• Sep
    14

    Pumpkin Spice and Broomsticks


    by Cathie
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    Autumn will be arriving in just a few short days. In Southern California this weekend, it definitely still feels like the middle of summer but we all hope in a few days the crisp air of fall will be here. It is my favorite season. I love everything about the fall; the colors, the cooler weather, the return of pumpkin spice drinks at the local coffee shop and the Halloween decorations that pop up everywhere. It is a magical time that brings a kind of refreshing renewal that is reminiscent of a cool shower after a hot day at the beach. It is a time when parents send their kids off to school and television networks have a new slate of shows to distract and entertain us.

    Anju Pewter Necklace and Earring Set

    Anju Pewter Necklace and Earring Set

    Celebrate this amazing season by treating yourself to a beautiful new piece of pewter jewelry. Bold color and delicate design work together perfectly in this gorgeous necklace and earring set. The bold pink enamel is the perfect background for the beautiful silver leaf design. This simple yet stunning design beautifully represents this time of year. This pewter necklace and earring set is part of our Anju Collection. Anju’s passion for jewelry and design started at a very early age. She was born in the beautiful and colorful state of Rajasthan in India. Surrounded by a rich culture, natural beauty and a creative environment, Anju gained an eclectic eye for beauty and flare. Her exposure to different cultures has been a lasting source of inspiration which springs to life in her unique design concepts. The hallmark of Anju’s jewelry are beautiful designs, immaculate workmanship, detail and quality. Anju believes that jewelry, if properly fashioned, is more than just an accessory, it is an expressive work of art.

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  • Sep
    07

    A Near Miss and Rare Opportunity


    by Cathie
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    Today, a small asteroid, 2014RC, passed within about a tenth of the moon’s distance from Earth. This asteroid was only discovered a week ago. There was no danger, according to experts, the asteroid did not enter our atmosphere but at its closest it will be about 25,000 miles away. This distance is nearly the same distance as geosynchronous weather and communication satellites. Asteroid 2014 RC will be roughly over New Zealand when it’s closest. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about 60 feet (20 meters) in size. Researchers say that this close approach creates a unique opportunity for them to observe and learn more about asteroids.

    Do you ever wonder what might have happened if this asteroid had come closer and actually entered our atmosphere? On February 15, 2013, the Chelyabinsk meteor streaked across the Russian sky. This asteroid was approximately as large as 2014RC. Eyewitnesses stated that the Russian asteroid was brighter than the sun as it streaked across the sky. They also felt intense heat from the fireball. Coming within approximately 15 miles of Earth, the Chelyabinsk meteor created a shock wave that broke windows in over 7000 buildings in six different Russian cities.

    So just how close would today’s asteroid have to come to enter our atmosphere? To cause a streak in the sky like the Chelyabinsk meteor, the asteroid would have to encounter the lower part of Earth’s atmosphere. This part of the atmosphere, the troposphere, is where most of our weather happens. This layer of atmosphere is within about 7 miles of Earth’s surface. The outer atmosphere, the stratosphere, goes up only to about 29 miles. The 2014EC meteor passed by at approximately 25,000 miles. The orbit of this meteor will bring it back to our neighborhood in the future with another relatively close approach to Earth on September 8-9, 2115.

    It is not uncommon for meteors to find their way into our vicinity. Earlier in 2014, there were two other meteors that passed by Earth at a closer distance than today’s meteor. This is a fascinating and exciting field of work to explore if you are interested in studying the universe. For those who appreciate the constellations and our universe in general, you might want to consider checking out our amazing Mova Globe collection. Our constellation globe is a dramatic and beautiful addition to any office or home.

    Constellation Globe

    Constellation Globe

     

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  • Sep
    04

    The Perfect Pet?


    by Cathie
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    Recently, in the small town of Thousand Oaks, California there was a rare albino cobra on the loose. It was assumed that someone in the local area had kept this exotic and dangerous animal as a pet and it was able to escape from its home. The owner has not come forward yet and quite possibly will keep the ownership quiet since the whole town spent several days on edge until they were able to catch it earlier today. This story made me wonder about all the different types of animals that can be classified as pets from common animals like dogs and cats to the more unique like reptiles, birds, rodents and everything in between. What makes a good pet? I guess it depends on what you are looking for. Are you searching for a companion; a cute and cuddly pet that is happy to see you? Or are you searching for something a bit more unusual; a pet that is interesting and unique? But what is there to do if you live in an area where animals are not permitted or you are just too busy to take care of a pet? We have a great solution! Check out our beautiful Guatemalan beaded lizards and turtles.

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    Guatemalan Beaded Lizard

    The perfect pet for a busy person! The beauty of a Guatemalan lizard or turtle without having to feed it or care for it. These full-size beaded lizards and turtles are beautifully embellished with semi-precious stones. Expertly hand woven by our master artisans in the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala, these ‘pets’ are covered with a woven beaded “skin” that resembles the actual skin of the real animal. Actual beaded patterns and colors may vary as these are individually created.

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    Guatemalan Beaded Turtle

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  • Sep
    01

    Celebrate Your Patriotic Side


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    Happy Labor Day! Show your patriotic side with this beautiful, handcrafted Kate Mesta original necklace. This gorgeous necklace features a beautiful American Flag charm made from sparkling crystals. This flag is highlighted by the brilliant blue background and the engraved word “Freedom.” These dogtag necklaces are very popular and are worn by many celebrities.

    Kate Mesta Patriotic Freedom Dog Tag Necklace

    Kate Mesta Patriotic Freedom Dog Tag Necklace

    Do you like the idea of one of a kind jewelry for any occasion? Are you looking for something different that is on the cutting edge of fashion? Look no further. We are excited to be able to bring to you the amazing jewelry of Kate Mesta! Kate Mesta is famous for creating one of a kind, wearable art. She creates all of her jewelry in her studio in Laguna Beach, California and her work has been featured at many celebrity events. She has even created a special “Dancing with the Stars” line. Her jewelry takes the typical dogtag necklace idea and spins it around to make truly one of a kind artwork that you can wear. Each necklace or cuff bracelet is made one at a time by hand so no two are exactly alike. Her jewelry has been worn by such celebrities as Selena Gomez, Ellen Degeneres, Dick Van Dyke and Sharon Osbourne to name a few. Owning a piece of Kate Mesta jewelry is like owning a piece of art that you can wear!

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  • Aug
    27

    Dream Away Your Worries


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    Stress is one of the major causes of disease in America. According to the American Institute of Stress, more than 44% of Americans feel more stressed than they did 5 years ago and 3 out of 4 doctor’s visits are for stress-related ailments. Stress increases your risk of heart disease by 40%; your risk of heart attack by 25% and your risk of stroke by 50%. Just as there are a multitude of things that cause stress there are also hundreds of ways to help relieve it. Exercise, eating well and getting enough sleep are incredibly important to managing the stress in your life. Meditation, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, vitamins as well as getting time away will also help to keep your stress level down. But what if you cannot sleep? What if the worries of your day keep you awake, tossing and turning, so you wake up more stressed than ever? Sometimes trying something a bit different may just be the trick that helps. Why not try our unique Guatemalan Worry Dolls?

    Guatemalan Worry Dolls

    Guatemalan Worry Dolls

    According to Guatemalan legend, worry dolls have the ability to take away the worries that might keep you awake.  By telling one worry to each doll and then putting the doll under your pillow, you are actually freeing your mind of that worry.  The legend states that the dolls will take away the worries during sleep and thereby allowing the owner of the dolls not only a good nights sleep but also the ability to wake up worry-free in the morning.  These dolls are handcrafted in Guatemala and are clothed in traditional Mayan costumes.  They typically stand about one-half to one inch tall.  Our Guatemalan Worry Dolls come in sets of four but you may use fewer or more depending on the worries you are experiencing.  Studies have shown that even the act of voicing our concerns and worries will help to relieve the stress and pressure of everyday life.

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