Today (February 4) marks the beginning of the Year of the Goat or the green wooden sheep (ram) in Chinese astrology, the year of solidarity, harmony and calmness. It is the birth sign for those born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015.

Goats are social preferring the company of others than being alone and have some very special character traits: honest, intimate, and easily affected by others misfortune…mild mannered, shy, sympathetic, intelligent, particularly creative and charming – we all need a goat in our lives!  The goat is also the lucky 8th sign in the Chinese zodiac and symbolises wisdom, fortune and prosperity.  The element is earth,  colour is green and numbers 3, 9 and 4 will bring luck to all goats.

And in numerology 2015 is a universal year 8 for the child of fate – a year to learn through the unexpected, a year that will inspire greatness if you choose to remove the breaks and take risks. Year 8 is governed by Saturn (the master teacher) who just happens to be in our universe to help us evolve and live in a state of higher consciousness.

So to all you goats and green wooden sheep – wishing you the happiest and most prosperous of years – make the most of all it brings your way!

 

 

There is no purple crystal that has more wide-ranging appeal than Amethyst. Regal, holy, pure, restorative Amethyst can be sourced in translucent shades of almost black, deep rich purple, commanding violet, gentle lilacs and pinkish mauves, to clear white.

This beguiling and highly revered quartz mineral is the modern, as well as traditional, birthstone for February, and is a major zodiac stone for Pisces and Aquarius (both zodiac signs falling partly on the month of February).

Amethyst (translated as “not drunk”) got its name from the ancient Greek belief that the stone would prevent the wearer from intoxication. Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans believed this gem would keep the wearer clear headed, quick-witted, and quell passions and over-indulgences of any kind.

Amethyst can be fashioned easily into beautiful magnificent creations which has made it a preferred choice of royalty and the clergy since antiquity, regarding it as being on a par with diamonds and rubies. And due to its beautiful purple colour, Amethyst is regarded as one of the most spiritual of stones, creating a tangible link for the wearer with the divine (linked with the Crown chakra). These strong spiritual energies, link Amethyst with qualities of  piety, humility, sincerity and intuition, and, also providing a catalyst for shedding addictions, gaining spiritual wisdom and developing love for humanity.

Amethyst is not just popular because of its beautiful see-through colour, its royal associations or its spiritual energies, it is also widely available (yes even to a commoner). Amethyst is an affordable stone that complements both warm and cool colours. And it looks simply fabulous set with many other coloured gems.

 

With Te Matatini, the biggest festival on Christchurch’s event calendar, just around the corner it seems the perfect time to celebrate one of our signature charms – the hei tiki.

The hei (meaning to hang around the neck) and tiki (meaning man) is one of the most iconic taonga (treasures) in Māori culture, and a symbol of fertility and good luck. Several beliefs surround its origin with some believing it represents tiki the first man in Māori legend, while others believe it represents Hine-te-Iwaiwa, an ancestress associated with fertility and the virtuous qualities of Māori womanhood. Then there are those who believe the hei tiki represents the unborn embryo.

With Its cute tilted head representing thinking, its hand strength, mouth communication, heart love and loins fertility the hei tiki is a powerful icon. Those who wear it are believed to be clear-thinking, perceptive, loyal and knowledgeable and of strong character.f7ef67dff48cf9d7d776c964f6cce9118a8ae194

Traditionally carved from Pounamu (Greenstone) and worn for ceremonial occasions these days its also a much coveted fashion accessory made from a range of materials and in every imaginable colour – and its not just as jewellery – you’ll find it on clothing, fabric, cushions, artworks, ornaments and more…

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Precious - GarnetThis precious taonga adorns many of our Sisters Collective pieces sitting perfectly alongside the many charms and talismans from around the globe that are synonymous with our jewels.

For all our Sisters Collective followers planning on being at Te Matatini in March – we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

 

January birthstones are Garnet, Emerald (grace, inspiration and patience), Serpentine (Healing and Inner Peace) and Jasper (supreme nurturing crystal). It’s sparkling Garnets however that are most associated with January and the Zodiac sign – Capricorn. Garnets are not a specific stone but a group of transparent minerals with a similar chemical composition. Garnet crystals are commonly available in beautiful shades of mid to deep red, but this plentiful gemstone can also be found in varying sparkling shades ranging from black and dark brown, through to pink, yellow, orange and green.

Garnets are regarded as powerful for energising, regenerating and purifying. They can revitalize and balance energy, enhance commitment and give the wearer courage. Wear Garnet in a crisis as it will help you to open your heart and restore your self-confidence.

Red garnet is regarded as one of the most sensual and sexual of all stones. A red garnet symbolizes love, can bring serenity to the wearer, and inspire great passion.   Wear garnets to balance sexual drive but also to aid sexual force and potency. Green garnets are less common and have been confused with Emerald (another January birthstone)

 

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Garnets are particularly auspicious for women in business. Wearing this stone will enhance confidence, sharpen your perception of other people’s emotions and enhance your own confidence.  SIC has the perfect suggestion…

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Boho – the cool, feminine and slightly quirky bohemian style has been around in various forms for more than 50 years, but, its really been in the last decade that A list celebs and fashionista’s like Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, J Lo and the Olsen twins have perfected the look regularly spotted wearing the signature maxi dresses, floral prints, sandals, cute little ankle boots and colourful layered accessories that say ‘Boho Chic’!

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Ten years on Boho is alive and well and especially popular on the USA’s West Coast where it’s synonymous with the cool easy style of the California girls! It’s a timeless style – it doesn’t matter whether you were wearing it last summer or 10 summers ago – Boho is always cool!

The great thing about Boho style is there are no rights or wrongs and nothing has to match! Boho is about unleashing ones inner creative spirit – feeling the freedom to mix colour, textures and patterns and creating one’s own unique style – think earthy, tribal, organic, hippy, vintage…and the more layered the better!!

Our new Sisters Collective Boho Summer range has its own unique tribal flavour inspired by our love of New Zealand Pounamu or Greenstone and in particular the highly prized Aotea found only in South Westland. Aotea is a mixture of Kyanite and Fuchsite and is the stone to wear if you need some help with self-expression and communication. It’s also thought to strengthen super natural abilities and is often used for deep meditation. Perhaps its most special quality is that it doesn’t retain negative energies so never needs to be cleansed but rather can be used for cleansing other stones.

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Boho Summer necklaces are designed to wear layered with shorter and longer lengths available. They come in a range of colours and natural stones including onyx, white and blue turquoise, malachite, kyanite, blue chalcedony and leopard jasper with the Aotea pendant optional.

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At the end of year, looking into the next, it is always good to reflect on what went well, and set affirmations for what we want in the future. Thinking about the energies we want in our lives, is the perfect time to connect with our crystals (and make a few requests to Santa!!).

Gemstones (crystals) can provide a focus to connect with the body’s innate energies, and through belief, or faith, can dissipate and equalize mental, emotional and psychic stress. Crystals can help us to make desired shifts. This happens because in believing, we actually focus on the powers inherent in the crystal, and in doing so, connect with the inherent power within ourselves to change.

SIC recently heard a moving story from a wonderful client who attributes much of his recovery from depression with the powerful healing powers of his Tiger Eye bracelet.   His faith in the innate power of his crystals has connected him with his own innate power to heal, develop a new joy towards living, and find value in his life.

Since antiquity, humanity has connected with particular gemstones for their positive influence on both the physical birth-day and the month of birth. Choosing birthstones to wear as adornments is an easy way of tapping into beneficial energies, especially if you also then connect them with the responsive areas (or chakras) within your body.

The following is a basic consolidated guide of birthstones and stones of influence by calendar month. There are many sources of information that outline the energies for each crystal, including our regular blogs.

In a future blog, we will provide an in-depth guide to personal birthstones. These vary depending on the day of birth. The power of individual stone(s) along with the monthly birthstones can be really useful in selecting gemstones to enhance and empower your life, and help you achieve your new year’s resolutions.

 JANUARY BIRTHSTONES

Capricorn – Sea Goat, 22 December to 20 January. Element, Earth, Planet Saturn

The main January birthstones are: Garnet, Emerald, Serpent stone and Jasper.

January Stones of Influence: BLACK ONYX, Amber, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Apache Tear, Cat’s Eye, Garnet, Hematite, Jet, Lapis lazuli, Malachite, Star Sapphire, Smokey Quartz, Tiger’s Eye, Garnet, Green Tourmaline, Turquoise.

 FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONES

Aquarius – Water Bearer, 21 January – 18 February. Element: Air, Planet: Uranus

The main February birthstones are: Amethyst, Bloodstone and Ruby.

 February Stones of Influence: AMAZONITE, Amber, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Garnet, Hematite, Lapis Lazuli, Quartz Crystal, Blue Sapphire.

MARCH BIRTHSTONES

PISCES: Fish, 19 February – 20 March. Element: Water, Planet: Neptune

The main March birthstones are: Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Emerald, Jasper and Topaz.

 March Stones of Influence: AMETHYST, Blue Lace Agate, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Diamond, Opal, Golden Topaz, Turquoise, Tourmaline.

APRIL BIRTHSTONES

ARIES: Ram, 23 March – 19 April. Element: Fire, Planet: Mars

The main April birthstones are: Diamond, Opal, Sapphire and Garnet

April Stones of Influence: RED JASPER, Agate, Carnelian, Coral, Fire Agate, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Cat’s Eye Citrine, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Citrine, Garnet, Hematite, Jade, Ruby.

MAY BIRTHSTONES

TAURUS: Bull, 20 April – 20 May. Element: Earth, Planet: Venus

The main May birthstones are Emerald, Sapphire, Agate, Carnelian and Chalcedony.

May Stones of Influence: ROSE QUARTZ, Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, Azurite Carnelian, Cat’s Eye, Chrysocolla, Diamond, Emerald, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Yellow Topaz

 JUNE BIRTHSTONES

GEMINI: Twins, 21 May – 21 June. Element: Air, Planet: Mercury

The main June birthstones are: Pearl, Moonstone and Alexandrite.

June Stones of Influence: AQUAMARINE, Alexandrite, Agate, Beryl, Blue Lace Agate, Chrysocolla, Citrine, Emerald, Jade, Quartz Crystal, Sapphire, Serpentine, Tanzanite, Watermelon, Tourmaline.

JULY BIRTHSTONES

CANCER: Crab, 22 June – 22 July. Element: Water, Planet: Moon

The main July birthstones are: Ruby, Onyx, Carnelian, Sapphire, Diamond.

July Stones of Influences: SODALITE, Carnelian, Chalcedony, Green Turquoise, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, Rhodochrosite, Ruby.

AUGUST BIRTHSTONES

LEO: Lion 23 July – 22 August. Element: Fire, Planet: Sun

The main August birthstones are: Peridot, Sardonyx, Diamond, Sapphire, Carnelian, Ruby, Alexandrite, Zircon.

 August Stones of Influences: QUARTZ CRYSTAL, Amber, Sardonyx, Ruby, Jacinth, Carnelian, Amber, Chrysoberyl, Citrine, Diamond, Garnet, Jasper, Labradorite, Marcasite, Onyx, Ruby, Sapphire, Golden Topaz, Tiger Eye

SEPTEMBER BIRTHSTONES

VIRGO: Virgin, 22 August – 22 September. Element: Earth, Planet: Mercury

The main September birthstones are: Sapphire, Agate, Moonstone, Chrysolite, Sardonyx, Zircon, Peridot.

 September Stones of Influences: TIGER EYE, Almandine, Amethyst, Amazonite, Aventurine, Chrysocolla, Garnet, Peridot, Moss Agate, Pink Jasper, Rhodocrosite, Azurite, Star Sapphire, Sapphire, Watermelon Tourmaline

OCTOBER BIRTHSTONES

LIBRA: Scales 23 September – 23 October. Element: Air, Planet: Venus

The main October birthstones are: Opal, Tourmaline, Jasper, Aquamarine, Coral, Beryl, Amethyst.

 October Stones of Influences: AMETRINE, Bloodstone, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Jade, Moonstone, Peridot, Rose Quartz, Sapphire, Tanzanite.

NOVEMBER BIRTHSTONES

SCORPIO: Scorpion, 24 October – 22 November. Element: Water, Planet: Pluto

The main November birthstones are: Yellow Topaz, Citrine, Pearl, Cat’s Eye and Beryl.

 November Stones of Influences: HEMATITE, Citrine, Coral, Garnet, Kunzite, Labradorite, Ruby, Zircon, Almandine, Malachite, Moonstone, Opal, Peridot, Topaz, Turquoise

DECEMBER BIRTHSTONES

SAGITTARIUS: Archer, 23 November – 21 December. Element: Fire, Planet: Jupiter

The main December birthstones are: Turquoise, Topaz, Tanzanite, Zircon, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Ruby, Chrysoprase.

 December Stones of Influences: LAPIS LAZULI, Amethyst, Chalcedony, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Peridot, Ruby, Sodalite, Star Sapphire, Smokey Quartz, Tanzanite, Topaz, Turquoise.

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Turquoise is an ancient super popular blue to blue-green stone that is most associated with lucky people born in December. It is one of the oldest gems ever mined yet this gorgeous stone never goes out of fashion, especially if you are born in December.

Strong and opaque, soothing to the touch and healing to the eyes: turquoise is a slice of the sky transported to earth, in piercing blue and blue-green shades. It is the perfect gemstone for the frank, courageous and generous Sagittarius or the practical Capricorn achiever (born in December).
Turquoise is a phosphate of aluminium and copper (which gives the gem its gorgeous blue & green hues). Ancient civilisations such as Egyptians, Aztecs, Persians, Greeks, Arabic, Afghanis, and Chinese revered the stone as holy and as the bringer of good fortune. They adorned themselves and their surroundings (especially palaces and places of worship) with turquoise for both beauty and protection. Turquoise has been a talisman of kings, shamans and warriors, and is a hot favorite today, with Hollywood celebrities.

Turquoise lends its talismanic blue influence to the other eight December birthstones:

· Blue Topaz (physical and mental strength)

· Tanzanite (change/transmutation, communication and psychic healing)

· Blue Zircon (positivity, good fortune)

· Lapis Lazuli (perspective, powerful healing)

· Blue Chrysoprase (emotional balance and positivity)

· Onyx (power and grounding)

· Ruby (strengthening & courage)

· Blood-stone (courage & physical strength)

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Turquoise is thought to purify and dispel negative energies and protect the wearer from outside influences or pollutants in the atmosphere (including electromagnetic radiation). This beautiful blue stone is used to aid emotional balance, stabilise moods and instil inner calm. Turquoise promotes self-realisation and assists creative problem solving. It is a symbol of friendship, and stimulates romantic love. Turquoise is also associated with influencing prosperity, success, happiness and good fortune, open communication, self-confidence protection against all diseases, regeneration, and strengthening.

In ancient times people wore amulets or wristlets adorned with turquoise and believed that if the stone changed colour it signalled impending doom or even death. Turquoise does change color but this is due to a change of light, or by a chemical reaction influenced by cosmetics (especially perfume), dust or the acidity of the skin.

We prefer to use untreated AAA natural turquoise (price is determined by richness of blue colour, veining and hardness). The less dense or chalky stones are more liable to lose colour over time. Dyed howlite (has similar veining) and magnesite (both are naturally white) along with synthetic turquoise are commonly marketed as turquoise (at around a tenth of the price of natural turquoise).

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Summer Loving: Green turquoise & hermatite bracelet                  Allein: Blue Turquoise bracelet