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The Magical Stone Turquoise

November 21st, 2022

Turquoise is classified as a mineral and is categorized in the class of phosphates with its chemical composition consisting of hydrated copper aluminum phosphate. It is considered by many to be one of the most valuable and prized non-transparent minerals to be utilized in today’s Native American turquoise jewelry markets.

Throughout time, turquoise has been thought of as a stone with magical properties and ancient folklore tells us that the stone can bring about good luck in matters of health, money and romance. Once the stone has been unearthed and is exposed to the atmosphere, it will change colors as it dries. As it is worn and touched, it will absorb body oils and exhibit further changes in coloration. This changing of colors was a primary reason that turquoise was and still is considered to have magical and mystical properties. Many of the indigenous Southwestern Native American Indian tribes believe that the sacred gem has great healing powers and will promote good luck in matters of security and family.

The earliest turquoise mines can be traced back to as early as 3500 B.C. with Egypt’s Sinai Mines which provided stones for mosaics and the personal adornment of ancient Egyptian kings. The stone was later introduced to medieval Europe by Turkish traders. In the Western Hemisphere, the Aztec Indian tribes had discovered the stone as early as 1000 B. C. and turquoise artifacts have been found in central Mexico and the Andes Mountains dating back to this period.

Depending upon its point of origin, the beautiful gem can exhibit a surprising range of colors. A very appealing sky blue color is quite common and widely popular in today’s Southwestern and Native American jewelry markets. Dark blue to greenish to greenish blue colors are also quite common. The distinctive Mojave Green is a common example of the more greenish coloration of the gemstone. The veining (often called matrix) in the stone can be seen as black or brownish streaks running through it. Not all forms have matrix. Some of the most beautiful and highest quality examples have no matrix at all and exhibit a consistent and clear coloration. A good example of this matrix free stone is the Sleeping Beauty variety mined in Arizona.

Why You Should Head to Park City, Utah in January

April 1st, 2022

If you are an outdoorsy mountain loving kind of person who is married to a movie loving and into the arts scene kind of person who loves artisan jewelry and Sundance jewelry, there is one place you should go to during the month of January. You should go to Park City, Utah where you can have several selections of world class skiing conditions as well as attending the Sundance Film Festival. In one place at one time, you can both be completely happy. This article will describe both of these two things, skiing in Park City area and the Sundance Film Festival. Just be sure to plan well in advance as Park City fills up quickly and accommodations fill up during this great month in the winter.

For the skier or snowboarder there are three resorts in Park City that are great places to ski and if you are in town for more than 3 days, you should try to ski at each of the mountains. The three mountains to ski that each have their own resort accommodations are Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain and The Canyons. Each one has great powder that is a signature of skiing in the drier, sunny climate of the west. If you are not a skier but want to participate in other winter sports, these resorts also offer other great choices such as ice skating or sledding.

If you wish to cross country ski or snowshoe on groomed wooded trails, head to the mountains. Skiing is a great workout and remember that Park City is at a higher altitude so take it slower than you may at lower altitude and stay well hydrated which is one of the best ways to avoid altitude sickness. They also have some ice skating rinks as well as tubing hills that are a great break for skiing or snowboarding all day. Any kind of winter outdoor activity is sure to be found at these three mountain resorts near Park City.

More than 50,000 people head to Park City or other surrounding cities like Salt Lake City or Ogden to participate in the Sundance Film Festival. The festival committee selects 200 films each year out of more than 9,000 entries to be screened in January. For movie buffs, this is a total slice of heaven getting to see so many unusual different elements of film over several days time. January is the perfect time to be in this quaint mountain town where the sun is shining and the white snow is high on the mountain tops. The movie star, Robert Redford started this great film festival many years ago to recognize all of those smaller film makers that exist in this country and to celebrate their work.

So if you want to go on a mountain vacation, watch some movies and maybe see a lot of celebrities at the same time you can hit the slopes, head to Park City, Utah in January to combine these two great activities into one great trip.