Earthbeads by Yasmy gives you a piece of jewelry handmade of precious and semi precious stones. My inspiration comes from my travels to amazing places all over the world.
Do you wish to see your favorite place captured in a unique piece of artisan jewelry? I would be happy to realize your wish for similar pricing as the pieces displayed in my shop.
Thursday April 27, the Dutch celebrate King’s Day. The national colors red, white and blue with orange are used abundantly throughout the day. Then it occured to me that these colors are also used by many other countries, such as the UK, the USA, France, Chile, Cuba, Australia and Croatia. Is this just a coincidence, or is there some deeper explanation?
The Dutch flag is one of the oldest and most influential flags in existence. In the sixteenth century Prince Willem I of Orange led the Dutch independence movement against the Spanish in orange, white and blue clothing. Afterwards, these colors became the flag for Dutch ships. It is said that Tsar Peter the Great chose the flag's design for Russia’s merchant ships, inspired by the Dutch design after a visit to the Netherlands. A century later, the orange in the Dutch flag had been replaced by red. Exactly why is not clear.
Other countries have their own story behind the use of red, white and blue in their national flags. The Union Jack of the UK is a combination of the flags of England, Wales and Ireland. Each of the flags at the heart of the design is comprised of two colours (blue saltire on a white background for Scotland, red saltire on a white background for Ireland, and a red cross on a white background for England). The stars and stripes of the US flag was born in 1777. The country’s great seal, also coloured red, white and blue, had been designed to reflect the beliefs of the Founding Fathers from Europe.
Either way, each flag’s design is a combination of specific histories, external influences and coincidence. Do mind that there are no international rules governing the national flags. In honor of the Dutch King’s Day, I made two bracelet sets, his and hers, in red, white and blue.
The color red is the symbolic color of the heart and closely associated with love and Saint Valentine’s day. Red is also the color of blood, and historically associated with sacrifice, danger and courage. Across the globe, the color red had different meaning to people. Let me share a few interesting facts and findings about this color!
Did you know that the Red Square in Moscow simply means Beautiful Square? In the Russian language the word for red (Кра́сный=krasniy) comes from the same old Slavic root as the words for ‘beautiful’. In China, India and many other Asian countries it is the color of symbolizing happiness and good fortune. In the United States, red pertains to the Republican Party and its supporters, as in Red states and blue states.
My new release of bracelets has items with red beads: Agate gemstones, Howlite stones, sponge red corals. For the ladies, I added a heart charm. Valentine’s day just gives us an excuse to show our affection and love for those next to us. Whether it is with a gift, or with red roses, I wish you
First, let me offer my best wishes for a glorious and beautiful 2017! I look forward to a new year full of bright moments in beautiful places with wonderful people.
I named my new January pieces after the Greek islands with their earthy light colors and, their simply beautiful sceneries. My sailing trip in Greece as student was one of those moments. See the picture I took during this trip, obviously taken in the pre-digital era. Regardless how you travel in Greece, the crystal clear ocean, the islands with abundant sun and the wind are simply beautiful.
Enjoy 2017, make it count!
In the past I was privileged to travel to many different countries that also had dotted border lines on maps. These new territories had a profound influence on my view of the world with all its beauty and its dangers. Although I truly enjoy city trips and well-planned family holidays, I have a new territory hitlist - Alaska, Patagonia, Japan - in mind, and anticipate discovering these in this life.
Leather bracelets are my new, creative territory - the materials are natural looking, very strong and robust, and feel great. Finding the right clasp is a challenge, as sterling silver did not provide the robustness and solid mechanism that I was looking for. Only high quality leather that feels comfortable around your wrist, with the best, natural color has been selected for my pieces. I trust you will enjoy browsing the new batch, and will discover your own favorite combination with the gemstone bracelets.
What does Christmas mean to you? Usually people gather and share moments. For me, my Christmas memories are created in Florida. Although this scenery sounds a bit contradictionary due to the tropical mix with Christmas, it is not that different: we create magical
moments with our loved ones.
My Christmas collection has been made with the spirit of sharing moments; unique pieces of jewelry, handcrafted with love. I used the most striking gemstones. Contrary to diamonds, there is no universal accepted classification for gemstones. I learned that gemstones - also called gems, precious or semi-precious stones - are graded by the rarity of their features. They do not mean more durable, more beautiful, or better suited to your needs (complexion or personality). When choosing a gem, look for the one that will give you the most enjoyment!
Happy x-mas shopping!
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