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May 7 2006 Fashion Jewelry Newsletter


All That Glitters Newsletter
'ALL THAT GLITTERS'            Volume 1   Issue 2
Weekly Newsletter from Jewelry Collecting at Bella Online May 7, 2006
In This Issue

What's New at the Site

Pearls

The Beauty and Symbolism of Gemstones

Famous Quotes

Jewelry Collecting Site

Gem stones are precious stones and semi-precious stones. All can be called gems. All are minerals that have hardness, density, refraction, and color.

 Stones of all kinds have played a very important part in the history of mankind. From the beginning, small smooth river stones were collected and carried for good luck when hunting.

Used as talismans and good luck charms throughout recorded history and before, stones in all their many forms, are considered the 'bones of the Earth'.  


Staurolite  is a light tan to dark brownish-black, and often reddish-brown colored mineral, born of the Earth, like all natural gemstones. The natural crystal form of this mineral forms 60-90 degree angles to each other causing a ‘cross’ form. The 90-degree crystals are Greek Crosses and the 60-degree crystals are St. Andrews Crosses.

Staurolite is a talisman of good luck. It's healing properties relieve stress and depression. Read More...

Staurolite Guitar String Necklace by Molly Magdalain from the StarStrings Collection

Amber is a fossilized resin (tree sap) and is usually golden to yellow-brown in color.

Amber has been used as a symbol for marriage vows and to assure promises.
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Carnelian ranges in color from light brownish-red to deep transparent red. This colorations is due to iron. It is also known as Cornelian.

Carnelian protects against envy, fear, and rage, and helps to banish sorrow from the emotional structure.
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  Greetings!

I've been the Editor of Jewelry Collecting at Bella Online for one month on Tuesday, and I've been having a great time setting up the site. We're growing and over the coming weeks I will be adding several new subjects, articles, and interviews with artists and designers—online jewelry shops—and jewelry collectors. Upcoming featured  interviews include Alexa Hirst of Loopy Monkey, the Marketing Director of Kirks Folly, and Elliot Abbott of the The Hollywood Collection

Jewelry is such a fascinating subject. I've been collecting all kinds of jewelry over the years and appreciate this opportunity to learn more about it as I research and write about it for the Jewelry Collecting site at Bella Online. There's lots to do—many talented jewelry artists and designers to interview—hundreds of gemstones and other jewelry materials to add to the encyclopaedic, 'All About Jewelry'—a wide variety of different kinds of beautiful jewelry to show you—and special jewelry offers exclusively for my mailing list (coming soon).

I wish I could work on my Bella site 24/7, it's so much fun! But, alas, I have other jobs and as a volunteer at Bella Online, I'll be working on the site most of my spare time. Watch for new subjects and categories over the coming month, and thereafter I'll be adding fresh new content on a weekly, if not more frequent, basis. My goal is to create a rich resource for everything you ever wanted to know about jewelry and the exciting hobby of collecting jewelry. 

I'd like you to know that I really appreciate having you on my mailing list. And please do come say hello in our Forum. I would like to establish a jewelry collecting community there and your input is key to a lively ongoing discussion about jewelry. It's pretty lonely there right now, but it's very new, and I know that people are a little hesitant about joining a forum. At least stop by long enough for a chuckle!!! (Yes, it's the same photo of me that's on the site—but bigger. Yikes!!! And yes I am wearing a wig. It's actually a nice enough Raquel Welch wig i.e. when it's styled. I have long red hair and needed a quick 'professional' picture for Bella which I left to the last minute, as usual. My own hair looked a little off that day so I threw on the wig. Guess I should have looked in the mirror. My husband told me it looked fine and snapped some pics—he was on his way to work and only had a couple of minutes to be the 'professional' photographer. I should have known better—after 33 years he's trained to say I look nice. I'll probably change the photo at some point, but in the meantime, whenever you think you're having a bad hair day, just visit my Forum and you'll feel way better. Maybe you'll even consider joining!)

Please send along any comments or questions you have. Suggestions for new articles are welcomed, and I am always looking for great stories about jewelry and the hobby of jewelry collecting. I look forward to hearing from you, and really would appreciate your feedback.

Best Regards,
Susan Dorling

Jewelry Collecting Editor at Bella Online
www.bellaonline.com/site/JewelryCollecting

  • Designer Review: The StarStrings Collection by   Molly Magdalain
  • "Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player.” Albert Einstein

    Inspired by a deep appreciation of beauty—found in people, animals, and the environment—and powered by her innate fashion sensibility and inimitable personal style—The StarStrings Collection was born of Molly Magdalain’s creative vision to integrate her passion for music, especially guitar, into her jewelry designs by using recycled guitar strings in her work.
    Read More...
  • Meet Molly Magdalain, Jewelry Artist and Designer
  • "I think we are totally unaware of who we are and what we are capable of— how we will become fulfilled until today. It is all changing and we will be re-defined again and again—with every breath, with every holy season. We are our minds and our minds are our days. We are what we make—we are connected in every way.” Molly Magdalain

    First and foremost, I search for those jewelry artists whose creations, I feel, represent jewelry as a powerful art form. I am pleased to have this opportunity to introduce you to Molly Magdalain and her incredible jewelry. This 27-year-old dynamo is a jewelry artisan/designer, musician, painter, writer, poet, philosopher, and entrepreneur. She does indeed re-define herself again and again through her many creative pursuits.
    Read More...
    1. Read our Interview with Jewelry Artist and Designer, Molly Magdalain. 
      (to read please click on the following links - if they don't open please right-click and choose Copy Shortcut and paste into your browser)
       

    2. About Our Artist Interview Series
    3. Article - 'The Formation of Diamonds'
    4. Book Shop - Recommended Reading for the Month of May
    5. Article - 'Staurolite - One Powerful and Unusual Mineral'
  • Say Happy Mother's Day with this exquisite freshwater pearl necklace from The StarStrings Collection by Molly Magdalain

  • Please click image for a closer look.
     

    The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens.  ~Author Unknown

     

     

    Next Newsletter May 14th
     

    For fabulous jewelry visit

    Starstrings.com


     

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