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Gemstones & Metals

CARE FOR OUR JEWELRY

  • Keep out of direct sunlight. Store pieces in dark places, preferably in soft bags or in a velvet lined drawer.
  • Rub the metals and gemstones with a soft cloth to remove fingerprints and oils that can cause discoloration.  Do not wear your jewelry while swimming or bathing. 
  • Do not use steam or chemical cleaners.  Our jewelry is handmade and delicate; it cannot withstand intense heat or chemicals. 

Metals & Materials

  • Gold Filled is a fine layer of gold bonded through pressure to another metal. Gold Filled pieces should not tarnish or cause a reaction to the skin.  (All of our earring wires are 14k gold filled)
  • Gold Vermeil is heavy gold plating on .925 sterling silver. 
  • Gold Plated is gold plating on base metal.
  • Gold Electroplating is gold plating bonded to a form that is not metal. (Our antler pendants are electroplated)
  • Brass or Base Metals are combined metals in various ratios commonly used in vintage jewelry with gold plating or polishing.  Brass is a combination of zinc and copper.  Base Metals may contain nickel. 
  • Glass, stone, and other components that are used in our pieces are chosen for their color, texture, and/or unique qualities.  They should be treated with the same delicate care as all of our metals and gemstones.
  • Stringing materials used by Sugar include but are not limited to: Soft Flex (stainless steel stringing cord), rawhide leather and coated leather, Stretch Magic (elastic).

GEMSTONES & QUALITIES

Because gemstones are natural, they have occlusions, faults, and sometimes uneven surfaces.  We prefer to use gemstones with an organic feel and naturally interesting color, therefore they are not perfect. 

Amazonite is useful for energizing and harmonizing the heart and throat chakras, bringing an enhanced ability to clearly communicate the wisdom of the heart. It is said to remove blockages to emotional bonding with others and to help one 'shine' in the world.

Amethyst  offers protection from negative energies in one's environment, and that it helps one to stay on one's highest path. It is said to enhance one's psychic abilities and aid in healing.  A stone of sobriety, it also aids in sleeping and enhancing and remembering dreams.  Crown Chakra

Ametrine is a gemstone combining mental clarity and strength of will with a high sense of spiritual purpose and purity of one's energies. It can activate the third and 7th chakras, putting one's personal power in service to one's highest aspirations. It can dispel negative energies in one's environment.

Apatite offers an energetic focus on clearing and stimulating the third eye chakra. It also stimulates inner visions, enhances psychic ability, and helps one to understand one’s current life karmic reality.

Aquamarine is the best stone for the fifth chakra, the energy center at the throat, and that it enhances one's communication skills. It is said to be a cooling and calming stone, good for soothing sunburns, fevers and tempers. enhances intellectual abilities. Safety at sea. Throat Chakra.

Blue Lace Agate can awaken and energize the throat chakra, helping one to communicate clearly & concisely one's inner knowing. It is also said to enhance intuition, promote peace of mind, soothe anger, ease tension and help one connect with the Goddess energy.

Carnelian is a stone which can powerfully activate the second chakra, for enhanced creativity and heightened sexuality. It is said to be a good stone for bringing people who are 'too spiritual' into an enjoyment and appreciation of the physical world.

Chalcedony is a stone bringing stability and nurturing to a group, and transmutes negative energies. It is also a highly creative stone and balances and brings harmony to the mind, body, spirit and emotions.

Chalcedony (blue) has a calming frequency, helps to center and soothe the emotional body and stops worry.

Chrysoprase brings peace to the heart and well-being to one's emotional, mental and physical states. It is said to aid in releasing stress, healing 'heartbreak', calming anger and soothing fear.  Heart Chakra.

Citrine enhances creativity, mental clarity, will power and sensuality. It is said to enhance alertness, to attract wealth and prosperity, and to connect the mind to the higher spiritual realms.

Clear Quartz or Rock Crystal crystals can be used to amplify any intention or desire. To 'program' a crystal for any purpose, one need simply hold or touch the stone while concentrating on the desired result. It is a very powerful healer. It absorbs, stores, releases, and regulates energy. It raises energy to the highest possible level and works on all levels of being. It also aids in concentration and memory.

Coral protects against negative energy and also prevents the loss of energy. It is also said to strengthen love and one’s need for partnership, and makes the wearer immune to envy and resentment. The nature of its growth pattern promotes the growth of tissue and bone in the wearer.

Diamond has a very high frequency energy. It stimulates and opens all chakras and encourages one to perceive how life’s trials and lessons can be put to good use. It magnifies emotions, good and bad.

Emerald heals and activates the heart chakra, enhancing love energies. It is said to eliminate negativity, to enhance meditation, to bring prosperity and harmony into one's life, and to inspire oneself and others to positive actions.

Fluorite is a useful stone for clarifying one's mental processes and bringing one's energies 'down to earth'. It is believed to facilitate enhanced concentration and more rapid learning, as well as to help one to make better judgments.

Green Amethyst, also known as Prasiolite, has an energy that triggers the heart center to open to the energy of the Earth and one’s Higher Self.

Green Aventurine is a stone of optimism giving confidence in new situations. It also provides one with humor and lightness during challenging situations. The energy frequency of green aventurine stimulates renewal on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels assisting one in releasing old patterns, disease, and understanding lessons so new growth and movement can take place.

Green Jade can assist in various types of self-healing, both emotional and physical. It is associated with the heart, and is also believed to help one to find prosperity and abundance.

Hematite can assist in purification of the energies of our physical and energetic circulatory systems. It is the the most widely used stone for 'grounding', and it is said to energize both the root chakra at the base of the spine & the 'Earth Star' below the feet.

Howlite is an extremely calming stone. It links to spiritual dimensions, opening the mind to receive information. Howlite also aids in reaching one’s goals spiritually and/or materially. It teaches patience, and stills the mind for mediation and sleep.

Iolite opens one to visions, awareness, and communication from higher vibratory realms. It is a stone of visionary art and aids creative expression of spiritually inspired ideas and ideals through all artistic endeavors.

Kyanite can strongly activate the 'third eye' chakra, for enhanced inner visioning, greater psychic ability and lucid dreaming, astral travel, telepathy & clairvoyance. It is said increase intuition and insight, and to assist creativity.

Labradorite is a stone which assists one in the discovery and practice of 'magic', the use of one's powers of mind to affect the physical world. It is said to unleash the power of imagination and to help release limitations.

Moonstone is a stone of emotional harmony and wellbeing. It has been revered for centuries in India as a stone which can bring harmony and good fortune to marriages and love relationships. Moonstone is said to help one relax and enjoy life, and to help one fully love & appreciate others.

Morganite, a type of Beryl closely related to Aquamarine, opens and clears the heart chakra. It promotes the healing of fear, resentment, and anger.

Moss Agate can enhance the achievement of personal goals, the acquisition of prosperity, the healing of wounds from past lives, the ability to communicate with nature spirits and the grounding of one's spiritual energies within the physical body.

Onyx (black) is a grounding stone connecting with the electromagnetic energy of the Earth.

Onyx (white) stimulates the higher chakras and enhances dream work. It also facilitates a connection with lunar energies.

Opal is an emotionally supportive and nurturing gemstone. It alleviates worry, chronic stress and depression.

Peach Moonstone supports the heart as it stimulates the mind. It allows one to perceive the positive and the loving existence of the Divine in all situations.

Pearl promotes wisdom and contentment well into old age. It is also said to alleviate or cure headaches and migraines and reduces allergies.

Peridot is a powerful generator of the frequency of Increase--increase of wealth, increase of health, and increase of joy and emotional well-being. It is said to bring the will and emotions into alignment, and to decrease fear.

Peruvian Blue Opal brings calm and centers the mind, especially during prayer and meditation. It aids in the retention of knowledge and is a great stone for students of any kind. Peruvian Opal also aids one with ego release related to, and stimulates, spiritual understanding.

Pink Amethyst has a very high energy frequency. It also stimulates then calms and throat and heart chakras.

Pink Calcite is a stone of deep emotional healing. It is said to help one tap into the vibration of Divine love, also facilitating self-love. It is believed to help one to see the 'silver lining' around the clouds of life's sorrows, and to be a comfort in times of loneliness.

Pink Opal brings peace and tranquility to one’s aura. It alleviates worry and physically soothes the heart or a heart condition.

Prehnite brings joy to one’s heart and peace to the mind. It also stimulates renewal and hope by linking one’s energy to the Great Earth Mother, and grounds nervous energy.

Rainbow Moonstone can bring flashes of insight, increase intuition, and enhance one's creativity, compassion, endurance and inner confidence. It is said to enhance the power of the feminine, and to awaken the rainbow body of Light.

Red Garnet is strengthening to the 1st chakra at the base of the spine and that it helps one stay grounded. It is said to bring greater vitality and to help one bring one's dreams into the material world.

Rhodocrosite is a 'stone of love and balance', which can assist one in attaining an ecstatic state during meditation. Wearing the stone is said to bring the vibration of joy into one's daily life.

Rhodonite is a stone for activating love energies in oneself and others. It is said to clear and activate the heart chakra, to dispel tension and anxiety & to help one establish inner balance. It is sometimes refereed to as the 'stone of peace' and may help resolve conflicts.

Ruby is a stone which can enhance our courage & passion. It is said to initiate the Kundalini & to increase one's supply of life-force energies. Ruby is recommended for clearing blockages, for arousing sexual energies, and for transmuting them for spiritual purposes.

Ruby in Zoisite brings deep physical healing with a profound sense of Divine support. It also shares the energy of happiness, and brings appreciation and abundance, as well as vitality and growth.

Rutilated Quartz can act as an energizer when one is fatigued, and that it promotes clarity of thought and enhanced insight. It is also said to repel negative energies and to rid one of unwanted interference. It has been recommended for stabilizing emotions, relationships & mental processes.

Smokey Quartz is one of the premier stones for clearing the aura of negative energies and providing psychic protection from negative energies in one's environment. It is also believed to help with grounding, or coming 'down to earth' after meditation, etc.  Excellent stone for those in chemotherapy as the naturally irradiated stone balances the radiation on the body.

Spinel aids one in relaxing and releasing resistance. It helps one let go of worry, and rids the body of toxins, emotional and physical.

Sugilite stimulates the 'third eye', the energy center in the center of the forehead, for enhanced inner vision. It is also said to protect one from negativity in one's environment and to assist one's efforts to heal oneself or others.

Sunstone is a stone of leadership, strongly evoking this quality in those who wear it. It is said to dispel fear and stress, to increase vitality, to encourage independence and originality, to warm the spirit and to bring good fortune.

Tanzanite is a gemstone which can awaken the mind and heart, placing the mind's genius under the command of the heart's wisdom. It activates the throat chakra for clear communication of one's highest truth. It can also be used to enhance psychic abilities.

Tiger Eye is a stone for increasing one's physical energy, stamina, mental clarity, will power, strength and decisiveness. It is said to activate the third chakra, and to increase one's personal power & ability to manifest one's desires.

Topaz (blue) promotes sharing, communication, learning and thinking through complex situations. It is an excellent stone for a teacher, student or public speaker.

Topaz (pink) brings hope, dissolves patterns, and brings to the face of the Divine.

Tourmaline strengthens the heart and soothes the emotions. It is believed to be a stone which can help one to overcome sorrow or traumatic memories, and it is also said to emanate the energies of love, joy and inner harmony.

Tourmaline (pink) stimulates feelings of joy, happiness, relaxation, and calms the emotions and physical body. It aids in changing patterns and ending obsessive behavior.

Tourmalinated Quartz provides a full spectrum of vibrations to one’s energy field to ensure that the body and aura will receive all of the frequencies necessary for balance and health. It moves the energy in one’s aura, body, and environment stopping stagnation.

Turquoise is a stone of wholeness, promoting the sense of unity of the self and oneness with all that surrounds us. It is said to make one feel at home in both the physical and spiritual worlds.

Watermelon Tourmaline is a very rare and precious form of Tourmaline that attends to the physical, emotional, and spiritual components of the heart and higher heart chakras. It teaches a natural and consistent state of joy based in the heart and soul.