Loss of Brother Awareness Earrings -Loss of Sister

Today, June 13th, is what would have been my brother, Eddie's 48th birthday, had he received the double lung transplant that he needed.


As I always do, I visited him today and brought him yellow pom daisies. To this day, I'm not quite sure why, but I've always brought him yellow flowers. They can't be any other color. From his end to the end of my days, I will always miss him. Time may have healed my broken heart but the loss was just as raw as it was sixteen years ago.
Onyx Heart Loss of Brother Awareness Earrings (E263-LB)
Onyx Heart Loss of Brother Awareness Earrings (E263-LB)
Over the years, I have created many jewelry designs that were inspired by him. But the latest inspired awareness design is truly special because they represent the sorrow, loss, love and memory of our siblings past. Black is the nationally recognized color for LOSS, with appropriately, blue representing a male sibling and pink a female sibling.

The color blue (when paired with black) actually represents awareness for the loss of brother, loss of father, loss of son and/or loss of male.
Onyx Heart Loss of Sister Awareness Earrings (E263-LP)
Onyx Heart Loss of Sister Awareness Earrings (E263-LP)
The pink color (when paired with black) represents awareness for the loss of sister, loss of mother, loss of daughter and/or loss of female.

To best represent my loss, I've dubbed them the sibling awareness earrings, but, the colors can, and do, represent the loss of any familial relation.

At this time, both of these exquisite new awareness earrings have been added to our ever growing awareness jewelry collection.

These handmade beaded earrings design feature a black onyx gemstone heart bead, sterling silver twisted rings with, either a single blue or pink Swarovski Crystal on french ear wires. The earrings measure 1-1/4" from the bottom of the ear wires.

During the design process, I felt the twisted rings represented how entwined our lives are with those we have lost -a circle that has no beginning -no end.

If you are looking for a matching handmade beaded necklace or beaded bracelet, please feel free to contact me about custom jewelry.

June Birthstone Article - Pearls

Pearls: Classic and Stylish
by Linda Blatchford

Pearls are June Birthstones: along with Pearl, Moonstone (Traditional: Alexandrite).

Swarovski Pearl Bali Stack Beaded Earrings (E251)
There is so much history about pearls that five (5) months claim them as their birthstone: February, April, June (traditional), July and November.

Pearls are an astral stone for the signs Gemini and Cancer are linked to the moon.

Pearls have been called the "teardrops of the moon". Some believe that pearls were formed by the passage of angels through the clouds of heaven.

Spiritual Benefits of wearing pearls:

* Stimulates spiritual transformation
* Promotes prosperity and success
* Encloses you with an aura of calm and beauty
* Helps with stomach, digestion and emotional stress
* Amplifies focus, meditation skills and wisdom
* Helps balance the solar plexus chakra

Over time, the pearl has become the symbol of purity and innocence and it is often sewn into bridal gowns, or worn as jewelry by the bride.

Pearls are classic, elegant and may be expensive. They are very popular at the Gem Shows.

Queen Alexandra’s Pearls*

Most fine jewellery in the 1900s was white and made from either diamonds or pearls. Queen Alexandra initially wore dog collar chokers, called a ‘collier de chien’ to cover a small scar on her neck.

For state occasions and formal events she plastered herself in arrangements of pearl necklaces. The rarity value of real pearls then was such that an American skyscraper exchanged hands for the price of a pearl necklace. This is not as ridiculous as it seems, since fine south sea pearls still command a high price.

Pearls were very fashionable, but still very, very costly. After the 1890s, Kokichi Mikimoto of Japan, produced highly acceptable cultured pearls by placing a small bead into an oyster shell. The bead coated itself with nacre (mother of pearl) and so good looking pearl jewels became more affordable.

Various combinations of pearl necklaces come in and out of fashion with regularity so pearls too are a must. Both fake and real freshwater or cultured pearls are very affordable today. The price of pearls has dropped by about a fifth in the past 10 years and the Chinese are making waves in the pearl world with their cheaper prices. The Japanese have suffered disease in their pearl beds as well as facing competition and are finding it hard to compete with China’s prices.

Value of Pearls

In the early 1900's, the financier Morton F. Plant exchanged the building for a Cartier two-strand Oriental pearl necklace much coveted by a woman he admired.

A pearl is judged by its luster, size and markings. Although baroque, or unevenly formed, pearls have often been popular, it is the perfectly round ones that are now most desired. The best have a creamy, slightly pinkish glow. Black pearls (actually, a sort of silver-gray shade) are also coveted. Pearls are measured in millimeters, with 7 to 7.5 considered respectably modest while something larger than 10 millimeters becomes pretty important. For the last 70 years, they have been "farmed," which means the deformities have been given a helping hand. These pearls are called cultured, and today natural pearls are extremely rare.

Most of the cultured pearls, Mr. Mondschein says, come from Japan, while the largest ones come from the South Seas, Burma, Tahiti and Australia. Pearls should always be kept in a soft pouch; they can be professionally cleaned with soap and water. "But spray perfume is the killer," says Mr. Mondschein. "I’ve seen people ruin pearls that way. And once the bloom is off the pearl, it can never come back."

~ Handmade Beaded Earrings (shown above) ~

Swarovski Pearl Bali Stack Beaded Earrings (E251)
Handcrafted beaded earrings feature beautiful bridal white Swarovski Pearls separated by elegant .925 Bali and finished with sterling silver earwires. Length is 1" from bottom of earwire.