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Mother's Day Beads
Diamonds - April's Gemstone
Agate is really chalcedony quartz forming in concentric layers in a wide variety of colors and textures. Each individual agate forms by filling a cavity in its host rock, resulting in round nodules, with bands like the rings of a tree trunk, looking like eyes. Agate comes in many different forms, one of the most common being Sardonyx - derived from the Greek word "Sard" meaning reddish brown, and "onyx": veined gem. Sardonyx usually contains white and brownish-red bands. Roman soldiers wore sardonyx talismans engraved with figures of Hercules or Mars, believing that the stone would make them braver. During the Renaissance, public speakers thought sardonyx helped them talk more forceful.
Another type of agate, Dzi, is one of the most mysterious of all gemstones. These shiny beads usually from Tibet, patterned with mystical eyes are among the most treasured in the world. "Dzi" in Tibetan means: "shine, brightness, clearness, and splendor. Dzi beads are often brought on the number of "eyes" an individual bead shows - the more eyes the better.
Agate was highly valued as a talisman in ancient times and has been used as a traveler's amulet for centuries. It's believed to bring good fortune, health, wealth and long life, as well as quenching thirst and preventing fevers. Persian magicians used agate to divert storms and athletes to increase vitality. Shia Muslims wear an agate ring on the right hand, engraved with the name of Allah. Others' swear that wearing these beads can heighten the spiritual consciousness and balance the body's physical and mental states. Agate is also thought to cure scorpion stings and snake bites. Some call its strange patterns 'cosmic caterpillar tracks'. Pagans believe agate brings love, clears thought, and is lucky in card games.
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Our ready-made Agate Jewelry in dollars here or in pounds here
Mother's Day Beads
Apologies to our UK customers, as the special day for your mother has
The earliest mention of Mother's Day goes back to spring celebrations of
ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600's,
England celebrated "Mothering Sunday" on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 day
period leading up to Easter).
Then, many of the England's poor worked as servants for the wealthy. As
most were employed far from their homes, the servants would live at the
houses of their employers. On Mothering Sunday the servants had the day off
and encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers.
In the United States Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe as a day dedicated to peace. Then in 1914, Ana Jarvis from Philadelphia, with the help of the church, managed to persuade President Woodrow Wilson to make the second Sunday of May a national holiday in honor of the anniversary of her mother's death. However, many countries celebrate Mother's Day at different times throughout the year - except Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium who also celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May.
What would mother like on her special day? Beads of course! Make a special necklace or bracelet as a gift for your mother and mother-in-law this year & or purchase one already made. Jewelry is always appreciated, and gains sentimental value with age allowing Mother to always remember who it came from. Pearls are great, but any pink or warm-colored stone jewelry would be appreciated! Mother's Day for 2008 in the the US is on 7th May.
Diamonds are the rich cousins of graphite, both crystalline forms of pure carbon. The enormous difference in their properties is a result of the way that carbon atoms are bonded together. In graphite, carbon atoms are arranged in sheets that easily slide past each other, making them ideal as lubricants. Diamond crystals, are a tight-fisted network of carbon atoms securely held in four directions, making it the hardest naturally-occurring substance.
To say these "cultured" stones are not real diamond is false. Chemically they are identical to mined diamonds, but they do have different growth patterns and a lack of inclusions that would draw suspicions to a qualified a jeweler. However, those bits of minerals that are enclosed in a natural diamond as its forms are regarded as flaws; a lack of inclusions is actually a good thing. For a jeweler to tell for sure, De Beers has designed a machine for around $10,000.
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Offer valid until Thursday 3rd April 2008 only - so act now. The more you order, the more you save! Only for use in our store at the checkout and not valid with any other offers.
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