Blog

semiprecious stones


Ancient Gemstones – Aventurine

August 19, 2014

Green Aventurine and Black ... Product ImageAventurine is a form of quartz, characterised by its translucency and the presence of platy mineral inclusions that give a shimmering or glistening effect termed aventurescence. The most common colour of aventurine is green, but it may also be orange, brown, yellow, blue, or gray.

Ancient Tibetans decorated their statues with Aventurine, using it most often for the eyes to symbolically increase the statue’s visionary powers. Nowadays it is used to aid nearsightedness.

Until the nineteenth century, Aventurine was called the “stone of the Amazons,” because the Brazilian deposits were believed to have supplied jewels and talismans for the Amazonian warriors. (more…)

Ancient Gemstones – Amazonite

May 20, 2014

Multicoloured Amazonite Nec... Product Image Amazonite is named after the Amazon River in Brazil and the lush jungle region surrounding it where the original “green stones” were discovered. Whether these stones were what we know today as Amazonite is uncertain, as deposits are not currently found in the basin area of this great river. Amazonite sparkles in captivating shades of turquoise-green, promising to soothe the spirit and calm the soul.

Called the “Stone of Courage” and the “Stone of Truth,” Amazonite is said to empower one to search the self and discover one’s own truths and integrity, and to move beyond fear of judgment or confrontation with others to live in alignment with those beliefs and values. (more…)

Ancient Gemstones – Lapis Lazuli

April 23, 2014

Lapis Lazuli Necklace Product ImageThe 20th April sees the entry into the second sign of the zodiac, Taurus. As I have talked about before, each of the zodiac signs also has its own stone. Taurus’ birthstone is the beautiful blue, ancient gemstone Lapis Lazuli.

Lapis Lazuli is one of the oldest and most sought after gemstones. It has been in use throughout the history of mankind. It is still popular today and is a favorite stone of the Islamic Orient, said to provide protection from the ‘evil eye‘. It is deep blue in colour with golden inclusions of pyrites which shimmer like stars. The very earliest cultures valued Lapis Lazuli more highly than gold. The Greeks spoke of an ancient sapphire which was included with gold, this was unmistakeably Lapis. (more…)

Ancient Gemstones – Agate

March 18, 2014

Orange Tone Agate Bracelet Product ImageGemstones are pieces of mineral which are cut and polished in forms to be used in different jewelley pieces or similar.

The traditional classification in the West, which goes back to the Ancient Greeks, begins with a distinction between precious and semi-precious; similar distinctions are made in other cultures. In modern usage the precious stones are diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald, with all other gemstones being semi-precious.

Agate is a quartz variety and it’s one of the oldest stones in recorded history. It’s colours range from white to grey, orange to red, light blue to  purple and brown to black. It was one of the most commonly used gemstones in ancient times and it’s wide spreed around the world. (more…)