Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Small Business Day

Happy Small Business Day Sat Nov 25th, 2017, When you shop small business an actual family celebrates! #smallbusinessday #smallbusiness.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

The meaning of the Fish hook Necklace

Known in ancient Hawaii as "the hook from the havens", a symbol of strength, good luck and safe travel across the waters.

The origins of the fish hook

Pacific Fish Hook Necklace
Pacific Fish Hook Necklace
The legend originated from the Māori people of New Zealand, where it is known as “hei matau”; a bone or greenstone carving in the shape of a highly stylized fish hook. The fish-hook shape of the hei matau finds its origins in Māori tale, which denotes that the North Island of New Zealand was once a huge fish that was
caught by the great mariner Maui using only a woven line and a hook made from the jawbone of his grandmother. Legend suggests that the shape of Hawke Bay is that of the hei matau, which caught in the fish's side on the beach. The Māori name for the North island, Te Ika a Maui ("The fish of Maui") reflects this myth.

For the Māori, the Hei Matau is taonga (a cultural treasure). It characterizes not only their land, but also prosperity, fertility and safe passage over water. They also denote the importance of fishing to the Māori, and their relationship to Tangaroa god of the sea.

The meaning of the fish hook to the Hawaiian culture

To the Hawaiian the meaning of the fish hook pendant came from the extraordinary respect Hawaiians have had for the ocean, which has provided sustenance and enabled travel. Hawaiian Life details the history of the Macau, as this pendant is called in Hawaii. Initially, the Macau was put to practical use in fishing. It is now frequently worn around the neck for its symbolic power and perceived benefits.
Fish hooks were used by island men and women to catch and gut fish, as well as catching and preparing other types of food. The main function for fish hooks today is to wish someone a successful future or good health. They are also used, of course, simply for adornment.
The symbolism and value the fish hook presents spread all over the Pacific Ocean cultures.

The fish hook to the Tongan Islands

In the old times, Maui obtained a fish hook from an old fisherman named Tongafusifonua. Plausibly, Maui went fishing. He dropped the fish hook into the ocean, but when he tries to pull up the line, it seems to be caught upon something. Maui pulled and pulled until the hook appeared once more, but with it also comes an island! Well, Maui kept throwing the hook into the water until the main islands of Tongatapu, Ha’apai and Vava’u are all pulled from the ocean. (Eua and some of the smaller volcanic islands were created separately by the god craftsman Tangaloa whose wood shavings fell from the sky.)
At any rate, Maui names the largest island “Tonga” in honor of the old fisherman, and that island is now Tongatapu, with the capital city Nuku’alofa. But the demi God Maui isn’t done fishing yet! Pleased with his success, Maui kept fishing, eventually pulling up most of the islands of Tonga, as well as — depending upon the legend source — some of the islands in Hawaii, Samoa and Fiji.

The fish hook symbolism to the Samoan Islands

Fish hook Engraved of Koa Wood
Fish hook Engraved of Koa Wood
American Samoan dependence on fishing goes back about 3,500 years when people first populated the Samoan archipelago. When distributed, fish and other resources move through a complex and culturally embedded exchange system that supports the food needs of Aiga (extended family) as well as the status of both Matai (chiefs) and village ministers.

The fish hook necklace today

Before Pacific Islanders would make fish hooks of fish bone, cow bone and from all sorts of material from the ocean. Today, with the increased demand on the fish hook necklaces, especially with in cultures of the surf, the hip, the multi-cultured, the believers of luckism, the collectors or as featured in Disney's 2016 movie Moana with the demi God Maui and his magical fish hook; within the increased popularity of fish hooks in the mainstream, fish hook necklaces are now available in both hand carved or mass produced of large assortment of materials such as gold, silver, stainless steel, jade, wood, bone, resin & horn. Fish hook necklaces are not practical for fishing and yet they make pretty cool accessory.
Wither you are a luckism believer or not, the fish hook remains a largely known symbol of beauty, strength, prosperity, fertility, safe travels & happy fishing; or just a cool what is that kind of necklace.

Foot note

The Hawaiian fish hook necklace is known in many of the Pacific rim cultures by many phrases. The following are just some:

  • Fish hook necklace
  • Hawaiian bone fish hook
  • Hawaiian fish hook necklace
  • Hawaiian hook necklace
  • Hei Matau
  • Hook necklace
  • Koa wood fish hook necklace
  • Magical fish hook necklace
  • Maori bone fish hook
  • Maori fish hook
  • Maori fish hook necklace
  • Maori hook
  • Maori hook necklace
  • Maui fish hook necklace
  • Maui hook necklace
  • Maui hook necklace
  • Men fish hook necklace
  • Men fish hook necklace
  • Men hook necklace
  • Pacific fish hook necklace
  • Polynesian fish hook necklace
  • Samoan fish hook necklace
  • Surfer fish hook necklace
  • Surfer necklace
  • Surfer dude necklace
  • Tahitian fish hook necklace

Sunday, October 2, 2016

How to Save on Jewelry


They say “you do not need to be rich to sparkle”.  There is no denying jewelry makes the perfect gift. Jewelry is personable, popular, glamorous and can be affordable. With the large variety of jewelry metals and gemstones out there, saving on jewelry can take many ways.

Save on Precious Metals

How to save on jewelry
Precious Metals Lady
When it comes to metals polished silver have similar look to 18K white gold or platinum without breaking the bank. With silver, you can acquire brand name jewelry like Tiffany’s or Channel without paying the high prices of gold or platinum. A second alternative is lower the gold karat. Use 14K gold instead of 18K gold and save 23%, for jewelry heavy on gold like chains opt for 10K gold and save %45 of 18K gold price. Additionally, in some jewelry designs like pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings you can choose hollow gold and save considerably on the weight of gold. Another popular jewelry material to help you avoid gold prices is black and brown silk thread. They come in neutral colors, and they are widely used in necklaces and bracelets. Silk strands look fantastic for several styles such as casual, BOHO, tribal, surf and eclectic styles.

Save on Gemstones

Consider pearls, they are the most popular gemstone
When it comes to jewelry money savings in gemstones, pearls take the lead. Natural pearls are probably the most popular gemstone worldwide.  Pearls are elegant, natural, have a warm touch, an exhilarating natural shine and they come in a broad range of colors.
Pink pearls jewelry from AlohaElegant.com
Pink Pearls Jewelry - AlohaElegant.com
Besides white, natural pearls come in purple, pink, golden & black. You can choose to have pearls in earrings, rings, pendants, bracelets or a whole pearls necklace; evidently using the precious metal of your choice.
Gems are strong together
Diamonds are all priced per carat. Diamond prices per carat increase as you move up to higher carat weight. For example, the price of a 0.25 ct princess cut diamond is $336.00; the price of 1 carat diamond of the same grade actually is $3,588.00. That is 4 times bigger and 10 times more expensive. Ask your jewelry to put 4 small diamonds like 0.25ct each together to make one carat diamond, in this case the price will be $1,344 instead of $3,588 for 1 ct single stone; for a savings of %62. Besides diamonds you can combine small gemstones to get the weight and look of a bigger gemstone for a number of expensive gemstones like sapphires, rubies and emeralds.

Save on Diamonds

save on diamonds
Diamond Earrings - AlohaElegant.com
Girl’s best friend comes with a price. Diamonds get all the glamour, fame and traditionally desirable; which comes with hefty price tag. Luckily; there are ways to get around the high prices diamonds. Diamonds are meticulously rated on the 4 Cs; which are color, carat, cut and clarity. By lowering some of these diamond rating criteria you can save big on natural diamonds. Another way is choose a natural diamond alternative like moissanite, topaz, or lab grown diamonds.  Moissanite is about 10-20% of the price of a comparable diamond yet brings a surprisingly similar look. Moissanite is more brilliant than diamonds, nevertheless is not traditionally symbolic as diamonds. Topaz as a diamond substitute is inexpensive, less durable and less brilliant than diamond. Topaz is a great diamond substitute for jewelry that is less likely to get scratched like earrings and pendants, not so much as for rings since rings are more likely to get bumped.

Lab Diamond is a Diamond

Another alternative to natural diamonds is lab grown diamonds. Unlike other natural diamond substitutes, lab grown diamonds are made of pure carbon just like the natural diamonds.  Lab grown diamonds don’t have the long geological history natural diamonds have.  Other diamond substitutes are cubic zirconia, sapphire and treated diamonds.

Save on Brand Name Jewelry

Brand name jewelry is extremely popular. It makes a statement, have consistent quality and shows status as fast as the glare in jewelry. The mean time brand name jewelry comes with substantial price tag. Overall, Brand jewelry costs more than 5 times the price of a similar standard jewelry. The silver lining is there are many ways to save on brand name jewelry.
Consider pre-owned brand jewelry
Pre-owned brand jewelry can save you more than %50 of the retail price. Jewelers inspect rigorously brand jewelry they carry. They give the jewelry a good overhaul before they put it up for sale. Furthermore, most jewelers guarantee the authenticity of the brand jewelry they sell.
Alternatives still brand name jewelry
High end jewelry retailers like Tiffany and Ben Bridge nowadays use inexpensive material to make jewelry turquoise, tourmaline and amethyst.
Tiffany bead bracelet
Bead Bracelet - Tiffany.com
and bring the brand to a broader crowd. In terms of precious metals, cheaper metals are now used such as sterling silver, leather and silk strands. In terms of gemstones savings you can find major jewelry brand  pieces made of inexpensive gems like
Save on jewelry online
When it comes to saving money when shopping for jewelry online, several options cyber exist.
1. Big name boxes
http://www.tiffany.com/, then select Jewelry under $250
http://www.benbridge.com/, then select Gifts under $299
http://www.macys.com, then select Jewelry category like earrings, then filter by price.
2. Small businesses
http://www.superjeweler.com, then select category, then filter by price
https://www.alohaelegant.com , For jewelry with tropical twist
https://www.artfuljeweler.com,  For jewelry with artistic touch

Overall, try to buy real material gold or silver, real gemstones (pearls, topaz & amethyst). Genuine jewelry looks fabulous longer and keeps you safe from allergy reactions. Happy jewelry savings.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Why We Love Pearls?


Pearls; the only jewels created by a living creature. Pearls have a warm touch, a unique subtle luster. Natural south sea pearls are exceptionally rare. A natural pearl of value is found in less than 1 in every 10,000 wild oysters. These are some of the reasons that make pearls probably the most popular gems in the World.

Reasons We Love Pearls

Perfect shining spheres. Lustrous baroque forms. Seductive strands, warm to the touch. Pearls are simply and purely organic.
GIA, June 2016, http://www.gia.edu/pearl
Girl loves pearls


Pearls Luster
Perhaps the best-loved gems of all time, pearls—both natural and modern cultured pearls—occur in a wide variety of colors.
GIA, June 2016, http://www.gia.edu/pearl


Luster, symmetry, and “fresh-from-nature” appeal make pearls uniquely desirable to a wide range of consumers.
GIA, June 2016, http://www.gia.edu/pearl
Natural pearls

RESOURCES

  • http://www.jckonline.com/blogs/chain/2016/04/24/7-things-you-probably-dont-know-about-pearls 
  • http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/nature/10-fascinating-facts-about-pearls.aspx

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June Birthstones

June birthstones are as fascinating as people born in June. People with a birth month of June have colorful personality, smart, sensitive and dreamers. The month of June counts not one but 3 intriguing birthstones.

June claims 3 birthstones:
  • Pearl: Natural shine warm to the touch
  • Alexandrite: Magically green by day red by night
  • Moonstone: Captivating change of appearance on motion

Pearl

Pearls are unique as they are the only gems from living sea creatures and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty.
Perhaps the best-loved gems of all time, pearls—both natural and modern cultured pearls—occur in a wide variety of colors.
Gemological Institute of America, June 2016

Many people see pearls as classic, naturally shiny, humble for not been expensive, take many shapes and colors; overall natural. While some see the mystery of the pearls coming out of a sea shell, others feel the understated sparkle & warm touch of pearls. Not to undermine the other gemstones, yet, when it comes to pearls, people have a connection that is vibrant, mysterious, diversified; people connection to pearls is organic.

Pearls The June birthstone
Cultured pearls come in different sizes, shapes, and colors - GIA 2016

Perfect shining spheres. Lustrous baroque forms. Seductive strands, warm to the touch. Pearls are simply and purely organic.

Alexandrite

Alexandrite’s dramatic color change is sometimes described as “emerald by day, ruby by night.” Other gems also change color in response to a light-source change, but this gem’s transformation is so striking that the phenomenon itself is often called “the alexandrite effect.”

Alexandrite - The June birthstone
Alexandrite - The June birthstone
The Alexandrite Effect
Emerald by day and Ruby by night
Alexandrite, with its chameleon-like qualities, is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. Its color can be a lovely green in daylight or fluorescent light, changing to brownish or purplish red in the incandescent light from a lamp or candle flame. This is a result of the complex way the mineral absorbs light.
Alexandrite’s dramatic color change is sometimes described as “emerald by day, ruby by night.” Other gems also change color in response to a light-source change, but this gem’s transformation is so striking that the phenomenon itself is often called “the alexandrite effect.”
Alexandrite - Changing Colors
The Alexandrite Effect - Emerald by day and Ruby by night

Due to rarity of alexandrite, some jewelers stock synthetic versions of this enchanting gemstone.

Moonstone

A phenomenal gemstone, moonstones show a floating play of light (called adularescence) and sometimes show either a multi-rayed star or a cat's eye.

Perhaps the most captivating aspect of adularescence is its appearance of motion. The misty light seems to roll across the gem’s surface as you change the viewing angle.
GIA, June 2016, http://www.gia.edu/moonstone-description
Moonstone The June birthstone
The most captivating aspect of moonstone is its changing appearance of motion

The moonstone is currently the Florida State Gemstone; it was designated as such to commemorate the Moon landings, which took off from Kennedy Space Center. Despite it being the Florida State Gemstone, it does not naturally occur in the state.

People born on June are just fascinating, by embracing several dimensions. They are deep thinkers, sensitive, daydreamers with a vibrant sens of humor. It takes 3 amazing birthstones to match June births; natural seductive shimmery pearl, magically color changing alexandriate & mysteriously changing appearance on motion moonstone. No matter what gemstone or all they pick, June borns remind an enchanting gift to the world.

Sources
  • American Gem Society, June 2016, June Birthstones, https://www.americangemsociety.org/en/june-birthstones
  • GIA, June 2016, Alexandrite Description, http://www.gia.edu/alexandrite-description
  • GIA, June 2016, Moonstone Description, http://www.gia.edu/moonstone-description
  • GIA, June 2016, Pearl Description, http://www.gia.edu/pearl-description
  • Wikipedia, June 2016, Moonstone (gemstone), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonstone_(gemstone)