the Denver Mart becomes a consortium of new age thinkers, along with artists, performers, musicians, authors and healers...

The Meaning of Black

It has been said that black is the most misunderstood color.  I would have to agree.  While it is required for formal occasions, lending an air of sophistication and formality, it is also the color most worn by the bad guys in the movies.  Black is filled with the mysteries of the universe as well as being the solace of quiet meditation.  In nearly every case, it is a way...

Lapidary ~ The Art of Cutting Gemstones

Cutting Basics Before cutting a stone, the first thing I do is to look at the rock from every angle. If it is still in a rough state, I get it wet to exaggerate any external markings or patterns.  It is up to me to frame the stone in such a way as to show off it's best features. Color, clarity, surface textures or flaws that might make the stone...

Do You Love Rocks?

 Rock Lovers Unite Working with rocks draws in certain kinds of people.  Some are geologists, some are gemologists, some are lapidaries, while others are collectors, always searching for another spectacular gem from Mother Earth.  SInce I go to just about every gem show that comes to town and several that are out of town, I have come to recognize a certain something about the folks who attend.  There is a...

The meaning of PINK

Pink Is For Girls? I've never been a pink lover.  Don't get me wrong, I'm addicted to colors - all of them, but even as a young child, pink was never my first choice.  The bedroom I shared with my older sister was artfully done up in pink, from the paint on the walls to the matching pink bedspreads covered with red roses.  Even the carpet was deep pink.  Still,...

Root Chakra Stone - Turritella Agate

Turritella Agate For Root Chakra One of my favorite and perhaps lesser known root chakra stones is turritella agate.  It is an earthy brown or black stone, and what makes it so fascinating are at the fossilized sea creatures and snails that have become part of the rock.  Caught in time, the stone is laden with these tiny spiral creatures that give a history of ancient life on earth some...

Best Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day Gifts With Meaning Mother's Day will soon be here, and there is no one more special than a "mom", especially if she's yours.  The most traditional of gifts is taking mom out for Sunday brunch.  After years of meals she's put on the table, a day of deliciousness that requires she neither cook nor clean seems an obvious choice, but my bet is that you've done that number...

Are Rocks Alive?

Are Rocks Alive?  Yes, I would say that rocks are alive - that is to say, they react to temperature, they expand and contract, they can absorb moisture, and they can change states entirely, such as petrified wood that changes into stone given a hundred million years or so. All igneous rocks were once liquid. Further, a stone can react to an individual's body chemistry and change color. It can...

Rhodochrosite is back!

Beautiful Rhodochrosite   We were doing our spring cleaning in the studio and lo and behold, we discovered the last four pieces of these gorgeous, large rhodochrosite beauties, which had been missing for months!  The shape is a sort of softened heart, which is perfect for this heart chakra stone.  I only wish there had been more, but alas, that is the way it is with gemstones.  Gem shows are...

What is New Age?

The New Age Movement New Age refers to a broad umbrella of spiritual philosophies.  What all of these philosophies share is a belief in tolerance, an open-mindedness if you will, that allows for exploration of the spirit and the evolution of cultural consciousness.  It is called New Age, not because it is new, but rather, it refers to the end of the age of Pisces and the beginning of the age...

Where To Buy Chakra Jewelry

Where can I purchase chakra jewelry? Looking online for chakra jewelry sites such as www.chakrajewel.com, or searching terms like: spiritual jewelry, yoga jewelry or new age jewelry are ways to find and buy chakra jewelry, but visiting a New Age store is also a likely source and may offer a fun and exciting experience for any shopper.   Shopping for New Age products People who are shopping in New Age stores...

Caring for sterling silver jewelry

Tarnish on silver  Unlike gold or platinum, sterling silver tarnishes and requires a bit of care to keep it bright and shiny.  Tarnish begins with a slight yellowing color and progresses to a dark greenish black, completely covering the once gleaming shine that makes silver so dazzling.   What causes tarnish? Both air and light are elements that cause silver to tarnish.  Keeping your silver in a plastic bag or...

Jewelry Purchasing

 3 tips that will help you with purchasing jewelry 1. Is it real?  There are two basic categories of jewelry.  One is referred to as  fine or "real" jewelry,  while the other is known as fashion or costume jewelry.  Fine jewelry is made from sterling silver, gold or platinum.  These are known as precious metals.  Gold and platinum have become very high in price, and even the smallest amount will...

Emeralds for Heart Chakra

Our latest addition to our collection are emeralds. They are perfect for the heart chakra.  The finest emeralds come from Columbia and Boliva and this rare green stone continues to climb in value.  A fine half carat emerald (about 1/16" across) can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.  Even lesser quality emeralds are expensive and hard to find.  The emerald market is highly controlled, and emeralds are often dyed...

Tucson - 2014

Buying at Tucson It's that time again.  The 2014 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is just around the corner!  With fifty shows all running at the same time, the city of Tucson becomes a mecca for anyone who loves rocks.  It is the largest gem show in America, if not the world.  Folks come from all over to touch, bargain and buy rocks.  Each year I return to my favorite...

How Can Chakra Jewelry Help Me?

What Does Jewelry Have To Do With My Chakras? Simply put, wearing chakra jewelry is a highly effective and beautiful way to put us in touch with our emotions.   In addition to adorning oneself with the beauty that comes from Mother Earth, chakra jewels is jewelry with a deeper meaning.  Just as yoga is more than mere exercise, chakra jewelry is more than a pretty accessory.  Here's why.     ...

Yoga Jewelry

Our signature yoga necklace While Chakra Jewel specializes in natural stones, our seven ring chakra necklace remains one of our most popular pieces.  Instead of focusing on one chakra, the necklace consists of seven tiny handmade rings that slide gracefully along our designer chain, embracing the 7 chakras.  With each movement, the rings naturally adjust, seeking harmony and balance in every situation.  Our signature yoga necklace is both classic and versatile....

Chakra Jewels - Healing Stones for the Holidays

HEALING STONES FOR THE HOLIDAYS As we approach the winter solstice, the days grow shorter and the energy of life feels very different from the warm days of fall.  The new year approaches, and everything seems to be speeding up.  Suddenly we find ourselves trying to account for where the time has gone.  Traditions make us remember the past, and we can be deluged with feelings from a different time...

SALE on Yoga Jewelry

OUR 15% SITE WIDE SALE IS GOING ON THROUGH FRIDAY, NOV 30th. IN ADDITION TO FREE SHIPPING, YOU MAY SELECT ANYTHING AND TAKE 15% OFF!  EVERYTHING IS ON SALE!! This is the perfect time to purchase a gift for someone you care about.  Whether it's for family or friends, your beautiful gift of Chakra Jewels will long be cherished and remembered.   And don't forget about yourself.  Is there a...

All New Chakra Earrings!

New Chakra Earrings In our opinion, there are four things that make for a great pair of earrings: comfort, movement, color and sparkle.  With that in mind, we came up with a whole new line of chakra earrings that we're very excited to share with you!  The collection begins with our new handmade sterling silver ear wires.  We start with 21 gauge sterling wire which is a touch heavier than...

Chakra Jewel Earth Friendly Packaging Award

    Chakra Jewelry Company Recognized By Redirect Guide For New Earth Friendly Packaging ChakraJewel.com received a FIRST PLACE green ribbon from Redirect Guide for the sustainable packaging they created for their custom chakra jewelry. Handmade Chakra Healing Jewelry by ChakraJewel.com Online PR News – 08-May-2012 –Packaging for jewelry can be very wasteful. It is likely that the average consumer throws it all away, and most of it was not...

CHAKRA WORKSHOP - New Age Trade Show JUNE 22, 2013

INATS 2013 - Denver, Colorado Just received a phone call confirming my chakra workshop at the New Age Trade Show in June.  The event is open to the trade only, and while I have been a vendor at past shows, this year I will be both a vendor and a presenter.  During this one hour workshop, you will be encouraged to interact, volunteer and have fun while experiencing your chakras...

Einstein and Chakra Energy

What does Einstein have to do with chakra energy?   Energy is an amazing force.  According to Einstein, "Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another."  With that in mind, we invite you to be part of a universal energy exchange.  At Chakra Jewel, we are not mathematicians, physicists or scientists.  We are artists, gem cutters and chakra students with a sensitivity to...