Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sapphires in Design Ideas

I absolutely love this beautiful stone, Blue Sapphire. So beautiful and rich!!! Sapphire has been mined in Australia for over 100 years. The Australian Sapphire Industry, the source of many international sapphire products on the world market today. This beautiful stone can be so soft like the sky or so deep like the sea. Here are some of my favorites from my Flickr account. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Tale of Birthstones - September in Sapphires

1. Avery Necklace--MarioNoel
2. Sapphire faceted gemstone rondelles-- gemaliciousbeads
3. Blue Morning, Blue Day--mycellardoor
4. Open Edition Print of Blue Tree and Reflection--svitrolica

This month, we are focusing on the birthstone of September, Blue Sapphire.

Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month.

September Birthstone: Sapphire

Birthstone Color: Deep Blue

Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September and the gem designated for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversary; a star sapphire is typically given on the 65th wedding anniversary. A gift of Sapphire represents sincerity and faithfulness.

Mystical Powers of the birthstone: Sapphires were once believed to be protection against snakes. It was said that if poisonous reptiles and spiders were placed in a jar containing the stone, the creatures would immediately die. The French of the 13th century believed that sapphire transformed stupidity to wisdom, and irritability to good temper.

Main sources of Aquamarine: Sapphire is mined in Australia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Other producers are Burma, Kampuchea, Kenya and Tanzania.

Interesting Facts: The Sapphire is second only to the Diamond in hardness, making it a durable gemstone for setting into jewelry. As nourishing to the soul as gazing up at the sky on a summer day, this brilliant blue gemstone is truly a heavenly choice!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mixed Media Art with Peridots - August birthstone

Pistachio to olive green: what beautiful range of colors to decorate your home or to complement a fresh, light summer wardrobe! Enjoy a small selection of peridot finds on Etsy! To view more items, follow this link

1. Vintage Soda Pop Top and Enamel Flower Pins Jewelry Mirror -- Laurawinzeler
2. Note or Greeting Card with Original Art--BumberShootDesigns
3. Lemon Blooming green leather case iphone--Rntd
4. Light green metal dragonfly magnets -- Merritthyde

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Peridots Egyptian Cuisine

Egyptian cuisine is one of the most interesting cuisines in the world. While I was finishing my culinary degree at Johnson & Wales, we learned the intricacies of the cuisines from all over the world. Egypt's cuisine was the one of the most interesting. In the western world, we find new techniques to add flavor and style to food and cooking style, but not in Egypt. There, it is all original, traditional foods, which stand the test of time.
Egyptian dishes are simple and hearty, mostly made with naturally ripened fruits and vegetables and seasoned with fresh spices. The food in the south of Egypt is closely linked to North African cuisine, so it is zestier than that food found in the north; contrary to popular belief, neither region is especially hot.

Here are some recipes you might like to try!!!
1. Kushari
2. Bamya
3. Falafel

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Peridot in Design Ideas

This month, we are focusing on the birthstone of August, Peridot and country Egypt. I try to look at Egypt with Peridot eyes and found some beauties. Enjoy!

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Tale of Birthstones - August in Peridots

1. Edible Chocolate Filled Acorns -- andiespecialtysweets
2. Peridot Faceted Heishi- loveofjewelry
3. Clover necklace Peridot and 14 K gold filled --erinelizabeth
4. Seaweed Sald 125 inch Focal Lentil Bead in Greens--pattylakinsmith

This month, we are focusing on the birthstone of August, Peridot.

Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month.

August Birthstone: Peridot

Birthstone Color: Yellow Green

Alternative Birthstone: Sardonyx

Peridot is the birthstone for the month of August and the gem designated for the 16th wedding anniversary. Peridot is a mineral named Olivine, which is found in a variety of greens, ranging from light yellowish green to a dark olive.

Mystical Powers of the birthstone: The green crystal was considered protective against evil and when set in gold, especially help against night terrors. It was ground to powder and used as a remedy for asthma and as a cure for thirst brought on by fever.

Main sources of Peridots: Peridot comes from the ancient source of Zebirget Island in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. Today, peridot is mined in Burma, Norway, Brazil, Australia, Hawaii, the Congo, and in Arizona.

Interesting Facts: It is not certain where the word ,peridot, derived from originally. It is either from the French word peritot which means unclear or from the Arabic word faridat which means gem. In either case, peridot has been mined as a gemstone for an estimated four thousand years.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mixed Media Art with Rubies - July birthstone

Red! What a strong color: It's associated with heat, with confidence, with courage, with happiness and love, as well as danger and sin! Many emotions (also conflicting emotions) are associated with this color.

This week, I have chosen four mixed media art samples that wonderfully & artfully incorporated this strong color. Enjoy!

1. Cute Bird Collectible Mini Canvas -- Bululustudio
2. Original Painting 11x14mm Acrylic Triptych--Amborela
3. Original Mixed Media Title Music Love--Ljbe
4. Red Tin Flower Ornament-- Merritthyde