The Sparkle & Splendor of April

April flutters into the wings of change. With it, spring arrives, along with a bevy of other natural things we anxiously await. Such as flooding daylight, flowers, birds chirping, bees buzzing and bugs singing. Nature awakes, and so do our souls.  Did you know that the word April means to open or bud,in Latin? This month we all re awaken from our long deep sleep. Here comes my photo of the Pussy Willow. A sure sign of hope and optimism of all the nature to come.

IMG_7241_2April is tricky. It’s warm, then we feel like we have reverted back to hibernation as the rain sets in, but it is indeed a slow positive climb upward! Drops of rain bring a meditative state of mind, cleansing of the inner spirit, and overall relaxed feeling to embrace what is.

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 9.19.06 PMThose born in April can celebrate not only their birthdays, but their birthstone! Everyone wants one. Everyone would love to receive one. What are they?  Diamonds. Their optical properties are simple. It’s all about the 4 Cs.. the carat, cut, color, and clarity. But I am not selling diamonds here, exactly. I am here to share the healing properties, and some of the pave ( paved) diamond jewels from Nymph.  I love this abstract photo directly below.

Screenshot 2015-04-14 18.51.59This April birthstone, the Diamond, is a symbol of purity. It bonds relationships bringing love and clarity into partnership. We can talk about the husband and wife bonding over this stone, and the longevity of relationship and it being the sign of commitment, that is, on the traditional level and it is so.  Diamond has been a symbol of wealth for thousands of years and is one of the stones creating manifestation, and attracting abundance. Traditionally, the photo below personifies this cut of the magical Diamond.

Screenshot 2015-04-14 18.58.03There is no doubt, that diamonds have been a wealth symbol for thousands of years. Like it or not. It is an amplifier of energy, and one of the very few stones that doesn’t need  recharging. It increases the energy of what ever it comes into contact with. Diamonds clear emotional and mental pain. It reduces fear, and brings about new beginnings. May I simply circle back to what APRIL is all about. New beginnings! Like it or not. Letting go of what’s not working in your life. Don’t fear. Letting go allows for the New to enter what ever that may be. It’s the unknown that freezes us most of the time, I kid you not.

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Starburst? Sunburst? Pave (paved) diamonds rule this triple strand Green Tourmaline adornment. The symbol recognizes its glory and shows it off here, in a splendid form.  It is rich, regal and stately. The Diamonds show off the wonderful celestial shape, as the earthy green tourmalines  imbue their hues and tones in the light.

Below are 12mm pave diamond discs, delightfully dangling from 18k gold ear wires. These splendid stones shine in the dark, dazzle the eye and will make all women happy to be alive, if given as a gift.

IMG_3976One more unique show and tell here with the following photograph. I LOVE these!  Just another variety of the coveted diamond.. Diamond Slices!

IMG_2926 Natural diamonds slices offer a very clear view of their inclusions, telling a “story” about each one. Associated with romance and love, these little stones reflect white light and are highly clearing. Dear April born people! You are so lucky to have diamonds as your birthstone! Nymph now resides full-time at MATSU. I invite you to come in and feed your eyes on the beauty that resonates here. Anytime, call me for an appointment if the hours don’t merge with yours. I would love to hear from you. Our Opening Celebration will be on Sunday, May 17, from 11-5, with lite bites and bubbly offered. You may also schedule an appointment with Master Astrologer-Psychic, Jill Jardine or Master Tarot Reader, Diane Fraser. Sign up is simple. Please watch your inbox for another invitation.

IMG_7919_2I now depart from this blog session asking you for one small thing! Please visit my IndiGoGo Crowd Funding campaign. Simply click the link below to see what it’s all about, and to help me meet my goal! I am 30% there. Funding will help further my healing knowledge with Gemstones, to better help you and any obstacles that may have risen in your life, or any other barriers. Together we can make a difference. Just by wearing precious and semi precious stones on the body will help heal the soul!  Thank you in advance.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gemstones-adornment-and-beyond/x/10187321

Happy Spring!

Yours in joy,

Dava

We Three Kings …

 “…of orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar. Field and fountain, Moor and mountain, Follow yonder star.

Frankincense to offer have I, Incense owns a deity nigh. prayer and praising, all men raising Worship Him, God most high. Star of wonder, star of night, star of royal beauty bright. Westward leading still proceeding, lead us to the perfect light.”

Myrrh is mine, it’s bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering gloom. Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding dying, sealed in the stone cold tomb.

O star of wonder, star of night. Star of royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding. Guide us to thy perfect light.”

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 7.32.29 PM The holiday season brings both, the best and the worse out in all of us. The best can be experienced through laughter, gift giving, and wondrous excuses to indulge freely. On the flip side, it can trigger loneliness, depression and the secret desire to simply run away and hide from shopping mayhem, holiday advertising campaigns and never ending holiday classics on the radio. There are many ways to save your soul during this hyped up, yet beautiful time of year. It’s all about your perspective, after all. This is the onset of the dark winter months that lie ahead. Winter is the coldest season, but on the subtle level it’s a time of rest, peace, inner focus, stillness and reflection. Life is rich with possibilities; learning how to utilize them during this chilly season is the key to a tranquil season.

I love the rituals and traditions the season brings. The Feast of the Seven Fishes, for example, a typical Southern Italian cultural meal prepared on Christmas eve. I actually do love Christmas music, and first one that comes to mind is what I began this blog journey on-  The Three Magi!  We Three Kings of Orient are; as lore has it,  traveled from Persia bearing Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh to baby Jesus. Despite your faith, these essential oils become more prominent this time of year. It’s already understood that Gold is given as a precious gift all year round but actually the value of frankincense and myrrh out weigh that of gold and certainly extends far beyond biblical lore. These essences are derived from plants, which are very healing on an emotional, physical and spiritual level giving meaning beyond the season.

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Frankincense and myrrh are from the same plant family and grow as small shrub-like trees in dry climates such as India, Oman, Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The resin of the plants is used medicinally and for spiritual practices for over 5,000 years. Both resins have a multitude of health benefits other than clearing negativity from a room via burning the actual incense, which by the way is even more powerful than using sage for this same reason. These resins are anti-septics, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-viral, improving circulation, and as a body tonic. The list goes on.  As you smell the warm rich, sweet-woody scents you will understand the specialty these plant resins offer. They are calming, soothing and relaxing to the mind, soul and body.

Gold on the other hand, is an excellent all purpose high leel gem amplifier and electrical conductor. It helps strengthen never system,digestion and the meridian channels. Attracts prosperity, stores and amplifies thoughts/emotions/energies. It is truly a regenerator, helping to renew nerves. Gold symbolizes sthe purity of spirit.  So, as the story is told, these 3 kings traveled afar and delivered these gifts to baby Jesus. What a magical visit that would have been.

These resins remind me of church as a little girl. I cherish my faith and experience of church. As time goes on, I recognize that when I am feeling low, or zapped by negativity, I simply light a stick of Frankincence alone, or mixed with Myrrh. My mood immediately elevates. I kid you not. The scent can alter the energy in the room.

This season is indeed hectic, but I try to cherish the beauty – decorating with lights, the fresh invigorating smell of pine, and enjoying the crisp air nature has to offer this time of year. This religious and spiritual holiday brings back lots of childhood memories. As 2014 winds down, I find this to be good time to reflect and embrace appreciation for what we have, and how supportive our families and friends have been during the course of the year. 

There are a lot of December birthdays, I’ve noted. We are also approaching the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of light in the whole year! We are about to approach Capricorn, as  Sagittarius wans. Either way, the birthstone of December is primarily Turquoise. We think of summer, naturally, when looking at this magical stone, but the truth is that it is indeed a winter month stone! It’s about brightening up your wardrobe energetically with this captivating color. The stones right below happen to be very earthy but the overall hue is indeed turquoise. This December stone is a purification stone. It dispels negative energy- much like frankincense and also myrrh. It can be worn to protect outside influences or pollutants in the atmosphere. Turquoise balances and aligns all the chakras, stablizes mood swings and instills inner calm. It is excellent for exhaustion and depression. This stone promotes creativity and problem solving. It is a symbol of friendship, and stimulates romantic love. The natural energy of this stone helps one to communicate truth.

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Turquoise aids in the absorption of nutrients, enhances the immune system, stimulates the regeneration of tissue, and heals the whole body. It contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects. The photos below reflect a variety of Turquoise stones. The turquoise used in my pieces are primarily from Afghanistan and the deep green, from Tibet.

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The past 11 months I have written about colors, gems and the correlation of foods, nutrients and maybe even a recipe or 3. This month, however- I have exciting news to share- and for those who may have missed the announcement. Here it is!MATSU.Announcement1

Upon coming full circle, I realize that something had been missing. I have had wonderful experiences, as I mentioned in November’s blog, and continue to be grateful for all of them, but when I drove by this little gem of a spot in November, I made a quick u-turn in the middle of Boston Post Road in order to lay my eyes a bit closer on the building. Yes, it was vacant, all right! It sat so still and empty, but I could envision the potential beauty within the space once I began to nurture it ” Matsu Style.” My stimulating challenge has arrived.

I’ve been open one week. MATSU offers the excitement of the urban experience with the comfort of home. You’ll feel it and see it once you enter this new sanctuary I’m creating. I’ve included some teaser before and after photos for you to see. I am genuinely excited. It feels like home. (Ironically, as it is very close to home.) Come visit! Like MATSU on Facebook. I thank you all in advance for the warm welcome I have received and for those that haven’t had the opportunity yet to visit, I look forward to seeing you soon.

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Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and reflective Holiday Season!

Yours in joy & style,

Dava

 

Beyond the Diminishing Hues of Autumnal Bliss

Yes, it’s really here!  Turning back the clocks early in the month was the first hint of the last days of Autumn. Pumpkin pies, Thanksgiving and visitors from afar all flocking to be with family and friends. This time of year is peaceful and unpretentious. I personally feel few expectations through Thanksgiving. As long as I don’t strive for utter perfection, the season can be very tranquil and calm. It is a rich season, visually and nutritionally. The days are also as simple as November’s birthstones: Citrine and Topaz. Both are very warm colors, just like the foods we cook, serve and eat for ourselves and loved ones.

There are so many places we can see richness in our lives – foods being several of them. As the seasons turn, the gourd family become much more available and popular. Below we see a lovely pumpkin pie. Other mouth watering options are pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin risotto, and pumpkin bread. This humble vegetable is an excellent source of carotenes, vitamins A, C and E. They also offer minerals, antioxidants and plenty of potassium.

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One of my favorite seasonal foods is butternut squash. I love it roasted with garlic, herbs, and shallots. I’m a fan of savory flavors, rather than sweet. You can change the whole flavor by adding cumin, turmeric, and other Middle Eastern spices as well.  Look at these cute little cubed pieces of fruit. Yes, butternut squash is from the family of fruit. Rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants this “fruit” is so easy to prepare – especially when you can purchase them already cubed. Great time saver. Incorporating butternut squash into your diet can reduce inflammation-related disorders such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 11.55.17 AM

November is the last month we see of earthy colors, with the last of the golden brown leaves still attached to the bark on the trees before finally letting go. This fall was very rich, and I see a fair amount of these deeply hued leaves still hanging on. They don’t want autumn to end. We know what comes next. But not quite yet! This tree clearly is hanging on. I don’t blame her! She’s gorgeous. IMG_3219

As I’ve said, it is a rich season, visually and nutritionally. May I introduce to you the birthstones of November: Citrine and Topaz. Both very warm, golden colors, just like the foods of the season. I’ve used this stone of abundance in various fashions as you can see, below. I love it in contrast to rubies, love it with the warmth of olive wood and brass, and I cherish the unpolished deep honey hue stones when mixed with pyrite, sandalwood and Kali, the goddess of love.picstitch-2Citrine is a joyful stone with energy so bright lighting up many aspects of life for those who wear it. It’s unexpected luck can appear in your life. Citrine is known as a prosperity and success stone. It is said to promote and manifest success and abundance in all areas. Citrine combats negative energy, and brings positivity to the beholder. It can relieve depression, self doubt, anger and irrational mood swings. Who needs a pill? You can see these pieces on my Etsy Nymph Jewels site, for pricing, to purchase or for additional information.picstitch-4

Many have come to know the stone for the month of November called many things. Golden topaz, Madiera citrine and  Spanish topaz. The photos above reflect these tones. The top left photo is an adujustable necklace with huge honey tones citrine nuggets, along with a tiny cluster of Madiera citrines for contrast. The lower left photo are very lemony toned faceted citrines that are wire wrapped and have  black diamond accent bead. The necklace on the right is a combination of a large faceted topaz drop and a bevy of lighter toned citrines. I’ve added copper and a chizled emerald for more flavor. I elaborated on the nature and healing properties of citrine, because it’s one of my favorite stones to create with and to wear.

The key word that comes to my mind in November is gratitude. It’s an inward feeling of kindness received and an outward attitude of giving.IMG_4212

Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express this feeling. I try to remind myself to express this to all of those around me that have supported me. Beginning with my Mom and Dad who gave me this life. What I do with it is entirely up to me. The more conscious I am, the better quality of life I can live, and the more appreciated those surrounding me feel. Below, my 88 year old mother, a true creative inspiration, myself and my sister, whose patience in life is a lesson for me to strive for. I don’t like leaving out my other sibling, but have no photos of him- oh wait, I found one! He’s in he infant stage and I am not very far beyond it in this black and white family photo. I am very proud of his art, as a seasoned saxophonist, and dancer. Yes. We received these traits from my parents. Blessed, we are. Sometimes they are hidden and not so obvious, but grateful none-the-less, as the smallest of them are reason enough to be cherished.IMG_6798

I am so fortunate to have had a successful business on Newbury St for over 30 years. I am so fortunate to have had the experience in learning beyond what a boutique can teach you, which I acquired during my “reign” at Neiman Marcus. This was truly a full, head-on learning experience. I never knew how little knowledge I had within the corporate realm. I am truly grateful, for their patience and faith in me. I lived, learned and listened to my soul tell me it was time to move on down the road.

I then shifted gears towards what I thought would be more in line with what I knew and moved over to a smaller boutique in Newton, as many of you may know, Gilda’s. Although it resulted in my leaving after a very short period of time, I am very proud to have given it everything I had. In doing so, I learned more about me. My vision was very clear. It was not Gilda’s vision. My strengths appeared quietly but could not be applied in this environment. At first I was disappointed, but then realized this was a very clear sign that I was in the wrong place, as it was not serving my inner spirit. I am, however, very grateful for having been given the opportunity to shine there, but my light was unseen.  I move ahead, not looking back. IMG_6794

I am blessed, grateful and appreciative to all of those who believe in me and have supported me. What’s next? Listen very carefully.

I am relaunching MATSU. Yes, it’s true.

Details to follow.

Until then, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Yours in joy,

Dava