April, The Month of Opening

Birth of Venus

April is a tempestuous month, bringing weather that baffles the senses and ruins any attempt at a hairstyle. It warms and cools, in many places it rains like rain will never end. It is unpredictable and necessary. This is how life is created, in chaos!

 

Rose Quartz Spiral Statement Ring

The name April comes from the Latin word aperire, which means “to open”…. Open our eyes to see new life pushing up through the cracks, open hearts to fresh experiences of love, open our windows so that fresh air can cleanse our minds.

 

This month is sacred to Venus, the Roman Goddess of Beauty, Desire, Fertility, and Prosperity. Venus is one of the most celebrated deities of the ancients. She is the goddess of beauty, the mother of love, and the queen of laughter.

 

 

In Roman times in street-speak, that means SHE ROCKED THE FREE WORLD….

 

Rose Quartz Gyspy Hoops

The beauty of new life, babies, and seedlings is apparent… Where is fresh new beauty sprouting in your life? Have you made a new friend? Do you find your heart enchanted by something new?

 

Desire, too often narrowly defined as wanting or wishing something to possess, can also be seen as the driving force of all life. We desire love, friendship, and the comforts of family… but we also desire growth, new experiences, and the pleasures of lively health! What is your heart’s desire? What are you pursuing during this season of fresh growth?

Planting, Tending, Weeding, Reaping, it’s all a cycle….

Rose Quartz Goddess Earrings

April represents a month of increasing fertility…. Changes can be subtle or obvious. I am experiencing fertility in my mind, through integrating things I have learned in an online course I just completed. I feel fertility in my creative life, as I dream up new designs… rose quartz has been calling me, and I have a handful of really juicy gemstones to muse over. My heart feels fertile right now, open and receptive to new seeds of friendship. In what ways are you finding yourself fertile this April? Have you learned something new that is beginning to take root in your life?

 

 

Fertility is more than new projects, it is also the ripening of mature ones….

 

Rose Quartz Custom Statement Ring

Yesterday the skies became overcast as fierce cool winds blew in some heavy gray clouds… but no rain was in the forecast. But I KNEW. The sweet scent of petrichor enveloped me and my whole body was full of anticipation. When it began to rain, I felt a strong sense of gratitude creep over me, as if the rain were a direct gift to me. Ahhh, blessings from the earth begin to flow more freely right now, adding to a deep sense of prosperity. Asparagus, arugula, lots of lovely greens for munching, all provided to us for our replenishment after the lean months of winter. Although many of us may not experience the fasting pressed upon us by meager stores of food wearing thin after a long winter, we can certainly appreciate the fresh bounty of local produce appearing in farmers markets! Do you have a spring favorite? I think mine is asparagus….

 

In the name of love, Rose Quartz is on the menu for April, calling you to honor the Beauty, Desire, Fertility, and Prosperity in your life. Embrace Spring, vive l’amour!

Rose Quartz Samsara Medallion

Where is fresh new beauty sprouting in your life?

What is your heart’s desire?

How are you feeling fertility right now?

In what ways is prosperity manifesting for you?

Leave a comment here, or head over to the facebook group to chat about it with your friends!

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

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Rose Quartz – Element of Love

It has been raining a lot in Texas these days…. watering the soil, replenishing the groundwaters, greening up the flora. I have always loved rain. It makes me think of things that nourish the deepest part of our souls…. Things like love. Not love with a capital letter, not love with an object attached, but love as an ever-present element in our lives that softens our soil, that sweetens our fruit.

The history of rose quartz has long been interwoven with the element of love. Rose quartz has been a part of the lives of humans for eons. In present day Iran, rose quartz beads have been found that are over 9000 years old. One ancient legend says that Eros and Cupid brought the lovely pink stone to earth in order to arouse love among people.

Rose Cut Rose Quartz Scroll Earrings www.etsy.com/shop/anitashultz
Rose Cut Rose Quartz Scroll Earrings
www.etsy.com/shop/anitashultz

Rose quartz is a microcrystalline form of quartz with a soft pink glow. Just like love isn’t entirely understood, the color of rose quartz isn’t easily explained. The closest explanation is that it is a variety of quartz with impurities of manganese, titanium and colloidal gold. It is found mostly in Brazil, but also in South Africa, Mozambique, India, and the U.S. Rose quartz from some places shows asterism, which is a rare star shaped light effect.

Star Rose Quartz www.minerals.net
Star Rose Quartz
www.minerals.net

Rose quartz is a fairly durable stone, with a hardness of 7 on Moh’s scale, just like amethyst and citrine, which are other quartz types. Because of this, it is suitable for wearing in most types of jewelry. Most often it is polished into a cabochon shape (flat on the bottom, rounded on the top). I always think of candy when I see them…. I imagine that they taste like watermelon. It is also pretty common to find them as beads, tumbled stones, or sometimes carvings.

Rose quartz is traditionally the stone that commemorates the fifth wedding anniversary. Thousands of years ago, it was used as a betrothal stone, often given in the form of a necklace with rose quartz beads. The most famous rose quartz is La Madona Rosa, over 15 inches tall, which is named for its resemblance to traditional depictions of the Virgin Mary.

La Madona Rosa courtesy of http://www2.heritagestatic.com/
La Madona Rosa courtesy of http://www2.heritagestatic.com/

Considered to be an aspect of Goddess energy, rose quartz represents unconditional love, compassion and peace, tenderness and healing. It is commonly chosen to represent the Feminine Principle. It resonates with the heart chakra, which is a very wonderful reason to wear it near your heart as a pendant.

Rose quartz can be used as a transformational crystal. It can help you align your heart for a fresh start. For this reason, I love to create rings with rose quartz, believing they can help you find your way to the path with the greatest love available for you. They can act as a reminder to seek out compassion in yourself and others.

Sterling silver rose quartz ring www.etsy.com/shop/anitashultz
Sterling silver rose quartz ring
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I have recently fallen in love all over again with rose quartz, and you’ll see more and more of it in my designs… the soft pink tones are luminous and dreamy. Please take a look let me know what you think. Are you inspired by the soft and tender qualities of love? By the feminine qualities of compassion and peace? Try on some rose quartz and look for your transformation. It’s gentle, it comes on sweet, and it creates space for new growth.

For some ideas, check out these links:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/293083001/rose-quartz-silver-bangle-bracelet-rose

https://www.etsy.com/listing/266516295/rose-quartz-pendant-handmade-silver

https://www.etsy.com/listing/286247267/unique-sterling-earrings-small-silver

https://www.etsy.com/listing/264375526/scroll-hoop-earrings-with-8mm-rose-cut