Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Native American Animal Symbol

If you were born between
Oct 23 - Nov 22 ~  You are a Snake!

Most shamans are born under this Native American animal symbol. The Snake is a natural in all matters of spirit. Easily attuned to the ethereal realm the Snake makes an excellent spiritual leader. Also respected for his/her healing capacities, the Snake also excels in medical professions. The Snake's preoccupation with matters intangible often lead others to view them as mysterious, and sometimes frightening. True, the Snake can be secretive, and a bit dark - he/she is also quite sensitive, and caring. In a supportive relationship the cool Snake can be passionate, inspiring, humorous, and helpful. Left to his/her own devices, the Snake can be despondent, violent, and prone to abnormal mood swings.  

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stone Magic ~ Opal

~ Opal History & Lore ~
The Opal of Nonius
 The Roman Senator Nonius chose exile “turned out of house and home” rather than surrender a large opal ring to Marc Antony. 
 Pliny the Elder (Plinii), Roman officer and author of the Natural History (Naturalis historia) wrote of the opalus: "There exists today a gem of this kind, on account of which the senator Nonius was proscribed by Antony. Seeking safety in flight, he took with him of all his possessions this ring alone, which it is certain, was valued at 2,000,000 sesterces (USD$80,000)." The opalus was "as large as a hazel-nut."
 In the mid-18th Century, a peasant found a brilliant precious stone in an old ruins at Alexandria, Egypt. This stone was set in a ring and is said to have been an opal cut en cabochon and "as large as a hazel-nut."  The ring was taken to Constantinople, where it was estimated to be worth "several thousand ducats." (Hesselquist, "Voyages and Travels in the Levant" 1766.) The description of this gem, its apparent antiquity and the high value placed on it have led many to ponder wheteher it was the celebrated "Opal of Nonius."
 According to Isidore Kozminsky in his book “the Magic and Science of Jewels and Stones” (1922) the "Opal of Nonius" ring was discovered in the tomb of the “firm willed Senator” early in the twentieth century.  He also writes: “Perhaps against no other gem has the bigotry of superstitious ignorance so prevailed as against the wonderful opal.”
 In 'Naturalis historia' Pliny wrote that opal was the most highly prized and valuable of all gemstones in the Roman Empire and that price was set “according to the decree generally set down and pronounced by our nice and costly dames”!
 Pliny was an obvious admirer of opals: "For in them you shall see the living fire of ruby, the glorious purple of the amethyst, the sea-green of the emerald, all glittering together in an incredible mixture of light."
 Another translation of the Pliny text reads: "There is in them a softer fire than in the carbuncle, there is the brilliant purple of the amethyst; there is the sea-green of the emerald -- all shining together in incredible union. Some by their refulgent splendor rival the colors of the painters, others the flame of burning sulphur or of fire quickened by oil."
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Thursday, October 16, 2014


Our first Jewelry Show of the Season
Canadian, Texas
Fall Foliage Festival

Saturday Oct 18th
Sunday Oct 19th 

Canadian Elementary School

Friday, October 10, 2014

Stone Magic ~ Opal

History & Lore

The Roman "Cupid Stone"
 The early Romans referred to opals as the “Cupid stone” because it suggested the clear complexion of the god of love. Romans thought opals had aphrodisiacal qualities and the capability of bringing great wealth to its owner.
 The Romans considered opals be a token of hope and purity. According to legend, one Roman Emperor offered to trade one-third of his vast kingdom for a single opal. 
 An opal was said to be set in the imperial crown of the Holy Roman Emperor.  In medieval times, opals were known as "ophthalmus lapis." Albertus Magnus describes it as follows:
 "The orphanus is a stone which is in the crown of the Roman Emperor, and none like it has ever been seen; for this very reason it is called orphanus. It is of a subtle vinous tinge, and its hue is as though pure white snow flashed and sparkled with the color of bright, ruddy win, and was overcome by this radiance. It is a translucent stone, and there is a tradition that formerly it shone in the night-time; but now, in our age, it does not sparkle in the dark. It is said to guard the regal honor". (Alberti Magni, Opera Omnia, ed. Borgnet, Parisiis, 1890.)
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Stone Magic ~ Opals

Opal History and Legends

The Sanskrit word for opal, Upala means " precious stone"; and early Latin word was Opalus and the Greek Opallios both mean "to see a change (of colour)".  In medieval times, opals were known as "ophthalmus lapis" or "ophthalmios".
 These ancient races claimed that opal had magical qualities and aided its wearer in seeing limitless possibilities. They believed opals clarified, amplified and mirrored feelings, buried emotions and desires. Opals were thought to lessen inhibitions and promote spontaneity. 

'The Red Heart of Australia'
A solid black opal from Lightning Ridge
  The early Greeks believed the opal bestowed powers of foresight and prophecy upon its owner. Onomacritus, a Greek poet wrote: “the delicate color and tenderness of the opal reminded him of a loving and beautiful child”. 
 Arabic folklore says opals fell from heaven in flashes of lightning. 
 The Orientals referred to opals as “the anchor of hope” and considered opal a symbol of purity and thought that the wearer of the gem was protected from illness.

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