The range of colors includes colorless, pink, yellow, green, blue and violet. Aqua Aura is used by crystal healers and others to calm the emotions. It is a powerful stress reliever. Aqua Aura is called both a success stone and an abundance stone. It is said to attract success to all who use or carry it. The gemstone Aquamarine is the modern March birthstone.
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Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family and ranges in color from an almost colorless pale blue to blue-green or teal. The most prized color is a deep-blue aqua color. It is 7. The most valuable aquamarines come from Brazil. Since early times, aquamarine has been believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage, and happiness.
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It is said to increase intelligence and make one youthful. As a healing stone, it is said to be effective as a treatment for anxiety and in the Middle Ages it was thought that aquamarine would reduce the effect of poisons. A legend says that sailors wore aquamarine gemstones to keep them safe and prevent seasickness. It also signifies the making of new friends. Aventurine is a translucent to opaque variety of microcrystalline quartz. It contains small inclusions of shiny minerals which give the stone a sparkling effect. Inclusions of mica will give a silverish sheen, while inclusions of hematite give a reddish or grayish sparkle.
Aventurine ranges in color from green, peach, brown, blue and a creamy green. Besides its uses in jewelry, aventurine is also used for ornamental purposes like vases, bowls, and figurines. This mineral is often mistaken for amazonite or jade. It is interesting that the name for the stone is derived from an accident. Sometime during the 18th century, Venetian glass workers were preparing molten glass when copper filings accidentally fell into the batch producing a glass with sparkles. The name aventurine comes from the Italian "a ventura," which means"by chance".
Aventurine has been used as a lucky talisman and is a popular stone for gamblers.
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Legends say that it is an all-purpose healer, used to reduce stress, develop confidence, imagination and improve prosperity. A legend from ancient Tibet says that aventurine was used to improve nearsightedness and to increase the wearer's creativity. Many believe that aventurine has the capacity to calm a troubled spirit and bring about inner peace.
Azurite is an intense deep blue color. For thousands of years this stone has been used in jewelry and ornamental objects. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance it was ground into pigment for use in paint and eye shadow. Azurite was sacred to the Egyptians who believed it was an aid to spiritual communication. Many believe that this stone helps to reduce anger and to increase psychic awareness. It is also thought to reduce abnormal cell growth, promote wisdom, and is used as an aid to relieve the pain of rheumatism.
Bumblebee Japer, is found on the island of Bali, near the town of Garut, Indonesia. It is collected by locals near hot vents of an active volcano called Mount Papandayan. The peak is around 8, feet high, which is one of the tallest volcanoes in Indonesia. Bumblebee Jasper cabochons are not really a chalcedony, jasper or agate, but are actually a mixture of volcano lava and sediment. The colorful Bumblebee contain gypsum, sulfur, hematite and a small amount of orpiment.
Metaphysical Properties: Bumblebee Jasper cabochons are said to help your concentration and inspiration by helping you focus better. This belief made the stone a popular talisman among the Muslims. This gemstone is used for clear thinking and to balance creativity and mental processing. Inthe 3rd or 4thcentury A. Chalcedony, which is found worldwide, is the name for a group of stones made of a microcrystalline variety of quartz, which means the quartz crystals are too small to be seen without high magnification.
In jewelry usage, the name Chalcedony is usually applied only to the light blue translucent and waxy form. Chalcedony is found in almost every color. Native American Indians believed chalcedony was a sacred stone and used in the spiritual ceremonies of the tribe. It is thought to increase vitality, stamina, and endurance and to promote emotional balance and charity while relieving melancholy, fever, gallstones, and eye problems.
It was once believed that someone seeing nocturnal phantoms took in disease though their eyes, but the "alkaline" content of chalcedony could remove it.
Charoite name is derived from the Charo River which is near where it was found in Russia in in the Murun mountains in Yakutia. This the only known location for this rare mineral. Charoite is so unusual looking with its chatoyancy and strange looking spirally strands of fibrous material that it is often mistaken for a synthetic.
It is used extensively in jewelry and as an ornamental stone carved into boxes, bookends and vases. It ranges from 5 - 6 on the Mohs scale. Charoite is said to enhance self-esteem, accelerate spiritual growth, and improve the ability to love.
Chinese Writing Stone was probably named because of the crystalline structure resembling the Chinese characters of the written language. It is a limestone matrix with andalusite crystals. It is also called Porphory. Colors range from a very dark gray or almost black to creamy white, both of which have a slight greenish cast. A dramatic looking stone, it is a on the Mohs scale.
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It is an excellent stone for dreaming, assisting one into a dream state and it is a stone of re-affirmation, re-alignment and re-commitment. The gemstone Chrysocolla is often confused with turquoise. It is a copper bearing mineral found wherever copper deposits occur especially in areas of the southwestern USA, Chili, Zaire, Australia, France and England.
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Eliat Stone is a variegated blue and green mixture of chrysocolla and other copper minerals found in the Gulf of Aqaba, near the northwestern end of the Red Sea". Pure chrysocolla is too soft for jewelry purposes but it is often found in quartz deposits which makes it hard enough to polish for cabochons.
It is often found mixed with malachite, turquoise and azurite. Pure chrysocolla is between 2. Said to aid creativity, female energy, communication,relieves ulcers and arthritis. Chrysocolla is associated with tranquility and peace, intuition, patience, and unconditional love.
It is thought to offer gentle and soothing qualities.
Chrysoprase— was once used for spiritual protection and was said to be a victory stone. Chrysoprase is a natural green color gemstone from Queensland, Australia, and is often referred as Australian Jade. Cinnabar is a red crystalline form of mercuric sulphide.