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TEASPRESSA Holiday Pop Up

Teaspressa Holiday Pop Up

Date: Sunday, December 2nd

Time: 10-2pm

Location: Teaspressa 4628 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix Az 85018

Shop for the Holidays at Teaspressa this Sunday with me and other local vendors. Receive complimentary gift wrapping on all purchases, $5 Tea Toasts and $2 pastries all day!
Follow us on Instagram to check out the other local vendors that will be there! Hope to see you there!

TEASPRESSA
4628 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix AZ 85018

Amazing Gaspeite Healing Properties

The Amazing Gaspeite Healing Properties

Let’s face it, we all adore a good gemstone! Aside from their mesmerizing colors and the way they dazzle when paired with even the most simple outfits, every gemstone has some spiritual properties you can benefit from.

We already shared the secrets of the healing powers of turquoise, so this time we are going green. Gaspeite is a very rare, dreamy green stone and, when worn against your body, its “vibrations” can help you heal in more ways than one.

So, allow us to let you in on this little secret, and tell you all about the healing properties of Gaspeite.

What’s Gaspeite anyway?

Gaspeite is a gorgeous gemstone, but is not widely used. Maybe because it’s so rare! It can be found in only two locations in the world, Canada and Australia, and now both deposits are drained, so the only way to find it is to look for a collector and see if they’re selling. Its apple green color is mesmerizing, but it also comes in colors that range from light green to yellow-green.

Gaspeite is opaque in its natural state, and with some brownish veining. You’ll most likely meet it in its translucent form – the gemstone is dazzling, and magically combines with almost any outfit. Really, if you have a necklace with a Gaspeite pendant, it almost looks like you have a real charm dangling around your neck, delicate and dainty, it’s like your own magical piece.

Since it’s a soft gemstone, you should store it separately and wrap in a soft cloth, in order to prevent any unwanted scratches. This is also why you should not wear it if you’ll be exerting yourself physically. Cleaning it is fairly easy – just use a soft cloth and some soapy water (but make sure you rinse the cloth out of all the soap residue first!).

Using Gaspeite For Healing

Before we begin, let me quickly tell you how to use Gaspeite. To get all the amazing Gaspeite benefits (and there are a lot of them!) you will need to keep it close to your body. This can be in the form of a necklace, pendant, or maybe even a pair of earrings.

Now, let me explain what Gaspeite can do for you!

Gaspeite For Physical Health

One of the best things about this gemstone is its healing power. The energy Gaspeite will bring to your life is deeply spiritual. This is why with Gaspeite you’ll find yourself emboldened to live your full life in the real world, but never lose sight of the spiritual perspective. This is a stone whose vibrations carry healing attributes. It’s been used to aid the treatment of lung disorders, asthma, bronchitis, and allergies to plants and pollen.

Gaspeite For Losing Weight

It’s said that wearing this gemstone can aid with losing weight, especially if you’ve tried a diet regimen before and did not like the results. Gaspeite can aid in activating the gallbladder, which encourages the body to break down fat from your intestines, so it might increase your metabolism too.

To get the most out of Gaspeite’s weight loss properties, you might try to combine it with Green Tourmaline, Heulandite, Rainforest Jasper, or Yellow Apatite.

Another thing this gemstone is particularly good for is helping to determine what foods your body actually needs. So, if you have trouble figuring out if you’re eating just because you’re bored, rather than hungry, this gemstone can help you with that!

Gaspeite and Your Mental Wellbeing

This, to me, is the most important and amazing property of Gaspeite jewelry and stones. This gemstone’s vibrations can help you let go of things you no longer need and that hinder you, instead of serving you.

Having this stone on your body also helps expand your consciousness, and that way you can begin to feel much more aware of how you need to live your life, instead of focusing on how you should live it  –  these shoulds and idealized images have a very negative effect on all of us, therefore, getting rid of them is definitely a good thing!

This gorgeous green stone can prevent you from slipping back into old habits you want to get rid of, and it can also increase your awareness of the world, so you can clearly see every situation you previously overlooked.

A lot of us will have some trouble with hoarding at one point or another – this can be a problem of too many shoes and purses, or even keeping old emotions and grudges well and alive when they really do more harm than good. Gaspeite’s vibrations can help you release yourself from these attachments. It’s really good at clearing all the emotional clutter we gather throughout our lives.

Have you heard of the inner child? Each of us has one  –  that’s a part of our personalities that’s amazed and excited about the smallest things in life, but it’s also very fragile and can be sent into a crying fit, when we get too stressed. Gaspeite can help you heal your own inner child and even help awaken it. Once that happens, you’ll drop that veil of sadness and cynicism, and see life like it really is  –  brilliant and magical!

Just like helping your inner child, Gaspeite can help bring you feelings of serenity and acceptance when you’re in some kind of turmoil. This is amazing  –  especially because our lives are filled with so much work and stress, that we hardly have time to catch a breath!

I can hardly believe myself how much good this tiny little stone carries! I think we all suffer from at least one of the maladies Gaspeite can heal, whether it’s emotional clutter, pesky allergies, or an unhappy inner child.

At Pink Camel, you can find Native American jewelry inlaid with gemstones, and each of them can help your spiritual wellbeing in some way. All you have to do is choose the one you need, and leave us a comment bellow about your experience!

XOXO DeeDee

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Good morning to you all! We are almost halfway through November, so what better time than now to show you some of my favorite items from our very first Holiday Gift Guide!

What kind of shopper are you? Already done shopping for the Holidays? Maybe you are waiting for Black Friday deals? Or are you one of the waits until the last-minute types of person?

Personally, I’m a combination of the last two. I love waiting for a good deal, and that sometimes means I’m last minute shopping. This year I hope to have you, as well as myself, prepared for an easy, fun holiday season. I’ve listed my favorite items that make the perfect gift for this season. These gift items range from $16-$250, so there really is something for everyone. Check them out, and let me know which ones are your favorites in the comments below.

The first item is so festive and represents a perfect gift topper, stocking stuffer, white elephant gift, hostess gift, wine topper, and the best part is that it is just as good on its own! These copper ornaments are handmade in Scottsdale, AZ, and at only $16 each, they are a steal!

copper ornamentsNext on my list are our sterling silver and turquoise post earrings. With a variety of styles, you’ll surely find something for anyone. And they are a perfect, budget-friendly gift, only $25 each.

Our White Buffalo Turquoise earrings simply go great with anything. These slabs are very lightweight which makes them easy to wear, plus the White Buffalo Turquoise is very on trend right now! The white and black veining of the stone makes it easy to pair with various jewelry pieces as well as any outfit. Our small White Buffalo Turquoise slabs are $20 each and the larger ones are $25 each.Boulder Turquoise Slab

New to the shop, the Boulder Turquoise Slab earrings represent the ideal gift for any fashion-conscious individual out there. Mined in Nevada, this type of Turquoise displays an earthy brown tone with the beautiful turquoise blue we know. Our Boulder Turquoise Slab earrings are $25 each.White Buffalo Turquoise

Our inlay pendants are truly a work of art. Each piece is hand created from well-known Navajo Silversmiths and inlaid by Native American artisans with the finest gemstones, and no two pieces are the same. From Turquoise to Lapis and Opal, from feathers, hearts, horses to cacti, we have it all, and we got you covered. There is sure to be a piece for that special someone in your life.

inlay pendantsThis next item I’ve written about before. It is one of my favorites to wear, especially because of its versatility. Our suede and Turquoise wraps are made of genuine suede and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. The wraps are available in black, brown, and tan, and are $30 each.

suede and Turquoise wrapsOur Turquoise slab earrings are available in many sizes, and their prices range from $35-$60. Earrings always make a great gift in my book. Turquoise jewelry is one of those multipurpose gifts that compliments every outfit. Turquoise is known as the master healer, and when worn as jewelry, it protects you, anywhere you go.

Turquoise slab earringsThis next item carries impeccable detail for the art lover in your life. The Mosaic slab earrings are inlaid with Turquoise, Apple Coral, mother-of-pearl, Jasper and Jet Black. With the price of $50 each, it is surely an excellent gift for an art enthusiast in your life!

Mosaic slab earringsOur Navajo Cuffs made of sterling silver are a great addition to any outfit, and therefore a magnificent gift for everyone. Sizes vary, and prices range from $85-$265.

Navajo CuffsThese Turquoise slab pendants are showstoppers. They are made from genuine stabilized Turquoise and are enhanced with a sterling silver bail. Grab them as soon as you can, you won’t regret it! They are $75 each

Turquoise slabThanks for checking out my Holiday Gift Guide, and happy shopping!

XOXO DeeDee

cest la vie

Sip & Shop hosted by TEASPRESSA at Arcadia High School from 9-1

Sip & Shop hosted by TEASPRESSA at Arcadia High School from 9-1

Date: Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Time: 9am – 1pm

Come join me Sunday November 4th from 9am-1pm for TEASPRESSA’s Sunday’s Sip & Shop. Follow us on Instagram to check out the other local vendors that will be there! Hope to see you there!

TEASPRESSA
4628 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix AZ 85018

The Different Ways to Wear Our Suede and Turquoise Wrap Chokers

The Different Ways to Wear Our Suede and Turquoise Wrap Chokers

As we approach the holidays, I want to talk gifts. One of my favorite things on a Christmas morning, besides Hot Cocoa with cinnamon sticks, is to see the faces on my beloved ones when they open their gifts. By this morning, I have spent days and months searching for the perfect gift for them, wrapping it in special paper and making sure everything is just right for them.  Why don’t you give a gift that keeps on giving? Start this holiday season! Our Suede and Turquoise wraps are perfect for it.

How do Suede and Turquoise wraps keep on giving?

Suede and Turquoise wraps are so versatile and can be worn multiple ways. There you have it. Our Suede and Turquoise wraps are made from quality lightweight suede and genuine Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Nuggets. They are available in Black, Brown and Tan. Who needs diamonds when you have Turquoise? Turquoise goes with everything, and at only $30 each, you  can have a gift everyone will talk about.

How to wear a wrap choker?

I love to change up how I wear my wrap depending on my outfit. Our Suede and Turquoise wraps can be worn as a choker necklace, a lariat, or bracelet.

Here are a few images of my favorite ways to wear them:

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Blogger @alyssamaywilson styling her Fall look with our Tan Suede and Turquoise wrap as a choker with this outfit.

Blogger @barerootgirl wearing out Black Suede and Turquoise wrap as a choker.

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Blogger @cityraisedfarmsaved wearing our Black Suede and Turquoise wrap at the Pendleton Round up and Grilling with her Dad.

Alison, owner of TEASPRESSA

Alison, owner of TEASPRESSA wearing our Black Suede and Turquoise wrap as a lariat.

I also love to layer my wraps with a bracelet when I wear them.

wraps with a bracelet

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about different ways to wear our Suede and Turquoise wraps!

Let me know your favorite way to wear them in the comments below!

XOXO DeeDee

What Is Sterling Silver 925_

What Is Sterling Silver 925?

Hi, everyone! Today I want to share a secret – all silver is not created equal. You’ve probably seen some sterling silver jewelry left unmarked and other pieces stamped with the words like sterling , sterling or 925. Ever wondered what these mean?

Read on to find out all about 925 sterling silver and what it really means when you hear ‘pure 925 sterling silver.’

What is real sterling silver 925?

Let’s start with clearing one thing up – is there a difference between sterling silver and 925 silver? Well, the answer is – no, there is no difference. Both terms signify the same silver alloy, often used in jewelry.

No matter how in love with silver you are, you will never be able to wear pure silver. This is because silver, in its pure form, is too soft a metal for jewelry making. That is why pure silver is combined with other metals, to help make it durable and long-lasting.

The magic number here is 925. This means that your jewelry is made up of 92.5% pure silver, and 7.5% of other metals (these are often copper, nickel or zinc). The result of this combination is 925 sterling silver. Various countries have their own standards when it comes to sterling silver. For example, in the USA, the strict standard for quality silver is a 92.5% purity. However, in France, the standard for sterling silver is 95%.

Each piece of jewelry made of sterling silver will have a mark (a hallmark) stamped somewhere on it. The 925 hallmark, for example, denotes the percentage of silver in your jewelry and is a sure sign of quality. Other marks you can find stamped on your (real) silver are STER, STG, SS, or sterling silver. In case your jewelry is unstamped, you might want to take a closer look at it. It might not be real silver at all.

Is sterling silver worth It?

At Pink Camel, we use only the best sterling silver for our jewelry, so when asked is sterling silver worth it, we proudly answer yes!

If you want a necklace that will last for years and never lose its shine, you should choose sterling silver, instead of wasting your time and money on fake knickknacks. Its value may even increase over time!

Many jewelers might try to pass off fake silver for the real deal, but don’t be duped. You should be careful about silver plated jewelry. Those pieces may look and feel just like silver, but once they start tarnishing and flaking, you’ll end up with nothing but disappointment.

Truth be told, there is nothing worse than finding that perfect silver bracelet and discovering you’ve been tricked into thinking it was silver only after it starts to blacken and flake! So, here are some quick tests you can do to check if what you have, or what you’re buying is pure 925 sterling silver.

How to identify sterling silver 925?

If you’re anything like me and want to know exactly what material your jewelry is made of, you can use several techniques to identify the real 925 sterling silver.

  1. It will always have marks

This one’s easy because real sterling silver will always have a mark (STER, STG, SS, Sterl, 925, or sterling silver) in a fairly hidden place. If you can’t find any markings on your jewelry, be wary of it – it might not be a quality piece.

  1. Real 925 sterling silver shouldn’t smell

The easiest and quickest test you can do is the smell test. If your sterling silver is real, it should be odorless. If, however, it does smell, it means there’s too much copper in it and your jewelry, while pretty, is likely fake.

  1.  Magnets have no effect on it

Another easy way to see if your jewelry is made of pure 925 sterling silver is to use a magnet. A magnet should not have any effect on silver. Just like gold and platinum, real silver will not budge when you hover a magnet near it. If your jewelry reacts to a magnet, it’s sadly not real.

  1. No black marks on a soft white cloth

What you need for this test is only a soft white cloth. Rub the jewelry with it, and if, once you’re done, you find black marks on the cloth, you can be sure the silver is real. This sounds weird, I know – who’d want your silver to stain?! Well, this happens only because air exposure causes real sterling silver to oxidize and that is the reason behind the black marks on your cloth.

Hopefully, you’ve found all the necessary information about sterling silver in this blog. We hate to see anyone disappointed with the quality of their jewelry, so that’s why at Pink Camel we use only real sterling silver. Check out our store – we are sure you’ll find something to fall in love with!

XOXO DeeDee