Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR

We will be open December 31st 11am to 5pm 
& Closed January 1st, 2015

Have a safe HALOday!
See you next year!

Follow us on Instagram 
to see what is new in 2015.





Saturday, December 27, 2014

Feista Parade

We will be open today at
3pm-8pm the 27th
walk-ins until 7:30 for piercings
(after the fiesta parade is over)
&
noon-6pm the 28th
walk-ins until 5:30 for piercings

See you soon!
Have a safe HALOday!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy HALOdays!

We will be open December, 24th 11am-5pm 
& closed the December, 25th


Also,
11am-8pm the 26th 
3pm-8pm the 27th
(after the fiesta parade is over)
noon-6pm the 28th

See you soon!
Have a safe HALOday!



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Check out our new plugs!

"FRAGILE (FRA-GEE-LAY) it must be Italian!" 

This holiday teardrop plug style is inspired by the movie A Christmas Story and it's infamous leg lamp, aka "a major award". If you haven't seen the movie, you should, and if you have, you're probably going to need these plugs. Crafted in Curly Maple inlayed with Osage Orange & Katalox and etched with "ugly sweater" detailing. 


1/2" to 1-1/2" 




Saturday, December 6, 2014

We will be close at 5:30pm today Saturday the 6th, for the light parade.  

Hurry in, it gets crazy here on parade days!

See you soon!!!! 

Open Sunday 12-6pm if you can not make it today.



Friday, December 5, 2014

Join Us Tonight!

We will be open until 10pm today Friday the 5th, 
piercings until 9pm.



Please park at the Light Rail Park & Ride (just South) or across the street from Dairy Queen (North).

Also, we will be close at 6pm tomorrow Saturday the 6th, for the light parade.








Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Choose Your Birthstone

Turquoise is the traditional birthstone for December, Blue Zircon is the modern birthstone, but gemstone enthusiasts now accept Tanzanite as Decembers Birthstone also.

Tanzanite

     Tanzanite was discovered in the late 1960s, and is found exclusively, in Tanzania.  It is treasured for, and is often heat treated to achieve, its rich violet-blue color.  Originally purchased as an alternative to Sapphire, it has increased in popularity and is now valued more for its own beauty and brilliance. 





Formula: (Ca2Al3(SiO4)(Si2O7)O(OH)) + (Cr,Sr)
Color: Purple to blue  
Hardness: 6.5

Turquoise 


     The name Turquoise is derived from the French, pierre turquoise, meaning “Turkish stone,” because the trade routes that brought Turquoise to Europe from the mines in central Asia went through Turkey, and Venetian merchants often purchased the stone in Turkish bazaars.

Turquoise varies in color from greenish blue, through robin's egg-blue, to sky blue shades and its transparency ranges from translucent  to opaque.




Formula: CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8·4H2O
Color: Blue, blue-green, green   
Hardness: 5-7




Blue Zircon


     Zircon is one of the heaviest gemstones; this means that it will weigh more than other stones with the same measurements.
Meanings associated with the Blue Zircon are success, love, luck, happiness and prosperity.  Zircons are thought to increase intuition, durability and steadiness.  Many believe that those who wear the Zircon will experience a decrease in depression and insomnia
Derived from the Arabic word zar and gun, meaning gold and color, zircon is found in a wide range of colors such as: blue, yellow, orange, brown, green, color less and the most prized red!  




Formula: ZrSiO4
Color: Blue
Hardness: 7.5

See more at:  http://www.americangemsociety.org/december-birthstones

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tofurkey and Turkeyday

We will be open November 26th 11ap to 5pm and closed November 27th. 

See you Black Friday 11-8pm
&
Shop Small Saturday 11-8pm
(We hope you shop small everyday)



Have a wonderful HALOday!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Shop Small Saturday is the 29th

$10 off statement credits if you register and use your American Express card @ Halo!

Limit three (3) $10 statement credits per eligible American Express Card. To receive the offer, Card Members must register any eligible American Express Card for this offer. Corporate Cards and all prepaid Card products (other than American Express Serve® and Bluebird®) are not eligible.

You must use your AE card to get the statement credit!! 

Registration opens November 16th


Follow this link to register:
www.shopsmall.com or call the number on your American Express card.

To receive the $10 statement credit, the Card Member must use his or her registered Card to spend $10 or more in a single, in-store transaction at a qualifying small business location on Saturday, Nov 29, 2014. For example, if your transaction is only for $5, you will not receive a credit. Multiple transactions of less than $10 will not qualify even if the combined total of those transactions is over $10. You may purchase multiple items that together equal $10 or more, but you must purchase them in a single transaction to receive the statement credit. Online transactions do not qualify. 





Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ear Work

Helix with 5 Swarovski crystals, Sadu with AB crystal & forward helix with
tri-prong crystals top - 4 crystal cluster bottom

Forward helix with titanium bezel opals & helix with a captive bead ring





Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day Parade 2014

We will be open November 11th, 2014 at 2pm after the Parade is over. 

Big thank you to everyone who has served or is currently in the military. 

All military receive 10% jewelry and piercings with military ID, year round.





Friday, November 7, 2014

FALL FESTIVAL

Saturday, November 8th, 2014
10an to 4pm
All-day family-friendly fun for all ages!

@10 West Portland Street in Phoenix
Just 10minutes away from HALO


TOP 10 WAYS TO ENJOY THE CERTIFIED 

 LOCAL FALL FESTIVAL

  1. Bring the whole family, well-behaved dogs included! Entrance to the festival is free, and there will be tons of activities going on throughout the festival for kids, adults, and everyone in between.
  2. Don't worry about parking, ride the light rail! The Certified Local Fall Festival is located at Portland Parkway conveniently located across from the Roosevelt St. and Central Avenue light rail station. 
  3. Arrive early, as the first 500 attendees get a gift bag stuffed to the brim with goodies from over 50 local businesses!
  4. Get your holiday shopping started early, as vendors from all over the state will be selling unique items you won't find anywhere else. You're also sure to get some great deals at this year's silent auction.
  5. Sample delicious morsels from some of the best restaurants and food trucks in Arizona. Samples are available for just $1! 
  6. Taste Arizona-made wines, beers, and sprits in the Beverage Garden, samples are just $2 and entrance is free (21+). 
  7. Enjoy live entertainment all day long from some of the best local acts at the entertainment stage!
  8. Test your luck with this year's raffle, tickets will be $3 a piece or 2 tickets for $5. We're giving away 20 prizes an hour, including restaurant gift cards, free oil changes, museum memberships, and more!
  9. Declare yourself a localist: stop by the Local First Arizona booth to be hear about the Localist campaign. 
  10. Connect and engage with your community. This event is all about bringing the community together to celebrate all things local to Arizona.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Birthstone: Topaz


Topaz

     Although November's Birthstone comes in a variety of colors, Orange Topaz, also known as Precious Topaz, is the traditional November Birthstone.  It is the symbol of friendship and the state gemstone of Utah.  Topaz soothes, heals, stimulates, recharges, remotivates and aligns the meridians of the body - directing energy to where it is needed most.  Topaz promotes truth and forgiveness, brings joy, generosity, abundance and good health.  It promotes openness and honesty, self-realization and self-control.  It aids in problem-solving, assists in expressing ideas and stabilizes the emotions.  It is thought to aid in digestion, combat eating disorders, fortifies the nerves and stimulates the metabolism.

     Topaz typically crystallizes in granitic pegmatites or in vapor cavities in rhyolite lava flows like those at Topaz Mountain in western Utah.  It can be found in various areas including the Ural and Ilmen mountains of Russia, in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Czech Republic, Germany, Norwa, Pakistan, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Nigeria and the US.







Formula: Al2SiO4(F,OH)2
Color: Colorless (if no impurities), blue, brown, orange, gray, 
yellow, green, pink and reddish pink
Hardness: 8

Solid 14kt Rose Gold Topaz and Diamonds

Super Teardrop ASTM F-138 Stainless Steel


Thursday, October 30, 2014

HALOween hours


We will be open on HALOween 11am to 6pm.
Make sure to bring valid ID and eat a meal before you stop in to get pierced.
See you soon.

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!

o·pal

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/




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)




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.