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Amber

Amber is fossilized hardened resin of the pine tree. Found within New Zealand coal seams, The Baltic, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Rumania, China, Japan, Canada, Mexico and Alaska, New Jersey. Amber occurs in a range of different colors, but it is mostly yellow, orange or brown. Golden-yellow amber is usually hard, translucent resin from evergreen pine trees. Amber can also be whitish to pale lemon-yellow and brown to nearly black. Amber brings a care free, sunny disposition and promotes good luck and success. The gemstone Amber is one of the birthstones listed for Taurus.

Amethyst

As of 2014, most Amethyst comes from Brazil and Uruguay. Before amethyst was discovered in these locations, amethyst was mined in Sri Lanka, Germany, India and the Ural Mountains in Russia. Amethyst owes its color to iron and aluminum impurities. The colors range from purple and violet to pale red-violet. The deep colors are the most valuable, particularly a rich purple with rose flashes. So-called green amethyst is produced by heat treatment, but since amethyst is defined by its purple color, green amethyst is not considered to be a true amethyst. Amethyst carries the energy of fire and passion, creativity and spirituality, yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety. Its inherent high frequency purifies the aura of any negative energy or attachments, and creates a protective shield of light around the body, allowing one to remain clear and centered while opening to spiritual direction. The gemstone Amethyst is one of the birthstones listed for Aquarius.

Black Onyx

While Black onyx is mined today primarily in Myanmar, small quantities can be found in Guatemala. Black onyx has a black base and white upper layer, but may contain bands of various other colours between these layers. In gemstones, onyx may also be one single colour. A lot of Black onyx gemstones are completely black. Black Onyx helps with self-control, decision making, intuition, protection. It is widely believed that black onyx can change your habits if erratic. It is regarded as one powerful protection stone as it absorbs negative energy, releases mental stress and promotes emotional well-being The gemstone Black Onyx is one of the birthstones listed for Leo.

Blue Opal

95% of the world’s precious Opal is mined out of Australia. Opals are also mined in different parts of the United States, Brazil, Ethiopia and Mexico. Opal can occur in many colors including white, colorless, pale yellow, pale red, gray, brown and black. Diffraction can cause flashes of any color of the rainbow which can be seen in opal’s color play. Yellow, blue and green are most common, whereas violet, red and orange are the rarest colors seen through play of color. Opalescence is usually milky blue in color, but it can occur in rarer colors. The saturation of body color, the play of color and the transparency determine an opal’s value. Blue opal is thought to minimize stress and anxiety, weakness and fat reduction. Physically, it is a gem that actually repairs metabolism difficulties. The Blue opal properties are reportedly the most effective of the healing gemstones. It can improve creativity and ideas; the gemstone is related to great fortune. The gemstone Blue opal is one of the birthstones listed for Libra

Blue Topaz

Deposits of Topaz have been found in Brazil, Afghanistan, Australia, Myanmar (Burma), China, Germany, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and the USA. Natural light-blue topaz is found in Northern Ireland and the UK. Enormous Topaz crystals have been discovered in Minas Gerais (Brazil) and Ukraine. Topaz is often enhanced to produce the most desirable colours. The most popular colour for Topaz is blue, but in nature, blue topaz is usually pale blue rather than bright or deep blue. The brilliant blue shades of Topaz are usually achieved by artificial means. Blue topaz brings leadership ability to anyone who wears or carries it. It also enhances and improves psychic knowledge, spiritual growth, and psychic insight. The gemstone Blue Topaz is one of the birthstones listed for Sagittarius.

Coral

Most coral is found in the Mediterranean Sea or in the Pacific off the coast of Japan and Taiwan, in addition to Australia and the African coast. Precious Coral typically exhibits a range of warm pinkish to red colors, including light-red to salmon (momo coral), and medium-red (Sardegna coral) to deep ox-blood red (Moro coral); color is known to fade when worn. Coral is said to be an important organic gemstone, especially to those born under the sign of Aries.  It is said to suppress a fiery nature in that it protects and strengthens one’s emotional foundation. It facilitates intuition, imagination and visualization. The gemstone Coral is one of the birthstones listed for Aries.

Carnelian

Carnelian, a beautiful semi-precious gemstone, is found in Australia (western), Brazil, Russia, Madagascar, South Africa, and Oregon/U.S.A.  The most beautiful Carnelian is found in India. Carnelian colors can range from yellowish orange to orange and from deep-red to brownish red. Its distinctive color is owed to iron impurities and if heated, its color can be enhanced. Deep-red and reddish-orange colors are considered most desirable. Carnelian often exhibits light and dark color zones within a single specimen. It was believed that Carnelian protected people against evil, in addition to fighting bad tempers. Carnelian promotes creativity and passion, and suppresses feelings of jealousy. It stimulates the energy of love and joy. The gemstone Carnelian is one of the birthstones listed for Aries.

Chalcedony

Is found in Brazil, India, Madagascar, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Uruguay and California. Chalcedony is a variety of the mineral quartz that occurs in in a great variety of colors including blue, lavender, white, buff, light tan, gray, yellow, pink, red or brown. Chalcedony owes its color to quartz impurities, most often including iron, nickel, copper and or titanium. Chalcedony is a powerful cleanser. Mothers use it to increase lactation, and it also fosters the maternal instinct. It increases physical energy. Healers use it to decrease ill effects of senility and dementia as well as to heal the eyes, gallbladder, bones, spleen, blood and circulatory system. Chalcedony is used to assist in telepathy. It absorbs negative energy and dissipates it and harmonizes mind, body, and spirit The gemstone Chalcedony is one of the birthstones listed for Cancer.

Citrine

Citrine is found in Brazil, Madagascar, Russia, Scotland, USA, Argentina, Burma and Spain. Natural untreated Citrine is typically pale yellow to golden in color and is often accompanied by Smokey brownish tones. Deeper colors can occur ranging from golden orange to rich gold-brown. Darker colors are typically considered more desirable than lighter lemon colors. Heated Citrine (Amethyst or Smokey quartz) will typically exhibit a reddish tint. Citrine is a joyful stone with bright energy which lights up many aspects of one’s life. It has energies of good fortune and good luck, though these may appear in unexpected ways. It is known as the ‘Success Stone’. The gemstone Citrine is one of the birthstones listed for Gemini.

Cubic Zirconium

Cubic Zirconia is a man-made composition that resembles even the most high quality diamond. It is transparent in colour. Cubic Zirconia endows prestige and nobility to its wearers and allows respect and position. It bestows good health, financial prosperity, position, prestige and high honour. It works quietly to the native’s advantage and protects him from jealousies and rivalries and also the plots which are hatched by his enemies. It is good for promoting sound sleep and gives happiness, good & jovial mood, and strength and energies to the wearers. The gemstone Cubic Zirconia is one of the birthstones listed for Aries

Freshwater Pearls

Pearls are found in various places such as Persian Gulf, China, Japan, Korea, Africa, Australia, Fiji, Austria, France and Sweden. Although freshwater Pearls are not semi-precious gemstones, they are semi-precious indeed. They can be found in white, silvery white, pink, salmon, red, copper, bronze, brown, lavender, purple, green, blue, cream, and yellow. The different colors are a function of the mussel species, genetics, water quality, and the position of the Pearl in the shell. Pearls symbolize purity, spiritual transformation, honesty, wisdom and integrity. The stone Pearl is one of the birthstones listed Gemini and Cancer.

Garnet

Garnet is found in various places such as; China, Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the USA. Garnet is available in a veritable plethora of colours, such as yellow, orange, peach, green, red, purple, blue (rare), brown and pink. However, the most commonly occurring colour is red. Garnet also rarely occurs in colour-change varieties, which have a different colour depending on whether they are viewed in incandescent or natural light. The colour of garnet is the most important quality factor. It protects the wearers from nightmares and unexpected happenings and is good for children too. The ancient Egyptians used garnets as an antidote for snake bites and for food poisoning. It can also be used with considerable advantage by heart patients or those under stress or strain. It relieves tensions and gives rest and relaxation. Garnet stone is associated with gentleness, affectionate nature, kind heartedness, sincerity, frankness, charity, constancy and truthfulness. The gemstone Garnet is one of the birthstones listed for Capricorn.

Labradorite

Is found in Canada, Finland, Greenland, Scandinavia, Russia, Italy, Mexico and USA. Labradorite is grey to grey-black with colourful iridescence, or spectral “labradorescence”. This is a result of diffraction of light in the layers of rock. Popular colours are royal blue and multicolour. Labradorite can also be colourless, orange-red and brownish. The metallic tints of Labradorite can show the full spectrum of colour, especially in spectrolite, which is named after the full range of colour that it exhibits. Known as a gemstone for magic, Labradorite brings the gift of serendipity and synchronicity. These combined can make amazing things happen in your life. The gemstone is also known for its healing properties. The gemstone Labradorite is one of the birthstones listed for Scorpio, Leo and Sagittarius.

Lapis Lazuli

The finest Lapis lazuli comes from Badakhshan in Afghanistan. Lapis lazuli (or just lapis) has a rich blue color, sometimes called denim lapis or just blue lapis, depending on the shade of blue color. Although the colour of lapis lazuli is defined by its name, ‘the blue stone’, its colors can actually range from slightly greenish blue to violetish, medium to dark and from low to highly saturated. The blue is owed to sulfur coloring agents. A moderate amount of gold pyrite flecks is considered acceptable. Lapis lazuli is historically of royalty and spirituality. This gem helps to balance frustration and relieves anger and negative thoughts. The gemstone Lapis lazuli is one of the birthstones listed for Pieces and Sagittarius.

Malachite

Malachite is found Zaire, South Africa, Romania, The Congo, Russia, Australia, Chile and USA. Malachite is light to very dark green. Its colour comes from copper. Eye-like rings are the most popular bands, and malachite with these markings is known as “peacock’s eye”. Malachite aids in creativity, enhances the development of intuition and is a strong gem for the heart, both for the physical heart and healing of the emotional one. The gemstone Malachite is one of the birthstones listed for Capricorn.

Marcasite

Marcasite is Iron sulfide and is known as a mineral. It is found in various European locations, specifically Poland, Czech Republic, Bohemia, Romania and Kapnick. Marcasite forms metallic pale brass-yellow coloured, tabular or pyramidal, sometimes globular crystals. On fresh surfaces it is pale yellow to almost white and has a bright metallic luster. It inspires relaxation, reflection, spiritual development, focus and clarity. The gemstone Marcasite is one of the birthstones listed for Aries.

Mother of Pearl

Mother of pearl is produced by an inner shell layer and also made up of the outer coating of pearls. These originate from France and Italy. Like pearls, Mother-of-pearl can be white, gray, silver, yellow, blue-green, bronze, pink, red, brown, black or banded. The iridescence of mother-of-pearl is known as “orient” and is thought to be caused by light interference (interaction of light that is similar in source or frequency) and dispersion (separation of light into its respective colors). Mother of pearl stirs and awakens the primordial memory of your origin in the infinite ocean of divine love. It enlivens the memories of recent dreams. It produces an overall calming effect as it gently stirs the life energy of your cells. The gemstone Mother of pearl is one of the birthstones listed for Cancer

Moonstone

Moonstone comes from India, Burma, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Australia and USA. Moonstone is typically colorless, but it can occur in a wide range of colors, including gray, mocha brown, yellow, orange, green, pink, blue and white. It most often exhibits a white to bluish-white sheen, but other sheens can occur such as silvery and blue-orange. Moonstone intensifies your feminine ‘Goddess’ energy. It enhances your feelings and encourages fervent desires, eager expectations and heartfelt resolve. The stone embodies the energy of the Divine Feminine and this may soothe overall aggression and help you to feel confidence and serenity within your life. The gemstone Moonstone is one of the birthstones listed for Cancer, Libra and Scorpio

Prehnite

Prehnite is found in Australia, South Africa, China, Scotland and USA. Prehnite occurs in a range of green colors, including pale green to dark green and yellow- to brown-green. Prehnite may also occur as gray, blue, orange, white and colorless. A soft apple green color is most desirable. The gemstone aids you to connect to beings on the higher spiritual planes, enhances spiritual growth and supports personal discipline. It helps you to be prepared as it enhances precognition and prior knowledge of events. The gemstone Prehnite is one of the birthstones listed for Libra.

Peridot

Peridot is found Brazil, Pakistan, Australia, Ireland, Sri Lanka, USA and Egypt. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that come in a single color. The depth of green depends on its level of iron content. Peridot’s color can vary from yellow-green and olive to brownish green and looks best under natural daylight. Its vivid green color does not change under artificial light. It increases confidence and assertiveness, balanced by patience and clarity of thought. It is known as a gemstone for prosperity and happiness. The gemstone Peridot is one of the birthstones listed for Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius and Scorpio.

Rose Quartz

California has yielded a considerable amount of beautiful deep-pink rose quartz. Rose quartz is also found in Maine, Montana, South Dakota, Brazil, India, and Madagascar. Rose quartz (named after its pink colour) is a type of quartz which exhibits a pale pink to rose red hue. Rose quartz is often crackled, usually a little turbid. Colour can fade. Rose quartz is naturally occurring quartz mineral. It is known as the love stone as the message it emits is the strong vibration of unconditional love, joy, warmth and healing. The gemstone Rose Quartz is one of the birthstones listed Taurus.

Smokey Quartz

Smokey quartz is very abundant in North America.  Fine Smokey quartz gemstones have been obtained from regions surrounding Pikes Peak, CO.  It also comes from Brazil, Africa, Madagascar and Switzerland. The color of Smokey quartz is as variable as the spectrum, but clear quartz is by far the most common color followed by white, cloudy brown quartz. This gemstone is strongly protective; it will both protect you from negativity and transmute the energy by grounding it back down to earth. If you are feeling unhappy or are in a bad mood this gemstone will find the humor and bring you back. The gemstone Smokey quartz is one of the birthstones listed Capricorn.

African Turqoise

Turquoise colors range from blue, blue-green, or yellowish green.  Sky blue Turquoise is valued as the most rare and most valuable of the Turquoise colors.  The finest Turquoise comes from the Southwest slope of the Ali-Mirsa-Kuh Mountains in Iran. Turquoise is also found in North America, more specifically, in South West United States and sometimes in Virginia and New Mexico. Additionally, this gemstone is found in Africa; hence the name “African Turquoise“. Turquoise gemstones are considered protective, in that they guard the soul.  It also gives an overall physical toning to the wearer, emotional uplift, and longevity of life.  Turquoise can help speed the healing process, and is known as a master healer stone.  It can also help promote clear and honest communication from the heart. The Turquoise is one of the birthstones listed Capricorn and Sagittarius.