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  • The seven chakras

    Posted on by Angeline Su

    Chakras are high energy centers in your body. They regulate the energy in you, your aura and personality/feelings overall. A chakra can be closed or open. Open means it's freely flowing energy through it and very strong. Closed means it's weakened and can't take very much energy at all, it can negatively affect you in this way too. The best thing to do is to meditate on them to open them up or intentionally work on them in your every day life. You want them to be balanced with each other.

    There are 7 chakras in total, each associated with a certain color and meaning.

    Root Chakra (Color: Red) - This is the foundation of them all. It symbolizes being grounded and steady in yourself wherever you are. When open you are able to feel comfortable and welcome anywhere you are.

    Sacral Chakra (Color: Orange) - This is about feelings and sexuality. When it's open you can freely express yourself and show intimacy and passion towards other people.

    Solar Plexus (Color: Yellow) - This is about confidence and self esteem. When open you feel good asserting yourself in a group and confident in your actions.

    Heart Chakra (Color: Green) - This is love, affection and kindness. When open you show compassion and can be friendly towards others, as well as work on peaceful relationships.

    Throat Chakra (Color: Blue) - This is about speech and talking. When open you can freely express yourself and your ideas. It also can affect your creativity

    Third Eye Chakra (Color: Purple) - This is about insight and visualization. When open it can cause you to have a higher imagination and intuition.

    Crown Chakra (Color: Pink) - This is about wisdom and unity. When open you feel at one with the world and everyone in it, you are completely unprejudiced.

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  • Birthstones by month

    Posted on by Angeline Su

    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 jewelry set with their birthstone, as the ancient meanings and associations with these stones still intrigue them. You can get many types of jewelry containing birthstones, such as birthstone rings, a birthstone pendant and birthstone earrings. Giving someone an item of jewelry set with their birthstone is a touching and wonderful gift, and whether you give them a birthstone ring, a birthstone pendant or a birthstone brooch, it is something that they are likely to treasure forever because it has real meaning and significance.

    January

    The birthstone for this month is the garnet, which was once thought to be connected with the blood. This stone is supposed to protect the wearer from nightmares and offer guidance through the dark. Garnets are long lasting and durable gems, with a fiery,
    ravishing beauty. This is type of gem that the wearer will treasure forever, no matter what item of jewelery it is set into. Garnets are traditionally thought of as deep red, but actually come in a wide range of colours, so there is something to suit every taste for this month.

    February

    The birthstone for this month is the amethyst, and the folklore attached to this gem associates it with sobriety, tranquility, protection and peace. This birthstone as also been linked to improving the skin and preventing baldness, as well as protection from deceit, so it has a lot to live up to! The amethyst birthstone comes in varying shades of purple, and can be a pale lilac in colour. On the other end of the scale, you can also get deep violet amethysts, which means that you can enjoy a birthstone that is as subtle or as rich as you like. This birthstone is very hard wearing, and its strength and durability will ensure that it lasts for a very long time.

    March

    This month's birthstone is aquamarine, which has been linked to the making of new friends as well as affection and love, hope and health. This stone was once also thought to protect those at sea. As the name of this birthstone suggests, it is a green-blue in colour and has a rich, sparkling look. You can get aquamarine birthstones in a variety of shapes and sizes, and you can also get this stone in varying shades of green-blue.

    April

    One of the most popular gems throughout history, diamonds are the birthstone for this month, and these stones are linked to love, eternity and strength. This has contributed towards diamonds being the most popular gems of all time when it comes to romance, such as engagement rings and wedding bands. Diamonds are very strong and hard wearing, making them the perfect birthstone to wear on a daily basis. You can enjoy many different cuts of this stone, and the fiery, glamorous sparkle given off by diamonds is positively captivating.

    May

    This month's birthstone is the beautiful emerald, once linked to health and the curing of ailments, as well as being associated with the ability to see in to the future, giving them an almost bewitching, magical reputation. These fiery green gems are amazing to look at, and can be found in a variety of shapes and cuts. The beauty and richness of this stone makes it the perfect gem for birthstone jewelery, and is something that the wearer can show off and take pride in for a long time.

    June

    The elegant pearl is the birthstone for the month of June, and
    this gem has been linked with chastity and modesty, making it
    something of an angelic, pure birthstone. They are also linked to
    successful and happy marriages. These round, stunning birthstones come in a variety of colours, and a range of sizes. Pearls can look spectacular yet modest in
    all manner of jewelery from birthstone rings, to earrings and necklaces, making them a perfect gift.

    July

    The birthstone for this month is the ravishing ruby, a stone
    traditionally linked with protection and harmony. This birthstone
    has been mined since ancient times, and boasts a spectacular
    beauty. Deep red in colour, rubies are stunning birthstones that will liven up and enhance any piece of jewellery. These gems have a unique, vivid and fiery appearance that would delight anyone.

    August

    The birthstone for the month of August is peridot, which was commonly linked with protection against evil and night terrors, as well as a gem that enhanced the properties of healing drugs. Lime green in colour, this birthstone is a by-product of volcanic action, and comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. This birthstone gives off its own unique energy, and is strong and durable.

    September

    Sumptuous sapphire is the birthstone associated with September, and this gem has been linked with faith and purity, as well as foresight. It was thought that the stronger the sparkle of the gem, the more faithful and honest the wearer. These birthstones look stunning in all types of jewellery, especially in white gold and platinum metal. However, sapphires can come in other colours as well as blue. These are strong and durable gems that will last for years to come, and can be passed
    down to future generations.

    October

    The birthstone of October is the opal, a stone that has been linked to purity, hope and innocence. This gem has also been linked to healing forces, friendship and emotion, so it has experienced its fair share of folklore over the years. This type of birthstone comes in white or black, and both variations have remnants of other colours within them. Opals have a unique look and beauty, making them a very interesting birthstone with a strangely exquisite appearance.

    November

    The birthstone for this month is topaz, once linked with sanity, healing, and life, as well as being connected to strength by the ancient Greeks. This stone has even been linked to an ability to make the wearer invisible in dangerous situations. This birthstone comes in a range of colours, all of which will enhance any jewel with a fiery sparkle. Colours include golden, blue, pale green, pink and red, as well as some other rare colours. A stunning gem, topaz boasts both beauty and strength.

    December

    The given birthstone for December is turquoise, and this precious stone was once linked to happiness, fortune and luck, making it a very popular gem in centuries gone by. Turquoise can range in colour from mid-blue to a green-blue or light green colour, and this birthstone is unusual and beautiful, making it a very distinctive and unusual addition to any jewelery collection.

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  • What is the meaning of a birthstone?

    Posted on by Angeline Su

    A birthstone is the "gemstone associated with the date of one's birth, the wearing of which is commonly thought to bring good luck or health. Supernatural powers have long been attributed by astrologers to certain gemstones."

    Birthstones come in a colorful array of sparkling jewels and glowing gemstones, each one with its own place in history and myth. From folklore tales, Biblical texts, and the annals of history, these gems have had a special place in both the hearts and minds of humanity.

    From the time gemstones were discovered, they were believed to have mystical powers and attributes that could be passed to the wearer. The red of ruby was fiery and passionate; cool blue sapphire was calm and composed. About 2,000 years ago, writers began pairing each of the stones and their attributes with the months of the year and the signs of the Zodiac, and with time, the mythology of birthstones evolved. People were expected to share the attributes of the stone related to their sign of the Zodiac or month of birth.

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  • What other rocks or minerals are Agates usually found with?

    Posted on by Kiroga Sun

    Most agates occur as nodules in volcanic rocks or ancient lavas where they represent cavities originally produced by the disengagement of volatiles in the molten mass which were then filled, wholly or partially, by siliceous matter deposited in regular layers upon the walls. Such agates, when cut transversely, exhibit a succession of parallel lines, often of extreme tenuity, giving a banded appearance to the section. Such stones are known as banded agate, riband agate and striped agate.

    The first deposit on the wall of a cavity, forming the "skin" of the agate, is generally a dark greenish mineral substance, like celadonite, delessite or "green earth", which are rich in iron probably derived from the decomposition of the augite in the enclosing volcanic rock. This green silicate may give rise by alteration to a brown iron oxide (limonite), producing a rusty appearance on the outside of the agate-nodule. The outer surface of an agate, freed from its matrix, is often pitted and rough, apparently in consequence of the removal of the original coating. The first layer spread over the wall of the cavity has been called the "priming", and upon this base zeolitic minerals may be deposited.

    Many agates are hollow, since deposition has not proceeded far enough to fill the cavity, and in such cases the last deposit commonly consists of quartz, often amethyst, having the apices of the crystals directed towards the free space so as to form a crystal-lined cavity, or geode.

    On the disintegration of the matrix in which the agates are embedded, they are set free. The agates are extremely resistant to weathering and remain as nodules in the soil or are deposited as gravel in streams and shorelines.

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  • The Healing Properties of Citrine

    Posted on by Kiroga Sun

    Citrine is November's Birthstone

    Yellow Topaz Citrine is the birthstone for November and the traditional anniversary gemstone for the 13th year of marriage. Its name comes from an old French word for lemon -- "citrin".

    A variety of quartz and the "sister stone" to the purple variety known as Amethyst, citrine comes in a wide range of colors. Some believe that some citrine may have actually begun as amethyst, but that nearby molten rock changed it to the yellow form of quartz. Mined mainly in Brazil, but also found in Bolivia, citrines come in vivid yellows and oranges, and also the unusual and extremely popular "madeira red." (Citrines that are pale yellow or yellowish-brown are often mistaken for yellow or golden topaz.) Natural citrine can also be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, in Dauphine, France, and in Madagascar.

    Cure-All
    Citrine, like all forms of quartz, was believed to have magical powers. People carried citrine as a protective talisman against the plague, bad skin and evil thoughts. It was also used as a charm against the bites of snakes and other venomous reptiles.

    Birthstone Properties: Increases creativity and feelings of joy. Citrine gives Vitality (the get-up-and-go we all need to accomplish tasks), helps strengthen stomach muscles, helps with digestive and eating disorders/issues, and helps clear out bile from the system. It also keeps the neuro-pathways active and healthy.

    Additionally, Citrine has been known to block free-radicals and other harmful energies (especially stressful energies and technology off-throw energies).

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