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Back To Black – The Allure of Black Jewelery

Black jewelry is not dull! It can be elegant and sophisticated, and will complement any outfit. As a fan of dark colored stones myself, I like their associations with the lore of crystals and gemstones. According to legend, black stones are noted for their grounding powers, acting as anchors to return the truth-seeker to reality. Individual stones are also considered to have their own powers, of which more later. Black stones absorb color and therefore do not reflect any light. They are connected with the planet Saturn, and can stand for rebellion and fortitude.

Former associations with older islands and the Victorians and their use of black stones such as Whitby jet for mourning jewelery have now given way to classy and stylish jewelery which can be used on its own or combined with other stones and diamonds. The possibilities are endless – worn as rings or set in silver necklaces, or set in unusual materials such as wood or stainless steel. They can be contemporary, or 'New Age', funky or 'Gothic'.

My favorite ring is a piece of polished Snowflake Obsidian, so called because of the white internal patches of potassium feldspar, which make it match snowflakes falling from a black sky. It is said to enhance the sharpness of the brain and clarity of vision – so sometimes that's why it suits me! Obsidian is actually volcanic glass, and is also known as Apache Tears.

Onyx is a member of the Agate family, and comes in a variety of colors between black. It was popular for making cameos, and also can be found in men's jewelery, especially rings. Onyx is said to eliminate negative thinking and encourage positive thoughts.

Hematite is another gemstone that comes in a variety of colors, from black to a reddish brown. It was a very well-used stone in Ancient times, the Aztecs and the Egyptians traditionally used it for painting on walls as well as for wearing on the body. It is commonly found worldwide, so it is not expensive. In crystal lore, hematite has a soothing and calming effect, dissolving negativity, and helping to ground the wearer.

Jet is the original mourning jewelery, as I mentioned earlier. This is not strictly speaking a mineral as it is formed organically from fossil wood. It is therefore quite fragile but is fine when made up into jewelery. Women's silver necklaces and even charm bracelets are suitable uses for jet stones. The east coast town of Whitby is one of the best sources for jet, and it also has associations with Vampires (Count Dracula landed here in the harbor in the novel 'Dracula'), and Goth or Gothic style. So it looks appropriate for 'Twilight' fans to make a beeline for the place!

Other stones which can be found in black form are Marcasite, Smoky Quartz, and Tourmaline (called 'schorl' when black). Possibly the most popular is the black diamond. In recent years black diamonds have increased in popularity, especially in America. They are often heat-treated to bring out the intensity of their color.

I have gems of all different colors on my website, so please take a look! Go to my website for a wide selection of women's jewelery and men's jewelery too.

Written by Michelle Michaelis, who has many years of experience in promoting sales, both online and retail.

Source by Michelle Natalie Michaelis

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