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Yellow Jade from the Serpentine family

28 Sep

Through the ages Jade has been a challenge for many to definitively type. We have “true” jade from the nephrite and jadeite mineral classifications and then we have stones from the serpentine family that in China had been lumped into the Jade family till around 1863 when society realized that there were differences. The confusion continues today, since the Chinese word for jade, yu, is applied to a variety of minerals that are suitable for jewelry-making and carving.

 

Yellow Jade also known as Butterscotch Agate is in the yellow/orange color family so you will be seeing this popping up a lot with this coming color palate. This gemstone is a golden-colored form of serpentine.

Yellow Jade is truly part of the Serpentine classification and is actually an Agate yet still retains its Jade status to this day due in part to its external appearance. Jade’s appearance is warm, approachable and desirable, admired for both its simplicities and complexities.

 

Yellow Jade is said to have the energy and attributes of both agates and jade. The ancient Chinese believed jade was of heaven and earth that was also a symbol of power for the Chinese, Olmecs, Mayans, Toltecs and Aztecs. Jade is said to help protect the kidneys, heart, larynx, liver, spleen, thymus and thyroid. It is also believed to strengthen the body and increase l9ongevity, and is known as a symbol of love and virtue. Jade is mined in China, Canada, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the United States.

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Parawire and why we love it

26 Oct

Tammy and I spend a lot of time and energy working with wire and have tried many types. We have our favorites as do most people. We are drawn to color and so we have looked at a few different brands of colored wire that comes in a wide range of gauges that also come in a wide range of cost. Our goal was to find lots of colors, wide range of gauges, and keep it all affordable so we could pass our savings onto our customers. We found all of this in Parawire. We LOVE the colors available to us in Parawire, although we are still on the look out for just the perfect shade of red. The shades of blues, greens, pinks, and purples to name a few just make us feel giddy with antisipation for the next great project. What are a few colors you enjoy and how would you like to see them incorporated into a piece of wearable art? Let us know…