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Gemstone Essence: all-aura healing

-Helps with daily struggles, strengthens the spirit,  boosts energy & courage, soothes the soul

Amber was one of the first gems with which man adorned himself. Perhaps the earliest mention of it in literature is in Homer’s “Odyssey” (approx. 700 B.C.) “Eurymachus received a golden necklace, richly wrought, and set with amber beads that glowed as if with sunshine.”

Amber is organic rather than mineral. It is the fossilized resin from prehistoric evergreens-trees which grew before the Ice Age, more than 30 million years ago. As sticky resin dripped from the trees, it enveloped insects and bits of plant material. It is a precious “stone”, hardened by time, temperature, and great pressure.

Primary sources: Balkan Peninsula, Poland, Russia



The name means “ocean water,” and tales of Aquamarine date back to ancient seafaring days. Sailors of old believed that these glittering, watery gems came from the treasure chests of mermaids. Perhaps it’s no wonder that Aquamarine is said to bring luck to all who sail the seas.

Aquamarine rages in color from intense, deep blue to lighter shades of sky and water.

The name apatite comes from the Greek word apate, which means "to deceive," because it can be easily confused for a variety of other stones such as tourmaline, peridot & beryl.
Some believe apatite fosters communication, concentration, clarity of thought & intellect.
Primary sources: Burma, Brazil, Madagascar, India & Sri Lanka

Blue Topaz

The name topaz comes from Topazios, the name of the Island of Zabargad in the Red Sea. Topaz has been worn as an amulet to protect against evils, to strengthen intellect, and prevent bad dreams. It was also said if you wore topaz you would be invisible, beautiful, intelligent, and have a long life. Topaz was also used as a cure for asthma, insomnia, and burns, when used in its powdered form in wine. All of these powers could come and go with the changes of the moon.



Vibrant green stone thought to attract friends. Aboriginal “vision” gem.



Lore, magic & romance:

·          Although it is a completely different species than its more famous blue associate, Iolite has long been called by the misnomer “water sapphire.”

·          The name comes from two Greek words-“ion,” which means violet, and “lithos,” which means stone.

·          It has been said that wearing Iolite helps quicken the wits.

·          When a cool stone is touched to the eyes, or simply gazed upon, the delicate gem reputedly has a soothing effect.

·          Legend calls Iolite the stone of friendship.

Primary sources: Sri Lanka Burma, Madagascar, Canada, and Africa. Most often it is found in the form of water-worn pebbles.  



Lore, magic & romance:

·          In the Orient, jade is held in very high esteem.

·          It’s been said to symbolize the five cardinal virtues-charity, modesty, courage, justice and wisdom.

·          Jade earrings have been worn to remind their wearer not to listen to malicious gossip. The gem reportedly locks out the voice of evil.

·          Jade carved as a butterfly is a symbol of successful love.

·          Wearing jade is reportedly beneficial to the throat and voice.

·          Jade bracelets have been used in years past to protect the wearer from disease.

·          Jade has always been considered a stone of great virtue. It’s important to carry it so that it can be handled often. Then, supposedly, the stone’s virtues are absorbed into the body.

Primary sources: Asia, Europe, New Zealand, U.S., and Burma.



Jasper is an ornamental rock composed mostly of chalcedony (microcrystalline quartz) in association with other minerals, which give it colorful bands and patterns. Jasper was a favorite gem in the ancient world; its name can be traced back in Hebrew, Assyrian, Persian, Greek and Latin.

Jasper is often named according to its pattern: landscape jasper, the most popular, offers a small panorama in stone. Ribbon jasper, picture jasper, cheetah jasper and orbicular jasper are the names of other varieties. Jasper is found in many countries. It is sometimes used to create bowls and other objects and to adorn buildings, such as the St. Wenceslas Chapel in Prague.


Lapis Lazuli

Lore, Magic & Romance:

·          Lapis has been mined for more than 4,000 years.

·          Cleopatra’s deep blue eye shadow came from powdered lapis.

·          Physicians used it for centuries to reduce fever.

·          Legends call lapis the “stone of  true friendship”. It’s worn to gain friends and realize hopes.

·          Lapis has been used as a talisman to protect its wearer from injury. It’s reputed to be especially effective for guarding against damage to the ankles.

·          The ancient Greeks and Romans bestowed it as a commendation for bravery.

·          Catherine the Great of Russia used it to decorate her favorite room in the Imperial Palace.

·          Lapis is allegedly the perfect cure for low spirits.

·          It’s one of the accepted birthstones for December.

Primary Sources: Afghanistan, Russia, Chile, Burma, Angola and Pakistan

December Birthstone



Lore, magic & romance

·          The Orientals believed that a benevolent spirit lived of every moonstone and brought good fortune to its wearer.

·          In India, moonstones were regarded as sacred.

·          The ancients saw moonstone as a symbol of hope.

·          Allegedly, moonstone protects its owner from insanity and cools down heated imaginations.

·          Old writings say that a moonstone applied to the temples will reduce fever.

·          It’s been said that moonstone brings good fortune to travelers.

·          Moonstone has often been called by the misnomer “Ceylon opal.”

·          Indian legend says that the stone grows under the rays of the moon and that it is impregnated with all sorts of magical properties.

·          Moonstone long has been thought of as a perfect gift for lovers. Supposedly it not only arouses passion, but also gives lovers the ability to see into the future and discover whether happiness or misfortune awaits them in their union.  

June birthstone

Primary Sources:

Sri Lanka is the major source. Moonstones are also found in India, Burma, Madagascar and the United States.



Onyx is a chalcedony that is mined primarily in Brazil, Uruguay, India & California. The name comes from the Greek word  oniks, which means nail of finger or claw. Legend says that one day while Venus was sleeping, Eros (Cupid) cut her fingernails off and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into stone, which later became known as onyx.

Onyx jewelry is worn to defend against negativity that is directed at you. The black stones have protective energies in the sense that black is the absence of light, and therefore can be used to create invisibility. It is also thought that onyx carved with the image of Mars, the god of war, gave Roman soldiers courage.

-Fortifies self-confidence and      responsibility

-Sharpens one’s senses

-Encourages healthy self-estene



Lore, Magic & Romance:

·          From early Roman times until the 18th century, opal was a treasured and coveted gem.

·          In the Middle Ages, young, fair-haired girls wore opals in their hair to protect its lovely blond color.

·          Medieval writers told of the stones magical powers. It could render its wearer invisible when the need arose.

·          The Roman senator Nonius owned a fabulous opal, known far and wide. When Mark Antony came to power, he demanded the stone from its owner. But Nonius so prized his opal, he left his homeland, preferring exile to parting with his gem.

·          The ancient Romans believed opal was the king of gems because it held within it the colors of all the others.

Primary sources: Brazil, Australia and Mexico

October Birthstone



Pearl is a birthstone for June and the gemstone representing the 3rd and 30th wedding anniversaries.  Indians used pearl-adorned swords to honor tears of sorrow wrought by battle.  In the 13th century, pearls were believed to cure mental illness and heartbreak.  Pearls were once thought to be the tears of God, and their shape represented an association between the moon and the sea. The pearl is considered to be an emblem of modesty, chastity, and purity; and symbolizes love, success, and happiness.


Red Coral

Corals-the perfect embodiment of the longing for summer, sun and far-off oceans.

As to the origin of the name, the etymologists are not of one opinion. Some say that it comes from the Greek “korallion”, which denotes the hard, calcareous skeleton of the coral animals, others say  from ‘kura-halos, for ‘mermaid’, as the fine branches of the coral sometimes look like small figures.

When one  hears the word coral one first thinks of the coral reefs and atolls off Australia. However, it is not these protected coral species that are used in jewelry-making. For  jewelry, it is corals such as ‘corallium rubrum’ and ‘corallium japonicum’ that are used.

Like pearls, these are also organic jewelry materials-both of these are products of the water, chemically closely related with each other. Both consist of more than 90% calcium carbonate.

Corals are the product of tiny living beings which settled in enormous colonies in the depths of warm seas long before our time. The polyps, surrounded by a fleshy skin, excrete a carbonic substance from which the corals grow like trees and branches.

Coral has been used for decorative purposes and esteemed as a protective stone since time immemorial. Even today, red corals are still worn as a talisman to protect the wearer against evil spirits in many cultures. Modern gemstone therapists as well highly esteem its positive effects. Coral, it is said, relieves tension and fear and promotes positive forms of social life.


Rose Quartz

“Stone of warmth and love”

Gemstone Essence:   heart healing

Self-love, friendship, and faith



Lore, Magic & Romance:

Many ancient populations valued ruby more than any other gemstone. The Hindus called it “ratnaraj” which means “king of precious gems.” The highest quality rubies were said to protect their owners from all kinds of misfortune.

The owner of a fine ruby was assured he would live in harmony with his neighbors. The stone would protect his stature in life as well as his home and his land.

The ancients believed rubies brought them joy and good fortune.  


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