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What to Wear with White Bear

This week has been crazy busy for us here at White Bear Jewelry.  Creating a new line is always stressful, exciting, and ultimately fun.  This week I wanted to share a little bit with you about what goes on behind the scenes here at White Bear Jewelry, a little something about who helps me through my process and what inspires me to create.

What to Wear with White Bear Featuring the Crew

IMG_2605First, this is me!  Sarah Stewart-Skelton, designer and creator here at White Bear Jewelry.  I began making jewelry when I was first diagnosed with NASH (a liver disease that was discovered just a few years ago and is being studied).  I am not allowed to hold regular work because of the symptoms so I needed to find something that I loved and do it.  And I found shiny things and started putting them together! Since then I have reached out and learned so many new techniques.  I have obtained my certificate in jewelry design from The New York Institute of Art and Design in Manhattan, NYC.  So exciting for me YAY!!!  Wire working and simple metal working are my current forte but I am quickly learning more advanced metal working skills. So look out world here I come!  I am inspired by a lot of cultures around the world.  I have always valued my freedom and fantasized about the gypsy lifestyle.  So it was easy for me to design bohemian jewelry.  I am also inspired by Steampunk and enjoy tinkering with watches, watch parts and vintage findings.  I love nature and the glorious things that God has created.  The colors and textures found in nature are amazing.  I use natural objects such as gems and sea shells as much as I can.  I truly enjoy working with silver and copper.  I am also an artist and enjoy drawing and painting.  Patterns fascinate me.

 

 

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This handsome man next to me is my husband Shawn Skelton.  He is my quality control man.  He inspects every item for jagged edges and wires that stick out.  He is not afraid to look at me and say “Is this wire supposed to be sticking out?” or “This part right here feels rough”. I am so thankful to him and his amazing sense of touch.  He also helps me make some design decisions when I get stuck, like “hey honey does this chain seem to be to big to you?” He is an awesome support system.  He always has my back physically, emotionally and spiritually.  I could never have asked for a better partner in crime.

 

 

 

 

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This lovely young lady is my daughter, Angie.  She is my fashion trend consultant.  This girl has her finger on the pulse of fashion daily.  She wants to be a photographer and cosmetician when she grows up, which isn’t really that far away! UGH….LOL  She is a brilliant young lady with a bright future ahead of her no matter what she decides to do.

 

 

 

 

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This little guy is William,  my youngest son and my apprentice.  Whenever I am working this little guy is right there with me.  When I finish a piece he eagerly runs it over to his dad for the quality control appraisal and then back to me for fixes or polishing.  He is so much fun to watch.  He is a very creative little man and enjoys playing with all of my tools and bits of large gauge wire.  I think he is going to be a musician, artist and jewelry designer when he gets older.  He just loves to create no matter the medium.

 

 

 

 

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This cool dude is my son Nero!  He also loves to play with my tools and wire (not always when he is supposed to LOL).  He is my shipping assistant.  He helps me pack every piece that goes out to its new home.  Nero is an energetic 6 year old who loves to play video games, draw, and play outside.  When he grows up he would like to be “a chef, a fireman, or a policeman”.

 

 

 

IMG_2861   This is a little peek into what my worktable looks like on most creative days.  I surround myself with what I want to work on, materials that gave me ideas and put beautiful pictures in my head.  Most designers sit down and draw out what they want to create.  My creativity works a bit different.  I have to work on my ideas as they strike my brain.  A piece of wire, a bead, or a stone will tell me what I should do with it.  They call out their purposes to me.  I know it sounds a bit mystical but that’s what happens.  I am not the neatest of artists either.  My bench is usually cluttered and I constantly search for a tool that I just had and am now missing.  Teehee.  I find inspiration in common things like leaves and flowers and the wind.  My spirituality is really important to me.  I put a prayer in every piece.  I want my customers to have a feeling of peace and joy when they wear my creations.  I believe that every woman is exceptionally beautiful. God made them with purpose and personality!  Each woman should have a piece that is uniquely them.  A piece that when gazed upon feels like home, like it matches their inside, a soul mate in a jewelry sense.  I strive to make my jewelry like that.  I want you to feel that and to know that you can be Beautifully free and Beautifully you!

 

Many Blessings,

 

Sarah

 

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What to Wear with White Bear

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What to Wear with White Bear

Wow! Is it Friday already?!  I know I am not the only one that is happy to see the weekend arrive.  I have a deep yearning for spring and summer and the sun and blue sky finally came out in my neck of the woods today.  The blue sky is my inspiration for this outfit.

Let’s start with the dress.  It is by Soul Flower and is tie dyed with blue and pink tones.  There are two different colors of this dress.  The one I chose is called Ocean, the other is pink.  The dress is 95% organic cotton and 5% spandex for a little bit of stretch.  It is ethically made in Nepal.

Lotus Stack Tie Dye Dress                                                      $45.00

The sandals are absolutely adorable!  They are the Boho Fringe Sandal by Bomshell Boutique in the color Mint.  They have rubber soles and zipper backs. the fringe and straps are all genuine suede. The fringe is further detailed with metal studs.  These sandals are flat making them easy to wear all day.

Boho Fringe Sandals                                                                  $29.99

 

Lake Copper Bracelet, Magnesite copper bracelet, copper bracelet, magnesite, wild horse turquoiseI chose two really fun White Bear Jewelry pieces.  The first is the Lake bracelet in copper.  The bracelet is adjustable and made from a very thick gauge copper wire that has been forged in places to increase the strength of the bracelet.  It has a great rectangular Magnesite bead that sits on the top of the wrist.  It is a beautiful blue color that can easily be compared to a blue sky or the Caribbean Sea.

The second piece I chose are the Aisling Earrings. Aisling Magnesite Earrings These earrings are great fun.  The puffed circle Magnesite beads have gorgeous crack lines that run through out the stones.  They dangle from copper headpins and titanium earwires.

This week is all about spring.  It is during the bleakest parts of winter that we need to splash color all over the place!  This can also be worn with leggings and a shrug, making it great for this time of the year as well.  I pray that spring blesses you early this year.  Inspiration comes from every angle so get out there and get inspired.

 

— Sarah

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What to Wear with White Bear

Welcome to another edition of What to Wear with White Bear.  week twoI continued this week with the bohemian look.  I have a thing for the freedom loving style.  Of course skirts are not the only thing in boho style but the maxi skirt is surely one of my favorite summer time go to items.  Plus its always fun to spin in a field of flowers!  So this week I am bringing you a top, skirt, and boot that have been matched with two of my newest items.  So here we go!

The maxi skirt is by Yoga Trends.  It comes in 5 different color combinations.  I chose the plum colored skirt because purple happens to be one of my favorite colors!  It has a very pretty abstract pattern that features a bright teal color.  I found this skirt on Amazon.com.

Women’s Indian Sequin Crinkle Broomstick Skirt                                                                                                                           $20.00

 

The top is a racerback tank top with lace around the neckline.  It is by MBE and comes in 10 colors. I chose the black top but there are two teal colors that would also be great with the skirt.  It would also be killer with a pair of jeans or shorts.  I found this tank top on amazon.com as well.

MBE Women’s Soft Button Racerback Tank Top                                                                                                                          $8.94

The boots I chose are to die for!  Great high heel that goes with skirts and pants.  I chose the black pair however, there are 7  other colors available.  They have a simple buckle at the ankle bone. They lace up the back, which is a very sexy look.   (shhhh but I so want these boots LOL)

Top Moda Women’s Knee High Round Toe Laced Up Slouched High Heel Boots                                                                                                                                                                        $39.99

 

Thistle Magnesite Lariat Necklace, what to wear with white bear

The Thistle is the newest piece in the White Bear Boho Heaven line.  It is a lariat necklace which gives it versatility.  The pink and purple beads pop out against the black top and look great paired with the skirt.  Its handmade chain and tassel go great with the bohemian aesthetiFigi Wrap Bracelet, what to wear with white bearc.

 

The Fiji wrap bracelet is also one of the newest editions to the Boho Heaven line.  It has four wraps that will fit any size wrist.  It contains peace jade, dyed coral, dyed mother-of-pear, wooden, jasper and glass beads.  It has a spiral charm that dangles for the second wrap.  The colors in the bracelet pop out against the skirt and top.  The wrap bracelet is a huge trend right now.

 

As always click on the links to see more information on each of the items.  The links for the outfit will take you directly to the amazon listing and the links to the Jewelry will take you directly to the piece on this website.  I hope that we have inspired your creativity and your unique fashion sense again this week.  As always please leave me comments below.  I would love to hear from you!

 

—Sarah

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Serpentine: The Serpent Stone

Serpentine Cabachon by Marc Lapidary
Serpentine focal bead by Gabrielle Hampton and Marc Lapidary of Hampton’s Rock Shop

Serpentine: The Serpent Stone

 

Serpentine gets its name from the Greek word “serpens”, which means snake, because of the appearance of the stone resembles snake skin.  It is not just one stone but a group of minerals.  It belongs to the metamorphic rock type and is an important mineral in the rock forming process.  The mineral is made up of a basic silicate of magnesium, iron, aluminum, zinc, nickel, and manganese along with hydroxyl and in some rare cases water.   It comes in various colors including: green, yellow, white, gray, brown, black, purple and sometimes it is multicolored.  The multicolored varieties are most often found to be green, yellow and white.  It’s semitransparent to opaque.  Serpentine’s hardness on the Mohs scale ranges from between 2.5 to 6.  Its luster ranges from greasy to waxy to silky.  It can be found   in Australia, Britain, Russia, Norway, Italy, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil and the USA.  The Aztec culture highly prized the stone and there is a rare form found in Arizona, known as Arizona Lizard Stone.   The stone is also called New Jade in some circles.  The mineral was highly prized by the Aztec civilizations.  It is often used in jewelry and architecture.  In ancient times it was used as an offering to the gods when asking for blessings.

Serpentine Cabochon and necklace by Marc Lapidary
Serpentine focal bead and necklace by Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton

 

Metaphysical Uses

Serpentine is often used when communicating with the Devic Realm or the realm of the elementals. This is because it resonates with earth energy.  The mineral encourages contact with the elementals and may even help to contact the angelic realm for guidance.   This stone is most powerful when stimulating the crown chakra but is extremely useful in unblocking all of the chakras’ and clearing stagnant energy.   It is one of the safest stones to use when activating the kundalini energies.  It helps to raise the Kundalini up the spine.  This process can be dangerous and can also arouse sexual feelings.

Brown Serpentine Cabochon and necklace by Marc Lapidary
Brown Serpentine focal bead and necklace by Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton

 

Physical uses

Serpentine is believed to protect against diseases, snake bites, and the bites of venomous creatures.  It assists in the healing of the heart and lungs and in cellular regeneration.  It is also believed to help ease pain associated with the kidneys, stomach cramps, and tension.

Earrings featuring Serpentine by White Bear Jewely
Earrings featuring Serpentine by White Bear Jewelry

*White Bear Jewelry is not a qualified medical professional.  If you are experiencing any of the above issues please seek proper medical attention.

 

A special Thank You to Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton for the use of their beautiful pictures of Serpentine.  You can see more of their work at Hampton’s Rock Shop. Please see below for the shop’s contact information.

Source Links

“Serpentine: A Stone of Earth Energy and Kundalini Activation” by Healing-Crystals-for-You.com

“Serpentine Gemstone Information” by Gemselect.com

“The Serpentine Mineral Group” by Minerals.net

 

Hampton’s Rock Shop

194 Finch Rd ~ PO Box 3236

Kerby, OR 97531

541-592-2800

hamptonsrockshop@gmail.com

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Amethyst: The Royal Stone

Amethyst: The Royal StoneAmethyst: The Royal Stone

Amethyst is the purple member of the quartz family. Its color can range from a light lilac to a deep royal purple. It can also range from a more brownish purple to a very vivid purple. Amethyst also has color zoning, a phenomenon in this case that makes the color go from dark to light. Amethyst can be found in clusters or in single crystals in nature. It is often cut or tumbled to be used in jewelry.

Fine amethyst stones have been used in religious and royal jewelry since ancient times. The gem as described by Moses has been used as a symbol of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews. Empress Catherine the Great of Russia sent thousands of miners into the Ural Mountains in search of the stone. Amethyst has been worn on the fingers of bishops and is used in the coronation regalia for British royalty. The ancient Greeks associated the stone with Bacchus, the god of wine, because of its wine like color. The gem’s name comes from the Greek word, Amethystos, meaning not intoxicated. The ancient Greeks believed that wearing Amethyst would prevent you from becoming drunk and help you to keep a clear head during festival season, which is in February. The ancients also used the gem as the birthstone for Capricorn, Aquarius and Aries. In modern times the gem is the birthstone of February. It is used to celebrate the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

Amethyst: The Royal StoneMetaphysical Properties

Amethyst is known as one of the power stones. It has been used for many years to open the psychic and spiritual centers. The stone is associated with the Zodiac sign Pisces. Its planet is Saturn. It is also coupled with the Crown chakra. The stone has been used as a power, protection, and wisdom stone through the centuries. The Egyptians used the gem to protect against guilty and fearful feelings. It has also been used to protect against self-deception and witchcraft. It is also a great stone to use during meditation when worn as a necklace. It also symbolized piety, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom. It is also known as the Bishop’s stone and is still worn by Catholic Bishops.

Healing Properties

Amethyst is a stone that focuses a healer’s energy when worn by the healer and placed on the heart and lungs of the person to be healed. It is known to help with maladies of the heart and with breathing and lung issues. Crystal clusters help to purify the air and keep the life force of a home positive. Placing crystal clusters, single crystals or several tumbled stones in a window that receives sun for the majority of the day will help to healing the body and to heal negative energy in the home. Placing them in the moonlight helps to increase the feeling of calmness in your home. Rubbing the stone on your forehead will help to cure a headache. The gem also helps to increase positive spiritual feelings, reduce fear and anxiety and curb cravings.

*White Bear jewelry has gathered this information from sources found below.  If you have a medical condition please consult a medical professional.  White Bear Jewelry is not a medical professional.  Alternative healing sources can be consulted after traditional healing sources.  Please see a medical professional if you are experiencing any of the above medical issues.

amethyst raindrops necklace

 

Source Links

“Amethyst” by  Gemstone.org

“Amethyst” by GIA

“Amethyst” by Crystal-Cure.com

 

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Magnesite: The Seeing Stone

Sterling Silver and Magnesite Necklace

Magnesite is also known as White Turquoise and Wild Horse Turquoise.  However, it is not actually Turquoise but a mineral from the Calcite group. The mineral is formed when magnesium rich rocks are exposed to carbon dioxide rich water.  Magnesite can also contain iron and calcium. It can be both sedimentary rock and metamorphic rock.  Most commonly found in white, Magnesite can also be found in gray, yellow, brown, orange, light pink or colorless.  The ore often has a white streak. It is rare to find the mineral in a crystalline form but when it is the crystal are rhombohedron.  Its hardness on the Mohs scale ranges from 3.5 to 4.5.  Its luster is vitreous.  Magnesite is found in the USA, South America, Western Europe, China and Tanzania.

Magnesite was used by Native American tribes as currency and in jewelry as beads.  The beads were traded individually for other goods and not in strands like regular beads.  Magnesite was considered to be more valuable.

The mineral can be easily dyed bold colors including the blue-green color of turquoise and is a cheaper alternative to that stone.  It is easily scratched and should only be cleaned with water and a soft cloth.

Magnesite

 

Metaphysical properties of Magnesite

The gem is an ancient birthstone for the zodiac sign Aries.  It is highly associated with the heart, crown, and third eye chakras.  Magnesite has a soothing vibration which makes it extremely valuable during meditation and creative visualization.   It is said that the ore stimulates the third eye chakra enhancing one’s ability to have psychic visions.  It also enhances the clarity of these visions.   Magnesite stimulates communication between the heart and crown chakras.  This makes it easier for one to connect with their inner self.  Your ability to see and understand another person’s perspective and emotions is also heightened.   The stone is also known to increase a person’s self-esteem and help one to find their true self. 

Aisling Magnesite Earrings

 

Healing Properties

 Magnesite has a great detoxifying effect on the body, helping to correct bad breath and body odor.  It also assists in healing the gall bladder, stomach issues, and migraines, issues with the vascular system, blood clots, magnesium deficiencies, and high cholesterol.

The gem also helps with emotional stability by promoting a positive attitude, relaxation and calmness.  The mineral also helps with anxiety and irritability.

Taliesin Turquiose Magnesite Earrings, Magnesite jewelry, magnesite jewelry

 

How to Use the Stone

The best way to use this gem to is hold it close to your skin while meditating to increase calmness, increase focus and to enhance psychic visions.  It can also be worn as jewelry to improve your mood, decrease anxiety, and to help with creative visualization. 

As always White Bear Jewelry suggests that if you are having health issues to please seek help with a medical professional.  The information contained in this article is for information purposes and is not meant to be used in exchange for true medical advice. 

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Source Links

Magnesite” by Amethyst Galleries

Magnesite Creative Visualization with Deep Powerful Meditation” by Healing Crystals For You

The Mineral Magnesite” by Minerals.net

Magnesite Healing Stones” by Crystal Rocks and Gems

White Magnesite” by Firemountain Gems

 

 

 

 

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Tiger’s Eye: The Harmonious Stone

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Tiger’s Eye is from the quartz family.  It is formed when quartz grows over crocidolite.  Crocidolite is a type of asbestos with a bluish-gray color.   It is made of very fine dense fibers.  The crocidolite’s iron dyes the quartz crystal as they overtake the fibers. This is what gives the Tiger’s eye its golden brown or golden red color.  The fibers are parallel to one another and are wavy. This causes the chatoyant effect that is seen in the stone. If the process is not complete the crocidolite may still be seen and retains its blue color.  This is called Blue Tiger’s eye or Hawk’s eye.  It can also combine with hematite or limonite.  This forms streaks and patterns in the stone known as The Tiger’s Eye Matrix.

Tiger’s eye has a hardness between 5.5 and 6 on the Mohs hardness scale.  Its luster is silky.  It is the stone of the 39th anniversary and in ancient times was the birthstone for November.

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Metaphysical Properties of Tiger’s Eye

This gem is associated with the root chakra, thus being known as a grounding stone.  It helps to calm the emotions, fear and anxiety.  It also calms the mind enhancing a person’s ability to concentrate.  For these two reasons, Tiger’s Eye is the perfect stone to hold while meditating.  It aids in self esteem and courage.  The gem also helps your to fight off negative energy for outside influences.  Zodiologically, the stone is aligned with Pisces, Capricorn, and Gemini and is associated with the planet Mercury.  It is believed that when worn or carried close to the body for most of the day the stone is more powerful.

 Eye of the Tiger Cuff Bracelet, silver cuff bracelet, silver bracelet, Tiger's eye bracelet, Tiger's eye, silver Jewelry

Physical Healing Properties

Tiger’s eye is known for its ability to balance your system.  It is great for those with high blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma.  It is also great for balancing the emotions and to help calm anxiety and depression. It is also known to help in the healing process of broken bones.

White Bear Jewelry is not giving medical advice.  If you are experiencing any of these conditions please consult a medical practitioner. Please do not stop medical treatment. This is for informational purposes only and can be used in conjunction with proper medical treatment.

 

Source Links

Healing Crystals for You

 

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Moonstone: The Balancing Stone

 

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Moonstone and Hematite Circlet by White Bear Jewelry

A ghostly sheen moves under the surface of this feldspar, like moonlight glowing in water.” GIA

Moonstone is a truly beautiful stone.  It comes in many colors including colorless, white, gray, blue, and peach.  This semi-precious stone has tiny layers of feldspar. These layers can be as small as a wavelength of light, about .5 microns.  Light bounces around between these layers and causes the stone’s signature glow.  This effect is known as adularescence.  The gem can also display a cat’s eye affect.  Moonstone can also have small tension cracks called centipedes.  Its Mohs hardness is between 6.0 and 6.5.   This jewel is found in Madagascar,  Sri Lanka, India, and Tanzania.  The moonstone is most commonly cut into a cabochon.

MoonstoneMoonstone Associations

Moonstone was sacred to the ancient Romans as a symbol of the goddess, Diana, goddess of the moon. The jewel continues to have this association with its namesake.   It is a sacred stone in India with special importance to lovers and is a traditional wedding gift.

Zodiologically, the gem, is a affiliated with Cancer and Sagittarius.  It is aligned with the Third Eye and Crown Chakras. It is also linked with the element wind.  Moonstone is the traditional birthstone for June but was also paired with April, August, and October in ancient times.  This treasure is the gift for the 13th anniversary.

 

Metaphysical Properties moonstone

One of Moonstones biggest metaphysical properties is tied to love.  It is said in folk lore that if you give your beloved a moonstone on the full moon there will always be passion between you.  It is also believed to reunite lovers who have been fighting.  When worn the stone gives protection to travelers on land and sea especially at night.  Using moonstone during quiet contemplation helps in inner growth and strength.   The gem is also great for artists or for those who have to work creatively because it provides inspiration.  It also bring success in business and gives a person good fortune.  This treasure is also used to enhance psychic ability and intuition.

 

 

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Healing Properties

Moonstone stimulated the pineal gland and balances the hormonal system of the body.  It aids in fertility.  The jewel also balances emotions and mental health issues.

This website provides information only.  Stones can not take the place of actual medical treatment.  If you are experiencing health issues please see a qualified medical practitioner.  Stones should only be used in conjunction with medical treatment.

 

Source Links

Crystal-Cure.com

Crystalvaults.com

 

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