GEODE • Geodes are rock formations with crystal structures that have formed inside, often in concentric bands of minerals. The outer rock is typically rather unremarkable and generally consists of a limestone base. The interior is beautifully layered with chalcedony (agate) bands and within that material we find layers (thousands) of stunning quartz crystals. Variations in colors of geodes are a result of the minerals that find their way into the nodule. Geodes are known as a stone of motherhood and home. They promote harmony and are said to have a feminine energy. As we know that quartz is the Great Conductor, the inner cavity of a geode is an amplifier of the wearer’s personal vibe.
AGATE • Named by the Greek philosopher and naturalist, Theophrastus. Agate is a member of the Chalcedony family. Agates are known by their bands of color ranging from subtle neutrals to bright pinks, oranges, blues, and greens. This banding is caused by layers of silica filling voids in volcanic cavities previously filled with air or fluid. Layers like this form in stages with some new layers mixing with various minerals to create alternating colors. Agates have a lower intensity and vibrate to a slower frequency than other stones, however it is highly regarded for stabilizing and strengthening. Agates play a key role in balancing emotional, physical, and intellectual energy. In the Victorian era, parents frequently gifted jewelry featuring Agates to their daughters prior to their leaving home or marrying, as a protective talisman.
OPAL • Opals are the national Gemstone of Australia, which produces 97% of the world’s supply. Opals are a true mystery, as they occur in arid regions but are made up of tiny silica spheres arranged in an orderly pattern. This diffracts light entering the stone and causes "play of color" (more play of color equals higher quality opal). Yet silica is typically comprised of 3%-21% by weight of water. Opals are the stone of inspiration, enhancing imagination and creativity while simultaneously enhancing memory and minimizing confusion. There are several variations of opals including: Black Opal, Boulder Opal, Crystal Opal, Fire Opal, Matrix Opal, Peruvian Opal and Yowah Opal.
Shown here: Koroit Opal.
UVAROVITE GARNET • Uvarovite Garnet is a chromium-bearing garnet species discovered in the 1800s and was named for a Russian count who was also known to collect minerals. It is one of the rarest forms of garnet and is most prevalent in Russia, Canada, and Spain, though some pockets have been found in Finland, Norway, and South Africa. Often found in Druze form where the sparkling green emerald-color micro-crystals have grown onto the surface of a rock. This crystal promotes prosperity and wealth, encouraging the recipient to appreciate what is given to them by the universe.
COBALTO CALCITE • Cobalto Calcite, sometimes referred to as pink dolomite, was discovered in Congo (Zaire), Africa. This stone is a modern-day discovery and because of the political situation within the country, the material is not at this time being actively mined. This healing stone encourages one to overcome feelings of lack of self-worth and symbolizes tolerance, compassion and forgiveness. The Cobalto Calcite relieves the body of stress, tension, and anxiety.
CHRYSOCOLLA • Chrysocolla is made up of hydrated Copper Silicate. The coloration ranges from pale green to deep blue and is often found in the same area of Azurite and Malachite. Chrysocolla is a stone of empowerment and expression. The soothing blue-green material is said to improve intuition. Chrysocolla Druze therefore possesses these traits but is amplified by the Quartz micro crystals on the surface.
CHALCEDONY • Chalcedony is a cryptocrystalline form of silica, composed of very fine intergrowths of the minerals quartz and moganite. The name chalcedony comes from the ancient Greek town Chalkedon in Asia Minor and comes in many varieties such as; agate, aventurine, carnelian, chrysoprase, heliotrope, moss agate, mtorolite, onyx. As early as the Bronze Age chalcedony was used in the Mediterranean region at the Palace of Knossos, chalcedony seals having been recovered as early as 1800 B.C. The Romans prized chalcedony as seals, and the Victorians carved them into a an endless array of cameos and intaglios. Chalcedony was used in Renaissance magic for health and safety. Chalcedony is used to absorb negative energy and transfer positive. Further, it is known to encourage and enhance the feeling of brotherhood and goodwill, and increases the qualities of generosity and benevolence in humans.
Shown here: Striped Chalcedony from Madagascar.
TANZANITE • Found in 1967 and named after the East African State of Tanzania, the only place in the world where it has been found. The Tanzanite gemstone is a blue variety of Zoisite. Naturally formed tanzanite is extremely rare, and is still only found in the Mererani Hills. This discovery is widely attributed to geologist Manuel D’Souza who was led to these gemstones by Masai Tribesmen. The Masai believe that tanzanite is the stone of birth, and for this reason they frequently gift their wives with Tanzanite gemstones following the birth of their first child. Tanzanite is also known as the stone of magic, facilitating spiritual awareness and stimulating insight. The gemstone is also sometimes called the “working man’s stone” due to the fact that the stone will help an individual slow things down.
STALACTITE • The name of the stone originates from the Greek word stalasso, “to drip.” This is a formation that hangs from the ceilings of caves, hot springs, and even man-made structures. These massive formations begin with one drop of mineral-rich water. Stalactite is associated with hidden inner growth, secret expansion of the higher self.