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Posted by in Uncategorized on January 22, 2018

Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

 

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

 

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

 

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Posted by in Uncategorized on January 15, 2018

Garnet is the birthstone for January and the stone that celebrates the 2nd anniversary of marriage. The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word “Garganatus,” meaning “seedlike,” in reference to a pomegranate. This reference makes sense as small garnets look like the bright red seeds you find inside in a pomegranate. The garnet has been a popular gem throughout history. Garnets were found as beads in a necklace worn by a young man in a grave that dates back to 3000 B.C. This is proof of the hardness and durability of the stone.

The King of Saxony is said to have had a garnet of over 465 carats. Plato had his portrait engraved on a garnet by a Roman engraver. Bohemia, now a part of Czechoslovakia, was once a tremendous source of garnet, and at one time, cutting, polishing, and mounting garnets was a very rich industry in that country. Many Bohemian castles and churches had magnificent interiors decorated with garnet. Bohemian garnets are famous even today, known for their small but beautiful stones set close to each other resembling a pomegranate. Garnet jewelry is still found in the Czech Republic, with the stones still arranged in the traditional, tightly joined way. This ensures that the attraction of the classical Garnet pieces is caused only by the beauty of its stones. The Anglo-Saxons were also fond of garnets. Their jewelry was set with garnets mounted in many forms.

Garnets were highly popular in Europe, in 18th and 19th centuries. They were frequently used for jewelry in the Victorian times. In Old Spain, the pomegranate was a favorite, and as a result of this, so was the garnet. In Spanish astrology, the garnet once represented the sun. In ancient times, garnet was known as ”Carbuncle,” which relates to the color and refers to a boil or blister. This name was also applied to other red stones, but to the garnet in particular.

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary describes the garnet as “a brittle and more or less transparent red silicate mineral that has a vitreous luster, occurs in many crystals but also in massive forms and in grains, is found commonly in gneiss and mica schist, and is used as a semiprecious stone and as an abrasive.” Garnet is one of the most plentiful stones. There is hardly any other gem that unites such a broad spectrum of color and luster, as well as rarity and size of widely varying gemstones. For example, the precious green uvarovite garnet from the Urals, is an almost priceless gemstone due to the fact that it only forms in fairly large crystals.

Garnet is actually a group name for the silicate minerals almandine, pyrope, spessartine, grossular, andradite, mozambique and uvarovite, so the garnet is a far more diverse gem than its name suggests. All of these garnet minerals share similar cubic crystal structure and chemical composition. Gem quality garnet occurs in many countries, and beautifully formed crystals have been prized for over 5000 years.

Throughout time, there have been many ancient traditions and legends about the garnet. In medieval times, the stones were thought to cure depression, protect against bad dreams, and relieve diseases of the liver, as well as hemorrhages. According to legend, Noah used a finely cut, glowing garnet to illuminate the ark during those dark wet days and nights. Hebrew writers include the garnet as one of the twelve gems in Aaron’s breastplate. Christian tradition considered the blood-red garnet as a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice. The Koran holds that the garnet illuminates the Fourth Heaven of the Moslems. The Greeks said it guarded children from drowning. It was also thought to be potent against poisons.

In Greek mythology, a pomegranate is referenced as a gift of love and is associated with eternity. Nowadays, Garnet remains as a gift of love and is traditionally given for the 19th anniversary of marriage. It may also be used as a gift for two-year and six-year anniversaries. Moreover, Garnet is symbolic of a quick return and separated love, since Hades had given a pomegranate to Persephone before she left him to ensure her speedy return. Therefore, Garnet may be given to a beloved before embarking on a trip, as it is believed to heal the broken bonds of lovers.

It has been said that a garnet engraved with the figure of a lion is an all around effective charm that will protect and preserve health, cure the wearer of all disease, bring him honors, and guard him from all the possible perils in traveling. It was also said to warn the wearer of approaching danger and was long ago carried as a protective talisman. One writer wrote that if a garnet loses its luster and shine, it is a sure sign of coming disaster. There may be an affinity between garnets and the warrior tradition. It is recorded that garnets have been used as pellets by a group of native people of India, shot from bows. The tribal belief was that the stone would inflict wounds, which would be particularly bloody.

The history of garnet’s ability to bring about transformation is found in many books. Thelma Isaacs writes that “garnets used for healing were usually almandine and pyrope, the red and purple-red transparent minerals. They were thought to counter melancholy and act as a heart stimulant. In ancient times, there were some who believed that gazing at a red garnet could lead to passion, anger, and even apoplexy.” Barbara Walker believes that “garnet blood magic was left over from ancient ideas of the life-giving powers of uterine blood.” Garnet was named from granatum, the pomegranate, a red-jeweled womb symbol ever since the matriarchal age. Because of these ancient connections with feminine life force, it was sometimes thought that only women should wear garnets.

There are countless beliefs regarding the various benefits of wearing a garnet to promote good health. In ancient and medieval times, the symbolism of color played a very important part in recommending the use of particular stones for special diseases. In the case of red stones, they were thought to be remedies for hemorrhages of all kinds, as well as for inflammatory diseases. Garnets were worn to enhance bodily strength, endurance and vigor. It was widely believed to be extremely beneficial to wear a garnet when one had to exert oneself. Garnet was also though to relieve skin conditions and regulate the heart and blood. It was thought to be healing for either gender. For men, it keeps the reproductive system healthy. For women, it promotes hormonal balance and is said to reduce swelling. Garnet has long believed to cure heart palpitations, lung diseases, and various diseases of the blood. Traditional folklore creates a strong link between the red garnet and blood. It is believed that a garnet tones the spleen, promotes health throughout the circulatory system and enhances the body’s production of healthy hemoglobin. It stimulates metabolism, treats spinal and cellular disorders, purifies and reenergizes the blood, heart and lungs, and regenerates DNA. It also assists the assimilation of minerals and vitamins.

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Posted by in Uncategorized on December 28, 2017

The “Lucky” Gold Angel

 

Angels, in one form or another, have been a part of nearly every major 
culture or society throughout history.  For the most part, they have been viewed as our protectors and guides in this world and the next.  The 
angel figure has been found in Nimrud, Assyria (ancient Egypt) called Apkallo
dating back to 875 BCE.  In ancient Greece, we find the winged figure of 
victory as Nike, and in ancient Rome, the god, Eros is depicted as 
an angelic winged infant.  We even find this winged figure in the Asian 
cultures as the Ghost of Sasaki Kiyotaka.  Angels are surrounded by 
mysticism, and interact directly with us.  In the field of numismatics, we, 
also, have our angel.  It is called the ‘French Angel.’  These 
gold coins, throughout its history, are legendary, and are credited with 
innumerable stories of protection and healing.  Whether these tales are 
just coincidences, or as some call them a “reward of faith,” the ‘French
Angel’
 is a popular coin among coin collectors throughout the world.

Augustine Dupré is the man credited for
designing the coin known as the ‘French Angel.’  He seems to be
little more then a name is the annals of history.  What we know as
fact, and what can be surmised from the history of the period, still tells us
little about this coin’s designer.  We do know that he was a coin designer
(medalist) during the time of King Louis XVI.  Some sources tell us he was
a nobleman, and some sources say nothing of his status.  From the history
of the time, we do know that young boys were generally sold, by their parents,
into apprenticeships, and that is how most of the most famous artists, we know
today, started their careers.  It is possible that Dupré
was born of noble birth, but not likely, or was elevated to nobility as he
became increasing proficient in his career and was appointed as a coin designer
(medalist) by the king.  The first notable mention we find for Augustine
Dupré occurs in 1787, when as the medalist to the King of France, he was chosen
by Thomas Jefferson (at that time, the United States’ minister to Paris) to
design a gold medal to honor, posthumously, the Continental naval officer John
Paul Jones.

 

The next mention of Augustine Dupré is in 1792.
As the medalist to King Louis XVI, he is appointed to design new coinage for
France.  It is said that Dupré was almost obsessed with the images or
thoughts of a Guardian Angel at that time of his life.  Whether it is fact
or fiction who knows, but this is what we do know.  In that era of history,
the French Revolution (the Reign of Terror) was building to its peak.  The
guillotine was just approved, that year, for public executions. The
design for the new coin Dupré created first
appeared on the 1 Louis D’Or in 1792.  It displayed what is considered a
Guardian Angel standing next to a pedestal upon which the angel is inscribing
the French Constitution.  It seems the design was asking the Guardian Angel
to guide the new French government, which advocated the elimination of the
sovereignty.  Was this coinage designed minted without the king’s approval?
Was Dupré a member of a revolutionary commune that sprung up in Paris that year?
For what ever reason, the artist fell out of favor with the king and was
sentenced to death.

 

Augustine Dupré avoided his execution by
guillotine.  Three different stories emerge out of the execution involving
his gold ‘French Angel’ coin.  The first states, that while in his
jail cell, he took the coin out to hold it while he prayed.  The sunlight
reflected off the coin so brightly, his jailer broke into tears, unlocked the
door allowing him to escape.  This is not a very likely story.  The
second tale tells us, that while kneeling before the guillotine, he held the
coin while he prayed, lightening struck nearby, which halted the execution, and Dupré was returned to his jail cell, and was released six months later.
This is possibly true.  The third legend reads, as he took the angel coin
in his hand to pray, the jailer saw the coin.  He made mention of the coin,
and Dupré used the coin to bribe the guard into allowing him to escape.
This story seems to make the most sense.  It doesn’t matter which story is
true because whichever story one chooses to believe, from that point on, the
coin also became known as the ‘Lucky Angel.’

 

Even though the ‘French Angel’ design
made its first appearance in 1792, the actual coins known as the ‘French
Angel’
 were not manufactured until 1871, and were intermittently issued
until 1898 in the denomination of 20 Francs.  The angel design was also
used briefly, for this denomination in, 1848 and 1849, and then again from 1899
to 1906.  There are two other denominations that display the ‘French
Angel’
 design.  The 50 Franc pieces were struck intermittently
from 1878 to 1900, and the 100 Franc coins from 1878 to 1899.  All three of
these denominations were only minted at the Paris Mint, and were made in .900
fine gold.  The 20 Franc piece is .1867 oz. AGW, the 50 Franc is .4467 oz.
AGW, and the 100 Franc is .9335 oz. AGW.

 

By the mid-1800s, the ‘French Angel’ had
amassed quite a reputation for good luck.  Captains of sailing vessels
seldom went to sea without their angels in their pockets.  During World War
I, French pilots, and many of the British and American flying aces carried the
angel for protection.  Even during World War II, Hermann Goering (the chief
of the German Luftwaffe) was fanatical over the ‘French Angel,’ and would
award the coins to German flying aces.  These coins are legendary among
fighter pilots, and are known to have been carried by some of the United States
pilots during the Korean and Vietnam wars, and during Desert Storm, too.

 

One of the most famous stories regarding the 
‘French Angel’
 is that of Napoleon Bonaparte.  Folklore tells us that
he always carried an early version of the angel coin in his pocket.  The
day before his defeat at the Battle at Waterloo, he lost his coin.

 

There are literally thousands of stories about
the powers of the ‘French Angel.’  There are stories of people who
claim their lives were saved during some tragic event to those who extol its
healing powers from terminal cancer and other diseases.  I have even found
websites where many have told their stories.  Never have I seen so much
mysticism surrounding a numismatic coin.  This is a coin that any collector
can enjoy for its beauty, but the stories behind this coin really make it a
collectors’ must have piece.

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Posted by in Uncategorized on December 13, 2017

Topaz is the birthstone for the month of December, and the stone given in celebration of the 4th and 19th anniversaries of marriage. Topaz is a symbol of love and affection, and has been said to be an aid to ones sweetness and disposition.

Topaz gets its name from the Greek word topazion, which may originate from the Sanskrit tapas, meaning, “fire.” The name might also come from the name of the Egyptian island of topazos (now St Johns island) in the Red Sea. The Latin writer Pliny the Elder used the island’s name for a yellowish green stone found there, and it soon became the name for most yellow stones. Topaz was once predominantly found there but is now also found in Brazil, Nigeria, Australia, Burma, and Mexico.

The Greeks and Romans greatly valued topaz as a gemstone. In medieval times, small wine-yellow Saxonian topaz was mined at Schneckenstein in the Erzgebirge Mountains in Saxony Germany, and several rulers wore these specimens in jewelry. Deep mining was later used at the site from 1737 to 1800. Topaz was always a prized and rare stone from the time of the middle Ages until discoveries of large deposits in Brazil in the mid 19th century. Nowadays it is much more popular and very affordable.

In 1740, the “Braganza” diamond (1,640 carats) was found in Ouro Preto, Brazil. It was set in the Portugese crown, and was thought to be the largest diamond ever found. The fact that it was a diamond was never confirmed, and it is now believed to have been a colorless topaz.

Topaz was one of the stones selected by Aaron for his priestly breastplate. He placed it on there as the second stone in the first row of stones. Topaz is also found as one of the stones in Revelation and is one of the stones of the apocalypse. In Egyptian practices, it is the symbol of Ra, the Sun god, who was the giver of life. In Europe, topaz became strongly linked with Apollo, who is also a solar being.

The majority of topaz is colorless and is called topaz. The next most abundant color of topaz is blue and green. The most frequently seen stones in jewelry are the shades yellow or sherry brown, and pink. Clear, pink, blue and honey-yellow varieties of topaz are especially valued. The most sought after and expensive colors are called “imperial topaz.” In the past, it was thought that all yellow gems were topaz and that all topaz was yellow. We now know topaz varies in color from pale blue and colorless, to yellow, orange, brown and pink. The pink stones so popular in Victorian jewelry were produced by heat-treating golden-brown topaz from Brazil.

Topaz has become very popular over the years. Most of the topaz on the market is treated. Unfortunately there is no way yet to determine which stones have been treated and which are natural. Although topaz has not been manufactured synthetically on a commercial scale, a completely natural looking blue coloration has been produced in colorless topaz by means of irradiation with gamma rays. This practice is regarded as legitimate in the trade, and is becoming increasingly widespread. It is one of the reasons for the present abundance of topaz in the trade.

Topaz closely resembles the finest aquamarine, and offers a very attractive and more affordable alternative to aquamarine. Some of the finer deeper topaz stones have been found to be radioactive. In the US, all topaz must be tested for radiation levels, as according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a highly radioactive stone may be injurious to the wearer. The Gemological Institute of America now provides radiation testing to the jewelry trader. Be careful if you are buying topaz outside of the US- if you do, it may be wise to have it tested when you come home.

In Hindu mythology, the word for topaz means heat. Topaz is one of the sacred stones of the Hindu’s Kalpa tree. It is well known and very sacred to the Hindus. It is one of the 9 sacred stones upon a talisman of nine gems. The Hindus believe that worn as a pendant, this gemstone will relieve thirst, sharpen intelligence and lengthen ones life.

In Africa, healing rituals with topaz are practiced to establish communion with the realm of the spirit. The Bushmen who bring it to their shamanic work both for journeying, working with ancestors, and for healing, treat the stone as a highly sacred one.

Topaz was once was considered one of five elemental substances that would bring protection to the deities. The figure of a falcon engraved upon a topaz would bring the wearer goodwill and kindness of the powers that be. It was also thought that this would help one attract wealthy patrons who would support artistic endeavors.

Topaz in particular has been said to work with ones creative energies. topaz is also excellent for promoting concentration. Many believed wearing a topaz ring would keep death from coming prematurely and would control insomnia and greed. topaz has also been long believed to be useful for those unable to control lust- a good stone for people with sex addictions.

Topaz has been said to be of great use for protection against a wide variety of problems from emotional difficulties to fires and accidents. In 1255, St Hildegard of Bingen, the famous mystic, offered a simple remedy for failing eyesight: steep a topaz in wine for three days and then lightly rub it over the eyes. Worn around the neck, topaz was also thought to cure madness.

Topaz is used to promote good fortune. In fact, it has been said that dreaming of topaz may indicate that good fortune is on its way. These dreams can also suggest love affairs.

Traditions hold that topaz bestowed many benefits upon its wearer. It would dispel cowardice, calm the temper, cure madness and plague, and sharpen the wit. It was also thought to aid in sleep and eliminate nightmares, as well as cure rheumatism and soreness in the joints. The stone has also been credited with being effective against bleeding and heart disease. It has been said to instantly lose its color to indicate that poison is present, thus protecting its owner. The stone has also been thought to bring fidelity and friendship if constantly worn without being set aside. It was also believed to be an effective talisman against accident and fire, and to bring increased intuition and long life. To Christians, it has been known as a symbol of uprightness and virtue.

Topaz has been said to be an ideal stone for travelers, protecting them from homesickness and danger. Ancient Romans credited topaz with preventing sickness of the chest and abdominal pain. Set in gold and worn around the neck, topaz is reputed to dispel bad omens, heal poor vision and calm anger.

Topaz produces some of the largest crystals. They can be up to 3 feet long and weigh up to several hundred pounds. The largest stones have been nearly 20,000 carats. One of largest topaz stones in the world sits in the Museum of Natural History in New York City. It comes from Brazil and weighs a shocking 600 lbs! The largest cut topaz, the pale blue “Brazilian Princess” found at Teofilo Otoni North of Rio De Janeiro, weighs 21,327 carats and was fashioned as a square cut. It is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

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Who knew one little stone could be thought, to be so powerful!

 

It’s also December’s most recognized birthstone.

 

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Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man’s history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. It is a stone of protection, strong and opaque, yet soothing to the touch, healing to the eye, as if carved from an azure heaven and slipped to earth. Its unique shade of blue, often blue-green, lends it name, Turquoise, to all things of this tranquil hue. The delicate veining or mottled webbing in cream or brown is inherent to the stone and serves to enhance its character.

The name Turquoise is derived from the French, pierre turquoise, meaning “Turkish stone,” because the trade routes that brought Turquoise to Europe from the mines in central Asia went through Turkey, and Venetian merchants often purchased the stone in Turkish bazaars. 

For thousands of years, Turquoise has spanned all cultures, prized as a symbol of wisdom, nobility and the power of immortality.  Among the Ancient Egyptians, Persians and Chinese, Aztecs and Incas of South America, and Native North Americans, Turquoise was sacred in its adornment and for power, luck, and protection.

Turquoise beads dating back to 5000 B.C. have been found in Iraq, and the Egyptians were mining the stones in the Sinai in 3200 B.C. The death mask of Tutankhamun was studded with Turquoise, as were the mosaic masks dedicated to the gods, the fabulous inlaid skulls, shields and power statues of Moctezuma, the last ruler of the Aztecs. 

For nearly a thousand years, Native Americans have mined and fashioned Turquoise, using it to guard their burial sites. Their gems have been found from Argentina to New Mexico.  Indian priests wore it in ceremonies when calling upon the great spirit of the sky. Many honored Turquoise as the universal stone, believing their minds would become one with the universe when wearing it. Because of its ability to change colors, it was used in prophesy or divining. To the prehistoric Indian, Turquoise, worn on the body or used in ceremonies always signified the god of the sky alive in the earth.

 

For centuries Turquoise has been recognized as possessing the power to protect riders from injury due to falls. First used as amulets by Turkish soldiers, on their persons and attached to their bridles and trappings, it later came to be used for protection against falls of any kind. Turquoise is also reputed to be influenced by the physical condition of the person who wears it. It is thought to grow pale when its owner is sick or sad, lose all color when the person dies, and gradually recover its color when transferred to a new healthy owner, its color deepening each day.  

Historically, Turquoise is credited with the property of securing friendly regard, verifying the traditional saying that “he, or she, who owns a Turquoise will never want for a friend.”  In the Orient, a Turquoise ring was worn as a protector against all things evil. The proverb states: “Given by a loving hand it brings with it happiness and good fortune.” However, the ring emitted protective energy only if the stone was given by a friend. It was believed to restore clear vision to the mind when the thinking became muddled and thus ensured good fortune. 

Turquoise has always been valued as an ornamental gem, often considered a symbol of male power. Anselmus de Boot, court physician of Emperor Rudolph II, wrote in 1609 that Turquoise was so highly regarded by men that no man considered his hand to be well adorned unless he wore a fine Turquoise. Today, we know Turquoise empowers men and women equally, and worn or carried, it is a talisman of luck, success, ambition and creativity.

In the workplace, Turquoise promotes leadership, assists relocation or regular travel associated with career, and helps avoid unwise investments. It helps overcome writer’s block, and is a stone of clear communication when giving information; an especially good amulet for those who work in the law, or for local or central government. Turquoise is especially recommended for accountants and computer operators for mental relaxation, for those who work in radio or television to release anxiety, and for laborers to protect from bodily harm. 

As a crystal for travel, Turquoise protects you and your possessions against theft, loss or attack, helps prevent accidents, especially falls, and even guards your pet.  Attached to a collar, bridle, or cage, Turquoise prevents animals from straying or being stolen, and makes horses sure-footed and obedient to their riders. Tibetan warriors, or Chinese Turquoise, is green and carries a slightly different vibration than the more vivid blue.  It is especially useful for clearing the Throat Chakra, and blockages of suppressed self-expression. As jewelry it is worn by men and women alike, and considered a promise of fidelity and protectiveness to a lover or partner. It is used in sacred prayer beads, adorns musical instruments, prayer wheels and bells, and a Turquoise rosary is said to relate prayer to whatever deity is being invoked. Tibetan Turquoise is traditionally received as a gift to pass on its natural fortune-bringing powers, so if you buy your own, make it a gift to yourself.

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Posted by in Uncategorized on December 2, 2017

We carry Bezels for many different countries coinage, we can also have Bezels made, if we don’t have one to fit your coinage. there are so many coins we don’t carry, but are beautiful and so unique, with that being said, I have found some of the cutest Christmas themed coins, some are real money coins, like the American Kennedy Half-Dollar, and some are commemorative, and have no monetary value, If you have a love for coins, and Christmas, you should really look into all they have to offer, and then look to us, we can help you make it extra special, it could be made into a necklaces, money clips, or key rings., we also have chains for your necklace needs.

These are just a few coins I found, and fell in love with!

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Posted by in Uncategorized on November 29, 2017

Making jewelry from coins dates all the way back to ancient times with Egyptian, Greek and Roman examples highlighted in museum exhibits around the globe. Doubloons and other coins salvaged from shipwrecks dating back centuries often make their way into jewelry crafted today. But when it comes to what collectors seek, most coin jewelry falls into the Victorian through 1960s range.

Victorian Coin Jewelry

Victorian coin jewelry pieces, produced during the reign of Queen Victoria of England from 1837-1901, don’t frequently come on the market.

When they do, these items can rival similarly aged karat gold jewelry in value.

Prime examples are Victorian “love token” pieces. This jewelry is charming, literally, since the elements were made by engraving names, loving words and symbols on coins that had been smoothed to remove the embossing and then fashioning them into charms dangling from bracelets and pins. Legend has it that many of these items were crafted by lonely sailors spending months at sea and then shared with loved ones when they were reunited.

From the same era come pins, not surprisingly, made from English coins depicting Queen Victoria. The dates on the coins used in these pieces make it easy to ascertain when they were made, of course. Many were made using coins stuck to commemorate the Queen’s 50th anniversary on the throne in the late 1800s.

Edwardian Coin Jewelry

The Edwardian era extends from approximately 1900 through 1914.

During this period Victorian influences in jewelry and fashion could still be seen, but as far as coin jewelry goes it became fashionable for jewelry crafters to actually cut away the non-decorative background of a coin before attaching a pin clasp and stem.

This piercing of the metal left a frame filled with eagles, stars, famous profiles, bison or other decorative elements, along with the date.

This technique coordinates with the lacy, more delicate design work incorporated into other Edwardian jewelry styles and indicates that a plain coin was far too ordinary this period.

1940s Coin Jewelry

By the1940s when war was raging in both Europe and the Pacific, coins were an available medium for trench art projects collectors refer to as “sweetheart” jewelry. Coins were often heated to add a domed effect, drilled and then linked together to make jewelry sent home by soldiers and sailors to family, friends and sweethearts.

The most common coin projects like these were bracelets, but necklaces, watch chains and other jewelry items have been found bearing 1940s coins from Australia, England and other points where servicemen were stationed around the world.

Coin Jewelry After Word War II

It’s not uncommon to locate silver coins from the 1950s or copper pennies from the ‘60s or ‘70s soldered together to form attention-grabbing cuff bracelets, as these coins have always been readily available for jewelry experimentation. Gold plated pennies from the 1970s glued to bracelets sold in jewelry making kits can be found as well. Another fun brooch from this era has pennies dangling from a “money tree.” Whether seeking this type of jewelry through online auctions, yard sales or flea markets, it can still be purchased inexpensively.

Souvenir jewelry made using coins has been made since the 1920s and ‘30s, with some styles being produced over many decades. Vintage bracelets linking Mexican pesos, Canadian cents and other world coins in an overlapping design, sometimes embellished with a dangling coin charm, can be found with dates ranging through the 1960s. Most collectors date these jewelry items according to the most recent coin present in the design, and they can also be purchased fairly reasonably today.

Other affordable vintage coin pieces include coordinated necklaces, bracelets and matching earring sets, known as parures by collectors. These were often made in South American countries such as Peru, and include dangling metal embellishments. Others were fashioned by linking similarly colored coins in varying sizes together in a graduated style.

Gold Coins in Jewelry

In the 1970s, demand soared for finely crafted pieces bearing gold coins set in karat gold. Many Krugerands were set in gold frames to form pendants during this period. Other gold coins were used as well, and often embellished with chunky nugget and rope designs along with diamond and gemstone accents.

The appeal of karat gold coin jewelry continued into the 1980s and early ‘90s, as evidenced by a series of feline-themed coins minted for the Isle of Mann in the United Kingdom being used for this purpose. American eagle gold coins were framed in pendant necklaces and ring mountings as well. Given in the intrinsic value of gold coins and fine jewelry in general, these pieces have held their value and still sell for respectable prices although many were sold for scrap in the recent past when gold prices hit record highs.

From Victorian trinkets to trendy karat gold, one of the most interesting aspects of examining the wide world of coin jewelry is the veritable variety of styles, materials and sentiments behind these vintage conversation pieces. There’s something out there to appeal to most jewelry collectors and coin aficionados alike.

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Sweetheart Jewelry Example

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 Victorian Jewelry Example

The Buffalo nickel or Indian Head nickel is a copper-nickel five-cent piece that was struck by the United States Mint from 1913 to 1938. It was designed by sculptor James Earle Fraser.

As part of a drive to beautify the coinage, five denominations of US coins had received new designs between 1907 and 1909. In 1911, Taft administration officials decided to replace Charles E. Barber’s Liberty Head design for the nickel, and commissioned Fraser to do the work. They were impressed by Fraser’s designs showing a Native American and an American bison. The designs were approved in 1912, but were delayed several months because of objections from the Hobbs Manufacturing Company, which made mechanisms to detect slugs in nickel-operated machines. The company was not satisfied by changes made in the coin by Fraser, and in February 1913, Treasury Secretary Franklin MacVeagh decided to issue the coins despite the objections.

Despite attempts by the Mint to adjust the design, the coins proved to strike indistinctly, and to be subject to wear—the dates were easily worn away in circulation. In 1938, after the expiration of the minimum 25-year period during which the design could not be replaced without congressional authorization, it was replaced by the Jefferson nickel, designed by Felix Schlag. Fraser’s design is admired today, and has been used on commemorative coins and the gold American Buffalo series.

In a 1947 radio interview, Fraser discussed his design.

Well, when I was asked to do a nickel, I felt I wanted to do something totally American—a coin that could not be mistaken for any other country’s coin. It occurred to me that the buffalo, as part of our western background, was 100% American, and that our North American Indian fitted into the picture perfectly.

 

US Indian Head Nickel Coin Pendant 1/20th 14k Yellow Gold Filled

39mm Indian Head Buffalo Gold Copy Coin Pendant 1/20th 14k Yellow Gold Filled

Buffalo Nickel Coin Ring Unisex .925 Sterling Silver High Polished Smooth

 

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After the Great Depression, the slogan “A diamond is forever” became famous and encouraged men to spend at minimum two months’ salary on his fiance’s engagement ring.

According to, “The Knot 2016 Real Wedding Survey” the national average spent on an engagement ring is $6,163.

Flintski Jewelry offers Diamond Engagement Rings as well as Wedding Sets (engagements rings with matching bands) ranging in price from $1696 – $4800.

Stop by, 311 W Monroe, Suite A, Grenada, MS, to see the beautiful variety of rings we have to offer and Papa’s Diamond Deals.

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Flintski Jewelry is an authorized dealer/retailer of Jane McCrory Jewelry; handmade Mississippi Delta-inspired hammered wire bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. Each piece is hand-sculpted and made unique, no two are the same, using only hand tools and a hammer. Her wire of choice and what she uses most is Copper, Argentium Sterling Silver, or 14k Gold Filled.

Jane McCrory Jewelry is designed by, made by, and distributed by Jane, herself, in her small Delta hometown, Inverness, Mississippi. Although she began crafting and selling jewelry in her youth, it wasn’t until January 2012, that she would turn both her love of sculpting wire & a small delta town, into a thriving manufacturing, retail, and wholesale business. Since 2012, thanks to her creativity and inspiration which she credits to God’s beautiful Creation surrounding her {from the smallest cotton boll in the Field to the Mighty Mississippi} {from rolling hills, through flatland’s and Cotton Fields, onward, the Mississippi River} many exclusive designs have been outstandingly hand-sculpted. Flintski Jewelry is delighted to welcome this Mississippi Delta-inspired jewelry line, which offers jewelry with a “Southern Flare” to Grenada, MS and surrounding areas as well as to our online & social media communities.

To view Jane McCrory Jewelry offered by Flintski Jewelry, click on the picture below and it will take you directly to the her line on our website.

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