Raw Hollywood~~September 5th at Level 3~~Hollywood and Highland. You can buy tickets from me directly or from my page on the Raw website!! A great way to support artists, and have a great time while you do it.
PEARL~~BIRTHSTONE FOR JUNE BABIES
The glowing shimmering pearl is one of the most highly prized and sought after gems in history.
Cleopatra was a lover of jewelry and possessed a pair of natural pearl earrings-which today would be valued at around $3 million. The romantic story states that Cleopatra bet Marc Anthony she could serve him the most expensive banquet the world had ever seen. She provided him a meal that most would think was extravagant, however he was disappointed that it was a bit mundane. (This is where you say “but wait there’s more”) Dessert is ordered and a servant places a single goblet in front of her. She removed one of her earrings, and dropped the pearl into the goblet which was full of vinegar. When it had melted away, she swallowed it. Marc Anthony presumably told her to stop there since the legend mentions only one pearl being destroyed.
Pearls were worn as a declaration of wealth and power. They were a symbol of purity, feminine charm, and were thought to bring good fortune. Over the centuries the natural pearl population has been depleted, and are extremely rare and literally “worth a fortune”. A jeweler, whom most of us are familiar with, “Jacques Cartier”, traded 2 natural pearl necklaces for his famous 5th Avenue store, in New York, back in 1916.
In 2007 Christies proved that these lovely gems are still some of the most expensive in the world, by auctioning a strand of 68 perfect natural pearls for $7 million.
Very few natural pearls remain in existence today, but man has made great efforts in research and production of cultured pearls. They come in glorious shapes, colors, sizes and price ranges, making the ever popular pearl accessible to all, not just the Cleopatra’s and royalty of the world.
THE GORGEOUS GREEN,
AND CAPTIVATING BIRTHSTONE
FOR ALL YOU MAY BABIES!!
The emerald has been prized since ancient times. In fact, mummies were often buried with emeralds. The Romans preferred the lighter colored stones, which were believed to have come from the nest of Griffins~a legendary creature known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions. These stones were also thought to enhance the clairvoyance of the wearer, as well as promote healing, enhance love and contentment.
Alexander the Great, mined for emeralds and gave many as gifts to Cleopatra, who valued the emeralds so much so, that the ancient Greek mines were renamed “Cleopatra’s Mines”. Her fascination with the lovely gems caused the larger stones to be mined to the point of near exhaustion.
Emerald is a member of the beryl family, which occurs in many colors dependant upon what Mother Nature has mixed into the formula. Columbian emeralds are among the worlds most beautiful gems. A mine in North Carolina has recently provided some quality stones, but it is unclear how long the mines will continue to produce.
Most emeralds are treated with oils or epoxy resins to fill surface cracks, making them less visible and the stones more translucent. These oils are clear or tinted green to make the color more vivid. Synthetic or composite emeralds are very common. If buying a large stone it is highly recommended that the stone be purchased with a certificate from an accredited Gemological Institute. They can determine if it’s synthetic or natural, in addition to any enhancements or treatment the stone has undergone.
Carat for carat they are the most expensive gems in the world, because of their rarity. A fine emerald can be more expensive than a high quality diamond of the same carat weight.
AQUAMARINE--BIRTH STONE FOR MARCH BABIES!!!!
From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea, aquamarine shines over an extraordinarily beautiful range of mostly light blue colors. If is by far a jewelers favorite stone to work with, partially because of it hardness and clarity. Aquamarine often forms flawless crystals.
Designers are constantly taking the world by surprise with new and modern artistic cuts. Aquamarine is their "go to" stone, and this has without a doubt contributed to the great popularity of the stone.
For centuries tales have been told that Aquamarine originated in the treasure chest of fabulous mermaids, and has, since ancient times, been regarded as the sailor's lucky stone!! It is believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage and happines, in addition to warding off sea sickness, and making one youthful.