Need some protection?

Would you wear black jewellery?

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Black Onyx  is a stone like no other. I chose to use Black Onyx in some of my designs because of what it stands for, what benefits it will bring the wearer.

It is said that Black Onyx has the ability to change a wearer’s bad habits. This gemstone is also used as an important tool in helping increase the concentrating abilities of absent-minded people and in calming a chaotic and problematic life. So if you find yourself walking into rooms suddenly wondering what you came in for, or forgetting to send in the signed school form for the 5th day running, despite remembering every night to send it in, this might be stone for you!

Onyx also guards the user against negative vibes. Onyx jewellery is worn in order to defend oneself against negativity as is the colour black. I remember when my children were babies, we were living in India and many women would tell me to place a black mark somewhere on my babies, perhaps on the sole of the foot or behind the ear, this black mark would offer protection against those who perhaps have negative thoughts towards your beautiful baby. Of course you believe no person could possibly have negative thoughts towards a young baby but yet many Indians (and myself at times) would place a small black dot (with an eyeliner) somewhere on the foot for a little extra protection.

I remember when I was working in India and it was one of those weeks when things were going wrong, I was moaning to a colimg_4632league and she mentioned I should wear a black thread on my wrist. It would offer some protection…I bemusedly laughed and continued with our meeting but yet later that week I found myself sporting a black thread…which I still wear two years later! I can’t say if this helped or prevented any major disasters in my life (and I am amazed the thread is still intact) but yet the superstitious character in me wears it with the inner knowledge this this black cotton thread might play a really tiny part in keeping me a bit protected…I know..how can it possibly!

Finally, the onyx gemstone fortifies the wearer’s self-confidence and sense of responsibility. It strongly helps in sharpening the five senses and likewise encourages a healthy ego of self. For those who would love to own an onyx gemstone. Onyx lends the wearer the look of elegance and wealth.

Do you have any superstitions or items of jewellery that you just won’t take off?

Perhaps there is a cultural connection to some of the practices you have.

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A rose by any other name

I want to talk a bit about Rose Quartz and why it is a stone you should all want to own, wear, gift and lust after.

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Rose quartz is a subtle stone, it is incredibly common and fairly cheap which makes it a very accessible stone but it is also such a positive stone that has many benefits to the wearer, ok, ok, so if you have got this far reading this and thinking ‘it’s a stone, what the…’ then you won’t be judged, you’re right, it is just a stone but we live in a world these days where the incredulous become the norm and so bare with me a moment when we talk about how gemstones have a part in our life and are about to become so much more..

As history goes,

‘Rose quartz was first created after Adonis.lover of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite was attacked by Ares, god of war in the form of a boar (just your average day really). Aphrodite rushed to save him and caught herself on a briar bush (as you do). Their mingled blood stained the white quartz pink’
‘The New Crystal Bible – Cassandra Eason’

We love a good Greek drama and we love to learn from the Greeks, in fact most of our morals come from the stories that have been passed down from Greek tragedies.

According to GIA website 

‘People in the earliest recorded times believed in the magical powers of quartz. Ancient Roman, Egyptian, and Greek civilizations used quartz crystals as potent talismans. The Romans used rose quartz as a seal to signify ownership, and Egyptians believed the stone could prevent ageing’ 

Ageing??? prevent?? yes please!!

It is also known to be a mothering crystal and it is good to hold on your stomach during pregnancy to create a bond with your unborn child, some have spoken of placing the stone near the cot of the sleeping baby to help sooth in the days after birth. This may seem a bit far fetched, HOW can a stone simply do anything? Of course you have to want to submit to something for it to be of any use, a gemstone is not simply magic and its job is not to convince you otherwise. But we do have faith, the amber teething necklaces have become a popular toddler accessory and whilst a quick search on mumsnet will show the controversial argument about how on earth they could possible have any effect, there are many mothers who swear by them. Could it be that we just want to believe in them?

Rose Quartz is a lovely stone to gift to a child, it is known to prevent nightmares and helps children not to be afraid of the dark. Would you use gemstones with your children?

My love for gemstones has stemmed from my childhood, my grandmother and now my own passion. It is something that connected the dots for me when I traveled (always a gemstone shop somewhere) and I have always been drawn to gemstone jewellery. They are not going anywhere, gemstones survive. Whether they are sat  at the bottom of jewellery box surrounded by blackened silver or lost down the back of furniture, they will found, sold, gifted and worn long after we have moved on.  We simply love gemstones.

I always wear a rose quartz, the EsmeLoves necklace is such a firm favourite of mine and the fact that the necklace can be worn with either the filagree or the stone facing out give me two different looks. The rose quartz also sits against the skin when worn which gives a soothing feel and allows you to reap the benefits that rose quartz has to offer.

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The EsmeLoves Rose Quartz

Do you own any gemstone jewellery?

If so which ones and why do you own it?