Monday, June 30, 2008

Pink Rose Rosary


This pink rosary is made from rose quartz beads. The cross is also rose quartz with a light carving on the surface. The beads between the decades are hand-painted Tensha beads from Japan, wire-wrapped in sterling silver. The connector is a sterling Sacred Heart of Jesus. This keepsake handmade rosary will make a lovely gift for any lady in your life.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

March, May and October Keepsake Rosary

Here is my latest rosary design. Swarovski crystals: green emerald for May, aqua blue for March and pink tourmaline for October. Clear AB crystals add contrast and lovely color.
This rosary will be a cherished gift for a friend of my sister-in-law.
I can make one for you~just click on the rosary and you will be taken to my online quote form.
Blessings~
D

Friday, June 27, 2008

Lepidolite- Peaceful pendant


My newest sterling silver wiresculpted pendant...beautiful purple and white with flecks of pink.


Lepidolite was discovered in the eigtheenth century and was originally known as lilalite (from the Hindu word 'lila' meaning play, game). Lepidolite is not technically a gemstone, but a very beautiful purplish type of mica. It is referred to by healers as the Peace Stone.


Some of the uses of lepidolite are:

  • Encourages independence for setting and attaining goals inconspicuously

  • Protection from outside influences

  • Relieves every day stress, and promotes restful sleep when placed near your pillow

  • Attracts good luck to those who carry it, and drives away negativity

  • When used with rose quartz, it becomes a stone of reconciliation of love

Healing properties of Lepidolite

  • Lepidolite can be laid directly on painful parts of the body. It helps with nerve pain, sciatica, neuralgia and joint problems.

Sources of Lepidolite

  • Lepidolite is found in Colorado and other parts of the US, and in Brazil.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Update on Heanaite


It came out so pretty.... This was from an earlier blog post. A co-worker got this Heanaite stone and asked me to wrap it for her. I just love it~hope she does too!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Today's focus...Birthstone pendants


Birthstone pendants..... I love making these. Each has it's own character they are one-of-a-kind and although you try to duplicate previous pendants the wire takes on a life of it's own.

Birthstones have been around since ancient times, and in those days were believed to possess some magical force that could protect the owner or wearer of the stone. These birthstones were traditionally linked to the Zodiac.
However, modern birthstones are linked to calendar months, and each month has its own unique birthstone, with its own fabled properties. Many people love to wear jewellery set with their birthstone, as the ancient meanings and associations with these stones still intrigue them.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My new favorite artist meet Paulette Insall!



You have to visit her site.... she has an awsome talent! In her own words:
"My art is about the search for connection...to self, to like minded spirits, to family, and to God. The reason that most of my work depicts a sole woman is because these are the stories of my own personal search and the emotions they invoke within my soul. My hope is that the visual stories I create with my art, touch people from all walks of life and let them know that they are not alone...and find comfort in that knowing."


Here is where to see more of Paullette's originals:
Etsy store:
Watch Paulette paint:
Her website
I hope you enjoy getting to know Paulette as much I have!
Blessings,
D




Sunday, June 15, 2008

Henanite



A co-worker (~with the same passion for gemstones as I have~) turned me on to these beauties! I will be setting them or wire wrapping them...yet to be determined. It thought I would share this find as they are relatively inexpensive in the scheme of things! If you are interested in having one or more of these for yourself.... don't hesitate to contact me! mailto:mygemstonebox@yahoo.com
Enjoy~
"A new stone that has hit the Market, HENANITE has been discovered to have a very iteresting past to it. Henanite is from the Hunan Providence of China. It has been mined for over a 1000 years, but has just now come to the attention of the Western Gemstone World. Actually it is an identical QUARTZ Family stone to Pietersite which come from Namibia found by Sid Pieters in 1962. The China form of pietersite is said to have been discovered in 1993 but did not come to market until 1997.

This China pietersite exhibits slightly different color variations from Mr. Pieter's original mineral, but both are beautiful and are now universally recognized as pietersite. However, since the Chinese version of Pietersite has been now identified as being mined for a much longer period of time than the Namibian Pietersite, they decided to honor the Hunan Province by calling it Henanite, and of course the price for Henanite is about twice that for Pietersite. The Chinese Pietersite has been called Eagle Eye for centuries by the Chinese peasants in the Hunan Providence. No connection was made with Pietersite until 1997 when it finally made its way to the Hong Kong Gem Show." Boy oh boy, marketing. But whichever, have always like Pietersite for its beauty, so now have several color variations of it thanks to Henanite

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Boy, was it HOTTTT!






We spent last weekend visiting the Poconos for the Nascar Pocono 500. I am adding some beautiful pictures we have taken from Bushkill Falls in Pocono. Besides the hiking the temp soared above 100 deg F on both Saturday and Sunday at the race. This is our eighth year visiting Pocono and most times in eary June you need a coat to keep warm. Not this year...this was one for the record books!

Friday, June 13, 2008

What is a "Family Rosary"


A rosary (prayer beads) is an important tool in each Catholic's life. I will make a piece for you any member of your family will cherish. Each of your family members are represented by their birth month colors in Swarovski crystals! Any number of family members can be represented...mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, grandmother, grandfather etc. Let me create a special family heirloom for someone special in your life.

What the Rosary IS:
Padre Pio, St. Pio of Pietrelcina: "The Rosary is THE WEAPON."
St. Louis de Montfort: "The Rosary is the most powerful prayer to touch the Heart of Jesus, Our Redeemer, who so loves His Mother."
Pope Paul V: "The Rosary is a treasure of graces."
Pope John Paul II: "The Rosary is my favorite prayer...The simple prayer of the Rosary marks the rhythm of human life."The Rosary Prayers are powerful and efficacious in seeking Christ and as weapons against the evil one. The very power of the words themselves can lead those who feel weak in their prayer life toward a deeper relationship with Jesus, through his Blessed Mother (who always and only points the way to Him), by creating a general mood, and an attitude and posture of prayer, through which their open spirits can learn from the Holy Spirit.

How to Pray the Rosary:
1. While holding the crucifix make the Sign of the Cross and then recite the Apostles Creed.
2. Recite the Our Father on the first large bead.3.On each of the three small beads recite a Hail Mary for an increase of faith, hope and charity.Click here for more info...http://www.theworkofgod.org/Devotns/Rosary/how2pray.htm#How%20to%20pray
Please visit me~
http://www.mygemstonebox.com/ and click on "Rosay Designs". At the bottom of the page is a form that you can fill out and submit for a quote on your very own Family Rosary.Most rosary designs are between $50-$75 and chaplets (single decade) are between $25-$35.Please see the additonal information I have posted here for instructions on how to pray the rosary.
Blessings,
Diane

Celtic Jewelry


I have always been drawn to my Irish ancestry. If I could choose any vacation, it would be to visit Ireland. I'm hoping it will be someday soon. I have traced back my mother's lineage to Ireland. Mary Spencer would be my great-great-grandmother. I have a very old picture of her on her front porch in Worcester Mass. Maybe that fuels my interest in Celtic jewelry.

Here is some interesting information about the history and origins of this jewelry re-gaining popularity today:

"The mysterious and the mystical have always had the power to hold human beings in thrall throughout the millennia. Celtic jewelry is no exception to this, since they are an extension and a reminder of the traditions and rituals of the Celts, an ancient European people. Today, men and women of all ages wear Celtic jewelry not only for their beauty, but also for their symbolism and metaphysical connotations.
Also popularly -- though inaccurately -- known as Claddagh jewelry, Celtic designs are appreciated for their intricacy and beauty. Numerous patterns of Celtic origin, such as the spiral and the cross, are used by jewelers in their creations. The Celtic spiral symbolizes eternity and is used abundantly in many Celtic jewelry items today. Just as popular is the Celtic cross, which pre-dates the Christian cross by about two centuries. The Celtic cross is thought to bring greater knowledge, understanding and the fortitude to deal with trials and adversities, as compared to the Christian cross, which is believed to protect the wearer from harm.
Claddagh rings and bracelets are two more examples of popular Celtic jewelry items that are replete with symbolism. Rings that have the Celtic knot design symbolize eternal and undying love; this is why they are exchanged by the bride and groom in present day wedding ceremonies – to signify their fidelity and never-ending commitment to each other. Such rings and bracelets are also given to friends as an indication of loyalty.
Necklaces and pendants are likewise integral parts of a Celtic jewelry collection. Depending on the wearer’s preferences, the pendant may depict the image of Celtic figures such as the ever-popular knot, spiral, Celtic cross, serpent or dragon. Such symbols have deep spiritual and religious meaning, and it is one of the main reasons why Celtic jewelry items are popular dress accessories today.
A person does not have to be Irish or Scottish or to have any other Celtic connection in order to appreciate Celtic jewelry. Whether given as gifts or maintained as personal keepsakes, these unique pieces can be enjoyed just for their beauty alone. But a little awareness of their meaning, as well as their place in history and tradition add to their air of enigma and allure."


Feel free to visit http://www.mygemstonebox.com/Celticcharms.html to see some of my Celtic offerings!

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