SCJ Jewelry Blog

How to Choose Jewelry Based on Your Skin Tone

Posted by Rachael Cross on

How to Choose Jewelry Based on Your Skin Tone

A lot of questions I get asked revolve around skin tone, how can I tell?  which metal would look better? Which gemstone would look better? Well, I'm here to finally answer these for you!  How can I tell my skin tone?   The easiest method to checking out your skin tone revolves around the veins in your wrist. If your veins are blue/purple, you have a cool skin tone. If green, you're warm toned. If it's hard to tell, you probably lean neutral. People with cool skin tones have blue, red or pink undertones and tend to burn pretty easily. They...

Read more →

Happy Birthday August Babies!

Posted by Rachael Cross on

Happy Birthday August Babies!

It's August! Welcome to Leo season, the month of heat waves and (what feels like) ever increasing humidity. And just like that it's over and the smooth breeze of fall dances it way into our midst. But before we get ahead of ourselves, it's also my birthday month and the birthstone is Peridot!  Peridot is a stone of protection and cleansing. Its meaning is focused on helping you stay clear of people with a bad influence on you or to minimize their influence. The reason being that peridot increased your assertiveness and independence, making it easier to realize your dreams...

Read more →

My Favorite Gemstones

Posted by Rachael Cross on

My Favorite Gemstones

It’s no secret that I love gemstones. When I first started making hand forged designs, they were simple and lacked color. But I’ve come to align myself, and SCJ with various gemstones that “fit” the brand.  My two favorite gemstones to not only wear, but also design with, are rainbow moonstones and herkimer diamonds. This classic pairing will help you purify your chakras, open them and allow spiritual energy to flow all while calming your emotional state and overreactions to stress and stimulation.  I also love mixing these two together when it comes to designs. There are so many options...

Read more →

Happy Birthday July Babies!

Posted by Rachael Cross on

Happy Birthday July Babies!

It's finally July, where has this year ran off to? July's birthstone is the beautiful, deep and vibrant Ruby!  The Ruby stone is well known as a deep red gemstone and crystal. It is an excellent stone for recharging your energy levels, and it may stimulate your mind to be more positive and self-assured. It has a vibration that radiates with an intensity that projects energy and enthusiasm for life. It encourages leadership and increased concentration, with sharpness of intellect. This beautiful red gemstone allows you to see your own strength, and your creative potential from a heart based perspective....

Read more →

Happy Birthday May Babies!

Posted by Rachael Cross on

Happy Birthday May Babies!

May's birthstone is a lush green Emerald and one of the more expensive gemstones today.  The Emerald is deemed as the "stone of successful love", meaning it opens and nurtures the heart and Heart Chakra. Its soothing energy provides healing to all levels of the being, bringing freshness and vitality to the spirit. A stone of inspiration and infinite patience, it embodies unity, compassion and unconditional love. Emerald promotes friendship, balance between partners, and is particularly known for providing domestic bliss, contentment and loyalty. It was dedicated in the ancient world to the goddess Venus for its ability to insure security...

Read more →