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As We keep getting asked what bracelets go together and how we get THE IBIZA LOOK for this summer’s beach jewellery,
We thought we would give you a few examples today!
All bracelets are unisex and available at AMANDA MARCUCCI JEWELLERY
Who doesn’t love a bit of Press!?
Well it seams the girls at Marie Claire love us! Check out this June’s issue with our gorgeous long white Agate necklace! Perfect for summer evening beach jewellery!
For centuries diamonds have been a symbol of love, excellence and purity. Because of its unmatched hardness and clarity, it also symbolizes power, strength, brilliance and unparalleled beauty. Throughout history many regarded them as magical.
Not only were they rare and beautiful, they could not be cut and they were impervious to fire. It was said that the Greeks believed diamonds were tears of the gods. Romans believed they were splinters of fallen stars.
In Tibetan Buddhism, diamonds are an important symbol and the Diamond Sutra is one of the most popular texts.
Diamonds were also believed to have been used as a healing stone. They were used for detecting and detoxifying poison, opening spirituality channels and assisting calming creatures. In modern times, the diamond symbolizes eternity and love.
The first diamond engagement ring can be traced to the XV century, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave the first diamond ring engagement to Mary of Burgundy in 1477.
The diamond was used in its natural crystalline structure. The octahedral or eight-sided formation, like 2 pyramid joined at the base, was mounted with the lower pyramid completely hidden in the ring setting and the upper half rising out of it.
Light would be reflected from all four sides of this exposed upper point. The structure of this diamond mirrors the symbolism of the Egyptian pyramids.
The union in 1477 was celebrated by the exchange of a diamond betrothal ring which would have been an early example and perhaps the first royal one.
With 1980s hoops at Balmain, oversized pearls at Chanel, and Madonna-style rosaries revisited at Jean Paul Gaultier, it’s not only the clothes that made the Fashion Week hit list. Put the finishing touch to your look for next season, with our jewelry trend edit from Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week, packed with pieces that you will be dying to get your hands on before they’ve even hit the shops.
History of Day of the Dead ~ Dia de los Muertos
Day of the Dead is an interesting holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.
They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.
In most Indian villages, beautiful altars (ofrendas) are made in each home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock’s combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto. The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches.
Day of the Dead is a very expensive holiday for these self-sufficient, rural based, indigenous families. Many spend over two month’s income to honor their dead relatives. They believe that happy spirits will provide protection, good luck and wisdom to their families. Ofrenda building keeps the family close.
On the afternoon of Nov. 2, the festivities are taken to the cemetery. People clean tombs, play cards, listen to the village band and reminisce about their loved ones. Tradition keeps the village close. Day of the Dead is becoming very popular in the U.S.~ perhaps because we don’t have a way to celebrate and honor our dead, or maybe it’s because of our fascination with it’s mysticism.
Blue Gold – Archangel Michael is often depicted with a sword, holding the scales of justice or carrying a blue cloak of protection
He is the angel of truth courage and protection. He gives you the courage to be honest with yourself. Archangel Michael is letting you know that he is here to protect you physically, emotionally and spiritually. He wants you to know that you are safe and secure in his powerful presence.
Choosing Michael can indicate that there are some changes (job, relationship or so on) that you need to make in your life. Whatever obstacles stand in your way Michael will fill you with courage and strength to make these changes.
Michael is the symbol of truth and he urges you to look deep inside yourself to discover your true nature and be true to yourself. You can also ask him to cut any ties that bind you to others, or negative emotions, past, present or past life to help you let go and move on.
Michael gives us the courage to face any obstacle, no matter how insurmountable it may seem. Such as mental strain, emotional strain (ie relationships), life is not worth living, addictions, or suffering from a terminal illness. You can ask Michael to give you courage to face the future whatever is happening in your life. Michael helps us to follow our truth without compromising our integrity. He helps us to find our true natures and to be faithful to who we really are. He can give assistance in many situations. If you are afraid to tell the truth, if you are not facing the truth, if you are not being true to yourself, if you do what others want regardless of what is right for you. He brings you help, strength and calm to cope with the crises of everyday life. He can also rid you of old programming and thought patterns.
He is the angel of the south and governs the element of fire.
Cypress, Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Rosemary, Sage, Black Pepper, Palmarosa, Bergamot, Camomile, Lemon, Neroli
Blue Lace Agate, Blue Calcite, Tigers Eye, Aquamarine, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli
Affirmation to Archangel Michael
Archangel Michael please Help me,
keep me from all harm,
give me the the courage to be honest with myself
and to recognise and speak my truth.
This gorgeous and unique 11cm Black Agate pendant is trimmed with gold plate and hangs off a 3mm gold plate rolo chain. The necklace itself is 40cm long.
* 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
Please ask for different lengths. As seen below layered with other from our Black Rock range.
Moss Agate (energy: receptive, element: earth) Due to this stone’s curious marking, the moss agate is especially the gardener’s talisman. It is also worn to relieve a stiff neck, lend energy to the depleted, and for healing purposes. It is also used in spells involving riches, happiness, and longevity. Wear this stone to make new friend and to discover “treasure”.
Agate, Moss Stone of Virgo
Holding this gentle and nurturing stone makes one think of sunlight dappling through the leaves and the scents of loam and fresh moss. It is especially beneficial as a gardener’s talisman. It balances the emotions, heals the heart and brings a positive outlook. Moss agate can also be used to enhance plant growth and to grow prosperity, manifesting wealth and abundance into your life.
It also leads one toward the characteristics of agreeability, persuasiveness, strenght in all endeavors and effacy in all pursuits. It will assist in improving the ego and self-esteem, while providing for emotional balancing and strengthening of th epositive personality traits. It allows one to see the beauty within all that ones eyes touch.
Agate is said to enhance one’s perceptiveness and to stimulate analytical capacity, and to provide balance between one’s physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual states. Agate is also said to alleviate hostilities and promote goodwill.
Agate is believed to help discern truth, accept circumstances, and is a powerful emotional healer. Legend says that Agate improves memory and concentration, increases stamina and encourages honesty.
It is believed to prevent insomnia and ensure pleasant dreams, to enhance personal courage and protect one against danger. Agate provides a calming influence, improves perception, concentration and helps to develop and increase one’s analytical talents.
Agates are among the oldest good luck and healing stones. In general agate enables the wearer to choose between true friends and falls ones. It is said to avert storms and lightning, protecting children from danger, especially in preventing falls, and to bring prosperity.
Agate is said to help treat disorders of the pancreas and to improve circulation. It is also a balancing and cleansing stone that can help bridge the gap between head and heart. Different types and colors of agates are said to have additional properties. See Below…