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aquamarine • 14kt gold filled scallop shell

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The scallop shell is the emblem of St. James, an apostle of Jesus who was known for his deep spiritual loyalty, yet trapped by raging emotions. St. James represents the two layers of the human condition: the physical and the spiritual. St. James was an ordinary pilgrim like the rest of us. He walked a long difficult road with Jesus; he was imprisoned by his raging emotions, and he went through metaphoric fires to free himself and discover the vastness of his spirit. He learned how to live an authentic, peaceful life and he shared his personal lessons with others. The Camino de Santiago, a spiritual pilgrimage that takes place in Spain, allows pilgrims to take the spiritual journey connecting the emotional with the physical. It brings together people of all different walks of life under one journey for enlightenment. The Scallop Shell, in honor of St. James, is also the symbol most associated with the Camino. The shell is has many grooved lines that lead from the outer rim to a meeting point at the base. The shell itself represents the many different spiritual/religious/humanist pathways that lead to the same place, to the universal centre of all life-forms, the spirit, the soul.

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Aquamarine is named from the Latin aqua marinus, which means "water of the sea". This term refers to its various blue-turquoise, ocean-like color. The pale blue, transparent crystal is a member of the Beryl family. Its color is the result of iron oxides within the chemical makeup of the stone which can give it a greenish hue. In ancient myth, Aquamarine was considered to be the treasure of mermaids. It was used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness and protection. It was also considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness. Today it protects all who travel by, over, or near water. Aquamarine embodies all things connected to the sea. Being that the sea serves as a mirror, reflecting the heavens, this stone embodies the symmetry, balance and relationship between the two. Due to its nature as a stone of symmetries, it is important for meditation and revelation. Therefore, aquamarine has been used throughout history by prophets, shamans, healers, and mystics.  

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Gold filled is a less expensive alternative to pure gold jewelry without sacrificing quality and durability. Gold filled jewelry is tarnish resistant and can be worn all the time. Despite its name, gold filled jewelry refers to a process in which a layer of karat gold is heat- and pressure- bonded to a layer of base metal. This process keeps the metal tarnish resistant because it completely covers the surface of the base metal. Gold filled jewelry can be 10kt, 14kt, 18kt, 22kt, and 24kt. It looks like solid gold since its outermost layer is actually gold, however, it is a harder, more durable, and less expensive option than solid gold. Compared to gold plating or vermeil, gold filled jewelry contains 100% more gold, it is generally safe for wearers with allergies to common metals, and it is tarnish resistant. Gold is generally a soft metal; therefore, it should be worn with care to avoid bending, dents, and scratches.