Tuesday, November 27, 2012

December Birthstones

December has 2 birthstones: turquoise and blue zircon, and blue topaz is a recent addition.

Turquoise is a relatively soft gemstone, and can be easily scratched and broken. This porous opaque stone is easily discolored by oil and pigments, and changes color when it loses some of its water content. A sky blue shade in turquoise is due to the presence of copper, while iron gives it a greener tone. Ochre and brown-black veins in the stone occur during the formation of turquoise, caused by inclusions from nearby rock fragments or from oxide staining. The most valued variety of turquoise is an intense sky blue color, like the color of a robin’s egg.

Turquoise Aqua Jewelry Pendant

Turquoise Handmade Christmas Gift Card

Big Turquoise Teardop Wire Wrapped Necklace

This stone can be found in Armenia, Kazakhstan, China, Australia, Tibet, China, Mexico, Brazil, and Egypt. In Iran, where some of the best stones are found, turquoise is the national gem. The American southwest-Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and California-are primary producers of turquoise.

Healing characteristics: Turquoise gives insight and aids travel (a strong characteristic of most Sagittarians is a love of travel). Turquoise will help you to find purpose and capture the passion and vision to see it through.

The alternate birthstone for December is the zircon.
Zircon, in its unchanged natural form appears colorless to pale yellow, or green.A new blue color for zircon, called “starlight blue,” was created by heating golden brown or yellow zircon in the 1920s.

Blue Zircon Ring

Major sources of zircon are the Chanthaburi area of Thailand, the Palin area of Cambodia and the southern part of Vietnam near the Cambodian border, where gemstones are found in alluvial deposits. Bangkok is well-known as a major center for processing zircons, where everything from heat treatment, cutting and marketing is carried out. Another important source is Sri Lanka, well known for a colorless variety of zircon called the ‘Matura diamond’. The gemstones are also found in Burma, France, Norway, Australia and Canada.

Healing characteristics: Zircon was regarded as the amulet for travelers in the Eleventh century, protecting them from disease, injury, and insomnia, as well as assuring a cordial welcome wherever their travels would take them. The stone was believed to possess healing powers. It was prescribed to insomniacs to induce sleep, used as an antidote against poison, and as an aid to digestion.

This post was written by Linda B for the PFT Team.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

Black Friday is just around the corner.  Get some great deals on holiday gifts and reduce your shopping list all while shopping some GREAT deals from these Promotional Frenzy team members!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November Birthstone - Scorpio Birthdays

October 23 - November 22 - 
Happy Birthday, Scorpio!

Scorpio - Latin for "the Scorpion" (Skorpios in Greek)

There are 2 gemstones for November: Citrine and Topaz. 

Citrine is a yellow-to-golden member of the quartz mineral group. A deep golden variety from Madiera Spain can resemble the costly imperial topaz* gemstone, which is one reason that citrine is a popular birthstone alternative to those born in November. Sources of citrine include Brazil, Bolivia, several African countries and parts of the Soviet Union.

Citrine has been called the "stone of the mind". Ancient cultures believed that placing a citrine on the forehead of an elder would increase his psychic power.

Citrine is known as the lucky "Merchants Stone". If you are in any type of sales, just put a citrine in the cash drawer and watch what happens. Also used by healers to:
  • increase self esteem
  • protect from the negative energy from someone else's abuse
  • open the mind to new thoughts
  • promote clarity of thought

Healing Properties

  • Used by healers to help with digestion
  • calm and soothe distressed conditions.
  • Helps relieve depression, digestive problems (including constipation and diabetes
  • It will give joy and love to the owner. 

*Topaz - is derived from the Sanskrit word "tapas", meaning fire.
Yellow Topaz, a quality gemstone, comes from Russia and Brazil, and there are also mines in Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Texas. Topaz has been known for at least 2000 years
Imperial Topaz, a clear Golden Yellow color, has a touch of pink in it. It is also known as Golden Topaz.

The properties of Topaz:
  • Constancy, loyalty, faithfulness and friendship
  • Strength, releasing tension and balancing emotions

    Metaphysical properties:
    • Instills faith that you can bring all manner of good things into your life
    • Attracts helpful people into your life that will benefit you and may bring new friendships.

    Healing properties:
    A solar plexus chakra and sacral chakra stone - the stomach area.
    • Excellent for liver, kidney and bladder problems or imbalances
    •  Helps to calm stress and irritability
    •  Recharge your energy 

    What constitutes the difference between the real topaz and the citrine?
    A fluorine aluminium silicate in chemical terms, the topaz is considerably harder and heavier than quartz, and it has a higher refractive index, which endows it with more fire when the colour is good. It does have one weakness: its good cleavage qualities, which must be taken into account when it is being worked on. It can be found in all the colours of the rainbow and has been known to Man for at least 2000 years. It has not been proved beyond doubt whether the name comes from Sanskrit or Greek, though the Greek name 'topazos' means 'green gemstone'. The Romans dedicated the topaz to Jupiter. (Source: International Colored Gemstone Association)

    Celebrities born under the sign Scorpio:
    Charles Bronson
    Richard Burton
    Johnny Carson
    Charles, Prince of Wales
    Billy Graham
    Katharine Hepburn
    Grace Kelly
    Vivien Leigh
    Martin Luther
    Mike Nichols
    Pablo Picasso

    Written by Linda Blatchford
    Jewelry Designer

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