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30/09/2014

The Attraction of Gems and Jewelry



We share with our earliest ancestors a desire for jewelry and beautiful objects. Gems, Jewelry and Charms & much royal regalia reveal a tradition of self adornment in the application of magic and rituals which have been around for thousands of years. Some of our oldest jewelry has been found in graves 20,000 years old. Much of this consists of shell, bone and ivory necklaces, along with polished stones. We have no idea the significance these objects held for their owners, but in later times gemstones were used as symbols of divine and earthly power, displaying wealth & status. They were believed to protect the wearer. The materials most widely used by the ancients in their jewelry were stones, polished to a high luster. As time wore on, became precious gems and semi-precious stones.

Mankind has long been attracted to gemstones since ancient times, and archaeologists have found many gemstones that had been formed into jewelry. The prime requisite for a gem was that it must be beautiful in the eyes of the beholder. The beauty could be found in many forms, the various colors, even the lack of color, the brilliance and sparkle and the fire that came from deep within the gem.

Many civilizations regarded gems as miraculous and endowed with powerful mysterious effects. Different stones were endowed with sometimes overlapping & very different attributes. The Diamond, for instance, was thought to give it's wearer strength in battle and protect against ghosts and magic. Such beliefs persist in modern times. This can be seen in the practice of wearing a birthstone. In today's times ingenious marketing has installed in people a great pride in the possession of a rare and beautiful gemstone.

Throughout the ages many stones became known as semi-precious, which generally means any gemstone other than sapphire, emerald, ruby or diamonds. The main difference was established that a precious gemstone was considered such for it's brilliance, beauty, durability and rarity. Where in general a semi-previous gemstone possessed only 1 or 2 of these qualities.

Even in the earliest use of gemstones the value was established by great beauty or perfection. The brilliance, luster, fire and color all determined the value & desirability of a gemstone. It was only in more modern times that the hardness of a gemstone became a determining factor in it's value. It was measured by a device known as the "Mohs Scale". In addition to the hardness of a gemstone, the clarity became of great issue. Eventually stones were graded on the clarity and whether the stone had any inclusions and also the size of the inclusions.

It wasn't until more modern times that the study & science of gems, known as "Gemology", was established. The grading and value of a gemstone became much of an anthropological study, as it is a mineralogical one.

Gemstones because of their remarkable beauty and rarity are significant in helping us understand the history of mankind. The human race has sought to protect itself behind walls of mysticism and superstition reinforced by the spiritual leaders with gems used as talismans that were used in mysterious ceremonies and could be easily hidden.

In modern description of "Gemology", is the scientific study of gemstones involving the study of mineralogical fundamentals involving formations, genesis, physical properties, all used in the identification of gemstones, including a basic knowledge of structural, crystallographic, chemical and physical characteristics and properties of gems. This combined with the way gemstones are fashioned considering the many different cuts, brilliance, fire, etc. comprise the area of gemology.


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29/09/2014

Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry - Shopping Therapy For the Body, Mind, & Spirit!

 

India has the longest continuous legacy of jewelry making with a history of over 5,000 years. Jewelry making started in China around the same period, but became widespread with the spread of Buddhism around 2,000 years ago. Since then jewelry has long been used as religious amulets, tokens, charms and carriers for the mystical powers believed to resonate in the earth's natural metals and stones.

 

According to the ancient Vedic tradition of India, there are seven primary chakras, or energy centers, on the mid-line of the body. In Sanskrit, the word chakra means spinning wheel, as these energy centers are believed to be spinning wheels or vortexes of light and color. Each chakra has its own subtle characteristic properties relating to a specific organ system in the body and facet of the psyche. Physical and psychological conditions are believed to manifest in the chakras and auric field long before physical manifestation.

 

Crystals, gemstones and minerals are powerful healers and generators of pure positive energy. When applied to the body, such as in powerful pieces of handcrafted beaded artisan jewelry and handcrafted sterling silver artisan jewelry, the energy of the stones assist us in healing, grounding and manifesting the energy we would like to create in our physical space or physical world.

 

Particular crystals, gemstones and minerals relate to a particular chakra. By applying these stones on the relevant chakra, one can focus powerful healing and regenerative energy to the organ system and facet of the psyche associated with that chakra.

 

Shopping for handcrafted sterling silver artisan jewelry with handcrafted beaded crystals, gemstones and minerals around the neckline and hanging over the heart is not only shopping therapy, it's truly healing for the body, mind and spirit.

 

So next time you feel the urge to splurge, consider what chakra might be in need of some TLC, and shop for a beautiful artisan necklace, artisan bracelet or artisan earrings with that particular chakra's corresponding power stone.

 

 

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27/09/2014

Selling Crafts on eBay - 5 Tips to Successfully Sell Your Handmade Crafts on eBay

 

 

 

 

Selling crafts on eBay is much easier than hauling all of your wares to craft shows, and when you sell your handmade crafts on eBay, you have literally millions of potential customers, instead of a few hundred or so at craft shows! 

 

How do you start selling crafts on eBay?  Here are 5 tips to get you selling successfully!

 

Pictures - The absolute best way to successfully sell your handmade crafts on eBay!  You have to remember that people on eBay can't touch or smell your item - so you have to  show  them  as much detail as possible.  Take one picture of your item.  Then take a few high-detail close-ups.

 

Title - You have to inlclude what your item is.  In addition to that, you should also include the words  'new','OOAK' (meaning one of a kind), 'unique', etc.   This will peak the interest of browsers, and will entice them to click on  your auction, instead of  someone else's! 

 

Product Description - Tell your prospective buyer EVERYTHING you can about your handmade item!  Tell them what it's made from, how long it takes to make (adds value), how it can be used, etc.         Remember, they can't touch or smell it, you have to paint a picture in their heads of why they should buy   your item, and what it will do to enhance their lives!

 Sell Worldwide - Many sellers don't choose this option - they don't want to take the extra few minutes at  the post office.  By choosing to sell worldwide, you open your customer base to everyone around the world!  Don't you think a few minutes of your time is worth a worldwide customers?

 

 

Shipping and Handling - ONLY charge what you absolutely have to for this! A lot of sellers choose to raise their shipping prices, in hopes of making an extra dollar, but this really makes buyers mad! Your buyer is looking or the best deal, especially when it comes to shipping.

 

They are well-informed of what shipping prices should be, and if yours is a lot higher, they won't buy from you. It's really not worth an extra dollar!

 

Selling Crafts on eBay is fun, and can be as addictive as buying! I have sold crafts on eBay for years, until recently, I had to stop because of severe bursitis. I made thousands of dollars on eBay when the 'coming home poncho' was made famous.

 

 

 

 

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