We Love Blue Gemstones!
There is just something about precious stones. Holding one in your hand or wearing it around your neck gives you the feeling of connectedness. The fact that they were not made by man and come from the earth on some level conveys to the one holding wearing the stone that timeless union with the best of the beauty and centeredness of nature.
Let’s take a look together at some of these masterpieces of time and beauty.
- The Red Adventurine – This stone is a type of quartz. Its name comes from Italian word ventura or all’avventura which means “by chance”. The adventurine stone has been found in places like Italy, Russia, Brazil, Tibet, India, Nepal, and China.
- The Smokey Quartz – The Smokey Quartz ranges from a nearly clear stone to a grey/brown. In China in the 12th century some Smokey Quartz was cut thin and used for the lenses of sunglasses.
- Sandstone – Sandstone comes in as many colors as sand does. These varied shades gives artisans many options when working with it. It is easy to carve and was used as a sculpting medium for some of the great artists of the past.
- Red Jasper – This beautiful stone is a form of silica and gets its reddish color from iron trapped inside of it. Native Russians used it in the 1800’s to carve decorative items.
- Lapis Lazuli – This intense blue stone has been prized by civilizations for thousands of years because of its stark coloring. There is evidence that it was mined as early as the 7th century BC.
- Blue Turquoise – Originating from Turkey this stone gave the English world the name for the color “turquoise”. The green/blue shade is distinctive. Thought to be a “holy stone” these blue gemstones gave inspiration for the shade of the domes of many eastern religious buildings.
- Howlite – Discovered by Canadian Chemist Henry How in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Howlite is quite rare and has only been found in a few places in the entire world. Howlite is a white color with fine grey or black veins.
- Green Adventurine – Having been discovered in Italy, Green Adventurine is from the quartz family and has been used extensively by artisans in India. It is used to make such things as beads, figurines, and jewellery. These beautiful green gemstones
- Purple Fluorite – This exotic looking stone is part of the halide family of minerals. Purple Fluorite has been used in various scientific applications for centuries. The largest find of this stone in North America has been in the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland, Canada.
- Crystal Quartz – This is among the most commonly known of the precious stones in North America as a result of its close resemblance to the diamond. However in Europe and the Middle East it has been widely used for carvings and statuettes.
- Black Onyx – Black Onyx is commonly called a “protection stone” because many believe that it gives protection to the one holding or wearing it. It was used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans and is mentioned in the Holy Bible.
- Rose Quartz – Known as the “love stone”, Rose Quartz is a lovely shade of pale pink. This pink coloring is created by the inclusion of either phosphate or aluminum.
- Blue Sandstone – The blue gemstone ‘sandstone’ comes from the quartz family. It has an almost purple quality to it and has been reputed to have calming powers.
- Snowflake Obsidian – This beautiful stone has a sharp contrast between the black background and the white “snowflakes”. It has been used throughout all of human existence and was prized during the Stone Age for its ability to break into clean sharp edges that were useful as knives and spearheads.
- Amethyst – This violet colored variety of quartz comes from a Greek word that means “intoxicated”. Tibetans make prayer beads from Amethyst, and it is the birthstone of February.
- Malachite – Malachite is a mellow green stone. In Israel it has been mined for three thousand years. In ancient times this stone was ground down and used as a green pigment or dye.
Everybody knows that Diamonds lose their sparkle, as women choose colour so be sure to vary your colour choices as you change your outfit!
Every precious stone has a story to tell, both in a geographic and historical sense. However, what really matters to you is what does that stone that you hold in your hand or wear around your neck say to you? The stones we choose say as much to us as they say about us.
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