Where did the summer go? I cannot believe we are into fall (my favorite season!) already. I know when I was a kid people said that as you get older the time will pass with lightening speed, but I think what is happening goes beyond that. Even my grandma used to say that time really does seem to be moving so much faster because we fill up every minute. When I was a kid it seemed like an eternity for the "rice to be done", now if feels like I can barely leave the kitchen without the water boiling away!
I have much to share. The first is about a project I've been working on. It starts with a quick explanation about "Aura" varieties of quartz.
First, they are pretty, almost unreal looking and the combination of the metals and stone can be wonderfully healing. However, with the exception of Flame Aura (rainbow aura) the treatment needed to bond the gold, titanium or copper to the stone is exceptionally harsh. The high heat makes the quartz brittle and prone to breakage, plus while the enhancement can be lovely, it is a processing of the natural stone that I am not a big fan of. I love technology, but my crystals are my babies and I do not want them heated anywhere but deep in the earth (note: most smoky quartz and citrine on the market today is heated for color or irradiated).
Do you think we could get a movement started requiring gemstone suppliers to label all of their product as artificially enhanced by dyes, radiation (yes) and heat?
I know, I hear you, we're still trying to make progress on labeling our food! It is an important issue though because many of these stones are for jewelry and worn against the skin and I shudder to think of people making gemstone elixirs out of them and don't even get me started on yoni eggs...though most people selling them are extra careful.
OK, so what does all of this have to do with the price of rhubarb?
Well, I do think gold can combine well with gemstones to enhance their healing and spiritual properties, but as I said, the process most "auras" go through is troubling to me.
I've wanted to combine my stones with metal to make my own version of "auras", but in a way that is more organic. I knew gold leaf would be a good choice, but some of the adhesives and sealers felt caustic to me...(not to my senses, but my sensibility!). I was inspired a couple of weeks ago and began experimenting with gold and stones and came up with a way to adhere the gold to the stone without chemicals! Yay!
I also like the idea of simply enhancing or highlighting the beauty of a stone, not completely covering it.
Gold amplifies and gold symbolizes flexibility, encourages you to take that dive into the well of self because we all know our thirst will never be quenched until we drink from deep within.
I will be listing more over the weeks, but here are a few pieces I sold in last night's Facebook Friday event.
I hope to share more as I experiment with different gemstone surfaces. In the meantime, please Pin and share any pictures from my website as you can. Every little bit of PR helps! )
I also launched my first batch of candles and couldn't be more pleased! There will be more.
Plus, I finally have one of my "Freebie" downloads ready! Yay! Bravo! Give that woman a prize!
Bright lights, people! Bright lights!
I wish I could show you...
when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.