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Black moss agate bracelet

black moss opal

Black moss opal bracelet
Black moss opal bracelet

Black Moss Opal is a milky-white to brown stone with dark green dendritic inclusions that resemble moss. The term “dendritic” is derived from the Greek word for “tree” – “dendron”.  This stone was mined in Australia.

A stone of great beauty and power, black moss opal contributes many beneficial qualities to its wearer.

Moss agate has been dubbed “the gardener’s stone”.  As such it encourages spring planting and is, in general, beneficial to nature, the earth and agriculture.

Just as spring symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings, black moss opal encourages “out with the old, and in with the new”  both physically and mentally.  As an encouraging stone, it fosters self-esteem and confidence.   It increases optimism and gives a welcome release from negativity. With new positivism come success and increased wealth.

Physically black moss opal is said to help to control symptoms of addictive behavior.  It is a boon in recovery from illness and injury.  It is said to help to deal with Alzheimer’s disease, childbirth, and problems of the digestive system.  It seems to have a mysterious ability as an anti-inflammatory when worn for extended periods.

A great stone for any season, black moss opal will be a beautiful and comforting addition to your wardrobe as part of an ensemble or all by itself.

Green Agate Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet

Stone of the Month—Tree Agate aka Moss or Dendritic Agate

Our beautiful summery and refreshing stone of the month is Tree Agate.  It has green veins on a white background, giving it a cool, leafy-glade type of feeling.  The green veins or dendrites, come from the Greek word “dendron” meaning “tree.” Tree agate is also associated with summer in that it is called a stone of abundance or plenitude.  Wearing Tree Agate  is said to guard against natural disasters and dispel sickness.  Tree agate also encourages strength and perseverance, the ability to meet challenges, and the capacity to see the connections in life all around. Since the stone has a strong calming influence, it is helpful in the relief of many disorder, including those of the nervous system, including exhaustion, the skeletal and circulatory system, and relief from general pain. Wearing Tree Agate was thought to encourage the favor of the gods.

By the way, have you ever wondered why children’s marbles are called “aggies”?  They’re named for the material they were made from—agate.

See some of our beautiful Tree Agate jewelry in person at one of our upcoming events!

Red Paper Envelopes

Don’t forget to get your gifts ready for Chinese New Year’s in red paper envelopes. Beautiful ones are available at the Far East Oriental store on Park Street in Whitehall.
Just a few guidelines so you don’t bring on any bad luck. Put even numbered amounts of money in the envelope, avoiding any that include the number 4. So give $6 or $10, but not $4, $14 or $40. Odd numbers are associated with bad luck, so, to be safe, give even amounts. These gift are generally give to children and unmarried people, but it is nice to include all those to whom you wish prosperity and good luck. We wish everyone a very Happy New Year!! Don’t forget to open your windows at midnight, and don’t eat that whole can of tuna!

Red envelopes for Chinese New Year
Red envelopes for Chinese New Year

Spirit of Bethlehm Mugs

Red mugs with star of Bethlehem - perfect for gluhwein, scotch and other spirits

The official gluhwein mugs for the 2013 Christmas City Village are almost sold out! If you miss them, you can still get the Spirit of Bethlehem Mugs. The are on special through this weekend at $10.  See our previous post for some delicious gluhwein recipes.