Bead Addiction

I have been working on getting a couple of mobile jewelry cases together so I can carry some of my pieces with me all the time.  I needed some stringed tags, so I stopped in one of my local suppliers to pick up some tags. 

Now keep in mind, I only stopped in for jewelry tags, I should have been in and out and should have cost me less than $5.  Well an hour an half  later, I walked out with a bag full of bead strands – I am starting to understand my husband allure to the hardware store now.  And of course I had to stop by the clearance table, there I found a few shell beads, don’t usually work with shell much but I’m sure I will find something to do with them.  In the bag there was Indian jasper, carnelian, malachite, lapis, and amethyst just to mention a few.    And it was definitely more than just a $5 total.

Yep, I am a bead addict!!  I could certainly have muxh worse vices than gemstones and beads…….

Yep! More Than just jewelry tag...

Much more than Jewelry tags


Red Creek Jasper

Red Creek Jasper Earrings

I had a very productive weekend.  I had several pieces on my agenda for the weekend and I finished them all and then some.  That sure doesn’t seem to be able to happen very often. 

Japser is absolutely one of my favorite stone.  It comes in so many varieties and a vast array of colors.  I found a new one I had not seen before, it is called Red Creek Jasper, there are so many colors and it is just magnficient.  I made a pair of earrings and bracelet with the jasper this weekend. 

Japer Facts:

  • Jasper is one of the birth stones listed for the Sun Sign of Virgo. It is also the Mystical birthstone for the month of October.
  • Jasper is an opaque and fine grained variety of Chalcedony. It is found in all colors including: red, brown, pink, yellow, green, grey/white and shades of blue and purple.
  • It often contains organic material and mineral oxides which give it interesting patterns, bands and colors. Many of these patterns resemble landscapes with mountains and valleys, thus the name “picture” is part of the name of many well know jaspers.
  • Jasper was a favorite gem in ancient times and is referenced in Greek, Hebrew, Assyrian and Latin literature.
  • Found worldwide, a wide variety of named jaspers is found in the western areas of the Unites States; California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Washington.


Jasper is known as the “supreme nurturer,” it sustains and supports during times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness.

Red Creek Japser Bracelet


The more I work with the natural gemstones the more I become intrigued with the mythical attributes that each of the natural gemstones have.  I thougth I would share the gem-lore for some of my favorite stones:

JADE is a symbol of purity and serenity. much prized in the East, it signifies wisdom gathered in tranquility. it is believed to attract good luck and friendship. Jade treats the kidneys and supra-adrenal glands, removes toxins, rebinds cellular and skeletal systems, and heals stitches.

AVENTURINE reinforces leadership qualities and decisiveness. It promotes compassion and empathy and encourages perseverance. Also stabilizes one’s state of mind, stimulates perception, and enhances creativity.

JASPER is known as the “supreme nurturer,” it sustains and supports during times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness. Jasper supports the circulatory, digestive, and sexual organs. it balances the mineral content of the body.

MALACHITE is a powerful stone but one that needs to be handled with caution. Life is lived more intensely under the influence of this adventurous stone, which encourages risk-taking and change. Malachite is an extremely versatile healing stone. it is particularly useful for cramps, including menstrual cramps, and facilitates childbirth– it has been called the midwife stone.

OBSIDIAN is a molten lava that cooled so quickly it had no time to crystallize. Obsidian is a stone without boundaries and limitation. it is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity. Obsidian’s greatest gift is insight into the cause of disease. It aids the digestion of anything that is hard to accept and promotes physical digestion.

OPAL is a delicate stone with a fine vibration. It enhances cosmic consciousness and induces physic and mystical visions. Opal has always been associated with love and passion, desire and eroticism. It brings loyalty, faithfulness, and spontaneity, but may amplify fickleness where the propensity is already present. It treats Parkinson’s disease, infections, and fevers and strengthens memory.

SODALITE unites logic with intuition and opens spiritual perception, bringing information from the higher mind down to the physical level. This stone brings about emotional balance and calms panic attacks. It enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-trust. Sodalite treats the throat, vocal cords, and larynx and is helpful for hoarseness and digestive disorders.
combines the earth energy with the energies of the sun to create a high vibrational state that nevertheless grounded, drawing the spiritual energies to the earth. Tiger’s eye heals issues of self-worth, self-criticism, and blocked creativity. Also it balances yin-yang and energies the emotional body. It is helpful for repairing broken bones.

TOURMALINE cleanses, purifies, and transforms dense energy into a lighter vibration. it grounds spiritual energy, clears and balances all the chakras, and forms a protective shield around the body. It enhances energy flow, making it an excellent stone for healing, energy enhancement, and removal of blockages.

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