Mook Jasper, or Moukaite Jasper is a variety of Quartz, silicon dioxide mineral with a hexagonal system. Jasper is derived from the Greek work meaning "spotted stone" and can include up to 20% foreign materials, which accounts for the wide variety in colors and patterns. Mook jasper is found in Australia. The color of Mook jasper ranges from creamy white, mustard yellow and deep red to pink with black inclusions. It is a stunning display of color. This jasper hits the MOHS scale at 6.5-7 making it a harder stone.
Mook jasper covers all Chakra and represents the element of Earth like most jasper. Said to support liver health and detoxification. Encourages renewed hope, invigoration and energy. Helps overcome grief or depression. Facilitates deep connection to earth and nature. Reawakens ability to "know" which direction to go or travel in the physical and spiritual realm. Helps align the third and solar plexus to the root Chakra., allowing for intuitive perception.
Honestly I fell in love with this stone for it's truly unique colors and how they almost seem to make me feel soft and relaxed, but has a very dramatic appearance. It's bold and yet calming and inviting.
Wishing you a reawakening this week,
Information gathered from Book of Stones, Wikipedia, Smithsonian Rock and Gem book.
Named after Nicholas Covelli who discovered it in 1832. Covellite is a Copper Sulfide stone. This stone occurs in massive sizes but it is extremely rare. It occurs in thin plates which can be flexible It's color is indigo blue often tinged with purple iridescence. It often has gold flex mixed into it as well. Covellite has been found in Germany, Italy, Australia, and the United States.
Covellite is quite soft coming in at a 1.5-2 on the MOHS scale. It represents all Chakra and the element Storm. Considered to heighten psychic ability and inner vision, transformation, bridging the higher and lower worlds. Although it vibrates in higher planes it is called a grounding stone for it's ability to connect strongly with the physical reality and earth energies., creating a bridge between the two. Facilitates the deep journey into self and bringing out the unconscious shadow side. Allows for a true awakening for a frozen traumas and helps to facilitate healing.
Covellite is such a dramatic looking stone and draws you into it's deep blue. I love the natural shine and the overall presence of the stone.
Wishing you a healing and grounded week,
Information gathered from Book of stones, wikipedia
Dendritic agate is part of the Quartz family and is recognizable by it's plant like branch style inclusions of iron and magnesium. Moss agate is also form of dendritic agate. This stones hardness is a 7 on the MOHS scale making it a durable stone. The color can vary from bright white to a lavender color into dark black. I love the drama of the variation in this stone and how it often has a landscape like design. It often feels like nature paintings inside the stone.
Dendritic agate covers all chakra, is represented as an earth element and known for inner growth and wisdom. Aids in keeping a positive attitude while going through a needed transformation. Brings one out of tier inner thoughts to keep one grounded in the physical world, allowing for reduced stress and quieting harsh inner voices. Purple variations are exceptional at purifying the energy field and working towards spiritual transformation.
Truly a stone worth having in your collection for the beauty as well as for it's grounding qualities.
Wishing you a week of inner peace,
Information gathered from the Book of stone and Wikipedia, Photo of raw stone by Angeleyeshop , Jewelry by Dawn Rosell Designs
By definition an artisan jewelry designer creates jewelry by hand and without the use of mass made components. That means it is created from the ground up by the artisan.
Although I do not disagree, in the strictest definition, I do feel there is room for leeway. For instance a silver/gold smith who sets gemstones into a hand crafted setting is still an artisan even though they are not the lapidary stone cutter.
A craft jewelry maker is by definition someone who uses all mass produced items and simply assembles them together. For instance if a person bought a pre-made ring with a bezel to set a stone into and glued a gem into it, it would be an assembled piece.
Again I don't disagree with the definition, however leeway is important here too. There are some people who rethink how to use the components instead of using them as they come which makes them more of a artist because they have a new vision of what these components can become.
As for me, I would have described myself as being a jewelry designer and a crafter when I began my career because although I tried to make most everything from scratch, I truly didn't have the know how at the time, only a vision of what I wanted to create. But now after many years of learning and experimentation, I would describe myself as a Handcrafted Jewelry Artisan because my jewelry is made by me in almost every aspect. I do not cut my own stones or make the chains I hang pendants on, but who knows what the future brings, I am learning to silver solder now after all.
So where do you draw the line between Crafter and Artisan? I suppose it depends on you. I feel an artist or artisan is anyone who can create something out of nothing and maybe out of many things that bring forth their unique vision, After all a mixed media artist uses tons of mass produced items to create something completely new and interesting. I think the key idea here is something unique and interesting. It's thinking outside the box. You can also be an artist or even a designer and not be an artisan.
I am a self taught jewelry artist and designer. My blog is the door to all the new things I learn, the stones I use and love, the pieces I created and the events I participate in as well as my thoughts along this journey. I hope you enjoy the ride with me.