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Monday, July 23, 2012



Find out what this month, the sun sign of Leo (July 22 – August 22), has in store for you. Astrology expert Susie Cox tells all….
Leo
Happy birthday to the regal sign of Leo! Mercury is in retrograde for you until August 8th, so it’s time to rethink your responsibilities and possibly delegate some to others.
Virgo
Your sign gets a break after all those months of Mars in Virgo. You will feel the best on July 22nd, 23rd and 31st. Take some time out for yourself on those days.
Libra
Both Mars and Saturn are in your sign, which could indicate a change in your relationship life. The moon joins them for the power dates of July 24th and 25th.
Scorpio
Your power dates start on August 20th and last until early October. The sexy planet Mars is going through your sign, making you Scorpios even hotter!
Sagittarius
This is the last month in the next 19 years that the North Node will be in Sagittarius. The Node is your point of success, blessing you. Finish your big projects this month because new ones are on the horizon.
Capricorn
Your power dates are July 30th and 31st, when the moon joins Pluto in your sign. You will feel the most powerful at that time, so plan to take charge.
Aquarius
The full moon will be in your sign on August 1st. This full moon is one of the most fun of the year, so get a little wild.
Pisces
Your power dates are August 3rd, 4th and 5th. You will feel very connected to others, even if they are far away. Since you’re a water sign, plan to spend some time by an ocean or lake — any large body of water will do.
Aries
Aries is in focus with the wild planet Uranus moving through your sign. Aries power dates are July 24th and August 5th, so you might feel a bit more feisty than usual. Tackle something and change it totally.
Taurus
Taurus is the sign of creature comforts and deserves the best. Plan a luxurious getaway from July 21st to July 23rd. Indulge in an extravagance.
Gemini
Both loving Venus and fortunate Jupiter are in your sign. Venus will leave on August 7th, so be sure to pamper yourself before then.
Cancer
Venus enters your sign on August 8th and will remain there until September 7th. Surprise everyone with an impromptu family reunion during this time. Love of family will be in the air.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Stacked Arm Candy - More is Better - Even More is Best !

This season's big trend is Arm Candy -  it's all about stacking and layering all different styles of bracelets on top of bracelets on top of bracelets. Arms should always be loaded up. Here are some looks I love.


Starting with the BEST and MOST BEAUTIFUL stackers~ Vahan.
You can just start with one and keep adding and adding and adding....

Love the mixed metals and styles - great contrast of textures.
These are  classic wooden blessing beads -  awesome stacked with other styles.

Loving Emerald green right now - all these shades of green look great together.



What a mix~Horseshoe cuff, leather and gold wrap, classic gold initial charm bracelet, and classic zodiac pearl bracelet.

As we all know - you can NEVER go wrong with turquoise - especially pawn silver  - Love this look!
 Teal python cuff, pasha gemstone bracelets, black and teal enameled scroll bangles, and classic charm bracelet with turquoise drop holding my bee clutch.
 
Another great example of how to layer all kinds of bracelets - wide, beaded and trinkets - casual and dressy - bold and simple.

So try it out - Stack them up - More is better and even more is best -  Happy Stacking!

Friday, May 11, 2012


May Birthstone: Origin, History, and Powers of the Emerald

By Melody Jones

Takeaways

  • The word emerald derives from the Latin term "smaragdus", meaning green gem.
  • Columbian emerald mines have been in production for hundreds of years.
  • Emeralds are symbols of love, fertility, and rebirth.
Emerald is the birthstone for May. Ranging in color from light to deep green, emeralds were Cleopatra's favorite gemstones. Her admiration was so deep, she claimed the ancient Egyptian emerald mines as her own.
The word emerald derives from the Latin term "smaragdus", simply meaning green gem. Emeralds are from the beryl family of minerals that includes aquamarine, the March birthstone. Their color comes from small quantities of chromium.
Red emeralds are the most rare of this gemstone. They are so difficult to locate and cut, that jewelry containing red emeralds is prohibitively expensive.
May Birthstone: Origin of Birthstones
How certain stones came to be connected to specific months is cloudy. Some speculate the birthstone originates from Biblical times when a priest's breastplate was adorned with twelve different colored gems. Over time, the number twelve became connected to months of the year and to the zodiac.
People began wearing a different gem each month as a sort of talisman, believing each stone held certain powers. Gradually, specific gems became attached to specific months and zodiac signs. People then wore the gem associated with their birth month all year long.
Fast-forward hundreds of years to 1912 in Kansas City, Missouri. The American National Association of Jewelers created a birthstone list, assigning different stones to each month. The birthstone list was controversial because people thought it was developed purely for commercial purposes. Even so, it is accepted worldwide today as the definitive list of birthstones.
May Birthstone: History
Ancient Egyptians established emerald mines before Cleopatra's birth. Tools were discovered in the mines dating back to Ramses II, around 1300 B.C. Worn by Egyptian royalty, emeralds were also buried with the dead. Though beautiful, Egyptian emeralds were found to be lower quality once the Spanish discovered Columbian gems.
In the region now known as Columbia, ancient Muzo Indians established successful emerald mining operations possibly as early as 500 A.D. These mines were so well hidden, that it took invading Spanish Conquistadors twenty years to find the mines. It was another thirty years before the invaders conquered the fierce Indian tribe, forcing the natives to work in the very emerald mines they had used for hundreds of years. Since then, Columbian emerald mining operations have continued nearly uninterrupted.
May Birthstone: Beliefs and Healing Powers
Ancient Romans associated emeralds with the goddess of love, Venus, and believed the gems embodied fertility, faith and goodness. Ancient Greeks wore emeralds to honor Aphrodite, their own goddess of love, fertility, and beauty.
Considered to have healing properties, some believed that merely gazing upon an emerald could soothe one's eyes. It is said that the Emperor Nero had eyeglasses made of emerald so that he could watch gladiator games and maintain the health of his eyes.
Some believe emeralds can help stop bleeding, prevent epileptic seizures, protect from panic, and reduce a fever. It is said that emeralds can restore peace, clear the mind, and enhance one's clairvoyance.
May Birthstone: Characteristics and Geography
Nearly all emeralds have imperfections such as inclusions and small fractures. This is not seen negatively, but rather as part of the character of an emerald. To diminish these flaws, most emeralds are treated with an oil, sometimes tinted green.
Emeralds are fragile and can be easily chipped. To reduce this tendency and cause less stress, a special rectangular cut was developed called the "emerald cut".
Columbia is still a top emerald producer. Other emerald sources include Russia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Madagascar. North Carolina is the only significant emerald source in the United States.
May Birthstone: Care and Cleaning
Emeralds can easily be damaged, so remove jewelry when cleaning or doing chores. Do not expose to salt water or sudden temperature changes. Carefully clean emerald jewelry with a soft brush and warm water. Do not use steam cleaners or ultra-sonic devices, as these will remove oil coatings.
Emeralds, the May birthstone, are indeed soothing and beautiful to gaze upon. Historically associated with love, fertility, and rebirth, emeralds are a perfect choice for the springtime month of May.

Friday, April 13, 2012

                        THE HISTORY BEHIND  ONE OF THE BEST BIRTHSTONES
                                             APRIL


Diamond is the April birthstone. Known as one of the hardest substances on earth, diamonds are thought to be billions of years old (http://encarta.msn.com). The word diamond derives from an ancient Greek word, "adamas", meaning invincible.
Arguably the most prized of all crystals, diamonds come in a range of colors: clear, pink, purple, red, orange, yellow, blue, green, and black.
Color depends on the kind of impurities present. Blue ones have traces of boron, and yellow diamonds have minute amounts of nitrogen.
April Birthstone: Origin of Birthstones
How certain stones came to be connected to specific months is cloudy. Some speculate the birthstone originates from Biblical times when a priest's breastplate was adorned with twelve different colored gems. Over time, the number twelve became connected to months of the year and to the zodiac.
People began wearing a different gem each month as a sort of talisman, believing each stone held certain powers. Gradually, specific gems became attached to specific months and zodiac signs. People then wore the gem associated with their birth month all year long.
Fast-forward hundreds of years to 1912 in Kansas City, Missouri. The American National Association of Jewelers created a birthstone list, assigning different stones to each month. The birthstone list was controversial because people thought it was developed purely for commercial purposes. Even so, it is accepted worldwide today as the definitive list of birthstones.
April Birthstone: History and Beliefs about Diamonds
According to Encarta, there are Sanskrit texts that make reference to diamonds before 400 BC. This suggests that ancient peoples from India assigned value to these crystals.
Evidence of diamond cutting was found in Venice dating back to the 1330s. Once eastern trade routes opened, Europeans began trading diamonds in the early 15th century.
Ancient Hindus believed lightning bolts created diamonds. The Greeks had several theories about the origin of these gemstones. They believed they were tears of the gods, splinters of stars, or crystallized lightning.
April Birthstone: Healing Powers of Diamonds
During the middle ages, diamonds were thought to heal illness, especially problems relating to brain disease and the pituitary gland. The best way to cure disease was to take the crystal into bed with you to warm it up first. This way, it could draw out toxins.
Diamonds can enhance a person's level of clarity, balance, and abundance. They also amplify a person's energy, whether positive or negative, as well as the healing properties of other crystals. For example, if worn with amethyst, diamonds will increase that crystal's soothing and calming properties.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


The History Behind Mother's Day in the USA

When the first English settlers came to America, they discontinued the tradition of Mothering Day. While the British holiday would live on, the American Mother’s Day would be invented—with an entirely new history—centuries later. One explanation for the settlers’ discontinuation of Mothering Day was that they just didn’t have time; they lived under harsh conditions and were forced to work long hours in order to survive. Another possibility, however, is that Mothering Day conflicted with their Puritan ideals. Fleeing England to practice a more conservative Christianity without being persecuted, the pilgrims ignored the more secular holidays, focusing instead on a no-frills devotion to God. For example, even holidays such as Christmas and Easter were much more somber occasions for the pilgrims, usually taking place in a Church that was stripped of all extraneous ornamentation.

Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamaition of 1870

The first North American Mother’s Day was conceptualized with Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. Despite having penned The Battle Hymn of the Republic 12 years earlier, Howe had become so distraught by the death and carnage of the Civil War that she called on Mother’s to come together and protest what she saw as the futility of their Sons killing the Sons of other Mothers. With the following, she called for an international Mother's Day celebrating peace and motherhood:
Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts,
Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears
Say firmly:
 
"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of 
charity, mercy and patience.
 
"We women of one country
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
  
From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with 
Our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm!"
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice!
Blood does not wipe out dishonor
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have of ten forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war.
 
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
 
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
 
Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.
 
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions.
The great and general interests of peace.

The Rise & Fall of Howe's Mother's Day

At one point Howe even proposed converting July 4th into Mother’s Day, in order to dedicate the nation’s anniversary to peace. Eventually, however, June 2nd was designated for the celebration. In 1873 women’s groups in 18 North American cities observed this new Mother’s holiday. Howe initially funded many of these celebrations, but most of them died out once she stopped footing the bill. The city of Boston, however, would continue celebrating Howe’s holiday for 10 more years.
Despite the decided failure of her holiday, Howe had nevertheless planted the seed that would blossom into what we know as Mother’s Day today. A West Virginia women’s group led by Anna Reeves Jarvis began to celebrate an adaptation of Howe’s holiday. In order to re-unite families and neighbors that had been divided between the Union and Confederate sides of the Civil War, the group held a Mother’s Friendship Day.

Anna M. Jarvis's Mother's Day in 1908

After Anna Reeves Jarvis died, her daughter Anna M. Jarvis campaigned for the creation of an official Mother’s Day in remembrance of her mother and in honor of peace. In 1908, Anna petitioned the superintendent of the church where her Mother had spent over 20 years teaching Sunday School. Her request was honored, and on May 10, 1908, the first official Mother's Day celebration took place at Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia and a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The West Virginia event drew a congregation of 407 and Anna Jarvis arranged for white carnations—her Mother’s favorite flower—to adorn the patrons. Two carnations were given to every Mother in attendance. Today, white carnations are used to honor deceased Mothers, while pink or red carnations pay tribute to Mothers who are still alive. Andrew's Methodist Church exists to this day, and was incorporated intothe International Mother’s Day Shrine in 1962.

US Government Adoption

In 1908 a U.S. Senator from Nebraska, Elmer Burkett, proposed making Mother's Day a national holiday at the request of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). The proposal was defeated, but by 1909 forty-six states were holding Mother's Day services as well as parts of Canada and Mexico.
Anna Jarvis quit working and devoted herself full time to the creation of Mother's Day, endlessly petitioning state governments, business leaders, women groups, churches and other institutions and organizations. She finally convinced the World's Sunday School Association to back her, a key influence over state legislators and congress. In 1912 West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother's Day, and in 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed it into national observance, declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

The Fight Over Commercialization

The holiday flourished in the United States and flowers, especially white carnations, became very popular. One business journal, Florists Review, went so far as to print, “This was a holiday that could be exploited.” But the budding commercialization of Mother's Day greatly disturbed Jarvis, so she vociferously opposed what she perceived as a misuse of the holiday. In 1923 she sued to stop a Mother’s Day event, and in the 1930's she was arrested for disturbing the peace at the American War Mothers group. She was protesting their sale of flowers. In the 1930’s Jarvis also petitioned against the postage stamp featuring her Mother, a vase of white carnations and the word “Mother’s Day.” Jarvis was able to have the words “Mother’s Day” removed. The flowers remained. In 1938, Time Magazine ran an article about Jarvis's fight to copyright Mother's Day, but by then it was already too late to change the commercial trend.
In opposition to the flower industry’s exploitation of the holiday, Jarvis wrote, “What will you do to route charlatans, bandits, pirates, racketeers, kidnappers and other termites that would undermine with their greed one of the finest, noblest and truest movements and celebrations?” Despite her efforts, flower sales on Mother's Day continued to grow. Florist's Review wrote, “Miss Jarvis was completely squelched.”
Anna Jarvis died in 1948, blind, poor and childless. Jarvis would never know that it was, ironically, The Florist's Exchange that had anonymously paid for her care.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

BROOK BURKE 
KNOWS HOW TO STACK VAHAN!

The competition is heating up on season 14 of Dancing with the Stars episode two! Things really got exciting when glamorous co-host Brooke Burke appeared wearing a brilliant stack of six Vahan bracelets!



Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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AN EXCITING NEW ERA IN AMERICAN BUSINESS! 

To qualify, companies must demonstrate a sincere commitment to give back to nonprofits, protect the environment and take excellent care of their employees. 



AS A B CORP DOGEARED'S BUSINESS MODEL IS SIMPLE: BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD. 

Dogeared® is incredibly proud to join this community of industry leaders, simply by living the values they've held for over 20 years.
 AND A&O IS HAPPY TO SHARE IT WITH YOU!

Monday, March 26, 2012


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Friday, March 23, 2012

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vermeil gold~ $60

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

WHAT'S HOT FOR THE 
SPRING AND SUMMER?
The designers 
(like one of our favorites Tory Burch) 
are loving these playful and bold looks!


The Filgree Cuff
Retail~ $48
A&O~ $36

The 28" (adjustable) Graduating Flat Link Chain
Retail~ $152
A&O~ $114

The Filgree Earring
Retail~ $64
A&O~ $48

SHOP HERE FOR THESE AND MORE STYLES!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

KARMA

One of our best selling and most loved pieces, our karma necklace is a simple reminder to keep your own circle peaceful and loving. One of the most comfortable, and powerful necklaces we sell.

card message
what goes around, comes around... wear your necklace as a reminder to keep the circle positive, peaceful and loving...
  • 16" or 18" chain
  • 1/2"  karma circle
  • karma message card
  • made in the u.s.a.




16"~$68
18"~$74
16"~$52
18"~$58