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.
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!
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.
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.
I’ve probably mentioned my list of favorite gemstones before. It’s been an ever-growing list… until now. Super Seven crystal just might be the gemstone to rule them all because, well, I’ll just let you read my article.
My article on gender-based gemstone energy is featured in 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.
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.
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.
Recently, House of Gems asked me to create a tutorial. Talk about great timing! I’ve had this idea for tassel earrings in my head (and in my design journal) for a while, but always ended up putting it aside to make other pieces. Although I like silk tassel earrings, I adore gemstones. At first I thought the gemstones would make the design too heavy, but using simple wrapped loops allows them to be lighter and still deliver stunning.
I knew my design would require a lot of beads, so I ordered a few strands of beautiful wholesale beads and got to creating. The beads that I used for example earrings are 4mm micro-faceted carnelian rondelles.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial. The techniques are easy, and assume you are familiar with making simple loops. Please let me know what you think!