Details about the brass and gemstones in the Avashy collection.
The brass used in Avashy jewellery contains approximately 70% copper and 30% zinc to give it a bright golden colour ideal for jewellery. No nickel or lead is used in this brass.
Brass is a metal alloy of copper and zinc and the earliest artefacts found in India and China are over 500o years old, The word ‘brass’ comes from old English ‘braes’ whose origin is unknown.
Copper is said to have therapeutic properties including pain relief from arthritis and rheumatism which are caused by copper deficiencies in the blood. Together with zinc, brass jewellery is a conductive metal and thought to aid circulation of the blood and stimulate Chakra points through the body.<br>
The stones used in Avashy Jewellery
Labradorite has been used in jewellery since ancient times because of its stunning play of iridescent colours.
As a feldspar mineral Labradorite is a cousin of moonstone but the micro-structures within it reflect and shine out pure colour ranging from salmon brown to bright blues and greens. This quality gave rise to the term ‘labradorescence’, first coined in the 1920s.
The holistic and healing properties attributed to labradorite include personal transformation and developing psychic awareness.
Rainbow Moonstone is actually not a moonstone but is the name given to a white form of labradorite which was discovered as recently as the 1960’s in India.
Rainbow Moonstone is also sometimes known as ‘blue flash’ moonstone because of the bright blue flash of colour displayed when it catches the light.
Rainbow moonstone is popular in holistic therapy and is said to channel intuition and foresight, helping to make the right decisions.
Amethyst is a purple quartz, its colour coming from iron impurities and irradiation when it was formed from molten rock millions of years ago. The name ‘Amethyst’ derives from a Greek word meaning ‘not intoxicate’ as it was believed that amethyst warned off drunkeness.
Nowadays amethyst is one of the most popular semi-precious gemstones because of its unique colour. It is the birth stone for February and has many holistic properties attributed to it including increasing concentration, empowerment and opening the third eye.
Tiger’s Eye is also a member of the quartz family, its distinct colour and silky lustre formed when the quartz absorbs and dissolves surrounding minerals whilst keeping the mineral’s structure and qualities.
Found across the world, tiger’s eye has been used in jewellery and as a charm to ward off evil spirits and to protect its wearer.
Turquoise in Avashy jewellery is reconstituted stone – natural stone that is powdered and mixed with natural resin and natural dyes to give it a consistent blue-green colour stone that perfectly complements its brass setting.
Turquoise is attributed with many holistic properties, fending off negative energy, helping emotional healing and restoring the immune system.