Thursday, July 24, 2014

Win a Spot on the Hell City Guest List




Find this photo to the right on our Instagram or Facebook fan page and one lucky person and a guest will be chosen to win free entrance to Hell City Tattoo Festival in August at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa!  America's favorite tattoo fest featuring the world's best tattoo artists, Heck City Family Kids Zone and much more!  

Here are the links: 
Halo Instagram   or   Halo Facebook




Thursday, July 17, 2014

SKYLINE PLUGS

Some of you may just know one of these plugs as 'home'.
Special ordered in your size from 1/2" to 1-3/4" in Chechen wood
*Please note: Our plugs are finished with plant based, vegan friendly Carnuba Wax

Denver: "The Mile-High City" 
Nicknamed the Mile-High City because the official elevation of Denver is exactly one mile or 5,280 feet above sea level.  If you get a chance visit our friends at Sol Tribe tell them everyone at Halo said "Hi"!

Chicago: "The Windy City"
An international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications and transportation.  The Field Museum has an amazing collection of jewelry and gems stones from all over the world, including the Ancient Americas.   Also, make sure to visit Boka on Halstead for a fantastic dinner. 

Los Angeles: "The City of Angels"
The second most populous city in the United States, is among the most ethnically diverse large cities, and nicknamed City of Angels.  If you are ever there, load up on vinyl records & CDs at Amoeba, the largest independent record store in the United States! 

New York: "The Big Apple"
The most populous city in the US, home to the UN Headquarters, has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world.  As many as 800 languages are spoken there.  The Met has a pair if 1st century B.C. Gold earrings  from India that are exquisite.  

Seattle: "The Emerald City" 
The largest city in the Pacific Northwest, a coastal seaport, and the fastest-growing major city in the United States. Its nickname was changed from "Queen City" to "Emerald City" in reference to the lush evergreen forests of the area.  The Seattle Asian Art Museum is tiny, but beautiful.  Plus you can walk to the Conservatory, there are flowers everywhere and you  can also see Bruce and Brandon Lee's Gravesite when you visit.




Skyline Wood Dog Tags are also available.






Saturday, July 5, 2014

Ruby the Birthstone for July

Fine-quality ruby is extremely rare, the most prized color is a medium or medium dark vivid red or slightly purplish red.  If the gem is too light or has too much purple or orange, it will be called a fancy-color Sapphire.
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.

In ancient times, warriors would implant rubies under their skin to bring courage and determination in battle.   Today, Ruby represents romance and devotion.  Owning a ruby is said to give contentment and peace.  Placing a ruby under your pillow may ward off bad dreams.  Wearing rubies on the left hand is said to promote the life force and give protection.  

14ga curved barbell 1/4" to 1/2" depending on your needs


Chemical Formula : Al2O3
Color: Many colors, but for this post Red
Hardness: 9

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Independence Day

We will be closed Friday July 4th Have a safe HALOday!



Open again the 5th 
Saturday 11am to 8pm 
Sunday noon to 6pm

Don't forget your Golden Coupon can still be used, but this Saturday & Sunday only.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

GOLDEN TICKET 20%

It’s Independents Week, and we’re celebrating local and independent businesses! 
Stop in before July 6 to use your Golden Coupon for a 20% discount on piercings, jewelry & Halo Apparel (offer does not apply to gold, platinum & memo jewelry). 
One per client & cannot be combined with other offers.
Find other participating businesses at the Local First Arizona website http://localfirstaz.com/independents-week/

Golden Coupon
Print this out or show us on your phone 
offer good June 29th to July 6th, 2014


Sunday we are open noon to 6pm
Monday - Satuday 11am to 8pm
We will be closed the 4th of July
Have a safe HALOday!









Sunday, June 1, 2014

3 Birthstones for June!

June has three birthstones:  Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone.

PEARL
18kt curved barbell can be made in any length 
Pearls are the only gems from living sea creatures that require no faceting or polishing to reveal their beauty. In the early 1900's the first commercial cultured saltwater pearls were made. Since the 1920's, cultured pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls. 
Chemistry: CaCO3
Color: Black, green, yellow, pink, blue, brown, gray, cream & white
Hardness: 2.5 - 4.5
Mineral Class: Calcuim carbonate & conchiolin (organic) combined with water



ALEXANDRITE
Tear Drop eyelets 7/16" to 1" can be made here at Halo for you

Alexandrite was first discovered in Russia in the 1830's and is extremely rare. Due to its rarity, many studios stock the synthetic versions (man-made alternatives).  The color changes from bluish green to purplish red (the colors of the Russian flag), some Alexandrite can change from yellowish or pink to raspberry red. The Smithonian houses the largest known Russian faceted Alexandrite, weighing 66 carets.
Alexandrite is also the gem for the 55th wedding anniversary.

Chemistry: BeAl2O4
Color: Bluish green in daylight, 
Purplish red in incandescent light
Hardness: 8.5
Mineral Class: Chrysoberly


MOONSTONE

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 white, milky white, grey, pink, green, brown, peach, champagne & the most valuable deep blue. Its iridescent sheen is called "adularescence."

Moonstone is named for its resemblance in color to the moon. According to Hindu mythology, moonstone is made of solidified moonbeams. Legends say that moonstone brings good luck. East Indian tradition holds that moonstone is a symbol of the Third Eye and clarifies spiritual understanding.

Chemistry: KAISi3O8
Color: White, milky white, grey, pink, green, brown, peach, 
champagne & the most valuable deep blue.
Hardness: 6 - 6.5
Mineral Class: Orthiclase, Oligoclase & other members of the the feldspar group


For more information look on the GIA & American Gem Society websites.





Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Emerald the Gem for May

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em-er-uhld

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.

The emerald belongs to the beryl family of minerals that include aquamarine (one of March’s birthstones), heliodor, and morganite. Beryl, or beryllium aluminum silicate in chemical jargon, is a six-sided symmetrical crystal. Beryl contains beryllium, aluminum, silicon, and oxygen.

Emeralds vary in color from light to deep green. It’s commonly thought that an emerald’s color derives from the presence of chromium and/or vanadium replacing some of the aluminum in the mineral’s structure. The stone can, however, lose its color when heated strongly.


Chemical Formula: Be3Al2SiO6
Color: Green to emerald-green
Hardness: 7.5 - 8

There are many myths associated with the emerald. The stone was once believed to prevent epilepsy, stop bleeding, cure dysentery and fever, and protect the wearer from panic. Its magnificent green color was said to rest and relieve the eye. To the ancient Romans, emeralds were dedicated to the goddess Venus because the green emerald symbolized the reproductive forces of nature. Early Christians saw it as a symbol of the resurrection of Christ. In the Middle Ages, emeralds were believed to hold the power to foretell the future.