“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, English writer, The Hobbit
Leo – July 23 – August 22
Leo the Lion is confident, ambitious, generous, loyal and encouraging. They are also domineering, stubborn and vain. People are attracted to Leo’s zest for life and their warm spirit. They are social butterflies basking in the spotlight and always ready to help anyone who needs it. Leo is the ultimate friend, never holding a grudge and very forgiving. Leo’s colors are sunny and positive tones of gold, yellow, orange, vermillion, copper and blood red. See Leo’s jewelry in my Etsy shop under “sections” or in the regular listings.
In August, 2011 I closed out a small Stock account and purchased 3 gold coins. I had been advised that the stock market was going down drastically and gold was going up in proportion. The “experts” predicted a rise to $2000 per ounce by the end of 2012. That sounded like pretty good advice. The price of gold has steadily gone up since the price was held at $35 per ounce.
I was able to purchase 3 gold coins, ¼ ounce each, for a total of $1,556.25. Each coin cost $518.75. I figured that the price of gold would have to reach $2,075 per ounce for me to break even. It is now nearly the end of 2012 and the price of gold today is $1,694 per ounce. It goes up a little and down a little every day. The highest it has been was in September of 2011 at $1,890. The lowest it has been was $1,539 in May, 2012. At today’s price I have lost $285.75. So much for the experts. I should have kept the money in the stock market. I am not planning to sell these coins. They will be gifts to my 3 children after my death. But I believed the “experts”.
This morning I updated the page, MizMlu’s Etsy Store Showcase, to feature a few of my favorite items. I would be very pleased if you would take a few minutes to see what I like and hope that you will as well. Just go to the Pages section and click on MizMlu’s Etsy Store Showcase. Then take a look at my store. I add new items frequently, so you need to stay in touch in order to find just the right piece to suit your taste. My store is at www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu.
Black carved stone beads 3/4″ reflect light and shimmer. Alternate with 6mm black faceted beads and silver tone spacers. Necklace is 21″ long with easy toggle fastener. Handmade, unusual and distinctive.
Very shiny double drop beads with silver spacers and connected with a silver tone tie. Earrings are 2″ long from ear. Handmade, one-of-a-kind.
Jet black 8mm diamond faceted beads with gold glass bead spacers. Dangles in center of necklace are gold tone 5/8″ carved roses on either side of a 1/2″ jet black bead. Necklace is 16″ long with an extended 2″ chain fastening.
Distinctive, one-of-a-kind silver and black beads make an elegant statement. 1/4″ flat black beads alternate with 2 different designed silver motifs and glass beads. Necklace is 20″ long with O ring clasp.