Happy Birthday, July!Let's celebrate the beauty of the Ruby, your birthstone and one of the most popular gemstones on the planet.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says, "Ruby?"

Is it the infamous Ruby Slippers?  The gemstone's bold, red-magenta color?  Maybe you think of your Valentine, or get those fiery feelings of love and passion?

Whatever you feelings or thoughts, it's interesting to know that Rubies have held a place in human history for thousands of years.  The ancient Egyptians held rubies in the highest regards and placed them in the crowns of their Pharaohs.

The deep red color of a Ruby makes the stone look bigger than it actually is, which may have been one of the many reasons why ancient people believed so strongly in a Ruby's medicinal powers.  Ancient medical writings from India suggest that rubies cured diseases of the digestive tract.

Burmese warriors carried Rubies INSIDE their skin to protect them from being slain in battle.  Many other cultures still view rubies as a symbol of peace, and believe that wearing a ruby on the left side of the body prevents conflict when among enemies.

Burmese Rubies are the most prized, but new deposits of Ruby are still being found. Rubies that have recently been found in Vietnam are so much like Burmese Rubies that they are believed to have been formed by the same geological event.

Carrying or wearing a Ruby can make it easier to focus on the task at hand, bringing clarity and wisdom.  Placing a Ruby under your pillow will help you to have lucid dreams, many times overcoming fears as your conscious and subconscious minds connect.

Rubies are thought to be the best stone to detoxify the blood, improve circulation, fight infection, and offer protection from disease.

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Super Moon

Are you ready for the Super Moon?  On June 23rd, 2013 we will have one.  A big one.

A Super Moon occurs when the Earth, Moon, and Sun are in alignment, and when the moon is at perigee.  Perigee is the moon's closest point to Earth within it's orbit.  In one year there is an average of 5 Super Moons, but this Super Moon is particularly special.

On June 23rd, the full moon will occur only 22 minutes after the moon reaches perigee, the closest the moon will be to Earth not only this month, but also for this entire year.  It will be and ENORMOUS full moon, VERY close to Earth, and therefore VERY powerful.

Now is the best time to recharge your gemstones!  Cleanse them in running water first, then place them in the light of the Super Moon.

As you probably know, the moon is responsible for the ebb and flow of tidal waters.  During a Super Moon, the tides are effected even more, rising higher and falling lower.  Being that the human body is up to 60% water, don't be surprised if this Super Moon has an affect on you and those around you, heightening emotions.

This Super Moon has been on my mind and has inspired this reticulated silver "Super Moon" pendant.

Super Moon
Super Moon

This Super Moon is a phenomenon that should not be missed.  The best time to view the Super Moon is when it's closest to the horizon, giving the amplified illusion that it's even LARGER.   It will rise in the East at sunset.

Let's keep our fingers crossed for clear skies.  Happy viewing!