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Agate

Agate is a form of chalcedony quartz that forms in concentric layers in a remarkable variety of colors and textures. Each individual agate forms by filling a cavity in a host rock. As a result, agate is often found as a round nodule, with bands resembling the rings on tree trunks. The bands sometimes look like eyes, fanciful scallop shapes, or even a landscape with trees.

The name “agate” is derived from its discovery at the Achates River in southwestern Sicily. Agate is found all over the world including: Africa, Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, and the USA.

It is the Mystical birthstone for September. It is also the birthstone for the Zodiac sign of Gemini. It is prized for its fineness of grain and brightness of color.

Agate, historically, was believed to quench thirst and protect against fever. Persian magicians used agate to divert storms. The metaphysical and healing properties of agate are thought to be: courage, protection, healing and calming. Historically, it was placed in water for cooking or drinking, to dispel sickness.

Amazonite

Amazonite is a gem variety of feldspar and is usually polished as a cabochon. It displays a “Schiller” light which is caused by inclusions – lustrous reflections from planes in a mineral grain and similar to what is more commonly known as iridescence. The schiller is caused by a feature of the stone’s crystal structure. The stone is arranged in layers that causes an interference effect of light.

Amazonite is found in the United States, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, Australia, Namibia. It is usually light green to blue-green, mottled and sometimes contains light striations.

This lovely stem-opaque stone was used extensively by the Egyptians and was called “the stone of courage.” It is said to have been named after the Amazon women warriors.

It is thought to enhance creative expression, aligns astral bodies, unifies the life force, and improves self worth. It is sometimes called the “hope stone” because it is thought to inspire confidence and hope. One source suggests that it is useful to activate lazy teenagers.

Coral

A small group of “gems” are not stones at all. Rather than being formed from minerals, they are a crystalline structure formed from biological processes, either animal or vegetable. Coral, amber, jet, ivory and pearl form this grouping.

Gem quality coral is related to reef-forming corals (marine animals known as coral polyps) and the most valuable of these, is found in the Mediterranean, Red Sea and in the waters off the coast of Japan.

The colors of these corals range from bright to dark red – to orange-red, orange-pink, pink, white, blue and black. Coral achieves its lovely luster from polishing.

Samples of coral jewelry have been found in ancient Egypt and even in prehistoric European burial sites.

Garnet

The name “garnet” is derived from the Latin word meaning “grain.” This seems to have been because the stone shape was thought to resemble a seed or in particular, the seed of the pomegranate.

Stories passed down through the centuries, tell us that garnets have been widely prized for thousands of years and, it is said, that Noah, used a lantern made from garnet to safely guide his Ark through the treacherous and obsidian-black nights following the great flood.

Though most commonly found and used in its red form, garnets also come in shades of green, pale to bright yellow, blue-green, blue, sun-bright orange and earth and umbra-shades.

Garnet is the birthstone for January and is listed on the Zodiac chart as the stone for Aquarius. During the Middle Ages, when stones were assigned to the planets, garnet was linked with Mars, Mercury, and Pluto.

Though no one can accurately advise the use of stones in healing as a replacement for traditional medical treatments, garnet is thought by many, when worn against the skin, to heal troubled parts of the body including, arthritis, pancreas disorders, varicose veins and problems with testicles and toenails.

Hematite

Hematite is a stone that ranges in color from steel gray to almost black and, no matter what the color, all hematite stones have a rusty, reddish streak. And it is this reddish streak that is responsible for their name which, derived from the Greek word haimatites, means blood.

Hematite is mined in Australia, Brazil., Mexico, Canada, the United States and England. In the USA, it is the state mineral for Alabama where, over a span of 130 years, more than 375 million tons were mined.

In ancient times, it was thought that the stone was formed from the blood of those who had fallen in battle. In ancient Egypt, the value placed on the stone was evidenced by the fact that, very often hematite objects or raw stones were placed inside of tombs.

The healing properties of hematite are thought to include, the reduction of stress and the enhancement of a feeling of well being and optimism.

Hematite Chakras: Root (1st)

The zodiac sign for hematite is Aries and Aquarius

Howlite

Howlite was originally discovered by a 19th century Minerologist, Henry Howe, in Nova Scotia.

The stone has the odd “habit” of forming in large cauliflower-like masses. It is fairly soft in substance and white/gray in color and thus can be easily dyed and is often treated with coloring to form stones that resemble turquoise, lapis lazuli or red coral.

It is found, almost exclusively, in California, USA, where deposits of up to one hundred pounds have been mined.

Many mystical powers are associated with howlite, including: self-awareness, creativity, improved social and mental attitudes, character building and the development of a heightened sense of fair play and decent behavior. Many believe that keeping a piece of howlite in your pocket on wearing a piece of howlite jewelry, will help to keep you “on track” – eliminate procrastination and open a “third eye” into your creative soul, and illuminate past memories and previous times and lives.

From a healing perspective, howlite is thought to aid in sleeping disorders and produce a calming affect on the entire body.

Jasper

This beautiful stone is believed, according to the Bible, to be a direct gift from God and was the original foundation stone of the New Jerusalem.

In Native American legend, jasper is a magical stone that could be called on to produce rain and also, was used by Shamans as intensely successful healing stone.

Jasper is found in a multitude of colors and composed mostly of chalcedony and other minerals which create bands of colors and patterns. Its name, derived from Old French (jaspre) and Anglo-Norman (jaspe) and means “spotted or speckled stone.”

As a Zodiac stone, it is aligned with Scorpio, Aries, Gemini, Leo and Virgo. Jasper has been associated, in almost every human culture, with magical and mystical powers.

It is thought to have intense healing properties and is thought to bring good luck in all areas of human endeavor: adventure, politics, economic, social and, matters of the heart. It was also though to protect against “evil” such as, snakes and spiders. Certain cultures, even today, believe that it can purify the blood, protect from negative thinking and bring calm and release from anxiety and stress.

Labradorite

Labradorite is associated with the Zodiac signs of Sagitarius, Scorpio and Leo.

It is thought to bring about an inner awareness and spiritual healing. It is also a stone that is aligned with feelings of love and desire. Many who are active in using stones for mystical purposes, believe that labradorite will reveal your destiny to you, perhaps in dreams.

This lovely stone is associated with a “flash” of light or color that is known as “labradorescence.” The color of the stone changes and “vibrates” depending on the angle of light refraction and may vary from blue to green to yellow to pink. In general, the most common color of the stone is a silvery gray.

One uses labradorite as a healing stone to treat eye problems, inflammatory conditions, high blood pressure and issues of poor circulation.

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is a stone of clarity and awareness. It is a stone of such positive energy that it will reveal to you your own inner beauty and the truth of your gentle and generous nature. It reflects your inner light to the point of startling brilliance.

In some ways, lapis is thought to be the stone of all knowledge and leads the wearer to a place where they see all that is and all that can be, clearly and with great insight. It helps promote serenity and harmonious relationships.

As a healing stone, lapis lazuli helps to treat problems with the immune system, insomnia, dizziness and is thought to help restore hearing when there is damage to the inner ear.

The astrological sign for lapis lazuli is Libra.

Lava stone

Lava stone is easily the oldest and most frequently found stone in 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.

Lava stone doesn’t really have the “look” of something that is healing; but for centuries it has been used to do exactly that. When thinking of lava stones, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s origin plays a key role in its energetic qualities.

Since lava is known for its grounding qualities, it’s wonderful for calming the emotions. In fact, the quality of fire springs from the ground, so in terms of healing gems, this lends itself to a calming- but intense- energy. Because it comes from raw energy, it’s considered to be a stone of rebirth and shedding unneeded layers of emotional attachment.

Moonstone

This glorious stone (also known as water opal, wolf’s-eye, and fish-eye) is thought to be bound to the moon in mystical ways. In numerous ancient cultures, people celebrated the connection between the stone and the waxing and waning of the moon; feeling the moonstone exert an energy associated with the phases of the moon. During the waxing of the moon, the gem was used to influence lovers and during the waning, it was used to foretell the future.

In some cultures, India for example, it is considered a sacred stone. It is only permitted to be displayed on cloth of yellow hue. When placed in a spot where the light from the moon illuminates the stone, it is believed the gem becomes endowed with magical powers.

To own or wear a moonstone is to attract good fortune and perhaps be allowed a glimpse into the future. The stone, found mainly in Sri Lanka, shimmers with pale blue lights and is almost transparent. Moonstone also exhibits a shimmering glow and when worn on darker backgrounds seem to dance and vibrate with life and light making them ideal for jewelry of all kinds.

They are thought to be imbued with a sensuous, feminine quality that is both attractive and perhaps, a bit hypnotic to men.

Moonstone is thought to have the power to grant wishes, calm the soul and spirit producing a harmonious flow with the life force.

Being a stone associated with female characteristics, it is not surprising that its healing qualities include female issues and childbirth. Placed under one’s pillow, it allows for a deeper more relaxing and restful sleep.

Onyx

This midnight-colored stone, is the stone of self control and self-imagining. By the very nature of its deep, endlessly black depths, it is a stone that is thought to ground one to oneself and to the earth. Its astrological connection is with Leo. And the element that it is associated with is, fire.

It is seemingly obvious that such a strong, deeply substantial stone would be associated with qualities such as consistency, permanence, firmness, courage, stamina and self-control. It is a stone that is thought to have the ability to absorb and dissolve feelings of anger and negativity. It is also a stone that tends to smooth out the rough patches in life, making for a smoother, less volatile journey. Thought to enhance risk-takers and creative thinkers to expand their horizons, it is a wonderful stone for inventors, writers and dreamers.

On an interesting note, the Egyptians believed that onyx would cool the ardor of love and reduce sexual desire thus, freeing one to pursue intellectually and spiritually creative endeavors.

While not considered a “healing” stone, onyx never-the-less, does dispel negative energy.

It most commonly is found in deep black coloring but, has been seen in brown with white bands and on occasion red, orange, or a honey-colored hue. It is in the family of chalcedony quartz.

Rhodonite

The word rhodonite comes from the Greek word “rhodon” which means “rosy.” This lovely stone has a distinctive pink or rosy red color with some stones containing black veins. The stones with the black markings are the most highly valued.

Rhodonite was often given to travelers as a form of protection as people believed it would make the heart beat faster if danger was near. Some have called this lovely gem “stone of love” as it is thought to help one achieve great romantic potential. It helps to turn passionate love into a more grounded and permanent relationship and is also used for healing trauma and issues of abuse.

One of its greatest attributes is thought to be its ability to enhance self-esteem and help in healing the spirit. To some, rhodonite is “the rescue stone” as it “rescues” one from falling into despair or negativity. This is a stone of grace and elegance and it is associated with the Zodiac signs of Taurus, Libra, and Scorpio.

Tiger’s Eye

This riveting stone that seems to follow you as you move, most commonly comes in rich gold and earthy brown coloring. It can also be found in reds, creams, blues, and shadings of black. This most unique and prized gem is found in South Africa and Australia.

Like its namesake, the tiger, this is a gem that is thought to provide the wearer with patience, focus, determination, awareness and the ability to act in a deliberate and cautious manner. A very strong stone, it is believed that it helps to harmonize the various elements in your life into a cohesive whole. A stone of the earth, a stone of courage and grace, a stone that illuminates with perfect clarity the world around you, Tiger’s Eye, is the perfect stone for those who suffer from anxiety, inner turmoil, and depression.

Its healing properties are thought to include the following areas: eyes, broken bones, wounds and bruises, digestion, pain, and reproduction. It seems obvious that it would also help with night vision.

Its elements are fire and earth. Its Zodiac signs are, Virgo, Capricorn, Leo, Pisces, and Scorpio. It is associated with Mars and the sun.

Silver

The pure liquid quality of silver, its brilliant ability to reflect light and striking beauty, have made it a metal of choice for jewelry makers throughout the centuries. Calmer and more reserved than gold, silver is believed to enhance and heighten the power of the stones it is paired with; making their healing and spiritual qualities more powerful.

Historically, silver was used very early on as a container for liquid, as it was discovered that it stayed fresher and purer than liquids stored in containers made of other materials. It is thought that a Persian King, Cyrus the Great (550-529BC) concerned for his people’s health, instructed that all drinking water be stored in silver vessels. Even today, silver is an important part of contemporary religious rituals.

Silver has been mined for over a thousand years from areas around the world. The largest piece of silver ever mined, weighed 1,840 pounds and was taken out of a mine in Aspen, Colorado.

Silver has been associated with the moon and is thought to reflect negativity back to the sender and has been worn as a magical form of protection for hundreds of years. Many people believe that silver can act as an antibacterial agent and that it can, in fact, boost the immune system. Some people even believe that ingesting silver (adding it as a purifying agent to water) will be beneficial and aid digestion. It is thought to help strengthen and channel the energy of particular gems such as: turquoise, amethyst, moonstone, and carnelian (to name a few.) Its energy is associated with water and it is paired with the Deities, Isis, Diana and Luna. Its Zodiac sign is the moon and it is associated with the star sign Cancer.