From MyLovelyBeads.com Team
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Stone of July:
Metaphysical power: Perception, precision. Increases physical
energy. Protection against the emotions of fear and anger.
Zodiac signs: Taurus (Bull), Cancer (Crab), Leo (Lion).
Carnelian - self-esteem stone
Carnelian, sometimes spelled cornelian (other variants of the name include
Sadoine, Mecca stone, and Pigeon's Blood Agate), is a red or reddish-brown
variant of chalcedony. It is opaque or translucent to transparent light
orange to deep brownish rust red, often found with some white color. The
brownish red variety is also known as sard. Hence the name sardonyx is
applied to color banded dark carnelian.
The word carnelian is derived from the Latin word meaning horn, in reference
to the flesh color sometimes exhibited. Carnelian is said to be a motivation
stone and some have called it the "self-esteem stone". Certainly, gemstone
beads of carnelian would give the wearer better self-esteem just by their
beauty alone. Carnelian has the interesting property that hot wax does not
stick to it, that is why it was used widely during Roman times 2,000 years
before the present era to make signet or seal rings for imprinting a security
seal with wax on correspondence or other important documents.
The mineral is found worldwide, but India is reputed for developing the best
gemstones. Other significant sources include Brazil and Uruguay. In jewelry
making it is most often cut into either beads or cabochons, but occasionally
it is carved. The carnelian beads are made by heating and shaping agate several
times, resulting in a change of color. The resultant beads are drilled with
a stone drill. Some beads are over 12 centimeters in length. Today, the entire
process is the work of professional craftsmen whose technology has been handed
down from generation to generation. On the picture -
wax carved carnelian seal on an envelope.
New on MyLovelyBeads.com
We are glad to present our
All rings are ajustable, the base is stainless steel. Some of the rings are
made from various gemstone beads, others with charms. You can create your own
unique ring. All you need is to contact us with your request concerning colors,
gem beads, and charms. In our
you will find some interesting facts about gemstones and jewelry:
• Types and Colors of Garnet
• Wedding Anniversary Stones
• Symbols of the US States
• Jasper from White to Black
• Beryl Family of Gemstones
• About Multicolor Agate
Olga Dillow is a bead artist of a Russian origin. She lives with her husband
and her daughter in Renton, WA. She has been beading just for a few years, but
has been very successful. When she started doing beadwork, Olga learned a
variety of techniques, and now she makes beaded jewelry, Easter eggs , toys,
flowers and trees. Recently she experimented with embroidery on canvas using
seed beads, and now creates the
whole beaded pictures with them. If you are interested in Olga Dillow's
beadwork, please contact us at any time at email@example.com.
Do you know?
A necklace is an article of clothing or jewelry; which is worn around the neck. Necklaces
are frequently formed from a metal chain; often attached to a locket or pendant. Types of
• Choker: a choker is 12" to 16" long. It sits on the base of the neck or wraps around the throat.
• Princess necklace: a princess necklace is 17" to 19" long. It is between choker and matinee length.
• Matinee necklace: a matinee necklace is 20" to 25" long. It should sit at the top of cleavage.
• Opera necklace: an opera necklace is 26" to 36" long and should sit at the breastbone.
• Rope (sautoir) necklace: a rope necklace is over 36" long.
CARAT and KARAT
Carat is the unit of weight used for precious stones; one carat equals 1/5 of a gram or 3 and
1/16 grains. The diamond carat is subdivided into 100 parts or points; thus, a fifty-point diamond is
equal to 1/2 of a carat. The carat is not related to the term karat that is a unit of the
fineness or purity of gold.
Karat is the measurement of the fineness or purity of gold. The pure (fine) gold is 24 karat.
18K is 75% fine gold, 14K is 58.4%, and 10K is 41.7%. 14K and 10K are not manufactured or sold outside
of the USA. The karat is not related to the term carat, a unit of weight, whose origins
come from the carob seed.
Some of the gem names are very confusing. All of us have heard about cat's eye. The natural
cat's eye is a translucent yellowish chatoyant chrysoberyl (sometimes is is called cymophane),
this variety of chrysoberyl exhibits pleasing chatoyant or opalescence that reminds one of
an eye of a cat. Some sellers call cat's eye any of a variety of gems, such as some forms of
chalcedony, that are chatoyant when cut in a rounded shape. But there is one more cat's eye -
manmade glass that reflects light in a way reminiscent of a cat's eye, and this gem can be
pink, blue, green, black - of almost any possible color!
Another example is aventurine. Natural aventurine is a shimmering quartz stone that ranges in
color from yellow to red to light green to blue to light brown. The shimmer is caused by tiny
metallic particles within the stone. Because of golden glitter aventurine is sometimes also
called goldstone. Another aventurine is a shimmering glass with golden glitter due to copper
crystals suspended in or pressed into the surface of other materials, this gem is manmade and
is usually bright brown to almost black.