For all you August babies, your birthstone is Peridot and Sardonyx from the onyx family. Sardonyx is from the natural stone category. Here I will speak of mainly peridot, the traditional birthstone. The zodiac sign is Leo.
Peridot is one of my very favorite colors and probably the least favorite birthstone by survey which I just don’t get but being an accessory snob, I just love all the stones. I especially love this stone with amethysts. So funny because peridot is my youngest daughter’s stone and amethyst is my oldest daughter’s stone. I think these two stones together are just glorious. That could be the mom in me and what these two stones represent to me but here I will not judge myself too harshly.
Peridot is a 6.5-7 on the hardness scale for stones. The healing properties are with tissue regeneration and is said to be most useful in healing spiritual diseases and balances the endocrines. Effective with health problems relating to the sinuses, breast, lungs and the lymphatic system. It is also said to enhance prosperity, openness and growth.
With Feng Shui it is said to reduce anxiety, stress and builds confidence.
Peridot is an Arabic word meaning “precious stone” which may be the source of its name. The ancient Egyptians considered it to be a very sacred stone. They acquired the stone from the Red Sea. The stone was often used for religious jewelry and worn for inspiration in the Middle Ages. Many ancient cultures used it for purification and to balance the energy of the physical body.
Peridot is known for symbolizing strength. It was once upon a time thought of the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele, the peridot crystals found in volcanic ash. This stone is also associated with loyalty, truth, love and faithfulness.
For all you August babies have a lovely birthday!
The birthstone for the month of July is the ruby. This stone is known for tokens of peace and harmony. Its beauty communicates of nobility of character and strength. Wearers are known to attract both good fortune and good friends.
The ruby is also known as the royal stone, a symbol of power, passion and dignity. Physically they are known to improve digestion and blood circulation. Ruby helps heal and open the heart. It illuminates the emotional level of life. It has been called the “king of precious stones” or the “queen of gemstones”.
Rubies are found around the world, the best coming from Thailand, India, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Burma and North Carolina in the good old US of A.
Birthstones were chosen back in ancient times and were chosen to be a symbol of the person. With the 12 months 12 zodiac signs were created and thus 12 birthstones. Now rubies are associated with the signs of Aries, Scorpio, Leo and cancer. It is ruled by Mars.
Ruby represents the red corundum. Corundum is a mineral that comes in white, grey, green, red, yellow or brown.
Some interesting facts…..
- Today rubies are even more valuable and rare than the top colorless diamonds.
- Rubies are rated on the Mohs’ scale (scale of hardness) at 9 which compares to diamonds at a 10
- It has been said that the ruby is the most precious of the 12 stones God created when he created all things and this “lord of gems” was placed on Adam’s neck by God’s command.
We started out as a silver company and have always been thrilled when we find ruby set in silver. Now we have beautiful Swarovski Crystal and the Swarovski Ruby, known as Siam (pictured here and also available in gold and with earrings!) and it is stunning!
On a completely different note, Happy 4TH of July to all of you. What a great country we live in. I wish you the happiest, healthiest and most enjoyable day on the 4th. May it be filled with power, passion and dignity like the bearers of the ruby.
The Emerald, May’s Birthstone
The birthstone for the month of May is emerald. The emerald is known for good fortune, friendship, loyality, faithfulness and the symbol of rebirth and youth. The word emerald comes from Middle English: from Old French e(s)meraud, ultimately via Latin from Greek(s)maragdos, via Prakrit from Semitic (compare with Hebrew bāreqeṯ, from bāraq ‘flash, sparkle’).
The emerald was originally mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. Today, most of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. The availability of high-quality emerald is limited; consequently, treatments to improve clarity are performed regularly.
The Metaphysical Properties for the emerald are memory, clairvoyance and faith.
The healing properties of the emerald are said to be relating to the eyes, fertility headaches and the spine.
The emerald is known for its rich colors and is considered a precious gemstone. This stone played an important role in the Egyptian Culture. The Romans also cherished emerald considering them to help with fertility and rebirth.
You will find this stone most often in the emerald cut. Emeralds are very strong, 7.5 to 8 ranking on Mohs’ hardness scale. Emeralds are usually oiled or otherwise fracture-filled for better clarity, so great care should be taken to avoid sudden temperature changes, chemical cleaners and ultrasonic cleaners. Emeralds are best cleaned with a soft cloth or cool water and a very soft brush.
Get your Emeralds NOW. That is if your birthday is in May, if not, then what the heck get some anyway…
Mary Elizabeth Glosup
This information has been being passed around. It is pretty cool especially the uses in cleaning jewelry… Enjoy
WD-40. Who knew?
Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off. It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I’m impressed! WD-40 who knew? ‘Water Displacement #40’ The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a ‘water displacement’ compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40. The Convair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.
Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you. When you read the ‘shower door’ part, try it. It’s the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door.. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as glass. It’s a miracle! Then try it on your stove top …. Viola! It’s now shinier than it’s ever been. You’ll be amazed.
1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floors that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps flies off cows.
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewelry chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.
18. It removes black scuff marks from t he kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!
20. Gives a children’s playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide..
21. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
22.. Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes splattered grease on stove.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37. Florida ‘s favorite use is: ‘cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.’
38. The favorite use in the state of New York , WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it’s a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41. WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
42. Also, if you’ve discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.
Yup, it is said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. However I have found that women prefer amethysts and garnet to the diamond in all my years of selling jewelry. In any case the diamond is the April Birthstone. And here are some interesting facts about diamonds…
- “Diamond” comes from the Greek word “Adamas” which means “I tame” or “I subdue”. Adamas was used to describe the hardest substance known to man at the time. Adamas became a synonym for diamond.
- The diamond is the hardest natural substance found on the Earth
- Diamonds were first discovered in Brazil and India.
- 80% of diamonds go toward industrial uses, so incredible to me as silver is used as well mostly in industrial use!
- Diamonds come in several colors, Champagne, Green, Yellow, Blue and Pink. Pink, being the most rare. And of course colorless.
I will never forget losing my first diamond. I have a beautiful setting and my center stone was just over a carat. My ring would just stop people. Which I just gotta say, I loved… I was at the doctors office with my daughter Paige, Paige wasn’t even a year old, and a gal was admiring my ring. Of course, so routine. I was just saying, “I know, isn’t it beautiful!” Well she wasn’t admiring my ring but trying to tell me my diamond was gone! I have to say, I was in complete disbelief and completely bummed! Talk about retracing steps all day long and with a baby, not my idea of fun. Now being that I was the “jewelry lady” I just thought to myself, “Self, I’m putting one big bad a$$ CZ stone in this setting until I can afford another one”. At the time there was no way we could afford another diamond and did that ever hurt my heart! Well 14 years later I got me another one, or I should say my hubby got me another one and can I just say this one is insured and has been since day one. Oh and can I just say, I love my ring and yes of course my hubby! Until we meet again…
Mary Elizabeth Glosup
Spring is here and so is my new teardrop charm bracelet! Simple and elegant, but loaded with bling, drenched in Swarovski crystal, sassy and chic. (I like it. Can you tell?)
I wanted to create a toggle that was so part of the piece, not looking like an afterthought. This one has Swarovski crusted all around.
I just returned from the most awesome convention. The Summit and Salute convention for the WBENC- Woman’s Business Enterprise National Council. owned businesses throughout the country.
There were about 1300 of us at this convention and on Day 2 many of us were able to participate in a “Meet and Greet” session designed for WBENC-Certified business owners to introduce our companies’ products or services to participating Corporate and Government Members.
It was so enjoyable to meet so many women succeeding in business and, more importantly, so many women willing to help one another succeed.
I certainly was very pleasantly surprised. I made so many contacts, I will be busy for weeks! So I better get back to it….