Lapis Lazuli


I’ve visited Khemet (Egypt) three times and each time I was intrigued by the evidence that remains of the ancient Egyptians’ fascination with gemstones. Of course, we all know of the splendid treasures that were taken from the tombs of these ancestors – the gold from Tutankhamen’s tomb alone is estimated to be worth over 2 Billion Euros. But as I wandered through the Valley of the Kings and the Cairo Museum, I wondered if certain semi-precious stones, especially lapis lazuli which could be seen everywhere, were not held in regard for more than decorative purposes.

Lapis is a deep blue opaque stone imbedded with flecks of gold or white. It was extremely popular in ancient Egypt as the beautiful color symbolized the water of the Nile and the night sky.  Among many of King Tutankhamen’s treasures, this beautiful stone is front and center, including all over his famous golden mask; in its inlaid blue stripes of the headdress and around the eyes.

Lapis was also ground into a pigment and used to enhance the seductive eyes of Queen Cleopatra. But with typical Khemet genius, what was used for adornment, was also practical medicine. Lapis lazuli was considered protection for eyes. Necklaces were hung around the neck of sick children for protection. The stone was also associated with the Egyptian sky goddess, Nut; the goddess of balance and truth, Maat; and Ra, the sun god.

After these strong connections were established, through the ages the stone became known for attracting to its wearers the energy of healing, love and fidelity, protection and joy.

But for me, lapis will always be the stone of ancient Khemet.They wore it in their jewelry, used it as their medicine, worshipped with it and buried it in their tombs.

Check out these lovely quartz and lapis waist beads, Wrap and Soul’s homage to the Egyptian sky goddess, Nut.

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Mother-Of-Pearl

Whenever I work with mother-of-pearl I feel very fortunate. I love its smooth texture, its creamy color and delicate iridescence. Mother-of-pearl, like many substances that come from the ocean, has  long been associated with wealth and abundance, peace and patience. Pearls are the adornments linked to Auset (Isis), Venus and Aphrodite, goddesses of moon and water, revered for their great feminine beauty.

Pearls symbolize innocence,  motherhood, patience, personal integrity, love, money, protection and luck.

I have a special affinity to mother-of-pearl because I associate it with Auset, who was known in ancient Khemet as The Great Mother, queen of the gods and mother of Heru.  I saw Auset myself depicted on the walls of the tombs during a trip to Egypt. With a baby at her breast, an ankh over her head and a fierce look in her eye, she reminded me that we may live in different times, but we are her daughters, still commanding respect for our bodies and our children.

Mother-of-pearl also conjures up visions of Yemaya, the beautiful African goddess of the sea. Yemaya is an orisha of the Yoruba religion. Africans brought their beliefs in Yemaya/Yemoja and other deities with them when they were captured and brought to the shores of the Caribbean and Americas. Yemaya represents  the ocean and everything in it. She is the essence of motherhood and  protector of children.

In India, pearls are worn in ensure happy wedded unions. In China, they are associated with dragons and good luck. In some regions of Europe, it was believed that pearls drew to its wearers the female characteristics of creativity and nurturing. In the South Pacific, they are worn by swimmers as protection again.st shark attacks.

Wrap and Soul mother-of-pearl African waist beads carry the energy of the folklore of these people. Out of  respect, the waistbeads are always crafted with charms that are symbols of the sea and beads to enhance the pretty ivory color. Some  mother-of-pearl waist beads are also surrounded by lapis lazuli, which is the deep blue stone of Yemaya.

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Amethyst

Today I’m working on a set of waist beads with amethyst or purple quartz. It’s my favorite crystal to work with. I’m creating them for a client who was born in January and whose birthstone is garnet. The deep blood red of garnet beautifully complements the translucent purple of amethyst. Amethyst is a powerful healing stone with spiritual and protective properties. Metaphysically it calms emotional turmoil of its wearers and brings them peace.Just handling the crystal while designing these waist beads makes me pensive and tranquil. I’m enjoying a heady combination of creative work and prayer.

Amethyst ranges in from lavender to deep violet, the shade  associated with royalty. It is prominently  featured – along with sapphires, tourmalines, topaz and citrine – decorating the British Crown Jewels.

The qualities of amethyst can seem at odds with each other in some ways. For example, ancient Egyptian soldiers wore it into battle for protection. Yet it is considered the stone of Buddha among Tibetans who incorporate it into prayer beads for its spiritual and meditative energy.

Above all though, amethyst is a healing stone. Shamans who use in ritual healing and ground amethyst is reportedly used in Chinese medicine.

In her book “Sacred Woman,” author QueenAfua notes that amethyst is “the mother of all healers” and recommends that women wear them in waist beads to facilitate wellness in the womb and balance sexual energy.

  Amethyst waist beads

The waist beads I am working on for my Aquarius client include her birthstone garnet, which is another healing and protective stone. Metaphysically, garnet shields its wearer from negative energy and strengthens the influence of positive vibrations. No doubt because of its color, the stone has also been considered influential in the healing of blood and heart conditions and in enhancing the body’s resilience and power.

Garnet waist beads

With both amethyst and garnet working for her in her wrap and soul waist beads, my client will greet her days with beauty and power!

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is the crystal of love and romance, and not just because of its pretty, pale pink color which is associated with calm, beauty and feminine energies. Rose quartz stimulates the heart chakra from which all human emotion flows, the center health and wellness. When the heart chakra is properly balanced, you will experience peace, focus, kindliness and compassion for others.

Rose quartz, a clear translucent stone, is best known for its ability to improve self-love, attract love, and improve fidelity in marriage or existing relationships.  In her book, “Sacred Woman.” Queen Afua recommends the use of rose quartz  during rituals for sacred relationships, and she associates the stone with Maat, the Khemitan guardian of wisdom.

In ancient lore, rose quartz  was soaked in elixirs which women drank for a more youthful, beautiful appearance.  It has been used in human adornment for over 4,000 years.

Above all, it is the stone of universal love and forgiveness.

Sankofa waist beads

Wearing  Wrap and Soul rose quartz waistbeads is a wonderful way to infuse your aura with the energies of this powerful stone.

Quartz is the second only to fieldspar in abundance within the earth’s crust. Rose quartz gets its distinctive color from traces of  titanium, iron, or manganese. Other semi-precious quartz-based gemstones include amethyst, citrine and smoky quartz.

Rose quartz is  found throughout the world, including the USA. But the best examples of this stone are found in Brazil.

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