The joy of owning gemstones….

Gemstones have been treasured by humankind since the beginnings of civilization. Every ancient civilization found practical and decorative purposes for gem materials. The durability of gemstones lent itself to practical uses: ancient gemstones were carved and used as seals that acted as the bearer’s signature.

Egyptian scarabs are the best known of ancient seals; the Egyptian chief justice wore a lapis lazuli seal engraved with the image of the god Ma which represented “Truth”. Scarabs were also said to have the power to deliver the dead into eternal life. Of course, these gemstone seals were beautiful so they were also worn as talismans to protect and bless the wearer. The crown jewels of many kingdoms were pawned to finance wars of conquest and discovery; the best known was Queen Isabella of Spain who financed Christopher Columbus in his voyages. Fortunately, today everyone can enjoy gemstones.

The Beauty Factor

Nature’s creation of mineral crystals which are cut into gems is a miracle of complexity, the culmination of a process which takes thousands of years. Gemstones are purchased for many reasons: to add to a connoisseur’s collection, as a sentimental gift, as a fashion statement or to commemorate a significant occasion. Ultimately you should choose a gemstone for its beauty. The colour of the gemstone is a result of subtle differences in the chemistry of the crystal. Colour is also an essential element of a gemstone’s beauty; the variety of colours in gemstones is nearly infinite; every conceivable colour can be found in a gemstone. Beauty is also influenced by the internal landscape of a gemstone.

Gemstones may be transparent, reflecting out a fiery brilliance or they may have an internal landscape of tiny inclusions that create a mystical aura, a hovering star, an all-seeing eye. Completing the work of nature, the cut brings out the full potential of a gemstone’s brilliance, scintillation, and dispersion. Carved gemstones have reached a peak of perfection today that has evolved over the last 8,000 years.

Judging beauty is subjective: your preferences for colour, shape, size and clarity will influence your gemstone choice. There is not single “best” gemstone, each has its own personality. To make a purchase that will give you years of satisfaction you must have the “gemstone experience”; this requires looking at many gems and getting a feeling for what is truly possible in the world of gemstones. With knowledge and experience you can become a discriminating buyer.

The Value of Rarity

Like the ancients, we value the rarity of natural gemstone materials. Gemstones are Nature’s limited edition: this makes them much more valuable than any man-made or synthetic stone that scientists can manufacture. Pricing gemstones is quite complex. Supply and demand economics govern the natural gemstone market. Factors that determine supply of gem materials include mining problems, labor problems and costs, politics, weather, as well as nature’s limited supply of deposits. Of the roughly 3000 species of minerals about 200 qualify as gem materials.

However, only twenty species are commonly used as gems in jewellery. Even if a gemstone is exceptionally rare it may not command a high price if there is no great demand for the material. For example, fine red spinels are far more rare than rubies, but since the stone is not well known it does not command a price anywhere near the price paid for rubies of comparable quality. The romance of gems greatly influences the demand for certain varieties; natural alexandrite has a legendary mystery surrounding it; it is a stone many people want in spite of the fact that few people actually see the “real thing”. Prices for natural alexandrite of good quality is beyond most people’s budget. Demand for a particular gem will vary from time to time. Fashion influences the gem market; historical events can create an increase on current demand. Demand for sapphires and sapphire prices went up after Prince Charles of England gave Lady Diana Spencer a sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

The Aspect of Durability

Gemstones taken as a group, vary a great deal in their durability. Some gemstones are more suitable as “collection” stones than as jewellery stones since the strain of daily wear can damage them. Some gemstones simply require more protective settings. Durability is one of the aspects that make gemstones unique. Durability is discussed in detail in this book; to assure lasting beauty, some varieties should be set in a pendant, earrings, or pin or brooches rather than in a ring, which is vulnerable to sharp blows and the wear of everyday life.

An Appreciating Asset

A fine gemstone can be set into a piece of jewellery that becomes an heirloom for generations. There is no such thing as a used diamond. Fine natural gemstones have a store of value; while you store this value, you can enjoy the pleasure and prestige of wearing the gemstone. The greatest appreciation in value over the passage of time has traditionally been enjoyed by the finest gemstones, the best of each variety.

Gemstones as an Investment?

With a few exceptions, gemstones have appreciated over a period of time. But gemstones as an investment is a concept that needs to be examined very closely. If you are making the purchase of a gemstone because you will enjoy owning and wearing it, this gemstone may be an excellent place to put your money. It will bring you a lot more happiness than a piece of paper. If you are looking at this same gemstone purchase simply as a financial transaction, proceed with caution. There is no secondary market in which you can easily liquidate your gemstone investment and receive the full wholesale value. If you are approached by a company selling gemstones as an investment, investigate the firm and find out how long they have been in business. They may be there to sell you a gemstone, but will they be there to buy it back?

Where to Buy Gemstones?

Unless the buyer is an expert on gemstones, he should seek an experienced, established and honest jeweller or gemologist. A knowledgeable, established business person in your community is the one you seek. With him you can develop a relationship that expands your gem knowledge as well as your gem collection. An honest jeweller/gemologist will stand behind what he sells; hopefully he will be able to tell the buyer the background of the gemstone and will take the time to explain the carat, colour, clarity, and cut, as well as any enhancement the gemstone my have undergone. He may best be able to fulfill your gem quest.

To evaluate the seller, look at his stock, does he have a variety of the types of stones you are looking for? Is he knowledgeable about these stones? What services does he provide? Will he give you “trade-ups?” Does he provide custom settings? Does he have the equipment necessary to give you the service you are looking for?

Approach “sales” with caution. If you really know what you are shopping for and take the time to do some comparison shopping, you will know what the best buy is. Some stores have perpetual “half off” promotions, “half off” of what? Take the time to compare the prices with other items of their same or similar quality elsewhere and truly see where you will get the most for your money.

If you are an adventurous buyer, you may look for gemstones overseas or informal “bargain” venues like flea markets. To be successful at this, you must be knowledgeable an probably lucky. If you think you are getting a super deal of a ten carat alexandrite for five dollars on the streets of Cairo or Seoul, you are seriously deluded. Street hawkers are usually selling imitations. Gemstone dealers all over the world are professionals who know exactly what their merchandise is worth. For you, it is important to know you are buying what you want and that it is the quality that the seller says it is and that the price is fair.

Time Well Spent

Your greatest protection in buying is to be educated about gemstones and to take the time to become familiar with the gemstone market. You must physically look at the gemstone. Be informed enough to ask pertinent questions. If you do not receive intelligent, truthful answers, look elsewhere. Buying gemstones is really a lot of fun, especially if you know what to look for and just apply common sense.

Precious vs. Semi-precious

Traditionally, the term “precious stone” referred to diamonds, rubies, emerald, sapphires, and pearls, with the term “semi-precious” referring to all other gem materials. Today the term “semi-precious” is being dropped buy literate gemstone buyers and lovers. More gemstone varieties are available now than ever before. One thousand rand per carat garnet or tourmaline does not deserve to be called “semi-precious.”

Facts about Mystic Topaz….

Mystic topaz is quite a new gem type, first seen around 1998. It is natural colourless (white) topaz that has been coated, giving it a unique rainbow colour effect. It is not a gem type on its own, but rather considered an enhanced or treated colourless topaz. The coating technology, known as thin film deposition, was pioneered by a company called Azotic Coating Inc. Mystic topaz may be so-called because its attractive changing colours appear deep, mysterious and unusual. Mystic topaz usually appears to display rainbow colours, with greens, blues and purples being quite prominent. Since the treatment is a coating, it is not a permanent enhancement, but its remarkable appearance makes it an interesting gem in its own right.

Identifying Mystic Topaz

Mystic topaz has also been called “fire topaz”, “mystic fire topaz”, “Alaska topaz”, “Alaskan ice”, “Caribbean topaz” and “rainbow topaz”. The kaleidoscopic colour of mystic topaz identifies it from other topaz gemstones. However, mystic topaz is not the only gemstone that is coated to appear rainbow-coloured. Therefore, it can be confused with other colour-enhanced gemstones that are coated in the same way. Mystic Quartz can be distinguished from mystic topaz by its hardness. It is softer than topaz and measures 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, whereas topaz has a hardness of 8. Furthermore, quartz has indistinct cleavage, whereas topaz has perfect cleavage. Mystic topaz is similar to Azotic topaz, which is created by a patented process that has been named “Azotic”, after the company that invented it. Mystic topaz can be identified from Azotic topaz by its darker colours, which mainly exhibit as purples, blues and greens. Azotic gemstones are generally lighter in colour and look more pinkish-yellow.

Mystic Topaz Colour

As mentioned above, mystic topaz has a very interesting rainbow colour, which changes as it is tilted. This is what sets it apart from other stones, since every single colour can be seen in one kaleidoscopic and magical stone, depending on the exact colours used on the coating. The quality of mystic topaz gemstones is dependent on the quality of the raw material; in this case a high clarity topaz gem. Therefore, topaz gems with highest clarity grades and luster will yield the best results.

Mystic Topaz Clarity and Luster

Mystic topaz is transparent to translucent. Topaz exhibits high clarity with few inclusions, so topaz gemstones can be examined by the naked eye and declared “eye clean”, which means that no imperfections can be seen. Topaz is highly prized for its brilliance and vitreous (glassy) luster.

Mystic Topaz Cut and Shape

Mystic topaz is a very versatile material. Therefore it can be fashioned into a great variety of shapes, such as square, round, octagon, pear, oval, heart and other fancy shapes. Strongly coloured gemstones are usually scissor cut whereas weakly coloured stones are generally brilliantly cut. This best shows off the brilliance and clarity of the gems. Since mystic topaz is strongly coloured, the clear topaz can be brilliantly cut in preparation for the colour enhancement. When topaz has irregular inclusions, it is often cabochon-shaped. The hardness of topaz makes it resistant to scratches. However, lapidarists must handle topaz carefully, due to its perfect cleavage, which means that it can easily fracture.

Mystic Topaz Gemstone Mythology, Metaphysical and Alternative Gemstone Healing Powers

Mystic topaz is natural topaz that has been coated to enhance it, therefore, the beliefs that are attributed to natural topaz apply to it. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz was a powerful stone that could increase the strength of the wearer and even provide invisibility in desperate times. Both the ancient Egyptians and the Romans associated topaz with the Sun God. Imperial topaz is the birthstone for those born in November and for those born under the zodiacal sign of Sagittarius. It is also the gemstone that commemorates the 23rd wedding anniversary. Blue topaz is the birthstone for December and is used to commemorate the 4th wedding anniversary. In traditional Indian belief systems, topaz is said to unlock the throat chakra, which facilitates communication and self-expression. Therefore, topaz is thought to be beneficial to artists, writers, public speakers and others who are concerned with self-expression. Some believe that topaz can promote virility in men.

Mystic Topaz Gemstone and Jewellery Design Ideas

Mystic topaz can be made into an almost limitless variety of jewellery due to its versatility. It is ideal for rings, necklaces, bracelets and pendants and can be fashioned into almost any shape. As with diamond, mystic topaz should be protected from hard knocks by protected settings in rings for daily wear. This is because a single blow could cause fracturing due to perfect cleavage. Mystic topaz is very hard (8 on the Mohs scale), which gives it durability and resistance to scratches. However, it should not be re-cut, since this could remove the coating.

Famous Mystic Topaz Gemstones

Since mystic topaz is quite a new creation, only appearing around 1998, so far there are not any world famous mystic topaz gems.

Mystic Topaz Gemstone Jewellery Care and Cleaning

Like diamond, mystic topaz has perfect cleavage, which means that the force of a single blow could cause it to split. Therefore, protected bezel settings are recommended, rather than pronged settings, for rings that are worn daily. Mystic topaz’s hardness (8 on the Mohs scale) makes it durable and means that it does not scratch easily. However, abrasion could damage the coating of mystic topaz. To clean your mystic topaz, simply use soapy water and a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse well to remove soapy residue. As with most gemstones, ultrasonic cleaners and steamers are not recommended. Always remove any jewellery or gemstones before exercising, cleaning or engaging in harsh physical activities such as sports. Store mystic topaz away from other gemstones to avoid scratches. It is best to wrap gemstones in soft cloth or place them inside a fabric-lined jewellery box.

 

How to remove negative energies with gemstones….

Have you ever felt like a dark aura is following you or has cursed you? With the help of the ten sacred gemstones below, we will teach you how to remove negativity forever.

In our age, there is a rat race for fame, fortune and even pollution.  If you’re not smart about cleansing your mind, body and soul, irreparable damage can happen due to the heaping negativity around us.

YOUR LIFE

Since ancient times, our ancestors have used healing crystals to remove bad aura, evil eye and harm from their life. When used with your workspace, bedroom or house, the same crystals can rejuvenate your property with positive divine light by dispelling negativity.

         AMBER

By bringing together the inconsequential entities onto the physical self, amber realizes 100% positive in the wearer. Not only does it absorb the negativity, but also shields the user from all harm.

         AMETHYST

A powerful stone passed through history as the miracle purple, Amethyst can dispel nightmares and absorb negativity away from your life. Crystal advocates vouch that amethyst wearers are blessed with healing chakra holes as well as cleansing.

         BLACK TOURMALINE

Yet another astounding protection crystal with humongous power, black tourmaline heals your tears of the mind and consoles the woe. Wearing black tourmaline on you also accentuates positivity by repelling negativity.

         OBSIDIAN

Black crystals amass great power to absorb sadness, negativity and toxins. If you believe negativity is haunting you, wearing black obsidian or carrying it always on you can keep you safe from the darkness.  The gorgeous stone attacks enemies as strong as its flawless shine.

SMOKY QUARTZ

A crystal with subtle color energy, smoky quartz is excellent for people suffering from severe confusions towards life. If you’re tired of being scared of people to things, smoky quartz can help you find reality once again. If you believe your psyche is affected by negativity, smoky quartz can even release you from demonic possessions.

        QUARTZ

A lovely crystal with lovelier energy values, Quartz is perfect to push negativity out of the way.  In addition to displacing negativity, quartz also attracts happiness and abundance to the wearer. Quartz helps in filling the wearer with the vitality of life as well.

Quartz crystals are blessed with a protecting coat to their aura as the crystal also seals your aura from danger.

         JADE

Another potent healing crystal with soft color energy, jade is a magnificent crystal to keep your children safe from negative energies. Jade protects kids from bad company, negative influences and pain too. Wearing jade strengthens one’s aura to automatically deflect negativity with inner peace.

·         CITRINE

The bright color of citrine crystals is as radiant as its power to spurn negative auras. Wearing citrine or keeping it in contact with your skin warns you against harmful auras to keep you safe at all times. Citrine when used during meditation bonds with the wearer and keeps the aura pure.

         FLUORITE

Powerful crystals effect fast and emphatically. The best way to repel negativity is to program a fluorite wand against negativity every night prior to sleep. Fluorite is capable of keeping diseases as well as pain away.

         HIMALAYAN SALT LAMP

A traditional and trendy way to cleanse your space from negative energy, HPS or Himalayan pink salt is a magic tool. Cleansing allergens, dust and toxins out of a space using hygroscopy, Himalayan salt lamps are affordable and natural dehumidifiers.

Negativity when neglected heaps up into malignant mental agony. If you have hidden pain and negativity within your heart, banish them using the powerful crystal above.

Facts about Aventurine you need to know…

History and origin

The appearance of this variety of green quartz is characterised by a sparkling effect called “aventurescence” when it is turned in front of a light source. This effect is produced by the presence in the crystal of small platelets of green fuchsite, a variety of muscovite, mineral related to mica, very rich in chromium.

These inclusions are generally oriented parallel, what gives an alternation of light and dark green on the stone. Colour depending on the density of inclusions in the crystal host.

The origin of the name of this stone comes from the Masters Venetian glassmakers who, the first ones in the 17th century, produced a molten glass loaded with copper shavings, giving a sequined effect. At that time, the manufacturing process was, although documented, rather unpredictable and held more luck (ventura) than science.

A statue made from aventurine quartz belonging to the Olmec civilisation in Central America was dated back 2 400 years. This piece of art is currently on display at the British Museum of London.

Aventurine quartz is sometimes found in tints of brown and red on which colour results from inclusions of goethite or hematite.

A huge bowl in beige aventurine measuring more than 2 meters in diameter is in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg in Russia.

In France, the grave of Napoleon 1st, located in the middle of the dome of Invalides in Paris, is placed under an enormous block sculptured of red-brown aventurine imported from Russia. Country against which he fought, and which then pulled his fall…

Myths and facts

Due to the “luckily” creation of the aventurescent glass by the Venetian glassworkers, the natural stone became one “chance charm” for many players. It’s also supposed to favour the conjunction of factors allowing its owner to benefit from opportunities appearing in front of him, during a face to face with competitors in love affairs and/or to go to plead in front of a fiscal jurisdiction.

A big quantity of psychic troubles can be cured or at least improved thanks to aventurine quartz. It is supposed to develop self-confidence, to calm tortured spirits and to bring a peace of mind. It is also thought that it helps to stimulate dreams and to strengthen the creativity of its owner.

A big quantity of physical troubles can be improved by aventurine quartz. It would have a beneficial influence on myopia as well as for respiratory and cardiac problems. It would calm eczemas, acnes and other skin disorders and would also help in regulation of cholesterol…

It would increase the cognitive capacities of the children and would help the writers in their creativity.

More recently, it is said that aventurine quartz would even help to eliminate the bad waves in an environment of computers and mobile phones…

Aventurine quartz is often dyed and sold as jade or nephrite, which is completely forbidden. Real jade in these colours is much rarer.

Green Aventurine

Green aventurine is most frequently found in a mid to light green color and this is due to fuchsite inclusions. The number and size of these inclusions affect how green the aventurine looks.

This stone is linked to the heart chakra and also ties with the zodiac signs of Virgo and Taurus. It is often referred to as a lucky stone and is known as the “gambler’s stone” since it can often bring about good fortune in games of chance or for competitions.

There are many healing properties and associations linked with green aventurine:

  • In health related healing it is said to help with issues such as irregular heart rhythms, problems with fertility, dyslexia, dyspraxia and hayfever. It may also assist the immune system after illness.
  • General healing properties include:
    • Inducing clearer and calmer thoughts which can help with anger issues
    • Stabilizing emotions which may have become overwhelming, helping to overcome any negative emotional patterns
    • Can help to reduce clumsiness
    • Encourages gratitude and optimism
    • Can neutralize geopathic or electromagnetic stress
    • Scents which are associated to this crystal are cedarwood and rosewood
  •       When used in divination the message is “speculate to accumulate”

There are ways in which green aventurine can be utilized in your everyday life, for instance, it is said to help with written work which may include typing or computer skills. People often use this crystal in charm bags to attract good fortune and money (sometimes alongside amazonite) and some will meditate with aventurine to help them to envision their life path.

Red Aventurine

Red aventurine comes in a variety of shades which include red, pink, peach, orange and sometimes brown, all of which hold very similar properties. The coloring of this type of aventurine comes from haematite inclusions within the crystal, so different levels of these inclusions mean the color varies quite a lot.

This stone is associated with the root and solar plexus chakras and links to the zodiac sign Aries. Red aventurine could be said to be a protective stone as it is meant to keep the owner safe from car accidents, thefts and even fires.

Red aventurine has many healing uses and associations:

  • When it comes to physical health, this crystal is said to help with problems in the reproductive system, speeding up metabolism, lowering cholesterol, hemophilia and skin conditions such as eczema.
  • Other metaphysical effects can include:
    • Bringing back humor to those who may have had a hard time
    • Increasing libido when worn or placed beneath the mattress
    • Helping someone who suffers from weight problems
  • Fragrances associated to this type of aventurine are allspice, mint and saffron
  • The divinatory message for red aventurine is “hard work will bring success”

In everyday life, red aventurine can be a really great crystal for people who work long and late hours and for those who need to come up with ideas and solutions on the daily.

Silver Aventurine

Silver aventurine is not rare, but is not as readily available as the other aventurine colors. It is sometimes known as white aventurine as it is almost colorless, but more often has grayish tints. The specks of mica are quite visible in silver aventurine, meaning it can be very sparkly.

The sacral and brow chakras are associated to silver aventurine as is the zodiac sign Cancer. This stone is said to reflect one’s soul and give you the ability to see people’s true selves – it is a crystal for clarity.

This crystal has predominantly physical and mental healing properties:

  • Silver aventurine is said to ease skin complaints such as rosacea or psoriasis when it comes to physical healing, as well as assist in balancing hormones and easing the symptoms of vertigo and glandular fever.
  • In mental health, this crystal is said to be healing to those who have suffered sexual abuse, as it teach them to love and respect their bodies again
  • This stone is linked to sage and poppy fragrances
  • In divinatory use, silver aventurine means “keep your secrets to yourself”

Silver aventurine is good for protecting against online hazards, so could be a good crystal to have near any computer that children might use. It has also been known for mothers to give a piece of silver aventurine jewelry as a gift to their daughters when she starts menstruating, as a welcome to womanhood.

This variety is said to be the most magical of all of the aventurines and can be used to make wishes in the moonlight, but you have to keep those wishes to yourself for them to come true.

Blue Aventurine

Blue aventurine can range anywhere from the lightest of blues to a deeper sapphire shade. The reason this type of aventurine appears as blue is due to inclusions of dumortierite, again the color is affected by how many inclusions are in the crystal.

Libra and Sagittarius are the zodiac signs associated with blue aventurine and the throat chakra is also linked to this stone. Blue aventurine is a stone which aids people in becoming more aware of their spirituality and can help with contacting spirit guardians and guides.

This dreamy crystal has many healing properties and associations:

  • From a physical health perspective, blue aventurine can help with sinus problems, congestion, poor eyesight, migraines or headaches, allergies and even insomnia.
  • More general metaphysical properties of this crystal are:
    • Helping to bring peace to troubled soul by helping them speak their fears
    • Calming to the mind
    • Inspiring focus for any form of performance or task – great for sports
    • Can be grounding to those who are feeling overwhelmed
  • Coconut, vanilla and lime are the scents associated to this crystal
  • Its divinatory message is “an unexpected chance to travel could come about”

For more general use in life, blue aventurine is said to help people to gain the respect of others which is great for those in a leadership position i.e. manager or supervisory role. If you tend to travel a lot, this crystal can help to protect against any disruptions during your journey. It can also protect your luggage and personal items and help bring safety on trips away.

Extra Interesting Facts

As mentioned above, aventurine is a crystal with a good level of hardness which makes it the perfect stone to carve into many things. Beads are one of the most popular ways in which aventurine is carved, but because it forms in such large blocks, it is frequently used to make mosaics or flooring, alongside marble. The decorative nature of this semi-precious stone inspired Fabergé, who would often use aventurine alongside other crystals to make his famous decorative egg ornaments.

Aventurine is a beautiful stone which is perfect for jewelry making – why not try making a simple beaded green aventurine bracelet to give as a gift to someone who needs some luck in their lives? Or create a charm pouch with blue aventurine and lavender to place under your pillow if you struggle to fall asleep.

Fascinating facts about Cubic Zirconia…..

They say diamonds are a woman’s best friend. However, nowadays these are increasingly being replaced by their much affordable clones Cubic Zirconia gemstones. Brilliant and alluring to the core, Cubic Zirconia stones have been adorning all types of jewelry pieces for many years now.

Here are six interesting facts about these gemstones that every jewelry or gemstone lover must know!

Cubic Zirconia gems are heavier than diamonds

An amazing fact about Cubic Zirconia is that these gems are around 75% heavier than diamonds. So, the next time you go to buy diamonds or cubic zirconia gems, do check this out!

Cubic Zirconia gemstones differ from White Zircon gemstones

The major difference between these two varieties of gems is that white zircon gems are authentic gemstones which are naturally mined. On the other hand, cubic zirconia gemstones are synthetically manufactured. Also, Cubic Zirconia gems are much more economical than zircon gemstones.

Rich women love these gems!

If you were of the opinion that the rich don’t like imitation jewelry, then you are wrong. Several affluent ladies proudly adorn replica jewelry just because such jewelry pieces look great and are safe to wear as well. Cubic Zirconia gems are used in rings, necklaces, and brooches, etc. to allure the onlookers and flaunt amazing jewelry designs without being worried about their security.

They are powerful

Besides faking that allure of diamonds, Cubic Zirconia gems also said to possess a power through which they can communicate with angels. These are also believed to stabilize the body and improve the wearer’s physical and mental health.

Differentiating them from diamonds isn’t easy

Cubic Zirconia gems are highly close to diamonds optically. This means that even gemologists and jewelry experts can’t differentiate between the two with the naked eye. For this reason, loupes and magnifiers are often used to identify which of these gems belongs to which category.

Cubic Zirconia gemstones were developed by the Russians

The Russians developed this exceptional diamond simulant which is also lovingly called as faux diamond by many. Initially created for a space program, the first piece of jewelry made out of CZ stone was officially introduced to the world in 1969.

Use Eilat Stone to fill your life with happiness…

Eilat Stone is a combination of Turquoise, Chrysocolla, Azurite, and other minerals.

It displays many colourful designs which are caused by the oxidation of manganese, copper, and iron.

Every Eilat Stone has its own lovely pattern, making each stone very unique and special.

It’s often mistaken as a Turquoise, but you can clearly distinguish an Eilat Stone by its bright and colourful designs and polish conditions.

Eilat Stones are usually cut as cabochons to highlight their signature colour patterns. With an excellent finish and shape, they can exhibit superior lustre and bright colours.

Eilat Stone is the national stone of Israel, named after the city of Eilat where it was once mined. It used to be known as King Solomon Stone.

Why Would You Use Eilat Stone?

Eilat Stone has strong and loving energies that can act and resonate with your chakras. It also has an emotionally-based energy that can benefit you in many ways.

Eilat Stone has healing abilities that can be beneficial to you on a physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual level. It’s a stone that can create, conduct, and store energy!

It can also absorb many kinds of pain that can afflict you. This makes it an excellent stone for physical and emotional healing.

It has the ability to harmonize the body, heart, and mind.

It will give you a feeling of wholeness and completion.

It will help you achieve peace in your heart. It will also balance your yin and yang energies.

It’s a stone that will enhance your imagination and creativity.

It will inspire you to find imaginative answers to your life’s challenges.

Eilat Stone will help you make a connection to your third eye and crown chakras, which are related to your psychic powers.

It will bring you good judgment and wisdom when it comes to your decision making.

It will also strengthen your intuition and clairvoyance!

You will have more confidence to express yourself. You will also have a deeper understanding and awareness of how the world works.

Eilat Stone will reduce your materialistic tendencies and direct you to a more spiritual path!

How Will Eilat Stone Help You?

Eilat Stone can be greatly beneficial for whole body healing. Not only can it promote overall good health, it can also draw out your body pains.

It can relieve fevers and inflammations. It’s known to assist in bone and tissue healing, and it can relieve premenstrual tension as well.

Eilat Stone is very good for the mouth and the sinuses, and it can aid in tissue regeneration and cellular structure. It can also help with adrenal issues and liver problems.

This stone can alleviate miasmas and improve the body’s assimilation of nutrients. It can stimulate the immune system and help with symptoms of depression.

Eilat Stone can also detoxify the body and aid in digestion.

Eilat Stone and Wealth

Eilat Stone is an excellent stone when it comes to attracting prosperity and abundance.

It will bring energies of good luck and good fortune to your life, especially when it comes to your financial endeavours.

It has the ability to convert negative experiences to positive experiences so that you can easily bounce back from your failures.

It will dispel negative thoughts that are preventing you from taking another shot at success, or from thinking about better possibilities.

The energies of Eilat Stone will give insight on your plans and goals so that you will make well-informed choices and take careful steps.

Eilat Stone will also imbue you with creative problem solving that will help you resolve complex problems that affect your finances or your income flow.

You will never run out of new ideas when you work with the energies of this stone!

Eilat Stone, Love and Relationships

Eilat Stone will stimulate loving feelings and work on attuning or adjusting your emotional systems. It will bring you peace and calm in your heart, and you will achieve emotional balance.

It’s a stone that can draw out the hurt and pain, and release the stress and the fears in your relationship.

Eilat Stone will help you deal with the issues in your relationship that you’re uncomfortable or afraid to tackle!

This stone will also get rid of feelings of depression. It will make you focus on the wonderful things in your relationship so that you will always be filled with joy and happiness.

Eilat Stone will influence you to put your guard down, especially when you want to be close or intimate with the person you love.

Too many walls around your heart is no way to build a strong foundation for your relationship.

It will work to harmonize your thoughts and emotions so that you will experience a major transformation or a big change in your relationship.

It will strengthen the heart and soul connection so that you will always be emotionally balanced.

This stone will work to heal your emotional trauma and help you deal with your emotional issues.

It will protect you on an emotional level by making you understand your boundaries within yourself and with others.

Eilat Stone will encourage you to speak your truth. It will invite you to communicate your thoughts and emotions so that you will enhance the intimacy in your relationship.

Eilat Stone will help you to speak out without fear!

This stone will give you inner strength to overcome your personal challenges and relationship obstacles. It will also work to help you find resolutions to your relationship struggles.

When you work with the energies of this stone, you will be able to shun negativity. It will absorb the negative energies or harmful vibrations that don’t help you the least bit.

Eilat Stone will uplift your feelings when you’re feeling depressed or experiencing low self-esteem. It will fill you with positive thoughts and help you keep your composure during stressful situations.

This stone will also encourage self-discovery and individuality.

Even if you are in a committed relationship, you should never lose your sense of self. You should never stop doing the things that make you genuinely happy.

Eilat Stone will help you attune to your partner. It will work on keeping the connection strong, even if you are experiencing troubled times.

How to Use Eilat Stone for the Best Results?

Eilat Stone is an excellent stone to wear on your body because it will remove the negative energies in your environment and transmute them to positive energies.

It’s a good stone for psychic protection. Wearing this stone will protect you from any kind of psychic attack and keep you away from physical harm.

Keeping it close to your personal auric fields will also enhance your psychic gifts and develop your intuition.

Eilat Stone is used to bring balance in your life and all your relationships. If you place a piece of this stone in your home or office, you can attract balance, peace, and harmony.

You will also promote good health and well-being.

Your Eilat Stone should be stored properly and carefully to avoid scratches and scuffs. Rinse it with mild soap and lukewarm water.

If you must scrub the stone, make sure that you do it very gently with a soft toothbrush. After rinsing, wipe it dry with a chamois cloth or a soft towel.

The Best Combination to Use with Eilat Stone

Eilat Stone is a great stone to pair with other high vibration stones.

This can be very helpful when it comes to meditation because you can easily make a loving connection with the higher realms.

Try pairing Eilat Stone with Phenacite, Danburite, Petalite, and Scolecite. It will also work well with copper-based stones like Chrysocolla, Turquoise, Azurite, and Malachite.

You can also combine it with Ajoite, Cuprite, Shattuckite, Dioptase, Quantum Quattro, and Atacamite.

If you wish to enhance your communication and speaking abilities, you can pair your Eilat Stone with Blue Euclase, Kinoite, Gem Silica, Siberian Blue Quartz, Sodalite, Larimar, Aquamarine, and Lapis Lazuli.

How Much is Eilat Stone Worth?

Eilat Stones are beautiful and valuable stones. Buying a piece of this stone will not cost a fortune, but it will not come cheap, either.

Depending on the piece, size, carat, and cut, Eilat Stones can cost a few dollars to several hundred dollars.

Eilat Stone is often confused for a Turquoise, but it should be cared for and treated the same way.

Be very careful with Eilat Stones, especially if there are light blue or sky-blue inclusions, because these are very soft and can easily crumble.

Eilat Stones are usually cut into round beads or cabochons to exhibit their beautiful patterns and Turquoise and Malachite swirls.

Because of the different patterns, no two Eilat Stones will look alike, and this adds more uniqueness and beauty to each Eilat Stone.

Aside from its physical beauty, Eilat Stone has an incredible beauty to absorb different kinds of pain.

It acts as a physical and emotional healer. When placed on the chakras, it can align, harmonize, balance, and cleanse them.

Eilat Stone fosters loving feelings because it works in attuning and adjusting your emotional centers. It’s not only beautiful to look at. It also has a quiet and heartfelt vibration!

The vibrations of this stone will help your heart and your mind to work together to improve how you look at your life.

It’s an excellent stone to find creative resolutions to your problems and to enhance your creativity.

The vibrations of Eilat Stone will also stimulate your communication abilities because they have a strong effect on the throat chakra.

They can clear the negative energies of hurt and loss. They will also help you recover from the effects of past experiences or situations that you have not yet let go.

A lot of people want to own an Eilat Stone because of its ability to stimulate loving feelings.

It can also cleanse and clear the energies within you and the chakras that are appropriate for your particular needs.

Wearing or carrying Eilat Stone will dispel the negativity from your environment. Doing so will also transmute negative energies into positive energies.

Eilat Stone is an excellent stone if you want to have psychic protection. It’s also a powerful stone to keep in your home or office to cleanse the negative energies there.

This stone contains minerals that will bring your heart and mind harmoniously together.

The combination of these energies will help stimulate your higher mind and bring your spiritual energy to action.

Having a piece of Eilat Stone will also stimulate your psychic abilities. It will develop your intuition and enhance your psychic visions.

If you’re thinking of buying an Eilat Stone, you should know that you are making a very good investment!

My Final Thoughts on the Power of Eilat Stone

Eilat Stone has deep and lovely shades of blue and green and is so easy to work with.

 

7 amazing Rose Quartz facts and more….

As the name suggests, rose quartz is simply beautiful. The stone has a lovely rosy or dusky pink appearance which makes it ideal as a decorative stone. In this post, we are going to take a look at the Rose Quartz facts, meaning and benefits to you.

What do Rose Quartz, Egyptians and ‘magical’ masks have in common?

The Rose Quartz stone (some say pink rose quartz) was so popular that rose quartz stone masks had been recovered from Egyptian and Roman tombs.

The stone masks were thought to clear the complexion and remove wrinkles in the wearer.

Rose Quartz has been used by Tibetan, Indian and Chinese cultures

The stone was honoured in Tibetan, Indian and Chinese culture and it continues to be one of the most popular stones for carving in China.

Healing properties of Rose Quartz

However, apart from its beautiful appearance and excellent lustre, Rose Quartz is a well-known healing crystal with powerful healing properties. It is for this healing energy that wearing rose quartz is so popular.

If you are new to the use of crystals in healing, take a look at what Rose Quartz can do for you. Skip down below to the Rose Quartz benefits for more details.

Rose Quartz Meaning & how it gets the pink colour

The beautiful dusky pink stone is nothing but a quartz crystal that has absorbed minerals like manganese and titanium.

Depending on the depth of the stone and the minerals it contains, the stone colour may vary from a blush pale, pale pink to a dark rosy dusky pink.

Depending on where the stone was mined, it may also contain trace or fibre inclusions of rutile or a borosilicate similar to dumortierite.

This inclusion produces a lovely star or cat’s eye like effect in the stone which makes it ideal for use in jewellery.

Most of the best quality stones come from China, Brazil and the US.

Meaning of Rose Quartz: What is Rose Quartz used for?

Rose Quartz is extremely famous for its healing properties.

The stone is reputed to help the wearer attract love and keep it. Judy Hall, author of the crystal book titled ‘The Crystal Bible’, says ‘Rose Quartz is the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. The is the most important crystal for the heart and the heart chakra.’

It also seems to be quite effective in protecting the wearer from pain and disappointment. In short, it seems to have a strong effect on emotional health and well-being.

Rose Quartz and Feng Shui

Rose quartz is extremely popular in Feng Shui, and you will find a range of objects containing rose quartz that are used as love cures.

Mandarin ducks, wealth pots, hearts, pots and gourds tied with a red string are particularly effective in Feng Shui if they are made from rose quartz.

The main reason for the stone’s strength is the manganese and titanium it contains. This mineral content is particularly helpful in calming and healing the mind.

The top 3 Rose Quartz benefits for love, health and more

Here are the top three benefits of the wonderful Rose Quartz rock crystal stone.

1. Self-love

Although most people do use rose quartz to attract a mate, the stone is useful, increasing self-awareness.

It can help you understand your true self and love yourself irrespective of the situation you are in.

Self-awareness and acceptance are two of the most beautiful healing powers of rose quartz. It’s also an excellent stone for people who find it difficult to accept love from another as they feel unworthy.

2. Heart chakra

Rose quartz has a very strong effect on the heart. It can open up your mind to love and soothes negative influences immediately.

The best way to use the stone is by sprinkling your home with rose quartz chunks or carved rose quartz pieces.

Most people use natural Rose Quartz crystal chunks and place them around their garden outside. The natural chunks are perfect for the outdoors.

The stone can also be used by a person on themselves as well as on other people as a healing stone.

Another option is to meditate with the stone held in your hand. Meditation with rose quartz is a very pleasant experience. The lines of your hand can connect with the stone’s energy and clear out your heart chakra.

3. Health

Physiologically, the rose quartz stone is considered a powerful healing stone.

It has been suggested it can improve circulation, boost neuron connectivity, and even accelerate healing. But never use any crystal to replace the advice of a qualified doctor.

As it works on the heart, some people suggest it can help set your intention to focus more on your heart.

The idea here is to use the Rose Quartz as a prompt to be grateful and think about the amazing body you have and how your heart can pump blood all around your body.

Why is rose quartz so popular as a gift idea?

Because it’s so beautiful!

Yes, rose quartz is wonderfully translucent while having a soothing colour that immediately relaxes your mind and body.

Imagine having a beautiful blushing pink carved rose quartz heart or tea light candle holder in your room.

Or imagine gifting a Rose Quartz gem tree to a close friend or loved one.

Top 7 facts about Rose Quartz

  1. Feng Shui probably has some of the biggest collections of rose quartz objects. Wearable jewellery is quite popular, and you will find necklaces, bangles, bracelets and earrings in a range of trendy styles.
  2. The stone is powerful, but it does need to be recharged regularly. Running water seems to cleanse the stone and moonlight is ideal for recharging the beautiful stone.
  3. The stone is considered an ideal five-year anniversary wedding gift. It is so popular that is was a favourite of the Chinese Empress Dowager Cixi and King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
  4. Rose Quartz is the state mineral of South Dakota in the United States.
  5. In many ancient cultures, rose quartz was considered very powerful. Powerful as a symbol of ownership and also thought to prevent ageing.
  6. In Australia, the bush doctors are believed to use Rose Quartz in a range of healing medications. But really, can anything beat the witchetty grub for health? 😉
  7. According to legend, the stone was created when the Greek God Adonis was assaulted by the God of War, Ares. Goddess Aphrodite cut herself on a briar bush while rushing to save him. Their mingled blood collected on the white quartz stone and stained it a blushing pink.

Folklore is so special. Their stories are so amazing to visualise and paint such a dramatic and clear picture.

The Rose Quartz Birthstone

If you are born in the month of January, then the rose quartz along with garnet is your birthstone. If you are close enough to Christmas, it may mean you get fewer presents, but at least you have the most beautiful stone as your birthstone.

The dusky pink of the stone pairs well with the blood red of garnets and it is a common combination found in jewellery as well.

For zodiac enthusiasts, the rose quartz stone is the considered the birthstone for Taureans.

So if you have a Taurean friend and their birthday is coming up, why not get them a beautiful Rose Quartz crystal to show your love.

Summing up the key benefits, meaning and uses of Rose Quartz crystals

Although rose quartz benefits are numerous, it is a highly attractive stone. It combines exceedingly well with diamonds and pearls and is commonly found set in sterling silver as pendants, bracelets, and earrings.

If you want to focus the love of your significant other, I cannot recommend any other Stone: rose quartz is the way to go.

And of course, no one will say no to a beautiful piece of jewellery!

17 interesting Peridot facts…..

Peridot is the type of birthstone that you either love or hate. Despite the stone’s lime green color and affordability, it is underrated in the fine jewelry market. Keep reading to explore some intriguing peridot facts that may make you appreciate this birthstone even more.

Peridot is a gem-quality form of the mineral olivine. This material is also referred to as chrysolite.

The gem is found primarily among rocks that were created by volcanoes and buried deep underground (igneous rocks), so wherever there are or was volcanoes, this mineral is likely to be found.

Large quantities of peridot are mined from the San Carlos reservation in Arizona as well as in Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, and China. Peridot is also mined in large quantities in many other parts of the world like Pakistan and Kenya. Peridot that is mined in the US is usually much smaller and lighter in color than the varieties from other locales.

Some peridot specimens have been discovered in meteorites, though this finding is very rare.

Peridot Folklore

In Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Hele who is the goddess of fire and volcanoes.

Romans referred to peridot as “Evening Emerald” because unlike the deep hues of emeralds, peridot gemstones did not darken at night and still shimmered under candlelight.

Legend has it that peridot could ward off evil spirits. It is also thought to aid in the success of marriage and other relationships. This may be because it is thought to encourage positive energy as well as suppress ego and jealousy.

Buying Peridot

Peridot, unlike most other gemstones, only comes in one color, pale green. There is a wide range of green shades that peridot exhibits, however, including olive green, lime green, yellowish green, and dark green. The most desirable shade of peridot is a deeply saturated forest green with a slight yellow tone and no brown tones. This color is more readily found in peridot stones weighing over 10 carats.

There is no synthetic or man-made version of peridot, but imitations do exist. These are usually made of glass or natural tourmaline.

Commercial quality peridot is separated into to quality grades of A and B.  A quality peridot stones are eye clean yellowish green stones with no brown tones. B quality peridot stones are usually very pale in color or have visible inclusions.

Peridot is a relatively inexpensive gemstone under 4 carats. Any stone weighing over 4 carats costs considerably more. Stones over 10 carats are exceedingly rare and therefore expensive.

Peridot is a softer stone that is best set in jewelry that doesn’t see hard wear. Bezel settings that protect the stone are recommended.

Emeralds: Myths and Beliefs

Few gemstones are surrounded by as much mystery as emeralds. Beyond simply being pretty or accentuating a variety of skin tones, the emerald carries with it a rich history that spans back roughly 4,000 years to Babylon, the “cradle of civilization,” making it a popular gemstone for gift giving.

Emerald Symbolism and Color

Emeralds. Cleopatra draped herself in them. Their rich, cool green tone played off of Elizabeth Taylor’s violet eyes in the 1960s.

Unlike the red ruby, which is a blatant statement of passionate love, the emerald conveys a more complex set of symbolism and emotions.

Green, by nature, is the most calming of all the colors on the color wheel.

It encourages growth, reflection, peace and balance. It also represents healing and fertility.

The verdant tones reflected in the jewel are tempered by a cool blue which symbolizes a steadfast bond.

This, along with the gem’s rarity, makes the stone a unique alternative to a traditional diamond engagement ring.

When you give an emerald, you are showing a dash of humility. People who don’t yet have everything figured out in life are considered “green,” or a bit naive.

This is actually a positive thing when you consider that a new life together as a couple is defined by many unforeseen obstacles that you must tackle together and learn from.

Emerald green also suggests the concept of eternity, as it is a color that constantly renews itself in nature through generations.

Another reason that the emerald has come to symbolize a more mature love can be traced to Hindu culture.

Emerald green is the color that is used to align the heart chakra, or energy point, allowing feelings of love to low freely from a person’s core.

Healing Properties of the Emerald

Because it is associated with strong sexuality and fertility, the emerald was historically believed to help couples who were having problems bearing children or pregnant women who feared a difficult birth.

The stone has also been linked to healing and balance within the nervous, digestive and respiratory systems, in particular.

Ancient Romans, for example, felt that the very soul of an individual was restored when they wore emerald jewelry.

In modern times, it is said to help those who suffer from depression or other mental or emotional disorders.

What people need to realize is that, much like flowers, gemstones can create a whole dialog between two people.

An emerald is one of the few that symbolically cover a broad range of life’s experiences and milestones, making it a good choice for reaffirming a strong relationship.

Crystal Balls Meanings and Uses…

Do you know burning black obsidian candles by focusing sunlight through a crystal ball can oust the evil eye from a person? From Bible to Maleficent, there are endless instances of crystal ball gazing we’ve seen. If you were in a hypnosis session, you were gazing at some crystal too. When I peeked into a crystal ball for the first time, I saw NOTHING. But then, the divinator told me to touch my hands on the crystal. And, BOOM the crystal started showing things too. The divinatory asked if I needed help and held her hands onto the ball that revealed what I saw on the ball, to her as well. It was a trance so divine, I still shiver. So, here goes my complete story on how I found the metaphysical crystal ball meanings and uses that I found nowhere else.

Even my crystal pro aunt did not know about crystal balls until I surprised her with one! So, this is crystal balls guide a total treasure you need to dig in NOW!

Crystal Ball Explained

What is a crystal ball?

A wonder of Mother nature, crystal balls bend the light so that it captures the whole universe and shows exactly what you’re looking for!

How the heck does a crystal ball see everything?

That’s because these are not rubber balls, but gemstone balls that are designed exclusively from a bi-convex lens that boasts a uniform curvature radius.

Moreover, the insides of a crystal sphere are meticulously truncated to make a symmetric ball without any edges.

What is the meaning of a Crystal Ball?

Crystal ball offers meaning on metaphysical directions. It can help you physically, spiritually and emotionally. The meaning of a crystal sphere is divination. It stands for seeing into the future.

When was the oldest Crystal Ball Used? What is the history of a crystal sphere?

Crystal balls were prominently used in Yucatan, Egyptian, Iroquois, Persian, Pawnees and Chinese regions.

In historical records, the earliest crystal ball users were Druids (the magicians and intellectuals who hung in forests to brew magic) during the Celtic times.

The earliest recollection of crystal balls come from Pliny in 1 A.D as ‘crystallum orbis” which grew widespread support by 5thcentury to Rome.

Another petal from ancient times shows that Queen Elizabeth I was another fan of crystal balls.

Are there other names for the Crystal Ball?

Premonition Ball, Fortune Ball, Crystal Sphere, Zaztun, Orbuculum, and Sastun;

When does Crystal Gazing really work?

According to traditions and beliefs, crystal gazing works when the sun at the northernmost point. “How do I know the crystal ball is really working”.

Most of the people with this question (me included) are new to crystal spheres. When I had this question, I had never even touched a crystal ball.

Don’t worry, once you touch it, you will know the difference yourself.

When the crystal ball is working, it will always become cloudy and misty before showing you a vision. This will prevent haphazard scrying too.

What is a Seer Stone? 

Historically, seer stones are direct gifts from God himself (in Christianity). They were used by prophets and priests to communicate with God. Simply put, it is the stone through which the man who sees god, talks with God.

Although it began trending thanks to John Smith, Seer stones are not just fancy.

A popular magician who used seer stones is Alexander Conlin or Alexander the Crystal Seer during the late 19th century to early 20th century in South Dakota.

Is Scrying real? What does it mean? 

The art of gazing into a healing crystal ball to see visions or hear voices is called scrying. Simply put, it is gazing into a crystal ball with divinatory qualities.

Gemstone scrying is also called peeping or seeing too. It was a type of fortune telling experiment that involved occultism and magic.

Unlike augury, scrying is finding the visions in the crystal ball or any medium has seen through. It is also popular as crystallomancy and spheromancy.

Why Use a Crystal Ball?

People used crystal balls to peep into everything from past to future including the present where one could not see directly. A crystal ball helps in finding answers through visions directly with the help of the universe.

  • For Dream Recall

“I use crystal spheres to remember the dreams for my dream journal. All I do is hold onto the crystal ball with half open eyes in the morning, right out of bed”.

  • For Checking in the Present

“Whenever I am stressed or anxious about what is going on with my husband or at home in my native place, I pick up the crystal ball and look for answers”.

  • For Revealing Desires

“To find what I really want during moments of emotional conflict, I use gemstone balls that show me what I really want. It helps me choose the best dresses too!”

  • For Karmic Therapy

“Whenever a chakra feels week, I seek my crystal ball. It helps me show the root of the problem, mostly karmic problems to repair my aura and soul”.

  • For Finding your Soulmate

“My bestie found her true love by using crystal spheres for three months straight on all Fridays until February 14th and it worked because she is happily married for 5 years!”

  • For Seeing the Future

“When you’re looking for clues as to what will happen tomorrow or later, worry not and get a crystal ball. It will give all the perfect answers to your endless questions”.

  • For Finding Missing Items

“I use crystal balls to find missing items almost always. It gives leads and clues to find the item ASAP”

  • For Watching Out Dangers

“Just like stress, whenever your guy says ‘it’s not safe’, pick the crystal ball and look into it for warnings or signs of danger. It has saved me from bee stings and tropical bugs plenty”.

How to use a Crystal Ball?

Did you know the Victorian Era was the most dominant time for crystal balls? Started as a past time, when gemstone balls were made, magic changed the functionality of these spheres.

How can you see the future through a crystal ball? Is it possible to find my soulmate through crystal gazing? Find out NOW!

  • Gazing

Looking into a gemstone ball helps you see what your heart wants. When the mist forms, your gazing is working!

  • Meditation

Having a crystal ball in your hand while meditating is like having the key to end the mind chatter ASAP. Use it!

  • Chakra Activation

You can use a crystal ball to activate your chakra powers if it is made of a gemstone. All you need to do is point the crystal ball parallel to the chakra while chanting or meditating with the sphere of the gemstone.