EarthWhorls News Note

EarthWhorls News Note

by Susan A. Katz February 21, 2017

Last week I mentioned that I would be talking about how to care for pearls this week but, at the last minute, I decided to take a little detour and mention some personal news.  The reason I’m addressing it now is that it is likely to limit my ability to post and “note” write for the next week or two.I am heading in to say a fond farewell to my right knee.  It has served me well all these years but, wear and tear, too many bike rides and hikes and runs down the mountain on skis has taken a toll.  And so, I am opting for a brand new knee that will get me back on track, on my bike and on the slopes! And so, if I am a bit quieter than usual and out of the loop, you will know that EarthWhorls is forced into a temporary “rehab” mode along with my knee.  I’m hoping that Jason, of http://www.nrgnetworks.com my right hand man, my technical guru, my “go to” guy for all issues EarthWhorls and, wonderful friend, will jump in and do some posting and, if the mood strikes him, run a sale or two at EarthWhorls online – www.earthwhorls.com Spring is coming and I’m getting ready! EarthWhorls just got a new look and will soon have a whole new spring collection going up so, stay tuned and check in...

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EarthWhorls Helpful Hints  for Caring for your Handmade Jewelry

EarthWhorls Helpful Hints for Caring for your Handmade Jewelry

by Susan A. Katz February 14, 2017

Yesterday, I poked around in a box that’s been sitting on a shelf in my house forever. Really, forever! And what I found inside had my head spinning. It was two, very old, very tarnished but, very beautiful Squash Blossom necklaces. Somewhere, in my memory, I seem to recall my mother wearing them but honestly, it was spooky finding them like that after having not seen them in at least forty or fifty years. I have no idea how they got there but, not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I have been spending the day trying to clean them up. Still, have a long way to go… It got me to thinking about caring for your jewelry so that it never gets into that condition in the first place. And I thought I’d share some hints with you today. Also, if you have questions about jewelry care, leave them at the bottom of this blog on my site, at www.earthwhorls.com and I’ll do my best to come up with some helpful answers. While many jewelry cleaners claim to clean all precious metals and stones, it is always best to use a cleaner that is specifically formulated to clean a particular material. Silver cleaner for silver and gold cleaner for gold is a good bet to give you the best results. While ...

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EarthWhorls & Valentine’s Day

EarthWhorls & Valentine’s Day

by Susan A. Katz February 07, 2017

If you’re like me, you probably believe as I do that every day is a day to celebrate love.  Then why, I wondered, did we set apart one particular day to observe “love?”  I suspect, that in our busy lives, we often overlook the moment, let what’s on our tongue, go unspoken, leave what’s in our heart, unrevealed.Valentine’s Day gives us a chance, gives the men in our lives a “second” chance, to proclaim the joy that love, and loving brings into their lives, into all of our lives. Some fun facts about Valentine’s Day and how it came to be…During the time of the Roman Empire, Emperor Claudius II did not want his soldiers to marry during wartime.  However, Bishop Valentine went against his wishes, believing that love was the best armor a man could carry into battle, and performed secret weddings.  For this, the poor Bishop was jailed and executed.  Before he died, he sent a note to the jailor’s daughter and signed it, “from your Valentine.” Based on sales, it is thought that 3% of pet owners will send their pet a Valentine’s Day card or get them a gift. Most cards and gifts for Valentine’s Day are bought six or less days prior to the holiday, making it a bit of a race to the finish...

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EarthWhorls Celebrates Love

EarthWhorls Celebrates Love

by Susan A. Katz January 31, 2017

It is the season of love!  Valentine’s Day is almost here and we’re thinking of ways to express our love for someone so special they are always in our thoughts and in our hearts.  Maybe that description covers more than one person in your life. Love is uncontainable and, it keeps our hearts beating and our minds seeking.  Love is the reason, when there is no reason…  And so, the poet in me decided that today would be the perfect day, to share some of my favorite quotes above love, with you.Love all, trust few, do wrong to none.”  - William Shakespeare“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” - Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper“One is loved because one is loved.  No reason is needed for loving.”  - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back.  Those who wish to sing always find a song.  At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato “I have decided to stick to love… Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” – Robert Frost Whether you wake to love the sunrise or, drift ...

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EarthWhorls Reveals Fun Facts about Jewelry

EarthWhorls Reveals Fun Facts about Jewelry

by Susan A. Katz January 24, 2017

I know what it is I love about jewelry and, I bet you do too!  I love the way it connects me to nature.  I love the way jewelry allows me to make a statement about who I am and how I feel and, how I want others to see me.  I love how jewelry enhances my sense of fashion and fun.And when I love something, I enjoy finding out all I can about it and so I’ve done some homework over the years and thought I’d share, with you, some fun, random facts I’ve discovered about jewelry…~ Styles in jewelry changed with each new civilization and became the symbol of people’s ideals of beauty and fashion.~ Only one out of every million diamonds that are mined ends up being used in jewelry designs.  The rest end up being used in industry and manufacturing. ~ Silver has been used in jewelry making for over 6000 years. ~ The largest diamond that was ever found “The Cullinan” weighs in at over 1 and 1/3 pounds! ~ The oldest piece of jewelry ever found, dates back over 100,000 years and consisted of beads made from Nassarius shells. ~ The word “jewellery” (the way everyone spells it outside of the US) comes from the French word joule, which comes from the latin word jocale, which means “plaything...

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EarthWhorls - Moonstone & Magic

EarthWhorls - Moonstone & Magic

by Susan A. Katz January 17, 2017

Beneath the outer “shell” of feldspar (the element moonstone is made of) there is a glow, a sheen that seems almost to be moving as though, moonlit was reflecting off the surface of a gently flowing river.Why is moonstone the perfect gift to give this Valentines Day?  Here’s one very good reason:  It has been whispered that if you give your loved one the gift of moonstone, when the moon is full, you will ensure that the passion you feel for one another, will never die.  Would you like another good reason?  Moonstone is said to reunite the hearts of lovers who have quarreled.  That in itself speaks of magic!And finally, here’s the best reason of all…  Moonstone is a joyous stone, a beautiful, mystical, magical gemstone that offers one a chance to wear the glow of moonlight around their neck, on their wrist or dangling gracefully in the form of earrings.  I love working with moonstone as these astounding gemstones seem to calm me and bring me greater creative energy and awareness. Moonstone and magic for Valentines Day because, after all, isn’t Love the most magical feeling of all!   Have a magical, moonstruck week, - Susan

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EarthWhorls Celebrates Stones Of Love

EarthWhorls Celebrates Stones Of Love

by Susan A. Katz January 10, 2017

As we approach the “Holiday of Love” Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun (and maybe helpful) to look into some of the connections thought to exist between certain gemstones and love.  These “powers” that have been linked with certain stones range from, attracting love to safeguarding love, from turning desire into love to improving current loving relationships.  Perhaps, it is not their “power” alone that one associates with love but, their delicate and startling beauty, as well.One of these “Love Stones” is, Chrysoprase.   It is thought to empower you to “center yourself within your heart,” allowing for love to flow freely from and, to you.  From a fashion perspective, Chyrsoprase is a divine stone to work with.  It can be soft and gentle as a breeze through summer grass or powerful, deep, dark and mysterious.What a beautiful and meaningful stone and so filled with the earthy elegance of nature.  The perfect stone perhaps, for the perfect lady for Valentine’s Day! Next week – Moonstone! - Susan

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EarthWhorls January 2017 Collection

EarthWhorls January 2017 Collection

by Susan A. Katz January 03, 2017

The parties are over, the decorations are stored away for another year and the New Year, with all its possibilities and promises, has begun.  I can’t begin to predict what’s in store for all of us in this brand new year but, I can tell you that EarthWhorls is filled with new energy, stocked with new gemstones and silver findings, eager to create new, unique designs and, feeling an astounding rebirth of enthusiasm for the beauty and wonder of nature and the fabulous fun of fashion!Each month, throughout the year, we’ll introduce a new collection.  A versatile variety of designs that celebrate what most inspires me to create: nature and the endless miracle of its beauty and bounty.January:  Citrine and kyanite, pearls and tourmaline, aquamarine and lapis – stones that dazzle and delight, taking the New Year by storm with startling colors, tones, textures and designs. Come stroll along with me through a flurry of fashion as January comes to life, at EarthWhorls!“New” really is such a great word, holding a world of meaning.  Because “new” is what we make of it, “new” offers us endless opportunities and “new” gives us another chance!  New is unique, unexplored, unspoiled; a canvas o...

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EarthWhorls Bids Farewell To 2016

EarthWhorls Bids Farewell To 2016

by Susan A. Katz December 27, 2016

I won’t deny it!  2016 has been a challenging year for me personally, with much sadness and loss.  But, out of the ashes, as they say, has come a deeper understanding of a stunning truth; I am surrounded by warm and loving people, people who stand by me and with me and support me, with their time and energy as well as their love.  How could that not be something to celebrate!And so, I do celebrate 2016.  I celebrate determination, loyalty, honor, steadfastness, hope, love and the absolute, undeniable joy of family and friends.  And, I look forward, hopefully, to 2017.  And one of my hopes is that YOU will take the journey with me, into the New Year.  Or, more precisely, journey with me, and with EarthWhorls.I am so excited to be working on my February (Valentine’s Day) Collection (January is at the photographer, even as I write this.)  I have discovered new and breathtaking stones; stones that sing of their journey through the ages; stones that seem to be filled with deep secrets and quiet mysteries; stones that shine so brightly they light up a room and stones that are almost magical, in their intense allure.  All of these stones are singing to me, inspiring me to create design...

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM EARTHWHORLS

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM EARTHWHORLS

by Susan A. Katz December 20, 2016 2 Comments

There is no doubt that this is a time of year for reflection.  It’s a time to celebrate the love and the comfort and the beauty in your life.  And, it’s a time to open your heart and let some of that love flow outwards towards those around you.I am grateful, beyond words, for my beautiful family.  I am grateful for their wondrous good humor, loyalty, warmth and compassion.  I am grateful that in good times or bad, they are there for me.Each of us has something to be grateful for.  It may be as simple as the view out your window of a snow covered mountain or, a warm, white beach.  It may be the love of family or friends, the companionship of treasured pets or, maybe you have something uniquely yours, you are holding close to your heart this holiday season. It occurred to me as I sat down to write this, that I am really so lucky to have all of you in my life!  Many of you have become “friends” who view my posts and click the “like” button or, make a comment and, many of you have become EarthWhorls customers and, I have no words to tell you how much that means to me.  You are the reason I can live my dream! So today, I’d like to ask you to do something…  Post a comment below this...

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EarthWhorls Celebrates the Myth & Mystery of Amethyst

EarthWhorls Celebrates the Myth & Mystery of Amethyst

by Susan A. Katz December 13, 2016

From a scientific point of view, amethysts are created when a layer of forming rock cools down very slowly.  Air bubbles appear and minerals often occur in the empty spaces.  This “filled-up” space is called a geode.  And happily, geodes are filled with amethyst.  And surprisingly, if the crystal that has formed, is contaminated with iron, it turns beautifully, passionately purple!But amethysts are so much more than science.  They are beauty, myth, magic, and rich with the history of ancient lore!The name “Amethyst” derives from the Greek word “ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated.” One of the stories told about how amethyst came to be, explains that, the wine God Bacchus was angry and seeking revenge.  He determined that the first person he encountered would be fed to his tigers.  By chance, that first person was a beautiful young lady named Amethyst who was on her way to worship at the altar of Diana.  “As the ferocious beasts sprang, she sought the protection of the goddess and was saved by being turned into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus, regretting his cruelty, poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering, giving the gem its lovely purple hue.”  https://www...

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EarthWhorls & The Gift of Turquoise

EarthWhorls & The Gift of Turquoise

by Susan A. Katz December 06, 2016

Today I woke to snow flakes falling and finally, a true belief that winter has arrived and with it, the joy and excitement, beauty and wonder, of the holiday season.We all have different reasons for, and different ways of, celebrating the holidays.  But one thing is for certain, we are all hoping to feel the warmth of friendship and the comfort of love.  We are all hoping to be connected to one another and to the awesome beauty of the world around us.I feel the connection to nature every time I pick up a stone.  I feel it every time I gaze at that stone and am awestruck by the journey it has taken to end up in my hand or on my work bench.  One of the stones that ultimately bring me the greatest sense of energy and spirituality is turquoise.  For one thing, it is almost always found in dry and barren regions of the earth, a touch of light in the darkness.  For another, it is perhaps, one of the oldest stones in the history of man and has served as a talisman for kings, shamans and, warriors.  Turquoise is believed to be a protective stone, strong and opaque, yet comforting to the touch, almost offering a feel of velvet beneath the fingers.  It is as though a piece of heaven, azu...

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