• Leap Year 2012 Fun Facts ~ What is Leap Day?


    It's Leap Year again! You know that it comes around every 4 years but do you know why? What are some of the traditions associated with the holiday? What do people do who are born on February 29th do -- that's got to be a little strange, right? What would happen if we decided to do away with Leap Year all together? Well, in honor of the day we thought we could help by answering a few of those questions and also provide you with a few fun facts you can share with your friends come February 29th.




    First, we'll start with the Days of the Month Poem in Honor of Leap Year. I found 88 versions of the traditional Mother Goose Poem On the website LeapYearDay.com but this is Version 68:


    30 days hath September,
    April, June, and November.
    All the rest have 31--
    Just a minute, we’re not done!
    February’s the shortest one.
    With 28 most of the time,
    but in Leap Year twenty-nine.






    Leap Day Facts


    ~ Supposedly around the 5th century the tradition of women proposing men on Leap Day began. Folklore states St. Patrick officially set aside February 29th as the one day that women could break from tradition and propose marriage to their fella. Leap Day is not to be confused with Sadie Hawkins Day, which is November 15th.


    ~ Born on Leap Day? Lucky you! It is said that people born on February 29th  posses special talents. What's yours?


    ~  There are a few issues with being born on Leap day, some Leap Year babies report that their parents wanted the birth date to be changed to either February 28th or March 1st. There have been some computer issues noted as well. When those born on Leap Day try to enter their birth date some programs won't recognize February 29th as a valid birthday! In addition, some folks have been teased and experienced licensing issues


    ~ The ancient Egyptians discover that the man-made calendar didn't match up with the solar year. The reason for this is because it takes the Earth a little longer that a year to make its way around the sun -- as noted on the Cliff.com website it exactly  takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds.


    ~ Also noted on that same website - is that leap year was to occur very four year but the Gregorian calendar  implanted a more precise formula stating that only years divisible by four would be included. This meant that were divisible by 100 would not be included but those divisible by 400 would be. Confusing? Maybe, but it keeps us on track. At least for the next thousand years or so.



  • Amethyst -- The Birthstone for February

    Sterling Silver Amethyst Earrings 


    The birthstone for February is amethyst, and it is an absolutely stunning gemstone. It is also the anniversary gemstone for the fourth and sixth years of marriage.

    With its regal color -- it is only natural that it adorns several prominent pieces of royal jewelry. Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and is found in a range of shades including deep purple, lavender, violet, and mauve.  It is also the most valuable member of the quartz family. Amethyst is sometimes found mixed with citrine which forms the gemstone ametrine.


    Amethyst is a seven on the Moh's scale  of hardness; which means it is a relatively hard stone and more resistant to scratches than other semi-precious stones. However, you must keep in mind that heat, can greatly affect the color. Long exposure to sun light - or other heat sources - can have an adverse effect on it. 

    Sterling Silver Faceted Amethyst Pendant with Chain

    The history and mythology associated with amethyst, is as fascinating as the stone itself. At one time it was believed to thwart intoxication and prevent addiction -- so often times wine goblets were carved out of this dazzling gemstone. In addition to preventing the wearer from succumbing to the effects of alcohol; it also has many other remarkable properties and uses.


    Sterling Silver Amethyst Cuff Bangle

    Amethyst is said to protect the wearer against evil, promote bravery, protect the wearer in battle, quicken intelligence, and cure insomnia. This gemstone has also been worn to symbolize faithfulness, humility, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom. It was even thought to have healing powers.

    Sterling Silver Faceted Amethyst Ring

    If you know someone who is fortunate enough to be born in the month of February, you should give them the gift of their birthstone. At Charming Chick we have several stunning pieces of amethyst jewelry for you to choose from. Most of the stones are faceted, so they sparkle and sizzle beautifully.

    Even if a person isn't born in the month of February, these pieces make a fantastic gift! The richness of the stone, combined with .925 sterling silver is a magnificent pairing.


  • Heart Disease Awareness -- February is Heart Month


    Awareness Angel Pin 


    February is American Heart Month - which is why we here at Charming Chick - want to do our part to bring awareness and to help in the fight against heart disease.      




    According the American Heart Association, 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, yet there is a lack of awareness and understanding about the severity and prevalence of heart disease in women. More women die each year from heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. The good news is that while heart disease is the leading cause of death in women 20 years or older, it is also the most preventable.      




    What are the Risk Factors?      




     The American Heart Association and Health.com lists several risk factor which can lead to heart disease and stroke.     


    • Age - 65 or older   
    • Race - African-Americans and Hispanic Americans are at an increased risk
    •  Genetics  - If you have close family members who have had heart disease, you are at risk.   
    • Gender - Men have a greater risk than women of having a heart attack. Women's risk of heart disease increases after menopause.   
    • Smoking - increases your risk 2 to 4 times as much as someone who doesn't.   
    • High Blood Pressure - Makes your heart work harder and puts you are risk for many health issues.   
    • Obesity - Even if you have no other risk factors this is a big one that can lead to heart attack or stroke.   
    • Diabetes -  About three-quarters of people with diabetes die from some form of heart or blood vessel disease.



    Awareness Scarf        

    How Do You Prevent it?       

     To help prevent a heart attack and stroke you need to get healthy and that includes:       

    • Maintaining a heart healthy diet
    • Getting regular exercise
    • Managing stress
    • Managing your weight
    • Quitting smoking
    • Limiting unhealthy fats 



     Awareness Tote  

    At Charming Chick we have several items that can be purchased to bring awareness to this deadly but highly preventable disease. A portion of the proceeds from these items, are donated to the American Heart Association.   











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