When most people think of a valuable, beautiful, and rare green gemstone, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the emerald. While the emerald does fit all of those descriptions, there is another gemstone that does as well – the chrome diopside.
Rumors of a beautiful green gemstone discovered in northern Siberia surfaced less than 30 years ago – in 1988, to be exact. Because of the Cold War, restrictions were in place that made access to the area very limited. After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the market for chrome diopside began to open up.
Although the gem is more accessible than when it was first discovered, supplies have remained limited. The extreme weather in Siberia – yearly average of 4* with lows reaching -50* - means restriction on mining schedules to protect the miners. While small deposits have been found in other locations, the only commercially viable source is in Siberia.
With all of these things taken into consideration, there is a very real possibility that chrome diopside could be mined out within our lifetime. Due to the gem becoming rarer, there has been an increase in value in the chrome diopside, and the value should continue to increase over the years.
The good news for those who love Precious Gem Candles is that dozens of our soy candles have gone out the doors that contain a chrome diopside gemstone hidden inside! We love the idea of our customers receiving a gift that will continue to appreciate in value. Just think – a candle with a surprise that can potentially earn you money!
If you buy a Precious Gem Candle, or receive on as a gift, and your gemstone is revealed to be a chrome diopside, you may notice that the gemstone may be a bit smaller than other gemstones that we send. The reason for this is the larger cuts of chrome diopside tend to appear blackish green and are not as attractive as the smaller stones. We want to be sure the gem you receive is as beautiful as possible, and the vividness and incredible refraction of the smaller stones provide that attractiveness. In fact, chrome diopside has nearly twice the refractive index compared to emeralds.
Since the chrome diopside is at about a 6 on the MOHS scale of hardness, it is suitable for things like earrings and pendants, but not rings as it is moderately soft.
If you received a chrome diopside in a Precious Gem Candle, and you are curious about the value, post a photo to our Facebook page and we will be glad to give you the value of your gemstone. Keep in mind, though, that it’ll have an even higher value in the years to come!
Click here to see what other sorts of gems our customers have found!X
People have used candles to create mood and ambience in their environment for ages. A scented candle is a modern twist that combines the science of aromatherapy with age-old tradition to offer a soothing, stress-free environment. In addition to making good use of your scented soy candle, there are also other ways you can alter your environment to help usher peace into your daily life. Here are some ideas:
· Listen & watch inspiring things: whether it is music or a television program, choose some moments to tune out the sounds of drama, mayhem, and violence and instead tune into some inspiring instrumentals, meditation music, an uplifting television program, or whatever it is you find uplifting to your mind.
· Silence: sometimes there is too much noise in our day-to-day and in our homes. Finding time to tune out all noise or sound can produce a very mind-stabilizing effect. You can create noise-free zones in your home, or create specific times of the day to have complete silence.
· Lighting: Lighting has psychological affects and impacts moods. Very bright light can have an irritable effect on an already irritable person. In the same way, turning down lights can help to sooth a stress-laden mind. Be conscious about the lighting in your home and tap into how it makes you feel. When you can and want to, turn down the artificial lights and light a precious gem candle for an ultimate moment of relaxation.
· Home décor: The colors of your furniture, curtains and even carpet can affect mood. Decorations on the wall or other objects of beauty affect your sense of well-being and belonging in ways you may not realize. Is the way your home is decorated conducive to creating a stress-free, peaceful environment?
· Organization: Many people are negatively affected by disorganization or clutter in their homes. If you are one of those, devote some time to organizing and de-cluttering your home. This will contribute to stronger sensations of clarity which will help to reduce stress levels.
· Natural light and scenic views: Natural light is known for its positive effects on the mind and spirit. Scenic views of nature are also known to be uplifting. If you have access to either on your home, think about how to capitalize on them in your daily life.
As hard as this is to believe, we are coming up on those Fall breaks in school. Holidays are nearing quicker than we can blink an eye which means, on top of everything else, we have to start thinking about how to show our teachers how much we appreciate them pouring into our kids on a daily basis.
With all the food to start stocking up for, the cleaning for family to either come to town or the preparing for you leaving town to go visit family, before you know it you find yourself going, "Oh no! We need a gift for your teacher." Insert this scene: running last minute into the Hallmark store or trying to bake some goodies (as if you're not baking enough already) that you throw in a cute gift bag, tie a bow, and call it good. There is no shame in this, we all do and have done this, and it's not that it isn't special. However, what if we did something a little bit more unique this year? What if ahead of time we had the perfect gift all set aside for our special teachers? No extra baking involoved, no last minute running around town, just a simple click online, shipped to you in beautiful packaging, and voila! Teacher Appreciation gift? Check!
You probably already know what I'm talking about...one of our Precious Gem Soy Luxury Candles. Come to think of it, it would be like two gifts in one! A wonderfully scented soy candle, and then a surprise gem hidden inside. Monogram the candle for free to put an extra personal touch on it, and if you really want to go all out, check out our glass lockets to add to your gift. I bet you double to nothing when you come back from fall break your child's teacher has her beautiful gem displayed in the locket and is wearing it proudly around her neck. How special would that be to know you touched her heart and made her feel appreciated.
Teachers are gems. They sacrifice so much day in and day out for our kids and they probably don't get enough thanks for it. If you were wondering what you could do for your childs's teacher this year, why not a soy candle? Let's show them we see their sacrifice and bless them immensely this year. They deserve it!
Thank you! Two simple words that mean so much! We use those words in simple everyday interactions, and sometimes in grandiose ways to signify deeper meaning and gratitude. Well, did you know that the simple act of gratitude is thought to have health benefits? Yes – there is now scientific evidence that the attitude of thanksgiving has positive effects on emotional health, physical health, and interpersonal relationships. So that means, when you give one of our luxury candles as a gift of thanks to someone, you are also contributing to your own wellness! Just by opening your heart to show your appreciation.
And precious gem candles are truly a perfect way to tell someone thanks – to gift them with a token of warmth and comfort, stocked with a hidden gem of unknown value. That unknown gem tucked away deep in the candle is a possible metaphor for the gem and unlimited possibility tucked away in each individual. The gift of surprise gems is a lovely way to show someone how much they are really appreciated. Our gem candles also come in many scents. Each scented soy candle is a delicious treat to the senses.
So give the gift of thanks to a special someone, and continue the act of thanksgiving in your daily life to open up doorways of great blessings.
Hello Monday and hello precious friends!
We recently added something here at Precious Gem Candles that is very exciting. Now, when you go to our shop page and click on the soy candle of your choice, you have the option to monogram your own candle. You choose the initial you want (which will be all uppercase and in a beautiful, easy to read font) and we have it etched into your glass, soy candle jar. It adds a really pretty, detailed look to your jar as it burns in your home or office. We also added this feature to enhance your gift giving experience. If you are purchasing a Precious Gem luxury soy candle as a gift for a friend, spouse, or family member, this is such a great addition to add to the gift that personalizes it and makes them feel that much more special.
When you personalize your soy candle or someone's you care about, it portrays a deeper sense of belonging and love that really touches the heart, and that is the experience we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to draw from. Give us your feedback and let us know how you like this new addition to your Precious Gem Candle!
*We also recently added a mission statement to our page that gives you a deeper look into our heart behind and in what we do and why we do it. If you haven't had the opportunity to read that, I highly encourage you to take two minutes and look it over. You can see it HERE.
Fall is here! Fall is here! I love fall. It's one of the most beautiful seasons. The crisp air, the colors of the leaves changing, the pumpkins (and pumpkin spice everything), light sweaters, boots, and the promise of time with family gathered 'round a table of delicious homemade recipes from generations past. But on top of all that, I love scented candles that create the aroma of fall in every room. If you're looking for the perfect fall scented soy candle, then look no further! I've compiled a little list of Precious Gem Candles luxury soy candles that are perfect for Fall. A little extra bonus? Our candles are on sale for a very limited time only so hurry and grab yours here today.
This scent will make you crave your grandma's apple pie with pure scents of sweet juicy apple and hints of island flowers.
Black Fig & Wildflower
Do you want a scent that takes you into a mountain experience but has all the right sweet notes to make you feel warm and cozy? This is the soy candle for you. Black mission fig and vanilla, blended with hyacinth, crushed fir needles, golden amber, and precious musks.
This probably sounds like more of a winter scent to you--which it could crossover. But, with a spicy blend of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon with a spicy blend of orange peel, this is the perfect soy candle to start burning in the early fall months as well.
Remember, our soy candles are only on sale for a limited time so it's the perfect excuse! Head over to our site and pick up your perfect fall scent for a steal!
Our massage luxury candles come in an aromatic line of delectable scents, each of which will transport you to a soul-nourishing retreat far, far away. Added to the experience of each scented candle is the effect of the warm wax on your skin. Added to that, is the healing touch of massage.
There are many types of massages that have their origins in different cultures all over the world. There are different massage techniques; each come with their own set of purported benefits. Some types of massage well-known to the western world include Swedish massage, and massages that are specific to sports injuries or muscle tension.
As you enjoy your massage precious gem candle (and your massage) here is a quick list of some basic benefits that massage is believed to have on the mind and body.
· Relaxes the mind
· Reduces stress
· Eases anxiety
· Relaxes the body
· Can ease pain
· Reduces tension in the muscles
· Creates a sense of warmth and comfort
· Can help body strain
· Helps with headaches
· Helps with digestive issues
· Can ease insomnia
· Can help with muscular conditions
· Can assist nerve function
· Helps heal sports injuries
Although a lot of people can benefit from massage, and simple massages can be done on your own or by a friend or family member, harm can be done if you have a very sensitive health condition, or if the massage is not done with care. So take care while you allow yourself to be pampered!