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 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.
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.
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 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.
Meditating with rose quartz provides an envelope of love energy around oneself, releasing emotional patterns that are keeping one stuck.
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.
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.