Our beautiful summery and refreshing stone of the month is Tree Agate. It has green veins on a white background, giving it a cool, leafy-glade type of feeling. The green veins or dendrites, come from the Greek word “dendron” meaning “tree.” Tree agate is also associated with summer in that it is called a stone of abundance or plenitude. Wearing Tree Agate is said to guard against natural disasters and dispel sickness. Tree agate also encourages strength and perseverance, the ability to meet challenges, and the capacity to see the connections in life all around. Since the stone has a strong calming inﬂuence, it is helpful in the relief of many disorder, including those of the nervous system, including exhaustion, the skeletal and circulatory system, and relief from general pain. Wearing Tree Agate was thought to encourage the favor of the gods.
By the way, have you ever wondered why children’s marbles are called “aggies”? They’re named for the material they were made from—agate.
See some of our beautiful Tree Agate jewelry in person at one of our upcoming events!
African Jade is named for its point of origin. There are two main types of jade—jadeite and nephrite. This month’s jade is
the nephrite variety. Its name comes from the Greek word for “kidney”
because nephrite was thought to cure illnesses of the kidney
and spleen. African Jade is one of the oldest and most culturally influential gemstones, dating back thousands of years.
Nephrite jade is found mainly in its green shade, but it can be seen in
shades of white, grey, brown and yellow. The deep green color is the most sought after for its beauty and value.
In addition to being thought of as a healing stone for internal
organs, jade is also an imperial gemstone, meaning it represents
beauty, purity and grace. Today it is thought to be a stone of dreams
which blesses whatever it touches, as well as possessing restorative powers.
Finally, African Jade alleviates joint pain and fights viral and bacterial infections.
Cherry Quartz, unlike Rose Quartz, is human-made by melting glass in a furnace and combining it with swirls of pink to give it its distinct color and infusions or needles. Because of its soft color, it has long been regarded as a soothing, calming crystal that promotes love and healing. It is said to help clear negative emotions such as jealousy, anger and fear, and also alleviate heartache and psychic traumas. Wearing cherry quartz at night might promote peaceful sleep and creative inspiration. And, of course, it’s a lovely color for a gift for Mother’s Day.
July (garnet) November (topaz) December (zircon)
Do you know that you have something in common with everyone you know? In fact, you have something in common with everyone on the planet, even your pets. Yes, even Fido and Fluffy. What is it? You all have a birthday!
To celebrate all this interconnectedness, especially with those you love, Artists at Heart has created “Close to You” earrings. Put the birthstones of those you love best, be they human or otherwise, together in these unique earrings. Choose the birthstones you want, and we will fashion them together into lovely keepsakes. These are a perfect gift for Grandmothers, Mothers, Aunts, Sisters–anyone who has a special group of loved ones. Choose from several sizes and styles, in either sterling silver or gold filled. Also available as a pendant.