Saturday, 31 March 2018

Gemstones for March

Very nearly didn't make it, I have been busy with orders this month and took on the #MarchMeetTheMaker Challenge on Instagram but here I am just nipping in at the end of the month with my Monthly Gemstone Post for March. 

This month we have three gemstones.  The first is Aquamarine the main gemstone associated with March. Aquamarine is part of the Beryl family alongside Emeralds, Heliodor and Pink Morganite. It is thought to enable creative expression and derives it's name from the Latin for 'Water of the Sea'.

I use Aquamarine quite often in my work as one of my favourite colour stones ranging from the palest clear blue to milky mid blue and it's also my daughters birthstone.

This rainbow necklace has a pale milky blue aquamarine tumbled nugget, alongside a range of other colourful gemstones. 

These earrings have a midtone blue colour and look fab paired with amethyst 
Another Gemstone associaed with March that I use is Blue Lace Agate, which is a pretty pale blue/white stone. This necklace has both icy clear blue aquamarine and blue lace agate, such a delicate colour. 

Blue Lace Agate is said to help you find the right words and bring clarity.

The last stone associated with March is Kunzite, a delicate pinky lilac stone, I have a strand of tumbled stones in my stash of these but not used them yet, it's suggested they are worn as a pendant so I'll add that to my makes for next week :) this is what it looks like...

Should look fab with silver!

That's it for March. Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back with Gemstones for April soon.


Sunday, 11 February 2018

Gemstones for February

Hello February, my, over a week has gone by already, after what felt like a very long month in January, this one seems to be whizzing by! So last weekend I did my research on gemstones associated with Feburary for this months blog and I was surprised to find there are quite a few.  The first one I came across predictably is the Amethyst as the birthstone for February. One of my favourite stones to work with. Amethyst comes from the quartz family and ranges from clear to opaque in all shades of purple, these are few of my pieces showing the variety of stones.
This beautiful teardrop shaped cabachon shows the range of colour from deepest purple at the top to almost pale lilac at the bottom.   I have set this one in Sterling Silver and added some decorative scrolls.
This bracelet combines round varigated beads with a clear faceted stone set in the bar

These earrings are made using some opaque pale lilac faceted beads.

Amethyst is said to be an emotionally soothing stone, used to ease stress and emotional exhaustion. It is often used during meditation to calm an overactive mind. I find this interesting, in that, I always say making jewellery is my stress relief and I am often drawn to Amethyst, perhaps that's why.
There is another purple stone associated with February. Charoite is named for the Chara River and found in Siberia, Russia. The colour is closer to violet with a waved pattern to the stone. It is known as a dream stone and can help to ease a troubled heart. 

This necklace is made from Charoite nuggets and amethyst, I find it fascinating to discover that I had paired these stones together not realising they were both associated with February.

Other stones I have not worked with yet are Lepidolite with Rubellite which is known for helping with the grieving process and Celestite or Celestine which opens the mind to new ideas. Two to look out for in the future. last gemstone on my list for February is Morganite a member of the Beryl family, which is sometimes known as pink beryl. Morganite varies in colour from pale to peachy pink. 

I recently made some earrings with morganite and the colours ranged from the palest pink through to blue, having done some research on these stones I have found that the blue shade comes from morganite mixed with aquamarine, you can see both colours in these earrings, with the pale pink above on the right and more blue tinted below.
Morganite is said to radiate the energy of love, peace and compassion. It is said that it can help you deal with emotional pain, letting go of the past and painful memories and moving forward with your life.

So that's my brief look at gemstones for February. I must say I have found it really interesting to learn about the more spiritual side of stones this month.  I know I am drawn to certain stones and have always thought it was the colour that drew me to them, but having read about the more emotional side, now I wonder if it is just the colour or if it's more emotional. The next time I feel drawn to a stone I'll take a minute to consider how I am feeling and see if there is a link.

I hope you enjoyed a look at gemstones for February, I'll be back in a few weeks with a look at Gemstones for March. Thanks for stopping by.