Two of my favorite (and most popular) gemstones that I work with are labradorite and amethyst. At a very young age I discovered what amethyst was as it was my mother’s birthstone and she adored it. It took me many years to want to learn more and longer still to discover my jewelry making abilities. When I did discover those abilities I found this glorious, flashy stone called labradorite. Both labradorite and amethyst show up in my pieces with great frequency.
Dark to Light – available here
Secrets Revealed – raw amethyst and rose gold earrings – available here
Both labradorite and amethyst have a great deal to do with change. Amethyst can bring about great change in your life. Many feel that the stone brings about spiritual growth, building strength and courage. Others feel that it fights black magic or dark and negative energies. My mom was one of these people, clutching the stone to ward off the evil nonsense spewing forth from a certain dark witch from my childhood. See: this painting.
Labradorite is the stone you want to keep close when you are going through major changes. It is a fantastic dark into light gemstone, taking darker and unwanted qualities and replacing them with positive energies. Told to provide quick relief from anxiety, depression and hopelessness; it replaces them with self-confidence, enthusiasm and inspiration. When one is experiencing times of conflict and change, Labradorite is said to offer perseverance, strength, and enhanced inner intuition to assist in that time of disruption.
I have a few pieces left right now in my etsy shop like the ones below.
The horn of Dagoth sterling amethyst horn necklace * midnight prophecies * sterling long labradorite pendant * welcome to Gemworld raw amethyst and rustic silver necklace * the secret of room 402 keyhole and labradorite * the royal armour – amethyst gemstone “teeth” bib
Just a few days ago my friend Seasons and I headed to one of our frequent refueling spots, McMenamin’s Edgefield. She often gets a room there for a real recharge, but I never join in. In fact, I don’t believe I have ever purchased a room for myself while still “at home”. That changed on Thursday when we stayed over, ate gluten free pizzas and soaked in a nearly empty soaking pool. The soaking pool was amazing enough for me, but Seasons assured me it is often much warmer. The heavy rain cooled it down quite a bit, but also kept the masses away.
Staying the night at a hotel before a long snowy and slushy hike really turned it into more of an event for me and made the cold slush easier to endure.
The day began with clear skies and snowy hills. We opted for the Multnomah-Wahkeena loop. The trail from the Multnomah side ascends quickly, so we were hiking in snow in no time at all.
Many people turn back halfway through the 11 switchbacks, but if you soldier on you will discover dense forest and many more waterfalls. The rushing waters were made more spectacular after all of our recent rain and snowfall, but they also swallowed up many of the banks we usually spend time on.
After you pass 2 more truly impressive falls (Weisendanger and Ecola) the hike becomes a smidge tedious in winter months. The elevation keeps increasing and the snow is melting due to runoff underneath it and even the most waterproof boots become soggy. And then the clouds roll in and a downpour hits you on the head. You look at your friend and wonder, “Is she enjoying this? Am I?” The answer becomes yes after you realize you have a better waterproof coat in your pack and your friend is always happy in the woods, sogginess be damned. And also you see things like this:
We returned to Edgefield after completing the hike with a descent that was wet as hell, but miraculously free of any wipeouts. A quick coffee with some uploading to instagram, Etsy and Facebook while nestled in a quiet nook brought me back to life. I was asleep by 10:30, and I’m a 3AM guy.
This little getaway and hike recharged me in the best way though and I was able to create beauties like these:
Sunrise in India – Vintage Gold leaf necklace with paisley rose quartz gemstone
Our Lady of Labrador – Rose gold necklace with violet flash labradorite gemstone
Very inspiring day.
SparklingCyclone vintage rhinestone triple hoop earrings with quartz.
Forever. Ethical piece made with filigree chevron charm and rutilated quartz
WitchDoctor – vintage, ethical piece with silver chains, arrow, black skull and crossbones and silver titanium quartz.
“WeatherWitch” The X-Men’s Storm pictured in her iconic Mohawk look – small painting.
This is HaZel. She is a spotted owl who lives at the Portland Audubon Society. She flew into a tree when she was young and her wing feathers grew in deformed so she cannot fly. But she’s still rad. I hand-painted her on dense board so that she could exist as earrings!