A very small sample of some of so many Agates which are found all over the world. A hard gemstone usually in the range of 7-9 on the Mohs scale Agates are found in all colors of the Rainbow, although green and blue are quite rare. Agate is a variety of Chalcedony formed from layers of Quartz which usually show varicolored bands. Often tiny Quartz Crystals form within the stone and add to the beauty and uniqueness of individual stones. These crystals are called Drusy or Druzy. Agate is the Mystical gemstone for September. Agate is the accepted gemstone for the12th and the 14th wedding anniversaries. Many believe that Agate has a calming effect during times of stress and that it gives a sense of strength and courage. Agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet in Ancient times. Agate is found all over the world including the : Africa, Asia ,Brazil, Egypt ,Germany, India, Italy, Mexico and the USA. Blue Lace ,Moss ,Botswana,India Agate are some of the varieties of this colorful gemstone.
Amazonite (also called and Amazon stone) is named after the Amazon area in Brazil ,where it was originally discovered.The coloration varies from light green to a darker “emerald green”, depending on the region it comes from. Amazonite is said to have a soothing effect on the nervous system and to enhance the feeling of love.
Amethyst comes from the Greek “amethystos” which means ” not drunken.” Leonardo da Vinci wrote that Amethyst has the power to protect against evil thoughts and to sharpen the inteligence. Amethyst Crystals grow on the inside surface of Agate Geodes. The majestic gemstone ranges in color from deep purple to pale lavender depending on the presence of manganese or iron. This regal gemstone traditionally adorned the robes and crowns of rich and powerful monarchs. Because purple is the color associated with wealth and prosperity Amethyst is still considered a prosperous stone. Cross-culturally , this popular gemstone was used as a symbol of Peace and Unification.It is also thought to evoke feeling of Serenity and Calmness in those who wear it. Amethyst compliments almost every color in our wardrobe.
Amethyst is the birthstone of February.
Apatite gets its name from the Greek word “apate’ meaning ” to deceive” because its many forms and colors caused mineralogists to confuse it with half- dozen other minerals. Apatite may be translucent, transparent or opaque, with a color that varies from white to brown,blue ,gray, yellow or violet. Apatite is believed to enhance insight and creativity. Apatite is a stone of manifestation. The largest deposits of Apatite are found in Russia ,the United States of America, Mexico and Namibia. Apatite , is said ,to increase motivation and it draws of negativity about oneself and others.
Aquamarine is a splendid blue Gemstone whose name originates from the Italian word for seawater. A member of the Beryl family is a sister to the rich green Emerald. It can be found in a range of pale blue hues and Aqua green colors. Iron is the substance which gives aquamarine its color, a color which ranges from an almost indiscernible pale blue to a strong sea-blue. Legends refer to Aquamarine as the Treasure of Atlantis ,with the power to keep sailors safe at sea. To many Ancient cultures was a symbol of happiness, courage and everlasting youth. There is an energizing quality to Aquamarine that provides Harmony and Balance. Is said to promote courage during times of healing and self-exploration.
Aquamarine is the birthstone of March.
Aventurine is a compact variety of Quartz/Chalcedony . Though the color of Aventurine is most often associated with green ,it can also be other colors such as gray, orange and brown. Aventurine sometimes is called “new Jade’ . Spiritualists believe Aventurine has the ability to bring balance to male and female energies, to calm and bring inner peace. Most Aventurine is Quartz , but the orange and red-brown shades are called Sunstone. Many consider the green Aventurine to be the most desirable. Hardness is 7 in the Mohs scale.
Carnelian is a form of Chalcedony, a member of the Quartz family. Carnelian appears in a vibrant range of fire orange-reds to brown-reds and has a dull ,waxy luster.From Antiquity Carnelian has been worn in cameos in the belief that it will wart of insanity and depression. In contemporary times , carnelian is thought by some to enhance shelf esteem , to compact feeling of inadequacy , and to increase physical energy. In the home it is sometimes used as a talisman to protect against fire and misfortune. Carnelian’s hardness is 61/2- 7 in the Mohs scale. Carnelian is found in India, Brazil and Uruguay. In India , the stone is treated with exposure to the Sun that turns brownish tints to purer reds. Ancient Egyptians carried on and about their bodies as a source of of constant renewal and vitality.
Chrysoprase, Chrysophrase or Chrysoprasus is a gemstone variety of Chalcedony. Its color is normally apple-green , but varies to deep green. The word Chrysoprase comes from the Greek χρυσός chrysos meaning ” gold” and the word πράσινον meaning “green”. Chrysoprase is the most valued stone in the Chalcedony group. Durable and easy to care for, Chrysoprase has a hardness, in Mohs scale ,of 7 .The seal rings worn by Ancient Romans are still in fine shape today. Chrycoprase is said to be the favorite stone of Alexander the Great. Chrysoprase is considered to be a stone of Healing and Protection. It’s vibrations is said to have a calming effect and promote Truth and Acceptance. Chrysoprase is the birthstone for December and is also said that it is balancing negative and positive energies and promotes the ability to love and aids in easing heartache.
Citrine is a variety of Quartz whose color ranges from pale yellow to brown. The meaning of the name Citrine comes from the Greek word ” Κίτρον” meaning “Citron” Citrine draws its distinctive color from traces of iron. Deposits of natural -colored Citrine are found mainly in Brazil and Madagascar ,as well as in Burma, the USA and Namibia. Citrine’s Sunny color has made it a gem thought to radiate positive energy. Citrine is known as the “Success Stone” because it is thought to promote success, prosperity and abundance, especially in business. The practice of placing a Citrine in the cash register of a shop earned it the nickname ” Merchant’s Stone”. In Ancient times, Citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. Citrine is believed to have a warming effect and fortifies the nerves as it is a powerful cleanser and regenerator. Caring the power of the sun is believed to be excellent for overcoming depression ,fears and phobias, promoting clarity of thought and calmness.
Rose Quartz is a variety of Quartz easily recognized from its pink color. It has the overall chemical formula of silicon dioxide, SiO2 – the same as regular quartz – but is generally believed to gain its pink coloration from traces of titanium, iron or manganese ions. However, this idea has been challenged by recent research, which as suggested that the color of rose quartz may often be due to microscopic, fibrous inclusions of Dumortierite or some related mineral. It’s interesting to note that even now, the chemistry of rose quartz is not completely understood, which is surprising for such a well known stone. Rose quartz has been nicknamed the “Shaman’s Pillow” and this is indicative of both the size of specimens that have been found, and of its status in folklore as a stone with healing qualities and one that brings restfulness, as well as clarity to dreams and visions. However, in modern times it is more commonly associated in folklore with love and affairs of the heart. It has a long history of use, and Assyrian rose quartz jewelry dating back to 600-800 BC has been found. The Romans used rose quartz to make seals. Rose quartz beads have also been found in Mesopotamia which date back to around 7000 BC. Rose quartz is associated with emotional balance and forgiveness.