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/




Monday, September 1, 2014

September Birthstone

sap·phire

Sapphires are available in a variety of delicate colors in addition to the more common blue shades. Sapphire is the most valuble of the blue gemstones.   The mineral corundum can be Ruby or Sapphire, they are scientifically the same mineral, they just differ in color.  Corundum is the second hardest mineral, the first being Diamond, and is one of the naturally clear transparent materials.  They speak of dignity, loyalty, serenity, faith, purity and wisdom. 

Throughout history, sapphire has symbolized truth, sincerity and loyalty. It is also thought to bring peace, joy and wisdom to its wearer.  In the past, the sapphire was also believed to be a talisman that would protect against evil spirits and other unsavory creatures of the night.  The ancients regarded star sapphires as powerful talismans that could protect travelers and seekers.  These talismans were considered to be so powerful, that they would continue protecting the wearer even after they had been passed on to another person.  (www.gemselect.com)

Solid 18kt gold & Sapphire
navel curved barbell


Chemical Fromula: Al2O3
Color: White, Colorless, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Pink, Purple, Gray, Black & Multicolored
Hardness: 9
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Mineral Class: Corundum

White Gold & Sapphire
curved barbell
Can be ordered in any lenght








Labor Day

We will be open today 
11am to 4pm



Friday, August 1, 2014

Gem Stone For August

per·i·dot

Peridot is a gemstone with a fascinating history, both in nature and culture. It is one of the oldest known gemstones, with ancient written records documenting the mining of peridot as early as 1500 B.C. It is a gem especially connected with ancient Egypt, and some historians believe that the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually peridots.  (
www.gemselect.com)

Tradition says you will be able to successfully ward off evil, enchantments and depression if you wear or carry peridot.
Periodot is associated with the heart chakra, and can be used to balance and stimulate that chakra. It is a stone of compassion. It has a friendly energy and is excellent for healing. It assists in rebirth and renewal of all kinds. Peridot also bring abundance and prosperity. It enhances the healing and harmony of relationships of all kinds, but particularly marriage. Peridot is used in crystal healing to lessen stress, especially in relationships, anger and jealousy, slow aging, and heal ulcers and digestive problems. Please note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or health care information.  It also assists in finding what is lost, and strengthens ESP abilities. It has been said to make a shield of protection around the body of any wearer of peridot.  (http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/peridot/)

The Color intensity depends on the amount of Iron present in the chemical structure; the more iron the deeper green it will be. 



Chemical Formula: (Mg, Fe)2SiO4
Color: Green, Yellow
Hardness: 6.5 - 7
Crystal System: Orthorhombic
Mineral Class: Olivine

(http://www.minerals.net/gemstone/peridot_gemstone.aspx)