Startup of the Week: Gemstones - A source of beauty and wellness

Updated 05 November 2018
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Startup of the Week: Gemstones - A source of beauty and wellness

  • “The amber stone is very beneficial for the Manipura (located around the navel). And pink quartz, the gemstone of love, brings the energy of love, flexibility and femininity
  • Precious stones give the strength and energy to move more

Gemstones have gained wide popularity and recognition for their beauty and, according to some experts, their healing properties.
Glanz (meaning glamor in German) Jewelry is a gemstone boutique that sells all kinds of gemstones from pearls to lapis, in the form of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. It also sells the gemstones alone.
“We sell everything from the four precious stones to semi-precious stones,” said founder and gemstone specialist Maha Ajaj.
Gemstone culture is fast spreading, Ajaj said. “When we first began, it was not a well-known culture. People did not know anything other than diamonds and zircon, and very few knew emeralds and rubies.
“Now it has gained popularity. People began to learn what malachite, moonstone and other precious stones were. We changed many people’s understanding of gemstones.
“People used to not call different stones by their names, like malachite or lapis. They would just say blue stone or green stone. Now, whenever people see a green stone, they are able to differentiate between malachite, emerald and jade. They have started to speak to us in our language.”
Gemstones are widely sought after for their healing properties as they affect certain chakras (power points) in the body. “Gemstones are energy stones derived from the earth,” Ajaj said. “They energize the body and certain chakras. They help heal lethargy or aid those who wish to accomplish things. Precious stones give the strength and energy to move more. People feel better mentally and physically due to this energy.”
Turquoise is the most popular gemstone at the store “because people feel it is a strong gemstone. It energizes the throat chakra, which facilitates communication, making it easier for people to express themselves,” Ajaj said.
“The amber stone is very beneficial for the Manipura (located around the navel). And pink quartz, the gemstone of love, brings the energy of love, flexibility and femininity. It is also one of the very popular gemstones in our store.”
Glanz Jewelry is located on King Abdul Aziz Road in Jeddah’s Al-Shati district. The boutique also receives orders on its Instagram account (@glanz.jewelry). It is currently developing its website.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.