Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 Our apologies, but all of our manufacturers are running 8 to 10 weeks out on orders.  They do have quite a few new people on their crew which will eventually up output and production. Unfortunately, for now, this means that all HALOday orders must be in by October 18th to be here in time for you to give that special someone their new jewelry. 



Saturday, October 11, 2014

HALO Exclusive

CANDY CORN PLUGS
ONLY AT HALO!

Get your limited edition candy corn plugs before they are gone.

1/2" to 1" in stock

Happy HALOween

We also have in black glass septum retainers and pinchers.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October Birthstone - Opal & Tourmaline!

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Opals and Tourmaline represent hope, creativity and innocence. They also protect the wearer from envious, mal-intentioned people.

Opal is a gem-quality form of hydrated amorphous silicon dioxide. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit word for 'stone'. It is gemologically classed as a mineraloid rather than a mineral, owing to its amorphous form. Opal is considered to be the national gemstone for Australia, owing to the fact that Australia produces roughly 97% of the world's entire supply of Opal Gemstones. Opals can be divided into three main subgroups: Precious Opal, Fire Opal and Common Opal (potch).

For ages people have believed in the healing power of Opal. It is reported to be able to solve depression and to help its wearer find true and real love. Opal is also said to stimulate originality and creativity. Opal is porous and because of this, it is quite absorbent. Due to its ability to absorb, it is thought that it can pick up the thoughts and feelings of people and amplify emotions.
Synthetic Opals can be made into almost any style jewelry you need.


Chemical Formula: SiO2 * nH20
Color: A "play of color" ranging from white to black
Hardness: 4.5 - 6.5
Transparency: Transparent to opaque








Tourmaline (TUR-me-leen) 


Tourmaline is not a single mineral, but a group of several closely related minerals. The three most well-known members are Elbaite, Schorl, and Dravite. Tourmaline can be bi-color or tri-color; watermelon (seen below) features green, pink and white colors. Tourmaline is found in many locations including Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa and the United States.



It is estimated  that tourmaline has been used as a gem material for over 2000 years. The Chinese carve Tourmaline into beads, badges, buttons, girdles & various ornaments. The Dutch noticed that the stone attracts ashes and straw when heated and named it aschenstrekkers (ash drawers). 




All Styles set in solid gold 14kt with Tourmaline gems

Chemical Formula: (Na,Ca)(Mg,Li,Al,Fe2+)3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH)4

Color: Colors include black, brown, green, red, pink, blue, and gray. White, colorless, yellow, orange, and purple colors. Crystals are frequently multicolored, containing two or more distinct colors.
Hardness: 7 - 7.5
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Transparency: Transparent to opaque



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Be a Localist

Go Local! 
The businesses in this map (follow the link below) are all locally owned, Arizona businesses. Supporting these businesses means more money stays in Arizona and creates a unique community.


http://localfirstaz.com/small-wonders/phoenix.php







Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lobe Stretching on Your Own

SNAP PLUGS 



     Halo now carries SnapPlugs in our studio. They are made in two different series;  Series 1 is 4 Gauge to 0 Gauge and Series 2 is 0 Gauge to 1/2".

      The idea is really simple. When it comes to stretching your lobes, it is all about the circumference. By using small and even changes in circumference between one SnapPlug to the next, a safer and more comfortable stretch is realized while reducing the risk of damage and blowouts when stretching your ears on your own.


     Let us look at an example: Stretching a piercing with jewelry that changes by only 1mm in diameter, would result in about a 3mm change in circumference. In comparison, to stretch a piercing by 1mm in diameter using SnapPlugs, it would require about three stretches. This is because SnapPlugs are designed with gradual, systematic changes in circumference of about 1mm, which equate to only about 0.32mm change in diameter per jump.  This makes for a much healthier and usually faster transition even though it involves more steps.

     All other methods of stretching involve products that depend on the standard jewelry sizes that have varying changes in diameter, which result in erratic changes in circumference. Many traditional stretches require skin to stretch as much as 5mm in one stretch, which can cause a great deal of discomfort and damage to the piercing. Even plugs that have small 1mm changes in diameter, result in a stretch that is 3 times as large as a stretch with SnapPlugs. This is why we suggest you wait 2 to 3 months in between stretching when you have us stretch at Halo using traditional sizes.

Each SnapPlug should be worn a minimum of 10 days and up to 30 days, before moving to the next stretch/size.



     What makes SnapPlugs a revolutionary ear stretching system is the implementation of a ‘transition ramp’. The transition ramp is a slightly tapered end located at the back of the plug at the widest part, so it can sit flush with the next plug in the series. Since SnapPlugs only have a 1mm circumfrence increase, the transition ramp helps ensure a smooth, painless stretch each and every time.

Friday, September 12, 2014

NEW! Seahorse Plugs

Unlike most other fish, seahorses are monogamous and mate for life. 
They are also among the only animal species in which the male bears the unborn young. 
They vary in size from .6" to 14" long. 

From 00ga to 1-1/2"
in Curly Maple, Pink Ivory or Osage Orange woods
Seahorses have no teeth and no stomach. 
Food passes through their digestive systems so quickly, they must eat almost constantly to stay alive.

Population data for most of the world’s 35 seahorse species is sparse. However, worldwide coastal habitat depletion, pollution, and rampant harvesting, mainly for use in Asian traditional medicine, have made several species vulnerable to extinction.

For More information on how you can help follow the link: 
http://www.visitsealife.com/protect-our-seas/seahorse-conservation.aspx



Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11

We will be closed today in remebrance of those who were killed in the terror attacks.

We will be opan again tomorrow 11am to 8pm.

http://www.911memorial.org/