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Be My Muse

I've been struggling with words lately so I figured it might be a good time to share some beautiful images that I've taken to provide inspiration for me when my muse is on vacation. Sometimes a texture calls out to me or a combination of shapes or an unusual combination of colors.  Today I was looking through those pics and had an idea for a personal design challenge and I could use your help.  I've chosen five pictures with an architectural theme. If you will choose one of these pics for me to use as a design inspiration and put the number of that picture in the comments below, I will work with the first pic that gets chosen five times.  ...

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December Birthstones

Modern – Blue Topaz, Turquoise Tanzanite  Traditional – Zircon  Mystical - Onyx Zircon is a very sparkly gem.  So much so that a colorless Zircon may be confused as a diamond.  Zircon is a natural gem (formed when magma crystalizes) and not to be confused with the lab created cubic zirconia. It occurs as small isolated or twin crystals in the form of stubby prisms. In it's purest form, Zircon is colorless but with the inclusion of impurities other colors such as brown, orange, red, blue and green emerge. 

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November Birthstones

Modern - Citrine & Yellow Topaz    Traditional - Citrine     Mystical - Pearl Citrine is a pale yellow to brown colored member of the quartz family. The variation in color is due to the amount of ferric (iron) impurities in the gemstone. The name citrine is derived from the Latin word for yellow - citrina - which is also the origin of the word citron.  Citrine has historically been referred to as the "merchant's stone" or "money stone" because it is thought to help with increasing prosperity and acquiring wealth.

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October Birthstones

Modern - Opal & Tourmaline   Traditional - Tourmaline     Mystical - Jasper The name Tourmaline is from turmali, an ancient Sinhalese word for "mixed color precious stone". Tourmaline has the ability to become electrically charged simply by heating (pyroelectricity) or rubbing (piezoelectricity). When charged, one end becomes positive and the other negative, allowing it to attract, or repel, particles of dust or bits of paper. These gems are highly valued as electrical tuning circuits for conducting television and radio frequencies because of their durability. High frequencies pass through them without shattering, unlike many other crystals. Some black tourmaline are double terminated enhancing the linear flow of energy in both directions.

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