Two Garnet Stones

Why Choose Garnet?

There are many reasons to choose garnet stones to wear or collect. January’s Natal Stone is garnet. It is a popular gift for January birthdays, as well as several wedding anniversaries. Garnet is the stone of loyalty, eternal friendship, and trust, which are three great reasons to choose garnet. In the past, garnets were exchanged between parting friends to ensure that they would meet again. Garnet is also known as the”stone of health”, extracting negative energy from the chakras. It is an excellent stone to hold or wear while meditating to give you a positive outlook on life.  By some, it is considered a holy stone, enlightened the soul and giving wisdom. Garnet is believed to be extremely beneficial in business, particularly when dealing with people. It aids in letting go of old ideas and promotes self-confidence. Perhaps it would be good to keep in your office!

Another good reason to choose garnets are for their beautiful colors. The name “Garnet” is derived from the Latin word “Granatum” meaning pomegranate since the crystals resembles the seeds and the fruit’s red color.  The gem comes in many shades of red, along with orange, pinkish orange, black, and green. Garnets can be found in streams as small pebbles in Asia, Australia, North and South America, and Spain.

Choose garnets for their durability. They are very hard stones, dating back to over 3,000 BC. Garnets were very popular stones in the Victorian age due to their strength (6.5 to 7.5 ) and affordability. Choose bright, clear stones for ornamental uses. Garnets are also used commercially for grinding.

Care of Garnets
Garnets should be placed under running warm water monthly to cleanse and then recharged in the sun.

The Garnet is attuned to the Archangels Haniel, Gabriel, and Raphael, bringing harmony creativity and self- confident to the wearer.
Happy Birthday to all of my January Babies: Michael, Melinda, Mabelle, Marilyn, Brae, Rachael,  EJ and Muzzy.

Citrine stone & scrub

Sunny Stones of November

November’s birthstones, topaz and citrine, both come in sunny shades of yellow and orange. These sunny stones look so similar they are often mistaken for one another. Both stones are known for their calming energies, bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them.

Citrine is derived from an old Latin word citrus which means “lemon”. It is the stone of light, life, and sun. For almost six thousand years, the Citrine has been highly regarded as a healing stone. In ancient times, this yellow orange stone was known to protect against snake venom and evil thoughts.

The Citrine is one of the most affordable and popular gems. It is known to help achieve inspiration and self-improvement, attracting prosperity and wealth. Sometimes called “ The Merchant Stone”, Citrine is known to increase cash and brings good fortune to businesses. Our Moringa and Purez Body Scrubs includes a Citrine Crystal which helps purify and reduce toxins.

Citrine is found all over the world including Africa, Britain, Brazil, France, Madagascar, Soviet Union, Spain, California, Colorado, and North Carolina. Brazil is the largest producer of Citrine. Citrine is attuned to the Archangels Ariel, Gabriel, and Uriel, which attract abundance and self esteem.

Topaz is the other natal stone of November. Ancient Romans and Egyptians believed this sunny golden gem was associated with the Sun God, which gave the wearer healing and protection. Topaz also comes in other colors besides shades of yellow. It is translucent and comes in blue, brown, black, orange, pink, yellow, and white. Topaz symbolizes the “ The Joy of Life” because it brings you joy, generosity, abundance and good health.

The history of Topaz links it to the planet, Jupiter, and brings the wearer gifts. In the Bible, Topaz is one of the protective stones of New Jerusalem. In the ancient Indian language, Topaz means Fire. The Greeks believed Topaz was derived from Topazios, an Ancient Greek name for St. John’s Island in the Red Sea. Topaz is also found in England’s Royal Crown, which is set in almost five hundred Topazes!

If you travel to New York today, you will find a display of the largest uncut Brazilian Topaz at the Museum of Natural History. It weighs almost 600 hundred pounds!

Topaz is produced in Germany, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Scotland, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, and California; but Brazil is again the largest producer of this stone. Topaz is attuned to the Archangel Michael, which attracts Love, Self Realization, and Wealth.

Happy Birthday to all of my November Babies: My Beloved Johnny Boy, Jennifer, Isabel, Marisol, Trisha, Debra, and John.

This Fire Opal is one of October birthstones. They come in a rainbow of colors

Octobers’ Rainbow Birthstones

October is associated with two birthstones: the Opal and the Tourmaline.

According to legend, they both came to earth through a journey involving rainbows. Therefore it is not surprising that both stones are available in a rainbow of shades and color combinations. Both birthstones  inspire hope and provide healing, while keeping away people with bad intentions.

Opals are extremely powerful stones. They hold many properties depending on where they are from and their iridescent display of rainbow colors. The word Opal comes from the Latin word opalus meaning “Precious Jewel” and from the Sanskrit word “upala”. They symbolize confidence and faithfulness. In ancient times, necklaces set in Opals were worn to repel evil and protect eye sight.

Australia is the principal source of Opals.  They produce 95 percent of the world’s supply.  They are noted for  many of the finest opals, including the magnificent Black Opal. “Olympic Australis” the world’s largest and most valuable Opal came from Coober Pedy, Australia in 1956. It was found during the Olympic Games in Melbourne. In 2005, it was valued at 2.5 million dollars. The gem measures 11 inches long and weights 17,000 carats (7.6 pounds). Mexico and Nevada are known for their Fire Opals.  They continue to produce them today. Opals are also mined in Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Japan, and Nicaragua. The Opal is attuned with Archangels Handel, Metatron, and Uriel.  It brings the wearer creativity and harmony.

In modern times, the Pink Tourmaline has become an alternate October birthstone. Another October rainbow birthstone legend comes from Egypt. It says that Tourmalines famous array of colors come from the journey from the earth’s center as it passed through a rainbow. Tourmalines are mined in Afghanistan, Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the United States, mainly in California and Maine.

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin used the stone in his studies of electricity? This is because the Tourmaline, when rubbed or warmed, will attract small bits of ash, lint, and paper as it becomes charged with static electricity. The Tourmaline is attuned to Archangels Chamuel and Jophiel, bringing the wearer help to accept devotion and receive Universal gifts.

Happy Birthday to all of my October Babies: Ann, Luke, Clayton, Linda, Rick, Stephen, Don, Kaerys, Suzanne, Zoe, Lottie, and Ziggy Baby.

Sapphire Crystal Mezuzah_Mystical Arts by Ruby

Sapphire History

Sapphire, the natal stone for September, has an interesting current and ancient history. Learn about it’s history and perhaps you will want to own one for yourself. 

In Revelations, they were named as one of the foundation stones of the New Jerusalem. The author, Damigeron, wrote in 200 AD ” Sapphire has been blessed with great honour by the gods, Kings wear it round their necks because it’s the most powerful protective stone.” The Buddhists believe it brings Spiritual Enlightenment” . It’s used in worship for the Hindus. During the Middle Ages, it was believed the celestial blue stone symbolized “heaven attracting wise judgment and divine favor”.

The Logan Sapphire, a more current stone,  is named after Polly Logan.  She received it as a gift in the 1950’s and donated it to the Smithsonian Institution in 1960. The 423 carat Logan Sapphire from Sri Lanka is a cushion cut stone, the second largest stone possessing a deep rich blue color. It weighs 422.99 carats. Today it’s set in a brooch surrounded by 20 brilliant cut diamonds, weighing 16 carats. It is displayed at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. 

In August 2015, the Star of Adam sapphire was discovered in Ratnapura, Southern Sri Lanka . It is an oval shaped blue gemstone and is the largest in the world, weighing 1404.49 carats. The current owner named it because he believed, as Muslims believe, that Adam arrived in Sri Lanka after leaving the garden of Eden to live on Adam’s Peak.  That is definitely blending ancient and current history! The gemstone is valued at over 300 million.

It became a symbol of love in 1981, when Prince Charles gave Lady Diana a 12 carat oval blue sapphire engagement ring. In 2010, Prince William gave the ring to Catherine Middleton when he proposed.

Large deposits of the stone were found in Madagascar in the 1990’s. It is now the leading country in the world for sapphire production. Today they are also found in Australia, Africa, Brazil,China, Myanmar, North America, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka. Their origin can determine their carat size, colour, clarity, cut and value.

Sapphire is known to symbolize faith, friendship, loyalty, nobility and wisdom. It gets its name from the ancient Greek word “Sappherros”, meaning “blue stone”. The Greeks wore them for guidance from the Oracle, a person providing wise and insightful counsel inspired by the gods.

To care for your sapphire, it should be discharged and recharged in sea salt; avoid exposure to sunlight.

The Sapphire is attuned to Archangels Michael and Raziel.  It brings the wearer calmness, serenity, and strengthens willpower, awakening your intuitive abilities.

The Sapphire Crystal Mezuzah pictured is a decorative mezuzah for your home.  This historical symbol is adorned with sapphire blue “crystals”. It is 4″long 3/4″wide with a scroll and comes in a blue gift box.

Happy Birthday to all of my September Babies: Myra Mara, Chip, J’ai, Leigh, Kaylee, Ingrid, Doris, Nicole, and Max.


Wear Ruby for Love and Passion

“Ruber” is the Latin  word that Ruby is derived from. It means “Red” and it was once used to describe all red stones. July’s Natal stone is Ruby. It ranges from pink to blood-red due to the a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide) where it gets it’s color. It is a very hard stone, almost as hard as a diamond. 

The Ruby is one of the most highly prized of gemstones.  As  it’s value  increases, more than any other gemstone, it is  becoming more difficult to find large stones. 

In the Mogok Valley in Upper Burma the finest and rarest stones are found.  They are known as “pigeon ‘s blood” for their intense red color. Thailand is also known for their dark brownish – red stones. Burma and Thailand both regard it as their National Stone.  

In ancient Asian stories, the Ruby was described as “self-luminous”; it was called “glowing stone” or ” lamp stone”.  During the Middle Ages, it was thought to bring good health and protection from the plague.

To care for your Ruby, it should be discharged twice a month under running warm water and then recharged in the sunlight for two hours. Wear or give as a gift to symbolizes Love and Passion.  You might consider a ruby gift for July birthdays or special occasions.

Did you know that this  stone is attuned to Archangels Jophiel and Michael? It strengthens love and the wearer’s awareness of their heart’s connections.

Another fun fact: real Ruby Slippers were created by Harry Winston for “The Wizard of Oz”, to commemorate it’s 50th anniversary with 4,600 actual gemstones! These are a pair of shoes anyone would love to wear!

Happy Birthday to All of my July Babies!!  Samantha Ashley, Alexandra,Ernestine, Kim, Linda, Rochelle, Shelley, James, Mandi, Nathan, and Beata.

Mercury portrait on a bronze/ Emerald, Stone of Travelers, By Rc 13. CC BY-SA 3.0

Emerald, Stone of Travelers

The Emerald is known as the protection stone of travelers. This is because Mercury is the messenger of the God of travel, and Mercury has been associated with the Emerald from ancient mythology.  The Emerald with it’s beautiful green color, is May’s natal stone. If you are taking a trip in May, take along this stone of travelers for protection!

Emeralds are very old. Many tools dating back to 1300 BC, during the Ramses second reign, have been found in the Emerald mines in Egypt. The foundation of the Pharaohs wealth came from the Emeralds in the Red Sea Vicinity. It’s believed that Cleopatra ‘s Emeralds originated from the mines in southern Egypt, near the Red Sea.

One of the famous Emerald historic artifacts is the “Crown of the Andes”.  It is made of 450 emeralds, and is 1523 carats. It was worn by Atahualpa, the last Inca King of Peru. As of December 2015, the crown belongs to the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The largest and highest quality of Emeralds were produced in Colombia. Around 1830, Emeralds were discovered and mined in the aural mountains of Russia. Emeralds are also mined in Austria, Australia, Brazil, India, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan, Zambia, and North Carolina in the United States.

Emerald fragments are still used today to stabilize vision, to strengthen a weak eye. The green emerald symbolizes “Hope and Development”. It is known as the all purpose healing stone. It is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 20th or 35th anniversaries. Emeralds are relatively strong gemstones, registering 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

The Emerald is attuned to Archangels Haniel, Jophiel, Raziel, and Raphael bringing the wearer deepen Consciousness and Spirituality.

Happy Birthday to All of My May Babies:  Doreen, Enid, Dickey, Mimi, Pat, Tanya,and Louis. Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Memorial Day wherever your travels take you!

Please note that the  Mercury portrait on a bronze is by Rc 13. CC BY-SA 3.0.

Recharge Your Crystals

Welcome to Eclipse Season

The Eclipse season is all about things happening that are meant to appear to us. We should welcome and manage them, even if our lives are dramatically different at the end of the month. They always come in pairs, making the new and full moons stronger. It is a wonderful time to recharge your crystals!

September 1, 2016 is a Solar New Moon Eclipse when  the moon is directly between the Sun and Earth. September’s New Moon Eclipse is in Virgo.  New moons are a time for new beginnings.

September 16, 2016 is a Lunar Full Moon Eclipse when the Earth is exactly between the Moon and Sun. September ‘s Lunar Full Moon Eclipse is in Pisces.  Full moons are a time of endings.

How to recharge your crystals

Bring out your crystals this year on September 16, the date of the next lunar moon.  Your crystals will  be discharged in the powerful moonlight and recharged in the sunlight.

Number 9 in Numerology

The year 2016 is the Number 9 in numerology,  and 9 is the most worldly and sophisticated of all numbers. If you take the year and reduce it down to a single digit as such: 2+0+1+6=9. The number 9 in numerology is a finishing number, and represents the end of a cycle.  Therefore, this year will bring Completion and Extremes of the very best to the very worst. My wish for 2016 is for “The Very Best to All”.

Beginning the year with January’s birthstone, Garnet is energizing and brings the wearer regeneration of spirit.
A Garnet stimulates and increases Will Power, Energy Levels, Self Image to the wearer. The stone signifies loyalty, eternal friendship, and trust. It helps to speed up the healing process.

The Garnet is attuned to the Archangels Haniel, Gabriel , and Raphael bringing much creativity , harmony, and passion. Happy Birthday to all January Babies: Ever, Michael, Luke, Melinda, Muzzy, EJ, Jerome, and Apollo.

happiness is a gift

The Perfect Gift

The act of gift giving may be as old as humans themselves. Gift giving dates back thousands of years. As human beings, we are social creatures who enjoy expressing our feelings through the giving of gifts.

It is believed that even primitive cavemen gave gifts to show love and affection towards one another. The bestowing of gifts was also inferred as a status symbol when leaders of tribes would show appreciation for the contributions of important achievements.

As tools developed, gifts become more elaborate. Holes were drilled into animal teeth and stones so they could be displayed on necklaces.

Egyptians gifts were often given to the pharaohs who built pyramids to store their wealth for the afterlife. Roman people presented each other with good luck charms, used as presents to carry favors and show allegiance.

By the 1500’s, gifts were often used to secure the favor of the head of a country or show allegiance in times of war. Personal gifts were given as wedding dowries, which ranged from precious stones, metals, and herds of animals.

Today gift giving is still part of our everyday culture and defines who we are and the message we want to send. By giving a gift, you not only express your feelings, but also build a stronger connection to the recipient. This greater social connection means an improvement in overall happiness due to the release of endorphins, which not only benefits the giver, but is also felt by those who receive and see the act of giving.

Now gifts are given for all occasions and celebrations. They may be wrapped in paper, cloth, boxes, or baskets and topped with ribbons or string. Whether it is an expression of love, appreciation or just to show our gratitude for  a friend, the giving of gifts is engrained in our DNA. Finding the perfect gift is knowing what they love and putting it together is a beautiful presentation to bring them happiness.

Harvest Moon

The “Harvest Moon”

September 28, 2015 is known as the ” Harvest Moon” . It is a full moon nearest the Autumnal Equinox which is called” equal night” —  the night and day are exactly the same length. The full moon is a time of culmination.
Remember to cleanse, and recharge your crystals in the light of the harvest moon. It’s also great time to smudge your home, office, and car with white sage