Birth Stones , Gem Stones
Info, Myth, Lore & Care
( Knowing Your BirthStone and GemStone )
Amethyst, Swarovski, Java Beads, Necklace (photo: Erwin AD)
Modern Birth Stones :
JANUARY Garnet, Rose Quartz
FEBRUARY Amethyst, ( alternates : Onyx, Moonstone)
MARCH Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade
JUNE Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite
JULY Ruby, (alternate: Carnelian)
AUGUST Peridot, Carnelian,(alt: Jade)
SEPTEMBER Sapphire, Agate
OCTOBER Opal, Tourmaline, (alt: Aquamarine)
NOVEMBER Topaz, Citrine
DECEMBER Turquoise, Onyx, Lapis Lazuli.
It is said, at 18th century Poland was an important trade center in gemstones and many gem traders settled there. The tradition of wearing modern birth stones believed to be started in Poland.
Birth Stones of January, February, March
Garnet, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade
Garnet is translucent fiery red to deep ruby.
In ancient, travelers used to carried as an amulet to protect from accidents, danger and nightmare.
It is said, Noah used a light from a large Garnet to navigate at night.
It is also said as a ”Passion Stone” and balanced the ying and yang energies.
The most common color of garnets is reddish brown. Bohemian Garnet is deep red gemstone, Russian Demantoid and African Tsavorite are vibrant green.
Most natural garnets are mixtures of two or more of the following pure species: pyrope, almandine, spessartine, uvarovite, grossular, and radite. Garnets occur in a very wide variety of formations, colors, and clarities. The versatile garnet comes in a virtual rainbow of colors, including pink, red, purple, orange, yellow, violet, green, colorless, occasionally black, brown and many shades of red and green.
Garnets are a group of common silicate minerals that have similar crystal structures and chemical compositions. It can be translucent to transparent, sometimes opaque with a vitreous or resinous luster.
The best known type of garnet is red semi-precious stone pyrope, one of several red gems, which the ancients used to call Carbuncles.
Garnets are actually one of the largest families of gemstones.
Garnets are found in a wide variety of locations including Kenya, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Brazil, India, Madagascar, Canada and USA.
Some people believed that Garnet is a stone of health and the wearer is sociable. When placed under the pillow while sleeping wards off bad dreams and evil spirits of the night. Enhancing body strength, endurance healing and protecting. Helps arthritis pain. This translucent stone helps creativity.
Good for mental depression, enhances self esteem, encourages success in business. It is believed to have magical properties such as preventing skin diseases, assuring the wearer of love, faithfulness and safety from wounds.
Protecting the wearer from evil and terrifying dreams.
Like other red stones, garnet has historically been associated with blood and its related organs. It is considered an aid for swelling and inflammation of the joints.
It is commonly believed that if you give garnet to a loved one, it will secure their loyalty and affection.
For cleaning, use a toothbrush and mild soap.
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Rose Quartz (JANUARY)
Pink or peach-colored quartz is called Rose Quartz and it is one of the most popular quartz varieties.
Its color is thought to be due to the presence of small amounts of titanium. The best material is found in Madagascar. It is also found in Brazil, the USA, the former USSR, Scotland, and Spain.
It has long been considered as a symbol of friendship, well being life, and love.
In ancient mythology has said had been brought to earth by Eros and Amour.
Most of the time this substance is cloudy and often cracked due to its brittleness. The asterism in Rose Quartz can only be seen when light is beamed through it.
The coloration of Rose Quartz can fade over time especially if exposed to light, heat, and even air. Even the finest one.
This pretty pink stone has long been associated with love magic and it does have the power to draw and hold love.
A stone of beauty, friendship, and joy which can be used to boost your awareness of the beauty and magic of the world, or to bring peace and harmony into environment.
Rose Quartz can be used in any form of love magic but perhaps the simplest is to give it away is a gift, which is said to increase the recipients’ love for you.
A raw chunk of Rose Quartz is wonderful in a room where there is a risk of heated debates or quarrels.
Meditation with the stone will help you find where are you ‘blocking’ love in your life and how to heal yourself of problems which stop you loving yourself as you should, such as depression, low self esteem or self-hatred.
An excellent stone for children or for adults who were deprived of love as a child. It carries the energy of elemental water which can cool anger and wash away pain.
Rose Quartz is one of the most powerful water stones and is very useful if you are trying to connect with this element. Just remember to cleanse it thoroughly afterwards.
To clean, Rose Quartz jewelry made with sterling silver and gold can be dipped in a solution to remove tarnish without harming the stone. It can be polished with a jewelry polishing cloth.
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Amethyst, Java Bead, Sterling Silver Closure,Necklace/RossAtelier
Amethyst is the most precious of the quartz family. Its name is derived from ancient Greek term, “Amethustos” meaning ‘not drunken”.
It was traditionally worn to guard against drunkenness and to instill a sober mind.
From pale to deep purple with white sometimes running through it.
The Amethyst royal purple color is favorite among royalty for thousands years. Round cabochon cut stones sets in gold rings found in Greecian tombs over 4500 years old (circa 2500 B.C).
Cleopatra wore Amethyst ring. Catherine The Great had 1000s of Amethysts.
Leonardo De Vinci wrote that Amethyst dissipates evil thoughts. Saint Valentine wore an Amethyst engraved with the figure of Cupid. It is a quartz stone serving Kings and Queens for century.
Amethyst often found in Catholic ornaments. Also known as the stone of Bishops and they wear rings with Amethyst.
Rosaries from Tibet are often fashioned with Amethyst.
Amethyst is a state stone for province of Ontario and the state of South Carolina, USA
Some people believed Amethyst is good for migraines and a stone of spirituality. Bring peace, love, healing, happiness, courage and protection. Amethyst are believed to help with dreams, overcoming alcoholism, healing, schisms, peace, love and protection against thieves, and it is a symbol of courage and happiness. And help the insomnian.
Amethysts is a hard stone about 7 mohs, and will scratch glass and the softer gems.
In Indonesia, Amethyst is known as “Kechubung” (Ke-choo-boong) stone. Indonesia has one of the best Amethyst in the world.
Many Indonesian believed that Amethyst is a talisman that could attract people to like the wearer, and capture others to love the wearer. Also as protection against thieves and bad experiences.
Some people put Amethyst bulk (fossiled ; raw Amethyst) as home decoration as well as a guard. Also symbol of courage and happiness.
For cleaning, Amethyst jewelry made with sterling silver and gold can be dipped in a solution to remove tarnish without harming the stone. You can clean this semi precious stone with clean clear water and dry it soon with soft cloth.
Put sometimes in open summer air to increase its power and beauty.
Before you store it, put it next to a warm place for a while.
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Aquamarine is a most beautiful mineral and is a close relative of the Emerald.
Its name comes from Latin “aqua marina” which means “water of the sea”. Aquamarine, the gems of the sea, is named with the Greek word for sea water, and ranges in color from a clear pastel to a deep ocean blue.
Aquamarine also as October’s alternate birthstone, and bring good luck for the Scorpio’s.
As early 1300, Aquamarine was used to make spectacle lenses.
Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family. It is known for its clear
sky-blue color. But is also found in a range of dark blues to blue-greens. On Mohs scale of hardness, aquamarine is 7.5-8.
Its primary sources include Brazil, Russia (the Urals), Australia (Queensland), Burma (Myanmar), China, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the United States.
This stone has been included in crown jewels, as well as many other jewelry types. It can be imitated by glass, synthetic Spinel and synthetic Corundum.
Aquamarine is easily confused with Sapphire, Topaz, Apetite and Spinel.
This stone has been long considered to have a close relationship to the sea. When it is placed in water, it nearly disappears from view. It is dichroic, showing blue and colorless when seen from different angles.
Too much heat can remove all color from the stone, and over exposure to sunlight can also remove the color.
It’s a friendly charm of mariners. Sailors used this stone as a talisman believing that it would calm the sea and provide them with a safe voyage.
Some believed as stone of courage. And for long happy marriage, and to ease depression. Also as a 19 year Anniversary stone.
It has been used as a purifying agent or cleansing stone, which is believed to bring the wearer a peaceful sense of calm, also supposed to be inspirational, hopeful, balancing for fluids in the body, lucky for marine travel.
To care, use tooth brush and mild dishwashing detergent or common cleaner.
(Sources: Google.com and others. Image: Blue Nile.com and Gemslover.com)
Bloodstone is a deep green stone with red spots. It also occurs in shades of dark green with red, brown and multicolored spots. The iron minerals cause the deep red and brown colors. There’s also black with little red flecks.
Some has strong magnetic power.
Bloodstone is dark-green variety of the silica mineral chalcedony that has nodules of bright-red jasper distributed throughout its mass. Polished sections therefore show red spots on a dark-green background, and from the resemblance of these to drops of blood it derives its name.
Its physical properties are those of quartz.
Bloodstone also called as: Heliotrop.
Bloodstones strengthens and oxygenates blood stream. It enhances physical/mental vitality and strengthens heart, spleen, bone marrow. It also aids in balancing vitamin deficiencies and reduces emotional and mental stress. "The Stone of Courage" - also for renewal of the physical mental and emotional bodies. It helps one toward the direct union with the divine through contemplation, prayer or mediation and love. It has been used to stabilize, as necessary, the flow of blood.
It is also a very good gem for those in business - self employed.
Used to use as medicine and aphrodisiac. Cleanses the blood and offers psychic protection.
Bloodstone is found in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Kathiawar Peninsula and the USA (Wyoming).
To clean, polished with commercial jewelry polish, rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
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Jade, Swarovski, Sterling Silver, Earrings/RossAtelier
It comes as Jade, Jadeite, Nephrite, African Jade, New Jade, Ruby Jade,
Soo Chow Jade and Yellow Jade.
Semi transparent to translucent stones are more valuable than opaque examples.True Jade can be either of two different minerals, Jadeite or Nephrite.
Both variations of Jade are tough stones that don’t break or chip easily. Jade is more rare of the two variations, and most expensive.
Dyeing is commonly used Jade treatment and are not considered permanent. Heat treatments are used to lighten or intensify color.
You can easily find beautiful filigree carving Jades. Nephrite (Jade) recognized since 1863, as a separate type of Jade.
Nephrite is found in aggregates of fibrous crystals.
Nephrite deposits had been discovered around the world.
Nephrite greens maybe grayish, mottled or more subdued. Colors vary from a dark green to a cream color. It’s softer than Jadeite.
Nephrite is more plentiful than Jadeite and less expensive.
A traditional source of Nephrite is the Xinjiang Province in China.
The Jade used by Chinese artisans until Burmese Jadeite began to be imported in 1700’s.
* Jade is associated with Venus. In China is associated with the Kwan Im goddess.It has long been associated as a love stone as well as on for wisdom, healing, and used to promote fertility and abundant crops.
Businessman use Jade in seeking council in important business transactions and it is worn for its money-attracting energies.
Jade also known as a dream stone, which help with dreams when placed under a pillow, achievements, luck protection, eye disorders. Strengthen the hearts, kidneys, immune system. Long revered by the Asian, especially the Chinese, as the most precious of all stones for centuries. Beside being the most beautiful and valued natural material for making jewelry and utensils, Jade is considered to possess the power of good luck, good health and the ability to resist evil spirit and to get rid of bad luck. *Most Jade are waxed. Other color-improving treatments are sometimes used to Jade.
Burmese Olive Jade
Worlds supply of fine Jadeite comes from Burma but also around the world like China.
Evenly colored translucent emerald green Jadeite is called Imperial Jade.
Jadeite occurs in many colors; green, white lavender, yellows and oranges, black, red, dark brown, etc.
Jade family is easy to care. Can be cleaned with commercial jewelry cleaner and polishing cloth. Or with clean clear water and soft water soap.
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Birth Stones of April, May, June
Diamond, Emerald, Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite
Diamonds are forever. The phrase was coined in the l940s by the mining company De Beers, The Netherlands, and became an effective marketing tool.
Diamond had discovered in India more 2000 years ago.
Some people believe helpful in diabetes and urinary, tract diseases.
This precious stone become most favorite and expensive one. True love used to present with this stone. Unbreakable, clear, bright, expensive, and everlasting.
In Indonesia, Diamond is called as : “Berlian” ( Ber-lee- an), comes from Brilliant. And ‘berlian’ still the most admirable stone for the Indonesian.
Indonesia also have the quality diamond, especially in Borneo (Kalimantan) island. And send to Netherland for the best class cutting.
Diamond are durable but still require proper maintenance.
Don’t touch the diamond surface with your hands. Lotions, powder, skin oils, and other chemicals can cut down their brilliance.
To clean, using commercial jewelry cleaner or mild detergent. Dip the jewelry into the solution and use soft brush.
Blue Diamond Ring
Undoubtedly, diamond still hold special piece in our heart, even most cannot afford the price tag. But there are a variety of alternatives to diamond that can create stunning jewelry, an unquestioned first choice for engagement ring.
Lorraine and Jason Venner from Jewelry Mall suggested the five alternatives gemstone, which had the look of diamond. White Sapphire, Cubic Zirconia, Moissanite, Ruby and Emerald.
Cubic Zirconia (CZ) made its jeweler debut in l976 and has remained the most cost effective and realistic diamond replica since then.
The most recent diamond substitute develop is Moissanite, a substance originally discovered in a meteorite, or shooting star, that fell to earth.
While Moissanite is used in jewelry as a diamond substitute.
Many experts feel it to be even more beautiful than the gemstone it self. It reflects twice as much light as diamond, making a stone doubles brilliant.
The limited available of, Moissanite make it more expensive than Cubic Zirconia, and still considerably cheaper than real diamond.
Moissanite make twice of sparkle in reduced price.
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This green stone symbolizes reproduction goddess Venus.
Emerald is diamond alternative.
A symbol of love, beauty and youth, making them the perfect expression of a long-lasting love that will remain as a pure and true.
Nero the Roman emperor used Emerald as sunglasses while watching chariot races.
Some believed as a stone of successful love. Increasing intelligence and strength of heart and bring harmony.
Emerald is the most precious member of the Beryl family. It exhibits a distinct and recognizable pure green hue but can also be found in a yellowish-green hue. On Mohs scale of hardness, emerald is 7.5-8.
It has a vitreous luster and sources include Colombia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Russia (Urals), Afghanistan, Australia (New South Wales, Western Australia), Ghana, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zambia, Tanzania, and the United States (North Carolina).
The beauty of Colombian emeralds, known for their extraordinary color and crystallization, is unique since their formation process occurred in a different geological environment than all the other known emerald deposits. They are found in black argillaceous limestone of the Upper Cretaceous age, which was deposited in a sea separating North and South America.
During the Continental drift, the Andes Mountains were formed, and beds that were originally at the bottom of the sea found themselves at the top of the mountains. While folding, the rocks fractured, which provided space for the growth of calcite veins. Hot magma followed by hot gases and fluids permeated through the cracks, bringing with them the elements necessary to crystallize emeralds. These gases were trapped in the crust of the fold in the eastern cordillera of the Andes by an impermeable shale formation.
Since calcite veins are porous and permeable, the emeralds had an opportunity to crystallize while the gasses and fluids cooled off.
To clean, with toothbrush and mild soap.
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Fresh Water Pearl, glitter spacer, Necklace & Earrings Set
Pearl is the only stone created by living organism. (See also “About Pearl” page on this RossAtelier.com website and Blog).
In Indonesia, Pearl is called as : “Mutiara” (Moo - tee- ara)
Indonesia has the best Pearl in the world. Especially in Lombok and the Mollucas island at the east of Indonesia, which is next to the Pacific Ocean.
Indonesia has the Sea Pearl and the Fresh Water Pearl. The natured and the cultured. In Lombok, hundred thousands of hectare of water, is culturing pearl.
Rub the pearl on the edge of your teeth, if feels slick perhaps it is fake. If feels gritty usually it is a real pearl.
Pearl is a symbol of true love, success and happiness.
Some believed can removed evil and strengthens the mind force. Improve good sleep and cures insomnia. Give better memory and help eye problem.
They are porous and will absorb liquids that will affect the color and erode the pearl. Since it is porous, don’t put the real pearl in ziplock pouch.
Ultra sonic cleaner is not recommended. Clear clean water and soft cloth should be used to wipe the pearls.
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Moonstone, Bracelet/Ross ( Photo: Erwin Ario Darma)
Its name derived from the opalescent, shimmer, similar to moonshine.
For centuries, moonstone has been revered as a beautiful gemstone. Recognized by the Egyptian pharaos as a desirable material, amulets from the 14th century B.C. have been uncovered in Egypt.
Moonstone is a gemstone in the Feldspar family. It exhibits a range of colors including yellow, a pale silver sheen, a blue, and even pink. On Mohs scale of hardness, moonstone is 6-6.5.
It has a vitreous luster and primary sources include Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia, Brazil, India, Madagascar and the United States.
Moonstone was popular in the Art Nouveau scene of the early 20th century. Still today, moonstone is highly sought after and because of its rarity and price it is often imitated using either glass or heat treated decolorized Amethyst.
True moonstone has a blue/white/peach/gray shimmer. When moonstone displays a variety of hues it is classified as “rainbow moonstone” a variety of Labradorite.
Moonstone is for all relationships, family, mates and lovers. Man and woman.
Wearing a ring of moonstone could attract love. Can regulate menstrual , fertility cycles, and menopause. Good for women’s hormones and menstrual imbalances. Increase intuition and femininity of woman.
Metaphysical attributes of moonstone include the ability to lessen the affects of the moon cycles on the wearer, and the ability to reduces tendency to over react to emotional conflicts. It is also considered to be a stone of feminine energy and is there fore thought to be helpful in aiding the childbirth process as well as relieving negative symptoms of the feminine cycles and transitions.
The moonstone is also thought to promote fertility.
Some legends say that moonstone is moonlight in solid form. While the Inuit tell a story of labradorite being the northern lights trapped in a stone.
Moonstone has been long regarded as a stone with strong mystical properties including protective and healing powers.
Moonstone is not only unique, but also captured in a mystery. Astonishing when find it grows’ together with its black (moon) side, and create a stone appeared within two kind of colors ; black and white. (kindly find the black on/and white moonstone on RossAtelier.com jewelry)
Moonstone aid in love, divination, psychic, sleep, gardening, protection, dieting, and is symbol of youth. It has been known as the traveler’s stone and is though to protect travelers from harm.
In Indonesia, small cabochon of white moonstone surrounded by diamonds, is favorite in men’s ring. Many people here believe moonstone as a talisman. The shaman’s wear its big cabochon ring.
(Moon Stone, Moonstone white, Moonstone Grey, Moonstone Choco, Moonstone Black, Moonstone Blue, Black and White, Moonstone Peach, or Rainbow Moonstone).
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Alexandrite is considered one of the world’s most valuable gemstone. One of rare and expensive stone. Even more rare and valuable is the cat’s eye Alexandrite, the variety and color change phenomena.
Alexandrite is an unknown gem before 1830 when it was discovered in Russia’s Ural Mountains. Discovered on Czar Alexander II’s birthday, the day he became of ruling age, the stone was named after him.
It is said that the gem’s green and red colors were those of the Russian military. It is still looked upon as a stone of good omen in that country.
Till recently, the most important sources of Alexandrite were Russia and Sri Lanka, also Brazil and Tanzania. Mining of this gem in Russia peaked late in 19th century.
This stone can vary in weight from country to country, but rarely over one to three carat.
It is said, Alexandrite has the energy to empowered the fertility. Some said to promote sexuality and recommended for infertility and impotency.
Its color change variety of the mineral species Chrysoberyl. When Alexandrite is illuminated by sunlight and many types of fluorescent light, which contain a large number of green and blue rays, its color is green. Under candle light and incandescent light, which contain more red rays, the stone appears red.
Fine Alexandrite is a rich purple-red in incandescent lighting and a rich bluish green with daylight.
It is one of the popular choices for fifty-fifth (55th) wedding anniversary.
Following Laura Bracken, a gemstone critics/gemologist,( HathorRising.com), Alexandrite is an another one of those rare and expensive stones that most people won’t see one in their lives.
It is found in a wide range of pale colors including green, yellow, red, reddish-brown, white and bluish white. On Mohs scale of hardness, agate is 6.5-7. It has a waxy or dull luster and primary sources include South of Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul), north of Uruguay, Australia (Queensland), China, India, the Caucasus, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Wyoming, and Montana.
It’s easy to care. Use mild soap water and soft tooth brush.
(Ross’ late mother left for her some sets of purple-red with bluish green genuine Alexandrite. When Ross son will get married, she gave a present to her future daughter in law, a pair of stud earrings of Alexandrite, big size faceted stone, of her mother’s.
About one month after the wedding, she get pregnant. When their first son about one year, she got pregnant again. Then, after their second child (a lovely baby girl) just one year old, she get pregnant again. Their two babies -son and daughter- were born at very close date of birth in June, the birth month of Alexandrite.
After very view years of marriage they straightly got three children. What a sweet coincidence. Thank You God).
(Sources : HathorRising.com; MineralsZone.com;;RossAtelier.com. Image : MineralsZone.com)
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Birth Stones of July, August, September
Ruby, Peridot, Carnelian, Sapphire, Agate
Ruby pendant/ about.com
Red translucent. An expensive natural stone.
Ruby is sometimes called the “king of gemstones”. It is a diamond alternative.
Ruby usually goes with gold and diamond adornment.
Symbol of success, devotion, integrity. Some people believed that Ruby had the power to warn its owner of coming misfortunes, illness, by turning darker in color.
Sensuous and fiery, it is the perfect symbol of the intimacy between the future husband and wife.
In Indonesia some people believed there’s a kind of genuine Ruby if put in a basin of water, could redden the whole basin and the water with its radiant. They said, such Ruby could be used as a talisman, supernatural power, a healing and magic power. Such Ruby is very rare and hard to find, and would be very expensive.
Jewelry made with sterling silver and gold or platinum can be dipped in a solution to remove tarnish without harming the stone. It can be polished with a jewelry polishing cloth.
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Peridot is a stone with a sparkling pale green color. It occurs in lime, yellowish green, olive green or medium dark green hues.
From pale to semi deep clear green. It color ranges from yellowish green to dark lime-green. Dark green peridot a highly prized. Brownish version is not much desirable.
Look dull at daytime but glows like a coal at night.
Peridot is a popular green gemstone since ever. And is a popular green gemstone for jewelry today as it was in the past.
Peridot, also called precious olivine, is a gem-quality transparent green olivine. The crystals of peridot have a vitreous luster and conchoidal fracture. Gem-quality olivine is a mineral that composes a lot of the earth's mantel, the layer below the crust.
It is also common in basalts on the moon.
Often called as the ‘evening emeralds’ by ancient Romans who noticed that its green color shown even more vividly in lamplight making it resemble deep green emerald. And believed that it could banish evil spirits and break enchantments when it was worn in gold setting.
Peridot’s name derived from Greek ‘peridona’ meaning “to provide plentifully”.
Also known as Chrysolite and part of the Olivine group.
It has been found in ruins of ancient Egypt and Greece.
Peridot is a gemstone forms during volcanic eruptions. It forms during volcanic eruptions and its color ranges from yellowish green to dark
lime-green. Brownish versions are found but are not as desirable.
The ancients referred to it as the “gem of the sun” and believed that it could banish evil spirits and break enchantments when it was worn in gold setting.
Used as currency to pay Egyptian pharaohs, once considered more valuable than diamond.
The Romans wore it as protection against spells and depression.
It is said as one of the gemstones on the breastplate of Aaron (Haroun), brother of Moses (Mousa). Emits a warm and friendly energy, a shield of body protection.
Peridot is considered by some people as a stone of hope and is supposed to strengthen the sight, heart and respiratory system, and aid against depression. The joyful and friendly energy of this stone helps to make and seal friendships. It clears the heart, releasing ego, jealousy and anger and bringing a sense of peace and quit amusement. Helps physical detoxification.
Peridot, stone of happiness. And symbol of fame, success, dignity and protection. For sleep, health, wealth, and healing. Peridot is considered a stone of hope and is supposed to strengthen the sight, heart and respiratory system and aid against depression.
The joyful and friendly energy of this stone helps to make and seal friendships. It clears the heart, releasing ego, jealousy and anger, and bringing a sense of peace and quit amusement. Helps physical detoxification.
Peridot was found in many places in the world.
Peridot is found in Australia, Brazil, China, Eygpt, Burma, Pakistan, Norway, and USA (Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, and New Mexico).
Peridot sometimes treated with oils, waxes and resins to enhance its color.
For cleaning, most dipping solutions is fine. And final polish with a polishing cloth.
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Carnelian, Moonstone, Sterling Silver, Necklace
Carnelian is also an alternative birthstone for July.
Carnelian received its name from Latin word, Carneus or Carnalis means “flesh” or “meat”. Which is suggestive of the red color, glossy texture. Other said that Carnelians named for the Kornel Cherry for its red color.
In Indonesia is known as “meat” stone, or “Yaman” stone for the deep red Carnelian.
Carnelian is a gemstone that has been mined for at least 2000 years. The earliest known source of Carnelian is in India. But other believe, previous to India, it was mined in the region that is now Turkey. In ancient Rome, often used in cameos and intaglios.
Some said, this gemstone is Virgo’s good luck stone.
Carnelian is a type of translucent Chalcedony, which is a microcrystalline form of quartz. Get its red and orange color from the presence of iron oxides, such as hematite suspended in colorless silicon.
Carnelian is often banded and cloudy with streaks of brown and white.
Carnelian can be imitated by stained Chalcedony, glass, and Agate colored with nitrate. The brown carnelian in India is left in the sun which turns it red. India is still one of the main sources of Carnelian along with Turkey, Brazil and Uruguay.
Carnelian has always been associated with the sun. Carnelian has been used to squelch anger, jealousy and hatred, as well as promote emotional balance and physical energy.
It is worn or carried to promote courage, confidence, protection against negative magic, and storms. It is also said to promote sexuality, to help in reproductive matters, protection, peace, eloquence and healing. Also as symbol of courage.
One of the oldest held beliefs is Carnelian’s ability to still the blood, calm the temper and preventing quarrels and stress. Also to help toothaches and mental disease and as a charm against snakebites. It is also believed to symbolize happiness, aid in digestion, remove toxins from the body and be useful in the treatment of depression and diabetes. And purifies blood.
It is said Carnelian provides the wearer with a sense of stability and can bring emotional balance to mind and body. Some said to promote sexuality. And recommended for infertility and impotency.
Traditionally, the darker Carnelian is considered masculine and the lighter Carnelian, as feminine.
For cleaning, jewelry made with sterling silver or gold can be cleaned with a commercial jewelry cleaner. Rinsed and polish with a soft cloth.
(Carnelian: Deep brown red, flesh/meat red, orange, orange yellowish, solid color,
mixed color, banded Carnelian)
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Sapphire ( SEPTEMBER)
White Sapphire is a diamond substitute since the beginning of the 20th century. It ever fell out of popular use in l940s. Today, the jewelry which is now antique give white sapphire a charm of its own.
Some people believed that Sapphire is a classed gemstone with many supernatural powers. When worn as amulets will bring happiness, against the misfortune, fraud, the wrath of enemies, violence and the evil eye. Stone of prosperity, cleans the mind, cures fever, eye diseases, and ulcers.
In Indonesia people appreciate much to the Star Sapphire (Sapphire with beautiful genuine star effect on the dark Blue or Black Sapphire).
For caring, jewelry made with sterling silver and gold can be dipped in a solution to remove tarnish without harming the stone. It can be polished with a jewelry polishing cloth.
Kinds: Blue Sapphire, Black Sapphire, Star Sapphire and Yellow Sapphire.
(Sources: using Google.com; About.com; RossAtelier.com . Image: About.com)
Striped Agate Cabochon, Cuff Bangle
Agate comes from the Greek word “Agateeq” which means happy.
Agate is mystical birthstone for September. Also the Sun and Star sign for Aquarius ,Zodiac Birthstone for Gemini, and as the talismanic birthstone for Libra and Sun/Star sign for Capricorn.
Human use this stone can be traced back to Stone Age man in circa 20.000-16.000 BC.
The Egyptians were also known to have used this Agate prior 3000 BC.
It was highly valued by ancient civilizations, as it was said to render the wearer invisible.
Agate is the accepted gemstone for the 12th and 14th wedding anniversaries as well as the birthstone for several months, and star signs. Moss Agate is the anniversary gemstone for the 14th year of marriage.
Agates are found in all colors of the rainbow, although green and blue are quite rare.
Agate is a variety of chalcedony formed from layers of quartz which usually show varicolored bands. It usually occurs as rounded nodules or veins. Often tiny quartz crystals form within the stone and add to the beauty and uniqueness of individual stones. These crystals are called drusy (sometimes misspelled as druzy).
Some agate has gained wide acceptance in jewelry and well cut stones with nicely defined patterns often exceed the price of some of the more well known semi precious stones. Rare and unique pictured agate in Indonesia often brings high dollar and been hunted by collectors.
Agate (Chalcedony) occur in nodular masses in rocks such as volcanic lavas. When split open, they reveal an amazing variety of colors and patterns and a distinctive banding that distinguishes agate from other kinds of chalcedony (the compact, micro-crystalline variety of quartz).
Agates of Idar-Oberstine in Germany, has been collected since 1548.
Most agate now comes from the deposits in Uruguay, Indonesia and Brazil.
Moss agate occurs in India, China and the USA, where the most famous petrified wood is found in the Petrified forest in Arizona. The usual colors and markings of agate made it very highly regarded by the ancients and revered throughout history.
Agate is believed to discern truth, accept circumstances, and is a powerful emotional healer. Legend says that Agate improves memory and concentration, increases stamina and encourages honesty.
Agate is said to be particularly beneficial to people born under the sign of Gemini as it helps them to remain calm and focused.
It is believed to prevent insomnia and insure pleasant dreams, to enhance personal courage and protect one against danger. Agate provides a calming influence, improves perception, concentration and helps to develop and increase one's analytical talents.
Agate is said had healing properties. It is considered to be a cooling stone, reducing fever, quenching thirst and heal the stomach. Agate is also thought to slow the pulse and quite heart throbs. It is said ensure good health.
Blood red Agate helps courage and protection. Black Agates, success in competition. Black and White against physical dangers. Blue lace agate relieves stress, and promotes family peace.
Agate has also been said to possess mystical powers. Legend says that wearing or carrying Agate guards against danger, promotes caution and permits wearers to view themselves with clarity and the world with a broad viewpoint. It also believed to cure insomnia and ensure pleasant dream.
The “eye” of marking Agate was believed to protect the wearer from the evil eye and was also seen as a cure for insomnia and could ensure good dreams.
Botswana Agate is considered favorable to those who work with plants, trees and around water as it is thought to draw positive energies from them. It is considered as an excellent "feminine" power stone. It helps bring focus on solutions and work through emotional suppressions while enhancing creativity. It counteracts all manner of poisons, including emotional and spiritual poisoning.
Indonesia is one of the most rich Agate in the world. From solid till colorful, from cloudy, spots, banded, desert pictured, till view pictured.
In Indonesia Agate is also known as ‘Akik” stone, which are very rich in variant. (kindly visit Blog About Indonesia Treasures/Akik).
Before, “Akik” is just men’s stone in big cabochon form. For so long Agate just put in men’s ring. The Agate believers said that each variant of Agate has its own magic power.
Shaman in Indonesia use to wearing Agate rings in their fingers. (visit about “Akik and the shaman”, on Blog).
Agate is found all over the world including: the Africa, Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, the USA, and lot in Indonesia.
Very easy to care Agates. Commercial jewelry cleaners are safe to use.
Sometimes Black Agate is mixed up with Black Onyx, and White Agate with White Onyx. As well as Agate to other gemstones.
Although Agate has hardness rating of 7, but it will chip and crack rather easily. It is important to protect Agates from scratches, sharps blows, sudden temperature changes, and away from house hold chemicals such as bleach or cleaning products.
(Names and kind of Agates : Akik, Solomon, Baddar, Five Colored (Pancha Warna agate),Blue lace, Botswana, Brown, Bull’s Eye, Crazy Lace, Fire, Geode , Holly Blue, Leopard Skin, Moss, Tree agate, Plume ,Montana, Red agate, Brown agate , Black agate, White agate , Sand Cast, Sunset, Pictured, Pancha warna/Colorful, Abstract ,View, Landscape, etc).
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Birth Stones of October, November, December
Tourmaline, Topaz, Citrine, Turquoise, Onyx, Lapis Lazuli
Have fiery spark of colors. Black Opal is the most highly prized.
Not many know that Indonesia’s earth also carried the best Opal in the world. In Indonesia Opal has known as “Kalimaya” (Ka-lee- ma-ya)stone. Shaman loves this stone.
Australian Boulder Opal is found in the desert of Queensland. This region temperature’s reach over 120 degrees.
Boulder Opal represents purity and intensity. Opal is ruled by the moon and is sacred to all lunar deities. Opal is a unique gemstone with a beautiful play-of-color display. It can exhibit a full range of hues from the color wheel set against a light or dark background. The most well known varieties are recognized by the appearance of confetti-like colors sparkling over a white or dark ground.
As the stone is moved, the colors change; different flashes of rainbow-like colors can be seen from different angles. This play-of-color is caused by the diffraction of light in the spherical crystal structure. On Mohs scale of hardness, opal is
5.5-6.5. Primary sources include Australia, Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Nevada and Idaho.
Helps one connect the conscious and subconscious. And brightens the aura.
Soothes the throat, opens the voice (Opal Blue). Encourages healthy sexuality and healthy sexual relationships (Opal Mexican Fire). Heals and releases past emotional traumas from this and past lives (Opal Oregon). Amplifies negative patterns and behaviors (Opal White). Not be clean with commercial jewelry cleaner compounds. It is a porous stone that can absorb liquids that can affect its color and erode the stone. It should not be worn while washing dishes or using harsh household cleaning chemicals.
Ultra sonic cleaning is not recommended. A polishing cloth is fine.
(Opal: Opal, Blue, Mexican Fire, Oregon, White, Kalimaya, etc)
(Sources: Google.com;Jojobeads.com;RossAtelier.com. Image: About.com)
Tourmaline crystals are hexagonal, prismatic crystals that commonly have section, striated lengthwise. Colors include blue, green, pink, red, yellow, brown, black, bi-colored, tri-colored.
It’s a stone of true love and symbol of vitality. Some people said wearing tourmaline as amuletic jewelry to attract a lover, dispels fears, balancing the aura. Reduced anger, jealousy and insecurity feelings.
Green Tourmaline to attract money and success. Pink Tourmaline reduces fear, protects aura against negativity and induces peaceful.
Very easy to care. Commercial jewelry cleaner then polish with a soft cloth.
(Tourmaline :Watermelon, Black, Blue, Clear, Green, Pink, Rubellite, Violet)
(Sources: Google.com; Gemslover.com . Image: Gemslover)
SmokyTopaz, diamond Ring
Topaz is transparent with a vitreous luster. A light yellow, brown, smoky, and pink variety of topaz are valued as a gemstone. The pure crystals of topaz used a great deal in jewelry.
Brown to orange Topaz is colored in part because of chromium and of crystal structure damage, reducing the yellow component, and turning the brown to orange Topaz pink.
Most topaz is yellow, but it exists in other colors, including red, golden-brown, green, blue, and pink.
Yellow topaz is sometimes heat treated to change its color to pink or red.
Topaz typically occurs in cavities in rhyolites and granite, in pegmatite dikes, and in high-temperature veins with cassiterite and tourmaline.
Folklore : It is said as a stone of true love.
Topaz was thought to calm tempers and give its wearer strength. Powders ground from the gem were used to treat asthma and insomnia. Bring happiness, beauty, intelligence. Mental clarity, focus perception, confidence, personal power.
Very easy to care .Can use commercial jewelry cleaner and a polishing cloth.
Topaz: Blue, Champagne, Smoke, Golden, Clear, Pink, Red, Brown, Yellow, Orange.
(Sources :Google.com ; About.com . Image :Apples of Gold)
Citrine is a golden yellow form of quartz which takes its name from “citron” the French word for lemon. As a health-aid it has been used as a purifying agent by releasing toxins from the body.
Citrine is transparent, coarse-grained variety of the silica mineral quartz . Citrine is a semiprecious gem that is valued for its yellow to brownish color and its resemblance to the rarer topaz. Natural citrine is rare compared to amethyst or smoky quartz , both of which are often heated to turn their natural color into that of citrine.
Citrine symbolizes light-heartedness, joy and happiness. Citrine is a great protective talisman. It calms and soothes.
In ancient time was used as a protective talisman against the plague, bad skin, evil thought and as a charm against snakebites. It is said, Citrine’s wearer will get the sense of stability and bring emotional balance to mind and body.
Citrine is found in Brazil, Madagascar, Spain, Uruguay, Scotland, USA (California, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, and Nevada) and Russia. Brazil is the main source of Citrine.
Jewelry made with silver and gold can be dipped in a solution to remove tarnish without harming the stone.
(Sources: google.com; Gemslover.com. Image: Gemslover.com)
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Turquoise,Mamuli Pendant, Java beads,Necklace/Ross
One of the most written about gemstone, that is the Turquoise.
This is one of the most valuable gemstones in jewelry. Symbol of good fortune.
Turquoise forms when water percolates through rocks that contain copper, aluminum and other minerals. Chemical reaction takes place that results in deposits of what we know as Turquoise. That process takes millions of years.
The blue turquoise is enhanced when copper is present. If the site contains more aluminum, the turquoise will shade to green. When zinc is present the deposits are yellow- green color, a rare combination that so far has been found in only a few areas .
Natural turquoise stones may have been cut but no artificial changing. Clear blue Persian Turquoise is thought by many to b e among the finest Turquoise in the world.
The color of Turquoise can vary from deep blue to a deep green with variation of color in between. This color variation is due to the chemical composition of the stone.
The more copper in the molecule the bluer the Turquoise. The color can also be changed artificially by submerging the stone in animal fat.
The preferred and the higher quality Turquoise is usually a pure blue color. The quality decreases with the increase of green color. From sky blue to deep blue also green with variegations from brown black.
In the 16th century, Indian used this stone as a form of currency. Egyptian Pharaos wore turquoise necklace. Was brought to Europe by Venetian merchants from Turkish bazaar.
In Indonesia, people used to call as “Pirous” ( pee-roos) stone instead of Turquoise. The collectors prefer blue green “pirous’ with gold spider, as the most expensive one. Men used to wear on their ring.
For so long, ‘pirous’ in Indonesia only used for men’s gold ring, which usually surrounded with diamonds. (The same happened to ruby, emerald, topaz, sapphire, aquamarine, amethyst , jade, moonstone, alexandrite, and garnets men’s ring.)
Turquoise has been mined in many places through out the world.
Mines in India produce green Turquoise. Chinese mines are currently selling a great deal of turquoise to the jewelry industry. Mines in USA yield Turquoise in variety of color and qualities.
Chemicals are used to enhance or change color. Now in the market you could find various color of Turquoise. Included yellow and red.
Most of the today’s Turquoise has been treated or enhance in some way. There’s nothing wrong about it, said Carly Wickell , guide to jewelry of About.com, as long you pay a suitable price for it.
Anyhow, choose turquoise because it speaks to the current fashionable color with the currently-popular amount matrix, and wear it often.
The dark marking in Turquoise that’s the matrix , the rock that turquoise formed in.
When stone are cut, some of the matrix remains bound the turquoise. The color varies because turquoise can occur in different types of rock.
Black matrix probably is iron pyrite. Yellow (gold) matrix could be rhyolit, Brown is probably iron oxide.
The term ‘spider webbing’ refers to stones with thin lines of matrix distributed throughout them.
The Indonesian men prefer the gold spider webbing turquoise for their ring.
Hardness of Turquoise used for jewelry varies 5-6 Mohs. The hardest Turquoise usually found nearest the surface of the earth. Where it’s had chance to dry.
Softer, the chalk-like turquoise, is too soft and porous to be used unless it’s treated.
An epoxy resin or other substance is infused into the pores of the stone. No longer porous, its color will not change overtime.
Turquoise, hydrated copper and aluminum phosphate, that is extensively used as a gemstone. Turquoise is a secondary mineral deposited from circulating waters, and it occurs chiefly as an opaque, granular vein running through a host rock.
The color of turquoise ranges from sky blue through various shades of green to greenish and yellowish gray. Turquoise is opaque except in the thinnest splinters, and has a feeble, faintly waxy luster.
Highly prized turquoise has come from Neyshabur, Iran. Numerous deposits in the southwestern United States have been worked for centuries by American Indians. Turquoise also occurs in northern Africa, Australia, Siberia, and Europe.(Jojobeads.com)
Turquoise is said as Master healing stone. Stimulates the initiation of romantic love. Bring peace in mind, strength, wisdom, positive thinking.
It’s one of the oldest talismanic and curative gems in many civilizations.
Protection courage, love, friendship, healing, luck, and money. Some people believe, if the Turquoise break, it would be a bad omen. A warn of physical danger.
It also popular token of friendship since Turquoise reputed to be responsible for faithfulness and reliable relationships.
Turquoise necklace can make a special gift for an anniversary for 11 year of marriage.
Handle your turquoise jewelry carefully to avoid scratching it. Don’t store turquoise with harder material that might rub against it and cause damage.
Very soft and porous stone and will be stained if it absorbs a colored liquid.
It should never be dipped or soaked in a cleaning solution. Ultrasonic cleaning is not recommended. Just clean your turquoise in warm sudsy water and dry it immediately with a soft cloth.
Make sure protected from heat and chemicals such as oils, perfumed, and household cleaner, and bright sunlight.
(Sources: Google.com; About.com; Jojobeads.com ; RossAtelier.com. Image: Ross Atelier)
Snow white Onyx, Java Royal Replica, Necklace/Ross
The name “Onyx” seems to have come from the Greek word for claw, or fingernail. Some claim the correlation comes from pinkish varieties of Onyx which could resemble the appearance of a fingernail.
Others believe that the term was originally used for the stone we now call “onyx marble” which has pink and yellow veins, while still others say that the name refers to the width of the bandings, and not the stone’s overall appearance.
Onyx is a type of the microcrystalline quartz; chalcedony. Unlike Agates which have curved bands, onyx has parallel straight bands which alternate usually between black and white, brown and white. Soft lime green and cream. Solid Black or Snow White.
The word Onyx has nearly become a synonym for the color black , however, not only does this stone form in many different colors, but natural black Onyx is quite rare, resulting in most of the stones sold on the market being either dyed agate, or lighter onyx, treated so as to make it black, as has been done since ancient times.
Onyx is similar to agate but has straight rather than curved bands. These may be brown and white or black and white.
Onyx deposits are found all over the world any many areas have characteristic onyx specific to the region. A multi color onyx comes from Egypt, a blue variety can be found in Namibia, Pink Purple sphaerocobaltites are known exist in Zaire, and yellow stones come from both Kenya and the Tunguska River basin in Russia.
Indonesia is rich with onyx. It is found in villages’ ground among the villager residential area. In West Java, the villager not only dig from ground but also in caves in village. But due to the invornment safety the digging has been limited.
Indonesia’s earth carried fine marbled onyx as well as the marble its self.
Marble is found many East java.
Historically, Onyx is very popular. Ancient Rome, Egypt, Babylonia and Assyria all used onyx. These and other ancient people used the stone to create such things as vases, cups, sculptures, mosaics, cabochons, cameos, intaglios, and even to make entire palace interiors. These days it is more common to see Onyx made into beads, rings, pendants, chess pieces, bookends and animal figurines.
The name Onyx was used by the Romans for a variety of stones including alabaster, chalcedony, and what is now known as onyx marble.
Onyx seals were very popular with the Romans.
Roman soldiers wore sardonyx talismans engraved with heroes such as Hercules or Mars, gods of war. They believed that the stone would make the wearer as brave and daring as the figured carved on it.
During the Renaissance, sardonyx was believed to bring eloquence upon the wearer and was regarded with great value by public speakers and orators.
Cameos are cut from stones, such as onyx, sardonix or agate, where different colors occur in layers. The background material is cut away, leaving the cameo design in relief. Onyx is also used in intaglios because its layers can be cut to show a color contrast between the design and the background.
Sardonyx at one time was more precious than gold, silver, or sapphire. Sardonyx is always widely used in cameos and intaglios.
Onyx, Sard and Sardonyx (Chalcedony) are all varieties of the microcrystalline quartz, chalcedony.
The “black onyx” that is commonly used in jewelry isn’t onyx at all, and isn’t naturally black. It is chalcedony dyed black. And may be banded or solid black.
But it could differentiate the genuine black onyx to the dyed chalcedony. The dyed one tend to have matt look. But the genuine black onyx still have the shiny smooth look and feel.
Sard is a brownish red variety, and Sardonyx is a blend of sard and onyx, and has the straight white bands of onyx and the brownish red of sard.
It is found worldwide and is formed by the deposition of silica in gas cavities in lavas, which results in the distinctive bands.
Some say this stone is in tune with the darker side of magic and sorcery. A very protective stone. It brings good luck to the bearer and guards against spells and curses from enemy.
Black onyx also used to increase endurance and bring hope even in the depths of despair. The unscrupulous could use it to cause nightmares or destroy friendships and partnerships. It is worth remembering however that there is no evil in the stone itself only in the person who uses it for malicious ends.
Kinds: Onyx , White Onyx, Black Onyx, Cream, Caramel, Lime/Green Onyx, Banded Onyx, etc.
(Sources : Google.com. Jojobeads.com; RossAtelier.com’ Image: Ross)
Lapiz Lazuli (DECEMBER)
Deep Blue with white gold variegations.
Denim Lapis is paler blue with white variegations. Lapis Lazuli used to say as: Lapis. The name Lapis Lazuli translate to ‘blue stone’.
This is one of the oldest gemstones in jewelry. Lapis has been used in jewelry making for over 7000 years.
Egyptian women used to use ground Lapis as eye shadow and Lapis Lazuli was used to create ultramarine color paints for centuries. The paint was very expensive. The stone was also used for jewelry, amulets, carved figurines, bowls, and sealing sticks by civilizations as diverse as Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans and Chinese.
Lapis Lazuli is a semiprecious stone valued for its deep blue color. The source of the pigment ultramarine, Lapis lazuli is not a mineral but a rock colored by lazurite.
In addition to the sodalite minerals in lapis lazuli, small amounts of white calcite and of pyrite crystals are usually present. Because lapis is a rock of varying composition, its physical properties are variable.
Find the flecks of gold and white in Lapis Lazuli.
Lapis Lazuli occurs in various shades of blue with some qualities being speckled with white calcite and some with yellow pyrite.
The finest Lapis Lazuli is even blue color with little or no veining from other elements.
There are Denim Lapis, the lighter blue Lapis. It was mixed up with Sodalite which had much more white spots.
Lapis was treasured by ancient Babylonian and Egyptian civilizations. The Egyptians believe that Lapis Lazuli could be used as an aphrodisiac and also as medical healing.
Cleans mental body, changes negative views of reality to positive outlooks, reprograms the mental body and facilitates all healing.
During Renaissance period, Lapis was even ground up and mixed with other material and used as paint. But when new paints became available, using Lapis as a paint was no longer practiced. In museum with Renaissance artwork or with Egyptian artifacts Lapis will identify in many of the pieces.
Lapis Lazuli consists of a mixture of minerals, including Lazurite, its blue base stone; Pyrite, which gives the stone the golden flecks; and Calcite which creates the white clouds seen in Denim Lapis. Bright blue specimens with small specks of golden pyrite are considered the most valuable, most of which comes from Afghanistan. The appearance of these Afghan Lapis was associated with the night sky, with shining ‘stars’ of Pyrite.
This why Lapis is also highly valued in metaphysical field specially for connection of the physical world and the celestial world.
Lapis is a popular stone year-round. Its cooling in the heat of the summer, but bright and vivid in the dull of the winter. It’s a strong and lively color for the spring and a crisp, sharp tone for the smoky autumn.
Lapis sometimes dyed and even darker or brighter blue to enhance. Lapis that is dyed will eventually fade and not have the same color.
Lapis Lazuli is an aggregate of minerals which include white Calcite and Pyrite. The white Calcite can take dyed to create a more uniform blue.
Some dyes can be detected by rubbing the gem with an acetone-dipped cotton swab, unless the gem has been surface coated after dying.
It is said Lapis strengthens the skeletal system. Enhances mental clarity, improving mental spiritual and emotional conditions .
The main supplies of Lapis Lazuli are found in the Afghanistan, Egypt, Canada, Chile, the US, and South America.
Lapis Lazuli is a soft stone. Don’t clean with commercial jewelry cleaner or chemical dip. It is a porous stone that can absorb liquids that will affect the color. Should not be worn while washing dishes or using household cleaners. Ultra sonic cleaning is not recommended.
Just wipe with soft cloth.
(Sources: Google.com; About.com ; Images : Overstock.com; About.com)
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