Good News! The November Birthstone Collection will have a preview online for everyone to enjoy. View the new collection in person by booking an appointment at Studio 12.
November 1st will mark the official release date of our Birthstone Collection featuring Primarily Citrine. There will be a couple jewels made with Topaz as well in celebration of November Birthdays!
This collections Citrine is sourced from Moyo Gems - an offshoot of Anza Gems as well as from our friend Treefort Bazaar. Both source their Citrine from different localities in Africa, both have unique ways of supplying gemstones to the market. Moyo Gems Citrine are mined by women and support women's opportunities mining in East Africa. Treefort Bazaar is an independent miner in the USA and supplies some of the most interesting specimen from all over the world. The Topaz is supplied by one of our favorite crystal shops - On The Rocks Chicago - but are sourced from Thomas Range, Utah! We just love the network of gemstones, where they come from, and how we acquire them! So many wonderful people along the way.
Lets talk about the gemstone Citrine for a moment. It's my favorite gemstone and my connection to Citrine began when I was younger. My family had to evacuate from South Carolina to North Carolina because of a hurricane. During that time, we stopped by a little mining shop in the mountains to pan for gems. This event left a pretty big impression on me. It reminds me of summers in northern Michigan where I'd use a beach sand sifter to sort through rocks on the shores of Higgins Lake.
Citrine is a quartz variety. There are many quartz varieties and quartz can be found in localities around the world. Citrine is a yellow and orange toned stone. Its color derives from iron. Some 'Citrine' on the market is heat treated Amethyst. It's pretty fascinating how a purple stone can turn can turn yellow and orange in hue! Amethyst is different than Citrine on a mineral level because it features Aluminum. Natural Citrine and Heated Citrine have very different energetic properties. To my knowledge, all the Citrine in this collection are Natural Citrine and not heated treated or processed in any way.
Natural Citrine is a powerful ally because it energetically covers our base chakras. It grounds us in creativity, utilizes the power of our will, and rooting our manifestation abilities. Citrine is uplifting to our spirit. A stone of joy and positivity. Our own rays of sunshine that we can adorn ourselves with or carry around in our pockets and hands. Reminders of our intentions so our actions are progressive towards our goals. Citrine emanates optimism. This is why I love to have Citrine around my home and adorning my being. It's inherently uplifting, inspiring, and in my experience Citrine will protect your inner peace.
Our beads come from all over! Some strands are from local bead shops in Metro Detroit. Other strands come from independent suppliers online. The raw gemstone beads featured in the collection are custom made for us from India. Other strands, in particular the vibrant orange glass beads, are upcycled from thrifted necklaces. Giving the materials a totally new life and new look!
This collection features copper and brass metals. The copper jewels have electroformed pedants.
Imagine that you are a full spectrum beam of astral light. From your hips down into the ground then up through your body to your head and above. Red being between your hips where your legs meet and we experience sexual pleasure. Moving up to your belly button area glows orange then below your ribs shining yellow. Each region has a different connection with our life and well being. These colors symbolically represent the energies and auras of these areas. The colors/regions are referred to as Chakras. The idea of Chakras come from Indian spiritual practices and philosophies.
I've never studied deeply into the origins of Chakras but when visually represented, the colors radiating from different energy centers in the body just made sense to me, it still does. I felt it so deeply that I wanted to explore the ideas myself because spirituality is very personal. What is felt by the individual is unique to them and in my experience our inherent spirituality should be trusted. Looking within gives us a lot of wisdom and opens our 'eyes' to our inherent knowing of the truth.
That being said I want to be clear that I did not invent these ideas but they are deeply felt. My experience is validated by my life and the energies I've cultivated through out my life. Focusing on my being as a colorful aura has assisted my personal healing process immensely. I am open to more information about the Indian practices and philosophies associated with chakras, but waiting for the right time and the right person/ people/books to learn from.
The base chakras are so important for our over all health, spirituality, and well being. If we aren't rooted in our base energies, how do we expect to properly care for any other layer of energy beyond that? The energies that emit from our base chakras, Red, Orange, and Yellow, are the very foundation of our lives. These are dealing with our physical body, our pleasure, our foundation, our self esteem, our self love, our personalities.
It's super easy to leave these base energies in the background. (It's also quite simple to regularly maintain these aspects of our lives too!) If our visual sense is on over load then it could be a reflection of neglect of our core! The Chakras are about our physical environment and our lifestyle. What are aspects of a well cared for set of base chakras? Being grounded, present, aware. We feel whole and centered in our health with physical activities. We appreciate our individuality by expressing ourselves with style, singing, creating. Our confidence is radiant. Our physical beings are well cared for, we are getting our bodies moving regularly.
In my experience it's not hard to align our base chakras but they need regular maintenance. Self care / Self Love is a fantastic way to keep your base chakras free of auric debris. We have to eat and bathe, which are two regular actions of base chakra care that we can use to boost our lives and refresh our energy.
When you shower or bathe, this can also serve as an energetic cleanse. Bathe in an essential oil, flower, and herb mixture so you can worship the body that holds you through out your days. When showering exfoliate your skin and ponder on your bounty, your beauty. When eating, take a moment to affirm and acknowledge that your food is nourishing you. Make sure you're eating nourishing food. There are bounties of processed foods available that are not healthy for our bodies. Being mindful of the nutrients we intake is very important for our over all health. In conjunction with eating, working out or being active, going for walks, connecting with nature, are other great ways to give your base chakras added glow. We give our body nutrients for energy and that energy wants to be used!
Cleaning our homes, cars, offices, any space where we spend time, elevates our energy. Our spaces are a reflection of our minds. Washing clothing, towels, rugs, are a great way to rejuvenate the home, get our bodies moving, and maintain a peaceful home. Many of the everyday or regular activities are acts of appreciation for your life that will keep your base chakras, their auras and your energies cleared of any 'debris'. It's the appreciation and intention, especially behind small actions and tasks, that keep our lives balanced. That way we can move into the next level of energy, the Heart Chakra, with a solid foundation!
Base Chakra Activities:
Grounding with Gratitude - This is one of my favorite and most to the point activities. You can practice this as a meditation, journal prompt, or a conversation with yourself. Take a few minutes to think, write, or speak about what you're grateful for. If you're speaking aloud, try using a mirror. You might just find that you have so much to be grateful for. I like to do this activity with Smokey Quartz.
Remember to Play - Do you remember the last time you genuinely played for a few moments? Between work, maintaining your body & space, and caring for others, life can be so serious! Give yourself 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour of time to play. Print a coloring page, make a collage, bounce a ball, try a new recipe, sing your favorite songs, dance around the house, do something simple that brings you joy with no serious strings attached. Literally anything, just remember to have fun!
Physical Pleasure - Connections with our body are so important. We experience pleasure and we can give that pleasure to ourselves. This is an incredible feature of our human bodies. Have you ever touched yourself while meditating or listing affirming statements aloud? This is a potent and empowering thing to do! Maybe try it next time you're masturbating or getting playful with your partner. Seriously, it's fun! Another layer to this very freeing activity is to bring your favorite crystals! Please yourself with a crystal wand or adorn yourself with crystals up the center of your body. I recommend using Red, Orange, and Yellow crystals like Ruby, Hematoid Quartz, Carnelian, Tangerine Quartz, or Citrine. - Thank me later! <3
Cleaning your crystals is more than just wiping the surfaces of your gems. Physically cleaning your crystals is a part of the cleansing process though. It's also important to energetically cleanse these miraculous formations too! Our crystals hold energy and need to be cared for especially when we are utilizing their inherent powers.
People ask us all the time: How do you cleanse your crystals? There is no one answer. You can cleanse your crystals many ways. We've heard of a few different methods and practice a few different cleansing activities ourselves. Your connection with your gems is a very personal one and there for you should approach your cleansing rituals with personal flair! Here are a few ideas of ways you can cleanse your crystals!
Cleanse with Water: Water is a great way to wash your crystals. You can simply run water over the surface of your gems and affirm they are cleansed or you can take it to another level. Gather a bowl, it can be any kind of bowl. Perhaps you prefer glass or ceramic. Maybe you want it to be hand made. The intentions behind your selections can make a huge difference. fill your bowl with water. Again you can level you water game up by using Moon Water or special water that you charge with different energy. Place your gems in this bowl one at a time or all together. The choice is yours. You can also infuse your water with salt or herbs.
Cleanse with Herbs: You can place your crystals in a bowl or plate and surround them with fresh or dried herbs, flowers, or foliage. Dive into the properties of each kind of plant your place your gems with. You might be surprised the healing properties of plants, herbs, and flowers!
Cleanse with Light: Some people like to give their gemstones a soak in the sun or moon light for cleansing and charging abilities. Place your gemstones in a window or on your porch / patio to cleanse them. The sun and the moon will assist you in cleansing the energies within them and give them a good boost of energy too! You can sit with your crystals basking in the same light, soaking in the same solar energies for an extra boost.
Cleanse with Smoke: Smoke baths are our favorite way to cleanse crystals! It's just a beautiful sight! Light some sage or any other herb that speaks to you and hold your gemstones one by one over the flowing smoke. Again affirm their cleansing.
A big part of cleansing your crystals is affirmations. You can meditatively affirm their cleansing or audibly affirm their cleansing. You can do both. The point is to cleanse your mind as well as the crystal energy so your auras are cleared of debris as well. This way you are in sync with your gemstones and can readily set new intentions with the assistance of your crystals. Like mentioned before there are no rules necessarily to this cleansing process and we like to recommend that you create you own cleansing process. You can mix any of these practices together. You can do them all together or switch between which cleansing process you like. Maybe one works well for you and maybe others not so much. We are all unique and evolving constantly so perhaps you want to change your practice over time.
How often do you cleanse crystals? That's also up to you! We'd recommend it during full and/or new moons, seasonal changes, life changes, or when you get the urge to do so. If you have a day that you clean your home, it's never bad to give your crystals a quick cleanse at those times as well. Cleaning is a great practice and should be put to use routinely. Find your cycles and flow with it.
What are your favorite ways to cleanse your crystals?
So I decided to make some paper instead of dwelling on the low frequency feeling. The energy must have been powerful because after a couple hours of paper making, a strong storm popped up. But let's talk about the storm a little later because the first point I was trying to make might get lost in the drama caused by this storm..
It was hard to shake the feeling too. Nothing is going wrong in my personal life per say but I was just struggling to fight off this nagging string of negative emotions. There are SO MANY narratives going in so many different directions. Distractions. Theatrics. Attempting to push us over and pull us apart. Not participating in the, not so subtle, destruction of our mental peace is almost enough to drive you up a wall. Some days I want to shatter like a glass over whelmed by an off frequency. It can be hard to turn off our own lies. Why does it feel like being 'real' is no longer a reality? What even is reality any more?
Many post all day about being kind to one another but hold an entirely different space depending on what mood they're pushed into by outside influence. There are an abundance of influences out here ready to possess parts of your soul. There are times I find myself questioning every thing I do at every turn. Did I say the wrong thing? Was my inflection wrong? Did I look at some one? Are they looking at me? Some days I feel so 'unstable', It's better if I don't go anywhere. BUT I LITERALLY DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR THIS KIND OF SENSITIVITY. I also don't want to live my life this way. It feels unnatural to doubt myself so frequently and irrationally. I found myself focusing on what really matters to me in an attempt to excuse this energy from my aura. Grounding with gratitude, if you will.
And without beating a dead horse trying to describe the way I was feeling, it struck me! Inspiration! Get to work on something you need to get done. Get your hands dirty. Find my center by flowing in the process of making something. Giving some of my own trash a new life by way of paper making seemed like the proper way to silence this inaudible low frequency. Symbolically turning my mental trash into life energy and treasure! What do you know, the process helped!
Too often my face is buried in computer screens, even now, getting 'work done'. I literally have to pull myself away from the apps and websites like there's a leech on my face. It's so important to take those breaks. There's no doubt in my mind where these irking feelings of 'dread' come from. Resilience is important in these times of propaganda machines and surveillance capitalism but unplugging is the best way to heal from the 'trauma' of it all. Jumping into hands on activities will ground you in your true energies. This action will calm your mind, sooth your anxieties, and relieve stress like you can't imagine. One simple rule! No judgement. Just release!
This is what I mean when referring to Transmutation of Energy. There was something bothering me internally. (Well there were a plethora of things...) LIKE REALLY BOTHERING ME. I did not want to manifest any of these negative feelings into my world or subject those around me to them. Hell, I didn't want to be my own subject of negativity. Emotions are vulnerable to manipulation and must be self filtered so we don't say or do things we regret or can't take back. This is not to say ignore how you feel or brush them off. This is also not to defer anyone from getting help from a professional if that's necessary either. I am saying do something non-destructive with your very valid and very NORMAL human feelings. Working through how we feel is how we heal, grow, and keep our energy flowing. You can only take some many days off before you're spiraling into oblivion with all sorts of destructive ideas. Take your worry, doubt, fear, all those shit feelings and make something of them! You can turn any negative feeling into your self empowerment, your next sale, a break through moment. This is how we break our own habits that could hold us back from the evolution we desire! Or at least this is my experience with Transmutation of Energy.
Thank you for the constant inspiration Smokey Quartz.
Symbiosis is a painting series depicting Kelp inspired by an under water photograph.
At the top of the new year, 2021, it became clear that I need to step it up when it comes to marketing Citrine Tangerine. With clarity came a wave of reality – This year was going to be filled with hard work. 2021 would be the hardest year of all because it was the one upon me! I was ready. I made a plan. Now is the time to put everything I've prepared into action. It was settled! I'd create small monthly collections featuring the birthstones. This way I could cut down on how many pieces of jewelry I create but keep the website updated frequently enough to keep it interesting. These monthly collections inspired beauty looks for self portraits, new blog posts, crystal readings, and fresh ideas for product photography. Here we are 8 months down and it's been rewarding. So much good has happened. The gratitude I feel is insurmountable. I'll never forget the love.
When the May Collection came around I had no idea the impact and inspiration Emeralds would bring to light. It was late April when I started designing pieces, photographing jewelry, and recording the Crystal Reading from The Book Of Stones - when inspiration struck. The photographs from this collection are memorable. It was the way the green of Craig's tumbled raw emeralds illuminated in the sunlight. I'd also made two electro-formed Moldavite rings and a few new Herkimer Diamond rings too. Inspiration must have been in the air.
For some reason the word 'Symbiosis' popped into my head. Why was this word suddenly present in my mind? It was like I found a 'pocket' of consciousness. Soon I was pondering how we as humans relate to one another, animals, objects and the planet, I recalled many years ago how concept of Symbiosis was introduced as a concept in school. We discussed different kinds of Symbiosis – Mutualism being one I want to be part of as a global community member. But even parasitic Symbiosis is an inherently necessary aspect of how our complex planet operates.
Moving into this tangent focused around the concepts of Symbiosis I found an incredibly intriguing photograph of Kelp. This photograph was the beginning of a deep pondering on the Symbiosis humanity has with Oceans and their life forms, specifically Kelp. These green and alien like organisms reminded me of the links connecting my jewelry designs. Their growths, one on top of the other, reminded me of how we build ourselves in years at a time. Their tendrils also remind me of DNA for some reason. I discovered Kelp are not plants but a Heterokont. This word made me laugh a bit. Kelp are part of the order Laminariales. Our oceans are responsible for a substantial amount of our breathable Oxygen. Some people eat Kelp for health benefits. Large bodies of water are sources of relaxation, memories, and travel. Our oceans remind me of power. They remind me of the vastness of our planet and just how small we humans are.
'Seaweed' prior to this moment was a source of irrational fear rooting from my childhood. Nothing in particular happened to me regarding sea weed, I just did not like it! Swimming in Northern Michigan's fresh water lakes such as Higgins Lake or Lake Huron afforded me the privilege of crystal clear waters. If the water was full of long tendrils, good luck getting me in there! It just always freaked me out not knowing what was below. Never before had I seen Kelp in the light that underwater photographs of Laminariales shined on their beauty. Pure Green and Blue rays of color. Simply breath taking. Gorgeous. Stunning. This is when I knew something was emerging from my soul. I just had to paint these out of this world pictures. Like every other time I tried something new, the first pieces were NOT what I imagined but it was the start of decompressing from the lock downs in 2020.
What a year 2020 was... Nothing went as planned but painting kept me sane when I couldn't travel. I planned for another time, some time in the future... Painting kept my imagination alive. It brought color, imagination, and adventure into a very traumatizing and still year. Never did I think painting would be therapeutic but this was just one of many discoveries made last year. The creative community on a global level banded together in such a beneficial way. I am so grateful for everyone I met during these times and to have participated in several 'Lockdown Exhibitions'. It sparked a new connection with painting that is alive in this latest series of works.
There are several photographs of kelp that made me want to go somewhere new. Some where I've never gone before and perhaps I never will be able to go, to an ocean forest filled with kelp -- To experience the order of Laminariales from the ocean floor looking up. After a while my imagination took control. I hope you're able to dive into the atmospheres of this series. It is my intention that you feel more calm, more alive, and to spark your curiosity with this series. Our world is truly a beautiful place to behold. Our imaginations are powerful tools to be used for our advantage. Allow your mind to flow and extend, kind of like the laminariales some of which reach 120 feet in length. Thank you for being here.
Hi, My name is Citrine, I love to paint and make jewelry. I love gemstones, traveling, fashion, style, fine art, skinny dipping, and making delicious food. I live by optimism and gratitude. Generosity is inherent in the artist lifestyle and I stand by that principle. My foundation is exploration, self portraits, and photography. It is my destiny to inspire and create a sense of joy.