KK MATERIAL GUIDE | Citrine

A variety of quartz, Citrine is an attractive, durable gemstone with pale yellow to reddish-brown color. It is produced by heat treating Amethyst, which undergoes a color change to the golden yellow or brownish-red color variation depending on the heating temperature (750 – 1700 degrees Fahrenheit). The natural citrine is light yellow to orange-yellow and lacks the ‘reddish tint’ the Citrine produced by heat treatment has. It can be cut into different shapes and sizes, and with its beauty and color, we use it for pendants in our jewelry designs. This beautiful gem is produced largely in Brazil. Other producer countries are Zaire, Namibia, Spain and Argentina.

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SPIRITUAL GUIDE

We know Citrine to be called names like ‘Success stone’- because of its bright energy and color that radiates energies for good luck, great fortune, prosperity and is said to bring about success in all areas of life. It is also known as the ‘Merchant stone’ because it raises luck when worn or used for business equipment like the cash box because it is said to promote generosity.

Citrine is one of our favorite stones for developing psychic and spiritual awareness because it clears off any negative energies from its environment, dissipating them with its powerful aura. Mentally, it helps to boost confidence and clarity of the mind which promotes creativity and good virtues such as honesty and generosity.

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HEALING PROPERTIES

Treat yourself with this fabulous gemstone for problems like nightmares, insomnia, general health problems, organ problems – including the heart, boosting strength and muscles. It can also be used for increasing sexuality, beauty, and removal of toxins.

CLEANING & CARE TIPS

The beauty of Citrine is that it is a self-cleansing stone, but that doesn’t mean its energy can’t benefit from a little polishing. The only thing you should totally avoid is sunlight cleansing. It is very undesirable for citrine, as the heat can affect its color and can also weaken it, making it look pale.

On the other hand, these are healthy methods to cleanse this soothing gemstone:

  1. Selenite cleansing: Placing Citrine on a large piece of selenite for about 15 – 20 minutes
  1. Moonlight cleansing; Placing Citrine in direct moonlight overnight, especially during a full moon,

The moon can also be used to charge the energy of the stone. This makes the moonlight one of the most desirable ways, as it cleanses and charges Citrine at the same time. However, bear in mind that different cycles of the moon carry with it different energies, so choose the cycle that carries energy suitable to your desires.

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We expressly point out that the statements regarding the healing effects are not yet scientifically proven or medically approved. Thus, the statements are not a diagnosis or treatment and are therefore also not a substitute for any medical advice or medical help.

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KK MATERIAL GUIDE | Amethyst

Amethyst is a gemstone that’s used frequently in our jewelry designs. It is a type of quartz that is distinguished by its purple color, which can vary in intensity from a dull, light purple to a deep, dark violet (though in rare cases it can be found in red or blue). It typically takes the shape of a six sided prism and is commonly known as the birthstone for the month of February.

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OCCURRENCE

Amethyst is typically mined in Brazil, South Korea, and in certain parts of the United States of America, and although the stone can be found in great abundance, it’s been classified as semi-precious due to its beauty and how easy to mold and manipulate it is – making it perfect for crafting things out of it, namely jewelry. The Amethyst we use for pendants and rings are mined in Brazil – historically a placed noted as having the highest concentrations and best quality of amethyst and quartz.

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HISTORY & HEALING PROPERTIES

Amethyst has been used for a number of purposes throughout history, and its elegant utility is one of the reasons we love it. The crystal’s name has its origins in Greece, and its original Greek name translated to “not drunk,” as the stone was originally used to protect the wearer’s mind from many ills, namely drunkenness (the god Dionysus is often depicted holding or wearing amethyst, and the Greeks carved wine goblets out of the stone). However, the Greeks weren’t the only people to recognize this stone’s uses. Amethyst is considered sacred to the Buddha, and Tibetan monks use the stone to make their prayer beads, while over in Europe soldiers wore amulets made of amethyst in battle to keep them level headed and heal their wounds.

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 SPIRITUAL GUIDE

Amethyst has always been used to protect the minds and temperaments of its wearer, and is still one of the more popular stones for doing so today. As for a user’s inner life, amethyst is well known as an excellent pendant for helping a wearer attain inner peace, keep an even keel, and attain a strong patience. The stone has been known as a great companion for focus and meditation, as well as a strong protection pendant for travellers. Amethyst is also good for healing the pains of grief and loss, and for helping a person even themselves out overall, helping them keep from submitting to impulses and giving in to negativity. Amethyst is associated with the head, forehead, third eye, mind, and the connection that binds the mind, body, and spirit.

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CLEANING & CARE TIPS

We usually offer Amethyst as necklaces, but sometimes we also find some very small stones of excellent quality to use them for our popular One of A Kind jewelry pieces. Treat yourself with this gemstone for its unique healing powers and ability to provide good luck as well as its ability to soothe your mind and offer calmness. To clean the stone, simply run it under cold water for about thirty seconds and pat dry with a soft towel. If you find yourself in possession of a particularly darker hued amethyst stone and wish to keep the stone’s deep violet color, make sure to keep the crystal out of direct sunlight. Amethyst’s standard purple color goes excellently with gold (as the two are complimentary colors) and gold is also used to promote inner stability and healing in many cultures and practices.

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We expressly point out that the statements regarding the healing effects are not yet scientifically proven or medically approved. Thus, the statements are not a diagnosis or treatment and are therefore also not a substitute for any medical advice or medical help.

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KK MATERIAL GUIDE | Metal

By far one of the most frequently asked questions we receive is about the types of gemstones and metals used in our collection, so we decided to start this year with a new blog category. Our aim is to provide you some insights and background knowledge of the materials we use in making jewelry to help you better understand the quality and make better decision. Let’s start with an exploration of our three different metals, we hope you enjoy!

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GOLD FILLED JEWELRY

We use solid gold on the outside of our gold filled jewelry in combination with other metals to offer a sturdy structure. In order to be qualified as “Gold Filled” an item must be at least 5% gold in ratio. You’ll also typically see a stamp from the manufacturer that identifies the amount it contains (e.g. 14 KT GF). If properly cared for, gold filled jewelry will last a lifetime and can easily be cleaned. However, if put through really rough use there is a minute chance that the gold layer will flake off.

GOLD OR SILVER PLATED JEWELRY

Unlike gold-filled jewelry, gold or silver plated jewelry like our ring collection has a layer of gold or rhodium electroplated on the top of the jeweler’s brass. Although our electroplating is high quality and up to 8 micron, electroplating does tend to wear off more quickly than other materials, which means it needs to be kept away from liquids, sweat and cosmetic products.

SILVER JEWELRY

Silver is too soft to be used for jewelry in its pure form. Consequently, we use it in alloys such as Sterling Silver. This is made of 92% silver and 8% various other metals, you’ll find copper to make up the next greatest portion of metals in Sterling. Although in the Western civilization it has been used for eating instruments such as knife and fork sets, in the rest of the world it ranks only second to gold. With constant use, grime is inevitable, but cleaning is easy and can be done at home, soon we will upload a blog post about that topic. To give it a shiny finish, our Sterling Silver jewelry is also covered by fine silver or rhodium.

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