Many years ago, I received this brooch from a friend. She knows me well enough as the girl who appreciates a handmade gift.
It's a pretty dragonfly made of semi-precious stones like malachite, azurite, quartz, and jasper.
Stones and crystals have caught my interest lately because of the different "powers" possessed by each and every kind. My readings from the web have led me to a description of the stones in my dragonfly:
- Malachite (green) - is a Stone of Transformation, assisting one in changing situations and providing for spiritual growth
- Azurite (deep blue) - this stone awakens psychic abilities and helps the user to recognize intuition and spiritual guidance when it occurs
- Quartz (yellow) - is a Golden Healer stone to help create a sense of confidence, zeal, happiness, and adventure
- Jasper (red) - is a stone of physical strength and energy; it stimulates gently and steadily, enhancing stamina and endurance, and increasing the amount of chi, or life force, in one's aura. It is a stone of health and passion, and brings the courage to face unpleasant tasks and to rectify unjust situations.
It's easy to make a brooch like this one with a brooch pin, thin-gauge wire, pliers, a wire cutter, and an assortment of beads.
Another clever idea is to use old or broken jewelry to make something entirely new. "Blah to TADA!" is what I call it!