Abeille, located at the gateway to Brookline Village, offers a unique retail experience enabling you to explore your creativity—we’re a great source for jewelry making supplies, beads, chain, leather, gifts, woman’s clothing and accessories. We specialize in hand crafted goods designed by local artists. Enjoy custom creations for bridal parties, special occasions, or everyday wear. NEW! Spark your imagination and create personalized bracelets in as little as 15 minutes at The Bar! Choose from crystals, antique metal, chain, jewel-toned beads and wide selection of charms to design a beautiful bracelet.
Happy Birthday, December babies! It’s the holiday season, and for those of you born in December, it’s time to break out your turquoise, which is the traditional birthstone for the month of December. The name “Turquoise” is derived from a French word, meaning “Stone of Turkey.” While turquoise does not come from Turkey, it was often traded at Turkish bazaars by Venetian Merchants who brought it from Europe in the 16th century.
In actuality, the most valuable turquoise comes from Iran, but some Turquoise mined right here in the Southwestern United States is of comparable quality. Turquoise is one of the most valuable non-transparent minerals in the jewelry trade.
Turquoise has a long and rich history, as it was first used in ancient egypt dating as far back as 6000 B.C.! Turquoise is a sacred stone for the North American Indians, as well as the Tibetans- shamans often use it in their rituals and ceremonies.
Turquoise makes a wonderful gift – for yourself or for another. It’s a stone of friendship- believed to be responsible for faithfulness and constancy in relationships. It is also believed to promote mental and spiritual clarity and broaden the mind to enhance wisdom, confidence, kindness and understanding. Dating back to ancient times, when it was believed to have protective powers over dark forces, turquoise is often believed to afford protection in modern times to those in high risk jobs.
Abeille has many turquoise strands- some as low as five dollars! We have everything you need to make your piece. We wish you good health, Happy Holidays and Happy Birthday!
Alternative Birthstones for December: Tanzanite, Zircon, Blue Topaz
Sources: http://www.gemstone.org/gem-by-gem/english/turquoise.html, http://www.bernardine.com/birthstone/turquoise.htm