Made In America…

Colored gemstones like sapphire, opal, and peridot are as American as baseball and apple pie. In fact, at least 60 different gemstone types have been/and are currently found in the United States; 80% of which come from about a dozen states mainly in the West—with the most important gems also including agate, coral, feldspar, garnet, … Continue reading Made In America…

How To Buy A Gem and Gem Care…

It’s reasonable to expect lasting value and enjoyment when you purchase gemstone jewelry. Learning a few things about gemstone quality and value will help you make sure you get what you want – and deserve. You can start by trusting your instincts. The sensory appeal is always paramount. So, if a particular gem or jewelry … Continue reading How To Buy A Gem and Gem Care…

GemFair Tucson: American Gem Trade Association

The AGTA GemFair Tuscon is the premier gem show destination for quality, beauty, and integrity in the world of colored gemstones and cultured pearls. Source: GemFair Tucson: American Gem Trade Association AGTA GemFair™ Tucson Dates and Hours: GemHall & Galleria February 4-9, 2020 Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Sunday 10:00 AM – … Continue reading GemFair Tucson: American Gem Trade Association

Welcome to the American Gem Trade Association Website

Welcome to the home page of the American Gem Trade Association website, the industries leading source of information on colored gemstones and cultured pearls. Source: Welcome to the American Gem Trade Association Website The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is a not-for-profit association of the United States and Canadian trade professionals dedicated to promoting the … Continue reading Welcome to the American Gem Trade Association Website

Why Buy AGTA

AGTA members believe in more than just selling the world’s highest quality gemstones and cultured pearls. They share a mine-to-market mentality—the belief that the gem trade should be as transparent and ethical as possible. Source: Why Buy AGTA

Rituals for Extinction and Honoring Extinct Species

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Death card from the Tarot of Trees

In the Anthropocene, many things are dying at a rate unprecedented to human history.  Currently, 75 % of the world’s life is endangered, and 50% of life in the world has disappeared since 1970 due to human activity.  I’m not sure why these statistics aren’t getting more attention.  But the unfortunate truth is, whether or not we are willing to see it, this is happening. Unfortunately, humanity’s actions continue to cause the death of so many species and so many individual lives, and given models and projections, the die-off of non-human life is expected to get much worse in the next decades.  While earth has experienced other extinction events, this one is caused by humans. This makes humans, collectively and individually, responsible.  As land healers and nature spirit workers, we might consider what happens to those spirits when they die and how we…

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