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Ponsonby Shop now closed

The shop in Ponsonby has now closed permanently.

Our wonderful handcraft team, Birgit and Naghi will continue to offer service from their respective home studios.

Naghi continues with jewellery handcrafting services along with remodelling and repairs.
Birgit continues with hand threading and knotting of beads and pearls, repairs and handmade.

Birgit also handles enquiries, repairs and lay buys.
Please make initial contact with her for all enquiries and she will forward any requests for work to Naghi.

The shop number 09 3784389 has been redirected to Birgit's home studio.

Stone of  the month ...

Donna Mills, owner of Jewels and Gems introduces us to the qualities of the gemstone, Turquoise. Most of the information comes from the scientifically conducted trials of German stone specialist Michael Gienger, interpreted by Donna.

We are the creators of our own fate. That is what turquoise tells us. It's a stand up, wake up, action stone ! It dissolves apathy and the tendency to martyr ourselves or give in to a victim state.

It has a mood balancing effect, bringing inner calm and yet stimulating wakefulness and lively action. It refreshes us when we are tired, down-cast, or exhausted and protects us from sensitivity to outside influences. It also encourages good intuition and foresight, making our action well directed.

Physically turquoise neutralises rheumatism, gout, stomach problems, over-acidity and viral infections. It increases brain activity, sensory perception, growth, muscular strength, the ability to regenerate and the creation of warmth. It also alleviates pain, relaxes cramp, has anti-inflammatory and de-toxifying effects.

I'm writing this from a hotel room in Bangkok and saw an inspiring movie on TV last night, about Cesar Chavez, an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. They stood up to and beat the worst kind of prejudice and cruelty against poor farm workers, gaining fair conditions for all, right across the United States. It is a Gandhian story. Non-violent, persistent protest against all odds. A great movie.

This is a turquoise story. Cesar Chavez is a turquoise man. I cannot describe this stone in a better way. Watch the movie and you will understand. 

If you want to change your life and start creating your own destiny and fortune, this is the stone you need. It is a good stone for spring, one of the main birth stones for Sagittarius, people known for action and hard work. But remember, all the stones can help whoever needs them. 

In many old cultures, turquoise was believed to protect the wearer against harmful spells and danger, at the same time imparting strength, good health and joie de vivre. Now we can understand why the people had so much faith in this strong, blue-green stone.

Buying turquoise today can be a field of deception, so be careful who you buy it from. The very hardest veins of pure, brightly coloured rock are nearly mined out, the world over. To buy this caviar of stones, you will need to pay a high sum. However a lot of the softer, outer stone is crushed and stabilised with a relatively small amount of resin and formed into jewellery. This can be a good way to own turquoise today. It is not dyed and still real turquoise.There is also plenty of lower quality material available, with variegated colour and black lines through it.

But beware of the dyed and fake replicas which do not have a trace of the real stone. Much of the so-called turquoise being sold today is of this ilk. It is most often dyed howlite, a very cheap white stone with black veins which looks like turquoise when dyed.

Viva la turquoise ! Bring on the Mariachis ! Hola ! I'm going all Mexican now after Cesar Chavez. Bonkers in Bangkok ! Grab your turquoise and have a great month stone lovers.