What Does that Gem or Stone Mean?

Quite often I will refer to a specific semi precious gemstone type in a piece of jewelry listed. Many stones have, in some cultures, powers related to them- especially Native American culture. Below I have listed some of the stones I most commonly use in my jewelry along with a little bit of information about the stone.  

AMAZONITE-  US (Colorado), Russia, Canada, Brazil

Amazonite is said to have a soothing effect on the nervous system. Since the nervous system controls our emotions a great deal, this stone is said to soothe tense and aggravated situations and enhance love. Since this stone is associated with the throat and heart, it is best when worn as a necklace near these areas. Amazonite is said to bestow truth, honor and integrity to its wearer.

Clean gently with room temperature water and mild soap. Sensitive to steam, hot water. This is a fairly soft stone.

 

AMETHYST- Multiple locations worldwide

Leonardo Da Vinci once wrote that amethyst holds the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one's intelligence. Healers have been using amethyst to increase their psychic abilities and intuition for centuries. Cross-culturally, this popular gemstone was used as a symbol of peace and unification. It is also thought to evoke feelings of serenity and calmness in those who wear it.

 

Amethyst is often used during meditation to provide an overall sense of spiritual balance. Some naturopaths will use amethyst to help treat insomnia and sugar imbalances, and to relieve headaches.

This is a hard stone and can be cleaned with steam or by ultrasonic methods.

 

AVENTURINE- Multiple locations United States and Worldwide

Shortly after she started wearing an aventurine necklace regularly, a close friend got a job offer she wanted but never expected. She loaned her necklace to another friend who was going on vacation. That friend came back with a new love interest. While neither of them gave aventurine all the credit, they both said they felt different when they were wearing the necklace. It was as if a secret dream that had felt out of reach was worth pursuing and could actually happen. That's the power of aventurine.

 Though there isn't a "d" in the word, when you see aventurine think "adventure." Think optimism. Think bountiful. Think practical enthusiasm. All are ingredients for adventure. If you long for change, aventurine is for you. It keeps various chakras open and unblocked, allowing good things to come your direction.

Clean with warm soap and water

 

CORAL- Multiple locations worldwide

Coral is a tentacled skeletal creature with microscopic plants living inside its soft tissues. When it reproduces, the new life forms remain attached to their "parents," building reefs and atolls-a polyp living in clear, warm seawaters. At the same time the plants go on living inside them and drawing sustenance from the sunlight. Coral's greatest spiritual value is that it is like a wise teacher. It teaches us to value life and our place in it. It shows us the importance of living so that we make the world a good place for the children and grandchildren that follow. A beautiful symbol of the importance of creatures and plants living harmoniously together.

Coral is a soft and pourous stone. Surface clean gently by wiping with a nearly dry cloth only. Using water to clean may darken the coral and may lead to deterioration of the material over time.