Definition of terms Reconstituted - a mixture of the natural crushed stone and a strong acrylic resins to provide an interesting and inexpensive alternative to its natural, costly counterpart. Sterling silver - An alloy marked .925 = 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. Silver Plated - Silver plated has a thin layer of silver bonded to a base metal, usually copper. Silver Filled - A thick layer of .925 or better sterling silver mechanically bonded to brass. Silver filled is 1/10 or 10% by weight sterling silver. Silver filled is hundreds of times thicker than regular silver plate and looks just like solid sterling silver. Silver filled also tarnishes less than sterling and if it does tarnish, cleans up easier than sterling silver. Gold Plated - The layer of gold, not less than 10 karat fineness, is required to be of a substantial thickness, and the minimum thickness throughout is required to be equivalent to one-half micron (or approximately 20 millionths of an inch) of fine gold. May be preceded by a karat designation. Usually the base metal is brass. Gold Filled - Material that is overlaid by a mechanical process with a layer of gold. The gold layer must constitute at least 1/20th of the weight of the metal in the entire piece. Gold filled is preceded by a karat designation, but isn't required to be preceded by a fraction. Also called: "Rolled Gold Plate," or "Gold Overlay." May be marked "14 Karat Gold Filled," "1/20th 14 Karat Gold Filled" or other appropriate marking. Usually the base metal is brass.
Chakra Meanings - There are seven major chakras between the base of the spine and the crown of teh head of each governs specific bodily functions. The first chakra - Root Chakra or Base Chakra, is located at the base of the spine. It governs survival, instincts, sex drive and physical life. Element: Earth; Stones: Garnet, Ruby, Hematite, Onyx, Jasper The second chakra - Navel or Scral Chakra is located below the navel. It governs the area of teh sacrum which is the large bone of the pelvis between the hip and bones. It is associated with your emotions, sensuality, intimacy, sexuality and creativity. Element: Water; Stones: Coral, Carnelian, Pearl The third chakra - Solar Plexus Chakra, as it is named for the complex network of nerves in the stomach. Element: Fire; Stones: Citrine, Topaz, Tiger's Eye The fourth chakra - Heart Chakra is located in the center of the chest near the heart. It is associated with love, compassion, unconditional love and happiness. Element: Air; Stones: Rose Quartz, Emerald, Peridot The fifth chakra - Throat Chakra is located above the collar bone. It governs the area of the throat and ears. It is associated with communication. Element: Ether; Stones: Turquoise, Apatite The sixth chakra - Third Eye Chakra is located in the forehead above the eyebrows associate with the pineal gland. Element: Mind; Stones: Iolite, Lapis Lazuli, Labradorite, Sapphire The seventh chakra - Crown Chakra is associate with the pituitary gland, spirituality, intelligence and deep thought. Element: Intelligence; Stones: Moonstone, Selenite, Crystal Quartz, Amethyst The Grounding Chakra - Earth Star Chakra is lcoated below the feet. It governs the principle of ensuring that you are able to ground your excess energy into the earth. Stones: White Quartz Beads
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