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.
Black Onyx is said to calm nervousness, quell anxiety and fear, sooth tempers and restore rational thinking and self-control. It emanates the energy of self-mastery, imparting self-confidence, focus, ease in one’s surrounding, and the gift of wise decision making. Onyx grounds and stabilizes the emotional body, bringing strength in difficult or confusing circumstances and during times of tremendous mental or physical stress.
The color hue of Carnelian can vary from orange to deep red and can sometimes have banding. When banding occurs, Carnelian can be categorized as agate as well.
Sard clear red to brownish red and when layered with Carnelian creating banded agate known as sardonyx or banded onyx.
The name comes from the French word citron, meaning lemon. It was used as a gem in Greece as far back as 300 B.C.
Citrine is appointed the birthstone of November.
Much of the commercial citrine on the market is heat-treated amethyst that produces an enhanced Citrine color, usually a deeper amber or orange-reddish shade. Most natural citrine is a pale yellow color and can have rainbow or sparkly inclusions. Two other variations of citrine are common: smoky citrine can have wisps of smoke or be a more uniform yellow-brown color and ametrine is part amethyst and part citrine.
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.
At source, Howlite is usually found in irregular shaped nodules that look a bit like the head of a cauliflower. Howlite in crystal form is very 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.
Jade has been the most highly esteemed stone in China throughout recorded history, and was valued for its beauty and powers of healing and protection. It is the most popular stone for carvings & statues.
A stone of truth, Lapis encourages honesty of the spirit, and in the spoken and written word. Wear it for all forms of deep communication. It is also a stone of friendship and brings harmony in relationships.
Lapis Lazuli also honors Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love (also called Aphrodite). She was one of twelve Olympians who governed all aspects of human life, and is known for her beauty and passion.
In ancient Persia, Lapis Lazuli was a symbol of the starry night, and a favorite stone of for protection from the evil eye.
Red Jasper also stimulates passion in one’s creative work, manifesting new ideas and freshness, and the energy to continue a project even after the initial excitement has dwindled. Its energy brings focus and self-mastery.
The ancient Egyptians linked Red Jasper with the fertilizing blood of Mother Isis, and often carved it into protective amulets to be placed upon the neck of the deceased, engraved with the 156th chapter of the Book of the Dead.
Red jasper is slightly orange/brown. Another red colored jasper is called poppy or brecciated jasper and is more of a pure red with black markings.
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.
It is believed that Roman solders carried it to deflect weapons and to be brave in battle. It has mainly been mined in Africa, but it can be found in small amounts in several other areas of the world.
A similar stone known as Tiger Iron includes layers of layers of Hematite and Jasper. While Pietersite is a natural stone composed of swirling Tiger Eye and Hawk’s Eye in a Quartz matrix.
Turquoise is a purification stone. It dispels negative energy and can be worn to protect against outside influences.
Turquoise promotes self-realization and assists creative problem solving. It is a symbol of friendship and positive thinking.
Turquoise is the traditional birthstone of December.
Many if not all of the ancient cultures used Turquoise in some manner, Egyptians were mining it in the Sinai in 3200 B.C and Native Americans and Tibetans have been using it for at least the last 1,000 years as amulets, carvings and in jewelry.
The name Turquoise is derived from the French, pierre turquoise, meaning “Turkish stone,” because they originally came into Europe from Persia through Turkey.
Turquoise is often found with matrixes or streaks of the host rock displayed with it that are usually brown/black in nature.
Colors range from shades of blue to blue-green to yellowish green depending on the amount of trace elements.
Many synthetics, simulants & treatments exist in the market for turquoise so it is recommended to only purchase from trusted sources.
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 of ours and others & should be used as a guide only. For medical advice please consult a licensed health care professional.