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Gong Baths And Chakras

What is a Gong Bath? Recently, I had a dear friend who celebrated his birthday by having a gong bath.  He invited a few lucky friends to come along, and I was fortunate enough to be one of them.  I had been to a gong bath once before, and I enjoyed it much more the second time around.  If you have not heard of gong baths, I will attempt to...

Chakra Jewels For The Holidays

ALWAYS CUSTOM MADE Chakra Jewels are made after the order is placed.   This allows us to consider the person who placed the order and try to communicate with them through the gems.  Quality control is really important to us.  Since we purchase our beads by the string, some stones are more exciting than others.  Rarely do we use every stone from a strand, rather, we pick the nicest material to...

CHAKRAS AND POLITICS

Politics can wreak havoc on our chakras. I've heard it over and over lately.  "If I have to listen to one more campaign ad, I'm going to throw something at the TV/radio/computer."  "I can't take it anymore!"  "Make them stop," and worst of all, "It makes me sick."  YIKES!  It seems the political landscape has turned to mud, and all of us are getting dragged through it.  Still, if you are...

EARTH FRIENDLY JEWELRY

Chakra Jewelry Company Recognized By Redirect Guide For New Earth Friendly Packaging   ChakraJewel.com received a 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 needed in...

A Halloween Stone

Dragon Blood Jasper The story behind Dragon Blood Jasper is one of the most interesting I've come across and perfect for Halloween.  The stone, which has a mossy yellow green background is shot with veins of deep red.  It is thought that the stone is the fossilized remains of ancient dragons.  The green is the skin of the beast, while the red veins are the blood. Oddly enough, I was...

How To Meditate With Stones

   Why Meditate? Meditation is relaxing to the point where you stop the chatter inside your head.  You know, that constant voice that streams through your brain reminding you to  pick up something for dinner, call your mother/sister/daughter/brother, son, husband, father, grandmother, friends, etc. or to check the air in your tires the next time you get gas, and on and on it goes.  To stop this endless chatter takes...

NEW STONES from the DENVER GEM SHOW

  NEW GEMSTONES include: Black Labradorite - These are wonderful large rectangular stones with good flashes of blue.  A nice combination of root and third eye chakras. Leopard Skin Jasper - This new stone shows fabulous patterns of black, gray and pinky beige.  Looks like strands of black yarn that meander across a light colored background.  Each piece has it's own unique character.  Good for root chakra. Carnelian - Very...

FABULOUS OCEAN JASPER

ie, Orbicular Jasper   This amazing stone from Mother Earth reminds me of microbes one might see under a microscope.  It is a kind of jasper and agate mix that displays a unique pattern of colored circles and dots that appear to float across a deep green background. As you can see in the photos, it's very organic and alive looking.   Found only along the northwest shoreline of Madagascar, the mine has been...

THE MANY COLORS OF JASPER

JASPER FOR FALL   As fall peeks around the corner, nature gives it her all before the frost. Leaves of green become bright red, orange and yellow, and while the spring and summer flowers have begun to fade, fall colors come with the bountiful harvest.  In celebration of Mother Nature's brilliant show of force, I've put together a group of JASPERS for fall that specifically energize the first, second and third chakras.  These chakras...

Amber for Teething

Amber Helps Teething Because. . . Succinic acid found in amber, is an all-natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.  If you are interested in exploring the effects of succinic acid to help your baby during painful episodes of teething, choose amber that is genuine, not reconstituted and has not been polished, since polishing destroys the outer layers.  This is where the most succinic acid is found. It is also known as raw...

Amber

Amazing Amber  With it's warm golden hue, amber is sensual, earthy and exciting.  Technically, it is not a stone, but began as tree resin more than 40 million years ago.  Oozing from the trees in ancient forests, it was transformed over a very long time into a natural plastic. (note: tree resin is not the same thing as tree sap.) Amber is amorphous, which means it has no crystalline structure...

NEW! Spiny Oyster Shell

New to our collection of gemstones is spiny oyster shell.  This shell, which is a cousin to a scallop, has long been prized, not for it's taste, but for it's colorful shell.  As is the case for all things that come from our oceans, it is getting more rare to find.  Not only that, but it is covered with thorns or spines that stick out all over the shell and...

LARGE DESIGNER GEMS

New Larger Stones We are exploring the availability of some much larger stones for Chakra Jewel!  The stones, which will typically be around 3" inches long, are well suited for our large link adjustable chain.  These large stones are really fabulous focal pieces.  Because our adjustable large link chain is 30" at it's longest, it will allow you to wear the piece over a sweater, turtle neck, or with a...

The Meaning of White

The Interesting Duality of White In 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, white is an absence of color.  In Western cultures, black is used to signify death, but there are many cultures in the world where...

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...