Agate is the oldest stone in recorded history and has been used in jewelry since Biblical Babylonian times. Agates were used to ward off storms and were prized gems in antiquity. Traditionally, Agates with banded colors were once placed at the head of a sleeper to give rich and varied dreams. Agate is considered a protection stone. It is believed to attract strength and offer protection from bad dreams, stress and the draining of energy. Agate can be many different colors, and because its banding is so variable, different types of it have been given many different descriptive names.
Agate is the Mystical birthstone for September. It is also the birth stone for the Zodiac sign of Gemini. Agate is the accepted gemstone for the 12th and 14th wedding anniversaries.
Comes from the Greek word A, meaning "not" and Methuskein, meaning "to intoxicate"; a reference to the ancient belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. It is the most highly valued and recognizable gemstone of the Quartz family. It is prized as a semiprecious gem for its violet color.
It is said that Amethyst magnifies psychic abilities and right-brain activity. It is credited for strengthening the immune system, while energizing and purifying the blood. Some believe it to also be beneficial in relieving headaches and improving blood sugar imbalance. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for the month of February and people born under the zodiac sign of Aquarius (Water Bearer). It is also the anniversary gemstone representing the 4th and 6th year of marriage
(also called "Lazurite") is an intense deep blue colored copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits. It often occurs with Malachite, Chrysocolla or Turquoise areas with copper deposits. Azurite is found in Australia, Chile, France, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, the southwestern USA, and Zaire.
is a fine grained opaque variety of Quartz (Chalcedony) that forms in a multitude of varying colors and patterns. Legend says that Jasper would drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites. In the fourth century, it was thought to bring about the rain. Jasper is believed to be protective. Credited for aligning the chakras, balancing the yin yang energies, as well as stabilizing and healing. Jasper is also one of the birth stones listed for the sun sign of Virgo and regarded the mystical birthstone for the month of October.
is a copper bearing mineral that is often confused with Turquoise. A relatively soft stone, it has variegated colors of blue and green and is most often found wherever copper deposits occur, especially in the southwestern US, Australia, Chili, Zaire, England and France. Chrysocolla is associated with the feminine energy and is said to foster communication and creativity.
is regarded by many people around the world as the stone of friendship and truth. The blue stone is said to encourage harmony in relationships and help its wearer to be authentic and give his or her opinion openly.
Except for the vibrant green color, the properties of Malachite are very similar to those of Azurite and the two minerals are frequently found together, although Malachite is more common than Azurite.
Malachite is said to aid in the regeneration of body cells, as well as creating a sense of calm and peace that helps one to sleep. It has also been worn by some to detect impending danger. This beautiful green stone offers bands of varying hues and is believed by many to lend extra energy. It is said that gazing at Malachite or holding it relaxes the nervous system and calms stormy emotions. Malachite is also credited for bringing harmony into one's life as well as bestowing knowledge and patience. Traditionally, it was used as a children's talisman to ward off danger and illness. Malachite is the alternative birthstone for the zodiac signs of Capricorn and Scorpio and also represents the 13th wedding anniversary.
Mother of Pearl
(also called "MOP") is an extremely beautiful mineral that is secreted by shelled mollusks, either oysters or abalone. While Mother of Pearl is usually a glossy or very shiny white, it can also be a slight gray or iridescent color. The reason behind Mother of Pearl’s iridescence is because the platelet structure is the same size as the light waves that reflect from it.
Mother of Pearl is said to symbolism fertility and rebirth. Its luster and iridescence wear beautifully on most skin types.
Onyx is one of the birth stones listed for the zodiac sign of Leo. It is also the mystical birthstone for the month of December and the stone representing the tenth wedding anniversary. Onyx is said to separate and help release negative emotions such as sorrow and grief. It is worn to defend against negativity and Black Onyx is said to have protective energies in the sense that black is the absence of light, and therefore, can be used to create invisibility. It is also believed to fortify self-confidence and responsibility, sharpen your senses and encourage a healthy self-esteem.
is a semiprecious Quartz. Roman soldiers wore Tigereye for protection in battle because it was thought to be "all seeing" due to its appearance. Physically, it is also said to relieve high blood pressure as well as psoriasis, bronchial asthma, kidney, rheumatic and heart diseases. Tigereye is believed to be useful in focusing the mind and is credited for giving protection during travel. It is thought to strengthen one’s convictions and confidence, thereby being very beneficial for the weak and sick.
is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized for thousands of years because of its unique color. Its color can range from white to powder blue and sky blue as well as various shades of green depending on its mineral properties --- blue being attributed to the copper content while green is the result of either iron or dehydration.
The indigenous tribes of Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico have long fashioned Turquoise into ornamental jewelry, inlays and carvings. The Navaho believe Turquoise is a piece of the sky which has fallen to earth. The Apache associate it with the spirits of the sea and sky and believed it to help warriors and hunters aim accurately. The Zuni believe that Turquoise protects them from evil spirits, while the Aztecs reserved Turquoise for the gods and believed it was not to be worn by mere mortals.
Among contemporary spiritualists, Turquoise is thought to attract prosperity and success, influence creativity, and enhance communication skills. The stone has long been prized as a powerful talisman with healing properties. It is said that Turquoise can help balance the throat chakra, bolster the immune system and give relief to sore throats, lung infections and allergies. Turquoise is also the modern birthstone representing the month of December.
part of the Jasper family, Unakite is said to lift your spirits when you are feeling down and thought to help you to see the beauty in life. It is also used to uncover deception.