Gemstone Information

Amazonite

Called the Stone of Courage and the Stone of Truth, Amazonite empowers one to search the self and discover one’s own truths and integrity, and to move beyond fear of judgment or confrontation with others to live in alignment with those beliefs and values. It provides the freedom to express one’s thoughts and feelings, and to set strong and clear boundaries, both internally as self-discipline, and externally on what one is willing to experience or in defining personal space.

Amazonite has been used in jewelry and cut into beads since the time of the early Mesopotamian cultures. Well-known in India, Egypt, Sudan and Mesopotamia, it was a popular amulet stone and was once used as decorative material for building facades. It was carved and cut into tablets for the Egyptian funerary text, Book of the Dead, and an Amazonite scarab ring was found among Tutankhamen’s treasures. It was believed to be the third stone in the breastplate of the Jewish High Priest.

Amazonite, also called Amazon Jade or Amazon Stone, is a variety of Feldspar mineral that forms in short prismatic or tabular crystals or in masses. It ranges in hue from bright verdigris green to paler shades of turquoise, sometimes with white, yellow or grey portions, and can be translucent to opaque. It has a vitreous luster, and when polished resembles finely cracked or spider-webbed marble and displays a Schiller effect of pearly iridescence throughout the stone. It is a soft stone and care should be taken when wearing, or in storing with other minerals.

Amber

yellow amber

Amber holds a strong connection to the sun and earth, as well as the once living insects, organisms and plant matter that are forever suspended within its golden structure. Amber is believed to create a comfortable sense of warmth, health & well-being. It’s warm and nurturing energies are said to put us in touch with our own essential strength and security.

Scientists have discovered more than 1000 extinct insect species preserved in amber. Amber has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 3200 BCE. The Greeks thought that amber was pieces of the sun that had broken off as the sun fell into the sea each night. The Greeks called amber “elektron” because it becomes electrically charged when rubbed with a cloth and can attract small particles.

Amber is an organic material made up of fossilized natural botanical resins and frequently contains bits of plant material or fossil insects, some dating as far back as 120 million years ago. It is found naturally in shades of creamy white, honey yellow, orange, red, brown & green.
Baltic amber contains small amounts of succinic acid, a substance which is found to strengthen the body and improve the immune system.

Amethyst

amethyst crystal cluster
Amethyst is a remarkable stone of spirituality and contentment, known for its abilities to still the mind and inspire an enhanced meditative state. Amethyst’s ability to expand the higher mind also enhances one’s creativity and passion. It strengthens the imagination and intuition, and refines the thinking processes. It helps in the assimilation of new ideas, putting thought into action, and brings projects to fruition. It is a talisman of focus and success.

Up until the 18th century when more deposits were found, amethyst was considered among the most valued gemstones on earth.
The name Amethyst is derived from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated”, and comes from an ancient legend involving the wine god Bacchus.
Amethyst is associated with February, the month the Romans dedicated to Neptune. It is also the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love.

Amethyst is a type of quartz and can form as terminated crystals in large geodes. It is the presence of iron & other trace minerals in clear quartz produces the purple shades of amethyst. Amethyst ranges in hue from light violet to deep purple and may be transparent or opaque, solid color or banded with white. While it is found all over the world, the largest deposits are found in Brazil.

Black Onyx

amethyst crystal cluster
Amethyst is a remarkable stone of spirituality and contentment, known for its abilities to still the mind and inspire an enhanced meditative state. Amethyst’s ability to expand the higher mind also enhances one’s creativity and passion. It strengthens the imagination and intuition, and refines the thinking processes. It helps in the assimilation of new ideas, putting thought into action, and brings projects to fruition. It is a talisman of focus and success.
Onyx has been known and utilized by even the earliest civilizations for its powerful energy and somber beauty. This deep black stone ribboned with white was highly prized for use in ceremonies and burials, scrying and magical work, and as amulets on swords, shields and armor to protect and strengthen warriors in battle. Many cultures, including the Greeks and Romans, utilized Onyx to carve figures of the gods and heroes, to make stamps and seals, stone inlays and tiles, and as handles and bases.
Onyx is in the chalcedony family. Like agate, it is a banded form of chalcedony, only agates have concentric or curved bands and onyxes straight or nearly parallel bands. You will often find onyx cut to only show the black portions, and it can be hard to identify this way, but it is easily distinguished from other black stones when the parallel banded layers of white, grey & brown are visible. When you see all black onyx it also may be dyed.

Howlite

howlite raw
Howlite stones have a lovely soothing energy that will help to alleviate stress, and aid you to deal with belligerent or aggressive people. One of the best uses for howlite is in your daily meditation as its soothing calming energy will help you to relax, and gently ease into peaceful inner awareness.
It is believed that howlite heightens awareness and patience. Howlite absorbs negative energy and its calming qualities are thought to also help reduce insomnia as it relieves and unburdens an overactive mind.
Howlite is named for its discoverer, Henry How, a geologist from Nova Scotia. Howlite is an easily obtainable stone, found mostly in the United States, (in California) in large quantities, where nodules of up to one hundred pounds have been found. Howlite has been long known amongst Native American tribes as the White Buffalo Stone and is known by many names – Sacred Buffalo, White Turquoise, Lapis Howlite, Kaolinite and also Boro Calcite.
At source, Howlite is usually found in irregular shaped nodules that look a bit like the head of a cauliflower. Howlite in crystal form (as shown in the above picture) is rare.

Howlite has a white marble-like appearance with threaded gray, black or brown veins running through it. Some forms of Howlite are just pure white however. Howlite is a porous stone that can absorb dye well, which is why it’s often used to imitate other gems, like turquoise.

Rose Quartz

raw rose quartz stone
Rose quartz is the quintessential stone of love, both for oneself and for one’s life partner, children, family, friends, community, and the Earth. One of its gifts is healing the heart of wounds and reawakening its trust. Its soothing vibrations are a balm to the emotions and they calm and release stress and tension, dissolving anger and resentment.
Meditating with rose quartz provides an envelope of love energy around oneself, releasing emotional patterns that are keeping one stuck.
Legend claims Rose Quartz was created when Adonis, lover of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, was attacked by Ares, god of war, in the form of a boar. When Aphrodite rushed to save him she caught herself on a briar bush, and their mingled blood stained the white quartz pink.
The rose quartz was also once known as the Silesian or Bohemian ruby. Larger stones usually have the richest color, and it is relatively uncommon to find a small rose quartz stone that has a strong hue. The gem may have inclusions that create a cat’s eye or a star effect.
Rose Quartz is a member of the quartz family. Rose quartz is often light pink to medium pink and usually has a hazy transparency. If you do happen to have a naturally vivid piece of Rose quartz take care to keep it out of direct intense light as it could fade. Rose quartz is quite abundant, making it very affordable, however not quite abundant as clear quartz, so it does not form many crystal terminations and is found mostly in massive formation.
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Information on our website about gemstone properties, gemology & history is from various books, as well as our own research and studies in gemology. The healing properties associated with gemstones are metaphysical in nature and not a substitute for medical care. Consider them as part of a holistic treatment plan, and as an aid to enhance your own intensions when using or wearing them, rather than a medical cure for any ailment. This information is not intended to provide you with any specific health or well-being advice. It only expresses the opinions & should be used as a guide only. For medical advice please consult a licensed health care professional.