Jammin’ with Nature & Rich Red Hues of July

I must admit. I have been stuck not knowing in which direction to take this blog post. June has come and gone. Being in transition confuses me. Am I writing from who I want to be and where I’d like to take my life?  Am I expressing what I feel and think in the present? I realize I ought to begin somewhere and  am certain you all have been there in some form or another. Just do it. Don’t over think it. What ever it is. Easier said than done. My nature overthinks. Not sure what I expect to accomplish, but with courage and motivation, one foot in front of another, we move ahead. Often, when listening to the silence, a sign, an omen, a guiding light appears. Cloud formations for instance. I’m certain there are distant messages within those cloud formations and they are telling us something.

This summer has been filled with a variety of temperatures, beautiful sunshine, weather drama including micro bursts of rain,  balancing  the heat of the day into the nights.  The word balance, I use here, due to my fear of another fire driven summer as the one in 2016. I am grateful that it is not. I love this one. Hark! Loving clouds and rain. I took a FaceBook quiz just the other day to determine where I should reside based on their questions.  I got Seattle! I’ve never visited, but it is definitely on the list. At present, I am enjoying my escapes to the beach, soaking up the sun, and grounding myself in the refreshing salt water on the North Shore. Somehow, I’ve always gravitated North and not towards the Cape. Ever.  The frigid water is always a challenge, numbing the feet and ankles, seemingly not to warm up until well into August-just in time for the disappearance of the greenhead flies. Back on land away from the roaring ocean waves, we see a tinge of the beginning of Autumn preparation.

JULY’S RUBY REDS

So for the moment I will share what I am loving: libations and food. Instead of the blood orange mimosas I have been craving, a seasonal substitution was called for, because blood oranges are not in season. I used a splash of pomegranate/blueberry juice with Veuve Clicquot. Festive and tasting delicious, with just the right amount of twist on a classic glass of champagne, the drink satisfied my passion of the moment. The hollow flutes look so statuesque with the bubbles dancing and rising within.

Accompanying these beautiful drinks, I created two different salads with  a dinner of Middle Eastern inspired marinade over chicken wings.  The first one below, was  from a photo I had seen, so I HAD to try it.  You just have to remember not to slice all the way through the tomato, otherwise you’ll ruin the concept. So simple to create.

Slice a juicy red, orange or your choice heirloom tomato nearly to the bottom. Insert pre-sliced mozzarella rounds, fresh basil leaves, small dollops of pesto, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle black pepper all over, then drizzle a very small amount of rich balsamic on the dish. Let stand and serve at room temperature. Delectable. Try it!  The other red base dish I’ve made recently is another sort of salad which actually worked well with the dish below. This time chick peas and roasted grape tomatoes are the main characters.

I slow-roasted an entire pint or maybe it was two of grape tomatoes. Add olive oil, crushed garlic and a little salt. Set oven at 200 degrees. Roasted them for nearly two hours and no, they did not burn to a crisp – shocking! They caramelized by themselves and basically tasted like candy when done. I realize there is a slight redundancy in the ingredients, but in all honesty, it doesn’t seem like it when you are actually enjoying it. Here we have a red wine vinaigrette which melds the fresh flavors of this hearty salad. One can of chick peas drained and rinsed, half of an English cucumber, quartered, half of an avocado, cubed, lots of fresh basil, black pepper, little French sea salt, and of course those roasted little red tomato critters. Mix together and add the vinaigrette. Done.

WHY EAT RED?

Such a great question. When you are eating vivid or saturated colors, it truly feels like it is so good for the body! Obviously I’ve combined a fair amount of greens in the mix too.  It is a known fact, however, that red foods are the new Power House of nutrition. There is a true cornucopia of red foods, such as strawberries, cherries, raspberries, beets, tomatoes, radicchio, apples and cranberries. The list goes on. Red fruits and vegetables are loaded with powerful and healthy antioxidants, such as lycopene and anthocyanins, which fight heart disease and prostate cancer while decreasing the risk for stroke and macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in people 60 +).  Tomatoes are loaded with potassium and vitamin C which also protects the heart.  Beets are rich in folate. They are all so positive for the body and the mind. The deeper and more saturated in color the better!

WHY WEAR RED?

July is filled with red. Beyond the scope of food, of course, is the month’s classic birthstone is the Ruby. I have never met a soul who doesn’t favor this stone and this color. The color resonates well with everyone and looks good on everyone. The color is stimulating and fun to look at. Imagine wearing it! Before I continue on the traditional July Birthstone, I wanted to share this newly discovered interest- July Birthstone alternative – Opals! I had no idea the Zodiac shares this stone with other birth months such as October, Libra; November, Scorpio; March, Pisces. I never gravitated towards opals until I found the ones pictured below. Seems like each stone tells a story. Certainly each one is unique. The varying degrees of greens here remind me of my cooking. Whenever there is red food, I find green, too! The two are opposite one another on the color wheel.  Just look at how happy this necklace is!  I named her Calliope. The description and price: https://www.nymphjewels.com/listing/546145435/calliope-triple-strand-necklace-of-opals

And seriously, why wear red?  Red is associated with power, love, nobility and the new one is – (scientists claim) attention to detail. Red is typically known as a sexy color. Red is also the color of energy, passion, action, ambition and determination. Of course, Rubies will vary in tones carrying a little blue hue within them.  Red signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities. It is confidence inducing, helping ban the characteristic of being shy.  This is the color of physical movement, awakening our physical life force. As with gemstones, color can certainly have an effect on us. The color in either apparel or in gemstones can stimulate deeper passions in us such as with love and sex on the positive side.  In China, Red is the color of good luck. In the Indian culture, red symbolizes purity and is often used in wedding gowns.  Red boosts our physical energy levels, increases our heart rate and blood pressure and prompts the release of adrenalin. This color is fast moving, promoting a need for movement and action. Red relates to physical desire in all forms; sexual, appetite and cravings. This intense color means a passionate belief in any issue or undertaking which can include passion for love or for hate.  That said, I present my new collection of rich red hues of July: RUBIES.  Now aren’t they a feast for the eyes! All of the descriptions and pricing information can be found on my site  https://www.nymphjewels.com/shop   I love piling the stones and see how they fall together and how they fall is how they play. The vibe is a very happy one. Don’t you agree?

And for anyone making a trip to New York City next month, I will be exhibiting at N Y Now -Accent on Design Show at the Jacob Javits center with as much jewelry as I can fit in our Pop Up Booth. The invite is below. Would love to hear from you and seeing you would be even a better treat!

Enjoy this glorious summer weather, eat your greens and reds, while wearing them. Watch your moods alter towards a more positive day when you do. Your heart will sing!  It has been my pleasure in sharing everything with you. I hope you had fun too.

Yours in joy,

Dava

 

 

The Lore of the Stones…

Amethyst ~ February Birthstone

Amethyst is a powerful and protective stone.
The word originated in Greece. Amethystus- translates to not intoxicate. Amethyst was also discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs, as and aid for one’s journey to the afterlife.

A natural tranquilizer, it blocks negative energies and transmutes the energy to love. It enhances higher states of consciousness and meditation.

Amethyst has strong healing and cleansing powers as it awakens spirituality.
 This stone has the strength to fight for sobriety, and over- indulgences leading to addictions.

Amethyst is very beneficial to the mind in calming or stimulating,
Depending on which is needed. The balancer.

This stone, and its royal tone are spiritual and promote love of the divine. Giving insights into its true nature, encouraging wisdom.

 

Aquamarine ~ March Birthstone

Known as the stone of courage. Its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind. It harmonizes its surroundings and protects against pollutants.  Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people. It encourages support to anyone in overwhelm by responsibilities and helps aid to taking action toward it. Aquamarine sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance.  This stone is a wonderful aid in meditation and spiritual awareness. 

 

Carnelian

A stabilizing stone with high energy, Carnelian is grounding and can anchor you in the present reality. This stone is great for restoring vitality, motivation and stimulating creativity. This stone encourages self-trust, courage and motivates for success in business and other matters. Carnelian helps overcome negative conditioning and also encourages steadfastness. It sharpens concentration and removes mental lethargy. This stone calms anger and banishes emotional negativity, replacing it with a love of life. 

 

Citrine ~ November Birthstone

Metaphysical Properties: Citrine is one of the only stones, which dissipates negative energy, and never requires cleansing or clearing. Warm energy, promotes optimism. Also attracts abundance, and is known as a “merchants stone,” to be placed in cash registers or where one conducts business, to not only acquire positive wealth but to maintain it as well. Activates the third chakra. Enhances body’s healing energy. Good for mental focus, endurance and self-esteem.

Citrine is the November birthstone and its corresponding signs are Gemini, Aries, Libra, and Leo.

My personal note on this stone is I associate it with the sun right away. As soon as I pick it up I get a warm energy that comes over me. I feel and sometimes see yellow light around me. I am going to start taking this stone with me when I do my workouts to experiment with its properties of endurance and healing.

 

Crystal Quartz

Crystal quartz is the most powerful healing and energy amplifier. It absorbs, stores, regulates and releases energy and is also excellent for unblocking it. Crystal raises energy to the highest possible level.  Containing ever color possible, crystal quartz works on all levels of being. It enhances psychic abilities and attunes you to your spiritual purpose. Crystal quartz filters out distractions and unlocks memory blocks. This stone stimulates the immune system and brings the body into balance. Known as the Master Healer among all stones.

Diamond ~ April Birthstone

This brilliant stone is the symbol of purity. It’s white light can help bring your life to a cohesive whole. It bonds relationships, bringing love and clarity into a partnership. This stone has been the symbol of wealth in all parts of the world for thousands of years. It is also the stone used in attracting abundance. Diamond is an energy amplifier. The qualities of the Diamond, encourages fearlessness, invincibility and fortitude. The bright characteristic of this stone will magnify anything that is negative and requires transformation. Diamonds clear emotional and mental pain, reduce fear and bring about new beginnings. It is a highly creative stone, stimulating imagination and inventiveness. 

 

Garnet ~ January Birthstone

Garnets get their name from the Latin granatum, meaning “seed of the pomegranate, and obvious reference to the deep red variety of the stone. Garnet cleanses and re-energizes the chakras. The “love stone “ notion is associated with romantic love, passion and the ability to restore a sense of purity and innocence to the quest for romance. These stones have been said to be healers of broken hearts.
 It revitalizes, purifies and balances energy, bringing serenity or passion as appropriate. Inspires love and devotion. Garnet balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. It activates and strengthens the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope. Stimulates past-life recall. Sharpens perceptions of oneself and others. Garnet removes inhibitions and taboos. It opens the heart and bestows self-confidence. Garnet represents love. Garnet enhances the feelings of sexuality, bringing warmth and devotion.

Kyanite

This milky blue stone varies in tones. It is excellent for attunement and meditation. It is a tranquilizing and powerful transmitter, and an amplifier of high frequency energies, stimulating the psychic abilities and the intuition. This crystal connects to the spirit guides and instills compassion. Grounding spiritual vibrations, it brings spiritual integrity and maturation. It facilitates dream recall and promotes healing through dreams.

Kyanite holds no negativity; therefore needs no cleaning- unlike most other crystals. Psychologically, Kyanite encourages speaking one’s truth, cutting through fears and blockages. Opening the throat chakra, this stone encourages self-expression and communication. This stone cuts through confusion and dispels blockages, illusion, anger, frustration and stress.

 

Labradorite

Iridescent Labradorite is a very mystical and highly protective stone. As a bringer of light, this stone raises consciousness and connects with universal energies. Labradorite deflects unwanted energies from the aura and prevents energy leakage. This stone banishes fear and insecurities sand the psychic debris from prior disappointments- this includes those from past lives. Labradorite calms overactive minds and energizes the imagination bringing up new ideas. This stone is used as a companion through transformation and change- encouraging strength and perseverance.

 

Peridot ~ August Birthstone

Peridot
Peridot is a protective stone, and was known to keep away evil spirits in ancient times. This stone is a powerful cleanser; releasing and neutralizing toxins on all levels. It opens, cleanses and activates the heart and solar plexus chakras. “Old baggage”, burdens guilt and obsessions are cleared. This stone teaches that holding on to old energy from the past is countered intuitive and productive. This stone encourages the strength to seek within for inner guidance. Peridot releases negative patterns and old vibrations so that new frequency can be accessed. This visionary crystal helps you to understand your destiny and life’s purpose.
Psychologically, Peridot alleviates jealousy, resentment, spite, and anger and releases stress. It enhances confidence and assertion. Motivating growth, Peridot helps to bring about necessary change.
 
Periodot sharpens the mind and heightens awareness on the mental level. It banishes lethargy and encourages one to take responsibility for their action and move through them briskly with out the burden.

 

Ruby ~ July Birthstone

The Ruby is an excellent stone imparting vigor to life. It is an energizing and balancing stone. Ruby encourages passion in life, with out self-destruction. It improves motivation and the setting of realistic goals. Ruby stimulates the heart chakra, as it balances the heart. It also encourages following your bliss. This stone protects against psychic attack and vampirism of heart energy. Ruby promotes positive dreams and clear visualization. Ruby is one of the stones of abundance and aids in retaining wealth and passion.

Psychologically, Ruby brings about a positive and courageous state of mind, as it sharpens and heightens awareness.

Emotionally, the dynamic Ruby charges up passion and fires the enthusiasm. Ruby is a social stone that attracts sexual activity, and on the physical level this stone can help over come exhaustion as it infuses vigor.

Ruby is known to unblock emotions allow old baggage to surface, clearing the heart. Enhancing passion and creativity.

 

Pearl ~ June Birthstone

By Far the world’s oldest gem stone. Pearl’s association with the moon and the feminine is grown underwater. This in itself  is a symbol of the emotions. Bringing warmth and passionate energies to the beholder, Pearl energy also represents purity, innocence and integrity. This gem enables its owner to accept love. When worn, the Pearl allows one to see the good qualities in themselves and to develop a higher degree of self-love. This enables more love to spread from the heart.

By Far the world’s oldest gem stone. Pearl’s association with the moon and the feminine is grown underwater. This in itself  is a symbol of the emotions. Bringing warmth and passionate energies to the beholder, Pearl energy also represents purity, innocence and integrity. This gem enables its owner to accept love. When worn, the Pearl allows one to see the good qualities in themselves and to develop a higher degree of self-love. This enables more love to spread from the heart.