June Birthstone Sale

 

June

 

 

This year, we will be running a monthly special on that months birthstone. Any jewelry with that month's birthstone is on sale, whether it is an authentic or synthetic stone. June has three birthstones, Alexandrite, Moonstone, and Pearls. If we have it in stock, and it has an Alexandrite, Moonstone, or Pearls, it's 10% off. If you want to custom order Alexandrite, Moonstone, or Pearls during this month, it's %10 off. If it's Gold or Platinum and has Alexandrite, Moonstone, or Pearls, it's 25% off.

 

Alexandrite

 

Alexandrite, was first discovered in Russia in 1831 during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II, and is an extremely rare chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities. Its color is a lovely green in both daylight and fluorescent light; it changes color to a purplish red in incandescent light. Due to its rarity, some jewelers stock synthetic versions of this enchanting gemstone.

 

 

Alexandrite stimulate happiness and pleasant surprises, good fortune and success in speculative matters. It is also good for emotional balance.

 

 

Alexandrite is associated with the 2nd Chakra. It is said to promotes the flow of energy through it. It will also help it's wearer find his inner center during meditation.

 

Moonstone

 

Moonstone was given its name by the Roman natural historian Pliny, who wrote that moonstone's appearance altered with the phases of the moon — a belief that held until well after the sixteenth century. A phenomenal gemstone, moonstones show a floating play of light (called adularescence) and sometimes show either a multirayed star or a cat's eye. Considered a sacred stone in India, moonstones often are displayed on a background of yellow (a sacred color) and are believed to encapsulate within the stone a spirit whose purpose is to bring good fortune. Part of the family of minerals called feldspar, moonstone occurs in many igneous and metamorphic rocks and comes in a variety of colors such as green, blue, peach, and champagne. The most prized moonstones are from Sri Lanka; India, Australia, the United States, Mayanmar, and Madagascar are also sources.

 

 

Moonstone is naturally associated with Lunar, and therefor female energy. It is said to help with Rhythms and cycles.

 

 

Moonstone works with the 2nd , 4th , and 6th Chakras, Moonstone can help one with emotional balance and gracefulness. It is also used to cleanse negativity away from Chakras.

 

Pearl

 

Historically, pearls have been used as an adornment for centuries. They were one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman Empire; later in Tudor England, the 1500s were known as the pearl age. Pearls are unique as they are the only gems from living sea creatures and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty. In the early 1900s, the first successful commercial culturing of round saltwater pearls began. Since the 1920s, cultured pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls in the market.

 

 

The pearl helps in the search for higher wisdom and truth. It will absorb negative energy from anyone who wears it, then help that person to see and deal with the truth of self.

 

Pearls are associated with the 1st through 7th Chakras. Pearls balance and heals all chakras.


 

May Birthstone Sale

May

Emeralds

This year, we will be running a monthly special on that months birthstone. Any jewelry with that month's birthstone is on sale, whether it is an authentic or synthetic stone. May's birthstone is the Emerald. If we have it in stock, and it has a Emerald, it's 10% off. If you want to custom order Emerald during this month, it's %10 off. If it's Gold or Platinum and has Emerald, it's 25% off.

A little bit about Emerald:

As the birthstone for May, the emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. Emerald, derived from the word smaragdus, meaning green in Greek, was mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. Today, most of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. The availability of high-quality emerald is limited; consequently, treatments to improve clarity are performed regularly.

Emeralds are associated with loyalty, sensitivity, harmony , and tranquility. It is said to assist in memory retention and mental clarity.

Emeralds resonate with the 4th chakra and generates harmony in all aspects of your life.

We have several Navel Barbells in stock as well as gems for tongue barbells, nostril jewelry, surface piercing heads, and more. Take a look at some photos from Anatometal.

Stop down this month to purchase or order your Emerald today.

Autoclaves and Spore Testing

 

An autoclave is an airtight steel vessel used to heat substances and objects under very high pressures for the purpose of killing bacteria. Autoclaves are used in laboratory, hospitals, and other locations in order to sterilize the tools and devices prior to use. These machines must be tested by Nebraska Law every 30 days. The type of test we must run is called a Spore Test. I currently use a type of autocalve called a Statim 2000, which is a cassette style (the metal tray you see me pull from the machine right before I set up to pierce you). I use this type of autoclave because it is more effective as well as quicker. It sterilizes tools in about 6 1/2 minute compared to the average 25 minutes or so that a conventional chamber style autoclave takes.

Statim 2000 Autoclave with Casstte inserted to run a sterilzation cycle. You can see weekly test results and a certificate of participation from our testing company.

The Cassette for the Statim. Jewelry and Tools are placed inside, often times in a smaller plastic or metal container.

 



My clients see that I post a picture of me mailing off our weekly spore tests, but most of you don't really know what that means. I thought I might take a few minutes to tell you a little bit about what spore testing is, and why I do it so frequently.

This is what that weekly post I make looks like.

In short, a spore test is a type of test that can be used to check if my autoclave (the machine I use to sterilize my equipment). A spore test strip is a small piece of filter paper that is impregnated with millions of bacterial spores, typically of the genus Bacillus. The spore strip is normally sealed in a small blue glassine envelope. These little test get run through my autoclave every week, in the exact same way that I sterilize all of my jewelry and autocalveable tools. After the sterilization cycle has been completed, the test is mailed off to a testing company to see if the autoclave properly kills all bacteria. The testing facility (in this case, Autoclave Testing Service ), incubates the test for 24 hours, and then checks it to see if any of the Bacillus spore are still alive. If the spores are not alive, the test is NEGATIVE. In this case, negative is the desire result. If a test happens to come back positive, the company gives us a call so we can retest the the machine and determine if it is in need of a tuneup.

This is what the weekly Spore Test looks like. It also comes with a Class 5 Integrator as well. Neither of these 2 test have been run.

This is what the test results that are available online and in the shop look like.

The state of Nebraska and the county of Lancaster both require body artists to test their autoclave once a month. I however test my machine weekly. The extra 40 tests a year help to insure that my autoclave is always working. In addition to my weekly test, I run what is called a Class 5 Steam Integrator in every autoclave cycle I run. The Class 5 Integrator is another test that we run as a back up. It does not check to make sure that spore are killed, but instead tests the machine to make sure all of the conditions inside are proper to kill bacteria. The center for disease control says that the Integrator is just as accurate as the Spore Test, giving myself and my customers instant peace of mind every time I sterilize jewelry or tools.

 

The Integrator has not been run yet. The bottom one has been and passed. The black bar only needs to make it to the Pass section, not actually fill it.

The results from my weekly spore tests can be viewed in person in my booth or at:

Testing Site

Username: m.bavougian@gmail.com

Password: piercer

April Birthstone Sale

Diamond*

This year, we are running a monthly special on that months birthstone.  Any jewelry with that month's birthstone is on sale, whether it is an authentic or synthetic stone. April's birthstone is the Diamond*. If we have it in stock, and it has a Diamond*, it's 10% off. If you want to custom order Diamond* during this month, it's %10 off. If it's Gold or Platinum and has Diamond*, it's 25% off.
A little bit about Diamonds*:

April

Diamond*

As the April birthstone, diamonds* are the ideal gift for a loved one. And now you have more choices than ever. Diamond*s in hues of yellow, red, pink, blue, and green range in intensity from faint to vivid and generally the more saturated the color, the higher the value. In fact, diamond* sparkling with intense color are rare and may be priced higher than a colorless diamond* of equal size.

Purity, perfection, abundance, inspiration.

Diamonds* are associated with the 7th Chakra.  The diamond* has a harmonizing influence on all the chakras.

 

 

All photos this month come from one of our favorite Jewelry Companies, Anatometal.

* This month we will be offering the same special with Clear Cubic Zirconias and Lab Created Diamonds*.

March Birthstone Sale

Aquamarine
This year, we are running a monthly special on that months birthstone. Any jewelry with that month's birthstone is on sale, whether it is an authentic or synthetic stone. February's birthstone is the Aquamarine. If we have it in stock, and it has a Aquamarine, it's 10% off. If you want to custom order Aquamarine during this month, it's %10 off. If it's Gold or Platinum and has Aquamarine, it's 25% off.
A little bit about Aquamarine:

Aquamarine

The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage. The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded. Its pale, cool color beautifully complements spring and summer wardrobes. Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones. This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.

Aquamarine is metaphysically known as a stone of courage and fortitude that can bring great power. It is said to assist with quick intellectual response. It brings inner peace and self-love, gives shielding for the aura . Aquamarine also assists spiritual awareness and actualization.

Aquamarine is associated with the throat, or 5th, chakra. The throat chakra allows us to communicate our thoughts and feelings. It is directly connected to the ability to express inner creativity. Both teaching and learning are affected by the balance of the throat chakra.

photos all courtesy Anaometal.

February Birthstone Sale

Amethyst
This year, we are running a monthly special on that months birthstone. Any jewelry with that month's birthstone is on sale, whether it is an authentic or synthetic stone. February's birthstone is the Amethyst. If we have it in stock, and it has a Amethyst, it's 10% off. If you want to custom order Amethyst during this month, it's %10 off. If it's Gold or Platinum and has Amethyst, it's 25% off.
A little bit about Amethyst:
Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. English regalia were even decorated with Amethyst during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty. It has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red that can found in every corner of the earth. Historically, the finest amethyst were found in Russia and were featured in much royal European jewelry. Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, fine material can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.

 

Amethyst is said to have a sedative energy.   It facilitates spirituality and contentment.  Amethyst is  a stone of stability, strength, and peace.  It is excellent for meditation and enhances psychic ability. This stone opens and activates crown chakra,  helping to keep energy from stagnating.

We have several Navel Barbells in stock as well as gems for tongue barbells, nostril jewelry, surface piercing heads, and more. Take a look at some photos from Anatometal and Industrial Strength.
Stop down this month to purchase or order your Amethyst today.

Welcome to 2012!

This year, we will be running a monthly special on that months birthstone. Any jewelry with that month's birthstone is on sale, whether it is an authentic or synthetic stone. January's birthstone is the Garnet. If we have it in stock, and it has a Garnet, it's 10% off. If you want to custom order Garnets during this month, it's %10 off. If it's Gold or Platinum and has Garnets, it's 25% off.

A little bit about Garnets:

Garnet, the birthstone for January, signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend. Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone's resemblance to a pomegranate seed. References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry. Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites. Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

Garnets stimulate the Base or 1st Chakra. They help to remove negative energy from Chakras. This red stone is also said to promote physical healing.

Stop down this month to purchase or order your Garnets today!

New Jewelry Is In At Iron Brush!!!

We got a lot of new jewelry in this week to get ready for the new school year. Some new septum retainers in Titanium and Niobium will help you hide your septum piercing at work as well as look cool when you make it visible.   Iron Brush now stocks Princess Cut (square) stone from Anatometal as well as multi-gemmed flower heads for Single Point Surface Piercings. They also work on curved and straight barbells.   All jewelry with threaded parts are internally threaded for your safety.  We are Lincoln, Nebraska's only all internally threaded and threadless piercing shop. Stop in to see for yourself why our jewelry shine brighter than other places'. Don't forget we custom order jewelry here every month.

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