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It is said if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other. Moonstone is a highly valued gemstone for these reasons:
- Brings good fortune
- Assists in foretelling the future
- Enhances intuition
- Promotes inspiration
- Brings success in love as well as business matters
- Offers protection on land and at sea
The moonstone is associated with the moon and was the stone of the goddess Diana. The most powerful time to use the moonstone is in a full moon.
It has been worn as an amulet to bring good emotions to the wearer, while protecting those of a sensitive nature. It can reunite lovers who have quarreled. Moonstone is also considered a good luck stone.
Moonstone is a very personal stone. It is a reflection of the person who owns it. It does not add or detract, only shows how it is. This is why the moonstone is said to perceive that which “is”. Moonstone is an excellent stone to use in meditation to understand oneself. Placing it in the moonlight of a moon reaching its fullness, not a full or waning moon, can revitalize it. This is a particularly good gemstone for women. It is a good stone for young women or teenagers.
Healing properties of Moonstone
Moonstone is used by healers to stimulate the functioning of the pineal gland and balance internal hormone cycles with nature’s rhythms. Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. Though often considered to be a woman’s stone, it can be beneficial to men in opening the emotional self.
Sources of moonstone
There are two moonstones. Adularia moonstone is an almost transparent pale gray or silvery white or blue shimmer. It is mainly found in Sri Lanka, Burma, India and Madagascar. Albite moonstone is in the feldspar group. It is semitransparent with a pale, shimmering reflection. It may be a little dull. It comes mainly from Canada.
A woman’s accessory that has been part of man’s history is the earrings. Earrings throughout history came in different sizes, colors, shapes, materials, weight, and value. It is the simplest accessory that every woman can wear. Women in whatever form and shape would love to be adorned with a pair of earrings. Before we discuss about all-year earring trends 2011, let us first talk about why women really wear earrings?
Women wear earrings for numerous reasons and here are some of the more common ones:
•For Style – Women wear earrings to be stylish, to have their own fashion statement. Each woman has her own style for earrings and the style if reflective of her personality.
•For Enhancement – Women love to enhance their beauty and one way to do it is to wear earrings. Their earrings complement their natural beauty.
•For Fashion – Most women want to be abreast with fashion. It gives them confidence that if they wear something that is in current fashion, they belong and not an outcast.
•For Special Occasions – Women wear earring during special occasions for extra appeal. They feel that it is the best time for them to show off their precious collection of earrings.
•For No special Reason – Some women wear earrings for no special reason.
Since almost every woman is wearing one, why shouldn’t they?
Jewelry From The Dawn of Man
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Jewelry in its most basic form has been used since the dawn of of man, in conjunction with the earliest-know use of both clothing, and tools. Evidence of the first humans dates back some 6 to 7 million years, based on a recently discovered skull that was found in the Central African country of Chad. These first humans were nicknamed the “Toumaï,” but very little is known of their lives.
Until recently, researchers had believed that the ability to use/appreciate symbolism did not develop until humans had migrated to the continent of Europe some 35,000 to 40,000 years ago, but it now appears as though the spark of creativity was ignited far earlier than previously believed.
Before written language, or the spoken word, there was jewelry. In the late 1800s, British archaeologist Archibald Campbell Carlyle said of primitive man “the first spiritual want of a barbarous man is decoration” . More than just a curio from the past, jewelry, like art, is a window into the soul of humanity, and a poignant reminder of that which separates humankind from the animal kingdom — a desire to capture the essence of beauty, to posses its secrets, and to unlock its mysteries.
Recently discovered mollusk or nassarius kraussianus shells that had been perforated to be strung into beads (photo above, left) are now thought to be some of the oldest known man-made jewelry. This mollusk jewelry was discovered in a cave in Blombos, South Africa, and dates back to the Middle Stone Age, some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago.
The word “jewelry” is derived from the Latin word jocale, meaning “plaything,” and the word jewel, which was anglicised during the 13th century from the Old French word “jouel.” The word “jewelry” (spelled jewellery in European English) is used to describe any piece of precious material (gemstones, noble metals, etc.) used to adorn one’s self.
Early Jewelry Function & Design
The first jewelry was made from readily available natural materials including animal teeth, bone, various types of shells, carved stone and wood. It is believed that jewelry started out as a functional item used to fasten articles of clothing together, and was later adapted for use as an object for purely aesthetic ornamentation, or for use as a spiritual and religious symbol.
The first gemstones were probably “gathered” in much the same manner as was food. It is likely that gems were found inadvertently at first, maybe while searching for food by picking through gem-bearing alluvial gravels in a dry river-bead. What must these primitive humans have thought of these dazzeling, yet seemingly useless objects — harder than any other naturally-occurring material, and capturing/possessing the warmth of fire, the brilliance of the sun, or the blueness of the sea and sky.
As mankind progressed, jewelry was used as a symbol of wealth and status, as well as to protect against harm, ward of evil, and heal ailments. Jewelry was used by early man to adorn nearly every part of the human body, and has been made out of almost every natural material known to mankind.
Prolific jewelry making began with the ancestors of Homo Sapiens. Over 40,000 years ago the Cro-Magnons (c. 45,000 BC—10,000 BC) began to migrate from the cradle of civilization in central Africa to the Middle East, the Indus Valley, and to the continent of Europe. As these early humans traveled the land they collected objects of curiosity, fashioning them into jewelry which would tell the story of their journey.
Jewelry and the ‘Golden Age’ of the Late Paleolithic Period
Within the paleolithic cave site known as Mas d’Azil, located in the Pyrénées mountains of France, 19th century archaeologist Edouard Piette found crudely fashioned necklaces and bracelets made of bone, teeth, mother-of-pearl, shells and stone that were strung together with a single piece of twine, or possibly a strip of animal sinew. The inhabitants of this site were known as the Azilian culture, and lived in this region between 17,800 and 6,500 BC.
The earliest known metal employed by humans was native, or “free gold” which was found within Spanish caves. Artifacts from Cuevas de Maltravieso (Maltravieso Caves) in Cáceres, Spain, and the El Mirón caves in Cantabrian, Spain date back to the “golden age” of late Paleolithic period (c.40,000 BC—10,000 BC).
Metallurgy and Early Man
The earliest signs of crude metallurgy occurred over 10,000 years ago, when humans first began using native copper, meteoric iron, silver and tin to create tools and possibly even jewelry ornamentation. Copper awls that date back to around 7,000 BC have been found on the Anatolia plateau of eastern Turkey. The tools were found at the “pre-pottery” Neolithic Site of Çayönü Tepesi near the upper Tigris River valley, and the copper appears to have been mined from an ore deposit at Ergani Maden, some 20 km away .
These first crude attempts at metalworking appeared to be lest than successful, as the native copper was not annealed (hardened) using cold-hammering, but was instead hammered using pyrotechnology, or the controlled use of fire. The first alloying of metal to make bronze was not developed until around 3,500 BC, ushering in the “Bronze Age.”
Unfortunately, the oldest evidence of written language dates back to around 3,000 BC, so the motives, customs and practices of Stone Age humans is subject to interpretation, and vast amounts of speculation. Human behavior was documented in petroglyphs (cave drawings) that are 10,000 to 12,000 years old, but these pictographs are very basic, and their “meaning” is not fully understood.
Until recently it was believed that the Sumerians had developed the first written language in around 3,000 BC, but a recent discovery by a German archeology team has carbon-dated Egyptian hieroglyphic writings (sadly, tax records) that were found in Abydos (near Luxor, Egypt) at approximately 5,300 years of age .