Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Unique Bridal Jewelry Collection

Our newest Bridal Blessing Jewelry Collection has unique wedding jewelry for the spiritual, stylish bride. Vanessa thoughtfully designed this collection with gemstones such as aquamarine, rose quartz, and pearls--gemstones that encourage love and happy marriages. We believe that it's important that the bride have positive energies of this kind on her most important day.

Many of her pieces have details that enhance the bride's features, including a cascading back detail on the necklaces that accentuates the bride's elegant back to compliment a tube or backless gown. By using rose quartz in this collection's palette, Vanessa creates pieces that add a gentle touch of color, and are perfect alternatives to the traditional white palette.

Charming Pearls Bracelet: Iridescent peach-colored pearls with a shimmering luster are finished with a sterling silver extension chain and a delicate cascade of pearls.

Keishi Pearls Necklace: One of our bestselling pieces, this necklace creates a delicate floral-like effect on your necklace. Created high-quality keishi freshwater pearls and oval pearls.

Aquamarine Organic Silver Bracelet: Aquamarine gems glitter gently in unique faceted cuts. Accented with organically shaped sterling silver pieces and finished with a sterling silver extension chain.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

March Birthstones: Aquamarine and Bloodstone

This year, we've added many beautiful, unique pieces to our March Birthstone Jewelry Collection. From delicate to organic, we have truly unique, limited edition pieces for all March birthdays.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Gemstone Malas: Precious Mala Collection by Vanessa Leu

Vanessa's newest additions to Wishgiving's Precious Malas Collection are handcrafted with high-grade, unique gemstones. To add a contemporary effect to the traditional mala bracelet, she handcrafts her own blessing bead out of pure fine silver, engraved with "Om", the sound that aligns one to universal energies, or "Ji-Xiang", a Chinese phrase that signifies good fortune, luck and blessings.

The best part of wearing these wrist malas is that each one is a daily spiritual reminder that adds a unique flair to any outfits, making these wearable on many occasions. Because Vanessa understands that a mala bracelet is a very personal piece of jewelry that one wears for its blessings, she chooses high-grade gemstones that aren't usually used in malas. Using high-grade gemstones is especially important in malas as better quality gemstones emit stronger energies that will aid in one's spiritual practice. Vanessa designs Wishgiving's malas with larger stones than most malas because larger stones also have stronger energies than smaller stones.

We suggest that you choose a mala that speaks to you, as gemstones often choose their wearer. Many times, the gemstones that you feel a connection with will be most beneficial to you.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Zen Inspired Jewelry

Vanessa's designs have a strong Zen influence, and although the term "Zen" is commonly used today, it is rarely accompanied by explanation. Zen is a fascinating discipline that cannot be neatly categorized as a religion, and we hope to write more on this subject in the future.

Zen originated in China as one of the ten Buddhist denominations. And although it began as a religious sect, Zen does not worship God or observe ritual or religious affiliations. It is an open minded discipline that respects and coexists peacefully with all religions in the world.

The most important scriptures that influence Zen are the Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, two scriptures that emphasize void or naught.

The development of Zen can be attributed to the teachings of Buddhism, Lao Tzu and Confucius. Chinese scholars study Zen Buddhism as an objective study and not a religion. Its influence on Eastern culture spans widely in oriental society, from art to psychology.

Wishgiving's Zen Collection
by Vanessa Leu is inspired by the artist's Zen discipline, creating a array of jewelry that is a modern interpretation of Zen. Each piece has clean, elegant lines celebrating nature's gemstones without distractions, elevating the experience to a higher state of mind.

Monday, February 11, 2008

February Birthstone: Amethyst

Amethyst, traditionally celebrated for its rich purple color, can also be found in a delicate sea-foam green and lavendar. Amethyst was known to be the stone of ancient Egyptian royalty, and was also cherished by the Greeks for its beneficial powers. Amusingly, Greeks believed amethyst to prevent drunkenness, and the beautiful gemstone, whose name literally means "without drunkenness" in Greek, has origins that begin with Dionysus and Dianna.

Modern believers use amethyst to subdue the crown chakra, which is related to spiritual awareness and self-knowledge. Amethyst is also used to keep a person grounded, remove chaos, and some say that this stone helps with mental clarity, instills love, high ideals and urges one to do right. It can also be helpful in curing impatience, and removing feelings of victimization. Physically it is believed to be beneficial for the circulatory and nervous system, and relaxation.

Amethyst is believed to aid the sleeping patterns of insomniacs, and that one should keep an amethyst stone under one's pillow to sleep peacefully.

Amethyst is a powerful healing stone, and powerful when worn as jewelry, especially with silver.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Rose Quartz - a love stone inside and out.

With its beautiful rose-red appearance, rose quartz looks like it was made especially for Valentine's Day. But beneath its veil are some impressive metaphysical features that epitomize the spirit of the holiday.

The gemstone is said to balance emotions, inner peace and harmony, and strengthening one's appreciation for the arts. It is also said to increase self-esteem and confidence, while enhancing one's compassion, patience, and forgiveness. Rose Quartz is also known to benefit one's cardiovascular system, sinus problems, and sexual dysfunction. But most important of all, it is often associated with love, known to many as the "Love Stone" for its romantic powers.

Rose Quartz Jewelry:

Delicate Shoulder Dusters: Rose Quartz & Pearls

Rose Quartz & Pearls Silver Tassels Necklace

Check out more rose quartz jewelry in our Valentine's Rose Quartz Collection.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

January's Birthstone - Garnet

Behind its beautiful deep-red appearance, garnet isn't just a pretty stone. The stone's been known to man for thousands of years, highly regarded for its protective abilities. It also symbolizes grace, compassion, fidelity, faith and courage.

A symbol of protection
It is said that Noah used a garnet lantern to steers is ark through the night. Its bearers have also believed it to to protect them from evil and disaster.

A positive energy
The stone is also to known to improve relationships, and interestingly, business. Garnet's vibrations and energies stirs creativity and prevents chaos. It also encourages cooperation and enhances a person's charisma, making the person attractive emotionally and physically to others.

Garnet Jewelry

Garnet Drop Necklace

Garnet Eyewear Necklace

Garnet Gold Necklace