Citrine, November's golden birthstone, is the sun-shinyest gem. I totally think that should be a word.
Before my boys were even born I sang, "You are my sunshine" the them. I even changed the words to something happier - because that's the kind of goofy mama that I am. You are my sunshine. My special sunshine. You make me happy, when skies are gray. You'll never know dear, how much I love you, please don't take my sunshine away. The other night dear, while I lay sleeping, I dreamt I held you in my arms. When I awoke dear, I wasn't dreaming, so I snuggled you all the night long. See - no hanging heads & crying...happier, and goofier! ♥ Just like me!
Okay, some more juicy details about November's birthstone, the beautiful sun-shiny citrine. It has been used for centuries to create stunning jewelry pieces and art. It varies in color from bright orange to brown to pale yellow. I choose the more pastel yellow color for my jewelry because its subtle color pairs nicely with creamy pearls.
Citrine, which was first documented all the way back in 1385, resembles topaz (November's other birthstone). These two beautiful stones have long been confused with each other. Citrine is known for its healing properties because of it's fabled ability to comfort, soothe and calm - releasing negative feelings and helping its wearer to embrace imagination. It's also known as the "merchant's stone" because of stories that it attracts wealth (since I have an online shop, my mama brought my a beautiful citrine sphere that sits by my computer).
Because such large citrines have been found over the centuries, the ancient Romans used them in intaglio work. Intaglio jewels are gemstones that are carved into beautiful creatures or faces. They're so incredibly detailed and intricate. Citrine is the perfect sunny palette for these amazing miniature works of art. Citrine was also used to create the large, intricate jewels of the Art Deco period - worn by Hollywood starlets like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford. So you lovely November babies are in very good company!
Like creating special (and fun) family traditions, celebrating the small moments with big hugs and tiny tea parties, and how I’m embracing mama-hood with a smile...and maybe even a little extra time for myself.
I think that family holds so much magic, from babyhood to adulthood. So, it’s important to me that we celebrate all of it - in my own family here in Lompoc California, and in the LGP family all over the world.
I’ve made this blog into a little place where we can do all of those things together, with teacups and toadstools, tied up with a bow.