My Luminous Muse, The Moon Goddess

It’s a beautiful summer night. Sitting on the mountainside, overlooking the valley, a tremendous light grows brighter and brighter… it is the glorious Moon, rising in the starry sky. Many a bard has sung of her glory, many lovers have taken refuge in her gaze. We all carry a story of her greatness, and we all hold love for her in our soul.

Dreaming Moon Goddess Pendant (SOLD)

Who is the Moon Goddess? She is called by many names, as many names as there have been peoples on this Great Earth. She is the Queen of Change, flying across the sky in a myriad of costumes throughout the year. She reigns over cycles and planting and especially, the Intuitive Knowing of Women. She lights our Night Sky and illuminates shadows. The Moon Goddess rolls the waves and shapes the shores of our lives with her Eternal Wisdom.

 

She is known for her Great Beauty, and is adored in her fullness… ripe and ready to bring forth new life. We have held her responsible for childbirth, fertility, and the victorious hunt. We call her the Lover of the Sun, ever reflecting the generosity of spirit. She is Goddess of Compassion as well as Death.

 

Her roles may be many, but she is ever faithful to her tasks. As the Native South American goddess, Yemanja, she is represented by the waxing moon, growing in size, Protector of Children and Motherhood. The Greek goddess, Selene, is represented by the full moon and is depicted as a woman riding sidesaddle pulling the Chariot of the Moon across the heavens. Cerridwen, the Crone Goddess, represented by the waning crescent moon, is known for her cauldron of wisdom.

 

New Moon Goddess Ring

Whatever guise she may be wearing tonight, she draws our gaze magnetically. She charges our dreams with Intuition and Wisdom, and she controls the flow of the waters of our lives. My new collection, Moon Goddess, pays homage to her diversity and her continuity. I chose labradorite and rainbow moonstone to capture the essence of her light in all of her phases.

 

Moon Goddess will be available on June 10th, 2017, immediately after the full Strawberry Moon, right here at jewelweedsprouts.com. She will be the cornerstone of the fortuitous launch of my online shop! I can hardly wait! Sign up for my newsletter and be among the first to see her here!

 

Can’t wait that long? There will be a special event to celebrate the release of the Moon Goddess collection on facebook on June 8th! Join the Jewelweed Sprouts Summer of 2017 Sample Sale + New Collection Debut to get in on irresistible deals, a couple of great giveaways, and first dibs at the new collection! Click HERE to join in!

Mothers are AWESOME

For Mother’s Day many years ago, I gave my mother some stacking rings with the birthstones of all three of us kids set in them. Recently when she came to visit, she let me clean them for her, and she told me that she always wears them, and always in their chronological order…. I know it’s crazy, but it was a surprise to me that they had become such a part of her, a sentimental touchstone for her.

See, Moms don’t stop loving you deeply once you’re outta the house.

In fact, it seems your absence is felt quite deeply (among the mixed feelings of freedom and relief). Mother’s rings are a sweet way to remind her that you are never very far away.

Mom is the best.

She is indispensable and you wouldn’t be here without her. Sure, give her flowers, feed her chocolate, but this year, also let her know how much you appreciate her in your life with a gift she will treasure for years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few things you may not know about these rings….

Your birthstone means more to her than you probably know.

…. And that goes for your siblings, too! These rings are a great way to get the family together!

 She will want to wear them all the time.

They are fun and pretty, and great to wear as a stack!

Sentimental gifts RULE!

The best part is she will not only love the look and the way they feel, but she will truly treasure the thought behind the gift. Bonus points!

I am here to help.

Give her your birthstone…

Purchase a single birthstone stack ring, and I will add on the frills! Just use coupon code 2FREESTACKRINGS with purchase of your Band and 2 Stackers and get two pretty stack rings for FREE! (a $30 value!)

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Or stack up all your siblings!

If you want to include the rest of the gang, you will benefit from my buy one, get one free sale!
Use coupon code MOTHERSRINGBOGO. That’s two kids for the price of one!

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Who KNEW Quartz was so AMAZING?

In honor of Earth Day, let’s chat about three really interesting earthy stones. They are all related, just like the interconnected web of life on this great planet, but they remain distinct and each serve a special purpose. Three members of the chalcedony/quartz family, Carnelian, Chrysoprase, and Blue Chalcedony, all have wonderful luminous qualities, but they have unique and beautiful personalities.

 

Carnelian, which is a gorgeous fire-red-orange variety of chalcedony, is very spicy and assertive. It reminds me of fresh paprika! Energetically, it is a call to action. It has a presence that fuels the impulse to create, to be prosperous, and be determined. It evokes courage and ambition. Wear carnelian to enhance your will-power and strengthen your resolve!

Try this ring on for size~ it’s a power suit for your finger! Be unstoppable.

 

An apple-green variety of chalcedony, chrysoprase activates your deep sense of compassion. It pulls on the heart strings and carries a message of abundance and health. It is a great companion in meditation and helps to calm and relax the nervous system. Wear your chrysoprase when you choose to focus on nourishment and growth.

Go forth and prosper in these verdant hoops! They are yours for the taking!

 

Soft soothing blue chalcedony has a watery, softening effect on body, mind, and spirit. It is reassuring and centering. It is aligned with the Throat Chakra, and encourages you to speak your truth. Lovely to gaze into, blue chalcedony holds light and seems to glow from within… kind of like YOU!

Wow, you two should meet! Really. Here’s one. I think she likes you.

 

I hope you learned something here today. I really enjoyed really seeing these gemological cousins next to each other.

I mean, WHO KNEW Quartz was so AMAZING?

 

Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment here and join us over in the facebook group!

 

Silver Labradorite Power Ring

Labradorite, Light Magic Inside the Shaman’s Stone

https://www.etsy.com/listing/385548708/hammered-silver-labradorite-cuff
Close up of a labradorite cabochon in a bracelet.

Labradorite is a member of the feldspar family, along with moonstone, orthoclase, amazonite, andesine, and sunstone. It is treasured for its remarkable play of color, known as labradorescence. Specimens found in Finland are commonly called Spectrolite. Labradorite is also found in India, Madagascar, Newfoundland, and Russia.

The stone usually has a gray-green matrix, sometimes dark gray, black, or grayish white, in varying transparency. Its iridescent flashes appear in layers of peacock blue, gold, pale green, or coppery red. The predominant color is blue, varying from cobalt and purplish blue, aqua and turquoise, into shades of pale blue-green.

Inuit legends tell of an Eskimo warrior who heard the call of the Northern Lights trapped within the rocks on the coast of Labrador. He freed most of the Aurora Borealis with his spear….but many of the lights remained trapped in the stones.

Silver Labradorite Ring
Oval labradorite in silver split-shank ring.

There are other centuries-old Inuit tribe legends that reference labradorite rock. According to legend, the “Mighty Being” hit the iridescent mineral rock with his fist to initiate travel into the sky. Labradorite was called “firestone” and “fire rock” by the native people.

It was named in Labrador, Canada, by Moravian missionaries in 1770.

Energetically labradorite calms an overactive mind and energizes the imagination. It softens the negative edges of some of our darker thoughts and amplifies the energy of new ideas. It is excellent for awakening one’s own awareness of inner spirit, intuition and psychic abilities.

Oval Labradorite Drop Earrings
Oval Labradorite Drop Earrings, with a shimmery aqua sheen.

It is believed to help eliminate the emotional drain of daily routine or being weighed down by responsibility, and awakens a sense of adventure and change. As a stone of transformation, it is said to support the wearer through difficult changes.

Traditionally, labradorite is a gemstone regarded to pull good fortune. If worn as a pendant, its wearer is said to have a healthy body and a good fortune in his relationship.

Labradorite earrings improve the ability to hear messages from spirit guides.

Labradorite has been referred to as a “Shaman’s Stone”, a “Stone of Magic”. It has been valued by diviners, healers, and shamans for ages. The labradorescence represents deeper, hidden realms beyond the mundane world.

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Labradorite honors Arianhrod the Welsh Goddess of the Moon and Stars, whose home is the Aurora Borealis, the place where souls go when their body dies and waits to be born once again. She is also a goddess of prophecy and dream.

However you utilize your labradorite, in a piece of jewelry, as a worry stone, or as a meditative focus, honor its depths as they relate to your own brilliant layers. Allow the light within to shine through the darkness and embrace the only thing that is sure in life….change.

If you are interested in a piece of beautiful labradorite jewelry, contact me, or visit my etsy shop!

anita@jewelweedsprouts.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/anitashultz

For some inspired designs, here’s:

a truly amazing ring

a gorgeous pendant

a one of a kind statement necklace

some really distinctive earrings

 

Rose Quartz Power Ring

Power Rings

Stepping into your own sense of power can involve many things…. your favorite outfit, having a good hair day, wearing your lucky socks…. we all have things that makes us feel more fully centered. For me and many folks out there, it includes a specific talisman, a Power Ring.

Aside from my wedding ring, there is a ring that I wear all the time. When I do not have it on the ring finger of my right hand, I have a sense that something is missing. It is something I have looked at for years as I use my hands and I recognize it as a part of me. You may wear something similar…mine is a Power Ring.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/272129578/simple-sterling-silver-spiral-ring
Silver Single Spiral Ring

This particular ring is a silver spiral, which reminds me that energy is always moving outward and inward at the same time. It is a symbol of my personal power of intuition. This ring is a tangible element of my intention to maintain connection to my inner voice.

Sometimes I remove it and wear another ring on my right hand. Often it is a rainbow moonstone ring that I wear on my middle finger. I like it as a special talisman for certain occasions when I want a boost to connect to my Divine Feminine energy. I don’t wear it all the time because it is large and doesn’t suit my mood as an everyday ring.

My silver spiral ring, however, does suit me….pretty much every single day. It has a home on my hand, and it fits me like it was born there. That is why I believe it is my personal Power Ring.

There are a myriad of uses for a Power Ring throughout history. Often, it is considered a type of protection… for example, against the “evil eye”, or dangers when travelling. A promise ring or wedding ring holds a special kind of power, to bond two people together (some are more powerful than others!). There are rings that signify inclusion in a special group, like members of a graduating class or religious organization. Legend holds that King Solomon’s ring had properties that made him all-knowing and gave him the ability to speak with animals. Other rings were said to confer invisibility or charisma, or sometimes even grant wishes!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/288287759/sterling-silver-stackable-ring-family
Silver Garnet Stacking Rings

A birthstone ring is an example of a Power Ring that many of us are familiar with. Originally, birthstones were assigned according to sun signs, or the signs of the Zodiac. They were believed to bring good luck to people born under these signs. If you consider the qualities commonly associated with your sign, and then discover the metaphysical properties believed to be inherent in your birthstone, you will likely find some wisdom in the assignment.

Another example of a Power Ring is a monogram/initial, signet, or ring emblazoned with a family crest. This type of ring calls forth personal power in a very specific way, attuning you to your history. It urges you to remember your roots, remember who you are, and draw upon the strength of your family.

Healing gemstones can be used as Power Rings. There are so many possibilities, I will cover just a few here…

Striking Blue Chalcedony Power Ring
Striking Blue Chalcedony Power Ring

Blue chalcedony really knows how to lighten the mood. It increases optimism, and generates feelings of generosity and goodwill. It is thought to improve the way you see yourself, and that makes it a great stone for when you have been too hard on yourself.

Often people in positions of power can be assisted by stones such as carnelian, because of the connection to the Sacral Chakra. It boosts ambition, drive and determination. It connects the wearer with their gut instincts and is a talisman for success in money-making ventures.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/294305889/green-aventurine-silver-ring-aventurine
https://www.etsy.com/listing/294305889/green-aventurine-silver-ring-aventurine

Aventurine is a wonderful stone for use in a Power Ring. It exerts a protective force for the Heart Chakra, and supports the wearer’s ability to stand in their own emotions strongly and safely. It is also known as a “growth crystal” that aids in the formation of new ventures and relationships.

The stone of Universal Love makes a fantastic choice for a Power Ring. Rose Quartz helps open the Heart Chakra and promotes love, self-love, friendship, and feelings of peace. It is a great stone for helping to deal with grief.

One of my personal favorites for women is Rainbow Moonstone, which not only aligns and attunes us to the natural rhythms and patterns of the moon, but also connects us to our own intuition and insight. Because of this, we can develop increased creativity and self-expression.

Silver Rose Quartz Power Ring
https://www.etsy.com/listing/294307929/rose-quartz-ring-hammered-silver-ring

You can discover your own Power Ring relatively easily, if you follow a few suggestions. First of all, consider whether you want a ring you can wear every single day, or for certain occasions when you need a special boost (job interviews, public speaking, difficult family situations, meditation and other sacred work). When making this decision, also consider your comfort factor. Some people like rings that stay close to the hand and are ergonomically easy to wear, others like a ring that really stands out and makes itself obvious (like a Statement Ring).

Secondly, you will want to find a design that suits your purpose. Size plays a part, as does style. A simple design that features a gemstone or a family crest has a completely different energy than one that also incorporates powerful symbols such as spirals or nature elements like leaves or waves. As a custom jewelry designer, these are some of the aspects that I take into consideration as I develop special jewelry for my clients.

Silver Labradorite Power Ring
Custom Silver Labradorite Power Ring

If you would like to use a gemstone in your Power Ring, there are many choices available. Making the right choice will involve not only the color, shape and size, but also the metaphysical properties of the stone, as well as the durability and practicality for wear as a ring. The last thing anyone wants is a Power Ring with a cracked stone! Almost any stone with a hardness (on Moh’s scale) of 6.5 and over can endure the wear and tear of daily life in a ring. If you are developing a ring to wear only on special occasions, you may choose a stone based on other criteria.

Power Rings are a wonderful addition to anyone’s jewelry wardrobe. They are an excellent gift to bestow on someone you love who is entering a new phase of life or going through a difficult period. I love my Power Rings and the way they make me feel when I wear them, and I love designing them for others.

Let me help you on your journey. I can help you define your needs or help you choose a stone that suits them. I can suggest designs that complement your lifestyle and comfort factors. Together, we can create your own personal talisman of power, your very own signature Power Ring! Email me today or contact me through a conversation on etsy. I LOVE talking about this stuff! It’s my passion!

Email me: anita@jewelweedsprouts.com

Or contact me on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/anitashultz

Or even on Facebook: Jewelweed Sprouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Rainbow Moonstone Triskele Earrings

Rainbow Moonstone Earrings, Never Leave Home Without Them

Everyday earrings, ones we wear every single day if we feel like it, those earrings that make us feel ready for whatever the day may bring….we all need a pair of ‘em. And they should have rainbow moonstones in them. Why? Because rainbow moonstone will align you with your goddess energy, that take-charge energy, the “let me kiss it and make it all better” energy, the “I HOLD A LIGHTNING BOLT IN THE SPACE BETWEEN MY EYEBROWS AND I AM NOT AFRAID TO USE IT” energy. Don’t leave home without them.

Rainbow moonstone can be identified by its characteristic adularescence, which appears as an internal source of light or sheen. The Romans admired moonstone and believed that it came from the rays of the moon made solid. Since earliest times, moonstone has been a tangible connection to the magic of the moon – an amulet of protection and a channel for intuition.

Rainbow moonstone connects us to Divine Inspiration, and channels it into our own intuition. Increase your ability to look within for answers, your ability to make quick decisions. Rainbow moonstone jewelry is useful worn within the higher chakras (for example, on the earlobes), where the vibration of these stones resonates the most powerfully.

By deepening your patience, rainbow moonstone can help you see the synchronicities in life, and opens up your channels of creativity and self-expression. The rainbow effect brings in a spectrum of light, and can help with clearing and bringing in uplifting energies.

PLUS, they match the sky! Anything you can wear that matches the sky is a WIN.

Hammered Triangle in Circle Earrings
Hammered Triangle in Circle Earrings

Rainbow Moonstone Hammered Triangle in Circle Earrings

Sterling silver circle, representing the Limitless, embraces a triangle, which is one of the most ancient symbols of feminine divinity.

Rainbow Moonstone Full Moon Earrings

Circles are a simple yet rich symbol, and have deep meaning in our histories. A circle represents inclusion, wholeness, focus, unity, perfection, womb, infinity, and completion.

Rainbow Moonstone Silver Filigree Hoops
Rainbow Moonstone Silver Filigree Hoops

 

Rainbow Moonstone Silver Filigree Hoops

These Rainbow Moonstone Silver Filigree Hoops have softly spinning spiral scrolls that embrace 6mm rainbow moonstone in a dance of space and regeneration. Spirals are a symbol of the universe in constant motion.

Rainbow Moonstone Triple Spiral Scroll Drop Earrings

Spiral triad….energy moving out in the service of change. These earrings are inspired by Celtic design, inciting a sacred sense of the power within us to make change through Inspired Action.

Rainbow Moonstone Large Silver Scroll Gypsy Hoops
Rainbow Moonstone Large Silver Scroll Gypsy Hoops

Rainbow Moonstone Large Silver Scroll Gypsy Hoops

Bring out your inner gypsy queen with unapologetic style. Bold and fanciful with handmade filigree scrollwork, these large hoops are all you need to dress up any outfit.

Rainbow Moonstone Silver Triskele Drop Earrings

Let your inner goddess shine brightly with this bold Celtic-inspired Triskele design that invokes past-present-future, creation-preservation-destruction, body-mind-spirit…..

Rainbow Moonstone Large Filigree Gypsy Hoops
Rainbow Moonstone Large Filigree Gypsy Hoops

Rainbow Moonstone Large Filigree Gypsy Hoops

In Buddhism, a square inside a circle represents the human and the Divine in relationship. Find yourself in good company, your own Inner Goddess!

Whichever pair you choose, wear them with your shoulders back, your head held high, crown chakra open and ready for everything your day will deliver to your feet…. like rose petals on the Ganges.

Milky Way Galaxy

What’s up with all the spirals, Anita?

What’s so special about spirals? Why am I hooked on them? What is the meaning of a spiral? The answer goes back to the beginning of time as we know it….

My mind rests on archetypes, symbols on human memory that run so deep we don’t know where they began. I love that kind of “knowing”, that deep understanding that is elusive to words. I mean, I can describe these elements in words…but words only point to the moon, they can never BE the moon. It’s the “golden ratio” in nature, but what does that really MEAN?

Sterling Silver Celtic Triskelion
Triple Spiral Pendant made by me… available at https://www.etsy.com/listing/264370950/handmade-sterling-silver-pendant

In those moments when many folks might switch on the radio to the popular music station and bop their heads to the beats everyone else is bopping to, I listen to a different drummer, always have. My favorite forms of entertainment include documentaries about ancient civilizations (like the Etruscans, or the Mayans, or the Celts, ooh, or Egypt!), sometimes I even get really crazy and get deep into crop circles or history of religions of the world. I know, it isn’t everyone’s scene, but perhaps that’s why I enjoy working alone. Nobody in my private studio rolls their eyes at me! No grumbles of dissent or grunts of displeasure. This is the stuff with which I nourish my mind, which inspires my creations.

Beverly's Ammonite Fossil Pendant
Custom Pendant 14K Gold and Ammonite Fossil made by me

Spirals have been a part of my jewelry since I started playing with metal. Spirals are one of the oldest symbols known in spiritual practices. Of course, before written language, spiritual practice was simply a part of human living. There was no separation between the sacred and the mundane. There still isn’t, really…except that many people only recognize the sacred in certain places or at certain times. I prefer to think of the mundane activities of daily life as a part of the sacred script of existence.

Newgrange Entrance Stone Spirals
Example of ancient stone carving in Ireland. thanks to Nomadtales, found on wikipedia.

Spirals represent growth and evolution, the womb, life force energy, to remind of us our ever expanding journey in awareness in this life. I use the spiral as a personal talisman, to remind me of the changes that occur within the cycles of life. It helps me to see that although some days seem just like any other, they are singular and completely unique, as I am reflecting back on life from a different point of view. My spiral ring keeps me focused on my own personal growth, on the inevitability of change and development. As we all know, accepting change is one of the greatest powers a human can possess.

Fibonacci Spirals in Nature
Fibonacci Spirals in Nature, thanks to https://www.pinterest.com/explore/fibonacci-spiral/

We can find spirals in nature, in the shape of shells or the arrangement of petals on a flower. They have been painted on cave walls and carved into stone all over the world for eons. It is the shape of a hurricane. Where do you see spirals? Do you sense the footprint of the ancient wisdom in your life path? What kind of spiral really pulls you in?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/272129578/simple-sterling-silver-spiral-ring
See how at home a spiral is among our other symbols? you can get one at my shop! https://www.etsy.com/listing/272129578/simple-sterling-silver-spiral-ring

Imagine your life as a spiral, a divine pathway pulling you to inner exploration at the same time as you are thrust by centrifugal force outward. The most perfect part of the spiral is wherever you are in relation to your center.

 

You can find all kinds of spirals over at my etsy shop:

Pendants:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/264370950/handmade-sterling-silver-pendant

Earrings:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/293932979/rainbow-moonstone-silver-scroll-earrings

Rings:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/294307929/rose-quartz-ring-hammered-silver-ring

Have a look around! And around….and around…..and around…. (hee hee, just a little spiral humor there to lighten things up!)