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Mixing Silver & Gold

JewelryCyntia KozakComment

"You Shall not mix Silver & Gold" - Really? NOPE! This is just an old myth! 

This is by far one of the oldest myths in the fashion world, one that goes along with "Don't mix black and brown ", "don't wear white in winter," or the worst one of all, "always match your shoes, belt and bag". 

We here at KOZAKH love how gold and silver look together, and of course we try to incorporate this idea into our jewelry designs!  It is almost a fact that owning a couple pieces that have these two colors will not only simplify your life when it come to accessorizing your look, but it will also give a modern and fashion forward look to your outfit. 

The idea of mixing Gold and Silver is not only exclusive to the fashion world, in fact you can also  find this great combination in home decoration, art, prints, clothing and jewelry!

Here is a selection of our favorite jewelry design mixing Gold and Silver!

The End of Slavery - What We Support

Change the WorldGreg Fisher1 Comment

From the beginning we knew we wanted to use KOZAKH not only as a platform for selling jewelry, but also as a vehicle for positive change in the world. There are so many great charities and organizations out there helping people and making a powerful difference, it was difficult to pick just one to start with. After doing some research, we had narrowed it down to the category of human rights. Both Cyntia and I have been fortunate enough to live in different parts of the world, which exposed us to the sometimes harsh reality that not all people live equally.

We watched a TED Talk by a guy named Kevin Bales (link at the bottom), in which he spoke about the most extreme kind of inequality that exists in the world today. This inequality strips people of their dignity, their freedom, and turns humans into disposable objects, like paper bags or iPhones. I'm of course talking about slavery, which Kevin defines as people being “forced to work without pay under threat of violence, and unable to walk away.” This definition of slavery describes the existence of over 27 million people today.

To summarize Kevin’s talk, which we highly recommend viewing, slavery is a 40 billion dollar industry that exists in nearly every country around the world, and supports many of the worst industries on earth. Kevin goes on to say that despite the discouraging statistics, there is a silver lining. “The 27 million people who are in slavery today, that's a lot of people, but it's also the smallest fraction of the global population to ever be in slavery. And likewise, the 40 billion dollars that they generate into the global economy each year is the tiniest proportion of the global economy to ever be represented by slave labor.” So what does this mean? It means that even though slavery still exists and effects millions, it’s on its way out, and it just needs a little help being pushed into extinction.

So how can we do it, how can we kick slavery off the earth? According to the data conducted by Kevin’s organization, Free the Slaves, the average cost of not only freeing a slave, but also supporting them, educating them, and transitioning them back into society after emancipation is only $400 per slave. Factor that to 27 million people, and the cost is about 10.8 billion dollars to free and rebuild the life of every slave in existence today. I also need to point out that Free the Slaves does not purchase these people and then set them free, they use legal means to liberate them from their captors, which is the only real way to defeat slavery. We absolutely believe that slavery can be abolished worldwide, especially when the only thing standing in the way of these people’s freedom is what Americans spend on Fantasy Football every year ($11B according to Forbes).

We’re happy to announce that KOZAKH will be standing behind this belief by donating a part of every purchase made on our website to Free the Slaves. We hope that by doing this we can spread awareness of this issue, encourage people to take action, and be a part of an amazing victory for humanity by liberating people in all corners of the globe, and saying goodbye to slavery once and for all. It’s been a long time coming, and we believe the world is ready to do it. How about you?

Watch the TED Talk here: How to Combat Modern Slavery

Check out the Free the Slaves website here: www.freetheslaves.net

Our Stones

CrystalsCyntia KozakComment

 

✺ Amazonite

Like waters deep and ancient, Amazonite beckons in captivating shades of turquoise-green, promising to soothe the spirit and calm the soul. Its energy is as powerful as the river for which it is named, and as bold as the legendary women warriors with whom it is connected, yet it tempers aggression, tames the irrational, and stills the disquiet. It provides harmony and balance.

✺ Sapphire

The magnificent and holy Sapphire, in all its celestial hues, is a stone of wisdom and royalty, of prophecy and Divine favor. It is forever associated with sacred things and considered the gem of gems, a jewel steeped in the history and lore of nearly every religion. Today Sapphire is still a Stone of Wisdom, a royal stone of learning, mental acuity and psychic activation, a seeker after spiritual truth.

✺ Jade

Jade is said to bless whatever it touches, serving mankind across the globe for nearly 6,000 years. Jade is most valued for its metaphysical properties. It is the ultimate "Dream Stone," revered in ancient cultures, as well as today, to access the spiritual world, gain insight into ritualistic knowledge, encourage creativity, and dream-solve. It is cherished as a protective talisman, assuring long life and a peaceful death, and is considered a powerful healing stone.

✺ Opal

Oh, the spectral delight that is Opal, the “Eye Stone.” Like lightning in a rainbow, it flashes its brilliance with even the slightest movement and claims notice by all who witness its phenomenal “fire.” The Roman historian, Pliny the Elder, described opalus - the Opal, as a precious stone containing the fiery flame of the carbuncle (Garnet), the resplendent purple of the Amethyst, and the sea-green glory of the Emerald - all shining together in incredible union and exquisite pleasure. In the metaphysical world, Opal acts as a prism within the aura, bringing a full spectrum of Light energy to the system, soothing and clearing the emotional body, and boosting the will to live and the joy of one’s earthly existence.

✺ Moon Stone

As ancient as the moon itself, Moonstone holds the power of mystery. Its secrets are locked beneath a pearly veil, and with them, our own hidden truths. Only within its reflected light can we begin to understand what it has to teach us. Moonstone is foremost a talisman of the inward journey, taking one deep into the self to retrieve what is missing, the parts of the soul left behind or forgotten, then brought to light.

✺ Amethyst

Purple Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond. It has always been associated with February, the month the Romans dedicated to Neptune, their water-god, and is the traditional birthstone of that month. It is the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love, and signifies ecclesiastical dignity.

✺ Garnet

Legends and folklore place garnet among the most ancient of talismans. Not only was it prized as an ornamental jewel, but its strong curative powers and protective energies made it invaluable. Garnet is also known for its utilization of creative energy. It grounds spirit forces within the body and helps in the ability to work lovingly on the physical plane. Yet Garnet is a sensual stone. It represents primordial fire, the creation of the world out of chaos, purification and love. It is a stone of strong, intense feelings.

✺ Quartz

- Smoky Quartz is transparent smoky brown to dark gray; it is a premiere grounding stone, dissipating emotional and environmental negativity.

- Pink or Cherry Quartz is pale to deep reddish-pink, opaque to translucent; a "stone of love," it promotes compassion, appreciation and soothing calm.

✺ Aquamarine

Aquamarine evokes the purity of crystalline waters, and the exhilaration and relaxation of the sea. It is calming, soothing, and cleansing, and inspires truth, trust and letting go. In ancient lore, Aquamarine was believed to be the treasure of mermaids, and was used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness and protection. It was also considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness. Today it protects all who travel by, over, or near water, and opens the channels of clear and heartfelt communication.

✺ Agate

Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. Its name comes from the Achetes River in Sicily, where Agates were first found. Agate encourages a sense of reality and pragmatic thinking. Agates with regular designs soothe those who desire peace and harmony, while those with irregular designs can stimulate action and important decision making.

✺ Pyrite

Pyrite is often called “Fool’s Gold,” though there is nothing foolish about this mineral. Within its gleaming beauty is a stone of hidden fire, one that can be sparked to life by striking it against metal or stone. An Earth element, it also resonates with Fire energy, symbolizing the warmth and lasting presence of the sun and the ability to generate wealth by one’s own power. It is masculine in nature, a stone of action, vitality and will, and taps into one’s abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas. It brings confidence and the persistence to carry things through to completion as the Bishop’s Stone. It carries the energy of fire and passion, creativity and spirituality, yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety.

✺ Turquoise

Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man’s history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. It is a stone of protection, strong and opaque, yet soothing to the touch, healing to the eye, as if carved from an azure heaven and slipped to earth.For thousands of years, Turquoise has spanned all cultures, prized as a symbol of wisdom, nobility and the power of immortality. Among the Ancient Egyptians, Persians and Chinese, Aztecs and Incas of South America, and Native North Americans, Turquoise was sacred in its adornment and for power, luck, and protection.

✺ Prehnite

Green Prehnite aids you to connect to beings on the higher spiritual planes, and enhances spiritual growth. Prehnite helps you to be prepared, as it enhances precognition or prior knowledge of an event  and the gift of prophecy. Most of the time the majority of you live your lives governed by your mind. This is a stone to help you to live your life from your heart. One of the interesting differences is that the heart puts out a stronger electromagnetic field than the brain.

✺ Serpentine

Serpentine makes an exceptional meditation stone. It can be used to clear clouded areas of all the Chakra and especially to assist in opening the Heart Chakra. It is also believed to help activate the kundalini, or 'serpent fire' energies.It helps you to find inner peace. Serpentine was carried in ancient Assyria to request the gods and goddesses to provide double blessings. Nursing women used it to regulate their milk supply.