Stone for love – Valentines Day and Garnet

Which stone means love? What is the best stone to attract love and a soulmate? Does Rose Quartz attract love at Valentines, or Garnet? So what is the gemstone for love?

Birthstones and Gemstone jewellery for luck in love:

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Wow! Did you know that if you search on Google for Stones For Love – you get over 2 billion results! (Valentines only returns a mere x1 billion). So “stone for love” is a popular search indeed and it indicates that a lot of people are looking for love – and hoping perhaps to get some sort of “other-worldly” or celestial help to achieve it 😉 Here are some other common searches:

Stone for love and happiness: Stone for love marriage: Crystals for love and romance: Pink stone for love: Gemstone to attract soulmate: Crystals for love spells: Gemstone for love success: What stone for love and marriage?

OK you get the picture!! and the most commonly-used stones to attract love appear to be: Garnet, Rose Quartz and Jade. Moonstone also features as a gemstone for affection (although it also has an element of protection). Place Moonstone under your pillow at night and dream of your loved-one – so the saying goes.

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For years, people have thought that certain gemstones have magical powers. For example, Jade is supposed to promote longevity, but some say Jade also attracts love: In ancient Egypt, Jade was admired as the stone of love, especially when fashioned in the shape of a heart. And of course, Rose Quartz and Garnet are supposed to bring love.

But wait! Isn’t Garnet the modern birthstone for January and Aquarius: January 21-February 19th? What better time then to get your loved-one something for Valentines featuring the magic gemstone Garnet. Yes, the Garnet gemstone is often gifted to loved-ones as a stone for love and happiness.

Garnet stone for love
Garnet: One of the stones for love

Garnet and its deep rich red is thought of as the stone of romantic love and passion, enhancing sensuality and intimacy. Although said to be more of a feminine life force and for women’s needs, Garnet is also said to encourage a quick return of a separated love. Garnets are often gifted to women when they fall in love, and so as Engagement presents too. The myth is that the Garnet, as a symbol of truth and purity, will secure someone’s love forever!

So, are you looking for marriage or love? What are you waiting for!

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Going back in history to Cleopatra and beyond, gemstones have been worn for their supposed magical powers . . to help protect people, bring them prosperity and good luck, as well as good health, longevity . . and love. Nowadays, it has been scientifically proved that it is the faith or belief in a positive outcome of events that brings people better fortune in their lives . . and so we imagine, luck in love.

NOTE:
Although a Garnet gem stone is often gifted to a loved-one as the stone of romantic love and passion, it is said that Noah hung a huge Garnet on the Ark to illuminate the dark and help him steer to safety: So travellers in the Middle Ages started carrying Garnet to supposedly light up their journey and to give them protection from misfortune. So, if your Valentine is going travelling sometime soon – great, what a combination is the purported qualities of Garnet, to achieve the perfect Valentine gift! Garnet is especially valued as a present to a lover or partner who is going to be away for a while on a trip.

St Valentine is celebrated on February 14th in many (not all) countries of the world – the day of Romance. On this day, gifts of love are exchanged – many unsigned, so the recipient if left wondering: “Who loves me enough to send me this card or this beautiful piece of gemstone jewellery?” In Dublin, Ireland . . in the Carmelite Church on Whitefriar Street, you will find the resting place of St Valentine, the patron Saint of love, and the so-called inspiration behind all things to do with romance.

Jade love bracelet
Jade love bracelet

So, Valentine’s gifts can be varied and diverse – but will they help you find the one you want? The best we can do is to make someone feel extra special, and more loved and appreciated this Valentines Day, with a small and meaningful gift of love and inspiration from our shop:

But remember: Garnet is the gemstone for the month and can also be associated with the zodiac sign Aquarius.

Take a look in our Good Luck Gift Shop store for a gift to get luck in love!

For years, people have thought that certain gemstones have magical powers. e.g. Moonstone is supposed to offer calm and protection; Rose Quartz and Garnet are supposed to bring love!

 

The CAMINO PILGRIM Family

What is it about the Camino de Santiago that brings people together? What is it that inspires writers and artists? We are grateful to Camino Artist, Kate . .

. . for describing some of her experience as a ‘Camino pilgrim’ that drove her to change her life priorities and concentrate on her art, and who is now producing wonderful Camino art / paintings. These are her words:

” Life is full of many ups and downs, some controllable and others not. We have no choice but to accept the good with the bad. After all, does one without the other even mean anything?

A few years ago, I went on a journey, a solo adventure, time just for me. (Selfish?)

Unbeknownst to me then it was an opportunity to really look at what is good and bad in life, to really put perspective on those things. Initially I decided to walk the Camino to ‘just see if I could do it’… and well, I could! Aha! I just didn’t expect the rest that came with it.

Camino de Santiago
Camino de Santiago – painting in alcohol inks

The Camino takes you through mountains, flat lands and forests and each is as beautiful as the last. Make sure you have plenty of room on your phones as you’ll be taking lots of pictures!

The Camino is more than the beauty of your surroundings though, it has an energy that’s unlike anywhere else. I think part of this comes from the sense of community on the Camino, which is amazing, and I love being a part of the pilgrim family; this is true even after the Camino as there are pilgrim family members all around the world that love to connect after walking it! More importantly it seems no matter our differences and backgrounds pilgrims come together and want to learn and help one another more than I’ve ever felt before. (Well, most pilgrims!)

There is also respect for those that want to walk a quiet day without chat and interruption, to be with your own thoughts but with the knowledge of knowing any one you meet would offer a helping hand if you were in need. I feel the Camino gives us permission to be who we are, to be true to ourselves, and to truly be in the moment. Life gets so chaotic sometimes and we don’t often get the time to truly think and be.

Meseta on the Camino de Santiago
Meseta on the Camino, painting by Kate

Don’t get me wrong, the Camino is full of challenges and frustrations, from blisters to achy muscles, or cold showers and snorers in the albergues, but all these things are what ‘make’ the Camino what it is. It’s amazing to challenge yourself to walk 800km! I know my friends thought I was crazy when I went the first time but like in life you just take one day at a time, and if you want it badly enough and you push through the difficult days, you’ll get there. That sense of achievement when you realise what you’ve done outweighs all the days you’ve struggled and had to push through the aches and pains.

Before the Camino I was a hairdresser and artist. After the Camino I was an artist first then hairdresser. I transitioned and changed my life to focus it around what I love; painting…and the Camino. Now I’m no longer a hairdresser and just an artist that paints the Camino. It really has changed my life and has made me realise I need to follow my dreams. My dreams may not happen overnight, but if I want it badly enough and push each day towards achieving my goal, I will get there. Another dream is to walk and paint the Camino as I go, to capture each painting in real time. But! Until I’m able to return, for now I’ll be happy painting my photos and memories and to have fellow pilgrims connect and commission me to paint theirs. What else makes such a unique experience even more special but an original and unique piece of art?

Paths of the Camino de Santiago
Kate takes commissions from fellow pilgrims

”  It’s been difficult to sum up the Camino in a relatively small amount of words as there are so many things to talk about! So, I guess the only real way you can know what it is truly like, is to walk yourself. Go on, I give you permission, now give yourself the permission 😊 ”

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SAFE TRAVELS bracelet

Safe trip: “Have a safe journey and travel safe”. How often do we hear wishes like that, or want to give a gift to wish safe travels to someone we know?

At Christmas time many people are looking for that ideal and meaningful Christmas present. Folks are also planning their next year’s vacation or holidays: So it could be a good time to combine a gift for travellers with a simple present at Christmas . . wishing friends or loved-ones be holiday safety, and have a safe journey. (See our Good Luck Gift Shop store.)

Travel safe
Travel safe: Bracelet gifts

The most common gift to wish safe travels, is some sort of protection bracelet or safe travels bracelet: It is simple, easy to carry when travelling (on holiday for example), usually low cost (so not a huge disaster if lost) and meaningful. As gifts for travellers go, a safe travel bracelet is it!

See some jewellery to wish luck / safety on a trip or journey in our store

Safe travels bracelet
Safe travels bracelet

But of what does this travel bracelet consist? A simple lucky talisman strung on a bracelet? Or perhaps it is something more meaningful: A piece of spiritual or religious jewellery perhaps?

In this respect, when it comes to travel, people tend to look for something that offers a form of “protection”. Yes, even in these modern times, many people (whatever their faith or religion) still believe in some sort of divine spirit or guardian angel watching over them, acting as a guide, a guardian or protector: It could be a God, a Saint, a Guardian Angel or a simple religious symbol of faith. In the Christian or Catholic world, the St Christopher talisman is a good example of this – and St Christopher bracelets, necklaces and other jewellery are common gifts indeed. But there are more examples of safe travel bracelets too, and the one above features the cross of St James (Saint James is the patron Saint of pilgrims, and travellers in general, whereas St Christopher is patron of all sorts of travelling (and especially long journeys)).

St Christopher symbol jewelry
St Christopher jewelry for safekeeping

It is said that good luck travelling and a safe return home is not a matter of fate, but of faith. And even for agnostics who maybe prefer some other form of lucky symbol to accompany them on their travels, a safe travels bracelet featuring a powerful symbol like a Saint, couldn’t do any harm!

On the other hand, wouldn’t it be nice to gift something to a friend or loved-one travelling to wish safe travel and safekeeping that really worked! And in a way, you can: By giving a friend or loved-one a Safe Travels bracelet (for example), they will be REMINDED of your concerns while they are travelling and so, hopefully, take extra care. And this is the most important thing.

Tennessee Williams said that “Luck is believing you are lucky” and many people admit that there is a power in a thought made positive by a lucky charm symbol – being a constant reminder of purpose and desires. And so it is also with a lucky charm travel bracelet (or other piece of jewellery) to wish someone a safe journey: In addition to any value in the lucky charm symbol itself, or the religious faith that it might represent, a gift to wish safe travels can actually act as a REMINDER TO BE CAREFUL. And this can be very important and a powerful aid to staying safe whilst travelling away from home.

 

Anyway, at Christmas time, when the Christian faith is foremost, a safe travel bracelet (or other piece of religious jewellery perhaps, like a necklace or earrings) based on a Christian symbol can be very appropriate as a meaningful Christmas present.

So please go over to our online shop to see some safe travel bracelets ( as well as other travel  jewellery to wish luck and safety on a trip  )

Have a safe trip! May God guide you and protect you on your journey, and fulfil all your wishes. Have a wonderful time, enjoy your travels and keep safe ♥

 

GIFTS for someone WALKING the CAMINO

What is it about gifting? Why do we gift? Why is gifting important? And why is Camino de Santiago jewellery often given as a present for someone walking El Camino?

You could say that we give gifts to each other because we’re supposed to, and this is often true – particularly on special well-known occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, and so on. And we also give people presents when someone has achieved something – as a form of recognition (eg, acknowledgement of an achievement, or goal attainment). So, for example, we could give a friend or loved-one a gift for having walked the Camino de Santiago because we are recognising something they have done or achieved – an accomplishment; or, because they are a fan of El Camino.

And we have a lot of gifts like that in our Good Luck Gift Shop store.

Camino gift
Camino gift for fan of El Camino

But, giving someone a gift because they are ABOUT to do something? Is this normal? (For example, giving a present to someone who WILL be walking the Camino in the future?) What does such a gift represent?

Camino de Santiago jewelry
Camino de Santiago jewellery

It is quite normal to wish someone well with their challenges and adventures – verbally, or perhaps with a quick WhatsAp message. But how often does this translate into a gift?

good luck gift

In our Good Luck Gift  Shop  we actually see this quite a lot, particularly with Camino gifts. We can tell, because people often include a short message with a gift when they buy it, and we ship the present direct to the recipient with the message as requested. These messages often refer to the meaning of the gift – whether as a piece of Camino de Santiago memorabilia or souvenir, or because the recipient is a fan of the Camino, or more often than not, as an inspirational piece of Santiago de Compostela jewelry because they are about to walk the Camino.

And we have a lot of Camino de Santiago jewellery too, in our online shop!

gift card for fan of camino
Gift card for fan of El Camino

So, Camino de Santiago jewelry is being gifted to someone walking the Camino in Spain, France or Portugal, as a way of offering encouragement, and willing them to succeed and have a successful journey, and a safe trip.

But, returning to the original question: Did you know that one of the main reasons for giving and receiving presents at Christmas time, is to remind us of the presents baby Jesus received from the three Wise Men: Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh? Yes, we all know that gifts are important at Christmas – but probably not for that reason nowadays!

There are of course many reasons for giving a gift. For example, we sometimes give people gifts to show them that we are grateful, and that we value the role they play in our lives. In this case, we give a present willingly without wanting anything in return: So, making someone feel special is as important a reason as any to bestow a gift.

And then there are Birthdays: As regards Birthdays (another of the traditional gifting occasions), history tells us that originally it had something to do with offering protection to the recipient.

People have always believed in good and evil spirits, and folklore has it that spirits gather around a person who is celebrating his or her birthday – dating back to the time when they were born. Years ago (and even nowadays in some parts of the world) everyone was afraid of these spirits, thinking that they would cause harm to the birthday boy or girl. And so, friends and relatives would gather around and wish them “Happy Birthday” so that their good wishes would protect them. In fact, in the UK, many years ago, when Britain was ruled by Rome, there was a God known as Apis (originally from Egypt and also pronounced as Hap-Hapi-Hapy), and it is believed that the word ‘happy’ in the birthday greeting Happy Birthday, dates back to this word ‘Hapi’ in Old English. For this reason, when you wish someone ‘happy’ birthday, you are actually wishing the God Apis to bring them protection and good fortune.

Gift for protection and good fortune

It appears therefore that, as in many things, it is tradition and folklore that lie behind a lot of today’s celebrations and commemorations and, in the case of Birthdays, it is probably because of yesteryear in ancient Britain when giving a birthday present was believed to bring protection, that the concept of the birthday party (and of giving birthday presents in general) has developed.

In very early days, only kings or prominent men were thought important enough to celebrate their birthdays in this way. But as time has gone on, us ordinary folks now celebrate birthdays too.

But perhaps we just want to give somone a present to say something special . .

gift saying I love you

. . like “I love you”!

Overall, hardly a day goes by without us wanting to pass on our best wishes for one event or another to a friend or loved one, and a symbolic gift is a good way of doing this. And seeing that walking El Camino is viewed as such a big event, people often give a little present such as a Camino de Santiago bracelet, necklace or earrings to send their friends or relatives on their way.

We have all grown up with various traditions, superstitions and beliefs. Whether you choose to believe them or not, it is undeniable that faith influences a lot of people, and much of our modern day gifting has roots in faith and belief.

 

Lovers re-united in Teruel make great VALENTINE JEWELLERY

The lovers of Teruel – Los amantes de Teruel

A great bit of Spanish Valentines Day folklore from our Good Luck Gift Shop !

In eastern Spain – to the northwest of Valencia, there is a small city famous for its lovers – Los Amantes de Teruel, the lovers of the city of: Teruel:

Many people visiting this part of eastern Spain want to see the “Lovers of Teruel” But what are they? And what is their story? It’s worth a look because it’s wonderful stories like these that lie behind much of the jewellery in our online shop – whether based on fables, or folklore or religious beliefs.

It all supposedly happened in the year 1217 in the city of Teruel, in Aragón, in eastern Spain, where a young boy, Juan Martinez, of the Marcilla family, and a girl, Isabel (of the Segura family), who had grown up playing together, suddenly fell in love.

Los amantes the lovers
Jewellery with meaning and for inspiration

Of course, they wanted to marry. But, even though the Marcilla family was important, they were not as important as the Segura family, and Juan was the second son, meaning that he would inherit nada (nothing). There was no way he could marry the only daughter and heiress of the great Segura family. So he struck a deal with her father: He’d go to war (meaning la Reconquista against the Moorish arabs who had occupied a large part of Spain), fight hard, rise in rank and earn great wealth . . in five years. If in that time he returned rich, he’d marry Isabel. So, on that promise, he left Teruel to travel and make his fortune.

Some years passed, and Isabel’s father started insisting that Isable get married. But, she refused, on the basis that she had to remain a maiden until she was 20, because no woman should get married before she learned how to manage a household. And her father, as any good father, that loved and respected his daughter, agreed with her.

However, when the five years passed and Juan didn’t return, Isabel believed him dead and agreed to marry Don Pedro of Azagra. But . . right after the ceremony, Juan returned . . and with great riches! Too late though!! His beloved was already married.

So one night, Juan sneaked up into her and her husband’s bedroom and asked her for a kiss: “Kiss me”, he pleaded, “for I am dying!”. But she refused on the basis that she would be acting unfaithfully to her husband. He asked her again, and again she refused.

So Juan just dropped dead!

Isabel woke her husband Don Pedro and told him what had happened. He was like: “But why didn’t you kiss him?!” So she told him that she hadn’t wanted to betray him. He retorted: “You are truly a woman worthy of praise!”

So the matrimónio (married couple) sneaked Juan’s body out of their home in the middle of the night and left it in a local churchyard, so the husband wouldn’t get blamed for the death.

The next day the funeral ceremony took place and Isabel came, dressed in her wedding gown, and leaning over Juan’s body gave him the kiss that she had refused him in life.

And then she too dropped dead.

Don Pedro then told everyone in the church his story and the town agreed to bury the couple together in the churchyard, so at least in death they would be side by side . . the lovers of Teruel.

Their remains were re-discovered in 1555 during repair works at the San Pedro church in Teruel. And since then, they have been moved into two marble tombs on prominent display in the church. And this is what everyone visits. And since that time, the fame of this story has spread around Spain and around the world.

Every February, Teruel pays tribute to its famous lovers and remembers this most famous romantic tragedy . .

. . just as we do with our Valentine’s Day gifts and lover’s jewellery in our Good Luck Gift shop

Jewellery gifts with real meaning! That’ll be us!