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Thursday, August 28, 2014

September Birthstone: Sapphire

The September birthstone derives its name from the Greek word “sapphirus” meaning blue, a word which itself comes from the Hebrew “sappir” which means to shine. 

Sapphires have a long and precious history in the ancient Jewish tradition. Ancient Hebrew texts claim that Noah’s Ark was illuminated with a giant sapphire used as a window, and the same stone was said to be placed in the Jewish High Priest’s breastplate, the original source of the notion of birthstones.

Finally, the Ten Commandments themselves were said to have been engraved on giant sapphire tablets. 

Kippah - gold, white pearls and blue sapphire Swarovski crystals
Wire Kippah, Yarmulke, Hat, Gold Wire Sapphire Swarorvski Crystals White Pearls

The term sapphire originally applied to lapis lazuli, an extraordinarily rare and prized stone of the ancient world. This blue gem of lazurite came only from a mine in northern Afghanistan, and was given mystical and magical properties in ancient Egypt and medieval Europe. This gem was so rare that in the Middle Ages, European gemologists began referring to blue specimens of corundum, a recently discovered gem at the time, with the ancient name of sapphire.

Kippah - blue wire, blue sapphire glass beads, white pearls

Sapphire also commonly used to commemorate the 5th, 23rd, and 45th wedding anniversaries. A more rate form of sapphire, the star sapphire, is used to mark the very rare and special occasion of a 65th wedding anniversary.

Healing properties: 

  • Effective for health problems relating to lowering fevers and inflammation, hearing problems, cancer and burns. 
  • The Sapphire is also used to enhance the influences of Venus and and banish evil thoughts.

Where are Sapphires found?
Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Kasmir, Australia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, China and the U.S.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Life and Loveliness

Flowers are happy reminders of life and loveliness. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kippah - Jewish New Year or Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Do you have a suitable yarmulke for Jewish New Year? Have a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah coming up?

You can order from kippah that I have in stock or place a custom order. I create free form beaded wire kippot

4 inch silver wire with silver beads

5 inch gold wire with gold beads 

In-stock kippot are mailed within 3-5 days of payment. If I have to order supplies, I need about 3-4 weeks to mail it to you.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Etsy Featured Seller: linnwarme

Some new blog features might include: Etsy featured seller and My Amazing Clients. This is a test and it depends on my readers' comments and sharing. 

This Etsy feature is on the shop linnwarme, an artist who makes animal and flower jewelry.

Oriental Poppy Pin
Cerice Pink Oriental Poppy Floral Pin
This pin is a terrific color for the upcoming fall season.

Disclosure: this is a post for a post exchange, to be featured on the etsyfinds blog

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bartlett Heritage Days Craft Show

On Sa.t/Sun., Sept. 6-7,  you can purchase my handbeaded jewelry at Bartlett Heritage Days. Look for my LinorStore Jewelry booth sign. I'll be there with my friend Miki Noland, who makes gorgeous crocheted items: hats, baby blankets, etc.

Saturday and Sunday Craft Fair - 10am to 4pm in Bartlett Park  (I won't be in Jewelry Row on Oak)

There will be food, a pet parade, children's events and rides, trolley tours.

And, I'll be offering show specials - great discounts on handmade jewelry.