The Dazzling Rhinestone

Written by Estate Jewelry International

Rhinestones have a glittering past. Originally rhinestones where referred to Czechoslovakian or Bohemian glass dating as far back asrepparttar 13th century in Bohemia andrepparttar 140768 Czech Republic. Both have a history steeped in beautiful hand blown glass as well as molded and cut glass. By 1918 glass was no longer limited to functional items. Czechoslovakian glass began to make its appearance in dazzling and brilliant jewelry. This Czech glass became known as rhinestones. Rhinestones were manmade gems from highly refined glass. By using various metalsrepparttar 140769 glass was colored torepparttar 140770 desired shade. It was then pressed into molds. Each stone was then ground and polished by machine, resulting in a brilliant glass stone. Oftenrepparttar 140771 stones were foiled onrepparttar 140772 back which increased their brilliance. Today,repparttar 140773 same refining process is still used. You will often here rhinestones referred to as paste. Originally paste was referred to a glass stone that made of ground glass which was molded and then melted, producing an opaque dense glass frosted stone. Paste had many air bubbles and swirl marks. The high lead content glass was then polished and faceted, and set on either copper or silver resulting in a brilliant stone. Todayrepparttar 140774 term paste usually refers to rhinestones. In Europe rhinestones are often referred to as paste, strass, and diamante. Austria is another area with a history in rhinestone production. In 1891 Daniel Swarovski created a new glass cutting machine which quite literally revolutionizedrepparttar 140775 jewelry business. This machine could cut faceted glass, producing finely finished product in a very short time. Prior to this invention it would take a very long time for each stone to be hand cut and finished. Swarovskiís background in glass making, combined with his glass cutting machine soon found him producing rhinestones with a lead content of over 30%. The brilliance of these rhinestones was superior to anything seen onrepparttar 140776 market. Swarovski wasnít content with his invention andrepparttar 140777 best rhinestones ever seen. His next invention was once again transforming torepparttar 140778 jewelry industry. He created a vacuum plating forrepparttar 140779 backs ofrepparttar 140780 stones with silver and gold, reducingrepparttar 140781 need for hand labor. Still today Swarovski rhinestones are recognized asrepparttar 140782 highest quality inrepparttar 140783 industry. Over 80% of rhinestone jewelry manufactured in America use Swarovski rhinestones. Rhinestones have played an important role in costume jewelry for hundreds of years. It is used to enhance and accent, and sometimes rhinestones will providerepparttar 140784 entire design. Duringrepparttar 140785 Victorian period common motifs for jewelry included snakes, flowers, and hands most often adorned with rhinestones. The 1890s were a time for extravagant jewelry heavily adorned with rhinestones. As time moved forward designs became simpler with figural shapes once again making their fashion statement. However this time they were small and more elegant with small rhinestone accents. Duringrepparttar 140786 Edwardian period extravagance had made a comeback with diamonds and pearls beingrepparttar 140787 focal point. Once again rhinestones were in heavy use, often used to imitaterepparttar 140788 real thing.

The War on Women

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

Merovingian/Secret Society Rituals:

One of my fellow researchers on a site I have been involved with for a few years knows a lot more about genetics than I do. He says healthy genes have polarity that is harmonically tuned and this fits with many things I have read in mystical treatises. Sir Laurence Gardnerís Genesis ofrepparttar Grail Kings has a sub-title suggesting they even knew how to clone people a very long time ago. I have addressed Gardnerís work in great detail and I have pointed out many disturbing and questionable things. The Druids or Shining Ones and Heliopolitans arerepparttar 140732 origin of Gardnerís Rosicrucianity and I assure you they could affectrepparttar 140733 elements and thus make genetic changes. I must giverepparttar 140734 reader a little ofrepparttar 140735 debate before this kind of thing can be even remotely accepted as a possibility, I know.

Having no likelihood of concern for people not gaining insight to things some call dangerous, and being stubborn enough not to cater to ignorance, I am including much of these things in my writings. The next quote is fromrepparttar 140736 Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, 2nd. Edition by Leslie Shepard (pg. 215): It is of interest that Rhys mentions an Iberian origin that would relate torepparttar 140737 Basque who are also linguistically connected torepparttar 140738 Mayan, Vietnamese and Denhe of Northwestern America. One ofrepparttar 140739 Kennewick Man scholars thinks he may be Ainu (of Japanese white-skinned people) and I seerepparttar 140740 possibility of a Mu/Atlantis group who went to Japan andrepparttar 140741 Jomon pottery therefrom is in Ecuador. I thinkrepparttar 140742 Basque fitrepparttar 140743 type of people who would be Druidic trained and fiercely independent with a possible original input to Druidism.


According to Lewis Spence, magic amongrepparttar 140744 Celtic peoples in ancient times was so closely identified with Druidism that its origin may be said to have been Druidic. That Druidism was of Celtic origin, however, is a question upon which much discussion has been lavished, some authorities, among them Sir John Rhys, believing it to have been non-Celtic and even non-Aryan origin. This is to say thatrepparttar 140745 earliest non-Aryan or so- called Iberian or Megalithic people of Britain introducedrepparttar 140746 immigrant Celts torepparttar 140747 Druidic religion. An argument in favour of this theory is thatrepparttar 140748 continental Celts sent their neophyte Druid priests to Britain to undergo a special training atrepparttar 140749 hands ofrepparttar 140750 Druids there, {He isn't being specific about dates and if he were talking pre-Ice Age he might be right. If he is talking about early Roman times Caesar's journals make it clear there were many Druidic schools in Gaul. If he were talking about afterrepparttar 140751 fall of Rome he would be talking about Ireland or Scotland whererepparttar 140752 Druids recaptured territory from England. Since he said Britain it seems likely he is talking about a time when Tartessus in Spain was flourishing andrepparttar 140753 Celts were re-joining their Phoenician brothers there. The Tarshis boats of Biblical record that could travelrepparttar 140754 oceans are a most important part ofrepparttar 140755 history. The Veneti who we saw in Gaul fighting Caesar were related torepparttar 140756 people of Venice who came from Hallstatt acrossrepparttar 140757 Alps in 2,000 A.D. I do not think these people were without Druids because they had them in Genoa in 2000 BC; but if that wererepparttar 140758 case thenrepparttar 140759 Basque might berepparttar 140760 original Druids and Mu might berepparttar 140761 original cultural developer of all languages. I try to keep an open mind, to alternatives, but there are too many facts that point me another direction.} and there is little doubt that this island was regarded asrepparttar 140762 headquarters ofrepparttar 140763 Cult {There is much doubt unless he is incorporating Eire as part of Britain, which would be a time whenrepparttar 140764 Emerald Isles were without any Brutus offspring orrepparttar 140765 name Britain.}. The people of Cisalpine Gaul, for instance, had no Druidic priesthood. (See T. Rice Holmes, 'Caesar's Conquest of Gaul', 1899). Caesar stated that in Gaul, Druidic seminaries were very numerous, and that severe study and discipline were entailed uponrepparttar 140766 neophytes,repparttar 140767 principle business of whom was to commit to memory countless verses enshrining Druidic knowledge and tradition. There is some evidence that this instruction was astrological and magical.Ē

Butrepparttar 140768 Druids were in Cisalpine Gaul, in Genoa withrepparttar 140769 Legurians. Here it becomes clear we are dealing with extremely poor scholarship onrepparttar 140770 matter of Druidism: when he says 'women andrepparttar 140771 poetic craft'. He does not know that women were a vital and equal part ofrepparttar 140772 Druidic order andrepparttar 140773 Dryads may have beenrepparttar 140774 first priestesses according to many. The poets or bards (Bairds) were a stage in this training and in secular mattersrepparttar 140775 equal ofrepparttar 140776 Druids. There were perhaps more than three divisions ofrepparttar 140777 order at early times but there were always bards inrepparttar 140778 Druidic order. The Sibylls and oracles ofrepparttar 140779 classical civilizations to whom we owe allrepparttar 140780 war and misogyny to, were also Druidic trained and motivated. This is well documented in many other places. Perhapsrepparttar 140781 person he is quoting is at fault because Rhys even clarifiesrepparttar 140782 importance of women later in this description.

"The Druids were magi as they were hierophants inrepparttar 140783 same sense that;repparttar 140784 American-Indian medicine-man was both magus and priest. That is, they were medicine men on a higher scale, and possessed a larger share of transcendental knowledge thanrepparttar 140785 shamans of more barbarous races. Thus they may be said to be a link betweenrepparttar 140786 shaman andrepparttar 140787 magus of medieval times."

I am sorry to have to butt in again but medieval times wererepparttar 140788 most barbarous and disgusting times; I wonder if this author ever heard ofrepparttar 140789 Dark Ages? They are called that because they spread darkness overrepparttar 140790 mind and soul of all people. They destroyed knowledge and technology withrepparttar 140791 Church andrepparttar 140792 feudal lackeys seeking ever more power. Sure, some of them pranced around in lace and padded powders on their faces. Some even hadrepparttar 140793 occasional bath, every month after they went out and raped a few new brides among their serfs. The idea of medieval times and allrepparttar 140794 gallant knights is pure unadulterated fiction and they spreadrepparttar 140795 Grail legends as a major part of their propaganda. We will deal with this more later but it truly speaks volumes when one reads this kind of accepted and apparently acceptable 'conventional' thinking (?).

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