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  • Circe's Apothecary: Dark Arts
    October 27, 2020 Sara Long

    Circe's Apothecary: Dark Arts

    This time of year, while the veil is thin, it is a suitable occasion to dabble in witchery—particularly in that which is dark, dangerous, or extraordinarily strong. 

    People in power have long been afraid of educated women. During the early modern period, women were driven from healthcare by the threat of being accused of witchcraft, while men were educated and licensed.

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  • Precious Gemstone Lore
    October 23, 2020 Sara Long

    Precious Gemstone Lore

    For much of history, gemstones have been assigned mystical, metaphysical powers, due to their rarity and otherworldly beauty. Gemstone magic changes depending on the era and the people who wore them. Discover your affinity with one of the four precious gems: sapphire, ruby, emerald, and diamond.
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  • Why We Need to Raise Our Prices
    October 20, 2020 Torie Tilley

    Why We Need to Raise Our Prices

    This is probably not the first of these posts that you’ve read this month. I know I’ve been seeing them from many other jewelry brands and even from bedding companies like Brooklinen. They all say variations of the same thing, which is that the cost we pay to produce our products is increasing, and at some point, it becomes untenable for companies to stay in business without raising our prices to match those costs.

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  • Circe’s Apothecary: Floral Garden
    September 29, 2020 Sara Long

    Circe’s Apothecary: Floral Garden

    We have dated the existence of apothecaries back to 4500 BCE, at least. This is consistent with human condition: we have always needed healthcare, and the best of us have always sought knowledge to better help us take care of each other.

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  • Mystery of the Magic SATOR Square
    September 22, 2020 Sara Long

    Mystery of the Magic SATOR Square

    There is something so profoundly satisfying about the SATOR square. It makes sense on almost every level. It’s a palindrome backwards, forwards, up and down; it’s made of words, which hold so much power; it is a perfect 5x5 square. It is flawless symmetry.

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  • How We Price Our Ethical Jewelry
    September 2, 2020 Torie Tilley

    How We Price Our Ethical Jewelry

    It would cost us way less to go to China and have our pieces made in a sweatshop. Ethical manufacturing costs more because the studio takes care of their workers and offers healthcare, paid time off and state-of-the-art equipment.

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