Monday, February 14, 2011

Moonstone: the perfect gift for lovers

18k gold ring with moonstone, diamond, pearls and shells
Design: Christine v.Schönburg

18k gold with moonstone and brain coral
design: Christine v.Schönburg

18k gold with moonstones and rock crystal
Design: Christine v.Schönburg

There are many beliefs in the power of moonstone to bring about positivity in one's life. The stone is regarded as a great gift for lovers as it supposedly arouses love and passion. It has also been said to cure epilepsy, nervousness, and fever and is believed to ward off cancer, and to protect travelers.
Moonstone has always been very popular in India. The stone was also prized by the Romans, who thought it was magically formed out of moonlight. Moonstone was used in Roman jewelry since the year 100 AD. Ancient Greeks and Romans both linked the stone with the moon deities. Moonstone comes from the mineral family feldspar, which is one of the most plentiful in the world, however fine gem quality moonstone is scarce and is becoming more scarce as time goes on. Moonstone was very popular in the Art Nouveau jewelry of the early 20th century and continued to flourish until around 1925 in the US.Moonstones have always been considered lucky stones and are held in very high esteem in the East. Asians say there is a live spirit in the stone, for as it is turned this way and that, the spirit can be seen moving.
Moonstone can be found in Ceylon, India, Burma, Mexico, Norway, Australia, Madagascar, Tanzania, the US, Brazil, and Switzerland.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I love cufflinks!

18k gold ans sterling silver with enamel cufflinks
18k gold and fluorites cufflinks
Design: Christine v. Schönburg