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Crystals for the Zodiac

by Lauren Sarkissian  Aries: Jade Ring Aries passionate pursuit of everything all at once calls for a balancing jade ring. The deep green hues of this stone are just as intense as an Aries themself. Though the jewel is small, it packs a powerful punch. Taurus: Amazonite Mala Tauruses are the homebody queens of self-care. Amazonite boosts courage and promotes truth, which is useful for the strong, dependable taurus. Malas are helpful tools when it’s time to unwind and meditate -- which for a taurus is all the time. Yoga flow anybody? Gemini: Double Chain Necklace The double chain necklace provides one chain to each half of a whole gemini! So nice you’ll get to decide twice with this customizable piece,...

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June Moonstone

Moonstone watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu June is one of the red-headed stepchildren birth months as it has three birthstones to choose from because it’s spoiled brat who can’t make it’s mind up. Pearl, Alexandrite, (which is a super pretentious name, like we get it, you’re a Russian Czar, does it all have to be about you?) and Moonstone. We will focus on Moonstone as we think it’s the most versatile and most suited for jewelry. Moonstone is a type of feldspar, and is named for the flashy, almost opal-like colors and flash when exposed to light. Moonstone occurs naturally and is mined all over the world. The state gemstone of Florida because the moon landings launched from Kennedy Space Center,...

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The Lost Art of the Handwritten Note

by Maria Ortega Do you ever wish that you got less junk mail or just more meaningful items in the mail? Well, for those that know me well know how much I enjoy writing cards. In fact, I have gotten to a point that I am never without a card for a given occasion because I value my card collection so much. I especially enjoy finding unique cards at small local businesses whether it be in Albuquerque or other places that I travel.   To me, card writing to me is therapeutic and I have recently challenged myself to write more cards than I already do for birthdays and other life events. I know how much I enjoy receiving a...

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May - Emerald

Emerald watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu What can you really say about Emerald other than the eponymous, totalitarian city-state you may remember at the end of the yellow brick road?  Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May and carries a deep, rich green color of Spring and is absolutely dripping with rebirth energy. One of the traditional gemstones for the astrological sign Cancer, Emeralds are considered a stone of love. One of the rarest gemstones, a well-cut emerald will consistently be priced higher per carat than diamonds. Until very recently only emeralds, rubies, and sapphires were considered precious gems, everything else was considered semi-precious.   Emeralds have been mined as early as 300 BC in Egypt, with Cleopatra being...

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April - Diamonds

herkimer diamond watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu April is here which means Aries season is in full effect, and if that weren’t annoying enough already, we have an entire month dedicated to the most overrated, over-hyped, over-priced stone out there. If you are a conscious human on this planet you are probably painfully aware of how artificially inflated the price of diamonds are. Past what most people would consider normal too, this is no accident and we can thank the De Beers Group for this. If you want to do your own research on the matter, google De Beersand you’ll see “blood diamond”, “price fixing” and “antitrust/monopoly” pop up so often you’ll think you’re reading a rejected Bond-movie villain backstory. Diamonds...

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