and Scientific Details of the Ruby gemstone
A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of
the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide). The red color is caused mainly by the
presence of the element chromium. Its name comes from ruber, Latin for red.
Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are called sapphires. The ruby is
considered one of the four precious stones, together with the sapphire, the
emerald, and the diamond.
Prices of rubies are primarily determined by color. The
brightest and most valuable "red" called pigeon blood-red, commands a
large premium over other rubies of similar quality. After color follows
clarity: similar to diamonds, a clear stone will command a premium, but a ruby
without any needle-like rutile inclusions may indicate that the stone has been
treated. Cut and carat (weight) are also an important factor in determining the
Rubies have a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs scale of mineral
hardness. Among the natural gems only moissanite and diamond are harder, with diamond
having a Mohs hardness of 10.0 and moissonite falling somewhere in between
corundum (ruby) and diamond in hardness. Ruby is α-alumina (the most stable
form of Al2O3) in which a small fraction of the aluminium3+ ions are replaced
by chromium3+ ions. Each Cr3+ is surrounded octahedrally by six O2- ions. This
crystallographic arrangement strongly affects each Cr3+, resulting in light
absorption in the yellow-green region of the spectrum and thus in the red color
of the gem. When yellow-green light is absorbed by Cr3+, it is re-emitted as
red luminescence. This red emission adds to the red color perceived by the
subtraction of green and violet light from white light, and adds luster to the
gem's appearance. When the optical arrangement is such that the emission is
stimulated by 694-nanometer photons reflecting back and forth between two
mirrors, the emission grows strongly in intensity. This effect was used by
Theodore Maiman in 1960 to make the first successful laser, based on ruby.
All natural rubies have imperfections in them, including
color impurities and inclusions of rutile needles known as "silk".
Gemologists use these needle inclusions found in natural rubies to distinguish
them from synthetics, simulants, or substitutes. Usually the rough stone is
heated before cutting. Almost all rubies today are treated in some form, with
heat treatment being the most common practice. However, rubies that are
completely untreated but still of excellent quality command a large premium.
Some rubies show a three-point or six-point asterism or
"star". These rubies are cut into cabochons to display the effect
properly. Asterisms are best visible with a single-light source, and move
across the stone as the light moves or the stone is rotated. Such effects occur
when light is reflected off the "silk" (the structurally oriented
rutile needle inclusions) in a certain way. This is one example where
inclusions increase the value of a gemstone. Furthermore, rubies can show color
changes—though this occurs very rarely—as well as chatoyancy or the "cat's
Generally, gemstone-quality corundum in all shades of red,
including pink, are called rubies.However, in the United States, a minimum
color saturation must be met to be called a ruby, otherwise the stone will be
called a pink sapphire. This distinction between rubies and pink sapphires is
relatively new, having arisen sometime in the 20th century. If a distinction is
made, the line separating a ruby from a pink sapphire is not clear and highly
debated.As a result of the difficulty and subjectiveness of such distinctions,
trade organizations such as the International Colored Gemstone Association
(ICGA) have adopted the broader definition for ruby which encompasses its
lighter shades, including pink
Magical,and Mystical Properties
Rubies and ruby jewelry throughout time have been said to
have many positive effects and mystical properties. The ruby is associated with
the sun, and was thought to preserve mental and physical health. In the middle
ages, rubies were viewed as a stone of prophecy. It was thought the stone
darkened when danger was near. Ivan the Terrible of Russia stated that rubies
were good for the heart, brain and memory. A Thirteenth Century prescription to
cure liver problems called for powdered ruby. In the 15th-16th Centuries,
rubies were thought to counteract poison. When rubbed on the skin, they were
also thought to restore youth and vitality.
For thousands of years, Ruby was considered the stone of
love, energy, passion, power, and a zest for life. Like no other gemstone in
the world, Ruby is the perfect symbol for powerful feelings. The other
important element of Ruby besides fire is blood, and Ruby is said to restore
vital life forces and increase energy and vigor. Ruby is also known as the
stone of courage, and legend tells us that a person possessing a ruby can walk
through life without fear of evil or misfortune.
Physically, rubies are thought to energize and balance,
stimulate heart chakra and encourage a passion for life, but never in a self
destructive way. They overcome exhaustion and calm hyperactivity. They detoxify
the body and blood, and treat fevers, diseases, and restricted blood flow. They
are good for the heart and circulatory system and stimulate the adrenals,
kidneys, reproductive organs and spleen.
Emotionally, it is believed that rubies improve motivation
and the setting of goals. They promote positive dreams and clear visualization
and aid in retaining wealth and passion. They bring up negative anger in order
for change and removal. They also promote dynamic leadership. They bring a
positive and courageous state of mind- one that is sharp, hyper aware and
concentrated. They make you stronger during times of controversy or dispute and
shield against physical attack. A ruby is also said to be a settler of
disputes, having the power of reconciliation. A ruby is dynamic, and brings
about passion and enthusiasm, attracting sexual activity.
Any jewelry that carries a Ruby signifies so much passion
and love between two people, that it makes Ruby an ideal choice for engagement
or Valentine’s Day jewelry. Furthermore, Ruby is the gemstone to be given on
the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
The uplifting and vital nature of Ruby is an encouragement
to live fully, and embrace the joy of life that is missing in many people's
lives. Ruby allows the fire of passion and love to advance. It helps to bring
down the walls we build around us to keep others out.
The ruby is quite certainly a wonderful gemstone for
bringing fire into your life. For if you like to live your life intensely, but
often find it difficult to keep focus, a ruby can help bring clarity and wisdom
to your world. Instead of flitting from idea to idea, this gemstone will very
well help you choose your most productive paths. With it's power, this gem will
then fire your passions and keep you motivated. You'll be stronger when
resisting self-destructive pattern that have crippled you in the past!
The ruby provides and incredibly power shield against
harmful intentions. If you are caught up in a sticky legal dispute or personal
conflict of some kind, this gemstone can aid you in manifesting the correct
outcome. This gemstone can also guard you against psychic or physical attack.
One ancient tradition suggests that a 'ruby blessing' will
protect your garden from violet spring storms, as well as blessing the four
corners of your garden with the ruby should prevent damage from wind, rain,
hail and blowing debris.
Sleeping with a ruby will help promote lucid dreaming,
allowing your conscious mind to interact with your subconscious mind. Together,
you can confront your demons and uncover the means to defeat them.
On the other hand, dreaming of rubies, may be a sign of an
opportunity or money coming your way!
The ruby may be most beneficial in stimulating the adrenal
gland, as well as improving circulation and fighting internal infections.
Energy: Projective ,Element: Fire -Deities: Buddha, Krishna
(not to be confused with the modern expression of the Krishna-centered
reverence) .Powers: Wealth, protection, power, joy, anti-nightmare
Working with this stone can remove all sense of limitation.
Strengthens courage, selfless work, all spiritual endeavors, joy and many
leadership qualities. Ruby helps to reduce resentment when you are required to
care for others.
The ruby can create a strong sense and means of power within
a person; this power should be handled responsibly or it may turn into anger
and possessive thoughts.
Ruled by Mars, the gemstone ruby is worn during magical
rituals to increase the inherent energies that are available to the magician,
or it is placed on the altar beside a red candle to lend energy when feeling
depleted or drained.
In a similar line of magical influence, wearing a ruby is
said to increase the warmth of the body.
It is important to remember that gemstones are alive and have their own energy that can help use in many ways . Please treat them with care and respect you take care of them and they will take care of you.
Although many persons are content to collect gemstones in
their own right (just as others collect coins or stamps or other collectibles),
most gem lovers like to have their gems set in jewelry so they can be worn on
the person. Unfortunately, despite the familiar refrain, diamonds, and other
stones, are not necessarily forever. Most stones are more or less brittle, many
are quite soft, and some can be damaged by heat, vibration, or chemicals. It's
too bad that most jewelers do not educate their customers about how to care for
their prized possessions.
Here are a few tips.
Stones that have a Mohs hardness of less than 8 are highly
subject to scratching; harder stones are less likely to be scratched but are
still subject to chipping and fracture. Remember that quartz, with a hardness
of 7, is one of the most abundant minerals on earth, in the form of sand, or
silica. When removing dust from soft stones, it's usually best to rinse them
with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. Also, store jewelry and loose gems
in separate padded compartments or wrapped in soft lint-free cloth to prevent
scratching, chipping, and entanglement.
When cleaning nonporous gemstones, washing gently with a
weak solution of ammonia, rinsing with clean lukewarm water, and drying with a soft lint-free cloth is quite effective and safe. Just be sure to plug the sink so
you don't wash your stones down the drain! On stones harder than quartz (Moh's
hardness of 7), it's safe to do a little gentle scrubbing with a soft
toothbrush, but if you're cleaning jewelry, be careful not to scrub highly
polished metal surfaces, as the slight abrasive action of the brush will
produce slightly hazy effects on the metal. A little soaking may be necessary
to remove heavier deposits.
If you use hand lotions or creams, remove your rings before
applying them! This will help prevent heavy buildup of dirt and oil around your
If you plan to do heavy or dirty work with your hands,
remove your rings so they will not be subjected to harsh blows, abrasives, or
unnecessary dirt. Even diamonds are relatively brittle and can be chipped by a
Pearls, coral, and porous stones such as opal, turquoise, or
malachite should be kept away from dirty water and oils to avoid discoloration.
Wipe them gently with a soft, damp cloth. Do not wear rings containing these
stones while washing dishes or similar activities.
Be cautious about the use of ultrasonic cleaners. Some
stones are subject to internal stress -- tanzanite, opal, emerald, organic gems
(such as pearl, coral, and amber), turquoise, lapis, and malachite, any stone
containing major inclusions, and most collector gems should not be exposed to
ultrasound. Tanzanite has been known to shatter and opals to craze under
ultrasound. Most emeralds and many rubies are "oiled" or
resin-impregnated, and ultrasound may remove the treatment or expand existing
fractures. If you are not absolutely SURE it's safe, don't put your stones in
Diamonds are remarkably resistant to heat, but large stones
and those with major inclusions are sometimes damaged by jewelers who linger
too long with a torch during prong work. I've seen several stones that required
repolishing after a benchworker allowed a torch to linger too long, especially
when retipping platinum prongs (because of platinum's high melting point). It's
often safest to remove them before working on a setting. Other stones are less
resistant to heat and should never be exposed to extreme heat or sudden changes
Opal, pearls, coral, amber, turquoise, and many collector
gems are quite heat sensitive (both to extremes and to sudden changes in
temperature). Do not leave them sitting in hot sunlight, near radiators, or in
hot cars. Once an opal begins to craze, it's usually unsalvageable.
Brittle and soft stones should not be used in jewelry
subject to hard wear, such as rings that are worn constantly. They are much
safer in earrings, pins, pendants, or perhaps bracelets. They can be used in
rings that are worn occasionally, such as dinner rings, but the setting should
be designed to protect the stone as much as possible. Even though opals are
popular in rings, it is a very hazardous use for them.
If one prong of a four-prong setting breaks, it often
results in the loss of a stone. Six prong settings are more secure. If a prong
is weak or broken, it's usually best to replace the head than to attempt
Sharp corners, such as the tips of pearshapes and marquise
cut stones, are especially susceptible to breakage and should be protected by
the setting. Also, faceted stones with shallow crown angles (30 degrees or
less), and thin or uneven girdles are particularly prone to chipping and need
Bezel settings offer more protection to stones, but they
make it more difficult to remove and reset stones if the stone needs
repolishing or if alterations of the metalwork are required. Setting can also
be hazardous. It's best to use high-karat gold, which is softer and more easily
bent into place. Also, consider how the stone might be removed if necessary.
Sometimes, it may be best to use a false bezel setting and set the stone from
beneath, holding it in place with tabs.
and Cleansing of
Like all expressions of life, gemstones need and deserve
care to retain their vitality. As therapeutic gemstones help us release
energetic impurities and blockages, some of these released energies cling to
the surface of the gems. These disharmonious energies quickly build up,
inhibiting the gemstones’ ability to work at peak capacity. Regular cleansing
clears these energies and restores the gems to their naturally vibrant state.
Several minutes of care given regularly will keep therapeutic gemstones vital
and ready to help us take our next step in growth and healing.
Basic Care Guidelines
When using a therapeutic gemstone necklace regularly, cleanse
it at least two to three times a week using one of the four methods : Water Rinse, Salt Bed, Plant Rejuvenation, or Sunbath.
When not in use, store cleansed
gemstones in a drawer, covered container, or jewelry roll.
Handle all therapeutic gemstones with care. Some are
particularly fragile, such as Purple Rainbow Fluorite, Malachite, Mother of
Pearl, and Rhodochrosite. They naturally break, scratch, and chip more easily
than other gemstones.
Four Cleansing Methods
Any of the four methods can cleanse
therapeutic gems of the disharmonious energies they tend to collect during use.
For certain gemstones, some methods are more appropriate than others; these
special considerations are noted where required.
Water Rinse Two to
three times a week, or more often as needed
Rinsing gemstones in water gently washes away many of the
gems’ accumulated energies. Hold the entire necklace under alternating hot and
cold running water for about 60 seconds. To ensure that the water doesn’t
become too hot, test the temperature with your fingers; if the water is too hot
for your fingers, it may be too hot for the gems.
Special considerations: Rinsing will dull the polish of
Rhodochrosite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Sodalight, Indigo, and Mother of Pearl.
Therefore, use other cleansing methods for these gems.
Every three to four weeks: For gemstones that tolerate
rinsing, occasionally use a small amount of mild, non-synthetic soap to remove
body oils from the surface of the gems.
Click here to see a chart detailing the Water Rinse
instructions for each gemstone.
Salt Bed Two to three
times a week, or more often as needed
Salt absorbs the disharmonious energies that accumulate on
the surface of therapeutic gems. Lay the gemstones in about a half-inch of salt
in a bowl for at least an hour or overnight. Replace the salt about every two
Oceanstones: To cleanse necklaces containing oceanstones
(Biwa Pearl or Coral), use sea salt instead of table salt. Another option is to
soak an oceanstone necklace in a solution of two teaspoons sea salt for every
half-cup of cool water. First lay the necklace flat in a bowl. Add water and
then sprinkle the salt into it. Some of the salt may settle on the gems before
dissolving, aiding the cleansing process. Soak for 15 to 30 minutes. Then
briefly rinse the gems with clear water before patting them dry.
Two to three times a week, or more often as needed
Plants generate a living energy field that can absorb and
transform the disharmonious energies we release. Wrap a gemstone necklace
around the base of a healthy houseplant, or lay the necklace in its branches.
For a deeper cleansing and rejuvenation, place the gemstones outside in the
branches of, or underneath, a shrub or tree for several days.
Sunbath Every one to
two weeks, or more often as needed
Sunshine clears, energizes, and revitalizes therapeutic
gems. Unless the gems are water-sensitive, first rinse them as described above.
Then lay the gems in direct sunlight for 10 to 20 minutes (unless indicated
otherwise in the chart on the next two pages). Ideally, expose the gems to the
sun directly, rather than through a glass windowpane. If possible, lay the gems
directly on the earth, grass, or branches of a plant. Avoid excessive exposure
to the sun.
For an especially deep and refreshing cleansing, you can use
either of the following methods with any gemstone for which a water rinse is
You can provide a gemstone necklace with a powerful
cleansing and rejuvenation by holding or placing it in a natural stream or
creek or in gentle ocean waves for up to 20 minutes. Be sure to secure the gems
adequately, so as not to lose them in the moving water.
Placing gems in the grass during a rainfall for several
hours or overnight will also thoroughly cleanse and refresh them.
I hope you learn a little about how to care for your wonderful gemstones.
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The serpentine group describes a group of common
rock-forming hydrous magnesium iron phyllosilicate ((Mg, Fe)3Si2O5(OH)4)
minerals; they may contain minor amounts of other elements including chromium,
manganese, cobalt or nickel. In mineralogy and gemology, serpentine may refer
to any of 20 varieties belonging to the serpentine group. Owing to admixture,
these varieties are not always easy to individualize, and distinctions are not
usually made. There are three important mineral polymorphs of serpentine:
antigorite, chrysotile and lizardite.
Many types of serpentine have been used for jewellery and
hardstone carving, sometimes under the name false jade or Teton jade.
Serpentine is the name used for several different aggregate
structures which are usually green, yellowish green, or brownish green in
color. The finer serpentine is cut as cabochons for gemstones, or carved into
decorative objects. Though serpentine is sometimes confused with jade,
serpentine is usually spotted or veined.
The serpentine group includes as many as 20 different
members. All the serpentines are a basic magnesium silicate, with many
containing iron as well. Other elements may also be present in small
quantities, including chromium, nickel and cobalt.
Two basic structures for serpentine are usually
distinguished -- antigorite (leafy serpentine) and chrysotile (fibrous
serpentine). The chrysotile minerals are more likely to form serpentine asbestos,
while antigorite forms cryptocrystalline masses sometimes with a lamellar or
micaceous character. Since asbestos fibers are a health hazard only the
antigorite form is used for gemstones or carvings.
Most serpentine are opaque to translucent, with a hardness
rating ranging from 2.5 to 5.5. Antigorite tends to be the harder variety.
Serpentine is fairly light, with a density of 2.44 to 2.62, slightly lower than
quartz. Luster ranges from greasy to waxy to silky. Serpentine is known to be
susceptible to acids.
A number of trade names have been introduced to refer to
serpentine variants, including bastite, bowenite, connemara, verd-antique and
williamsite. You may also encounter terms such new jade, noble serpentine and
precious serpentine. However the latter three terms are not used in gemology.
Serpentine varieties are found in many places in the world,
including Afghanistan, Burma, China, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, UK, Greece,
Italy and Norway.
Mystical, Healing and Magical Properties
It is said to help one find inner peace, calmness, and a
long life; instills in the bearer a respect for the elderly and wards off snake
Seraphinite is often referred to as the Angel Stone because
of its feathery appearance and its reported ability to facilitate contact and
communication with the angels. It is a very spiritual stone, believed to
increase psychic awareness and intuition and to encourage out of body journeys
Seraphinite is said to help you to find your higher purpose
and to identify the actions you need to take to allow you to experience peace
Seraphinite raises the conscious mind to a higher vibration;
aids in finding one's higher purpose and the will to align with it; aids
meditation; increases spiritual awareness; opens psychic abilities; clears the
chakras; stimulates and opens the crown chakra; protects the physical body
during metaphysical work
To dream of serpentine symbolizes that someone near you will
do something treacherous.
This stone is an exceptional meditation stone, it will
assist one in finding inner peace, as well as clearing the mind to become
closer with oneself, but it should be reinforced with jade or chrysoprase to
temper the energy.
Although Serpentine is known for its kundalini awakening...
other Serpentine properties make it a very useful stone.
Elemental beings may be encouraged to make contact with you
and using this stone may also aid you to make contact with angelic guidance.
Serpentine stone often contains Black Magnetite or Lodestone
within it... which is a magnetic mineral. Natural Serpentine with this
inclusion look quite different to the normal green stones. They may aid you to
access the energy of the planet and may aid those who wish to heal the earth.
Place a piece of the Serpentine rock in your garden to aid the process.
In ancient Assyria, it is told that this stone was carried
to request of the gods and goddess to provide blessings
Serpentine has been used for treating a wide range of
physical disorders. It is beneficial for cardiac irregularities, stomach and
bowel issues, kidney disorders, and menstrual problems
It can be worn or placed directly on the skin to help women
with menstrual issues, such as pain and cramps, it is also said to help
regulate the milk flow when one is lactating, as well as assisting women who
are unable to reach orgasm due to tension. It will even out the moods and calm
the wearer when in stressful or hectic situations.
It is an excellent stone for cellular regeneration and to
assist with healing problems within the heart and lungs. It may also aid
healing of diabetes as well as eliminate parasites, and assisting it's wearer
to better absorb both magnesium and calcium.
Powers: Protection, lactation
In ancient civilizations, serpentine was used as a talisman,
it was said to protect against demonic powers as well as promoting fertility.
It is still used to protect against snake bites, poison and magic spells. In
China and India it is quite often incorporated into altars, carvings and temple
decorations, as it is seen as a protective stone that will bring peace.
This stone is an ancient stone... and it resonates within
those ancient reptilian areas of the brain. It will aid you to rewire your
brain... and it may aid you to let go of any aggression you might be feeling.
Combine it with Seraphinite for this use, as it is an excellent combination.
Garnets /ˈɡɑrnət/ are
a group of silicate minerals that have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones
The scientific stuff
Garnets possess similar physical properties and crystal
forms but different chemical compositions. The different species are pyrope,
almandine, spessartine, grossular (varieties of which are hessonite or
cinnamon-stone and tsavorite), uvarovite and andradite. The garnets make up two
solid solution series: pyrope-almandine-spessarite and
Garnet species are found in many colors including red,
orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless. The
rarest of these is the blue garnet, discovered in the late 1990s in Bekily,
Madagascar. It is also found in parts of the United States, Russia, Kenya,
Tanzania, and Turkey. It changes color from blue-green in the daylight to
purple in incandescent light, as a result of the relatively high amounts of
vanadium (about 1 wt.% V2O3). Other varieties of color-changing garnets exist. In
daylight, their color ranges from shades of green, beige, brown, gray, and
blue, but in incandescent light, they appear a reddish or purplish/pink color.
Because of their color-changing quality, this kind of garnet is often mistaken
A sample showing the deep red color garnet can exhibit.
Garnet species' light transmission properties can range from
the gemstone-quality transparent specimens to the opaque varieties used for
industrial purposes as abrasives. The mineral's luster is categorized as
vitreous (glass-like) or resinous (amber-like).
Garnets are nesosilicates having the general formula X3Y2(Si
O4). The X site is usually occupied by divalent cations (Ca2+, Mg2+, Fe2+) and
the Y site by trivalent cations (Al3+, Fe3+, Cr3+) in an octahedral/tetrahedral
framework with [SiO4]4− occupying the tetrahedra. Garnets are most often found
in the dodecahedral crystal habit, but are also commonly found in the
trapezohedron habit. (Note: the word "trapezohedron" as used here and
in most mineral texts refers to the shape called a Deltoidal icositetrahedron
in solid geometry.) They crystallize in the cubic system, having three axes
that are all of equal length and perpendicular to each other. Garnets do not
show cleavage, so when they fracture under stress, sharp irregular pieces are
Because the chemical composition of garnet varies, the
atomic bonds in some species are stronger than in others. As a result, this
mineral group shows a range of hardness on the Mohs scale of about 6.5 to 7.5.
The harder species like almandine are often used for abrasive purposes
for the Good stuff
healing properties and Metaphysical Qualities
Noah’s Ark and the light of Garnet
Even Noah, it is reported, used a lantern from Garnet in
order to safely steer his Ark through the darkness of the night. Garnets are
found in jewelry from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman eras. Many courageous
discoverers and travelers wore Garnets for protection, as they were considered
popular talismans and protective stones, because it was believed in those days
that Garnets illuminate the night and prevent their wearer from any sort of
evil. Today science explained to us that the proverbial luminosity of Garnet is
caused by its high refraction of light, but the magic of the original lore is
much more interesting
Garnet is a stone of romantic love and passion.
Metaphysically it is used to enhance sensuality, sexuality and intimacy. It is
said that garnet will bring positive thoughts and boost energy.
It is an excellent stone for manifestation, and can assist
mystically with building one's self-confidence as well as success in one's
chosen profession. The Garnet is
commonly known as the stone for a successful business. If your business is not
as good as it should be, just put three or more garnets on your desk, and
improvement should be forthcoming.
A garnet gemstone under a pillow is said to prevent bad
dreams, as well, wearing the gemstone in jewelry is told to help generate
popularity amongst peers, and help alleviate depression; it will also bring
constancy to friendships.
Garnet is also a protective energy stone which is especially
effective for protection from evil. It is also often used for gentle spiritual
healing. Lore tells that garnet can heal the blood, heart and lungs.
Garnet is found in a myriad of color...but just now we will
speak only of red garnet in healing.
The Garnet is associated with the thyroid and spleen. Both
organs may benefit with cleansing and purify with the garnet, when the gemstone
is held over the organ.
A garnet held in the hand or placed atop the head whilst
searching or meditating on past lives can be quite useful in bringing about
what is being searched for, or meditated upon.
Beneficial information for the searcher may be released. Although the
information may be painful, it will be what the searcher needs, the garnet is a
stone of truth and purity as well as a symbol of love an compassion, simply
trust that the information will be released as it is needed for awareness and
healing of spirituality.
Powers: Healing, protection, strength
It is told that garnet holds not only the power to protect its
wearer from negative energies, but to send those negative energies back to
where they originated from. If you are suffering from malicious gossip and
lies, wearing a garnet will send the negative vibrations directly back to those
perpetrating them. Whenever you hear or feel negative remarks, place the garnet
between the trouble makers and yourself; the rebound will most assuredly go
unnoticed until they suffer from the results.
Traditional Birthstone for the Month of January.
Stone of Scorpio, Capricorn and Aries, garnet symbolizes
constructiveness. Mystics believe it brightens dark souls and brings hope to
people. This is to be said of all types of garnet gemstones.
Garnet is associated primarily with the1st, Root or Base
Chakra, but also with other chakras depending on its color, as garnet develops
into many different colors, details may be found here.
Garnet is a stone that can connect with the kundalini energy
of transformation. The garnet can regenerate and transmute; at the same time it
can lift depression and help keep thoughts on a higher level.
I hope you enjoyed the information on garnets.
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The larimar stone is one of the spiritual crystal healing stones.
Larimar (misspelled: lorimar), also called "Stefilia's Stone", is a rare blue variety of pectolite found only in the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean. Its coloration varies from white, light-blue, green-blue to deep blue.
Larimar is quite a rare form of pectolite. Often mistaken for translucent turquoise or fine blue jade, larimar mirrors the beautiful waters that surround it's island of origin. The crystal vibration and unique blend of blue, teal, white and other colors have drawn many a people to it's door. It reflects the differing colors of the ocean, from deep to light shades of blue, and jade green, often sprinkled with white and gray colors from the clouds in the sky, and then peppered now and again with red dendrites...it is a most incredible site.
The Dominican Republic's Ministry of Mining records show that on 23 November 1916 Father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren of the Barahona Parish requested permission to explore and exploit the mine of a certain blue rock he had discovered. Pectolites were not yet known in the Dominican Republic and the request was rejected.
In 1974, at the foot of the Bahoruco Range, the coastal province of Barahona, Miguel Méndez and Peace Corps volunteer Norman Rilling rediscover Larimar on a beach. Natives, who believed the stone came from the sea, called the gem Blue Stone. Miguel took his young daughter's name Larissa and the Spanish word for sea (mar) and formed Larimar, by the colors of the water of the Caribbean Sea, where it was found. The few stones they found were alluvial sediment, washed into the sea by the Bahoruco River. An upstream search revealed the in situ outcrops in the range and soon the Los Chupaderos mine was formed.
Larimar is a variety of pectolite, or a rock composed largely of pectolite, an acid silicate hydrate of calcium and sodium. Although pectolite is found in many locations, none have the unique volcanic blue coloration of larimar. This blue color, distinct from that of other pectolites, is the result of copper substitution for calcium.
Miocene volcanic rocks, andesites and basalts, erupted within the limestones of the south coast of the island. These rocks contained cavities or vugs which were later filled with a variety of minerals including the blue pectolite. These pectolite cavity fillings are a secondary occurrence within the volcanic flows, dikes and plugs. When these rocks erode the pectolite fillings are carried downslope to end up in the alluvium and the beach gravels. The Bahoruco River carried the pectolite bearing sediments to the sea. The tumbling action along the streambed provided the natural polishing to the blue larimar which makes them stand out in contrast to the dark gravels of the streambed.
In metaphysical work, the larimar stone reflects the symbolic meanings of its elemental origins. Related to the sea, it radiates with deep feelings of peace and tranquility, having the power to quell emotions. Water is the element of deep emotions, and the beauty of the Caribbean ocean represents a calm, transcendent place. Few human hearts are not opened to peace and serenity in the face of radiant blue waters.
The volcanic origin, and occasional red markings, enveloped in a sea of soft blue, gray, and white, are indicative of the power of larimar stone to quiet the 'red' emotions — jealousy, anger, rage, and hatred. The color white is connected with the element air, symbolizing larimar's connection with the spiritual, higher realms, and the mind. The blue and white together, imply that this gemstone bridges the emotions with the intellect.
Larimar is considered a spiritual healing stone, and even an earth healing stone, because of its ability to open to new dimensions, and open both individuals and the earth for evolution. Meditating with a larimar crystal illuminates an individual's spiritual path, bringing feelings of empowerment and precision of purpose. At the same time, it works to dissolve self-imposed restrictions. Any self-sabotaging energy is released, for the specific purpose of an elevation of consciousness. Larimar stone is also believed to bring angelic contact.
As a healing crystal for the mind and the body, larimar works on a foundational level. It helps one deal with stress, and the inevitable changes of life, by instilling a tranquil, harmonized serenity. This is an ideal gemstone for artists of any kind, as it promotes constructive thought, and a free-flow of creativity. The presence of larimar stone is also good for emotional distress and bipolar disorder. Its vibration will help to harmonize extremes and clarify actions.
Wearing larimar jewelry is a wonderful way to benefit from the healing energy of this stone. It is most effective when carried around for long periods of time, either worn as a necklace or ring, or even held in a pocket or purse.
It's believed that larimar stones naturally raise vibrations and enable one to connect with higher energy. It is a very powerful healing stone, which anyone who is interested can benefit from.
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For those who are not sure what I am writing about, the
chrysanthemum flower stone (or just chrysanthemum stone) consists of a
two-dimensional radiating mineral “frozen” in matrix that looks like a flower,
in particular, a chrysanthemum. The stone may naturally expose the “flower” or
more frequently it is carved or sand blasted to expose the “flowers” and to
form the rock into irregular but somewhat artistic shapes. The rock with the
“flowers” may be smoothed or polished to give it a finished look. Such products
are very popular in the Far East. In recent years, small rocks with
chrysanthemums have been fairly common in mineral shows in other countries.
The "Chrysanthemum Stone" occurs naturally in
Enshi, Hubei Province, China. As the name implies, it is shaped like a
Chrysanthemum flower. Most of the specimens are collected from river beds.
The actual "flowers" are embedded in a grey
limestone with the minerals Celestite and Calcite constituting the
"petal" and Chert the "stamen".
Normally the diameter of the flower ranges from 5 to 8 cm
with the maximum being 50cm, The "flowers" are varied in shape with
their petals stretching out freely in different attitudes.The
"Chrysanthemum Stones" contains more than ten kinds of trace elements
such as Selenium, Strontium, Gold, Silver and Bismuth.They are considered to be
of Permian age (approx. 250 million years).
In China many of the chrysanthemum stones are found in Hunan
Province, Kiuyan County along the Yung River (Li 1990). Here the matrix is
Permian age Quixia Limestone. The chrysanthemum petals are blades of white to
pale bluish gray, rarely transparent, bladed celestine crystals that radiate
from a small chert nodule center (Li 1990). In some specimens the blades of
celestine have been replaced by white calcite, and the matrix may be dyed a
dark color to give a nice contrast between matrix and “flower.” When radiating
celestine blades have a diameter of one inch or less, they can be more equal in
width and length. Frequently in the larger radiations, the blades of celestine
may be variable in width and length. Some blades dominate, being much longer
and wider than the others, and so the radiation has less of a chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum is a stone that awakens your true purpose in
life and lends the support and courage necessary to follow your dreams. This
stone brings unexpected opportunities (luck) once you have stepped on a chosen
Use Chrysanthemum to forge through obstacles to joy, love
and abundance in your life.
Chrysanthemum Stone aids you in times of transformation. It
is very good to have with you or in your surroundings when you are striving to
reach your full potential. Thus it is good when working towards the attainment
It is useful to hold in meditation when you want to clarify
your goals or gain insight into your hidden talents and potential for growth
There is not allot written on Chrysanthemum it is a
wonderful unique stone that deserves far more attention. Makes wonderful
one-of- a- kind jewelry . I highly recommend the book :
The Story of Stone Flowers
by Thomas S. Elias and Hiromi Nakaoji
This is the first book in English on these rare and
extraordinarily beautiful stones with mineral formations resembling
chrysanthemum flowers. A specialized focus of the art of stone appreciation
that has flourished in Asia for over for 2,000 years, chrysanthemum stones are
regularly exhibited and highly prized among natural artistic stones. Although
found primarily in China and Japan, more recently examples are known from Korea
and the western United States.
Chrysocolla gemstone is quite often confused with turquoise,
as it has many of the same visual qualities as turquoise. But it is nothing
like turquoise, past the visual standpoint.
For thousands of years, as legend tells it, chrysocolla has
been a stone of conciliation and reassurance thought the world.
In ancient Egypt, it was called the 'wise stone' as those
who wore it generally came up with clever comprises when it seems and
unbearable pass in negotiations. It was also thought it would protect the
wearer against psychological damage as well. Lore also tells that this stone
had the power to make more violent people more sensitive and tolerant, which is
apparently why Cleopatra carried chrysocolla with her everywhere she went.
This gemstone is rarely minded today, which is what creates
its high price tag.
Chrysocolla benefits are focused on wisdom and peace.
Enabling you to remain calm during chaotic situations
The clarity that this stone can bring will decrease
nervousness. Allowing you to remain neutral and objective in heated disputes.
Which makes this stone especially useful when dealing with trouble in a
It was used as a healing stone with native Indian tribes
that attributed many powers to it. Not only calming the body and mind, but also
increasing the resistance of the body to diseases and other influences.
Its astrological signs are Gemini and Taurus and is
associated with the 5th chakra. While it is not an official birthstone it is
sometimes used instead of turquoise which is the December birthstone
The name chrysocolla comes from the Greek words ‘chrysos’
which means gold and ‘kola’ meaning glue. Because in ancient times it was used
by smiths as a solder when they were crafting gold jewelry.
Supposedly chrysocolla was first mined in the legendary
mines of King Solomon. In ancient Egypt it was known as a wisdom stone.
Legend has it that Cleopatra carried a piece with her at all
times. The main reason for this was the stone has a calming effect and boosts
Which was certainly a very useful ability when dealing with
diplomats and rulers of the powerful nations that surrounded Egypt at the time.
It allowed her to come up with clever solutions and compromises that kept her
and her people in a powerful position.
The healing properties of chrysocolla are focused on calming
the body. Which helps when dealing with infections and fevers. Chrysocolla is a
copper gemstone, like azurite and malachite. People often use other copper
items to enhance the powers of this stone.