Earth Day – environmental awareness and sustainability on Travel

“Think globally – act locally” is the motto of the day – the ” Earth Day “. A day to encourage the population to think about their consumption behavior. The issue of climate change affects everyone, and even while traveling, you can not escape it. We talked climate change while we were traveling and trying to plan vacation to Bryce Canyon.

Planet Zion.

We admit it is not always easy to organic food or fair-trade produced goods. Lack of time and convenience often lead us to forget to environmental protection: quickly booked cheap flights, disposable packaging of food in between, countless water bottles …

In every country there are other rules that can be taken into account to improve the global situation. Plastic bottles can be refilled and do not ever bought later (and discarded), are souvenirs from low-cost production countries can also be bought from organizations that put the gain in social projects and classic adventure tours are also offered by “Eco friendly” company.

Find a place actions today on “Climate Change” instead. With this article, we make a small contribution and provide you some uncomplicated methods on how to go eco-conscious traveling:

Clothing:

Outdoor clothing must be functional and meet the requirements. In addition to quality, form and color, this index helps to decide on a fair-produced product with a good ecological balance.

 

Transit:

All are much in the way nature should obtain biodegradable soap, shampoo, etc.. Those gives up in any camping store and now even in most drugstores.

Simple acts:

Who wants to start with simple everyday actions can consciously protect the environment and inform each other of the promise by one click make certain things in the future to get right. Here is an extract:

  • Instead of using a Fine Wine – $2 saving per year on average
  • With its own shopping bag (against the throwaway society) – $25 savings per year on average
  • Climbing stairs instead of the lift drive – $ 10 savings per year on average
  • Instead of sailing cruise – $ 500 savings per year on average
  • Online banking users (online get the account statement, no paper / transport) – $ 20 on average per year
  • Dishwasher only full turn – $220 on average per year

Do it Yourself – Instructions

As a small sustainable recycling area is needed because we want you to celebrate today on the occasion of Earth Day, we are making as an old bicycle inner tubes with beautiful belt a few steps:

 

  1. Old bicycle inner tubes do you get when you do not even have, free of charge in bicycle shops. Just a few nice pick with cool prints that are ideally flat rather than round.
  2. To inflate the portion of the thread and cut out the open hose rinse well (who makes several they can also add to the washing machine) – dry
  3. Sewing buttons in the Sale (“Outdoor” – they should go through solid material and also as tent fabrics hold together)
  4. Pause, adjust and cut the belt 4. Stop buttons, select locations to follow and fix it with a hammer.
  5. Voila

Also left no footprints

Photo Credit: zPRIME

Guide to Gemstone Jewelry Buying

Black Tahiti Pearl Diamond RingPhoto Credit: Pearl Hours

There are many different beautiful gemstones that can be found all over the earth and they are mainly mined, polished and used for jewelry settings. Gemstone jewelry is actually one of the most popular choices of both men and women because it provides a myriad of wonderful style and color combination. These are some of the things learned while looking at diamond rings St George a few weeks ago with my girlfriend.

Though gemstone jewelries are highly popular for their beauty and elegance, some people opt to wear them because of the perceived therapeutic healing capabilities. In order to help you through the process of gemstone purchasing, I have compiled a gemstone jewelry buying guide.

Gemstones’ Healing Properties

It has been established that gemstones are not for display alone, they have properties that make them useful for treating some illnesses. Most gemstones are in therapy, where the healing method employs the distinctive properties intrinsic in each gemstone to help focus the healing powers of the body. People from centuries ago have used gemstones to treat emotional maladies, chronic illnesses and mental complaints.

Here is a list of gemstones and the healing properties perceived that they have:

·       Diamond is the hardest natural element on earth and it is also known as the master healer among all gemstones. According to lore diamond is a particularly powerful stone, and it works by removing blockages and all negative emotions.

·       Amethyst, the purple semi-precious gemstone is popular as a spiritual stone and is commonly used for medication and general healing. There are people who put amethyst stone under their pillows at night to inspire good and positive dreams.

·       Emerald, the bright green and beautiful precious gemstone is said to have the ability to help improve a person’s memory and intellect. Additionally, emerald is reported to have other healing abilities like; promoting beeper sleeping habits thus relieving insomnia, and acting as an emotional balancer that assists in releasing of emotionally based distress and trauma.

·       Sapphire is known as the devotional stone. It provides calming effect for people suffering from constant nervousness. Sapphire is considered too as the gemstone for love and friendship, and it effectively attracts good vibes. Wearing sapphire is believed to help enhance one’s faith, belief, peace of mind and imagination.

·       Ruby, that deep red beauty is a transparent gemstone believed by many people as instrumental in increasing energy levels as well as divinity. Additionally, ruby is said to alleviate anxiety, lifts the spirits and enhances a person’s confidence, courage, energy, intuition and spiritual wisdom.

Gemstone Jewelry Buying Guide in Choosing between Precious and Semi-Precious Stones

What makes a stone precious? It is the rarity that distinguishes precious from semi-precious tones. Diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires are rare stones therefore considered as precious. The rest therefore are semi precious stones.

When purchasing gemstones, it is therefore important to decide if you want to own a jewelry piece incorporated with precious or semi precious stone. At the end of the day, the difference will not be only with they type of stone you have but also the amount you have paid.

If you are not sure about certain things, do not be shy to ask. It is better to have the knowledge than go home with a purchase that you will regret later.

Pearl Buying Tips When Traveling

P for purity and P for pearl; it has been fascinated to be the most simple but intriguing of all the gems. It is a common knowledge that pearls are made in the womb of oysters and then harvested from there to make modest jewelry designs. However, this process takes its own time and hence as a substitute to their natural availability, pearl is also cultured.  It’s this kind of information that came in handy last month at a St George jeweler, where we had traveled to find the perfect pearl. We will elaborate this later after knowing the basics about its natural formation.

pearlsPhoto Credit: 2roxfox de~LuXe

Natural Pearls

Pearls are considered the simplest gems of all with no intricate cuttings, etc. However, the process of formation of a single pearl naturally is very complicated. Once a piece of sand enters the oyster layers of “nacre” a semi-translucent material is deposited on the sand. It takes considerable number of years for this deposition process to create a round pearl of fair size. Hence, natural pearls are rarely available and very expensive too.

Cultured Pearls

Most of the jewelers use “Cultured” or “Natural” adjectives for their pearl jewelry interchangeably. However few are aware of the real difference between the two. With the ever increasing demand of perfect round pearls for jewelry and moderate size of pearls, in the beginning of twentieth century, technique to develop pearls synthetically was introduced. So now typically most of the pearls in jewelry are cultured. It is essential to know this difference.

With this essential background, let me elaborate the various types of pearls based on their sizes, shapes and colors available.

Pearl Types

Based on the growing scenarios, mollusk formation, harvesting process among others, pearls are classified into following varieties:

1. Akoya – these pearls have the perfect round shape besides their metallic fame and high luster. They are available in classic white color and also dyed black one.

2. South Sea – these are the priciest cultured pearls with large size availability, invariably from 9 -18mm. They come in shiny silver and gorgeous golden colors.

3. Tahitian – With size varying from 8 to 16 mm, these are the naturally available pearls in black. The color ranges from silver to deep green with peacock colors that are in huge demand. Their shapes are almost round.

4. Freshwater – these pearls come in huge numbers but low to mediocre quality. Still, these are the pearls of choice for most jewelers. With advanced techniques, the Gem Grade pearls under freshwater pearls have beaten the Akoya’s Hanadama grade’s quality whereas the South Sea’s size. They are available in large number of hues like lavender, pink, peach, purple, bright white and more.

5. Cortez – these pearls exist in a wide range of colors which also comprises of the black shimmering pearl.

6. Mabe – these pearls are known for the impressive luster they have.

With such a huge range to choose from, pearls become an exquisite possession. Just decide the occasion and your attire to adorn with the best colored pearl strand. From peppy pinkish shades to classic royal white, you have them all to flatter you! Beautify yourself with these beautiful gems. So if you plan on doing any traveling to find the right pearl, follow these tips to ensure you get what you’re after.