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Love on the Rocks: Learning the Love Gems

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Does your love life resemble a blank slate? Are you in love, but it’s on the rocks? No need to feel jaded! According to the ancient tradition of gem therapy, there are stones you can turn to that may be able to help get you back on the road to romance.

Despite the mystical atmosphere surrounding these gems and their powers, experts say that they are not intended for such drastic uses as love spells or potions (as convenient as that might seem!)…rather, these stones are meant to enable and encourage you to become the best “you” that you can be, and consequently, can encourage and create an environment in which love can more easily happen. In fact, the number one attribute that most of these stones seem to share is their ability to promote “self love,” or the love of oneself, which is arguably the most satisfying love of all!

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“Do you need company” rose quartz necklace by Eve Alfillé. Photo credit: Matt Arden.

Many gemstones do, however, possess certain specialities when it comes to the romantic arts. Perhaps the stone most well-known for being a “love gem” is Rose Quartz, a delicately-hued pink stone that has been said to be the stone of unconditional love. This stone promotes within the wearer a greater sense of self-worth, and as such, may be a  well-employed accessory for those who wish to bolster confidence, both romantically and otherwise, throughout the day. If a splash of rose-colored jewelry doesn’t do it for you, experts recommend either placing the stone beneath your pillow at night or tucking a piece into each corner of your room.

ChakraOpeningAre you feeling downright down-on-your luck when it comes to love? Try Malachite! This striped green stone is known for its ability to charm away the bad feelings of a broken heart, and to clear the way for future possibilities. You may want to try sleeping with this stone placed over your heart chakra, which is located in the very center of your chest and is represented by
the color green.

Moonstone, the lusty evening stone, said by some to be made of moonbeams, is among the saucier love gems that you might find. Give your love a moonstone on the night of a full moon, and you may find that you will always have a mutual passion for one another. Throw a sunstone into the mix, and the resulting sparks are supposed to fly even higher, as this is meant to amplify the sexual energy and mutual attraction caused by a moonstone alone.

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“From every fruit you taste,” a moonstone bracelet with central sunstone, by Eve Alfillé. Photo credit: Matt Arden.

It can be fun to experiment with mixing and matching your stones: if you want to kick your love life up a notch, combine rose quartz and moldovite to create a power house in your heart chakra! If you find that the effects of your rose quartz are overpowering and you are simply loving everything TOO MUCH, add some amethyst to tone it down! And, of course, any jewelry combination you should choose (whether given as a gift, or maybe given as a SELF-gift) which makes you feel beautiful, can be considered a resounding success. So go on and treat yourself, because: you rock!

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A Sapphire of a Different Color

A very happy birthday to you, September babies! It also promises to be a very happy anniversary for those of you reaching your 5th and 45th years in marriage, as sapphires are the traditional gifting stone of choice for these years, as well as being September’s birthstone.

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“True Balance” by Eve J. Alfillé

Of the corundum family, these incredibly hard little gemstones come in every color under the rainbow…EXCEPT for red. Once a sapphire becomes red, it is then officially classified as another famous stone: a ruby! The difference is in the color saturation: anything too pale pink must be classified as a pink sapphire, though some rubies can be a pinkish-red. The spectrum of ruby even plunges so deep as a dark burgundy, yet anything less red than this must be denied the  title of “ruby.” This, however, leaves an entire spectrum of colors yet to span, and thusly, a great variety for sapphires to utilize!

‘Pink sapphires, you say?” Why, yes! Any non-blue sapphires, like the delicate violet and lemon hues found in this beautiful Eve ring, “True Balance,”  are known as a fancy sapphires. Fancy sapphires are just as sapphire as their “true blue” counterparts, only they introduce a whole new spectrum of colors caused by small amounts of rogue trace elements in the corundum, such as iron, titanium, and chromium.

For striking and precious qualities such as their incredible durability and color, sapphires have also earned a place right in the middle of history. These stones have been seen in pop culture as recently as the 12royal-engagement-ring-kate-middleton-princess-diana karat sapphire gracing the finger of the new Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton. The same ring also previously graced the royal finger of Princess Diana.

To learn more about sapphires, stay tuned! We here at the Eve Alfillé Gallery & Studio intend to celebrate this special stone all throughout the month of September in several enlightening installments.

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Hollywood Glamour Returns

US-OSCARS-ARRIVALSDid you see all the glam jewelry on the red carpet Sunday night?  Most of the stars turned out in really glamorous and gorgeous gowns and tuxedos. Hollywood Glamor Returns!

My favorite look was Jennifer Lawrence in a platinum, diamond and “backlace” with a lovely strapless red gown.  She looked flawless even after stumbling on the red carpet for the second Oscar Slip in a row.  The necklace with carved rock crystal and 100 carats of diamonds valued at $2 million, stud earrings in platinum with 10 carats in diamonds, and a ring set in platinum with fancy-color diamonds valued at $1 million.

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Don’t EVEN Go There

Ok, how far would you go to “bedazzle” your body?

I am a big jewelry girl and I truly enjoy wearing beautiful art jewelry every day.

However, I do think there are limits to what looks good, and will continue to give one enjoyment and pleasure for years to come.  There are 2 recent trends that I truly believe may not have been fully thought out.

Every one sees this a bit differently.  What is your take on this trend?
Every one sees this a bit differently. What is your take on this trend?

The first, and definitely the more reasonable of the 2 “Jewelry” trends this post will touch on is that of “wedding ring” tattoos.  This seems to be the logical next step for those who are determined to cover their bodies in ink.  And, while some who have done this expressed the desire to show their commitment in a low-cost manner, I wonder if they have given any thought to a few of my concerns.  Specifically, will that really look good when you are older (“When I’m 64” as Paul McCartney sang) and more wrinkled?!  Aside from intense pain when the tattoo is done (the base of one’s finger is a very sensitive place!), and the risk of infection, or worse, hepatitis or other diseases that can be transmitted inadvertently through needles, there is also the question of attractiveness. Furthermore, once you do it, it is there for life. I know some say you can have it removed, but there will be more pain, residual scarring and, oh yes, pain!  Also, no one seems to talk about the way tattoos blur and fade over time.  They are inked into the layers of the skin and over time the lines seem to spread and lose crispness (and colors also blur, sometimes yielding muddy, unattractive new hues).

Not to mention the possibility of divorce, given that the current divorce rate in the U.S. is 50%.  And, what if you simply tire of the design?

Surgically Implanted Eyeball Jewelry Is the New Piercing (ABC News)
Surgically Implanted Eyeball Jewelry Is the New Piercing (ABC News).  Click for a larger view.

The second trend that has hit the news this week is the story of a woman in New York City who had a platinum heart implanted in the white of her eye. Yes, seriously! And, Fox 5 News reports that her reason for undergoing this surgical procedure was to give her something to talk about with people. I can think of so many other interesting & less invasive topics to discuss. Her eye-bling was inserted via an incision into the white of the eye and inserted between the clear conjunctiva and the white sclera as Manhattan news crews watched Dr. Emil Chynn work from the other side of his Park Avenue office’s floor to ceiling windows. And, she actually is reported to have paid $3,000. for this to be done! As they say, to each his/her own. For this woman, Lucy Luckayanko, it is a platinum-eye-heart, “It will be sort of my unique factor.” I’ll say!

“The American Academy of Ophthalmology has not identified sufficient evidence to support the safety or therapeutic value of this procedure,” Dr. Philip R. Rizzuto, M.D., an ophthalmologist and AAO’s Communications Secretary, said in a statement.  The possible risks include: infection and/or bleeding, which could result in blindness, perforation, conjunctivitis, and it is also possible for bleeding to occur beneath the conjunctiva, causing hemorrhage.  “It urges consumers to avoid placing in the eye any foreign body or material that is not proven to be medically safe or approved by the FDA.”

And, shockingly this is not the first time this has been done, such procedures have already been done in L.A. and Europe as well.  Call me a fuddy-duddy, but I will not be joining the ranks of those with eye jewelry permanently embedded in my eyes, or my teeth for that manner (don’t even get me started with that look!)

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Custom Made Wishes, Gifts and Treasures

klmt ye dmd nkl close upThe holidays are coming and November is a great time to talk with Eve about your custom made wishes, treasures and gifts.

Our work is hand made, one at a time, by Eve and her talented staff of assistants & metal smiths.

Together, we can build a beautiful, artistic work of wearable art that you can pass down through the generations. (Most of our treasures have room to be inscribed with a personal message).

Call (847) 869-7920 and schedule your meeting with Eve to discuss a custom treasure of your own.