Lava Stones

by labdagatic on May 19, 2018

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In the 19th Century Italian jewellers started using a new material, "lava stone" from Vesuvius, to make cameos which were different and original. The volcanic rock was easily engraved to make these high relief objects which gave a dramatic effect thanks to the nuances of grey, brown and white of the rock.

The process of making lava-stone objects today is highly sophisticated and more advance than they used to be.

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The volcanic rock or lava stone is melted at a very high temperature and then moulded, mixied with 10% resin to hold the compound together. The resins used are hypo-allergenic and the volcanic rock is a natural stone, thus making the jewellery 100% environmentally friendly. The beads and objects obtained from this process are of a striking black and soft to the touch. They are then combined with hallmarked sterling silver and /or semi-precious stones to create unique and exquisite jewellery pieces.

Vulcanites, rock framed as an after-effect of volcanic emissions. Depending upon the type of blast (a magma stream or explosive eruption), two sorts of rock form effusive and volcanogenic-detrital (pyroclastic). The second type is divided into friable (volcanic ash, sand, bombs, etc), compacted, and established rock (tuff, tuff breccia, and others).

Lapis Lazuli Stone

by labdagatic on May 18, 2018

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Lapis lazuli (sometimes shortened to lapis) is a deep blue semi-precious stone that has been appreciated for its unique intense color. Lapis lazuli was first being mined in the Sar-i Sang mines and in other mines in the Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan since 7th millennium BC, Lapis beads artifact have been found at neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan as Mauritania. It was also used for the eyebrows on the funeral mask of King Tutankhamun (1341–1323 BC).

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At the end of the Middle Ages, Europe began to import lapis lazuli, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments used for painting. It was used by some of the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque era, including Masaccio, Perugino, Titian and Vermeer, and was often embedded on the clothing of the central figure of the painting, especially the Virgin Mary.

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Lapis can be used as a great polish and can be made into adornments, carvings, boxes, mosaics, ornaments, and vases. It was additionally ground and processed to make the color ultramarine, generally used amid the Renaissance as a part of frescoes and oil painting. Its utilization as a color in oil paint largely ended in the early nineteenth century when an chemically identical artificial variety was invented.

Amethyst Quartz

by labdagatic on May 18, 2018

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Amethyst is a violet variant of quartz regularly utilized as a part of jewelry. The name originates from the Old Greek ἀ a- ("not") and μέθυστος methustos ("intoxicated"), due to an ancient belief that the stone shielded its bearer from drunkeness. The antiquated Greeks wore amethyst and made drinking vessels improved with it in the conviction that it would avert intoxication. It is one of a few types of quartz. Amethyst is a semiprecious stone and is the conventional birthstone for February.

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Amethyst can be found in essential tones from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. Amethyst may show one or both extra tones, red and blue. The best mixtures of Amethysts can be found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and the far East. The perfect evaluation is called "Deep Siberian" and has primary purple hue of around 75-80%, with 15–20% blue and (depending upon the light source) red optional hues. Green quartz is in some cases inaccurately called green amethyst, which is a misnomer and not a fitting name for the material, the correct wording being Prasiolite. Different names for green quartz are vermarine or lime citrine.

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Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglio engraved gems.

The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication, while medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets of protection in battle believing that amethysts heal people and keep them mild-tempered. Beads of amethyst were often found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England. Western Christian bishops wear an episcopal ring often set with an amethyst, an allusion to the description of the Apostles as "not drunk" at Pentecost in Acts 2:15.

A large geode, or "amethyst-grotto", from near Santa Cruz in southern Brazil was presented at the 1902 exhibitio in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Bohemian Fashion Revival

by labdagatic on May 18, 2018

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     Boho-chic is a style of female fashion drawing on various bohemian and hippie influences, which reached its height in 2004-5. Seen since the early 90s, it has re-surfaced in varying guises. Elements of boho-chic became popular in the late 60s and some are associated with pre-Raphaelite women of the mid to late 19th century. The original Bohemians have an interesting tale. The French bohémien translates as ‘gypsy’ or ‘Roma people.’ They were travelers and mostly refugees from the Bohemia region in central Europe. In modern day, the idea of a gypsy has transformed to a grunge, rock, and idyllic state of a traveler who dresses chic and comfortable, keeping it edgy and classy. It is undoubtedly an acquired taste, but also a superlative one.

  "Boho" is an abbreviation of bohemian. Vanessa Nicholson (granddaughter of Vanessa Bell, one of the essential figures of the unconventional, however influential "Bloomsbury Group" in the first half of the twentieth century) has portrayed it as an "curious slippery adjective". Although the first Bohemians were voyagers or evacuees from focal Europe (the French bohémien deciphers as "Rover or Roma individuals"), the term has, as Nicholson noted, "connected itself to people as dissimilar as Jesus Christ, Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes". The write and history specialist A. N. Wilson commented that, "in his dress-sense as in much else", Winston Churchill seemed to be "prefirst World War Bohemian", his unbleached linen suit bringing on amazement when he arrived in Canada in 1943.

     In Arthur Conan Doyle's first short tale about Holmes for The Strand, Doctor Watson noted that the analyst "loathed every form of society with his whole Bohemian soul" and "remained in our lodgings in Baker-street, buried among his old books and alternating from week to week between cocaine and ambition..". Designer Savannah Miller, older sister of Sienna Miller, portrayed a "true bohemian" as "someone who has the ability to appreciate beauty on a deep level, is a profound romantic, doesn't know any limits, whose world is their own creation, rather than living in a box"

     "Chic" was borrowed from French in the late 19th century and has come to mean stylish or elegant.

     Accessories are just as critical regarding the matter of boho chic outfits, and it is not wise to ignore the need of them. hats, vests, bracelets and long necklaces with a vintage style work flawlessly and complete the bohemian look. Boho chic is synonymous with "accessories galore". This implies plenty of bracelets, ankle ornaments, blend and-match necklaces, and dangling earrings. Basicly boho-chic jewelry derived from gypsy jewelry, which means dealing with metal based jewelry, charms, amulets, mystical forms and cuff bracelet which made from metal. One area in which Roma have traditionally excelled is that of metalwork. They have been known as metalworkers from the beginning of their history. The art of the forge is an ancient one and the Roma seem to have originally learned this art while in India. and have been skilled at plating objects with tin or embossing and engraving jewelry. In Hungary and Romania, they have been gold washers, collecting gold deposits from river bottoms. The Roma have been experts in all forms of metalwork, whether as tinsmiths, coppersmiths or silversmiths. Today, the traditional art of metalworking has been transferred to jewelry design, metal container repair, automobile body repair, and welding.


by labdagatic on Mar 1, 2016

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     Colour has long been utilized to create a sensation of comfy or spaciousness. On the other hand, how individuals are influenced by distinctive colour boosts shifts from individual to individual. Blue is the top decision for 35% of Americans, took after by green (16%), purple (10%), and red (9%).

     The preference for blue and green may be because of an preference for specific environments that were advantageous in the lineal environment asclarified in the developmental style article.
There is proof that colour preference may rely on upon encompassing mood. Individuals who are cool lean towards warm colours like red and yellow while individuals who are hot favor cool colors like blue and green. Some exploration has presumed that ladies and men separately favor "warm" and "cool" colors.
There are four psychological primary colours - red, blue, yellow and green. They relate individually to the body, the brain, the feelings and the vital harmony between these three. The mental properties of the eleven essential colours are as per the following.
RED. Physical
Positive: Physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival, 'fight or flight', stimulation, masculinity, excitement.
Negative: Defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain.
BLUE. Intellectual.
Positive: Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm.
Negative: Coldness, aloofness, lack of emotion, unfriendliness.
YELLOW. Emotional
Positive: Optimism, confidence, self-esteem, extraversion, emotional strength, friendliness, creativity.
Negative: Irrationality, fear, emotional fragility, depression, anxiety, suicide.
GREEN. Balance
Positive: Harmony, balance, refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace.
Negative: Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.
VIOLET. Spiritual
Positive: Spiritual awareness, containment, vision, luxury, authenticity, truth, quality.
Negative: Introversion, decadence, suppression, inferiority.
Positive: Physical comfort, food, warmth, security, sensuality, passion, abundance, fun.
Negative: Deprivation, frustration, frivolity, immaturity.
Positive: Physical tranquillity, nurture, warmth, femininity, love, sexuality, survival of the species.
Negative: Inhibition, emotional claustrophobia, emasculation, physical weakness.
Positive: Psychological neutrality.
Negative:Lack of confidence, dampness, depression, hibernation, lack of energy.
Positive: Sophistication, glamour, security, emotional safety, efficiency, substance.
Negative: Oppression, coldness, menace, heaviness.
Positive: Hygiene, sterility, clarity, purity, cleanness, simplicity, sophistication, efficieny.
Negative: Sterility, coldness, barriers, unfriendliness, elitism.
Positive: Seriousness, warmth, Nature, earthiness, reliability, support.
Negative: Lack of humour, heaviness, lack of sophistication.

Hippie Fashion Revival

by labdagatic on Oct 11, 2015

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Hippie, as a type of style, is a manifestation of liberty to some individuals. People who wear hippie garments become independent or unique on their own way, and in this way feel happy about it.

Hippies were a part of a youth movement, made out of the more youthful generation and adolescents between the ages of 15 and 25. These young people or hippies revolted and criticized conformed middle-class value and lifestyle, embraced components of non-Judeo-Christian religions, protested against the Vietnam War, promote sexual liberation, and made purposeful communities, frequently considering their tribe as new religious movement. Hippies favored "peace, love, and individual liberty over political and social uniformity.

The hippies fashion design was embraced by the adolescent and even seniors over America, in the 1960s. The main attraction of the decade and years later was on the liveliness of the clothing and accessories and not on what others thought around a specified appearance. People, commonly, brandished clothes that they felt represent themselves and their individualism and not for the purpose of satisfying the general line of fashion. The emerging rock music and global protest against social marks of stigma like apartheid produced the Levi and denim. It was the period of casual clothing; an age when individuals felt that drug addiction was alright to explore with. The hippies, as they were regularly depicted by the 'prim and proper' and socially liable citizens, created an entire new way of life of their own.

As for the women's jewelry was basically focused around nature or from Native American or any comparative handcrafted designs. Any jewelry applied  a peace sign with Beads was widely popular. Jewelry that made music was exceptionally alluring since music was a key part of the radical hippie scene. Neckbands that featured bells as pendants and jangly ankle bracelets were a trend among ladies. Generally, the ankles got the most attention, particularly among those living on the warm west coast, because many hippies chose to walk barefoot..

Hippies opposed the post war grotesqueness on the planet and turned the enthusiasm of fashion designers towards as much natural quality as could reasonably be expected. The youth movement influenced the teenager design industry in a significant manner. Styles continue changing with time, however young ladies that discovered their distinction and style in the 1960s have never released it and passed much of their own radical impact on to their daughters.


by labdagatic on Mar 5, 2015

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Mystical Lore Keywords: Move Energy

Quartz is the most widely recognized mineral on Earth. It is found in about every land environment and is a component of practically every rock type. It makes up around 12% of the earth’s crust, happening in a wide mixture of volcanic, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. It is likewise the most varied regarding of variety and color. Quartz is a 7 on the Mohs size of hardness. Rutilated quartz is found in Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan and the United States.

Rutilated quartz, is a kind of quartz with needlelike rutile embedded in it. The rutile needles can be reddish, which is the thing that rutile implies in Latin, or they may be golden, silvery or on extremely uncommon events, greenish.

rutilated quartz stone

Rutile is a major ore of titanium, which is a metal used for high tech alloys. It often forms needle-like crystal inclusions inside quartz.  This form of quartz is known as rutilated quartz and it looks like small bars of imbedded gold. Rutile is a 6 on the Mohs scale.

Because of the difference in hardness between the two materials and because of the way rutile forms inside, this can be a difficult stone to attain a smooth surface without pits.

Rutile is a major ore of titanium, which is a metal utilized for high tech composites/alloyws. It regularly forms needle-like crystal inclusions inside quartz. This manifestation of quartz is known as rutilated quartz and it would appear that little bars of imbedded gold. Rutile is a 6 on the Mohs scale.

Due to the distinction in hardness between the two materials and because of the way rutile structures inside, this can be a difficult stone to achieve a smooth surface without pits.

Spiritually Rutilated quartz is rumored to be an invigorating stone that aides get vitality or energy proceeding onward all levels. Some sources say that it helps with mental centering. It is also said to attract adoration and balance out relationships. Rutilated quartz said to be especially effective for getting things moving energetically. It can help slowed chakras come back to typical spin and balance.

Rutilated quartz has been referred to as Cupid's darts, Venus hair stone and Fleches d'amour. The name quartz comes from the Saxon word querklufterz which meant cross vein ore. The name rutile comes from the Latin word of rutilus that means red.