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.
Arizona Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
Arizona Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is now becoming harder to obtain and therefore more expensive to buy.
There has been a vast reduction in the quantity being mined and this has resulted in it beginning to be rare.
It is said that the mines in Arizona will not be able to produce much more of the gem, if any, as the months go by.
It is a gem with a pure clarity and vivid colour. There are no marks on the stone and when set as a multi gem item, all the stones will match in colour and clarity exactly.
It first became popular when it was announced that it would become rarer in the future and many people have been buying both made up jewelry as well as single gemstones as an investment. Like other gems such as Tanzanite, it has become now a very desired gem to own and to keep. It looks good in Silver and Platinum as well as Gold. You can obtain it in Rings, Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets and Pendants knowing they will all match.
Its beautiful Blue colour means that it can be worn for all occasions, Daytime, evening wear, special occasions and for any reason you may wish. It has all the qualities of Turquoise with all the meanings behind such a lovely gem.
Amethyst, February’s Birthstone
Amethyst, February’s birthstone, occurs in many shades from a light lavender pink to a deep purple. It is also “pleochrioc”, which means that when light hits the gem, shades of different colours such as reds and blues can be seen.
Amethyst is now mined in several countries including the USA, Brazil, Madagascar and Kenya. It is probably the most well known member of the Quartz family of gemstones alongside Citrine.
This gemstone comes from the Greek word “amethystos” meaning “not drunken” because the ancient Greeks believed that the Amethyst gemstone could prevent intoxication or drunkenness. The belief was so strong that the Greeks carved goblets out of the gemstone for drinking wine.
It is also considered an ideal gemstone for those struggling or recovering from alcoholism as it is said to protect against drunkenness.
In medieval times soldiers wore amulets with this gemstone whilst in battle because it was thought to have properties which would heal, mend and bring good luck. It is considered a symbol of peace of mind, modesty and piety. Some believe that it holds the powers to change anger to tranquillity and is used by crystal healers to revert negative energy into positive.
Amethyst is popular for its healing and meditative powers and purifies the mind body and spirit, helping to realign the chakras.
Not only is this gemstone the birthstone of February, it is also associated with the astrological signs of the Zodiac i.e. Aquarius, Aries and Capricorn.
One of the most popular of the lighter subtle lavender tones, know as “Rose De France Amethyst” comes through with bright bursts of brilliance. In the light it dances with liveliness and dazzle. A true lady of the gem world.
This gemstone is interesting in that it varies greatly from one location to another. Experts can identify the source mine just from a visual inspection. For example, Amethyst from Veracruz, eastern Mexico, tends to be very pale, and the crystals are usually found with clear quartz on the interior and purple on the outside. Specimens from Guerrero, southwest-central Mexico, are found the other way round and are some of the most valuable Amethyst crystals.
JANUARY TO JUNE BIRTHSTONES.
JANUARY BIRTHSTONES GARNET.
By her who in this month is born,
No gems save Garnets should be worn;
They will insure her constancy,
True friendship and fidelity.
Garnet is the ultimate gift of love. Today the gem continues to be a symbol of love, passion, eternity and warmth.
FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONE AMETHYST.
The February born will find
sincerity and peace of mind;
Freedom from passion and from care
if they the Amethyst will wear.
Amethyst is considered a symbol of peace of mind, modesty and piety. Some believe that Amethyst holds power to change anger to tranquillity and is used by crystal healers to revert negative energy into positive. [Read More…] about January to June Birthstones
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.
Peridot Gemstone Properties.
Peridot is a gemstone playing its colour at full volume. Aptly named, it is the Birthstone of August, displaying sparkling, summery golden greens.
Peridot is a sophisticated gem that has rightly regained its position as one of the most popular gems in the world.
Peridot’s shades of green are caused by the presence of iron and it often has a greasy lustre. The gemstone is named from the French word “peritot” meaning “gold” because the mineral can vary towards this colour. It is normally too soft to be used as the gemstone in bracelets but is very popular for earrings, pendants, rings, clasps and brooches.
Small crystals are relatively common, but large, good quality ones are rare. Finding a stone of 5cts or more causes excitement in some mines. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, has cut a stone of 310 carats.
Some 3000 years ago the main source for Peridot in ancient times was “Topazos Island” in the Red Sea. Then the stones were used to carve talismans in ancient Egypt. Europeans brought the crystals back from the Crusades to decorate church plates and robes. It is named in the Bible as “Chrysolite”.
In the 19th century, the mines on Zebirget produced millions of dollars worth of Peridot, however today they remain almost silent. United States sources include Arizona, New Mexico and Salt Lake Crater.
This is one of only a few gems that is available in just one colour, green. The greens vary from bottle green to an almost yellowish, olive oil colour.
Garnet and some of its properties.
Garnets give a spectrum of colour akin to that of a fireworks explosion on New Year’s Eve. This gemstone group, “garnet”, contains more than ten different gemstones with a similar chemical structure.
The main difference in the physical properties of the garnet group are slight variations in colour, density and refractive index. The name “garnet” comes from the Latin granatus meaning seed, because it often resembles small round seeds when it is found. (like a pomegranate seed).
Garnets as a group are relatively common in highly metamorphic and some igneous rocks. They form under high temperatures and pressure. This gemstone can be used by geologists as an indication of the temperature and pressure at which the rock was formed.
This gemstone supposedly has the powers to illuminate even the darkest room. It is written that Noah used the gem to light the inside of the Ark.
There are many other legends that involve its mystical powers for lighting and brightening capabilities. It has been suggested that eastern Indians rubbed Garnets gemstones on themselves in belief that the gems’ glowing qualities would be transmitted into their “glowing wellbeing”.
Christian Names and their Gemstones.
For the next few months I will be publishing a monthly list of Christian names and the gemstone that are associated with each name.
G F Kunz, one of the most famous gemologist once wrote ” There is a very strong custom of assigning to the various male and female Christian Names their own particular gemstone”.
Belief in the magical powers of gems goes back to ancient history. The ancient Babylonians used gems in Talismans and believed in their healing properties.
These ancient traditions continued through the Middle Ages. In Medieval Europe a book described the symbolism and association of gemstones, and the properties they were believed to have together with the supposed benefits of wearing them.
The blue of Sapphire, for example, was considered to raise the thoughts to heavenly things, and so was suitable wear for clerics.
So why do so many people still wear gemstones for their crystal healing and talisman powers? Probably this is because many people feel the positive effects from gems as a direct result in the belief of their powers.
It is believed by many to be a very strong talisman when the correct Christian name gem is worn and the effect is believed even stronger when the gem is set alongside the birthstone of that person. For thousands of years man has worn gemstones to bring good luck, fortune and good health. i.e. Ruby is associated with Rose and with Roland.
Many people wear gemstones for their crystal healing powers and talisman powers.
Below is a list of some Female names with the gemstone that is associated with that name.
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.
Aquamarine, March’s Birthstone.
Aquamarine is the Birthstone of March.
Aquamarine derives from the Latin “aqua” for water and “mare” for sea. Many superstitions have associations with this gemstone. Believed to be the treasure of mermaids it is said to be especially strong when in water. When its powers began to dwindle, the gem would be placed in water on the night of a full moon.
It is part of the beryl family and gets its delicate blue colour from the presence of iron within the stone.
This gemstone is often credited with bringing harmony to married couples as it is thought to bring peace and clarity to all who wear it.
In past times, as a last resort, sailors caught in a bad storm are believed to have thrown their Aquamarine overboard to calm the Gods. They were said to have taken it to sea as a lucky charm to protect against shipwreck. Many people today wear it to prevent travel sickness.
Although the name refers to its beautiful blue colouring, the stone is actually dichroic, appearing blue in some lights and colourless in others.
The major source of aquamarine is the state of Minas Gerais, southeast Brazil, especially the mines around Aracuai. The Brazilian mines produce stones of characteristic colour with distinctive inclusions. Gemmologists can often determine the mine it came from just by a visual inspection.
The deepest and rarest of Aquamarine blues is the Santa Maria Aquamarine. The intensity of the Santa Maria will leave you immersed in a world of tropical beaches and mythical sea legends for it is now so rare that it has almost, itself, become a legend of the sea. If you ever see a Santa Maria it will capture your heart for ever.