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Junes Birthstones

June

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“By her who in June was born
No gem save pearls shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.”

June has no less than three traditional birthstones – pearls, moonstone, and Alexandrite.

Pearls

Pearls, according to Indian mythology, were dewdrops from heaven that fell into the sea. They were caught by shellfish under the first rays of the rising sunring a period of full moon. In India, warriors encrusted their swords with pearls to symbolize the tears and sorrow that a sword brings.

oyster.jpgUnlike most gemstones that are found within the Earth, pearls have an organic origin: a pearl is created when a very small fragment of rock, sand grain or parasite enters an oyster or clam. It irritates the mollusk, which responds by coating the foreign material with layer upon layer of shell material.

Pearls formed on the inside of the shell are usually irregular in shape and have little commercial value. However, those formed within the tissue of the mollusk are either spherical or pear-shaped, and are highly valued.

The colour of the pearl depends on the species of mollusk that produced it and also on its environment. Most common is white, but they also come in delicate shades of black, cream, grey, blue, yellow, lavender, green and mauve.

Pearls were widely used as medicine in Europe until the 17th century. Arabs and Persians believed it was a cure for various kinds of diseases, as well as insanity.  The ancient Chinese used pearls as medicine, believing that they represented wealth, power and longevity. Even to this day, lowest-grade pearls are ground for use as medicine in the Orient.

Moonstone

moonstone2.jpgJune’s second birthstone is the moonstone.  Moonstones are believed to be named for the bluish white spots within them: When the stone is moved back and forth, silvery rays glint like moonbeams over water.

This gemstone belongs to the family of minerals called moonstone_raw.jpg feldspars, an important group of silicate minerals commonly formed in rocks. About half the Earth’s crust is composed of feldspar.

The ancient Roman natural historian, Pliny, said that the moonstone changed in appearance with the phases of the moon, a belief that persisted until the sixteenth century. The ancient Romans also believed that the image of Diana, goddess of the moon, was enclosed within it.

Moonstones were believed to have the power to bring victory, health and wisdom to those who wore it.

In India, the moonstone is considered a sacred stone, often displayed on a yellow cloth, also considered a sacred color. The stone is believed to bring good fortune, brought on by a spirit that lives within the stone.

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June’s third birthstone is the Alexandrite – an uncommon stone, and therefore very expensive.

The stone is named after Prince Alexander of Russia, who was to later become Czar Alexander II. Discovered in 1839 on the day of the prince’s birthday, Alexandrite was found in an emerald mine in the Ural Mountains of Russia.

alexandrite_raw.jpgBecause it is a relatively recent discovery, there has been little time for myth and superstition to build around this unusual stone. In Russia, the stone was also popular because it reflected the Russian national colors, green and red, and was believed to bring good luck.

The Alexandrite possesses an unusual characteristic:  in daylight it appears as a beautiful green, sometimes with a bluish cast or with a brownish tint. However, under artificial lighting, the stone turns reddish-violet or violet.

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Fabulous Suncatchers – Bring some colour into your life‎

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During the glorious sunshiny days last week I spent my time making some gorgeous suncatchers. Hung around the house and garden they make me happy even when the sun stops shining. I experimented with a few different styles but just can’t decide which I like best….. although the spiders are pretty special.

Unfortunately when I came to take some pictures the sun had left us….. so I will be replacing the pictures when it comes back out.

 

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Chakra Colours and Qualities

 

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Chakra & Colour Location & Crystal Connected Qualities, Ideas & Functions
CROWN Violet (or Magenta) Top of Head Amethyst, Clear quartz, high vibrational crystals Union of divine/infinite intelligence with human nature; inspiration, spiritual will/self, idealism, perfection
BROW Indigo or violet Centre of forehead Sodalite Intuition, imagination, vision, clairvoyance, wisdom, devotion, concentration, creative visualisation
THROAT Sky Blue Throat area Turquoise, blue lace agate, lapis lazuli Communication, speech, creative writing & expression through sound; truth, knowledge, loyalty
HEART Green Centre of chest Malachite, Jade, Aventurine, rose quartz Unconditional love, compassion, forgiveness, balance, peace, understanding, harmony, centre of the soul
SOLAR PLEXUS Yellow Below chest Citrine, yellow agate, amber, yellow calcite Self-esteem, willpower, confidence, warmth, humour, physical energy, nervous sensitivity, centre of human recognition
SACRAL Orange Lower abdomen Carnelian Sexual desire, procreation, change, joy, tolerance, harmony, adapting to new ideas
ROOT Red Base of spine Red jasper, garnet, ruby, also hematite Survival instinct, self-preservation, courage, grounding, material stability, vitality, passion, the power to create

May Birthstone – Emerald

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May Birthstone – Emerald

Emerald, often coveted by royalty since time immemorial, is the birthstone for those born in the month of May. Its shimmering hues of green symbolize renewal of life and revitalization, akin to the verdant hues of the Spring season that reaches its peak in the month of May. Emerald is also considered to represent loyalty, friendship and faithfulness. Since ancient times, it has been believed to bestow the wearer with prosperity, foresight and good health and increases ones’ intuitive capabilities. This regal May birthstone also signifies patience and wisdom. For those born in the month of May, wearing emeralds helps to enhance and balance their energies and this gemstone grants its wearer happiness.

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Interesting Facts About The Emerald

The Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra had a deep admiration and fascination for the Emerald and it was her most adored gemstones. She in fact claimed ownership of all the Emerald mines in Egypt during her reign.

Venus, the Roman goddess of Love was associated with this gemstone since ancient Romans believed that the Emerald embodied all the qualities of Venus; beauty, fertility and goodness. Similarly, ancient Greeks wore this green gem in honour of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess who represents fertility, love and beauty.

Emeralds were used by Egyptian monarchs and these gemstones were buried with the dead in their tombs too. There is evidence of Emerald mines in Egypt dating back to 1300 BC, much before the birth of Cleopatra!

The Muzo Indians of Columbia had well- hidden Emerald mines since 500 AD and the Spanish Conquistadors took close to twenty years to locate them.

The healing power of Emerald was thought to ward off epileptic fits, cure fever and stomach ailments and put a stop to bleeding. Moreover, this stone is said to guard the one who wears it from panic.

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Healing Power Of The May Birthstone

The May birthstone has excellent healing properties especially for health problems associated with the eyes, spine, and fertility. The soothing properties of this green gem are believed to have a stabilizing effect on the mind and used to dispel insomnia and unknown fears, avert nightmares and also combats mood swings and schizophrenia. Emerald is also used also to fortify the immune and circulatory system. The healing power of Emerald was thought to ward off epileptic fits, cure fever and stomach ailments and put a stop to bleeding. Moreover, this stone is said to guard the one who wears it from panic

The Beauty of Rose Quartz

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Rose Quartz

Love, Healing, Peacefulness, Emotional Health, Heals Heart, Harmony, Calming, Compassion, Helpful During Transitions, Love Stone

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Love and Peace Rose Quartz promotes unconditional love, forgiveness, infinite peace and compassion. It creates harmony in relationships and teaches us about the true essence of love. It purifies and opens up the heart allowing us to express our emotions. It reduces stress and tension, allowing us to express love, sensitivity and compassion towards ourselves and others. Rose Quartz brings a deep inner healing, enhancing self-love, self-trust, self-worth and self-confidence. It can be used to attract love into your life and maintain happy loving relationships.

Healing: Strengthens the heart and circulatory system, releases impurities, aids in healing chest and respiratory problems, increases fertility.

Chakras: Heart

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Jessica Roe is the author of The Guardians series and the Fortunate series.

She’s the mother of one cute li’l hooligan, two hamsters called Snowball and Rainbow, and two gerbils called Elsa and Anna. She’s a lover of rainclouds, Gandalf and all things fantasy. Also chocolate. Always chocolate.

She loves to write, and especially enjoys creating a character and seeing where they take the story (because we all know authors aren’t REALLY in charge). If not writing, she can usually be found reading something to do with romance or fantasy or the end of the world (or maybe all three). Oh, and sometimes she also does chores.

She likes strong, ready to fight, female characters who are just as capable at anything as the guys. She has a weird love for villains.

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Layering Necklaces

Almost everybody has a few pieces in their jewellery box; necklaces we love, or are sentimental to us, but are maybe too small to wear on their own.  My favourite way to wear pieces like this is to layer them.  Layering necklaces can take a bit of practice, but once you master the right proportions it adds instant style to any outfit!

Whether the look is casual or glamorous, the key is to mix different types of chains in varying lengths for the right effect.

  1. Choker Length

Start with a necklace around 16” in length that’s sleek and minimalistic like a classic diamond solitaire or chain. This piece should rest right at the collarbone to anchor the entire necklace combo in an effortless and chic way.

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  1. Bold and Dazzling

Your next piece should be a slightly longer than the choker (between 18-20 inches in length) and show some personality! Whether vintage inspired or modern and funky, this should be a piece that speaks to your unique style.

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  1. Instant Style

Your third necklace should be the longest piece, around 30 inches or so. This piece can be bold and chunky or sprinkled with diamonds; the key is that it must be the same colour as the other two so the look is cohesive.

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