Spring Equinox Eggstravaganza!

Spring Equinox is a beloved and highly anticipated time of year for nature lovers and pagans, a promise that our coming days will be filled with more warmth and sunshine, greenery and colorful blooms. The day represents harmony and balance, a turning point from inward contemplation to outward endeavors and growth. This year the equinox arrives on March 20 at 5:58 p.m. EST and coincides with a full moon supermoon happening a few hours later! This is the closest coincidence of the March equinox and full moon since 19 years ago (on March 20, 2000). Celebrate the day with foods that honor the coming of spring ~ eggs, early spring greens, shoots and fresh sprouts. Decorate the house with eggs, bunnies, chicks and little lambs. Decorate yourself with clothing and jewelry in pale blues and purples, light yellows, pinks and greens. Display tulips or peony flowers in a vase; enjoy sweet-smelling hyacinths. In astrology, the Spring Equinox marks the beginning of Aries, symbolically a time of “firsts”, so in the next few weeks, challenge yourself to try some things you’ve never done before. More ideas to celebrate the season of Spring can be found in this blog post we wrote last year. And if you’re looking for unique Spring decor, we’ve got you covered! Check out our natural stone eggs, rainbow gemstone earrings, and Chris’ new work: hand carved emu eggs!

Eggs are magical forms full of mystery and potential. They have been symbols for life, the awakening of nature, creation, the universe, and eternity. Eggs have lore associated with good luck, promise, wealth, good health, and immortality. In the spring, they have provided food for humans and other animals after the long dormancy of winter. For this reason, many birds try to hide their nests and eggs, thus the origin of the modern day Easter egg hunt. Eggs have held a sacred place in the cosmologies of many cultures and civilizations. Their curvilinear forms and hidden inner mysteries are still something to marvel at. They are both hard enough to protect and provide a womblike environment for the helpless embryonic life, while simultaneously being fragile enough for the young chick to break-on-through and emerge into the outside world when ready.

Gemstone eggs combine the symbolic properties of the egg with those of the various stones and crystals they are carved from. They are perfect for Spring decor and can add positive feng shui to your home throughout the year. Here’s a few of our latest finds from our Etsy shop:

 

Chrysocolla Egg

Chrysocolla was called the “wise stone” in ancient Egypt because it gave one clarity of thought and a neutral, calm attitude during difficult situations. Chrysocolla offers peace, tranquility, patience, inner strength, and unconditional love. It enhances creativity, feminine principles, and communication. This gemstone connects the energy between the Earth and Sky, the physical and the spiritual planes.

Chrysocolla egg
Chrysocolla egg

 

Mexican Fire Opal in Rhyolite Egg

Fire Opal inspires self-confidence and encourages a joyful heart. It has also been said that the stone attracts money. Fire Opal awakens personal power, and encourages positive and healthy sexuality and relationships. It brings hope and support during change, and releases the past with ease. Rhyolite is known to be a stone of change and progress, as it sparks creativity and achievement.

Mexican Fire Opal Egg
Mexican Fire Opal in Rhyolite Egg

 

Celestite Geode Egg

Celestite or Celestine can bring balance, harmony, and calmness to one’s life. It enables us to think holistically and see the big picture. It’s perfect for mental and musical pursuits. Holding the crystal during meditation can induce feelings of bliss.

Celestite Geode Egg
Celestite Geode Egg

 

To celebrate the egg, cultures have adorned and decorated them since ancient times. Engraved ostrich eggs have been found in Africa that are 60,000 years old! Decorated ostrich eggs were a part of early Mesopotamia, Crete, Sumerian, and Egyptian cultures. They were painted gold and silver to represent the sun and moon, or heaven and earth. These practices influenced Christian and Islamic cultures that followed. As these traditions extended into Eastern Europe, more elaborately painted eggs evolved such as the pysanka of the Ukraine. In modern times, the celebration of the egg continues with giant egg sculptures, wildly colored dyed eggs, detailed piercings, and elaborately carved eggs.

 

Vegreville Egg

The Vegreville Egg is a monumental pysanka style Easter egg made out of triangular and hexagonal shaped anodized aluminum tiles attached to an aluminum framework. The sculpture by Paul Maxum Sembaliuk is 31 feet long, three and a half stories high, and it turns with the wind similar to a weather vane!

Vegreville Egg by Paul Maxum Sembaliuk in Alberta, Canada
Vegreville Egg by Paul Maxum Sembaliuk in Alberta, Canada

 

Carved Emu Eggs

Chris’ latest exploration of nature carvings celebrates the emu egg. These giant eggs look like something from Jurassic times! What’s especially cool and unique about them is their natural multi-colored layers. There are 3 distinct layers: an outer layer that can range from deep green to almost black, a middle layer that has a teal color, and a thin inner layer that’s white. To show off these natural color variations, Chris carefully carves away the outer layers to reveal the ones below. He uses geometric patterns that follow and accentuate the form of the egg. Here’s a few peeks at some of his works-in-progress that’ll be available in the coming weeks. These pieces are waiting for some final finish and polishing work:

Carved Emu Egg by Christopher Allen-Baker
Carved Emu Egg by Christopher Allen-Baker

 

Carved Emu Egg by Christopher Allen-Baker
Carved Emu Egg by Christopher Allen-Baker

 

Carved Emu Egg by Christopher Allen-Baker
Carved Emu Egg by Christopher Allen-Baker

 

Besides decorating, people have invented numerous ways to celebrate the fabulous egg including rolling, tapping, dancing, feasting, hunting, and the fun Latin American tradition of cascarones, where you fill the empty dried shell with confetti and break them over one another’s heads after finding them! No matter how you celebrate, have a wonderful Spring and rejoice in the warm, light-filled days and the Earth’s bounties that follow! Here’s Jimmy Cliff and his awesome song “I Can See Clearly Now”, guaranteed to put a spring in your step! And maybe slip on our handmade rainbow gemstone earrings below while you sing along:

 

Rainbow Gemstone Earrings

April showers bring May flowers, and they also bring rainbows! We just finished making a new pair of colorful gemstone chandelier earrings with AAA gems of tourmaline, kyanite, garnet, blue topaz, peridot, emerald, apatite, citrine, amethyst, lemon topaz, tanzanite, and scapolite all wire-wrapped to 14k gold-filled chain and leverbacks. These gorgeous shoulder dusters are glamorous, bold and fun! Wear them for special events, date nights, or simply sipping champagne in your cashmere leggings! These one of a kind natural stone earrings are currently available in our Etsy shop and they’re 20% off!

Handmade Rainbow Gemstone Earrings
Handmade Rainbow Gemstone Earrings

Happy Spring Blessings to all!

Thank you for reading! Feel free to share or comment : ) xoxo, Amy and Christopher

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