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Ananda Koro is a gemstone jewelry designer and avid enthusiast of metaphysics philosophy. Koro has studied Vedic gemology, Taoism, feng shui, qigong, Renaissance necromancy, tarot, astrology, and other arts for over 16 years. She now brings together her knowledge and spiritual beliefs with her love of fashion to design a statement jewelry collection artfully tailored for today's modish and urbane woman. Shop for hand-crafted Ananda Koro gemstone jewelry at Ety: http://www.etsy.com/shop/anandakoro

Friday, May 13, 2011

GUARDIANA: Black and White Gemstone Statement Necklace

Guardiana is a black and white 3-tiered statement necklace made with genuine semiprecious gemstones. The necklace features black onyx, hematite, moonstone, and blue goldstone, accented with black glass fashion beads and synthetic pearl fashion beads. The necklace closes by a magnetic drum clasp, and is beaded with black Wildfire beading thread. Its name Guardiana conveys the main phylacteric purposes of this necklace: to guard, to protect its wearer, and to be recipient to the powers of Diana, goddess of the moon, and the energies of the night; hence, the black and white color motif.

Guardiana features 45 stones of natural black onyx, set in single features or pods of 3. Black onyx is said to possess protective energies that ward off negativity. It is a separating stone that extracts negative energies from you and releases it. This stone enhances self-control and self mastery; it is a grounding stone. Wear it as a talisman for independence, fearlessness, and for protection and strength in new ventures.

Hematite and moonstone are secondary gemstone features in this piece. Hematite is not a gemstone as many believe, but an iron oxide mineral containing high iron content. The natural and chemical properties of hematite make it a strong grounding and protection stone. Hematite was traditionally known as a bloodstone, and used as an amulet to protect the circulatory system and regulate blood flow. Native American folklore held that hematite made one invincible in battle. This parallels Vedic astrological associations of hematite with the planet Mars, which channels courage, strength, and powerful energies. There are 48 beads of hematite, appearing in pods of 3 or 18.

Moonstone is thought to carry with it lunar energies that help ease stress and anxiety. White moonstone specifically helps with spiritual growth. While the black onyx and hematite stones facilitate emotional and physical strength, moonstone is for spiritual strength. Moonstone is also considered a traveler's stone, because it protects its wearer through travels and new ventures, complementing the black onyx properties. This necklace features 42 beads of moonstone, appearing in pods of 3, 6, or 9.

9 stunning, diamond-shape pieces of blue goldstone are interspersed through the center strand, completing the design. Goldstone was first made during the European Renaissance, and is neither gold nor stone. It is made from tiny flecks of copper suspended in colored glass, a process originating from Italian monks who had been practicing alchemy. Blue goldstone is a stone for science and wisdom, and a powerful energy generator. Goldstone stimulates vitality.

The gemstone design is finished with black glass fashion beads, set in pods of 3, 6, 9 or 18 to harness the powers of numerology. Synthetic pearl fashion beads in single features or paired on either side of black onyx stones accent this three-tiered necklace.

In numerology, the number 3 helps channel creativity and self-expression; 6 represents healing, harmony, and compassion, and 9 is for success and prosperity. The number 18 is the number for Mars, which complements the hematite. Also, 18 draws reference to the moonstones and Diana, the moon goddess, as the 18th card of the tarot deck is The Moon.

The Guardiana necklace opens and closes by a magnetic drum clasp. Ancient civilizations believed in the healing properties and health benefits of magnets. Magnetism in the clasp is impressively strong, and incorporated into the jewelry design specifically to help in relieving stress, regulate blood circulation, and complement the metaphysical properties of the hematite and moonstone.

Three-tiered beaded gemstone & fashion beads necklace:
- Shortest: 16 inches
- Center Strand: 20.5 inches
- Longest Strand: 26 inches

Shop at Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/74029199/guardiana-black-and-white-gemstone

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