Show Me The Gold

At Leslie Francesca Designs, we combine both gold overlay with gold fill to ensure high quality pieces that last. 

Gold Fill

Gold-filled items have a thick layer of gold on them. These items use a gold alloy, which can be very strong depending on the karat of the gold that is used. The lower karats of gold tend to be a bit stronger. A higher karat of gold indicates a higher purity, and while that means the gold piece itself is more valuable, the metal will be a little softer. Leslie Francesca Designs uses 14 karat gold fill on all gold chains within the collection. 

Gold Overlay

Gold overlay is a method of covering another type of metal with a very thin, almost microscopic, film of pure gold by electroplating it. Also referred to as gold-plated. Among the biggest benefits of gold-plated items is the fact that it is fairly strong. Gold is a soft metal, and it is easily susceptible to nicks, dents, and bending. Gold-plating can lend an attractive finish to a piece that must be sturdy and durable. Leslie Francesca Designs uses this process of gold overlay to outline and wrap parts of raw stones. 

The Lure of the Arrowhead

The Native Way

Native Americans have long believed that wearing a hand-carved arrowhead, as a talisman around your neck, was a symbol of protection, courage and strength. They also believed that the arrowhead protected them from illness and acted as a guard against the Evil Eye. It would deflect any negative energy, protect them from their enemies and absorb their power.

Healing Stone: Chrysocolla

The Stone

Chrysocolla is a carbonate copper gemstone. It’s alluring, vivid blue-green color and is often mistaken for turquoise because they share many visual similarities. It can often be found intermingled with malachite, turquoise and azurite, creating a wonderful mixed gemstone known as eilat stone. Legend has it that eilat stone was originally mined in King Solomon’s mines in Africa. The rich, vibrant blue and green colors of chrysocolla are reminiscent of looking down upon the earth’s surface from space.

Energy Characteristics

Chrysocolla is the gentlest of stones. It’s not a high-energy stone like quartz, rutilated quartz, or smoky quartz, and unlike malachite, azurite and lapis, it doesn’t bring buried emotions to the surface. Its main role is to soothe, calm and inspire. It has the ability to bring harmony, increase wisdom and guide you toward discretion. It promotes level headedness, encouraging clarity of thought and a neutral, calm attitude during turbulence by purifying the home, environment and the mind. Use it to decrease nervousness and irritability.

Healing Properties

Chrysocolla, with associations of tranquility, peace, intuition, patience and unconditional love, is known as a healing stone among Native American cultures where it has been used to strengthen the body’s resistance to illness and emotional duress. It has also been used traditionally to bring about calm feelings where there is upset and can be used to purify a place or restore balance to a person.

Chrysocolla in Jewelry   

Chrysocolla is a good choice to wear when you have difficulty expressing your feelings or your creativity. For example, if you work on computers, wear chrysocolla to help you combine your creative ideas with your work as well as to improve the results of your work. 

Cleaning Remedies 

You should cleanse your chrysocolla once a month by rinsing it under warm running water, and then place it in a bowl of water overnight with a piece of genuine hematite to recharge it.


Himalayan Salt Lamps

Himalayan Salt Lamps

For those of us who love crystals and stones and strongly believe in the characteristics they carry and the benefits they diffuse, we find it absolutely necessary to surround ourselves by the natural and positive energies that they give off. A particularly special and highly beneficial chunk of stone to have in your household is a Himalayan Salt Lamp – a large solid piece of pure Himalayan Salt with a small bulb inside.  Take a look at just a couple of the benefits:

Cleanse & Deodorize the Air

The salt lamps purify the air by attracting and absorbing water molecules from the surrounding environment. As the lamp warms up by the heat produced by the light bulb inside, the water evaporates back into the air leaving the trapped particles of pollen, dust, smoke and any other foreign particles, locked in the salt. By cleansing the air, ultimately the salt lamp is able to reduce allergy and asthma symptoms. Due to the lamp removing microscopic particles, the result can be a cut back on those allergy symptoms – dust, pet dander, mildew, and mold all significantly lose their presence. Besides removing contaminants from the air, the lamp helps your body to filter air much more efficiently.

Increase Energy Levels

Salt lamps are natural negative ion generators. Negative ions occur in nature, therefore activities that expose us to increased concentrations of negative ions generally increase our energy levels in the same manner that the salt lamp does. Positive ions do the opposite and sap our bodes of energy – they are created by electronic devices such as computers, TVs, microwaves etc. By surrounding yourself with natural negative ions such as those generated by a salt lamp, you will notice a significant increase in your energy levels. It’s science really.

With an array of different unique ways to purify your air, salt lamps are a natural and effective alternative – and of course, they make pretty decor with their raw stone charm that we’ve grown to love.