Nigerian Spessarite Garnet

It's no secret that several gemstones come from Africa. Diamonds, Citrine, & Tanzanite usually come to mind, but there are plenty of African gemstones that the average person has never heard of. Being a woman of the Sciences and often times a mystic, I come across an array of stones that most people have never even seen before. I was reading an article on W Magazine and ran across the Nigerian Spessartite Garnet and realized that I've never heard of.  Since orange is one of my favorite colors,  I begin to obsess over the Garnet because I want to find it in a bracelet. I ran across a site that classified it understand the heading "African Gems". I was so impressed with array of beautiful and odd looking stones that I decided to gather a few pictures to share with everyone. 
Spessarite Garnet. The color is so pretty
Chrysocolla from the Congo. This looks like a Topographic Map, it's so lovely.
Bloodstone from the Congo. There's a Black 70's Funk band named Bloodstone, I wonder if there's a connection. :)
Malachite from the Congo
Azurite from the Congo
Azurite and Malachite sometimes comes together in nature. It's so pretty.
African Jasper sometimes called African Turquoise.
Raw watermelon Tourmaline from Nigeria.
Another Tourmaline from South Africa
Tourmaline  from South Africa.
one of my favorites. Apatite from Madagascar.
a stone that I introduced to my Fiancee,  Prehenite found in South Africa.

These are just a few of the lovely gemstones found in Africa. Every time I see them I can't help  but feel proud that my ancestors came from a place that produces such lovely rocks. Growing up in Los Angeles, our school system never taught up about all the wonderful wonders of Africa. So I make it my business to not only learn, but to pass on what I've learned to others because I feel as though we're always taught about Europe, as if it's the only place in world. Looking at these gemstones also incited a desire in me to learn not only about these rare stones, but about the places they came from and the cultures that live there.  I feel like an explorer and I'm ready to discover. 
My question to you (yes you the reader) is have you ever heard of any of these stones? Which ones do you like? Would you wear any of them? Uh oh... that was three questions. 

Love the berry and the golden tan shorts

Uggs did an editorial last winter in New Orleans that was not only girly, feminine and cute but the looks can be worn both in spring and summer. The model's free whimsical spirit, soft jewel toned makeup and semi tamed coils made me want to go shopping and get ready for the new season.  Neutrals seem to be the big thing for spring, I personally like bright colors but as of late I've seen quite a few pieces that I would love to add to my wardrobe. I do like the way that neutral bring out a person's complexion (mine is similar to the models) and can be used to highlight shoes, bags, jewelry, makeup or a new hair color. With neutrals you're able to control what it is that you want to accent, you can go from professional to flirty in a matter of seconds. Since spring is a time of growth I plan on stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something new. I'm obsessed with Taupe and mixing it with chunky jewelry and cherry lip balm. 
Alright Spring, I'm ready so bring it on. 

you can't go wrong with denim and a turtleneck

I love the colors; feminine and flirty

Tomboy chic

Soft yellow and taupe; a combo I never thought to try

I'm not into plaid but this looks cute on her

The screams "modern Southern Belle"

Badazz!!! I need that hat

I can't get enough of this editorial, if I had a daughter I would love to see her wear some of these looks. I love the softness and inoccence of the styles, they make the model look like a southern sweetheart. ladies, would any of you wear these styles?  

As i said before, spring is a time of renewal and growth. It's time to break away from the old and bring in the new. Jamaican Model Janeil brings it home in pretty neutrals for springs in a spread for Flare Magazine. I love her pretty face, chocolate skin and toned body. let's be real, my girl is killing it..!!!!! Did I mention her pretty skin??? Take a look a see for yourself, this shoot is quite simple but one thing that pretty obvious is BLACK GIRLS ROCK!!!!!
Love the shorts

The skirt.

Her abs.

Ladies, how many of you will rock neutrals for spring?

I love the city of Santa Monica. I love it's earthy dandy vibe, fun beach and laid back nature concious people. It come to no surprise when I went with my cousin to visit a friend and came across a desert garden on her friend's street. There were pretty Succulents, Aloe, numerous Cacti and exotic grasses all aligned along the street. For years I've been advocating that people plant local plants, as they are environmentally friendly, take up less water (we're having a drought here in L.A), require little to no maintenance, and are better for local wildlife. So it was quite refreshing to see the residence of Santa Monica adhering to eco- friendly standards. With a the quick snap of my phone's camera, I took these pretty pictures.  I hope you like them. 
Tell me, what do the local plants in your area look like?