Crystalline quartz in shades of purple, lilac, or mauve is called Amethyst. This gemstone is associated with sincerity, peace, and protection. It is also February's birthstone. Amethyst has distinctive inclusions that mimic tiger stripes, thumbprints or feathers. In ancient times the Romans inlaid their cups with Amethyst believing it to protect them from drunkenness.
Aquamarine is March's birthstone and represents courage, communication, peace, and health. This gemstone is a form of the mineral Beryl and is dichroic, appearing blue or colorless as the stone is viewed from various angles. It is calming, soothing, and cleansing, and inspires truth, trust and letting go. In ancient lore, Aquamarine was believed to be the treasure of mermaids, and was used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness and protection. It was also considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness.
Apatite is known to promote calmness, communication, balance, expression, and inspiration. A combination of different levels of fluorine, chlorine, and hydroxide, the Apatite crystal ranges in color from deep blue-green to yellow and sometimes pink or violet. Blue Apatite is a strong stone for exploring past lives and their karmic patterns. Used in the dream state it allows us to find creative solutions to overwhelming problems.
A microcrystalline type of quartz that tends to occur in nodular masses, such as volcanic lava. It occurs in several different forms, including onyx, agate, and jasper. Chalcedony was mentioned by Agricola (1546) of a stone named for the town of Chalcedon, now called Kadikoy, a district within Istanbul, Turkey. Associated with emotional balance, stamina, vitality, endurance, and energy.
The name Citrine comes from the French word citron meaning "lemon". It was used as a gemstone in Greek jewelery as long ago as 300BC. Citrine varies in color from the deep amber of heat treated Amethyst to the pale yellow of natural Citrines. Citrine is the yellow or golden variety of quartz and derives from the word "citrus". The presentation of iron gives it a yellow color. It is traditionlly worn or carried to promote well-being and bring wealth. It is also know to promote clarity, imagination, and balance. Citrine has a playful energy that can bring light and optimism.
The name "Quartz" comes from the Greek word krustallos, meaning ice. because it was thought that quartz was ice formed by the gods. It is associated with providing clarity while initiating a meditative state of mind. Clear Quartz was traditionally used by Australian Aborigines and the Prairie Indians of North America as a talisman for visionary work.
January's birthstone, garnet is associated with loyalty, love, passion, hope and self-esteem. Garnet is protective and grounding, allowing us to feel stable and calm. It is soothing to the emotions and helps to align and strengthen the physical self and emotional self. Garnet carries the energy of prosperity and the enjoyment of worldly pleasures.Garnet crystal derives its name from either of the medieval Latin words Granatum, “pomegranate”, referring to it’s colour or granum, the name of a red dye. However Garnet can be found in many colours ranging from dark red to orange, green to brown, pink and black.
The green variety of amethyst, also known as Prasiolite. This gemstone is associated with sincerity, peace and protection. Prasiolite is a stone that links, integrates and balances the higher and lower aspects of being. It awakens the heart to the frequency of love and compassion and enhances the connection to all things.
Violet blue Iolite, also known as cordierite, has been called water sapphire due to it's similarity to blue sapphire when cut. It is known to stimulate memory and eye site and aid in restful sleep. It has also been named Dichroite, which is a Greek word meaning “two-colored rock”, in reference to it’s ability to appear to be different colors when seen from different angles, especially with polarized light. This is why it was referred to as the "Vikings’ Compass”, because they used it to determine the direction of the sun on overcast days.
Labradorite is a stone of protection, self discovery and universal awareness. It occurs in metamorphic and igneous rocks in Labrador (Canada), Finland, and Norway. Labradorite has also been associated with strength, creativity, self-confidence and intuition. Labradorite is a stone which displays beautiful flashes of iridescent colours of blue, green, yellow, copper and grey.
Lapis Lazuli is a stone associated with reflection, communication and wisdom. It has traditionally been used to assist one in connecting with God and invoking divine inspiration. The word Lapis Lazuli comes from the Latin words lapis for stone and lazulum derived from the Persian word lazaward the name of a place where it was mined. The word azure for blue in many languages derives its name from this stone.
Onyx is a stone of inner strength and it enhances endurance and persistence. It has traditionally been used to build up physical strength and vitality after illness or energy depleting activities. Onyx helps calm nerves, anxiety & hot tempers and is a grounding stone. Stimulates self-realizations, logic, strength, concentration and self-control. Deflects negative energy from others.The word Onyx comes from a Latin word derived from the Greek ὄνυξ, meaning “claw”. It is found in a number of colors, including black red and white.
Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances imagination and creativity. It is also said to help with major life changes and enhancing ones memory. It l is the national gemstone of Australia which produces 97% of the world’s supply. Called the “eye stone” by the ancient Romans who believed it had the power to heal eye diseases, a belief which was carried into the Middle Ages. Opal is made up of microscopic silica spheres bonded together by water. When these spheres are packed together in a regular formation they cause light to diffract creating the play of rainbow colors known as “fire” in the stone.
August's birthstone, Peridot is gem-quality Olivine. It is associated with protection and felicity. It is known to initiate healing into the physical body, release emotional tension, while rejuvenating and balancing the endoctrine system. Peridot is relatively rare so it is considered a precious stone. Peridot is one of only two gemstones formed deep in the magma of the earth, it is brought to the surface through volcanic activity. The oldest records of Peridot date back to 1500 BC where it was mined in Zabargad, an island in the Egyptian Red Sea.
Dates back to Ancient Greek, Roman, and Inca civilizations. Pyrite occurs as cubes or as "pyritohedra" which has 12 faces, each with five edges. Associated with vitality, protection, persistence, and self-esteem. Pyrite helps us to take action and create abundance in our life. It’s an excellent stone for manifestation and aids in grounding higher knowledge into action.
Rose Quartz is a love stone. It opens the heart for true love and friendship. It is known to bring inner peace with a nurturing, comforting energy. assisting us to release worry, fear and past emotional trauma. It allows us to be more open to receiving and sharing love, compassion and kindness. Rose Quartz is named for it's rosy pink color and derives from the Greek word hyalos which means glass. It has been used since 600BC as a love token due to its aphrodisiac properties and its ability to promote unconditional love.
Moonstone is named for it’s translucent sheen which is reminiscent of moonlight, it is found in pale shades of white, brown, peach, cream, and a pearly gray color. It is associated with patience, creativity, intuition and fertility. Rainbow Moonstone displays a chatoyancy which reflects all the colors of a rainbow. It has been in use for thousands of years as a connection to the cycles of the moon.
Sapphire is a dense, hard gemstone that is commonly associated with focus, discipline and wisdom. Sapphire restores balance within the body, aligning the physical, mental and spiritual planes, bringing serenity and peace of mind. Sapphire is the birthstone of September and it's name derives from the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning blue.
A crystalline quartz of light, dark, or grayish brown is called Smokey Quartz. The color is dependent on the amount of natural irradiation it has been exposed to in the earth. It is associated with grounding, practicality and organization. It was cut into flat plates in 12th Century China and used as sunglasses.
The name "topaz" is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit word tapas, meaning fire. This stone is reputed to dispel bad omens, heal poor vision and calm anger. Blue Topaz reflects the energy of the mind and knowledge. Topaz comes in a range of colors including colorless (white) to yellow, orange, red-brown, light to dark-blue, pink to red, violet and light-green.
Tourmalated Quartz is a gemstone with needle like inclusions of Black Tourmaline within the Clear Quartz. It is a stone for balancing yin and yang because it carries the properties of both crystals, grounding and deflecting negative energy and amplification and consciousness raising. It has been traditionally used as a good luck charm and by crystal healers to cleanse the aura.
Tourmaline is associated with balance and endurance. It is the only gemstone which has such a wide variety of colours including red, pink, green, black, blue, violet, yellow and brown. Watermelon tourmaline's distinctive coloring mimics that of a watermelon and a single crystal can produce as many as 15 difference colors or shades.
Gemstones have natural inclusions and slight differences that make each stone unique.