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October - Opal

Opal watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu Opal is October’s opulent and ostentatious birthstone, but not the only one. October is another dual birthstone month, Tourmaline shares the spotlight. Out of all the birthstones we love, Opal is one of the most captivating and visually striking of the bunch. Pushing out vibrant colors the entire range of the rainbow, Opal is one of the most fascinating stones we carry. Opal is a variety of silica, and because its content may include a large percent of water, is actually considered a “mineraloid”. Because of the unusual non-crystalline structure of most opals, they are comparatively brittle compared to most birthstones and should be treated delicately. The name “opal” derives from the Greek word opallios which...

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Notes for the Backpacker

by Madi Jensen B and I are about to embark on our trip! We are calling it our belated honeymoon/two year anniversary trip. Where exactly are we going? Well to find out, you will have to stay tuned to my instagram feed! What I will share with you is that we will be in Europe and we are only taking our backpacks. To be fair, our bags are smaller hiking packs, larger than your regular school bag. I was searching the net for ideas of what to pack for our two week long adventure. I was able to gather a few ideas, such as, pick a color scheme, keep outfits versatile, and include some basics. Here’s what I have packed...

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September - Sapphire

sapphire watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu September’s birthstone is the beautiful, blue Sapphire. A type of corundum, an aluminum oxide which also includes Rubies. Sapphires are usually blue, but occur in many colors like yellow, purple, orange and even green. Red sapphires are called Rubies. Sapphires are almost as hard as diamonds. Sapphires are one of the rarest gemstones on the planet, more so than diamonds. Their deep blue color is so synonymous with sapphires that their name is Greek for “blue stone”. Sapphires are mined all over the world, with the most sought after pieces coming from Myanmar, Kashmir, and Sri Lanka. Sapphire is amazing for soothing and focusing the mind, allowing the release of frustration and unwanted thoughts. It...

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Notes For Waking Up Early From A Girl Who Loves Sleep

by Madi Jensen I love my sleep, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve also learned to love and feeling of waking up early and enjoying the quiet hours of the morning. Learning to appreciate the mornings and develop a daily habit of rising early has definitely been an evolving process- one I am grateful for, especially because I have a busy schedule. Now I don’t think everyone is a morning person or needs to be. However, if you find yourself with more goals than you have time for and feel like you could use a bit more flexibility in your day, here are some things to consider if you’re trying to wake up early: Have something to look forwards to....

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August - Peridot

Peridot watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu Peridot is one of two birthstones for August, Spinel being the second. Peridot is so widespread however, this blog will focus on it, rather than Spinel. One of the few gemstones that only exist in one color, Peridot is said to be the stone of strength and prosperity. Owing is beautiful and vibrant yellow-green color to the amount of iron in this magnesium rich type of olivine. Peridot’s namesake is debated on, most agree it derives from Arabic “faridat” meaning gem. an assortment of our pieces featuring Peridot Hawaiians use Peridot to symbolize the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and lava. Much of the Peridot supply for the world comes from AZ. Often...

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