Zircon and some of its properties.
Zircon is a zirconium silicate well-known for its popular gem-quality stones. The name derives from the Arabic word “zargun” meaning ” golden colour”.
Zircon is a source of the metal zirconium, which took its name from the mineral and is now used in the production of nuclear reactors.
This gemstone is the very creation of beauty. After all it started its journey at the very moment our world began to spin.
Zircon is said to be the oldest gem on earth and it is far older than even the most ancient Diamond. A series of tests were done in 1988 and were able to ascertain that it was 4.27 billion years old. By studying the construction of the gem, scientists have been able to gain a far better understanding of how the earth was actually created.
In the middle Ages, Zircon was believed to induce sleep, and encourage honour and wisdom. It was also thought to bring prosperity to its owner and to drive away plagues and evil spirits. During the Black Death it was worn as a protective talisman.
Zircon was believed to increase ingenuity, glory and wealth and would prevent travel sickness. It is still used by some healers to this day.
Gemology and Gemstones
In Gemology, Gemstones are the precious stones pieces naturally; these are then polished and finished for the various purposes. The most common purpose of using gemstones is for creating jewellery. There are different varieties of gemstones that seem same but they are different in their composition. Gemologists, who describe gems and their characteristics using technical terminology specific to the field of gemology, identify gemstones.
The first method preferred by a gemologist is to identify a gemstone by its chemical components. As there is no such grading system for any gemstone universally, other than white (colorless) diamond, this gemstone is graded using a system developed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). In olden times, all such gemstones were graded by simply checking their color appearance and visibility. In the early 1950’s the GIA system introduced a technical system for this purpose, the prologue of 10x magnification as the standard for grading clarity. Some gemstones are still graded using the old methods or simply by the naked eye. This is Gemology.
Gemstones have been divided into two groups; precious and semi-precious. These days diamond, ruby sapphire and emerald considered as “precious”, these categories was mainly based on trend and the composition of these two lists has changed frequently over time.
Color, cut, clarity and carat are the parameters decided as an aid to help the consumer in understanding the factors that were use to grade a diamond. With few alterations, these specified groups can be useful in understanding the grading of all gemstones.
The four criteria carry different weight that depends on their application to colored gemstones or to colorless diamond. In case of diamonds, cut is the most important determinant of value followed by clarity and color. Diamonds has the property to sparkle, to break down light into its constituent rainbow colors, chop it up into bright little pieces and deliver it to the eye (brilliance). This is a basic function of cut. The original rough form of a diamond, is crystalline and will not exhibit these properties. After its proper fashioning or “cutting”, diamond show these properties. In case of colored gemstones, including colored diamonds, the purity and beauty of that color is the primary determinant of quality.
Ruby and its properties.
Ruby is a very rare gem. They exist in many shades of red, from pinkish to purplish or brownish red. The red colour is determined by the amount of chromium, which further enhances the colour by causing a red fluorescence.
Most rubies show purplish red to orangey red hues. However the overall colour (colour being a combination of hue, tone and saturation) can provide gem dealers with an indication of the stone’s original geographic origin. Burmese Rubies tend to be purplish red in colour, while Thai stones tend to be brownish red.
For centuries, Ruby was said to remove sadness, prevent nightmares and protect against many illnesses. With its likeness in colour to blood, it has often been said to help stem haemorrhages and cure inflammatory diseases. Besides their obvious value as a precious gems, rubies are also used extensively in laser technology.
The great value of rubies is mentioned in the Bible. Ruby mining goes back more than 2500 years in Sri Lanka and was recorded in the sixth century AD at Mogok, Burma. The Burmese wore the stone as a talisman to protect them against illness or misfortune. Many in the ancient world believed they could predict the future based on the changing colour of the ruby they wore. The rare and highly valued “pigeon’s blood” variety now mined in Burma was previously called “blood drops from the heart of the earth” by the Burmese.
Large natural Rubies of good colour and clarity are so valuable that they often demand a higher price per carat than even the most flawless Diamonds. For example, in 1988 Sotheby’s auctioned a 15.97 carat Ruby which sold for more than $3.6 million dollars under the hammer.
Bloodstone and its properties.
Bloodstone is also known as “heliotrope” which is an opaque green variety of chalcedony. The name, Bloodstone, was chosen because of the stone’s many red spots which are caused by Haematite. This is due to the red spots resembling drops of blood.
The red spots on the normally dark green gemstones are caused by the presence of iron oxides.
The heliotrope name comes from the Greek words helios meaning “sun” and tropos meaning “turn”. This is because in ancient times they believed it could turn the rays of the sun red and, if put into water, would show the sun as a blood red image.
The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that if worn by athletes they would gain endurance. Medieval people believed that Christ’s blood dripping down from the cross caused the red spots and therefore it had special powers such as stopping a haemorrhage if touched.
Bloodstone is porous and quite soft but is a very popular gemstone, usually cut as a cabochon.
Balance a Libra Star Sign
Acquiring balance is Librans life’s quest; balancing self, balancing others and all situations that arise. These peace making folk will often be so busy striving to keep everyone they know in balance, that they fall over in a heap, tipping that side of the scale to totally unbalanced. Achieving balance often means the scales are up and down, while en-route to perfect balance. It works like this with Librans, down and up, polite then brash, open then obstinate, happy then miserable. Then, incrementally, balance is established and they are transformed into quiet, sweet and gracious souls.
Librans tend to be composed and contained, but they are capable of turning this state into outbursts if they feel something unjust may have been said.
Librans can captivate others with their sharp intellects, allowing them to entertain people for hours, they are equally awesome listeners. Making decisions can certainly be tricky as you need to analyse things carefully in order to make the very best decision which often sees the scales get tipped back and forth in the process. Continual assessment, consideration and evaluation is mentally exhausting… but with all this experience comes discernment and confidence.
Librans love beauty and because they place emphasis on the visible beauty in front of them, some can seem to be shallow, however they can also see hidden beauty in those that the majority of us would never see. Beauty comes through as a natural appreciation of music, poetry and the arts.
The classic birthstone for Libra is Sapphire, it is the perfect stone for Librans whose mind is over run, processing thoughts heard from the stories of other people. Sapphires ability to purify the mind and rid you of unwanted thoughts lightens your being. Opening your mind to beauty, it allows you to dive into its depths, bringing you fulfillment and peace. Bringing in abundance, Sapphire assists Libras to take pleasure the finer things in life. It brings authenticity to your actions.
Birthstones: their Origin and Qualities
There are 12 birthstones representing each of the months in a year. Their origin can probably be attributed back to the biblical times, during the time of Moses, where twelve colors comprised the Breast Plate of the High Priest, which represents Israel’s twelve tribes.
After several centuries, the number “12” took on symbolic meaning such as the twelve apostles, the twelve months of the year, the twelve signs of the zodiac, the twelve foundations of the Holy City and many others.
The assignment of the gemstones to each calendar year can be traced to the Gregorian birthstone poem where each month has its own gem:
January – Garnet, February – Amethyst, March – Aquamarine, April – Diamond
May –Emerald, June – Pearl, July – Ruby, August – Peridot, September – Sapphire, October – Opal, November – Topaz. December – Tanzanite
Birthstone Jewelry makes for a perfect birthday gift. Here are some interesting facts about some of the birthstones:
1. Garnet – (January) This birthstone is also designated to be given on the second and sixth anniversaries. Deep red in color, this gemstone is made of neosilicates. It was the fourth stone in the High Priest’s Breast Plate during Moses’ time. It is known as an amulet for travelers to guard them against harm while on a journey.
2. Ruby – (July) This birthstone was known for its curative powers during the Middle Ages. Blood-red in color, this gem is made up of stable aluminum oxide. It is also known as the “rarest gem” or the “king of all gems” by Jewelers in America. It is believed to be true that owners of rubies are to have good fortune, peace and good health.
3. Aquamarine – (March) The symbol of everlasting youth and happiness, the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans have regarded this gemstone as one that is of high value. It has the color of the blue sea, or blue green, having the composition of beryl, the same element present in emeralds. It is said to be an amulet for restoring lost love, increasing patience and healing laziness.
4. Amethyst – (February) According to legends, Amethyst is a beautiful young maiden turned by Goddess Diana into a pillar of quartz to protect her from Bacchus’ wrath. Bacchus is known to be the “God of Wine.” After repenting, Bacchus poured red wine into Amethyst, which gave this valuable quartz its purple color. It is known to be an amulet to prevent drunkenness and remain sober while drinking liquor. It is also known to make the owner smart and successful in business.
5. Peridot – (August) This gemstone is known for its utmost simplicity. It does not have any color variation except olive green. It is used as a talisman to ward off bad spirits and other night creatures, enhances the mood of the owner and gives them the power to have convincing speech.
6. Topaz – (November) Known as a symbol of friendship. When used as an amulet, it is believed to relieve the owner from sadness and help them with intellect and courage. It has color variations and the most common is the yellow one. Blue topaz is the birthstone for December.
Citrine and its properties.
Natural bright yellow Citrine is the rarest of the Quartz varieties. It is named from the old French word citrin, meaning yellow. The ancient Romans used it for jewellery and intaglio work and was very popular for jewellery in the 19th century.
It is the birthstone of November and is also recognised as the gemstone to celebrate the 17th wedding anniversary.
By far the largest supplier of Citrine is Rio Grande do Sol State in southern Brazil, although other mines are located in the USA in Carolina, Colorado and California. The most valuable stones are the darkest, sometimes known as Madeira citrine for their resemblance to the colour of fortified wine. In nature , citrine’s colour is due to tiny impurities of ferrous oxide.
Citrine is sometimes confused with TOPAZ, which is much more precious and expensive. Be wary of stones called “Topaz Quartz” or “Citrine Topaz” or the like. They often signal the fact that the less costly citrine is being passed off as something more valuable.
In its golden form, the ancients revered the gemstone as a gift of the sun and they considered it a powerful antidote to the viper’s venom.
The gemstone is thought to posses the power to disperse depression and manage anger.
If a man wears the gemstone he is thought to become more striking and intellectual. For a woman, it is said to make her fertile, happy and contented.
Lapis Lazuli and its properties.
Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful blue opaque gemstone. It has been considered as a holy stone, a friendship stone and a stone of truth throughout its lifetime of use, Lapis Lazuli encourages the wearer to speak their mind and create harmonious relationships.
Lapis, historically, was ground and the pigments used for paint by artists. It provided a bright blue colour that was extremely rare. Hence it was always used sparingly. When found in artwork it was a sign that the person commissioning the piece had spent a great deal of money.
Lapis Lazuli was mentioned in 2650 BC in the Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh. The ancient Egyptians used it extensively in religious ceremonies, and Lapis Luzuli items were found in the tomb of Tutankhamen.
Lapis Luzuli is cut and polished to make gemstones for jewellery and is also used as a decorative stone. Because it is slightly soft, it is normally cut as cabochons and used for beads, inlay material and small carved items.
The value of this gemstone is largely determined by the abundance and colour of the dark intense blue lazurite. The colours range from greenish-blue to purple-blue. The flecks of gold pyrite and white calcite can often increase the value. However, when these are too numerous or too large, they can decrease the value.
Gemstones Astrology and Auras
Going deep into the details of this concept, the negative or positive effects of the Aura present around a person puts its signatures on the things touched by that persons and the people known and met by him. For example, if Mercury is the planet that rules the house of government in the horoscope of a particular person, it would affect him positively or negatively depending upon the good or bad, weak or strong effect of Mercury registered at the time of birth of that person and some other factors like planetary period and transits. If Mercury is acting good for this person, then as he fills the papers say an application for some Contract with some government department, he would be influenced by Mercury to fill up a very suitable application, and then the good impact and the strength of Mercury is registered with those papers also. And this impact would influence the concerned authority positively with the strength of the impact registered as and when the concerned authority goes through those papers.
So in case some other application belonging to some other person having the good impact of a planet on his papers and which is stronger than the impact registered on the papers of the first person is not received, the authority would be convinced by Mercury to assign this contract to the first person and the person would get that contract. And if Mercury is acting bad for him, the same Mercury would influence the authority adversely and his application would most likely be rejected.
I know it seems hard to believe that the impact of a planet can be registered on a paper, but that’s how it is. After all if an impact can be recorded on a volcanic rock and it can survive for a billion years, then why can’t an impact registered on some other thing survive. Yes it can surely survive and it does survive for a very very long time. This is the reason why people having religious and spiritual knowledge tend to visit the holy places more and more as they know that the impacts of a long lasted presence of some very powerful saint or some very good deeds were recorded there, which are still capable of influencing everyone who visits those places in a strongly positive way. That is why the places where an incarnation of the God Almighty or some powerful saint used to stay or meditate or preach are considered most sacred as very powerful and positive signatures of these spiritual powers have been registered there and people visiting these places are still benefiting from them.
Getting back to the Aura once again, if a planet is good in nature for a person but weak in strength, it would be radiating positive energies with weak strengths which would simply mean that it would lead to the start of some good things which are not likely to be accomplished as the planet as well as radiations emitted by the planet are weak and they can’t get the person through, though they can get him started.
So in this case the person concerned would be putting a lots of efforts into so many things at different times of his life but most of them would not click for him as the planet ruling those fields is weak and not able to give its proper results. This is where the Gemstones would come handy.
General Knowledge of Gemstones
Ever since their evolution, gemstones are the center of attraction for human civilization due to their exceptional luster, natural beauty, and cosmic powers. The legends, folklores, and myths about gemstones make them even more enigmatic and fascinating. Loose gems have always been preferred for their strong properties and healing powers.
Precious and semi precious stones bring good luck, peace, and prosperity in the life of their possessor. Inscriptions from the mythological era praise them for their ability to influence human behavior and fate.
The Indian gemology believes that all the gems are related to nine dhatus of which a human body is constituted. They correspond to the nine planets as well. Depending upon these effects, their classification into precious and semi precious stones is made to determine their influence on electromagnetic field, chemical composition, and psyche of the human body.
Loose gemstones are mostly preferred for astrological purposes. They are mono crystals with non metallic mineral composition. They have certain properties that are inherent to their natural existence while some properties are added to them artificially in labs. Here is some basic knowledge about the features and properties of various loose gemstones.