Gemstones and their origins
It’s interesting to see, at least that’s my point of view, what form the gemstones had before they became your jewelry.
Let’s have a look:
Amethyst – Blue Sea Sediment – Blue Striped Onyx Agate – Botswana – Chrysanthemum Fossil Coral – Green African Turquoise – Grey Jade – Hawk’s Eye – Hematite – Howlite – Kyanite – Larimar – Lava Stone – Obsidian Black – Obsidian Snowflake – Red Garnet – Sand Stone Blue – Sodalite – Sunstone – Tiger’s Eye – Turquoise – Turquoise Calsilica
Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. Amethyst is a fitting birthstone for February. In addition to the beautiful color of this gemstone, Amethyst widely popular because it’s abundant and comes in bead sizes from 6 to 12 mm.
Amethyst is a myriad of colors with purple predominantly and is renowned for protection, cleansing, and healing.
Provenance of Amethyst:
USA, UK, Canada, Brasil, Mexico, Russia, Sri Lanka, Uruguay Africa orientale, Siberia, India.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Amethyst:
The name comes from the Koine Greek ἀμέθυστος amethystos from ἀ- a-, “not” and μεθύσκω methysko / μεθύω methyo, “intoxicate”, a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. The ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved drinking vessels from it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication.
Blue Sea Sediment
Blue Sea Sediment a.k.a. Sea Sediment Jasper is only one of the names for this absolutely gorgeous stone that is also referred to as: “Aqua Terra Jasper” (the blue & green colors), “Impression Jasper” (for it does make quite the impression), “Snakeskin Jasper”, as well as “Variscite” and “Regalite”. This stone has proven to be somewhat of a mystery. We know that it is a natural jasper material from Africa that has a somewhat jelly-like lustre resembling Natural Turquoise– but no one in the market knows what exactly to call it yet!
Sea Sediment Jasper is a gemstone of stability. It is said to be a powerful protection against things that are not good for you and it eases emotional stresses, making it a wonderful gemstone to wear on yourself.
The blue & green varieties of Sea Sediment Jasper are wonderful stones for helping one find inner peace, clarity, love and compassion, helping with the alignment of the physical and “Light” bodies and is an excellent stone for emotional healing.
Whatever their properties I think these stones are such fabulous colours they bring fun and optimism just by looking at them!
Provenance of Blue Sea Sediment:
Ocean Jasper is mined in Madagascar, the only place on earth, near the town of Marovato. Throughout the North-West coast of the island, after many years of futile search, this extremely original mineral would be found in the root.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Blue Sea Sediment:
Jasper is recognised as the “supreme nurturer”. It holds and supports during times of stress, bringing a sense of completeness and tranquillity. It is often used to help with dream recall and shamanic journeying.
Blue Striped Onyx Agate
Agate and onyx are two different names given to varieties of chalcedony. Blue agate is found in nature, but is often dyed as well. Its appearance can vary from barely bluish-white to nearly cobalt. It can be banded, or appear uniformly milky. Blue agate is almost always cut “en cabochon”, meaning with a smooth polish.
Faceting is uncommon, as the translucent to opaque material doesn’t play light through facets like clear stones.
Provenance of Blue Striped Onyx Agate:
Agate mines are found almost everywhere in the world. But some of the more important mines are found in USA, Russia, Europe and Canada.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Blue Striped Onyx Agate:
It is thought to bring balance and self control. It is perfect for people under extreme mental or emotional stress.
Named for the area in Africa where it is mined, Botswana Agate is called the Sunset Stone because it retains sunlight and comforts people through dark, lonely nights. The volcanic activity that produced these lovely stones dates back nearly 187 million years ago, and though the igneous stones of Botswana began as volcanic flow, they did not originate from normal, mountainous volcanoes.
Rather the lava flowed in waves from long faults along the lower rock layers and rolled across the landscape, depositing layer upon layer of Silica/Quartz, creating the extra fine banding and patterns which make Botswana Agates highly unique and desirable.
Provenance of Botswana:
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Botswana:
it is comforting and protective, soothing to those who are lonely, easily hurt or grieve a loss.
Chrysanthemum Fossil Coral
Chrysanthemum also known as Fossil Coral is a natural type of gemstone formed by ancient corals. The proper name for fossil coral is ‘agatized coral’ or ‘agatized fossil coral’, because during formation, the coral remains are gradually replaced with agate, a variety of naturally occurring chalcedony, or microcrystalline quartz. When prehistoric corals are fossilized through replacement with agate, the fossil coral forms through hardened deposits left by silica-rich waters. The entire process can take over 20 million years and occurs only under very unique geological conditions. Corals are marine animals and it is their skeletons that are fossilized and preserved, often leaving flower-like patterns in the stone.
The oldest coral fossils are over 500 million years old. The earliest forms were different from those we see today and they died out 225 million years ago. Modern corals are still common in tropical oceans. These are solitary corals from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Chrysanthemum can be color enhanced.
Provenance of Chrysanthemum Fossil Coral:
Indonesia, USA (Florida and Georgia).
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Chrysanthemum Fossil Coral:
Coral represents diplomacy and concurrence. It quiets the emotions and brings peace to within the self. Facilitates intuition, imagination and visualisation.
Green African Turquoise
Although African Turquoise is called Turquoise, it is actually not turquoise in the traditional sense. Rather, it is a form of jasper that is mined in Africa, and is often treated to give it that rich blue-green color we love about traditional turquoise.
Provenance of Green African Turquoise:
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Green African Turquoise:
African Turquoise is the “Stone of Evolution.” It encourages growth and development to foster positive change from within. It opens the mind to new ideas and endless possibilities. African Turquoise is a stone that inspires structure and balance to awaken one to their intended purpose.
Throughout time Jade has been used as a stone of abundance and prosperity. It has also been used to aid in shamanistic practices and astral travel. In ancient Chinese culture Jade was used to strengthen the body through life and protect the soul after death.
The natural characteristics of the stone include subtle nuances in color, pattern, and texture. No two pieces are alike and will vary slightly from the picture. The Chinese named jade “yu”, meaning “heavenly stone”, “imperial gem” or “precious gem”, and in China, jadeite symbolizes goodness, beauty and purity.
Indigenous tribes of Mexico, Central and South America and New Zealand carved it into deity masks and ritual artifacts, even cast it into wells as an offering to the water spirits for fresh and plentiful water. 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.
Provenance of Grey Jade:
Mexico, Central and South America and New Zealand.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Grey Jade:
Grey Jade is a healer for emotional issues, like depression and extreme defeatism.
Hawk’s Eye, also known as Falcon’s Eye, is a blue-gray to blue-green opaque gemstone variety of fibrous quartz. More specifically, it is a variety of macrocrystalline quartz. The fine layers of Quartz crystals within Hawk’s Eye reflect light and give the stone its characteristic silky sheen.
Hawk’s Eye is also known as Blue Tiger Eye, Falcon’s Eye, Rodusite and Silicified Crocidolite.
Provenance of Hawk’s Eye / Falcon’s Eye:
The most important source of stone is South Africa, but it is also found in India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Western Australia, Brazil and California.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Hawk’s Eye / Falcon’s Eye:
The healing properties of the Hawk’s Eye are assessed to cure the fractures in addition to the muscle cramps. The stone is believed to strengthen the heart to deal with the distressing emotions and gather the courage to deal with the emotional ups and downs of the life.
Hematite is a shiny, dark-coloured stone found all over the world. It is made mainly of iron, which gives it its metallic sheen. In Ancient Rome, hematite was a popular stone for decorative purposes. Jewellery, weapons, and even armour decorated with hematite were traded widely.
The Hematite properties and uses are very grounding, stabilizing and protective, making it one of the most powerful crystals for meditation.
Provenance of Hematite:
Gray hematite is typically found in places that can have still standing water or mineral hot springs, such as those in Yellowstone National Park in North America. The spectral signature of hematite was seen on the planet Mars by the infrared spectrometer on the NASA Mars Global Surveyor (“MGS”) and 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft in orbit around Mars.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Hematite:
Hematite calms in times of stress or worry. It also helps to absorb negative energy.
Howlite was discovered near Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1868 by Henry How, a Canadian chemist, geologist, and mineralogist. Howlite, a calcium borosilicate hydroxide (Ca2B5SiO9(OH)5), is a borate mineral found in evaporite deposits. How was alerted to the unknown mineral by
miners in a gypsum quarry, who found it to be a nuisance.
He called the new mineral silico-boro-calcite; it was given the name howlite by James Dwight Dana shortly thereafter.
Provenance of Howlite:
Canada, Los Angeles, USA.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Howlite:
It teaches patience and helps to eliminate rage, pain and stress. A calming stone, Howlite calms communication, facilitates awareness and encourages emotional expression. Howlite balances calcium levels in the body. It aids teeth, bones and soft tissue.
Kyanite is typically a blue aluminosilicate mineral, usually found in aluminium-rich metamorphic pegmatites and/or sedimentary rock. Kyanite in metamorphic rocks generally indicates pressures higher than four kilobars. It is commonly found in quartz. Although potentially stable at lower pressure and low temperature, the activity of water is usually high enough under such conditions that it is replaced by hydrous aluminosilicates such as muscovite, pyrophyllite, or kaolinite. Kyanite is also known as disthene, rhaeticite and cyanite.
Kyanite is a member of the aluminosilicate series, which also includes the polymorph andalusite and the polymorph sillimanite. Kyanite is strongly anisotropic, in that its hardness varies depending on its crystallographic direction. In kyanite, this anisotropism can be considered an identifying characteristic.
Its name comes from the same origin as that of the color cyan, being derived from the Ancient Greek word κύανος. This is generally rendered into English as kyanos or kuanos and means “dark blue”.
Provenance of Kyanite:
Austria, Burma, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Tanzania, the United States (Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia) and Zimbabwe.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Kyanite:
Kyanite is an excellent stone for meditation and attunement. It will not retain negative vibrations or energy, therefore never requiring clearing.
Larimar is a type of pectolite or a rock composed largely of pectolite, an acid silicate hydrate of calcium and sodium.
Pectolite is found in many locations, but larimar has a unique volcanic blue coloration, which is the result of copper substitution for calcium.
Larimar is the embodiment of the quiet energies of the Sea and the Sky. Its soft, soothing blue and soothing turquoise is streaked with white motifs reminiscent of the sunlight
that dances beneath the waters of the Caribbean.
Miocene volcanic rocks, andesites and basalts, erupted within the limestones of the south coast of the island Domincan Republic.
Larimar jewelry is offered to the public in the Dominican Republic, and elsewhere in the Caribbean as a local speciality. Most jewelry produced is set in silver, but sometimes high-grade larimar is also set in gold.
Quality grading is according to coloration and the typical mineral crystal configuration in the stone. Larimar also comes in green and even with red spots, brown strikes, etc., due to the presence of other minerals and/or oxidation. But the more intense the blue color and the contrast in the stone, the higher and rarer is the quality. The blue color is photosensitive and fades with time if exposed to too much light and heat.
Provenance of Larimar:
Domincan Republic only.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Larimar:
Larimar brings serenity, clarity and constructive thought. It stimulates creativity and encourages you to go with the flow. Larimar makes constructive thinking easier and stimulates creative activity, it helps you refrain from manipulating things and events unnecessarily, instead just allowing them to happen.
Lavastone is easily the oldest found stone in the world; hence, it’s used by nearly an endless amount of cultures. Lava stone literally comes from the core of the earth- fiery brimstone that bubbles to the surface and cools. Once the stone is cool, it becomes porous and black, creating the beautiful black color so many have come to love. This is known as basalt, and can mostly be found in the ocean.
Provenance of Lava Stone:
As its name would suggest, the stone comes from the core of the earth. Because this stone comes from such a raw energy (fire), it’s considered to be a stone of rebirth. Known for its grounding and calming healing properties, lava stone is great for stabilizing the root chakra.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Lava Stone:
Lava Stone give us strength to face times of change. It connect us to Mother Earth. It’s calming effects are very useful in helping to vanish anger.
Obsidian is produced when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth.
It is commonly found within the margins of rhyolitic lava flows known as obsidian flows, where the chemical composition (high silica content) induces a high degree of viscosity and polymerization of the lava.
Provenance of Obsidian Black:
Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Canada, Chile, Georgia, Greece, El Salvador, Guatemala, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Scotland, Turkey and the United States.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Obsidian Black:
Obsidian Black is a strong psychic protection stone. It cleans your psychic smog. Obsidian Black helps to shield you against negativity.
A variety of Obsidian Black. A rock – a natural volcanic glass containing white ‘snowflake’ crystal patterns of the mineral cristobalite, originated due to partial crystallisation of the gem.
Provenance of Obsidian Snowflake:
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Obsidian Snowflake:
A stone of purity, Obsidian Snowflake, brings about a balance to body, mind and spirit. Obsidian Snowflake helps to keep centered and focused when any type of chaotic situation (office, commute, home, etc.) presents itself. Obsidian Snowflake can remove negativity from a space or person with ease.
Natural Red Garnet is Dark-red. It is a very strong color – the color of fire and blood.
Garnets are a group of silicate minerals that have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives.
All species of garnets possess similar physical properties and crystal forms, but differ in chemical composition. The different species are pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular (varieties of which are hessonite or cinnamon-stone and tsavorite), uvarovite and andradite. The garnets make up two solid solution series: pyrope-almandine-spessartine and uvarovite-grossular-andradite. Garnet species are found in many colours including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black and colourless, with reddish shades most common.
Provenance of Red Garnet:
Brazil, India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and the USA. Smaller deposits exist in Austria and the Czech Republic.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Red Garnet:
It revitalises, purifies and balances energy, bringing serenity or passion as appropriate. Inspires love and devotion. Garnet balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony.
This astonishing Blue Sandstone looks like it has the whole galaxy trapped inside. Blue sandstone is known to help with concentration and increasing intelligence.
It is also believed to improve work efficiency and study ability. Blue Sandstone is not a natural stone, but man made.
Nevertheless: it’s gorgeous!
Blue is a rare color for rocks and minerals. When was the last time you found a rock with a vivid blue color? Have you ever found one in nature?
When a blue rock – especially one capable of serving as a gem material – is found it immediately has a market. Sodalite is a rare rock-forming mineral best known for its blue to blue-violet color. It has a chemical composition of Na4Al3Si3O12Cl and is a member of the feldspathoid mineral group. High quality sodalite is used as a gemstone, a sculptural material, and an architectural stone.
Provenance of Sodalite:
USA, Namibia; Golden, Canada, Russia,
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Sodalite:
Sodalite brings emotional balance and calms panic attacks. It enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-trust.
Sunstone is a reddish variety of oligoclase feldspar, used as a gem, having a red and bright-yellow play of color.
Provenance of Sunstone:
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Sunstone:
In crystallotherapy the sun stone is used to speed up the metabolism and restore good digestion. It has a rebalancing power on the various organs. Acts in the throat and stomach area, reduces tension. Helps overcome the depressive states that affect seasonal changes.
Tiger’s Eye is a chatoyant gemstone that is usually a metamorphic rock with a golden to red-brown colour and a silky lustre. As members of the quartz group, tiger’s eye and the related blue-coloured mineral hawk’s eye gain their silky, lustrous appearance from the parallel intergrowth of quartz crystals and altered amphibole fibres that have mostly turned into limonite.
Provenance of Tiger’s Eye:
South Africa and Western Australia.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Tiger’s Eye:
A stone of protection, Tiger’s Eye may also bring good luck to the wearer.
Turquoise is one of the oldest-known gemstones. In addition to being ancient, Turquoise is also a December birthstone. Its distinct robin’s egg blue color has drawn people to this gem for centuries, and it’s symbolic of healing, wealth, and luck.
Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminium, with the chemical formula CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8·4H2O. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gemstone and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. In recent times, turquoise has been devalued, like most other opaque gems, by the introduction onto the market of treatments, imitations and synthetics.
Provenance of Turquoise:
Sinaï, The Southwest United States, Mexico, Arizona, Bulgaria, China, Afghanistan; Australia (Victoria and Queensland); north India; northern Chile (Chuquicamata); Cornwall; Saxony; Silesia; and Turkestan.
What is the meaning and what are the healing powers of Turquoise:
Turquoise is famous for its bright blue color and is said to promote healing powers, wealth, and good luck. It increases physical growth, muscular strength, warmth to the extremities, relaxes cramps and has an anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effect.
Also called “rainbow calsilica”. Turquoise Calsilica is a mixture of several types of different rocks.
Thus meaning it does not have a crystalline structure. Although, Calsilica’s energies come from the color. It encourages listening to intuitive guidance and living with the integrity of purpose.
This is a man-made material that displays vibrant layers of bold color. It consists of a mixture of calcite and coloring pigments. This unique stone is often used in jewelry and carvings to show off its distinctive coloration.