Today, I have been confined to home base - nursing a sick teen - which as you can imagine is always fun! 

I have been desperate to get out and wander the beach and smell some sea air, but sadly not today!  So, it seems that water is on my mind .... 

Perhaps, this is why the second of my special General Collective releases also references water like yesterday, specifically in this instance, the sea.

Whilst similar to yesterday's set in that it features Labrodorite, I have combined the slightly smaller faceted Labrodorite beads with white plated metal and gorgeous tumbled translucent Aquamarine.  

This bracelet set reminds me of the colours of the sea on a windy day - one of my favourite times to walk along the shoreline.   Ever since I was a child I have loved to comb the beach after a storm to discover all the things the ocean has in its turbulence washed ashore.  Hence, the little reference to beachcombing with the Greek sea shell charm.

I find these walks cathartic and very inspiring and it helps to clear my head.

When I photographed this set I wanted it to be on sand and ironically for someone who has always complained of how much sand there is throughout the house (my husband swapped waveskiing for kayaking recently) - today, not a grain was to be found!  So, instead I had to make do with my trusty piece of sandstone and the gorgeous Autumn late afternoon light which gives the silver charm a warm golden glow which I love.

Ahh Autumn - my favourite time of the year!

When I researched Aquamarine a little while ago I found that it was named for its colour and after the ocean.... the Latin words for” water” (Aqua) and “of the Sea” (Marina). It is of the Beryl family, that also includes Morganite and the coveted Emerald. It is the birth stone for March and legend says that sailors often wore this stone to keep them safe from the perils of the sea and protect them from sea sickness. It is associated with the Throat Chakra and the astrological sign Pisces but also Aires, Aquarius and Gemini. But if you’re none of these star signs it doesn’t matter as Aquamarine is a calming, soothing, and cleansing stone, that inspires truth, trust and letting go. 

Labradorite enhances the mental and intuitive abilities. Labradorite is said to bring out the best in people, tempering the negative side of our personality, the traits and actions that rob our energy and may produce depression or shame. It assists in reducing anti-social, reckless or impulsive behavior in children, teenagers and adults who are easily led into trouble by others.

This set will work well with many Wristocracy sets including any of our Aquamarine sets if you are wanting to add to your collection.

I will have these sets ready for General Collective on Sunday 31st of March, but also may bring one or two to Crafternoon Tea, Mt Albert this Saturday, depending on whether people are interested - let me know.

How has your day been?