Crystals/Gems

Gemstone of the Day for September 22nd – Lapis Lazuli

Gemstone of the Day

 Lapis Lazuli

 

Lapis Lazuli is listed as the traditional birthstone for December. (Note that the official birthstone list adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912 denotes Turquoise and blue Topaz as the official birthstones.) It is also the Planetary stone for Capricorn and the birthstone for Libra. See the birthstone tables for additional references to lapis. Lapis may be given as a gem on the 7th and 9th wedding anniversary.

Lapis is considered a rock, not a mineral. It combines various minerals, mostly lazurite, but also contains calcite (white), sodalite (blue) and pyrite (fools’ gold, a metallic yellow) and to be considered a mineral it would have only one component.

Top quality lapis lazuli comes from Afghanistan where is has been mined for more than 6000 years, but is also found in Siberia, Chile,  the U.S., Pakistan, and Canada.

A strong blue, sometimes with a hint of violet, lapis lazuli’s value decreases with the presence of white patches (calcite), while small veins of pyrite are often prized.

The Egyptians used Lapis for seals, ground it for an eyelid cosmetic and often carved it into vases and figurines.

A soft stone, 5 -5.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, lapis lazuli is one of the most valuable semi opaque stones.

Category: rock
Cleavage: none
Crystal habit: compact, massive
Specific gravity: 2.7 – 2.9
Luster: dull
Fracture: uneven
Streak: light blue

 

Lapis Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:

Strengthens total awareness, creativity, ESP, skeleton, thyroid, helps to expand viewpoint. It is believed to improve sleep and cure insomnia.

The Romans used lapis as an aphrodisiac.

During ancient times lapis was ground up and used for medicinal purposes as well as a cosmetic. The ground powder was mixed with milk and used as a compress to relieve ulcers and boils and, during the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli was believed to maintain the skeleton in healthy condition while keeping the spirit free from the negative emotions of fear and jealousy.

Lapis is used to energize the throat chakra and when placed over the brow chakra it induces a heightened state of awareness.

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Gemstone of the Day for Sept. 21st – The Ruby

Gemstone of the Day

  Ruby

                                                          
                                                                                
Hardness: 9           
Specific Gravity: 4            
Chemistry:  Al2O3:Cr aluminium oxide with chromium
Class: Corundum                       
Crystallography: Trigonal                        
Cleavage: none
Fracture: Uneven or conchoidal                   
Streak: white                    
Luster: vitreous


Healing: An elixir made from ruby is used externally to lower fevers. Ruby is also used to treat disorders of the heart. Wearing a ruby helps the blood system to purify itself of toxins. Ruby is also used to treat the adrenals, kidneys, reproductive organs and spleen.
Ruby is used with child bearing and to balance the menses.

Magical Workings: Ruby is an excellent stone of protection and helps to protect against psychic attacks. Ruby teaches you how to make wise decisions and assists you in making decisions from the heart, it promotes dynamic leadership. Having a ruby in one’s possession assists in maintaining one’s wealth. Ruby is considered the stone of love, energy, passion, power, and a zest for life.
Ruby is associated with the astrological signs of Leo, Scorpio and Cancer. It vibrates to the number of 3.

Chakra Applications: Ruby is associated with the Base chakra. It is also used to to energize and balance, stimulate   the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: The red color of ruby is caused mainly by the presence of the element chromium. Rubies were first synthesized in 1902 CE. The process of creating synthetic rubies is known as the Verneuil process. Many rubies on the market are synthetic. Only experts can distinguish between natural and synthetic rubies.
Ruby is the red variety of corundum, the second hardest natural mineral known to mankind.
Ruby is the gemstone given on the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
Ruby is said to be one of the stones used in the breast plate of the Hebrew High Priest.
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Gemstone of the Day for September 19th is Garnet

Gemstone of the Day

 Garnet

 
Hardness: 6.5-7.5                                                     
Specific Gravity: 3.5-4.2
Chemistry: Ca3Fe2+2(SiO4)3           
Class: Silicates           
Crystallography: Isometric – Hexoctahedral
Cleavage: None                  
Fracture: Conchoidal                        
Streak: White                        
Luster: Vitreous (Glassy)
Garnet comes from the Greek word “Granatum” which refers to the color of the pomegranate seed.

Healing: Garnet is known as a Healing stone. It is used to purify and cleanse the body and/or spirit. It’s healing abilities work on all levels of mind, body and spirit. Believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and aid in curing depression. It stimulates the pituitary gland, relieves rheumatism and arthritis pain.

Garnets were believed to protect one from poisons.

Garnets are also known as a Stone of Commitment.

Workings: Garnet is used to protect homes from fire and lightning, heal snakebites and food poisoning, protect people from nightmares, and warn of danger. Garnet is also believed to promote true love. Astrological signs of; Leo, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius. Vibrates to the number 2. Its energy is projective and it is ruled by the planet Mars. The element is Fire.

Chakra Applications: Garnet is used to draw negative energy from the chakras.  Stimulates both the Base and Crown chakras, thus energizing the body.

Foot Notes:  Birthstone for the month of January. Garnet may be given as a gem on the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary. Garnets belong to the isometric crystal class, which produces very symmetrical, cube-based crystals. They are double silicates; one of the metallic elements is calcium, magnesium, ferrous iron, or manganese and the other aluminum, ferric iron, or chromium.
Garnet occurs in many different kinds of rocks ; in metamorphosed impure limestones, in basic igneous rocks, in granite rocks, in schists and other metamorphic rocks as well as in igneous rocks. Garnet jewelry has been found that date back to the Bronze Age (3000 BCE).
Garnets can be found in the U.S. (Arizona), South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), Scotland, Switzerland and Tanzania .
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Stone of the Day for September 18th is Sulphur

Stone of the Day

   Sulphur

 
                                                                    

Sulphur comes from the Latin word “sulfur” (brimstone). 


Hardness: 1 1/2 – 2 1/2                  
Specific Gravity: 2.07
Chemistry: S                    
Class: Sulpher                                
Crystallography: Orthorhombic                   
Cleavage: imperfect, fair                 
Fracture: Sectile                 
Streak: Colorless                  
Luster: resinous, greasy


Healing: The medicinal use of Sulphur goes back to ancient times when it was used as a laxative (purgative), antiseptic and disinfectant. Sulphur was also burnt in medieval times to stop infections from spreading. It is used in hot springs/baths for arthritis, pain, rheumatism, swelling, lymph, cysts, hemorrhoids.
Sulphur  is found in all body tissues, and is needed for the synthesis of collagen, a principal protein that gives the skin its structural integrity.
Sulphur is used for a wide variety of skin diseases such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne. It is also used as a rejuvinating drug. Sulfur helps alleviate wrinkles, and skin damage, including scarring. Sulfur helps repair injured joints, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue.

Magical Workings: Sulphur is used to cleanse one of negativity. It aids in calming the mind prior to meditation. Sulphur is a stone of protection.

Sulphur is used by shamans to connect with the six elements (Cardinal points, Father Sky and Mother Earth). Sulphur is associated with the astrological sign of Leo and vibrates to the number of 7.

Chakra Applications: Sulphur is associated primarily with the solar plexus chakra.

Foot Notes: Sulfur is an electrical insulator. Sulphur is found in garlic, mustard, chives and onions.
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Gemstone of the Day for Sept. 16 is Flint

Gemstone of the Day

 

Flint

 
(Color: Dark brown to black siliceous nodules, usually found in chalk)

Hardness: 7                         
Specific Gravity: 2.65                           
Chemistry: SiO2 silicon oxide                          
Class: Silicates                                
Crystallography: none                                        
Cleavage: None                                  
Fracture: Conchoidal                
Streak: colorless or greenish                              
Luster: Waxy, dull

Healing: Useful when severing emotional ties. Used in the treatment of kidney stones, skin lesions, lung disorders and indigestion.

Workings: Flint is also known as Elf Shot, Thunderstone and Faery Shot. It is used to keep faeries away. Flint is also used as a protection amulet. Its energy is projective. It is ruled by the planet Mars and its element is Fire. Use in protection and healing spells. Astrological sign is Scorpio. Vibrates to the number 7.

Chakra Applications: Use in connection with the Third Eye Chakra, especially during thought transfers.

Foot Notes: Flint is a granular cryptocrystalline variety of quartz, typically dark in color. It is a form of silica more opaque than chalcedony  Flint is found in many localities throughout the world. Flint and chert nodules occur typically in limestone and chalk.
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Gemstone of the Day for Sept. 13 is Tiger’s Eye

Gemstone of the Day

Tiger’s Eye

                                                        

Hardness: 7                    
Specific Gravity: 2.6                      
Chemistry: SiO2
Class: Quartz                     
Crystallography: Trigonal                      
Cleavage: none
Fracture: Splintery to conchoidal                      
Streak: yellow – brown                        
Luster: vitreous


Healing: Tiger’s Eye relieves high blood pressure. Tiger’s Eye is also used to treat bronchial issues, asthma, kidney, rheumatic and heart disease issues.

Magical Workings: Roman soldiers once wore Tiger’s Eye for protection in battle. Tiger’s Eye is used for focusing the mind, it is thought to be all seeing due to its unique appearance.. It is said that Tiger’s Eye offers protection during travel, strengthens convictions and confidence. A personal symbol carved in Tiger’s Eye is excellent for use in meditation. It is used to enhance one’s psychic abilities.
Tiger’s Eye is associated with the astrological sign of Capricorn and vibrates to the number 4.

Chakra Applications: Tiger’s Eye is used to attune the Third Eye chakra. It is also used to energize the Base chakra and to open the Solar Plexus chakra.

Foot Notes: Tiger’s eye is quartz that contains oriented fibres of crocidolite that have been replaced by silica. During volcanic events, the fibrous asbestos is replaced by iron-bearing quartz called limonite.  Quartz is the most common mineral on earth and makes up to 12% of the earth’s crust.
Tiger’s Eye is the anniversary gemstone for the 9th year of marriage.
Protect tiger eye from scratches and sharp blows. Also avoid large temperature changes.
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Gemstone of the Day for September 12 is Emerald

Gemstone of the Day

 

  Emerald  

 
Hardness: 7.5 – 8.0                     
Specific Gravity: hexagonal; 6/m2/m2/m                     
Chemistry: Be3Al2(SiO3)6                     
Class: cyclosilicates                  
Crystallography: hexagonal; 6/m2/m2/m
Cleavage: poor basal cleavage is seldom visible on {0001}              
Fracture: conchoidal producing smooth brilliant surfaces   
Streak: White                           
Luster: vitreous

Birthstone for the month of May

The name emerald is thought to be of the Ancient Greek word “smaragdos” meaning “green stone” which was originally applied to a variety of green colored minerals.

Healing: It is good for the eyes and eyesight, it cures snakebites, encourages and preserves chastity, cures dysentery, prevents epilepsy, promotes cleverness, courage, eloquence, honesty, prosperity. Also used in the treatment of the spine, lungs and heart. Astrological signs of emerald are Taurus, Gemini and Aries. Vibrates to the number 4.

Workings: Emerald is a symbol of immortality. It is used as a talisman to protect against physical danger and evil. It is also used for divination. Emerald is also known as the “stone of successful love”. Its element is Earth and it is ruled by the planet Venus. Its energy is receptive. The Greeks associated this stone with the Goddess Venus.

Chakra Applications: It is used to activate and stimulate the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Emerald is the green variety of the mineral beryl. Emerald’s precious green color is caused by small amounts of chromium and enhanced by traces of iron. Emerald occurs most often in mica schist’s of metamorphic-hydrothermal origin wherein the schist’s and other associated host rocks formed by chemical interaction between granite rocks or pegmatites and the enclosing basic (silica-deficient) rocks. Best field indicators are its color, form, hardness and specific gravity.

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Gemstone of the Day for Sept. 11 is Beryl

Gemstone of the Day

 Beryl

              
The name beryl is derived from the Greek “beryllos” which referred to “precious blue-green color-of-sea-water stone.


Hardness: 7.5 – 8              
Specific Gravity: 2.76                    
Chemistry: Be3Al2Si6O18 Beryllium Aluminum Silicate
Class: Silicates               
Crystallography: Hexagonal             
Cleavage: imperfect        
Fracture: conchoidal                     
Streak: white                    
Luster: vitreous


Healing: Beryl has many healing abilities according to the color of beryl used:

Goshenite – is used to treat disorders and injuries with regard to the legs, specifically the leg muscles.  It is also quite helpful in assisting to remedy dust allergies.

Aquamarine – is used to help reduce one’s dependence on drugs, and to help eliminate fluid retention by strengthening the kidneys, liver, spleen and thyroid, thus purifying the general body.

Emerald – is used to treat conditions of the eyes. It is also used to treat backaches.

Heliodor – is used to remove physical toxins from ones liver and skin. 

Morganite – is used for healing a wide range of ailments related to the heart and throat; such as emphysema, tuberculosis, heart disease, lungs, oxygenation and throat issues. It is beneficial in treating all respiratory ailments and to increase the supply of oxygen to the cells.

Red Beryl – is used to treat bladder ailments and kidney stones by dipping beryl into water and then giving the water to the patient to drink.
 

Workings: Beryl originates from Mesopatamia and was worshiped as a magic stone by the ancient Hebrews, as it was believed to strengthen ones belief in God.
Beryl has various metaphysical and astrological associations which are assigned according to its color:

Goshenite – Goshenite is used to promote practical wisdom, intellectual curiosity as well as thoughtful, and carefully thought out decisions. It will help you see a situation from all sides, breaking down stubbornness and rigidity. It is a stone of truthfulness that encourages truth in all actions. Goshenite is associated with the astrological sign of Libra and vibrates to the number 3.
Aquamarine – Aquamarine is used to open up one’s psychic abilities. It also enables one to be sensitive to the thoughts and vibrations of other people. Aquamarine is associated with the astrological signs of Gemini, Pisces and Aries. It vibrates to the number 1.
Emerald is a stone of love and romance. It brings and enhances joy, cleansing, clairvoyance, memory, and faith. It also benefits intuition and communication, and promotes truthfulness. It is associated with the astrological signs of Taurus, Gemini and Aries and vibrates to the number 4.
Red Beryl is used by intuitives and mystics to bring harmony to relationships and enhance compatibility. It is also used to strengthen creativity energy. Red Beryl is associated with the astrological signs of Taurus and Aries and vibrates to the number 8.
Morganite is known both as an Angel stone and a Heart stone. It can bring love to one’s live or rekindle old love.  As an angel stone, it is known to help with communicating with angels.  It can also balance emotions and ease the pain of separation. Morganite is associated with the astrological sign of Libra and vibrates to the number 3.
 
Chakra Applications: Emerald is associated with the heart chakra. Heliodor is beneficial for the Solar Plexus and Brow chakras. Morganite is associated with the Heart chakra. Red beryl (Bixbite) is associated with the Sacral and Heart chakras. Aquamarine is associated with the Solar Plexus and Throat chakras. Heliodor is associated with the Sacral and Heart chakras.

Foot Notes: The mineral beryl is a beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate. It is a single mineral with many varieties that are distinguished by their color. Beryl is colorless in pure form; it is the many different impurities that give beryl its varied coloration.
Emerald is the green variety of beryl.
Aquamarine is the blue variety of beryl.
Heliodor is the greenish-yellow variety.
Morganite is the pink variety.
Goshenite is the colorless variety.
The name beryl is used for the red and golden varieties.
During the time of Nero, white or clear beryl was found on the Island of Elba and it was often cut to create eyeglasses.

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