Gemstone Feature- Amethyst (February’s Birthstone)

Amethyst, a royal purple semi-precious stone, is the birthstone for February.  Amethyst is said to heighten psychic/intuitive powers and promote creative abilities. Considered to be the stone of sobriety, it aids clarity. Color:   Can be either colorless or come in various purple shades, such as reddish purple or bluish purple. Its value increases the deeper and more intense the purple.  Amethyst can also be found in pink and green. Source:   Sri Lanka, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Siberia, and India. It can also be found in smaller quantities and sizes in Zambia and Australia. (The Amethyst from Africa is valued for its depth of shade.) Age:   There’s archeological evidence that amethyst was used in jewelry as far back as 3,000 BCE in Egypt. Family:  Quartz Hardness:  7 on the Mohs scale Gemstone Properties/Healing Properties:   It is said to heighten psychic/intuitive powers and promote creative abilities. Considered to be the stone of … [Continue reading]

AmberTortoise Jewelry Transformation Part 1

Every year I choose a word that sums up what the year will be all about for me.  This year, my word is FOCUS.  Right behind that is transformation, because in order to achieve the level of focus I am after, it will require a major transformation, and I am super excited to share with you some of what is coming! Some of you have watched my journey over the years and some are new to my work.  My business has grown tremendously and been successful in ways I couldn’t have imagined when I first started out.  What started as a hobby, as a way to relax and take a break from all the stresses and chaos of the corporate world, quickly became an obsession and a business that I truly love.  I am so grateful for this journey and for all the feedback my customers have given me over … [Continue reading]

Get What You Really Want for Valentine’s Day this Year- Create a Wishlist

The best way to get what you really want for Valentine’s Day this year is to ask for it!  Check out these 5 simple steps to create a wishlist from AmberTortoise Jewelry. Have you had your eye on a pair of barefoot sandals forever now but still haven’t gotten them?         How about a sexy body chain?     Or maybe you fell in love with a necklace or bracelet?         With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it is the perfect time to get one of the pieces of jewelry you’ve been drooling over. Guys always appreciate a little help in the gift department, so wish lists are the perfect solution!  You pick out some of your favorite treats, and subtly, or not-so-subtly, make sure he sees your wishlist. It’s Valentine’s Day made easy for both of you- and you’ll both be happy … [Continue reading]

Wedding Trend Color Highlight: Poppy Red

Pantone recently announced the 10 top colors of spring and summer 2013, which include balanced neutrals such as Dusk Blue, Grayed Jade, and Linen as well as the light and bright shades of Emerald, African Violet, Nectarine, Poppy Red, Lemon Zest, and Tender Shoots.  Pulling both the neutrals and brights together is the anchoring color Monaco Blue. You will see these colors everywhere- from jewelry, to clothing, to home decor and furniture, to paint colors.  They will also be prominent in 2013 weddings, from bridesmaid dresses, to invitations, to favors, to linens, to flowers and other decorations. Today, we are going to explore how poppy red will be utilized in weddings throughout the year, especially in Spring & Summer 2013. Wedding Trend Color: Poppy Red Description: A bright seductive red in the color of a spring poppy Associated 2013 Pantone Color: Poppy Red Wedding Trends in this Color:  Red is here … [Continue reading]

Wedding Trend Color Highlight: Grayed Jade / Minty Green

Pantone recently announced the 10 top colors of spring and summer 2013, which include balanced neutrals such as Dusk Blue, Grayed Jade, and Linen as well as the light and bright shades of Emerald, African Violet, Nectarine, Poppy Red, Lemon Zest, and Tender Shoots.  Pulling both the neutrals and brights together is the anchoring color Monaco Blue. You will see these colors everywhere- from jewelry, to clothing, to home decor and furniture, to paint colors.  They will also be prominent in 2013 weddings, from bridesmaid dresses, to invitations, to favors, to linens, to flowers and other decorations. Today, we are going to explore how grayed jade will be utilized in weddings throughout the year, especially in Spring & Summer 2013. Wedding Trend Color: Minty Green Associated 2013 Pantone Color: Grayed Jade Description: A muted and subtle minty green with just a hint of gray undertones Wedding Trends in this Color: Mint Green … [Continue reading]

Trend Report: 2013 Spring and Summer Colors and Gemstones

By now you have probably heard that Emerald is the 2013 “Color of the Year”.  (If you missed it, check out the press release from Pantone here.)  Green is sure to be everywhere this year (which is great for me because it’s my favorite color :D). But what other colors will be popular?  Pantone recently announced the 10 top colors of spring and summer 2013, which include balanced neutrals such as Dusk Blue, Grayed Jade, and Linen as well as the bright shades of Emerald, African Violet, Nectarine, Poppy Red, Lemon Zest, and Tender Shoots.  Pulling both the neutrals and brights together is the anchoring color Monaco Blue. Check out the top 10 colors for Spring and Summer 2013 below,  along with the associated gemstones in each beautiful color.  You will see these colors everywhere- from jewelry, to clothing, to home decor and furniture, to paint colors. They will also be … [Continue reading]

Gemstone Feature- Garnet (January’s Birthstone)

Garnet, a deep wine colored semi-precious stone, is the birthstone for January.  Garnet is a symbol of courage and compassion and is linked with harmonizing energy, stimulating sexual desire, and unleashing the imagination.   Color:  Although the garnet is commonly found in reddish-brown hues, it also comes in pink, purple, yellow, orange, violet, green, colorless, black and brown. Green tsavorite garnets are rare and valuable. Source:   Primarily it comes from the Czech Republic, Africa, and Spain. Deposits exist all over the world, though, including Australia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Russia, Myanmar, Canada and US. Age:  The use of garnet goes all the way to the Bronze Age. Artisans of the Egyptian Nile around 3100 BCE made jewelry with it. Family:   Garnets are classified into different groups according to their chemical compositions, which include Pyrope, Andradite, Spessartine, Glossularite, Uvarovite, and a few other less common groups. Hardness:  6.5-7.5 on the Mohs scale Gemstone … [Continue reading]

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Top 5 Last Minute Gifts

Welcome to the final of 12 posts from the 2012 Holiday Gift Buying Guide from AmberTortoise Jewelry. Below you will find the top 5 last minute gifts! Check out the full 2012 Holiday Gift Buying Guide for the top 5 gifts for everyone else on your holiday list. Did time get away from you this year and you still have some gifts to get? Or have you had a hard time finding just the right gift for someone on your list? These top 5 last minute gifts are just the thing to help you complete your holiday shopping, even as late as Christmas morning. Gift Certificates are my absolute favorite gift to receive!  Why?  Because it lets me go shopping for myself and pick something that I absolutely love and that I may not have invested in without the gift card. The key to giving a gift card is doing it thoughtfully.  I … [Continue reading]

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Top 5 Chakra Themed Gifts

Welcome to the eleventh of 12 posts from the 2012 Holiday Gift Buying Guide from AmberTortoise Jewelry. Below you will find the top 5 Chakra themed gifts! Check out the full 2012 Holiday Gift Buying Guide for the top 5 gifts for everyone else on your holiday list. 2013 is a year a lot of people will be trying to find balance in their lives. These top 5 chakra themed gifts are perfect for just that! Know a yoga enthusiast, or spiritual based person?  They will love these unique chakra gifts, only available from AmberTortoise Jewelry. 1. Chakra Dragonfly Bracelet .925 Sterling Silver is combined with Grade AAA micro-faceted precious and semi-precious stones in this unique Chakra bracelet.  It includes the following 3mm-4mm gemstones to represent each chakra: ƒCrown Chakra: Amethyst Third Eye Chakra: Sapphire Throat Chakra: Aquamarine Heart Chakra: Peridot Solar Plexus Chakra: Citrine Sacrum Chakra: Carnelian Root Chakra: Ruby Price: Normally $149, enjoy … [Continue reading]

Complete Jewelry & Accessory Gift Buying Guide- For Everyone on Your List

Welcome to the 2012 Holiday Gift Buying Guide from AmberTortoise Jewelry. Below you will find: Top 5 Gifts for Teachers Top 5 Vacation Jewelry Gifts Top 5 Gifts for Mom Top 5 Luxury Jewelry Gifts Top 5 Gifts Under $100 Top 5 Gifts Under $30 Top 5 Unique Trendsetter Gifts Top 5 Sexy Jewelry Gifts Top 5 Holiday Themed Gifts Top 5 Themed Gifts Top 5 Chakra Themed Gifts Every item in this gift guide is 15% off.  Use code HolidayGift12 at checkout. Keep reading for all of our recommendations for everyone on your holiday shopping list!   Top 5 Gifts Every Teacher Will Love 1. Snowflake Bookmark / Classroom Decor Elegant crystal & snowflake charm bookmark in your choice of color Price: Only $17.85 each when you use code HolidayGift12 at checkout.  Click here to view the snowflake crystal bookmarks.   2. Floral Bookmark / Classroom Decor Whimsical floral … [Continue reading]

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