Baubles And Me
Jewelry, since time began offers a host of the mythical and superstitious. Some stones have healing powers, others will ward off sickness, offer protection, give courage and will even attract the opposite sex. We have all experienced at some time what our birth stone is and what it represents. As there are only twelve months in the year this offers us only the possibility of twelve different gem stones. We are familiar with January being the Garnet, a cousin to the Ruby, February the Amethyst, March the Aquamarine, April the Diamond, May the Emerald, June the Pearl, July the Ruby, August the Peridot, September the Sapphire, October the Opal, November the Topaz and December the Turquoise. Whilst this is all well and good there are some very fine stones out there that were not lucky enough to be chosen as a stone of the month.
Malachite, Lapis Lazuli and Opal come to mind as do Onyx, Tiger eye and Jade. All worthy stones in there own right and if you choose to make one of them your own personal favorite, well who is going to stop you. The stone designated to be your own just because you were born in that month may not be a color that you warm to instinctively.
If you happen to be a lover of the more variety that Jade gives you over Emerald shall we say, then by all means choose that. Jade is the bringer of tranquility, wisdom, long life and a peaceful death. Emerald brings healing, success in business and to be able to tell the future. Hmm. Tell the future? Bring those Emeralds on. Well maybe not. Knowing the future may not be such a good thing after all, but you get my drift here.
The wearing of Malachite is supposed to be beneficial to the eyes and blood sugar levels. Lapis Lazuli is supposed to make us more kind and helpful and is the stone of fidelity. I once saw a fireplace surround in King Ludwig’s Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria made of Lapis. It was a bit excessive but no doubt extravagant in its luxury as non jewelry.
The primal connection that Tiger Eye presents is as appealing as animal print silks. It has a luminosity that has a universal attraction as is known as a protective stone and treats eye disease. I guess the eyes have it. Of course there is a lot more to gems, stones, silver and gold but for now we have scratched the surface and given ourselves the opportunity to delve a little further next time. For now, just go out and look, touch and experience the wonder of the bauble and who knows, maybe one will speak its own special language to you.