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August Birthstones - Something New, Something Old

The modern birthstone for August has always been the yellowish-green peridot....that is until now. The Jewelers of America established the modern birthstone list back in 1912 and has only added new gems to the list twice before.  It was updated in 1952 to add alexandrite (June), citrine (November), tourmaline (October) and zircon (December) and again in 2002 when tanzanite was added as a birthstone for December. Due to popular demand, this month they are adding one more: Spinel, a glassy gem that comes in colors ranging from red, pink, purple, orange, grey, blue and black. A little about these two gems... PERIDOT: Small crystals of Peridot are formed in fiery lava ,deep within the mantle of the earth and are brought the the...

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The Healing Energies, Metaphysical Properties and Lore of Gemstones - Introduction

Ever since I started designing jewelry with gemstones I have been curious about the lore surrounding the energy of stones and crystals.  In the metaphysical world, the words stone, gem, crystal and Crystal Kingdom are used interchangeably.  That was always a bit confusing to me until I learned that most gemstones are actually mineral crystals - a pure solid substance that has an orderly repeating arrangement of atoms and molecules in three spatial dimensions. Some stones and organic materials used in jewelry such as turquoise, lapis lazuli, sunstone, amber, jet, coral and pearls are not crystals but still have metaphysical properties associated with them.  Learning that fact was just the tip of the iceberg. There are gems properties associated with emotional and physical...

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Thank you for visiting the new online home of Heart's Desire Jewelry!  It has been crafted by me (with some help from my friends and family) to reflect the evolving style of my designs.  Because this is a work in progress, I am starting off with just a few items, but will continue to expand the site's inventory as time allows.   I'll be posting pictures and info to this blog about my creative process, gems and living a joyous life that I hope you will find interesting. I encourage you to bookmark this site and check back often and/or sign up for my email list so that you can receive notification of anything new. Welcome :)

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