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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Why not Good News Instead?

Why not good news instead?  Making and designing jewelry is a creative, artistic endeavor. To feel inspired I need to be a in cheerful, mellow state of mind where ideas can flow freely and I can act on them. All of us, whether in an office, school ,business of any type do our best work and are happiest and most creative when not weighed down by the bad news of the world around us. So how can you avoid this complete downer?

Instead of checking out the major news sources who make their living by reporting only the worst possible stories in the most horrifying terms opt instead for the "good news" channels. Those who report on the wonderful things many people in the world do every day.

Try one of these sites and/or 

and have a happy day

Monday, May 5, 2014


Gemstone lore for those stones R thru T that I like to use in making jewelry:
The Incas believed that the blood of their ancient rulers turned into this stone.

Soothes the nervous system, enhances the immune system; is an emotional balancer and has a strong effect on intuition and creativity.

This stone was first used in Russia in the 18th century and was made into dinner plates.

Reduces stress, calms the mind, enhances self esteem and confidence. It gives an aura of elegance and grace.

Used for decorations, amulets and religious objects as far back as 20,000 B.C.E.

Used for fertility, rebirth and good luck.

This stone calms and clears the mind. Helps to release the past, set positive goals. It enhances communication and creativity. Excellent for psychic development and meditation.

This has been worn for centuries as protection against the evil eye and spells.

It is an emotional balancer, softens stubbornness and grounds and centers. Considered a good luck stone.

In the Middle Ages, St. Hildegarde, Abbess of Bingen developed an eye lotion to cure failing eyesight using Topaz.  

The ancient Greeks used it on divining rods to find precious metals. Romans used it as protection when traveling.

Said to guard against depression and negativity. Aids in creative thinking. Said to prevent accidents and fires and to balance the emotions.

Used in jewelry for centuries. The Dutch originally used it to clean ash from pipes!

Said to build self assurance, protect from fear and negativity, enhance concentration and inspiration and to inspire creativity.

The Egyptians mined this stone in the Sinai peninsula.  It is highly prized by all cultures as a lucky stone. Known as the Venus Stone said to protect against evil eye and accidents.

Symbols of generosity, sincerity and affection. Said to help with peace of mind, creativity, communication and emotional balance.

This material is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice.