Is there a difference between Gold Plated and Gold Filled jewelry?

Is there a difference between Gold Plated and Gold Filled jewelry?

There is a big difference between "gold filled" and gold plated".

Its really good to know the difference so that you know what to shop for and what you are getting for your buck.

Bottom line your going to pay a little bit more for gold filled jewelry, but it will stand the test of time, and in our opinion its well worth it. Here's why:

Gold Plated: The process of gold plating is one where a minuscule layer of gold is applied over a base metal (usually brass).

The amount of real gold that is used is actually so tiny that its technically considered unmeasurable (less than .05%). This is why gold plating will wear off (actually pretty quickly).

Gold Filled: Gold Filled jewelry is made by wrapping layers of solid gold (14K, 12K, or 18K) sheets around a base metal (usually brass).

Unlike gold plated jewelry, gold filled jewelry actually has a measurable amount of gold in it. This process of adhering solid gold sheets makes for jewelry that does not tarnish, peel, chip or discolor.

If your gold filled jewelry has ever changed color at all its usually just because of dirt build up and can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Also unlike Silver it won't tarnish.

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JAM Designs Academy - Essential Oil Safety Course

JAM Designs Academy - Essential Oil Safety Course

The JAM Designs Academy has developed and created an Essential Oil Safety Course, that is accredited through Health Canada.

Our goal for this Safety course is to provide you with an accredited certification, Upon competition of this 7-module course, assignments, and quizzes.

This is a Live on-line course

Who is this for?

  • Crafters
  • Product Developers

This convenient live on line course was developed in response to the rapidly growing Essential Oil Industry and related product development.

An ongoing focus for safety for everyone is our utmost concern and this course is no exception, especially when products are being designed for the most vulnerable:

  • children, babies and those who are pregnant.
  • Become Creditable 
  • Build More Confidence 

This course is great for Crafters and Product Developers. The On-Line course includes questions and blending projects.

***Pre- Register Now for February 2022 - Next Enrollment will be beginning of December 2021.

Looking forward to working with you all , and providing you with the correct Safety for with Essential Oils


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Healing Crystals

Healing Crystals

Since the beginning of time we have been turning to crystals to get their healing energies. These are the treasures of Mother Earth, born from elemental energy.

In one shimmer, they can capture the sun, moon, salt seas, soil and mountains and they can transmute all that healing power back to us.

In the modern world, Crystals and Gemstones hold so much power.

Crystals help us to channel our intentions, raise our vibrations, and can bring out all that dormant grace, beauty and magic you already have stashed inside.

Remember, everything in life holds a vibration and if we can match our inner vibrations to the things we want in this world, we may be able to manifest them into our lives. Crystals can help to bridge that gap with their cleansing potential and positive vibrations. These little glittering stones of magic also invite us to clear the mind, sit in meditation, and ruminate on how we can calm our monkey minds and step into deeper healing.

How Crystals are Formed in the Earth

Crystals go through an incredible geological process in the earth. The combination of heat, compression, and millions of years can do some incredible things!

How to Choose Your Stone

With so many crystals out there how do you choose the one that works for you? One of the most important lessons we can learn from crystal healing is to tap into our own intuition and go back to the gut.

Our bodies and minds are inherently connected and  equally a part of this universe. If you want to know which crystal works for you, simply see which one calls to you. 

Take this as a sign from the universe that this is the crystal that can gift you something special.

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Aromatherapy is the art and science of using 100% pure plant essences for healing body, mind and spirit. It is the treatment of ailments (therapy) with aromas (essences or essential oils of aromatic plants).

  • Aromatherapy is one of the techniques of holistic, complementary, or natural medicine. It treats the whole body – mind, body, and spirit.
  • Aroma-therapists, armed with technical understanding, artfully blend essential oils to produce new aromas.
  • While there is general agreement about the actions of certain oils, aromatherapy texts vary in their descriptions of the properties and characteristics of an essential oil.
  • Aromatherapy can be as much preventative as curative.
  • Results of aromatherapy are very individual. No two persons are affected by the same essential oil in the same way. Even the same person can be affected differently by the same oil depending on surroundings, time of day or mood.
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  • Essential oils do not exist in plants as free moving substances, but are stored in microscopic cellular containers. They are then extracted from varied parts of the plant: the root, seed, trunk, and leaf, fruit and/or flower.
  • They are approximately 100 times more concentrated than a dried herb, which is why they can irritate the skin.
  • Each essential oil has a unique chemical composition, which then react with chemicals in the body and mind when applied, inhaled, or ingested.


  • By learning about the properties of the many oils, you can use them to effectively treat a wide range of conditions. From headaches and muscular pains to depression, insomnia and stress, essential oils provide us with very effective solutions to many different physical and emotional ailments.
  • Essential oils contain the odor, taste and medicinal properties of the plant itself, but in very concentrated form, with no base oil, alcohol, water or diluting agent added.
  • Are not actually “oily”, and can range in consistency from watery to thick and gummy.
  • When an essential oil is volatile- this means that their molecular size is small enough to evaporate if left uncovered. These molecules are considerably smaller than water and oil molecules. Each essential oil has its own volatility rate, measured on a scale of 1 (very quickly) – 100 (very slowly). Citrus oils have the fastest evaporation rate.
  • Are easily absorbed into the bloodstream via inhalation and topical application due to their small molecular size.
  • Are anti-septic to varying degrees; some have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties?
  • Come in many different colors, viscosities, and scent strengths.


  • Come from all over the globe; like wine, some regions grow superior crops. Weather, soil, environmental pollution and the oil production method all affect scent and quality.
  • It takes 50 pounds of eucalyptus, 150 pounds of lavender, 500 pounds of rosemary, and 1,000 pounds of jasmine and over 2,000 pounds of rose to make a single pound of essential oil. The price of each essential oil is directly related to the amount of plant material needed for distillation.
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The Symbolism of the Mandala in the JAM Branding

The Symbolism of the Mandala in the JAM Branding

mandala is a symbol of the universe for many Buddhists and Hindus.

Most mandalas have colorful, detailed geometric patterns or designs.

Some spiritual traditions use mandalas for meditation or for marking a spiritual space.

The word mandala itself simply means "circle" in Sanskrit.

The pattern within the Mandala is usually balanced and harmonized symbolizing how we are all connected and part of a wider Universe. 

We use the Mandala in our JAM Designs Branding , and you will see it pop up throughout our website, Business cards and everything we brand JAM. 

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The Lotus Meaning

The Lotus Meaning

As the Lotus - as Humans we have the ability to Rise Up from the Mud , Bloom out of the Dark muddy water , and we Rise and Radiate into the World. 

For Today no matter what is going on in our lives , one thought , it is only preparation.

Remember people will come and go , Situations Rise and Fall.

It is all in preparation for magical things to come. Enjoy the journey.

Rise above - Stretch , Breathe, Radiate and Grow into your greatness.

Without the preparation we receive , through adversity and disappointment, confusion or pain.

We could not appreciate the greatness or the magic of the World when it arrives.

You are so full of Magical greatness - Go out and find your unique gifts.


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All Things Gem

All Things Gem


Amazonite is a soothing stone.  It calms the brain and nervous system and aids in maintaining optimum health.  Balances the masculine and feminine energies.  Amazonite helps you to see both sides of a problem or  a different point of view.  It soothes emotional trauma, alleviating worry and fear.  Dispels negative energy, aggravation and blockages within the nervous system.  Amazonite assists in manifesting universal love.  It protects against electromagnetic pollution

Inspires Truth | Sincerity | Honour | Self-Love | Communication | Integrity | Trust 


A long history of helping people in a number of ways. These purple quartz gems are worn to protect people, quiet the mind. Amethyst meaning nicely sums up the benefits of amethyst. Whether it is worn in jewelry or carved into a statuette, it can improve the amethyst owner's health and overall well-being. Allow amethyst's energy to soothe away the day-to-day stresses It is stone of the the third eye and crown chakra, Amethyst works with your third eye to balance the mind with insightful solutions to problems.

Trust | Intuition | Spirituality


Apatite is a dual-action stone, known for its positive use of personal power to achieve goals. It clears away confusion, apathy or negativity, then, stimulates the intellect to expand knowledge and truth, which may be used for personal growth or for the collective good.

Apatite is a highly useful stone, to encourage the growth of your spirituality and health. Use it in meditation as meditation improves stress levels, and regular deep meditation can be powerful to assist you to enhance many gifts that may be waiting to be released into your life.

Inspiration | Motivation


Evokes the purity of crystalline waters, and the exhilaration and relaxation of the sea. It is calming, soothing, and cleansing, and inspires truth, trust and letting go. The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin aqua marinus, meaning "water of the sea," and refers to its sparkling ocean-like color.

Aquamarine is a stone of courage. Its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind. Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people. It can invoke tolerance of others and overcomes judgmentalism, giving support to those overwhelmed by responsibility.

Courage | Purity | Calming

Blue Lace Agate

is a stone of communication, helping those who have difficulty being heard by others, or who need confidence and articulation to share their truths? It provides clarity of thought and unwavering intent in regards to what matters most. 

Anxiety Relief | Calming | Soothing


Stone of Communication. Its very essence is devoted to expression, empowerment and teaching. The serenity of its turquoise-blue color discharges negative energies, calms, and allows truth and inner wisdom to surface and be heard.

powerful stone because it aligns all chakras with the Divine. Chrysocolla is a tranquil stone. Chrysocolla can be used with the Throat Chakra, where it helps with wise communication, or with the Heart Chakra to balance and strengthen, helping one to learn how to live from the truth of the Heart.

Motivation | Inspiration

Clear Quartz

Quartz is the most powerful healing stone of the mineral kingdom, able to work on any condition. Clear Quartz is known as the stone of power and amplifies any energy or intention. Clear Quartz protects against negativity, attunes to your higher self, and relieves pain.

Clarity | Focus | Manifestation


Howlite is one of the “attunement stones” which link the user to higher spiritual consciousness. ... Howlite is a lovely stone to use when needing to reduce anxiety, tensions and stress. Howlite can be used to facilitate awareness, encourage emotional expression and assist with releasing,stress

Calming | Memory | Communication


A protective stoneJade keeps the wearer from harm and brings harmony. Jade attracts good luck and friendship. It stabilises the personality and promotes self-sufficiency. Soothes the mind, releasing negative thoughts.

Luck | Success | Wisdom


A stone of transformation, Labradorite is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance. It balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies. Excellent for strengthening intuition - promoting psychic abilities.

Strength | Perseverance

Lapis Lazuli

Encourages self-awareness, allows self-expression and reveals inner truth, providing qualities of honesty, compassion and morality to the personality. Stimulates objectivity, clarity and encourages creativity. Lapis Lazuli assists to confront and speak one's truth and inspires confidence.

Truth | Wisdom | Awareness


stone for “new beginnings”, Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. It soothes emotional instability and stress, and stabilises the emotions, providing calmness. Moonstone enhances intuition, promotes inspiration, success and good fortune in love and business matters.

Balance | New Beginnings | Growth


It sustains and supports through times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness. Jasper provides protection and absorbs negative energy. It balances yin and yang. Jasper clears electromagnetic and environmental pollution, including radiation.

Jasper is a stone of grounding and stability, providing comfort and security, strength and healing.

Grounding | Stability | Comfort

Ocean Jasper

Ocean Jasper is a stone that aids you to communicate more positively and allow loving feelings to be expressed in what you say. These crystals bring joy and elevated spirits, and relieve stress, worry and other negative feelings.

Communication | Release Negativity | Loving Spirits


A powerful protection stone, Black Onyx absorbs and transforms negative energy, and helps to prevent the drain of personal energy. Black Onyx aids the development of emotional and physical strength and stamina, especially when support is needed during times of stress, confusion or grief.

Grounding | Strength | Protection

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love. It restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love. Rose Quartz purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace.

Self-Love | Love | Peace

Smoky Quartz

Neutralizes negative vibrations and protecting against radiation and electromagnetic smog. Smokey Quartz disperses fear, lifts depression and negativity. It brings emotional calmness, relieving stress and anxiety.

Anxiety | Calming | Grounding

Snowflake Obsidian

A stone of purity, Snowflake Obsidian provides balance for body, mind and spirit. It helps you recognize and release “wrong thinking” and stressful mental patterns. Promotes dispassion and inner centering. Snowflake Obsidian empowers isolation and loneliness, aiding surrender in meditation.

Grounding | Meditation | Purity


It encourages rational thought, objectivity, truth and intuition, along with verbalization of feelings. Sodalite brings emotional balance and calms panic attacks. It enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-trust. 

Trust | Self-Esteem | Acceptance


Sunstone is linked to luck and good fortune. It clears and energizes all the chakras. Sunstone instills good nature, heightens intuition and allows the real self to shine through happily. It dissipates fearfulness, alleviates stress and increases vitality.

Positive Vibes | Intuition | Luck

Tiger's Eye

Tigers Eye Stone is a crystal with lovely bands of yellow-golden color through it. This is a powerful stone that helps you to release fear and anxiety and aids harmony and balance. It stimulates taking action and helps you to make decisions with discernment and understanding, and unclouded by your emotions.

Anxiety | Chakra | Harmony


It is a stone of protection. Healing powers of Turquoise also improve the mental state overall by increasing all the following positive mental characteristics: serenity, creativity, empathy, positive thinking, sensitivity, intuition, happiness wisdom all of which result in a calmer state that leads to greater self-realization.

Protection | Positivity | Creativity

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Did you know that the safest and most effective way to use essential oils is inhalation?

Did you know that the safest and most effective way to use essential oils is inhalation?

The name says it all.

Aromatherapy, or inhalation, is when essential oils evaporate into the air using a diffuser or breathed in. Apart from providing a pleasant smell, aromatherapy oils can provide respiratory disinfection, decongestant, and psychological benefits. Inhalation is the safest and most effective way to use essential oils.

Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory system, the part of the brain connected to smell, including the nose and the brain. Molecules that enter the nose or mouth pass to the lungs, and from there, to other parts of the body. As the molecules reach the brain, they affect the limbic system, heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory system, memory, stress and hormone balance. In this way, essential oils can have a subtle, yet holistic effect on the body.

Just to clarify, the limbic system is a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood. It controls the basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives such as hunger.

Massage and dermal absorption is another wonderful way to use essential oils. Always use a carrier oil with your essential oil for massage. A greater amount of an essential oil will be absorbed if the carrier oil is a less viscous oil, if the user’s pores are unclogged, and if more skin area is covered by the oil. There are also parts of the body with thinner skin (behind the ears, inside of the wrists, palms of hands, soles of feet, armpits, scalp) through which oils are more quickly absorbed than through other parts with thicker skin (arms, legs, belly, back). Massage is an amazing way to enjoy all of the benefits of essential oils.

Studies have shown that the least effective way to absorb an essential oil is through ingestion. Taken this way, the oil ends up going through a slower intake process by way of the digestive tract where it must pass through several large organs before it reaches the bloodstream. By this time, the oil’s chemical composition will have been altered by every other material it will have passed in these organs before being expelled from the body.

A potentially toxic accumulation of chemicals can occur in the organs with immediate or accumulative damage over time. DO NOT DRINK ESSENTIAL OILS no matter who or what MLM company tells you to do so. Herbs are for tea and consumption, NOT essential oils.


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