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Emerald Gemstone meaning
The emerald is the sacred stone of the goddess Venus. It was thought to preserve love. The emerald has long been the symbol of hope. It is considered by many to be the stone of prophecy. For some the emerald acts as a tranquilizer for a troubled mind. The emerald is said to bring the wearer reason and wisdom. The strongest time for the powers of the emerald is said to be spring.
Lucky for love, give your lover an emerald to stay faithful.
In several cultures the emerald was the symbol for fertilizing rain. In the Christian faith it is the symbol of faith and hope.
Sources of Emerald
The proper name for the emerald is beryl, but there are different colors of beryl. Emerald green is the color as well as the stone. Most emeralds have inclusions (bubbles) in them. If the stone has too much blue in it, it is then an aquamarine. Pink beryl is Morganite, yellow beryl is golden beryl, yellow-green beryl is heliodor. There is also a rare red beryl. The best beryl comes from Colombia and Brazil. Emerald can also be found in India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe. An emerald of the right shade of green can be more valuable than a diamond.
Healing properties of Emerald
Emerald is used by healers to help heal the heart. The power of the Emerald is highest at the full moon.
Some cultures thought the emerald would heal any disease of the eye. The emerald would be placed in a container of water overnight and the water would be poured on the eyes the next day.
Emerald is a stone of great harmony, wisdom and love. Giving your lover an Emerald will bring the lover closer if the giver’s motives are pure love. The Emerald can be a bridge between 2 people. The Emerald vibrates with love.
Global Interview: Amanda Marcucci / Jewellery Designer
I love Florence Welch and to have her not only wear the piece, but she asked if she could keep it was a massive compliment!- Jewellery Designer, Amanda Marcucci
Italian by blood but Navajo by nature, Jewellery Designer Amanda Marcucci‘s move to Austin, Texas certainly opened her eyes to many things- and crystals, turquoise & semi-precious stones were among them. It was through her travels that she discovered a passion for creating jewellery, as she experienced life in two magnificent cities; Milan & Paris.
After causing waves of success over in the Med, it wasn’t long beforeAmanda Marcucci’s jewellery begun gracing the pages of Vogue, Tatler and Stylist Magazine, adoring the neck of Miss Florence Welch.
With her rapid success in the bag and Summer just around corner I speak with Italian Jewellery Designer, as she shares her must-have for S/S13 as well as a sneak peak at her next collection.
SV: So tell me a little about your creative background and what influenced you to become a jewellery designer?
AM: From a very early age I was fortunate enough to travel the world with my family. Having lived in Florence, Texas, Paris and Milan, I was immersed in Art, Culture and History. Always being attracted by style, clothes and costumes from around he world I was always very artistic and creative, learning how to sew and knit by age 10. Needless to say my Barbie was the best dressed girl in town!
I went on to study Fashion Design & Technology at The London College of Fashion, on leaving I started work at Vivienne Westwood and then on to becoming a Fashion Stylist.
It was purely by accident that I got in to Jewellery. One very busy summer back in 2008, I was heading to Ibiza, St. Tropez, and Sardinia, I wanted a cool collection of beach Jewellery that looked effortless on the beach so I designed a range of earring, bracelets and necklaces in various colours and stones. From the second I arrived in Ibiza it was crazy! People were taking orders off me on the beach just off what I was wearing! I came back to London with a stack of orders a pocket full of cash and a new business! Amanda Marcucci Jewellery was born!
SV: What do you enjoy most about designing and creating your own jewellery line?
AM: I love working with semiprecious stones, colours and textures! Being able to be creative in what I love and watching peoples reactions makes me so happy.
First image: Green Agate & orange skull necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
Image above: Agate necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: How would you choose to describe your style aesthetic in three words?
AM: Eclectic, bold, tribal
Pink & Gold long Agate and Angel Necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: You’ve released two collections; Precious and Gypsy- tell me more about your influences behind each one?
AM: Precious is a more bold, statement and slightly more expensive collection that I created for a more high fashion customer, where as Gypsy is more everyday, beach and light for a more casual easy to wear look.
SV: Not only are your designs absolutely beautiful, they also hold quite deep meanings- can explain why you choose to create pieces from Semi-Precious stones and crystals?
AM: I have always been quite spiritual and very much into the customs and beliefs of the American Indians, Mayans, Egyptians and so on. I strongly believe in natural remedies and that nature has blessed us with everything we need to live a happy healthy life, including crystals and minerals whom each have there healing power and meaning.
Large Fuisha Pink Agate & Cobalt Blue Necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: I’ve got to say after doing a little travelling myself around Arizona I also developed an infatuation for Navajo pieces- how did your time living in Austin Texas influence you as a designer?
AM: Living with my family in Texas were the happiest years of my life! Being surrounded by beauty and culture of the beautiful, spiritual and cultured American Indians. I was always drawn to the Silver & Turquoise jewellery, which still remains my favourite stone to this day. There costumes, look, beliefs and ways always drew me in. I remember my father would refuse to by me anything Indian from the White American mass produced stores, so any time I wanted a Navajo piece of jewellery or clothes he would take me to there reservations to spend time with the people and purchase directly from them.
Frosted Grey Agate Collar Necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: What’s your favourite fashion store in London?
AM: Koh Samui of course is at the top, and I’m not just saying that! I remember back in the day when it first opened, it had that beautiful and colourful eclectic mix of fashion from around the world that I so love! You could travel the world in that store! I like small boutiques with edgy and different pieces and vintage. Felt, Pebble, Vitalised Vintage, Alva
SV: Where’s your favourite hang out in London?
AM: I love quirky little places, La Bodega Negra, The Montgomery Notting Hill, The Experimental cocktail lounge, Boo Bon Riccard. Anything different and edgy,
SV: Stylist magazine recently featured singer Florence Welch wearing one of your necklaces ‘Egypt’- how does it feel to see you jewellery being worn by other influential creative types?
AM: AMAZING! I love Florence Welch and to have her not only wear the piece, but she asked if she could keep it was a massive compliment!
Florence Welch on the cover on Stylist Magazine. Inside wearing necklace by Amanda Marcuuci. Photo credit: Stylist Magazine
SV: Who would you love to see wearing one of your pieces?
AM: Many beautiful women from all walks of life and cultures. I love strong women and earthy! Erykah Badu, Monica Bellucci, Sophia Lauren, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Grace Jones, Catherine Deneuve. But the person I respect the most, the strongest most beautiful of all is my mother Nannette and she has many pieces!
Yellow Butterfly Bracelet. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: Is there any jewellery designer’s you would love to collaborate with in the future?
AM: Not really to be honest. I would however like to work with local jewellers in Mexico, Texas (Navajo), Egypt, Africa and as many other areas as I can reach to collaborate on a line of Jewellery and Accessories that are Fair Trade and incorporate local products and design.
Chunky Unisex Silver Skull cuff Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: Now spring & summer (fingers crossed) is on its way- what piece from your latest collection would you say is a must-have for S/S 13?
AM: Oh for sure it has got to be our Large 11cm Agate necklaces which are Ltd. Edition and quite simply gorgeous! There going to be featuring in Wyld magazine, Marie Claire and In Style May/June issues, but even I this weather they are running off the shelf’s!
Green Agate & orange skull necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
SV: Can you give us a little sneak peak as to what’s in store for your next collection?
AM:We Design and produce so quickly that every couple of months there are new pieces on there way. I would say our most recent are our gorgeous unisex Mexican Rosaries which are very bright and colourful and look great layered up on the beach!
Yellow agate Necklace. Buy online: www.amandamarcucci.com
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Aquamarine is a transparent form of Beryl and ranges in colour from blue to blue-green. Legend says that it is the treasure of mermaids and in ancient times sailors often carried Aquamarine to protect them against drowning.
Aquamarine is said to be the Stone of Courage and is believed to instil courage and fortitude and to counteract a victim mentality. Its energies are calming and it is thought to act to reduce stress and quieten the mind, thus clarifying perception, sharpening the intellect and removing confusion. It is a good stone for promoting creative self-expression and for removing blocks to communication. Aquamarine is also believed to give strength to deal with difficult situations and to allow you to stay focused under pressure.
Placing Aquamarine on the throat chakra is believed to help alleviate problems of the throat, swollen glands and the thyroid.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March.
Yellow Agate strengthens heart, gives courage, harmonizes heart, throat and solar plexus, detoxifies system, reduces temperature, sharpens, sight, illuminates, gives balance, eloquence, vitality and joy, mellows, brings prosperity, raises self esteem, balances extremism, aids in reoxygenation of body, regenerates, protects from x-rays, strength, protection, support, aids upset stomach, lungs, depression, lethargy, throat, skin, tumor.
For grounding & balance. For strength, protection and support. Aids strength and courage. Compels truth, promotes good manners, happiness, intelligence, prosperity, longevity, fertility, and good health. Assists in making and keeping friends, helpful to farmers and those interested in growing plants.
Aid in restoration of energy, used in healing, and believed to bring wearer happiness, wealth, health, and long life. Increases ability to ward off self-induced anger and inner bitterness.
Hindu mystics believe that agate can help children overcome their fears, learn to walk earlier and maintain their balance. Set in a gold necklace, agate will quicken a sluggish metabolism. Place variegated and banded agate crystals under your pillow at night to relieve insomnia and bring good dreams.
Corresponding Chakra : Heart Chakra
milan fashion weekOf course we have BIG ROCKS in abundance!
We flagged up Rough Rocks as a jewellery trend for the jewellery industry in early 2011 on Adorn Insight talking about it as a trend that that would have an impact on jewellery design in the build up to and beyond 2013.
We love the trend so much that we selected the theme as one of our trend boards (Rock Chic) on Adorn London which, as you know, talks to the consumer about seasonal trends and what jewels to wear now.
Having just analysed day 3 at Milan Fashion Week, I had to show you that on the catwalk Etro, Iceberg and Missoni support our prediction that ‘Rough Rocks’ is sticking around, well at least till ss13…
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History and Legend
Agate derives its name from the river Achates in Sicily. Greek philosophy described this gem as early as 300 B.C. It was the stone of warriors in ancient times. The famous ancient Egyptian scarabs are made of agate. Agates come in many forms and colors and are among the earliest stones used for healing and bringing good luck.
Agate is the must have protection stone. It protects from stress, from bad dreams and is said to protect children from danger. It enables the wearer to distinguish between false friends and true ones. It brings prosperity and creates an appreciation of nature.
* Black Agate like all black stones protect against negative energies
* It attracts good fortune and promotes goodwill
* It helps to overcome fears and brings strength
* Use this stone for protection, success and courage
Agate is used to treat dizziness, headaches, as well as skin problems. It is essential that the stone should be in contact with the skin near the organ that needs healing. Tired or inflamed eyes may also be alleviated by applying a disk of agate to them. Agate has also been used for countless decades to lessen discomfort experienced during certain days of pregnancy.
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The Maya Finally Talk About the Meaning of December 21 2012
The Maya have taken center stage because many fear the supposed end date of their calendar marks the end of the world. Most of this information comes from non-Mayans and it is not accurate…the Maya’s message is simple: ‘Our actions have created a world out of balance that must be rebalanced immediately in order for us to avoid more suffering…to humans and to all life.’
April 8th, 2011
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
To my brothers and sisters around the world:
In the name of the Heart of the Heavens and the Heart of the Earth, greetings from Guatemala and the National Council of Elders Mayas, Xinca and Garifuna.
I, Wakatel Utiw, “Wandering Wolf,” Cirilo Perez Oxlaj, humbly offer this message to you. I speak now of what we see happening in the world today. According to the Maya Calendars we are living in the time of the 13 Baktun and 13 Ajau. This is a time that comes accompanied with great pain. We are seeing a series of events approaching us as never seen before, these events come charged with tremendous sufferings and pain. They will happen in different places. They will touch us equally, men and women, old and young, indigenous or non-indigenous.
All this is due to the contamination. The atmosphere has lost its control. We the Maya see it with much sadness that we will see hunger and drought. Plagues will invade the fields and affect the agriculture; new illnesses will appear and will be difficult to cure. The sun rays are getting stronger and stronger as time goes by.
Our recommendation to avoid more suffering is this: No more nuclear testing, no more wars, no more mining and other explorations, no more use of chemicals. This is the only way the human race, the animals and the ancient trees could survive and see the new Sun*. If we do not change, few will be the ones to survive and see the arrival of the 6th Sun.
Let’s reconcile with our Creator and our Mother Earth, each one in our own way. For us the Maya will be with our Sacred Fire.
*Note: RE: “Sun.” Contrary to popular belief the living elders of the Maya do not agree that December 21, 2012 is the end of their calendar. A new “Sun” represents the beginning of a new Long Count cycle in the calendar system of approximately 5,200 years, which they say may not happen for many years
In a recent in5d article entitled, “Over 1,000 Mayan Codices Discovered in Museum Basement,” Drunvalo Melchizedek stated: “The Mayan long Count calendar and the precession of the equinoxes end on December 21, 2012“. Drunvalo added, “That does not mean when the culmination of the prophecies takes place” as agreed by Mayan elder, Don Cirillo. There is a window of time in which the Maya prophecies can be fulfilled which began in October 2007 and ends in late November to December of 2015.
Time of the 6th Sun: It’s Time to Remember