Turquoise has always been one of my favorite colors and gemstones to work with... it is always such a striking color on any type of skin. If you are lucky enough to be born in December, this is your beautiful birthstone!
Turquoise has been loved by so many different cultures, it's a stone accompanied by tons of fascinating lore. It is widely considered to have many beneficial healing qualities, and its healing powers are related to those of water. It is often considered a stone of rejuvenation, which can be channeled in different ways toward your personal spiritual healing. Turquoise is also a stone of communication. The stone can help you be more assertive, lead confidently and strengthen bonds with friends.
There are so many ways that you can connect with this stone to be able to harness the healing qualities of turquoise. Meditating with turquoise can assist you in getting to a state of peace and tranquility. Wearing turquoise in jewelry can also help you stay calm and emotionally balanced throughout the day!
Opals have always been my favorite stone and then, having both of my children born in October, the obsession continued to grow. For years when I started designing, I had to explain to people that Opals did not bring bad luck. Opals, in modern times, had become the object of many negative and unfounded superstitions. Here are the true facts of the Opal stone.
1. Opals actually contain water trapped inside them, which is associated with its absorbent qualities, helping us pick up on our feelings as well as the feelings of others.
2. Opals are associated with love and passion, as the stone can intensify emotions and release inhibitions.
3. Wearing an opal is also said to bring loyalty and faithfulness, making this stone a great gift for lovers!
4. Many ancient cultures believed that opals were the luckiest of gems to wear, since they display all the colors of the rainbow.
5. Opals have an amorphous structure (they don't form in crystals), so they are associated with transformation and change.
6. Opals are considered a great stone for meditation due to its absorbent and reflective properties.
Being a September baby makes me a lover of sapphires! Perhaps this is where my obsession of rainbows began... When I first started learning about stones, I thought sapphire meant a royal blue color but I soon learned that sapphires come in every shade of the rainbow, from light to dark. They also have many healing properties.
Metaphysically, sapphires are known as a stone associated with wisdom and prophecy. Sapphires can stimulate creativity, help with concentration and clear and calm the mind, encouraging us to look at things critically, desire knowledge and wisdom and restore balance. When placed near the throat chakra (such as in a necklace) sapphires can help to relieve frustration.
In ancient Greece and Rome, blue sapphires were often worn because they were thought to protect their wearer from envy and negativity. They were also often used in jewelry exchanged by lovers, as they were supposed to represent loyalty and truth-- and even today, sapphires are the most popular engagement ring stone after diamonds! Sapphires were a symbol of the heavens, and worn by the clergy of the Middle Ages.
Q. Where did you stay?
Arizona Inn, right near campus and very close to many shows in the area.
Q. Walk us through your first day there.
The first day is the most exciting and inspirational day, I tend to get overly excited when it comes to purchasing, lol. I begin at the AGTA show with my favorite vendors - I review their newest stones and my best selling stones. I then walk across the street to the GJX show, and do the same with my existing vendors. Throughout the day, I discover some new finds from new vendors, but mainly it is my day with my existing vendors - I save second for discovery and research!
Q. Do you go into it with a goal in mind?
I know what I need to buy because of what is selling and what I am developing, but the goals usually turn into something else that is even better and more exciting.
Q. Is there a strategy you now have after having been to the show in the past?
I definitely have developed a strategy after so many years going, but I also am flexible which allows the creative process to happen more organically.
Q. What are your top 5 favorite gems from the show and why?
This is definitely always changing, but here are my top 5 from 2020:
Chrysocolla - Color!!
Opal - I love opal and always have... every show I pick out the most amazing one of a kinds.
Azurite - The blue is one I haven't seen in any other gemstone and it is captivating.
Sugilite - This stone is so modern and cool, I love purple and this gemstone has such unusual tones of purple.
Turquoise - I can't walk by a piece of turquoise without touching it and picturing it on the skin. It will always remain my favorite.
Q. Is there a special energy from all of these gems being in one place? If so, can you describe it?
Tucson, with or without the gem show, has a special energy to it, but adding the show with all of the spiritual elements that are involved, one cannot help but feel this special energy heightened during this time.
Q. What's unique about this gem show compared to others?
There are other gem shows across the USA at different times of year, but the amount of vendors from across the world who showcase their raw materials in Tucson is the best way to find new materials and grow collections from ones that are already part of my line.
Q. Is it common for jewelry designers to hand pick their gems in this way?
Most of the other designers that I know and who have been doing this as long as me definitely pick out the first selection of a new stone. I am too controlling to not hand pick my stones out myself.
Q. Are you still finding gems that you have never seen or heard of before?
Yes! It is incredible, every year I discover new gems and because our environment is changing pretty drastically, new gemstones are forming. This year I found a gemstone from Greenland called Tugtupite - usually rare but now available because of global warming.
February's birthstone, Amethyst, is one of my favorite stones.
Amethyst comes in an array of different shades of purple & has healing powers known to help with physical ailments and emotional issues.
Amethyst, in the world of metaphysical healing, is said to bridge physical and ethereal frequencies: helping individuals awaken their souls, and ultimately tap into a higher state of consciousness. Linked to the crown chakra, at the top of our heads, Amethyst can help to purify the mind, removing negative thoughts, feelings of stress, and anxiousness-- making it a popular stone choice to have during meditation. Try wearing the gem while working to lift your energy, making you feel more focused, calm, and leading to better productivity.