1962 and Sammy the brown tabby

This was our neighbor’s cat, Sammy, and I adored him. We had two Siamese cats who loathed small humans in my house, in spite of my persistent worshipful adoration, and we also suddenly (to me, anyway) had a brand-new baby, so I escaped next door as often as possible that summer.

Sammy, like most brown tabbies I’ve known, was sweet and cuddly and would fall over in a heartbeat for a brushing, a job which my lip-biting shows I took very seriously. Our elegant and aloof Siamese cats, on the other hand, never missed an opportunity to hiss, slash, and run, which I always took very personally.

I’ve had a couple of brown tabbies over the years, and they’ve all been similar in temperament to Sammy. This is Peanut, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge a few years ago (taken too early by coyotes, a sad story for another day) in his classic sleeping position, and I believe this series of photos is a clear indicator of his personality – Honey Badger, only super-sweet and maybe a few fries short of a happy meal.

1959 and the slippers that started it all

This is me, at my grandma’s house, in 1959, and you may be wondering whether I’m laughing hysterically, or crying hysterically. The answer would be, well, yes.

Those fabulous slippers were a gift to me from my paternal grandma and grandpa on my first birthday. Do they kinda look like baby Goofy or baby Pluto, just a little bit? I don’t remember whether or not they were supposed to be any particular character, or just cute little puppy slippers, but they were crazy awesome. From the moment I first saw them, apparently, I couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cry, and so I would do both. Loudly, dramatically, and with gusto, alternating rapidly between the two extremes.

And thus, I believe, my lifelong love affair with footwear was born. The shoes! The boots, the booties, the sandals, the heels, the flats, the *cute* sneakers, I love them all.

Me, with every pair of L’Artiste boots ever made, and don’t even get me started on their booties…

February Birthstone Info: Carved Amethyst

February’s birthstone, amethyst, is purple quartz, 7 on the MOHS scale, which means it’s perfect for carving.

The word “amethyst” comes from a Greek phrase that means “not drunk.” The ancient Greeks named it that because they believed that amethyst prevented people from getting drunk no matter how much alcohol they consumed. They also believed amethyst prevented, or at the very least lessened the effects of, hangovers. So those canny ancient Greeks carved cups and bowls and goblets out of the stuff as drinking vessels for alcohol.

This is a carved amethyst bowl that I found in Amazon Crystals on etsy, and you can see more of it with details by clicking here.

Gorgeous carved amethyst bowl

The ancient Egyptians used it for jewelry, too, before the Romans.

Upper left: ancient Egyptian carved amethyst fish amulet. Lower left: ancient Egyptian carved amethyst beads. Right: ancient Roman carved amethyst intaglio.
This is a necklace made of stunning antique carved amethyst beads from Pansari Gems on etsy.

This is another particularly lovely vintage piece, carved amethyst beads in a 14 karat gold lavalier necklace, listed at Belmar Jewelers on etsy.

This is a necklace in our shop, multi strands of freshwater pearls with beautiful vintage carved amethyst beads from the 1960s – click here to see it up close and personal.

Kay’s pretty sure we’re going to find amethysts on our property eventually, because we certainly have plenty of quartz, and we have found the other minerals, like manganese and iron oxide, necessary to produce amethyst and smoky amethyst.  So we’ll keep digging, y’all.

Auld Lang Syne Sale – Up to 50% Off

Happy 2017! To help celebrate the new year and usher it in properly, we’re clearing out space to make room for new listings in our etsy shops by having a 50% off sale on over 150 selected items in both Gypsum Moon Vintage and Gypsum Moon Rocks, and a 30% off everything sale (why yes, I said everything!) in Gypsum Moon Style, for one full week, beginning today.

We’ll be adding items to the sales daily, so check back often. If you see something in one of the shops that isn’t on sale, and you’d like it added to the sale, drop us a note or leave a comment here, and we’ll see what we can do to make that happen for you.

As always, we combine shipping charges, and we do our best to charge you our cost for shipping. Always feel free to send us your zip code or country ahead of time to be sure you’re getting the best price on shipping at checkout, or to ask us after the sale if you’re due a shipping overage refund. More money to spend on stuff, yay!

Peridot

A pair of peridots, round cut and faceted
A pair of pretty peridots, round cut and faceted and ready to be placed in settings

Whether you pronounce it “para-DOT” or “para-DOUGH” – and yes, both pronunciations are perfectly correct – this beautiful translucent spring green gemstone is one of three considered the official traditional August birthstones since 1912, when the Jewelers of America, now known as the National Association of Jewelers, met in Wichita, Kansas, and deemed it so. Sardonyx and spinel are the other two August birthstones, but those are tales for another day, because the focus here is on the breathtakingly lovely peridot.

Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral olivine, a member of the silicates group. Its MOHS score is 6-1/2 – 7. It is transparent to translucent.

Peridot has all of the young, friendly, joyful energy of spring, just like the color it bears. It’s a stone that’s used to help reduce stress, anger, and guilt, and it’s a stone for anyone who has tendencies towards being a couch potato, because it almost effortlessly counteracts lethargy and aparthy, especially the exhausted kinds that go hand-in-hand with depression. Peridot is brilliant to help with feelings of jealousy, resentment, or bitterness.

Who else can benefit from wearing peridot? Anyone who was

  • born under the tropical zodiac signs of Leo or Virgo
  • born under a fire sign: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
  • born during a year of the monkey: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

If you’re planning to propose to someone or get a birthday gift for someone who falls into one of those categories, we have some stunning vintage peridot rings in our Style shop that would be perfect as wedding or engagement rings. There’s a gorgeous necklace, too, and some multistone rings that have other gemstones along with the peridots – see all of it by clicking here, or click on individual photos, below.

peridot ring fave 2

peridot necklace 2

peridot multistone ring 2

peridot crescent moon ring 1

As always, feel free to leave us a comment or question!

Bright blessings,
CJ & Kay

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

This necklace, a 1980s costume piece, an art nouveau inspired butterfly with a body made from a gorgeous green and white agate cabochon, was waiting on a table outside on our porch where Kay was taking photographs for Gypsum Moon Style. When she turned to pick the necklace up, this equally gorgeous moth had posed for the camera. It waited until just after Kay had taken one picture to flutter away.

butterfly and necklace
I may be a moth, not a butterfly, but I am the real deal!

We both love vintage butterfly things, and we have some really pretty pieces listed right now – click here for a peek at some truly beautiful 1970s gemstone and sterling silver butterfly rings, and click here to see some great vintage home decor pieces with butterflies – like this dainty little heart shaped porcelain trinket box, embellished with butterflies and flowers and holding a surprise inside: a rose-scented candle.

$10 plus shipping, available at Gypsum Moon Vintage
$10 plus shipping, available at Gypsum Moon Vintage

We love to hear from you, so feel free to comment or drop us a line.
Bright blessings,
CJ & Kay