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2018: the year of creativity, ingenuity, "third eye chakra"

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Happy New Year!

  Creative, intuitive, that's tanzanite - is it you?

Creative, intuitive, that's tanzanite - is it you?

I hope you had a lovely holiday season, and phew!, glad that's over. Let's get on to being creative in 2018. What has sparked my interest lately is an article that I saw about Pantone's color of the year. Pantone is a guide for designers of clothing, advertising, and home décor but in recent years has branched out to more of a spiritual guidance through color, more about setting the tone for what's going on in our lives right now.

Pantone chose Ultra Violet, a color of "creativity, ingenuity, the cosmos, intuition, the third eye chakra, and the depth of the unknown" according to Elizabeth Wellington at the Philadelphia Inquirer. It's also a nod to Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, some great musicians who celebrated color in their lives.

It's not really a political statement, even though Women Against Abuse uses a similar color in their campaigns, but according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute, "purple has a futuristic exploratory aspect to it, purple allows us to play with the possibilities. We don't know where we're going but at least we're trying " She ties all this in to creativity.

  My signature stone, chalcedony

My signature stone, chalcedony

Some gems that fit this Ultra Violet category are my personal favorite blue Chalcedony, tanzanite, and purple sapphire. It's really a purplish blue color, almost a periwinkle blue rather than a royal purple. Other related purples are amethyst and lilac and blue-violet sapphires.

If you'd like to play with this color and stretch your creativity, I am making a special offer to you only this month, January 2018. All purple gems in stock are 10% off when used in a new custom design. And if I don't have what you want, I will get it for you. To sweeten the pot, I will also give 10% off the cost of the other materials, including gold and accent diamonds or color, in the new design.