Our Son reminds us that we should write blogs. “Your customers want to know where you are and what you are doing!”
First of all, we miss seeing all of you! Talking through a computer somehow doesn’t fill that void!
But…we are still here! And hopefully, we are in time for you to plan for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day (and birthdays, and fiestas, ad infinitum)
We have made substantial changes since we no longer go to stores to sell our merchandise.
Now that we are totally on-line: • We reduced our prices on nearly everything (because we don’t have to pay a “store surcharge” any more). • We added hundreds of items to the site. • We refined the processes so it is easier for you choose and pay by credit card or PayPal. • We added the McAfee TrustMark for your Shopping ID Protection. • Tailor-Made Shopping. If you want us to make something for you, email or text us with your request! AND • For those who like to bargain-shop: If you don’t like the price you see, send us an email or a text and tell us what you think would be fair.
Wayne and Helen Sturdevant
As of late, I have taken a deeper interest in fossils. I have been acquiring and placing them in Shadow Boxes. Very popular! Today’s focus will be on the ever-popular ammonite.
Popular because they can be found in so many places around the world and in great quantity.
To capture something “ancient” in a way you can display it allows you to have a convenient conversation piece and an attractive addition to your room, office, or customer waiting area.
A customer recently asked me to create one to be a gift for “permanent resident” in a hospital room to help him focus on something other than his health condition. It allows him to let his imagination flow as he thinks of the thousands of years it took to get to him.
So how were these fossils formed:
Some animals were quickly buried and consequently killed by sinking in mud, being buried in a sand storm, frozen, covered by an earthquake, etc. Sediment, over time, continued to cover them and prevent them from decomposing. For this discussion, we’ll talk about the sea being a great place for fossils to form, with an abundance of mud and sand to help the process.
Two types of fossils we will deal with are “Body” and “Cast” Fossils. This next picture shows perfect examples of both. Notice below the body fossils, there are impressions of where other fossils were, hence casts of fossils.
“Ammonite” refers to the Egyptian God, Amun, and the ram’s horns on his head The name comes from the shells looking like spiraled ram horns that sat on top the head of Amun. Ammonites are mostly closely related to coleoids, the family that includes squids and octopii.
They are beautiful and make spectacular ornamental displays, such as seen in the rest of the pictures below:
We sell jewelry sets of these beauties for $40 at our shows and at LoneStarGemstones.com.
While Topaz is the traditional birthstone for November, today’s alternate birthstone, CITRINE, is the focus of today’s blog. The official stone of Virgo, It also stands the gift for the 13th wedding anniversary.
Bottom line: Citrine is Quartz. What turns it from lustrous white to shades of yellow is traces of iron impurities. It is one of only a few gemstones that is naturally yellow to gold in color.
Because it is hard (7 on Moh’s scale), it’s a perfectly durable stone to be use in jewelry. Citrine pendants, necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, and brooches adorn the richest to the poorest of wearers.
Citrine is one of the most desired golden gemstones in the marketplace! Not too expensive and beautiful in any array of shapes and adornments.
Easy to clean, just use soap and water and brush off the trail dust and you are back to the beautiful stone as before!
The nice thing about citrine is that it can be found all over the world. The best deposits are found in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, France, Russia, Spain, Scotland, and a host of African countries and the islands surrounding the continents.
This stone come with lots of lore:
In ancient cultures, if you put a citrine on the forehead of an elder, it would increase his psychic power (Wow, I could use that one!)
It is called the lucky “Merchant’s Stone. Put a citrine in the drawer of you cash register and look to great growth in riches)
Known by healers to increase self-esteem, promote positive energy that overpowers someone else’s negativity.
Especially effective in helping the thyroid, heart, kidney, liver, circulatory and urinary system as well as the immune system.
Opens your mind to learning new things, and the ability to think clearly.
Help to relieve depression, anger, self-doubt, and mood swings.
Generate stability in life and is good for general protection.
Helps to overcome addiction and remove toxins.
Help to calm and soothe distress and digestion.
Helps to calm nightmares and soothes other sleep disturbances.
Of course all of these bits of lore are most effective when the stone is worn next to your skin.
Now with THAT kind of positive press, run right out and buy some citrine. We just “happen” to have some with incredible value and prices!
Just let us know what you would like and we will enthusiastically respond! We can make any kind of jewelry you like.
Special until 31 December 2015. These loose stones generally sell from $10.00 a carat to $25.00 a carat or more.
Your price during this promotion is $5.00 a carat.
The Lone Star Sapphire, after which our company is named, is nearly 10,000 carats. It was discovered in 1989 in North Carolina. As it is much bigger than the closest Sapphire, it is “out in front.” Hence the name Lone Star.
Sapphire, in Greek, means “Precious Stone”! And so they are. The bluer the better and more valuable. Other colors, called “Fancy Sapphires”, include green, pink, violet, gray, black, and yellow, and are not quite as valuable (everything being relative). Star Sapphires round out the beauty showing off asterisms, which are imperfections that cause the beautiful six and twelve ray stars. Some have double asterisms in the same stone!
As the September birthstone, Sapphires have been associated with sincerity, constancy, insight, and truth.
Those who wear the stone are considered to be protected from thyroid problems, ear aches, speech impediments, blood problems, eye problems, headaches, and nosebleeds.
Fascinating Sapphire Lore:
Sapphire’s main power encourages loyalty, truth, wisdom, and clear-thinking.
In the Bible, one of the twelve stones of fire embedded into the Breastplate of Aaron included a sapphire.
In Rome and Greece, people of prominence thought Sapphire could protect them from evil.
Did you know? In the middle ages, a man would give his wife a sapphire necklace. And if it got darker, she had been unfaithful. I wonder how many wives lost their lives over that one! The stone, then, became a stone of honesty and fidelity.
Interesting fact: The term sapphire, used in the Bible, may have really been Lapis Lazuli. Kinda makes sense since that’s the stone mentioned around Mount Sinai.
The Science Side of Sapphire
Sapphire is Corundum, a type of Aluminum Oxide. Depending on trace elements like iron, chromium, copper, titanium and magnesium, one or more which may get incorporated into this gem during the early stages of its formation, the Sapphire gets a variety of hues. Chromium imparts a pink or red tint to corundum, the former known as pink Sapphire and the latter known as Ruby. One of the four Precious Gemstones, Sapphire is the hardest substance next to diamond and its brilliant blue hue and hardness of 9 out of 10, making it an ideal gemstone for jewelry. The most famous of which is Kate Middleton‘s (the Duchess of Cambridge) blue sapphire ring, (formerly Princess Diana‘s ring) which Prince William gave her when they were betrothed.
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Starting today, all of our Rose Quartz items are on sale! This September sale is just in time for the kick-off of football season, and early Christmas shopping (we know some of you are already thinking that far ahead).
Rose quartz has, through history, been known as the “Love Stone” or the “Stone of Unconditional Love.” An old legend tells of Cupid and Eros bringing rose quartz to Earth to arouse love in people. The love of self and inner peace, the foundation to loving others, became the reputation from wearing this beautiful pink stone. It is said to calm depression and ward off evil.
It is also believed to rejuvenate the skin of those who wear it. The properties of quartz allowed the belief of any who washed their face in water-soaked with Rose Quartz will keep the skin looking younger. Wearing or carrying a heart-shaped Rose Quartz pendant or charm is thought to attract love.
Rose Quartz beads date back to around 7000 BC in Mesopotamia (Iraq). The Assyrians, around 800-600 BC, and the Romans were first to use this stone. The Romans used it for making seals as a sign of ownership. They also considered it a strong healing stone. Egyptians believed the pink stone prevented aging.
Rose Quartz has traditionally been given to newborn babies to help in their transition from the spirit world to the physical realm, gently integrating the two and helping with adjustment. This stone is also said to help mend broken hearts or aid in easing emotional trauma.
Now looking to the scientific properties, you can understand why: with a hardness of 7, Rose Quartz is long-lasting and durable. Specimens found are usually very large with occasional terminating crystal faces, prisms, and six-sided pyramids. Over time, Rose Quartz crystals are prone to fading and are best kept away from prolonged sunlight.
A Symbol of unconditional and everlasting love, “Rose quartz is great for families, assisting in keeping all family members in ease with each other. It’s also said that it helps ease pregnancy and childbirth. On the other end of life experiences, it is said that rose quartz is beneficial to ease the transition when it’s the soul’s time to leave a dying body, helping surround the person in unconditional love and pillow them with gentleness. Rose quartz is also helpful for those left grieving, as its emotional healing powers offer great comfort.” (Origin Stones.com)
Additionally, Rose Quartz is an alternate for Garnet as January’s birthstone.
So, if you thought buying a gift of rose quartz is boring, or”too common”, you may want to re-think, considering all the meanings that are attached.
Here are some images of Rose Quartz items from our catalog. We’ll be posting several for sale over the next few days.
The beautiful blue stone lapis lazuli has been highly prized for thousands of years. Scholars believe many early historical references to sapphire may actual refer to samples of lapis lazuli. Jewelry made from this lazurite rich semi-precious rock has been found in prehistoric tombs in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Not surprisingly, lapis lazuli symbolism goes back for millennia.
Lapis lazuli legends are among the oldest in the world. The myth of Inanna, the Sumerian goddess of love, and her descent and return from the underworld may date from as early as 4000 BCE. Inanna entered the underworld bearing the insignias of her rank, including a lapis lazuli necklace and rod. “In ancient Sumer,” writes Scott Cunningham in hisEncyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic, “lapis lazuli has timeless associations” with royalty and deities. The stone was said to contain “the soul of the deity, who would ‘rejoice in its owner.’”
In ancient Egypt, pharaohs favored lapis lazuli, and judges wore emblems of Maat, the goddess of truth, made from the stone.
Lapis lazuli was not only mentioned in ancient myths, it was also used to mark documents. Cylinder seals carved from the soft stone were used to impress official seals, signatures, or religious inscriptions on wet clay. These cylinders were rolled across the clay and could create very detailed impressions with both text and images. The seals could be worn as necklaces, too. Lapis lazuli legends could very well have been sealed or marked with lapis lazuli!
The name “lapis lazuli” means “blue stone.” The stone is also popularly called “lapis” for short. The gorgeous blue color of lapis lazuli has attracted the attention of artists for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians used it to create blue cosmetics. In the Renaissance, painters ground the stone to make ultramarine, a blue pigment used for skies and seas.
Today, some people associate lapis lazuli with wisdom, love, and healing and claim it nurtures and promotes psychic ability. (Although I have met one “psychic” lady so laden with lapis around her neck that Inanna herself would have fallen at her feet, weeping).
In the English and French royal courts of the 18th century, a kind of elaborate and symbolic “gem language” was used to convey messages not psychically but discreetly. (“Flower language” was also used at this time and is still used today). Bracelets, brooches, rings, etc., were set with gems, the first letters of which conveyed a motto or sentiment. Lapis lazuli could stand for “good luck” or “love me,” depending on its usage and setting (and probably on who was sitting next to you).