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Hamsa The Hand of Protection

What is the Hamsa Hand? The Hamsa hand is symbolic in more than one belief system of the Middle East. Known as the Hamsa hand in Arabic, the Hamesh hand in Hebrew, and the Hand of Fatima (daughter of Mohammed) in Islamic cultures, the image of the hand has been associated for centuries with female entities and [...]

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What does the Tree of Life mean to you?

The Tree of life  is an extremely popular symbol that has been used in philosophy, mythology, religion and science for thousands of years. While some experts might argue over what it means, most agree that the tree is a metaphor for the fact that all of the earth is connected. The message also means that [...]

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The Vampire Diaries…

A very exciting week here at Jewelry by Andrea.  Celeb Nina Dobrev wore “Garnet Moon” on this weeks “The Vampire Diaries” – “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Series 5, Episode 4, Oct 24, 2013).  The character Elena Gilbert always has such funky, edgy & sexy style.  “Garnet Moon” looked amazing on her and we are [...]

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Moon Jewelry Meaning

Moon jewelry has meant many different things to many different people. The actual moonstone symbol has been used for centuries. The Romans and Greeks linked the moonstones to their lunar Gods. They believed that if you gave the moonstone necklace to your romantic partner during a full moon, they will always have passion for you. [...]

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3 Must Have Jewelry Cleaning Tips…

As someone who has collected jewelry for a lifetime and has been making it for over 5 years I have done a lot of jewelry cleaning in my time.  Many pieces I own and work with have been bought on vacation, through Fair Trade or have not come with any cleaning instructions.  Plated designs, or [...]

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Tusk

Ever wonder what a tusk pendant means? Tusk jewelry symbolizes Ganesha, an elephant that has the strength to uproot a tree, but can also pick up a needle. Ganesha, a Hindu deity,  has only one tusk, and the other is broken. Ganesha, also known as Gita, is one of many Buddhist symbols used in jewelry. Other popular [...]

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~ Om, Ohm or Aum? ~

The ohm symbol, or om symbol, is recognized as a word used in meditation. It is a sacred word, often repeated over and over when meditating. The Buddhist symbol itself dates back as far as 3000 B.C. It has been used in Southeast Asian and Indian scripts and documents, with the Upanishad being the first [...]

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~The meaning of Namaste~

Namaste is a commonly used Hindi word that translates into “I bow to you.” People who practice yoga will often hear their yoga teacher say this phrase to them and then the students will say it back to the teacher. Although it is said sometimes in yoga, it is most often used amongst the residents [...]

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