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  • Stone Stories: Turquoise

    Stone Stories: Turquoise

    Turquoise is a blue-green mineral that dates back almost as far as 7500 years. It was first discovered in Egypt, but named turquoise meaning "Turkish" in the 17th century when it was first brought from Turkey into Europe. Turquoise was one of the first gems to be mined mostly by hand with little to no mechanization.

    In the United States Turquoise is found all along the Southwest. It is found found in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada. Turquoise has been prevalent in many great cultures such as Ancient Egypt and the Aztecs. It was briefly used in the Roman Catholic Church in secular jewelry.

    Turquoise is said to be a healing stone, one of the most powerful, that benefits the entire body with strengths in respiratory, waste and skeletal, and immune systems. The Egyptians, Tibetians, and Native Americans were all enamored with this stone and considered it to have great healing powers.

    We love turquoise for its obvious beauty and bright unusual colors. It pairs with anything from jeans to a black dress. Wearable every day, by every age group. With each piece of turquoise telling it's own story, don't worry, you'll still stand out in a crowd while wearing this gorgeous stone.

  • Stone Stories: Lapis Lazuli

    Stone Stories: Lapis Lazuli

    Lapis Lazuli is a deep blue stone that has been valued for thousands of years. Found first in Afghanistan, these rich stones made into beaded necklaces were found among tombs and were used in the funeral mask of Tutankhamun. Once exported into Europe in the Middle Ages, it was ground and used for its pigment by some some of the most important artists of the time.

    Cleopatra used the crushed pigment of Lapis Lazuli for eyeshadow. The hue of this stone is a bright, yet rich blue, most often found with white Calcite and Pyrite crystals embedded into the stone adding sparkle. The deeper the color blue with the absence of Calcite make this stone more desirable and valuable.

    Lapis provides qualities of honesty and is a moral compass laced with compassion for others and for the self. It helps to allow self expression and awareness--encouraging you to speak your truth confidently.

    We love Lapis, because really, how could you not? The rich blue hues laced with intermittent waves of sparkle bring the midnight sky right to you. A great stone to wear that goes with anything, just like your favorite blue jeans.

  • Introducing Stone Stories: Labradorite

    Introducing Stone Stories: Labradorite

    Labradorite was first found in 1770 on the Labrador Peninsula in Canada. Named after Labradore, Newfoundland, northeast Canada, Labradorite became very popular among the missionaries. It also became extremely popular in jewelry in France and England during the 18th century.

    Labrodorite is a stone with iridescence, known as labradorescence, a spectrum of colors that hides among a grey to black palate. It is transparent or opaque and when held to the light allows the colorful rainbow to play among it's shadowy hills.

    Labradorite is said to be a stone of good luck or a power stone. It helps with understanding and concentration and is said to help you see through illusions and determine the actual form of your dreams and goals. It brings relief, calmness, and balance to your everyday.

    We love Labradorite because it pairs with everything. With it's pale-dark grey primary color and ability to reflect every color of the rainbow it is truly a stone like no other. Wear it every day!