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.


Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli aggression in Gaza

A Palestinian boy sits next to the destroyed Hamas site following Israeli air strikes, in Gaza City March 15, 2019. March 12, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 22 min 58 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli aggression in Gaza

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has strongly condemned Israeli violations in the occupied Palestinian territories and the recent Israeli forces’ aggression on unarmed civilians in the Gaza Strip.
The Kingdom’s ambassador at the United Nations in Geneva spoke on the violations in his speech before the Human Rights Council, during an interactive dialogue with the commission investigating violations in Gaza.
Speaking from Geneva, Dr. Abdel Aziz Al-Wasel said the committee’s report revealed the extent of violations and the excessive use of force by Israeli forces against unarmed demonstrators in Gaza, which led to the killing of 183 Palestinians and wounded thousands toward the end of 2018, including children and women.
The ambassador called on the international community to pressure Israel to put an end to such aggression and to hold those responsible responsible for such crimes.
He noted that the violations committed by Israeli forces against the Palestinian people have continued unabated for decades.
Al-Wasel said such Israeli violations which are against the international and humanitarian law will continue under a policy of impunity.
He also called on UN member states to hold on to their responsibility in achieving the commitment to human rights and ensure the respect for international law, based on the first common article of the Geneva Conventions.