Lapis Lazuli

Did you know that I keep a list of interesting places based on gemstones? That’s not really surprising, is it? Well, one of these spots is the Water Wave Life Fountain on display in Vienna, Austria. It’s a massive structure carved out of 18.3 tons of Lapis Lazuli from Chile.

The Water Wave Life Fountain. photo by Ted McGrath
Water Wave Life Fountain photo by Ted McGrath

I probably won’t be visiting that spot any time soon (I’d rather check out the original source in Chile anyway), but when I spied a strand of hand-carved Lapis Lazuli oblongs I was immediately reminded of the fountain so I snatched them up. And then I sat on them for about a year. Well, didn’t actually sit on them… I just kept not making jewelry out of them. I did try to make one pendant, but it wasn’t until this month that I felt my skills and designs could do them justice. Because my eight lovely pieces of Lapis were carved to show off the Pyrite and White Calcite in them, each piece is different yet equally beautiful. Energetically, the combination is magical!

Lapis Lazuli necklace with Rainbow Moonstones
ACJ Lapis Lazuli and Rainbow Moonstone necklace

Lapis Lazuli  

Know yourself and stand in your power.

Lapis Lazuli resides in the deeper blues of Serenity blue. It vibrates most frequently at the third eye and throat chakra centers. Lapis Lazuli aids us in our ability to expand our self-awareness. It is a good stone for us to use during meditation where we can achieve a clearer perspective of our abilities as well as our limitations. In this sense, the Serenity comes from tapping into Lapis Lazuli’s assistance with our self-knowledge and self-reflection. Lapis is sometimes accompanied by Pyrite and/or Calcite and both of these gemstone’s energies add highly desirable dimensions to how this gemstone can be called to action.

Lapis Lazuli that contains golden flecks of Pyrite is considered to be the finest grade of the gem. Lapis Lazuli with Pyrite inclusions assists us in putting our expanding self-awareness into action. Pyrite’s vibration is considered masculine energetically. What’s significant about this is that it allows women and those more aligned with feminine energy to tap into a different way of accessing manifestation, willpower, and creativity that we might not normally consider.

ACJ Lapis Lazuli and Labradorite pendant
ACJ Lapis Lazuli and Labradorite pendant

Calcite is an amplifying mineral: it takes the energy of the gemstones or people around it and expands it. Calcite also has the ability to help clear negative energy rather than amplify it, which opens up the way for more positive energy to flow. Lapis Lazuli with white Calcite inclusions is an excellent stone to enlist when dealing with the negative push-back. Calcite can help us to not just refrain from feeding into the negativity but to draw strength and determination from it.

Lapis Lazuli is definitely one gemstone we can all benefit from having in our jewelry collection for its beauty as well as its energetic properties. Think of it this way: If knowledge is power, then self-awareness = knowledge = power.I’ve added these pieces and a few more to my Into The Blue series. I redesigned the pendant with Labradorite to allow more of the Lapis to show. Check them out here.

ACJ featured in The Wellness Universe … Releasing the myth of gender-based gemstone energy

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My article on gender-based gemstone energy is featured in The Wellness Universe.The Wellness Universe I wrote it a few months ago in response to the many requests I’ve had – from women and some men – to help them balance their feminine and masculine energies in order to deal with the all that has been unleashed in 2017.

Read my article on The Wellness Universe

Also, I submitted the article – which I titled Moonstones Aren’t Just For Women: Gender-Based Gemstone Energy – several months before the original #MeToo hashtag was embraced and adopted by Hollywood. I’m sure I’ll write a follow article.

Click here to read my article

 

The Wellness Universe’s Gift Guide includes something special from ACJ

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Please celebrate with me!

 

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WU Gift Guide cover

As a member of The Wellness Universe, I am delighted to be featured in their ‘More Than’ a Holiday Gift Guide.

 

My gift, a guide, Gemstones For The Holidays – More Joy, Less Stress has been featured along with more excellent gifts for total wellness, transformation and health, mind, spirit and achieving goals in 2018.

More than great gifts, this spectacular guide has more than 50 inspiring articles and feel good quotes. Not only will you find an amazing collection of gifts, all that support your well-being, you’ll get over $5000 in freebies and bonuses from my fellow WU World-Changers!

It’s free, grab your copy today and get gifts for everyone on your holiday list. http://blog.thewellnessuniverse.com/holiday-gift-guide-2017/

~ Amy

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Feature in The Wellness Universe … Herkimer Diamonds

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My article on Herkimer Diamond Quartz is featured in The Wellness Universe (WU), the world’s first, one-stop, online directory and resource center to support and promote whole-health and well-being on a global scale.

The Wellness Universe

 

 

I’m also honored to have been asked to share my gemstone energy insights on The Wellness Universe a regular basis. Of course, sharing gemstone info includes sharing more jewelry (at least it does in my head!) so I will have new pieces to coincide each post.

 


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Like these Herkimer and Quartz Chakra Pendants

You can buy these limited edition treasures on my website.

 

What’s new at ACJ besides a new look? Rings!

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The new ACJ website has been up and running for a few weeks now, and in between finishing custom orders, I’ve had a chance to create something that I’ve wanted to give you for a while now: Rings!

This collection is made up of an assortment of faceted cubed gems suspended between the coiled ends of the ring’s shank – copper, silver or 14k gold filled.

This setting allows you to see all of the pretty and interesting characteristics of the gems. They can be stacked on your fingers or worn as a pendant, so grab a few!

Need help figuring out your ring size? Here’s a handy measurement tool to help.

Ummm, where’d the ACJ site go? Not to worry – it’s right here!

I am finally giving the ACJ website the love it deserves!
What that means is for a very short time, the best way to get to all of the ACJ goodies is directly through my Tictail Marketplace page. So here’s the link.

http://tictail.com/s/amycousinjewelry

 

I’d planned to have it all shiny and new before I announced the big update, but the last thing I want to do is leave you hanging in an endless redirect to my blog. Cause, that’s what happenin’ right now…

So, let’s just avoid the “wait, wasn’t I just here? where’s the site? I need my gemstone energy like right now!” drama and go to

https://tictail.com/s/amycousinjewelry

 

ACJ will be up and running on its own very soon.
Soon… that’s oh so vague, isn’t it? Okay, ACJ will be up and running by the end of June.

Light readings

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Happy Spring!!!
Okay, so a lot of areas have been spring-like for a while so my exuberance might draw a yawn, but Spring! Up here in Minnesota, it’s finally starting to look like spring is coming. This season is about renewal – a time to step outside, stretch and grow. Here are a few sources that I have been writing and contributing to articles that are geared toward renewal and strengthening our Light.

Here are a couple of sources that I have been contributing articles and quotes to that are geared toward renewal and strengthening our Light.

Mind Key, an online community of healing professionals, recently published an article on getting outdoors as a way to tap into renewal. I am honored to have been quoted in the article with my Greenery Earrings featured.

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ACJ Greenery Necklace – Prehnite, Peridot, Jade

 

Black Girl In Om first and foremost “Creates a space for women of color to breathe easy”. For Founder Lauren Ash, this is an inclusive statement that she uses to help open the doors to yoga, meditation, healthy food choices, spirituality and creativity to women who might otherwise feel left out. Here is the first part of an article I wrote for BGIO on blue gemstones associated with Serenity. The second part of the article will be published soon.

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ACJ Blue Apatite Ladder earrings

 

as the holidays get into full swing

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here are a few tips and notes to get you through.

  • Oops, I forgot to get a gift for …
    Did you forget someone on your gift list? I still have some pendants available in the $35 to $50 range, including a few Upcycled Computer pendants and Rose Quartz & Prehnite pendants. Prehnite’s shade is in the range called  Greenery – which is Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year – so you’ll not only be giving someone a wonderfully healing gemstone combination, you’ll also give them a jump on fashion.acj-upcycled-computer-pendants-b     Rose Quartz & Prehnite Pendants
  • I read that somewhere…
    This year, I’ve been sharing my take on gemstone energy in a lot of places where women especially are seeking answers and solutions. Just this week, Amy Cousin Jewelry was featured in Mind Key, an online community of healing professionals, in an article written by my good friend, Dr. Lisa Avilamind-key-logo_v2
  • Color me confident and calm…
    by tapping into the vibration of blue gemstones. Which ones, you ask? I wrote an article for Black Girl In Om with some beautiful suggestions.

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    photo: Bradley A Murray
  • If you’re in the Twin Cities this week…Lauren Ash, the founder of Black Girl In Om, will be in Minneapolis leading a workshop at Yess Yoga on December 26th.Three Sisters Eclectic Arts, which carries Amy Cousin Jewelry, will be open Friday, December 23rd from 10 -8, and Saturday, December 24th from 10 – 3. Located in St. Paul, MN
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  • Every home should smell this fantastic…
    I am so happy to announce that our Sirius Mind and Body incense sticks are back in stock! It has been a long wait, but well worth it – the fragrances are as phenomenal as our alcohol-free fragrance oils, and each stick burns for over an hour – no bitter smoky after-scent either. Just the way you remember them.smb-twitter-head2

Big Hugs & Warm Smiles,

Amy