Crystals for Leo Season    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Leo season is here, spanning from July 21 through August 21. Whether you are a Leo, have some Leo in your astrological chart, or just want to enjoy the vibrance, confidence, and creativity this month has to offer, there are absolutely a fewcrystals and gemstones that can aid you on your quest and be particularly powerful for this hot part of the summer.

Citrine

Citrine is a stone that is fantastic for happiness, creativity, and uplifting, which makes it perfect for some of the key points of Leo season. Its bright and cheerful clarity is extra powerful with the sunshine time of July and August!

Smoky Citrine Tower

Jasper

While there are many varieties of jasper to choose from, all with their own specific qualities, this warm-toned crystal is generally thought of to be a great stone for Leos, encouraging communication, protection, and creative expression. 

Tiger’s Eye

Tiger’s Eye is a beautiful yellow and earthy-toned stone that is wonderful for that firey Leo season. Tiger’s Eye is known to be a gem that encourages confidence, willpower, courage, and strength. Those traits combined with the high energy of Leo season are sure to have you gleaming.

Garnet

Garnet is a beautiful deep red stone that is thought to be fantastic for fostering self-love and compassion, as well as confidence and love, making it a wonderful crystal for Leo season. All of these warm emotions are perfect for your focus in Leo season, and have the power to bring a wonderful energy into that time of year.

These crystals all shine in their unique ways to bring you so many of the qualities of that firey Leo spirit, to enhance those qualities in your own life. And while they’re certainly fantastic all year round, there’s nothing like a little nudge to boost the middle of the summer into high gear! What are some of your favorite crystals for Leo season?

5 Crystals for Anxiety and Stress Relief    Monday, July 22, 2019

Whether you are someone who suffers with anxiety regularly, or are going through a patch in life that is causing a lot of undue stress, those anxious, jittery feelings are never fun to keep around. The worry and stress that follow people around today can really take a toll on each of us. And it’s a reminder of how important it is to practice self-care among these feelings. Self-care can take many forms, but if you’re someone who loves a good rock or crystal, there are a few specific ones that can help calm the mind, body, and spirit. 

crystals for anxiety, stress relief

​There are a few ways to do this—you can meditate with it in your hand or nearby, you can put it in your pocket or bag if you have one small enough to carry around, or you could sleep with it near your bedside. The possibilities of receiving their energy are boundless. 

​As for the specific crystals you can use for stress or anxiety, while there are more than the ones on this list, these are some of our favorites that we have experienced the greatest benefits from.

1. Amethyst

Amethyst is a beautiful smoky or light purple color, and is said to be calming and soothing, with a relaxing energy. This one is great to sleep nearby, and to generally keep in your home. 

2. Black Tourmaline

While this stone is all about protection, that is part of what makes it such a great option for creating a calm mood around its owner. It sets a boundary between you and any negative outside energy, so this is a great option for someone struggling with outside stress or pressure.

3. Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz, in all its pink and precious glory, is great for so many things, the most well-known of which is love in all its forms. This stone is also great for self-love, self-care, and self-respect, and creating a quiet moment with yourself is often a great idea among stress. 

4. Moonstone

Moonstone is another stone that is great for many things, among which are balance, healing, and stress relief. This stone is said to stabilize emotions, so this could be a great option for those suffering from anxiety. 

5. Fluorite

Fluorite is this amazing gem that can be found in a broad range of lovely hues and that can look like it came from outer space. This stone is said to be great for clarity and calming, another great one for both anxiety and outside stress. This one is great for holding in your hand and keeping close to you!

Whatever crystal you choose to help you through, we love that you’re taking the time fo self-care and giving yourself the space you need to find that little piece of calming and chill in life. Do you have any favorite stones for anxiety or stress relief?

by Jamie Kahn

Happy New Year and the Golden Globes!    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The holiday season was very busy for us this year, with participating in events and craft shows, connecting with new fans and customers and working on brand new designs. We're super excited for 2015 and all of the amazing things that are going to happen this year, and we want to wish all of our wonderful fans and customers an amazing 2015!

2014 was a very exciting year for us, as we launched many new jewelry designs, took part in a bunch of new events and had the opportunity to expand the reach of our line. We even had a pair of our earrings on TV! This past year was full of amazing opportunities, and we're ready for even more to happen in 2015.

For starters, we have some very big news for you all...

Our Amethyst Crystal Point Necklace made its way to the GBK Golden Globes Gift Lounge this past weekend! We gifted our Amethyst Crystal Necklace to members of the press that stopped by The Artisan Group exhibit at the Gift Lounge honoring the 2015 Golden Globe Awards Nominees and Presenters.

Amethyst Crystal Point Necklace by ideology

This is such an incredible opportunity for our jewelry line, and we're very excited to have been able to share our necklace with some wonderful members of the press. You can get your own Amethyst Crystal Point Necklace right here.

Happy 4th Birthday to ideology!    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Today marks our 4th anniversary since setting up our shop! We have come a long way in these past 4 years, and we are so grateful for all of the support we've had along the way from our wonderful customers and fans.

In these 4 years, ideology has sold thousands of pieces of handmade jewelry on our website, our Etsy shop, on other websites, such as Fab, at brick and mortar boutiques, craft shows and to local customers.

We've also had our jewelry worn on television, purchased by and gifted to celebrities, featured at celebrity events, wrote about by celebrities, donated to important causes and featured in interviews. We've also worked with incredible photographers and had wonderful product and lifestyle photos taken of our jewelry.

It has been a blast designing and producing our handmade creations to share with customers all over the world from Australia to New Zealand to Israel and beyond! We've also created many one of a kind designs and custom pieces for our amazing customers over the years and are so thankful for everyone has taken part in our creative process in any way over the past few years!

We are so happy to have had the opportunity to create our handmade jewelry for these 4 years and are looking forward to many, many more!

To celebrate our 4th birthday, we're offering 25% off everything in our shop. Just use coupon code HAPPYBIRTHDAY2014 at checkout.

Happy Birthday ideology

Creative Jewelry Photography: Diversifying Our Photos    Saturday, June 14, 2014

As you may have heard, we decided a few months ago that it was time to really spice up our photography. After having all of our jewelry photographed on a white background for quite some time, we realized it was time to change things up. Although a white background can do wonders for jewelry, especially when uniform photos are needed, a desire for more diverse photography arose. Our photographer, Amanda Call, has been an absolute delight in helping us create jewelry photos that focus on the unique details and beauty of our designs while increasing the diversity of our jewelry photography. Take a look at our foray into creative jewelry photography, as we share with you some of our most loved photos of our jewelry taken by Amanda Call.

Bronze Ship Wheel Necklace

Our Bronze Ship Wheel Necklace is photographed on a darker background. The necklace dangles from a stand, which can be seen behind it, but the stand does not take away the focus from the gorgeous bronze tone and lovely design of our Bronze Ship Wheel Necklace.

Gold Heart Earrings

Our Gold Heart Earrings definitely stand out on this silvery-gray background. Placing the earrings off-center gives the photo even more artistic quality, perfect for the handmade style of these earrings.

Lemon Jade Teardrop Earrings

Our Lemon Jade Tear Drop Earrings that have been wire wrapped with bronze have their boho appeal beautifully complemented by the lace background in this jewelry photo.

Bronze Anchor and Rope Necklace

Photographed on a mirror that beautifully reflected the clear blue sky and overlooking green trees on a lovely spring day, our Bronze Anchor and Rope Necklace still shows all of it's intricate details in this style of jewelry photography.

Dangling off a crisp, sky blue covered book, our Silver Crystal Camera Necklace really shines in this creative jewelry photo. The crystal camera lens absolutely glistens and the antiqued silver shines brilliantly in front of this lovely prop.

Penny Lane Necklace

Our Penny Lane Necklace really makes it's mark in this photo. The necklace boldly stands out upon the rust-hued stand and crimson background. The charm placed in the center makes for an eye-catching focal point, while the chain circling the edge makes for a unique look.

Using different props, backgrounds and layouts has really helped to take our jewelry photography to the next level. We are so thankful for Amanda Call for all of her hard work and expertise in helping create jewelry photos for our line that are both unique and exciting. 

Have you come up with some awesomely creative jewelry photography ideas? Let us know in the comments!

Father's Day: Jewelry Gift Ideas for Dads    Friday, June 13, 2014

Father's Day is coming up very soon, so now is the perfect time to pick out a gift your Dad will love! At ideology, we have several jewelry designs that Dads will surely enjoy! Father's Day is a great time to let your Dad know how much you appreciate him in a unique way. You might want to consider one of our charm necklaces that depict one of your Father's favorite things or a gemstone necklace that carries properties that may help bring your Dad love, good health, joy or prosperity.

Our Bronze Anchor and Rope Necklace would make any Dad feel special who loves all things nautical, whether he served in the Navy, grew up boating with his Father or loves going on cruises with the family.

Our Pyrite Trio Necklace is another excellent Father's Day gift idea. Pyrite, which is sometimes called Fool's Gold, symbolizes money and good luck and is also used to strengthen the lungs and circulatory system.

In addition to our men's jewelry styles you will find in our online shop, we would also be happy to create a custom designed created just for your Dad this Father's Day! To learn more about our custom creations and to see how we can create the perfect piece for you, please use our contact form

We Have a New Logo & Redesigned Website!    Saturday, May 31, 2014

Recently, we decided it was time for some exciting, positive changes with ideology jewelry! So, we decided to create our brand new logo, with the help of Corey Arner. For our logo, we wanted a bold, eye catching look that fit with our handmade mission. The result turned into our gorgeous new logo, which can be seen below!

In addition to our newly designed logo, we also thought it was time to redesign our website! We wanted to give it a simple and modern feel that fits our new branding. Below, you can see a screen capture of how our homepage now looks in our redesigned website!

We're really excited to share our brand new logo and redesigned website with all of you and would love to hear your thoughts on our new look! Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments! 

Our Earrings Were Featured on "Hart of Dixie"    Thursday, May 29, 2014

We've recently found out about some HUGE news for ideology! A pair of our handmade Amethyst Trio Earrings were recently featured on the hit CW television show "Hart of Dixie." You can see our earrings on the Season 3 Finale, Episode 22 entitled "Second Chance," which aired on May 16, 2014. Our handmade earrings were worn by Don Todd's ex-wife, played by Tisha French.

Our handmade Amethyst Trio Earrings were gifted to the wardrobe stylist of "Hart of Dixie" in late 2013 in consideration for use on the popular television show as part of a collaborative gift bag from The Artisan Group. We didn't find out that our earrings were used on the show until it aired, so we delightfully surprised to discover this amazing news!

We're so thrilled to have had this excellent opportunity thanks to The Artisan Group and "Hart of Dixie," and we're looking forward to having many more awesome experiences in the future with our handmade jewelry collection!

Interview with Sienna Olin Kittelman of Zoe and Piper    Thursday, May 1, 2014

Check out our interview with Sienna Olin Kittelman, the jewelry designer behind Zoe and Piper! 

Tell me a bit about yourself and your creations:

I have been in the jewelry business for 15 years, showcasing a wide array of artisan jewelry throughout the years. In 2013, I started a new line of sterling silver and gemstone jewelry that showcased my style and philosophy... Zoe and Piper was born! The name is inspired by my daughter, Piper. If only we could see the world through a child's eyes, wouldn't it be a better place? I also donate a portion of my proceeds to animal sanctuaries and animal advocacy groups.

What inspires you to create?

I am draw to designs that have meaning to them. Positive affirmations, quotes and yoga inspired designs. The Om symbol, buddha and lotus flower have always been important symbols to me, and I like to incorporate them into my work.

Describe your creative process:

I look for inspiration everywhere... nature, magazines, fashion. If I see something that catches my eye in a magazine I will tear the page out or photograph it with my phone to reference later. I tend to design in spurts and put all my focus on creating new pieces for awhile. Then my focus turns towards photographing the new jewelry. I have always had a love affair with photography, so I enjoy this process too.

What are some of your own favorite creations?

My 'herbivore' pendant is special to me, because it was the first design I created on my own. There isn't much jewelry out there for vegetarians or vegans, and while I didn't want an "in your face" design, I did want to create something that sent that message out into the world.

How do you want your craft and business to evolve?

I want to keep growing and expanding on my line of jewelry and add new techniques to my designs. I am currently taking a bench working jewelry class and learning the basics of that trade. I'm excited to refine my skill and start offering new designs using these new techniques.

What or who influences you as an artisan?

Mother Nature, buddhist beliefs and my daughter, Piper.

What brings people to seek out your creations, and what makes your work unique?

I speak to the yoga lover and the eco-conscious person who want to feel good about what they are wearing and send a little good karma out to the world while they are at it. My jewelry can do that.

What choices have you made that helped your business the most?

Not listening to other people's suggestions to crank out the popular 'it' item of the moment. I make jewelry that has personal meaning to me and isn't just a fad or trend.

What advice would you give to other artisans?

To create jewelry that you are passionate about - your passion will infuse the piece, and other people will appreciate it all the more.

Where can your creations be found?

On my website, www.ZoeAndPiper.com.

 
 
 

Jewelry Care Tips: Wearing Jewelry    Monday, April 21, 2014

Jewelry is a treasured possession for many, as it's often received as a gift or purchased as a treat for oneself. So, it's incredibly important that jewelry is properly cared for, especially since many pieces of jewelry are much more delicate than other personal items we have. Find out some of the best jewelry care tips to keep in mind when wearing jewelry:

Don't Wear Jewelry in Showers or Pools

It's important to remember to take your jewelry off anywhere it might get wet, such as in showers, swimming pools or spas. Depending on the material of jewelry, water can damage it, and chlorinated water can do even further damage.

Remove Jewelry Before Physical Tasks

It's important to take off your jewelry before you do any physical tasks, such as cleaning, gardening, cooking, or working in the garage. Jewelry can become damaged when exposed to different chemicals, or can get caught on things when your busy doing other tasks and may break.

Remove Jewelry Before Playing Sports

Sports can be incredibly physical activities, so it's very important to remember to take off any jewelry you're wearing before playing sports. Jewelry can easily get caught on equipment, your clothing or even another player and may get broken or damaged, so it's important to take off your jewelry before participating in any sports.

Apply Cosmetics Before Putting on Jewelry

When you're planning on wearing any cosmetic products, perfumes, makeup or hair care products, it's important to apply them before you put on your jewelry. The chemicals in these products can damage jewelry, so make sure you put on any jewelry you're going to wear after your look is otherwise complete!

These are just a few jewelry care tips to keep in mind when wearing jewelry. Do you have any other tips people should keep in mind when wearing jewelry? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments!

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