About 12 Gems
12 Gems Jewelry was created out of a love of crystals and their metaphysical healing powers. Crystals and gemstones have long been used to enhance the chakras, activate the DNA and expand consciousness as well as provide protection, support the spiritual body, heal emotions and bring in abundance. The best way to harness the healing energy of a crystal or gemstone is to place or wear it over the appropriate chakra or organ. When wearing a purified crystal or gemstone you feel calm and peaceful as its vibration radiates into your being.
In Exodus, it is told that 12 gemstones were placed on the priestly breastplate, known as the ephod. Each stone pertained to the sons of of Israel and included: carnelian, peridot, emerald, turquoise, lapis lazuli, diamond, jacinth, agate, amethyst, beryl, onyx and jasper.
Indian warriors in the Great Plains and Great Basin regions have worn the breastplate for hundreds of years. Made from a variety of materials including bone-pipe, deer hide and gemstones, the breastplate was originally worn for protection against arrow and spears in battle. However the breastplate is still worn by American Indians during ceremonial events and festivals and this is because the breastplate provides more than a layer of physical protection, it also has spiritual significance. The breastplate provided spiritual protection for the warrior while he fought for his tribe and each item that was used for decoration transferred the characteristic of the animal or element to the warrior. The hair-pipe bones that make up the majority of the breastplate were traditionally made from bison and often the wealth and strength of a warrior was determined by the number of hair-pipe bones on his breastplate as well as the particular items, such as feathers and gemstones, it was adorned with.
THE POWER OF TWELVE
The number 12 has had significance for thousands of years. Symbolically, the number 12 represents completion as it forms a whole, harmonious unit. Ancient civilizations believed it to be the symbolic creation of the universe and the operation of the cosmos.
Mathematically, the number 12 creates the only perfect square number (144) which is known as Pure Math Harmony vertically and horizontally. This is echoed in music as there are 12 notes or tones on the scale. Astrologically, there are 12 signs or constellations of the zodiac, 12 animals in the Chinese horoscope and 12 lunar years on the Chinese lunar calendar. It takes 12 years for Jupiter to transit a sign.
In religion, the number 12 can be found in almost every ancient culture. The Jains divided the sky into 12 regions of power and the multiples of 12 (24 and 72) are used all throughout Jain mythology. In Buddhism, life is composed of 12 stages which turn the wheel of life in a cycle of samsara. In Zoroastrianism, the 12 signs of the zodiac represent the 12 commanders on the side of light, fighting for the fate of the world. There are 12 names of the sun in Sanskrit, 12 petals on the Anahata Chakra located at the heart as well as 12 petals on the corolla of the Sahasrara Chakra located at the crown of the head. The Shinto believe in 12 generations of heavenly and earthly deities. In Scripture, there are 12 sons of Ishmael, 12 stones chosen by the 12 men to make a monument, 12 administrators of Solomon for Israel, 12 stones on the altar of Elijah, 12 curses proclaimed by Moses to the men of Israel, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 precious stones on the High Priest breastplate and 12 sons of Jacob. In the Qur'an it says that God appointed 12 leaders to the people of Israel. There are 12 principle divinities in Greek mythology, 12 works of Hercules, 12 seats surrounding the throne of Odin, 12 provinces of Ra.
In the body, there are 12 biochemical salts in a human cell.
The number 12 governs our daily cycles as there are 12 months in a year, 12 hours in a day and 12 hours in a night.
12 Gems Jewelry creates one of a kind crystal jewelry that can be worn on any occasion. This allows the wearer to feel the expanded energy of the stone at all times. Each collection unites the healing abilities of two or more crystals so as to work in unison with each other and their corresponding chakra centers in the body.
GARNET & HOWLITE
Garnet has an ancient history of having renowned magical power. In medieval times, Garnet was known for its protective and curative abilities such as neutralizing poison, calming fever and reducing depression. Garnet is used to protect from evil and prevent nightmares. Red stones have long been regarded to have anti-inflammatory properties and Garnet is used today to heal heart problems and revitalize the body.
As a root chakra stone, Garnet is great for manifestation. It helps to keep one balanced and grounded while turning dreams into reality and bringing abundance into one's life.
Howlite is a stone of awareness and is great for aiding in meditation and higher dimensional travel. It can be used for releasing attachments of the past, in this life or from previous lives. It helps for bringing closure into one's life so he or she can focus on the present. Howlite helps to decrease anger, selfishness, stress, and anxiety and instead brings calm and relaxation. Howlite is also used to heighten creativity and self-expression.
LAPIS & CITRINE
Lapis Lazuli is one of the most sought after stones in history. It symbolized cosmic correspondence and represented the night sky and the power of the gods. It is a reminder of 'as above so below' the concept of the powers of heaven being reflected on earth. Lapis Lazuli is a stone of royalty and spirituality. In Mesopotamian legend, it was associated to the goddess Inanna (Venus) who wore a Lapis regalia when she went into the underworld, spiritually representing the souls journey to earth. Lapis Lazuli is a stone of visionary awareness as it facilitates enhanced intuition and access to spiritual guidance. It stimulates the throat chakra and helps to tap into inner truth as well as attract success and lasting recognition in your field.
Citrine has long been known as the Merchants Stone as it is associated with abundance and prosperity as well as acquiring and maintaining wealth. It is a stone of manifestation, imagination and will power. Citrine stimulates creativity and transforms dreams into tangible reality. Citrine activates the immune system and encourages energy flow in the body. Citrine supports the endocrine system, stimulates digestion and encourages proper metabolism. Citrine energy opens and energizes the Sacral and Solar Plexus area of the body, helping to direct personal will power and activate manifestation flow.
CARNELIAN & ROSE QUARTZ
In ancient times, Carnelian was a popular stone, thought to prevent misfortune and attract good luck. Known as the singer's stone, Carnelian stimulates courage, restores motivation and energizes the soul body. It was used in early Mesopotamian recipes for fighting off dis-ease and was tied around the wrists of newborns. It provides support for detoxifying from alcohol or other drugs, breaking bad habits, and improving overall health.
Rose Quartz is known as the stone of unconditional love. It heals emotions and draws in love and harmony, transforming relationships with yourself and others. It links one's heart to that of the earth and the heart of the Universe. The love vibrations of Rose Quartz can penetrate at a cellular level, reprogramming the cells for joy rather than despair. Rose Quartz stimulates the crown chakra, third eye and throat chakras, bringing them into alignment with the heart. Rose Quartz harmonizes the body, bringing an abundance of love energy from within.
Pearls are one of nature's unique gemstones. Formed in mollusks in both fresh and salt water, Pearls have long been associated with beauty and treasure. In ancient societies Pearls symbolized the moon and were thought to imbue magical properties. In ancient China, it was believed that wearing Pearls would protect one from fire and dragons. In the Byzantine empire, only the emperor was allowed to wear Pearls. Pearl is a stone that will attract luck and wealth and bring energies of prosperity and abundance. Pearl is known for its calming effect on the body as well as its ability to balance the aura. Pearl cultivates inner wisdom and will bring in energies of integrity, charity and generosity.
AQUAMARINE & MOONSTONE
Aquamarine in Latin means "water of the sea". Its blue and green colors evoke the purity and calmness of the sea. Ancient shamans, healers and mystics used this stone for meditation as well as revelation. Aquamarine is a powerful stone for cleansing the emotional body. It is great for presenting and teaching as well as negotiation and compromise. It is a wonderful humanitarian stone and it protects those who journey by sea.
Moonstone is known as the "travelers stone" as it protects travelers as well as lovers on their journey. Moonstone is a wonderful crystal for new love, and current love. It stimulates the kundalini and is a fertility stone. It aids in self-expression and soothes and heals the emotional body. Moonstone is the stone of the Goddess and the feminine and it helps to attune the rhythms of the body to the rhythms of Nature.
Nicole has always been a lover of nature. Growing up in a holistic household, Nicole learned about the healing and energetic properties of nature at a young age. She pursued a degree in fashion design at NC State College of Textiles then decided later to become a writer and an actress. However her interest in crystals and their unique healing capabilities led her back to her passion for design. Nicole wanted to incorporate the healing power of gemstones with beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry that can be worn on all occasions. Nicole designs each collection and hand crafts each piece with pure love and intention then cleanses and charges it allowing the wearer to have a personal experience with the stones energetic effects. Nicole aims to share healing jewelry so that we might work together to heal the world.
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