We create our own good fortune, right?
Still, a girl should do what she can to keep her stars aligned! I‘m a big fan of ‘flexible astrology’; I read all the horoscopes and pick the one I like best.
THE one astrological event I try and keep ahead of is Retrograde Mercury. Three or four times a year Mercury goes haywire, appearing to stop and spin in reverse. It’s an illusion because it really just slows down but this creates confusion in the solar system and translates into all kinds of earthly dust ups and turmoil.
If you were born during a Retrograde Mercury then it’s your lucky time! If you weren’t, then it’s best to be aware of the timing so you can sit tight until things start spinning right again. If you own birthstone jewelry, now is the time to wear it. Retrograde Mercury lasts about 3 weeks.
If you’re an Aries: Listen more and talk less. Watch what you say and how you say it. A girl needs all the boosts she can get so wear diamonds if you have them, if not, cubic zirconia will do.
If you’re a Taurus: Slow down and think before you speak. Carefully review all expenditures and delay them until after the retrograde. Wear emeralds, they are symbols of hope
If you’re a Gemini: Expect miscommunications, lost mail, dropped calls and gross slips of the tongue that will make you want to scream!!!! Wear your pearls. Pearls have an association with the moon that will save you from lunacy (:
If you’re a Cancer: Ruined cakes, leaky faucets and split seams will all happen just as the guests arrive. Stay calm and put rubies under your pillow when you’re not wearing them. As THE most powerful gems in the universe, rubies bring peace amidst chaos.
If you’re a Leo: Always remember this: Leos are smarter than they are lucky. Do not speculate. This is not a good time to buy, sell or trade anything. Analyze everything and then make the right investment AFTER Mercury goes straight again. Wear peridot to tap into inner wisdom.
If you’re Virgo: Expect cranky co-workers, equipment malfunctions, and Murphy’s Law; if it can be broken, delayed, or lost during shipping it will be. Double check everything while wearing your sapphires. They help tap into the mental clarity that will bring financial rewards.
If you’re a Libra: Your mojo will be out of balance, so love yourself the way you are. This is not the time for a makeover. Limit purchases or expect to make returns. Libra is usually all-charm, so just hang in there until it’s over. Wear your opals to soothe erratic energy.
If you’re a Scorpio: You can be one Hot Tamale; all emotions and no common sense. Relationships can get severely scrambled, so don’t go falling in love until the coast is clear. Wear topaz to soothe your passionate nature and keep your head on straight.
If you’re a Sagittarius: Consider staying home or be prepared to deal with travel delays, lost tickets, and long lines. Laugh it off; it’ll all be over soon. Meantime wear your turquoise; it’ll protect you from all the negative energy associated with cancelled flights and long layovers.
If you’re a Capricorn: This is the sign that governs property. Look but do NOT buy any real estate. You don’t want to sign anything important like leases, deeds, or mortgages. Wear garnets, it helps in crisis situations, like when the movers drop your heirloom chandelier.
If you’re an Aquarius: This is the sign that governs relationships. Misunderstandings can get blown out of proportion and test the limits of your friendships. Wear amethysts to bring relief from the headaches brought on by petty squabbles.
If you’re a Pisces: Mercury is the planet that rules logic and Pisces is the sign that governs illusion. Retrograde Mercury can create brain fogs and excessive daydreaming for Pisces people who need clear heads to navigate day to day realities. Wear your aquamarine to bring clarity and serenity.
The next Retrograde Mercury happens September 17, 2015. To get more information go to Astrology Zone.
No. Yes. No. Yes. But…
Tall tales of happiness, wealth, healing, health, good fortune, and romance. Who doesn’t want it to happen to them? Stories and powers have been associated with gemstones for centuries. This mythical connection between gems and humans goes at least as far back as the fourth millennium B.C. (that’s the “Pre-antibiotic Period for sure!).
In the “Pre-Antibiotic Period” Ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Egyptians all show evidence that their Medicine Men used gemstones to create healing potions which they administered to their patients as needed. For illness, anxiety, and protection, it was also common for healers to order a patient to paste or wear certain stones on the body to displace demons and cure diseases.
What we don’t know is if these ancient diagnostics worked. Did that gemstone infused elixir cure the patient? If the patient was cured, did the healing happen spontaneously? Did the right gemstones create a stronger braver warrior? Modern medicine is a long way from ancient history, but the myths endure and are a large part of what makes gem lore so fascinating.
Magical stories create magical thinking and magical thinking has been cited in many inexplicable ways for healing what was thought to be incurable or creating unprecedented achievements. This all seems to make a strong case for the old saying “to conceive it you have to believe it.” So to answer the question, “Can a rock change your life?” The answer lies within the wearer. Intention is everything.
There’s no denying the power of jewels to cure the blues, lift the spirits and create happiness.
Love the stories. Wear the jewels. Be a believer. What have you got to lose?
Coco Chanel had an eye for playboys and a knack for identifying impoverished royalty with useful talents. A stream of penniless nobles and notorious cads with fat wallets marched through her boudoir. Many of which contributed to her success and her legend.
Fulcodi de Verdura was an Italian Duke with noticeable artistic talent and limited finances, a textbook example of Chanel potential. She hired him to design textiles then asked him to re-design several of the jewels given to her by her ex-lovers. It was the beginning of a historical partnership.
The jewels he created for her became the hallmark of her iconic jewelry collection. The Maltese crosses and Byzantine themes are still considered classic Chanel. The pieces were big bold statements with eye-popping colored gemstones: Verdura is credited with being the first to mix colored gemstones with gold. The Verdura style was much copied then and still is today.
Verdura moved to NY in 1939 and opened a small salon on Fifth Ave backed by Cole Porter and Vincent Astor. He sold his business and retired in 1973 leaving thousands of sketches to the new owner. His designs are still made and sold from the New York salon and at high end jewelry and specialty stores.
Practicing Wishful Thinking
Verdura, whether new or vintage, doesn’t come cheap. These are baubles with serious heritage. So if they are out of reach to own, consider finding inspiration in gazing at them in print. Verdura: The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler
In India, land of lavish exotic jewelry, the idea of birthstones is sooo…western. In their Vedic jewelry tradition nine gemstones are assigned to nine planets. You select your jewelry according to what part of your life needs a tune-up.
For instance, if you’re interested in achieving fame and commanding power, you wear a ruby. If your memory needs a jog you might boost your brain power by wearing an emerald.
Even though Indian weddings are notorious for being sumptuous jewel fests, you’d never find an emerald anywhere near an Indian bride, as the gems are said to interfere with conjugal relations.
Ancient scholars have traced the idea of birthstones back to the Breastplate of Aaron in the book of Exodus. His vestment was a religious garment made with twelve colors representing the twelve tribes of Israel. A corresponding gemstone was attributed to each color and set across the garment in four rows of three: sardius (carnelian), topaz and carbuncle (garnet); emerald, sapphire and diamond; ligure (orange zircon), agate and amethyst; and beryl, onyx and jasper.
Each of the twelve gemstones was said to have special powers associated with a corresponding astrological sign, and that wearing these stones at the right time would have therapeutic or protective benefits. It was common to collect all twelve stones and wear them in planetary rotation or when one felt the need for a particular power boost.
The modern birthstone list was put together in 1912 when the National Association of Jewelers created the list by assigning gems to months. It didn’t change until 2002 when the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) declared tanzanite to be a December birthstone, though turquoise and zircon were already designated as such. The Jewelers of America liked the idea and made the overtly commercial statement,
“JA sees the addition of tanzanite for December as a way to build business. Any step that helps retailers sell more jewelry is a good one.”
In 2006 Tanzanite One, a large tanzanite mining company, designated the stone “everyone’s” birthstone and suggested that it be given as a gift to all babies at birth. Their advertising slogan, “Be born to tanzanite.” No ancient wisdom. No shamanism. No mystical powers declared. What’s a gem without a story? Just another rock…
Sweep and sew and cook and clean,
Smile when Esmeralda’s mean.
Try not to make your Stepmom mad.
All this time where was your Dad?
It’s my lame attempt at grade school poetry but didn’t you always wonder why Cinderella’s Dad never showed up to protect her from her evil stepmother and those sloth-like stepsisters? Her patience was rewarded. When the last glass shoe dropped she ended up with a prince, a palace, and a happy ending. All she had to do was work like a slave and believe in magic.
French has a dizzying number of verbs. Hundreds! Des centaines! Each with up to six conjugations and the ten most commonly used are all irregular!!! So it goes with crystals. Hundreds! Each with its own story… Mon dieu!
Crystal Quartz is the most common. It is considered the master healer, energizer, and diffuser of bad vibes. A girl can’t go wrong with Crystal Quartz. All the other varieties share these important properties and also come with some individual benefits of their own.
Tangerine Quartz is a favorite around this studio. No particular reason for this other than most of us who work on the jewelry love it. The belief is that you are attracted to the stones that are right for you. So, maybe our karmic adjustment cries out for the lucidity it brings.
Metaphysically, Tangerine Quartz is said to create a clarity around the events that shape our lives. It fosters compassion and calms the memories associated with physical or emotional trauma.
Most tangerine quartz comes from Brazil. The orange color is the result of a rusty liquid created by the presence of hematite and water in the cavity where the quartz forms.
Wear Tangerine Quartz to help you navigate the “chaos” of the world and recognize the inherent order in the universe. A girl can’t radiate positive energy without clearing the way for it.
Take good care of your pearls and in return they’ll give you a lifetime of pleasure. You can’t say that with any certainty about jobs, kids or husbands.
Pearls are one of the oldest gemstones and the most fragile. They are composed of an organic chemical compound called calcium carbonate which makes them subject to deterioration from body oils, sweat, chemicals, perfumes and cosmetics.
If the occasion calls for heavy lifting, don’t wear your pearls: Necklaces and brooches are easiest to protect. Rings and bracelets take much more wear and tear so save yours for special occasions. Do not wear your pearls while gardening, cooking or anything except being a perfect lady who lunches.
Pearls should be the last things you put on when dressing and the first things you remove before undressing.
Don’t spritz: NEVER apply perfume, hairspray, or body lotions while you are wearing your pearls.
Don’t just toss them in with the rest of your loot: Store pearls separately in a box, jewelry pouch or pearl folder. Their surface is soft and easily scratched by other gems.
NEVER store pearls in plastic: The chemicals used in plastic (bags & containers) can cause the surface of pearls to discolor and deteriorate.
Safe Deposit Boxes are NOT meant for pearls: The dry atmospheric conditions necessary to preserve paper documents can cause pearls to dry out and develop small surface fractures. If yours are very valuable, talk to your jeweler about best ways to store them.
Pearl should ONLY hang on your body: Don’t hang them in jewelry storage chests or on hooks on the wall. This will damage and stretch the material on which they are strung.
When the thread starts to fray or stretch, it’s time to have them restrung: Silk and nylon are the most commonly used stringing materials. If you’re wearing them regularly, restring every couple of years or when the string shows signs of fraying. This is a common and inexpensive job offered by any decent jewelry store that does maintenance and repairs.
Pearls and precious gems are usually knotted in between every bead: This is one way to tell higher quality jewelry. The knots offset the pearls, and give the strand flexibility. Knotting also creates the security of knowing that is a strand does break the most you would lose is one bead.
FOR YOUR PEARL PLEASURE: The Nightclub Singer’s Pearls