Monday, December 23, 2013

Peace Symbol Jewelry, Anti-war Jewelry, Peace Sign Jewelry

The modern peace sign came into being in 1958 as part of a movement to remove nuclear arms from Britain. The design first showed up during a protest march that year.

Peace Symbol Jewelry

The sign comes from a combination of semaphore signals representing the letters N and D. The N and D represented the initials for nuclear disarmament. Gradually this peace sign moved from Britain and went around the world. It became an integral part of the antiwar movement of the 1960s in the United States. Today, it is an internationally recognized symbol for peace.

Gemstone Peace Symbol Jewelry

Peace symbol jewelry offers you the opportunity to wear this classic symbol in a variety of jewelry pieces. You can find it represented in earrings, bracelets, pendants, and charms. You can find it in yellow gold, white gold, and sterling silver. Some of them are even set with gemstones. These pieces also make beautiful gifts to someone you love who shares your love of peace.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Wholesale Gothic Jewelry

Wholesale gothic jewelry is a great way to save, if you are an avid fan of Gothic jewelry, buying jewelry at a discount can save one up to half or more. To find wholesale Gothic jewelry, sometimes all it takes is a little bit of searching. Wholesale Gothic jewelry can be found more easily on the internet than in land based businesses in most cases. Sometimes, to qualify for a discount a buyer must have proof or being a retail seller, a vendor’s license, or other supporting documentation.

Gothic Necklace

Buying Gothic jewelry wholesale can sometimes mean saving money but having to buy in large quantities. This can be fine if you are planning on reselling any jewelry that you may not need, but can be an aggravation if you do not have a plan to get rid of unwanted jewelry. Some wholesalers will allow purchases to individuals, or smaller quantities to be purchased, but not all have a policy of this type.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Who is the Patron Saint of Nurses?

As with any type of system where you have thousands of people handling all manner of human interests, there is bound to be some overlap. This is certainly true in the case of the patron saint of nurses. Nursing is a field that can exhilarate you as well as break your heart. It is wonderful to help people in need but also sad to watch so many people suffer because of illness. Perhaps this is why nurses have three patron saints: Saint Agatha, Saint John of God, and Saint Camillus de Lellis. Each saint’s story is as unique as they are.


The first patron saint of nurses, Saint Agatha, was persecuted for her faith and turned into a martyr. Born to a wealthy household, she decided at a young age to dedicate her life to God and eschewed relationships with men. A local judge by the name of Quintian wanted her and tried to use his rank to force her to marry him. When she refused, he had her arrested for being a Christian and thrown in a brothel. Although she was brutalized while she was there, she still refused to give into his demands. Subsequently, he had her thrown in prison where she perished because he refused to provide her with medical care.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Window Of Time For Antique Ruby Jewelry

A website with antique ruby jewelry contains pictures of many different rings. The rings differ in both the style of the ring and the nature of the artistry in that ring. Among the pictured rings one finds beautiful, fine metal work. Those posted pictures don’t answer the question that must pester the mind of anyone who has chosen to buy a piece of antique ruby jewelry: What shape should the ruby be? Some antique ruby rings have a round ruby. Other antique ruby rings have a square ruby. The older rings have the quality and workmanship that one expects to find in an antique ring.

US Army Ruby Ring

Slowly but surely, the veterans of World War II are leaving us. Slowly but surly the most likely wearers of antique ruby jewelry are moving on to another realm of existence. Where then should someone go to sight a live human finger bedecked in a piece of antique jewelry? Those who want to make such a sighting should consider visiting the convalescent homes in the United States. They should be on the lookout for women who were born in July of 1912. What is the significance of that month, and how does it relate to antique ruby jewelry?

During the year of 1912, the jewelers of American gathered for a conference. At the conclusion of that conference they put out a new type of list. It was a list of birthstones. The jewelers had selected one gemstone to represent each month of the year. Their list of birthstones appeared in a number of publications. Now back in 1912, new parents did not expect to receive a deluge of mail, much of it about items of interest to first-time mothers and fathers. The children of 1912 did not have access to the number of toy stores and toy departments that children do today.

New parents had only a limited number of places where they could get something special for a new baby. Family and friends of a man and woman with a new baby also had few places to look, should they want to buy a gift for the tiny infant. As the same child grew older, there continued to be few places where one could purchase a truly special gift for that child. By creating a list of birthstones, the jewelers of America presented society with a new way to honor an infant boy or girl.

Antique Ruby Pendant

Now the jewelers must have given some thought to their list. They made the green emerald the birthstone for March, the month for St. Patrick’s Day. They made the ruby the birthstone for July, the month when U.S. citizens fly the flag of red, white and blue. Certainly some parents, grandparents and close friends bought a piece of jewelry with a ruby during the year of 1912. Certainly, some of those parents, grandparents and close friends gave that jewelry to a child who had been born in July. That child might now be in a convalescent home in the United States. That child might continue to possess a piece of antique ruby jewelry.