Did you know that dragonflies live in the moment and live life to the fullest! Have you seen them fly about making the most of life, so elegant and graceful? They symbolize courage, happiness and self-awareness. Do you know of such a person?
This pair of earrings celebrates such a spirit, featuring a round faceted peach Moonstone bead, a cylindrical green Rhyolite of Rain-forest Jasper bead, from which dangles a care-free dragonfly. The beads are separated by a beautifully detailed flowery spacer. The beads dangle from a 14K gold-filled round ear wires.
This semi-precious gemstone was named Moonstone because of the pearly shimmer found throughout the stone. Ancient Roman and Greek civilizations used it extensively in jewelry and other carvings and associated it with their Moon goddesses. Moonstone comes in a variety of colors, ranging from colorless to gray, brown, yellow, pink and peach. The clarity can also range from transparent to translucent. It is used in India to foretell the future and is given to newly weds to help forecast their future together. Moonstone is also thought to help cope with stress by calming the mind and soothing the spirit. It is considered so effective that the gemstone is ground and used by ayurvedic doctors to cure anxiety. The gemstone is found in India, Sri Lanka and Burma. In the USA it is found in Virginia and Pennsylvania. It is the birthstone for June, along with Pearls. Moonstone is the State Gemstone of Florida, so named to commemorate the moon-landings, however, Moonstone cannot be found naturally in the State.
Jaspers have been used as ornamental and gemstones from ancient times. They are microcrystalline Quartz in association with a variety of other minerals which give the Jaspers colorful patterns and bands. Jaspers are often named according to its color or patterns. Rhyolite comes from Australia, but it is also found in the West and Southwest of USA. Also called Rain Forest Jasper, it is opaque green flecked with pink, orange, brown, tan, white and occasionally clear spots. Rhyolite is believed to encourage creativity.
14K Gold-Filled (14K GF) beads are made by bonding a layer of 14K gold with high pressure and heat to base metal and then shaped as desired. Industry standard requires that the quantity of gold be at least 1/20th of the total weight and the Karat measurement must be marked.
Length: 2.75 inches from your piercing.
Bead size: 8 mm round bead; 10 x 12 mm Jasper cylinder; 20 mm dragonfly charm.
Care: Clean with soft fabric, or non-abrasive polishing cloth. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairspray, and deodorants. Jewelry should be worn after application of cosmetics. Store wrapped in soft fabric or sealed in plastic bag.
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