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Sunday, January 19, 2014

List of Gemstones and How to Clean Them

Here is a list of some of the popular gemstones and how to clean them.

1. Turquoise: this gemstone has a chalky texture and is regarded as fragile. This gemstone should have a separate box to prevent chipping and scratching. Never handle it roughly. Avoid immersing it in water because it negatively reacts with chemicals. The surface can be wiped using a smooth and damp cloth. Don't use jewelry dips or even ultrasonic cleaners.

2. Lapis Lazuli: just like turquoise, this gemstone is easily chipped. It must be stored separately. Protective coatings of the lapis lazuli gemstones are easily removed so avoid immersing it in water. The cleaning procedures are the same as that of turquoise.

3. Coral: this is a porous and organic gemstone. Don't expose this gemstone in direct sunlight especially for long hours and you should also avoid large temperature variations. Simply wipe it with a damp smooth cloth.

4. Pearl: this is less durable as compared to other gemstones. Pearl is sensitive to dryness, acids, and humidity. After using pearl jewelries, you have to wipe it because they are easily discolored. You should have one pearl jewelry box. Don't mix it with other harder gemstones. If you have a cultured pearl, you can wash it in soapy yet mild water. Never dry the pearl in heat. Make sure you restring it every two years.

5. Larimar: you can keep this in a tissue or chamois bag, or in a separate box. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairsprays, and other chemicals. Color fading occurs when exposed to bright sunlight. You can use a drop of ammonia and soapy water to clean it; you can also soft brush to clean it.

6. Labradorite and Moonstone: these stones are primarily stored in oils before made into jewelries. Because of this, the gemstones don't crack or dry out easily. However, it is easily scratched. Wipe it with smooth and damp cloth and never use ultrasonic cleaners or jewelry dips.

7. Onyx and Chalcedony: avoid contact with harsh chemicals. Chipping and scratching can be avoided if the jewelry has a separate container. Use a soft brush and soapy water to clean it. Rinse the gemstones well.

8. Rose Quartz: avoid prolonged sun exposure to prevent color fading. Don't soak the gemstone and you can clean it using soapy water and soft brush. Never steam clean the gemstone and rinse it well.

9. Topaz: this is a very durable stone and does not easily chip nor scratch. Avoid too much heat and chemical exposure. Don't use ultrasonic cleaners, steam clean, nor soak. Use soft brush and soapy water to clean the gemstone.

10. Garnet: this gemstone is brittle. Avoid chemicals. Ultrasonic cleaners can't be used with an andradite but all other garnets can be cleaned with it. Don't soak.

11. Peridot: avoid too much heat exposure, harsh chemicals, and extreme temperature changes. Use soft brush and soapy water to clean it and then rinse thoroughly. Don't use ultrasonic cleaners nor steam clean.

The list of gemstones in this article are considered semi precious. These stones are less expensive as compared to the precious stones but still needs extreme and proper care. Gemstone jewelries are great investments and even the ancient people believed that the stones bring good luck. So if you have several different pieces of gemstones, be sure to get a jewelry box with different compartments so that you can place the gemstones in separate bins.

About Emerald Benefits - The preservers of love and removers of heartache.




"Emerald green" is a ubiquitous color because it is reflective of the most beautiful rare green gem stone, the emerald. Its color is so intense that the name "emerald green" stirs up images of the world's most beautiful tropical waters. In fact, the name "emerald" originally comes from the Sanskrit word marakata, meaning "green".
 


The finest emeralds come from Columbia, but fine emeralds are also found in Zambia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Russia. Emeralds have also been found in North Carolina and in Yukon, Canada. Synthetic emeralds are also produced.  


The emerald is associated with the goddess Venus, and is said to preserve love. If you are concerned about your partner remaining faithful, giving him or her an emerald is said to prevent indiscretions. In some cultures emeralds were said to be stones that enable prophecy, while in other cultures they were said to bring reason adn wisdom to their bearer (and perhaps those are the qualities that enable prophecy). The emerald's mystical power is said to be strongest in the Spring.  


Emeralds are said to have healing properties for the physical heart as well as the emotional heart. Indeed, emotional stress takes its toll on the physical body, but emeralds relieve that stress, allowing healing to occur.
If you are living with the fear of losing your partner's affection, and with the accompanying stress, the deep and vivid healing green of the emerald may soothe your heartache while it works to preserve your love.



{Emerald Rough Stone} 


{Emerald Cluster Stone}


Scientific Properties:
Mohs Hardness of 7 to 8 with a hexagonal crystal structure.

Chemically, it is a beryllium-aluminum silicate whose color is due to small quantities of chromium compounds. The emerald was highly esteemed in antiquity; the stones were used for ornaments in early Egypt where some of the first emeralds were mined.

The proper name for the emerald is beryl, but there are different colors of beryl. Emerald Green is the color as well as the stone. When blue is added to the green, the beryl is known as Aquamarine. Pink beryl is morganite, yellow beryl is golden beryl, yellow-green beryl is heliodor. There is also a red beryl, but it is quite rare.

An emerald of the right shade of green can be more valuable than a diamond. The finest emeralds are found in South America in Colombia, where they have been mined for over 400 years. The gem was a favorite in pre-Columbian Mexico and Peru, where it was cut in intricate designs. The treasure taken back to Spain by early explorers included emeralds.

Good emeralds are the most highly valued of gem stones. India, Zimbabwe, and Australia are minor sources of the natural stones. Synthetic emeralds are also manufactured in Germany, France, and the United States. The Oriental emerald, a different gem, is the transparent green variety of corundum.
Mystical Properties:
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. Emerald is associated with the heart chakra.

The emerald is the sacred stone of the goddess Venus. It was thought to preserve love. The emerald has long been the symbol of hope. It is considered by many to be the stone of prophecy. For some the emerald acts as a tranquilizer for a troubled mind. The emerald is said to bring the wearer reason and wisdom. The strongest time for powers of the emerald is said to be spring.

Lucky for love, give your lover an emerald to stay faithful.

In several cultures the emerald was the symbol for fertilizing rain. In the Christian faith it is the symbol of faith and hope. 
Healing Properties:
Emeralds are known to heal both the physical heart as well as emotional love. They can help backaches when worn on the index finder of the left hand of a healer. A healer may use a ring while the patient lies on his stomach, the healer holding the ring about two inches above the backbone and create small circles, slowly up and down the spine.

A powerful high energy stone, the emerald strengthens the eyes, heart, immune and nervous systems.

The power of the Emerald is highest at the full moon. Some cultures thought the emerald would heal any disease of the eye. The emerald would be placed in a container of water overnight and the water would be poured on the eyes the next day.

Emerald is a stone of great harmony, wisdom and love. Giving your lover an Emerald will bring the lover closer if the giver's motives are pure love. The Emerald can be a bridge between 2 people. The Emerald vibrates with love.  
Magical Properties:
Energy: Receptive
Element: Earth
Powers: Love, money, mental powers, protection, exorcism, eyesight
Deities: Diana/Artemis, Venus

Emerald is known as a tonic for the body as it aids in alignment of all the bodies. Extremely balancing for anyone seeking the truth. Emeralds are said to ward of negativity and to strengthen spiritual insight, and when used as a scrying stone can also foretell the future.

If you would like to bring love into your life, purchase an emerald, charge it with your magical need through visualization, perhaps by using a green candle as well. After the ritual wear or carry the stone somewhere near your heart, but do it in such a way that it can not be seen by others.

Emeralds have been used in spells and rituals for business to promote sales and increase public awareness of the firm. For best results for any magic use, as told and recorded by old magicians, the emerald is best set in silver or copper. An emerald set in a sterling silver ring, for one example is definitely an eye catching piece of jewelry, but the stone married with the metal will also help sensitize the wearer to intuitive ideas and psychic aid, particularly in the field of creative arts.
Zodiac:
Planets: Venus

Traditional Birthstone for the Month of May.

Stone of Taurus, Gemini, Aries to dream of an emerald indicates worldly success and goodness, a time of great happiness where you have much to look forward to.  
Chakra Classification:
Emerald is associated with the 4th, or Heart Chakra , and the element of air, generates harmony in all aspects of your life.  

Amazonite - A soothing stone that relieves fear and anxiety.




Properties: 
Amazonite, is a very beautiful and calming stone,wonderful to bring in new prosperity to any business.
Considered a stone of luck,it is wise to have an Amazonite with you for gambling purposes placed in your left pocket!

Wonderful for new inspiration, business success and any financial ventures.

Amazonite is also wonderful at balancing emotions, and works specifically with the Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra and even the Solar plexus Chakra, and helps you to feel worthy and very calm.
It energizes the words you speak,so they radiate at a softer tone-but get the message across.

Aids in clearing you from electromagnetic negativity,so it is handy to have near your computers, microwaves and cell phones.
Amazonite brings strong healing to the nervous system,which effects more people then you may think.
It will begin also,to regulate the cells in the body-and even heal the tissues in the brain,and surrounding cells! This is amazing!

This semi-opaque blue-green variety of feldspar is named after the Amazon River.
Amazonite balances feminine and masculine energy. It promotes kindness and practicality. It is an excellent stone for artists and for men.


Pale azure blue amazonite is know as the lucky "Hope Stone". It will be lucky for all your hopes and dreams. Amazonite is blue-green to pale green stone in the feldspar group. It comes mainly from United States and Australia.

Amazonite is primarily known for having a soothing effect on the brain and nervous system. The result is relief of fear and anxiety, and an increase in courage. It is also believed to bring happiness to married life, presumably because your personal anxiety harms your relationships with others.

Amazonite is also believed to be good for your skin. We all know from experience that anxiety can cause outbreaks and accelerate the ageing process, but Amazonite relieves that anxiety.

If you are a person who's too high-strung, overly nervous, and prone to stress, Amazonite may be an important gem for you.
Amazonite jewelry is beautiful and is recommended as a necklace, or earrings for example.
This stone also will help give clear insight into the future! Part of the Egyptian book of the dead, was inscribed on Amazonite

Feng Shui: Amazonite is used in the Northeast area for self cultivation, in the Southwest area for partners and relationships and for dispersing negative energy in any room.



Amazonite Healing Properties
* Heals the brain and surrounding cells
* Spiritual awareness
* Psychic abilities
* Inner peace and healing
* Soothes throat issues and anger
Promotes great good luck in financial endeavors.

Amazonite Associations:
Chakra's - Heart ,Throat & Solar Plexus
Zodiac - Virgo
Planet – Venus
Element –Earth
Typical colours - dark green-torquoise blue with white streaky lines. 


History: 
Amazonite (KAlSi308) is a form of pale green Microcline, a potash feldspar found in Brazil, U.S.S.R., and U.S. Like all other feldspars, Amazonite's energy works very well when combined with like stones such as topaz and aqua aura. Named for its place of discovery in the Amazon basin, this stone was believed to be jade for centuries. The parallel shadings caused by the presence of lead, give amazonite its intense color. The best crystals are found near Pike's Peak. It was used in jewelry in the India, Mesopotamia and the Sudan. In Egypt, amazonite was made into tablets in parts of the Book of the Dead and found in the tomb of King Tut. 

Amazonite is a gem found most commonly in Brazil, but also in Colorado, Eastern Canada, Italy, and Russia. It is named after the Amazon Basin because of its prominence in Brazil, though it is actually not found in that particular part of Brazil.




About Aquamarine Gemstone Benefits: For Protection from Dangerous Forces and the Relief of stress.

Fact about the Birth-Stone Aquamarine Gemstone.Found primarily in Columbia and Brazil, aquamarine is a lovely blue-green or turquoise colored gem stone that is commonly used in jewelry. Its name comes from the Latin words for sea and water, due to its color which is reminiscent of the ocean. Aquamarine gem stones have a long history, with them said to first be found in the treasure chests of mermaids, according to ancient legend. Even today, aquamarines are considered the lucky gemstones of sailors at sea, that will protect them from the hazards of life on the ocean. It is also said to protect against unseen forces such as malevolent spirits, the evil eye, and the spread of gossip in your absence.
 


Like the gem stone amethyst, aquamarine is thought to be a purifying stone that improves circulation and mental awareness. And similar to amazonite it has a soothing effect on the brain and nervous system, relieving emotional stress. The removal of this stress improves personal relationships and physical health in turn.

Amazonite's soothing effect also makes it an ideal stone for meditation, as it reduces external distractions and allows the holder to focus on the internal. Similarly, it inspires creativity and artistic flow, since emotional stress and anxiety can inhibit creative output. And naturally, it reduces fears and increases courage, since most fears are irrational emotional reactions caused by stress and anxiety.


Stress and anxiety are the forces that prevent us from living up to our potential, that inhibit us from being "in the zone" or focused. By relieving that emotional stress and physical anxiety, aquamarine gem stones have the potential to greatly improve our quality of life, both personal and professional.


Magical Properties:
Energy: Receptive
Element: Water
Powers: Psychic abilities, peace, courage and purification.

Aquamarine is said to be the stone of the sea goddesses of past times, due to it's association with the sea. As a semiprecious variety of beryl, it has long been associated with the sea and element of water. Sea Witches are told the cleanse the stone in the ocean water at night by the light of the full moon.

In magic, this glorious stone is worn or carried about the body to enhance the use of psychic powers. Holding a crystal of the aquamarine or wearing a faceted form of the stone around the neck reduces our conscious mind's hold on the psychic mind and allows our ever present psychic impulses to be heard and to enter into our more conscious mind.

A gentle and cleansing elixir can be created by placing an aquamarine in a glass of fresh water, allowing it to sit in the full moonlight, outdoors if possible, for three hours. Retrieve the stone, drink the liquid for purification and heightened psychic awareness.



Zodiac:
Associations: Moon

Modern Birthstone for the Month of March, it is an ancient birthstone in many cultures for the month of October.

Stone of Taurus according to some, due to the fact that aquamarine (and the entire beryl family) are of hexagonal (six-sided) crystalline form, and six is a number belonging to Venus. Others say it is connect with Gemini, Pisces and Aries.

For Aquarius the aquamarine promotes friendship and love, while for Pisces it encourages awareness. Libras are warned against danger.

To dream of aquamarine means loving friendships, happy relationships and much pleasant social activity is coming.



Chakra Classification:
Depending on the color, aquamarine is related to the 5th, or Throat Chakra, it is good for meditation as it brings calmness, peace and inspiration with love. It also strengthens personal power and the aura.

When placed on the 3rd, or Solar Plexus Chakra is relaxes the solar plexus and digestive organs.


Benefits about Amethyst



Amethyst is an enchanting purple gem stone that has been adored by royalty throughout history, all the way back to 3000 B.C. in Egypt. Yet despite its royal pedigree, it's surprisingly inexpensive.

Amethyst is thought to stimulate right-brain activity and psychic intuition. It also benefits for removing impurities from the bloodstream, strengthening immunity and relieving headaches. The ancient Greeks believed that amethyst prevented drunkenness. The name amethyst comes from the Greek word amethysts, meaning "not drunken", or "sober". Drinking wine from an amethyst receptacle was thought to allow you to drink alcohol without fear of intoxication. I could have used an amethyst glass on my last birthday!


In Greek folklore, the god of wine, Bacchus, was angry at mortal human beings and decided to send his tigers to attack the next mortal to pass by. A young woman named Amethyst crossed his path, but before Bacchus's Tigers could attack, Goddess Diana intervened, turning Amethyst into a mound of purple quartz in order to protect her. Bacchus later felt ashamed of his aggression, and cried tears of wine over Amethyst, turning her quartz body into the purple stone it is today.

 

While I don't believe that story literally, I do believe that amethyst purifies the bloodstream, a factor in preventing drunkenness. It also increases your intuition, perhaps bringing your mind of its drunken stupor and allowing you to discern what's happening around you.  


I know you all take good care of your temples, but in the event that you do consume alcohol, consider wearing a piece of amethyst to preserve your mental edge. But don't rely on it to drive! 

Amethyst has long been prized as an ornament and amulet. Its most common ancient application was to prevent drunkenness. The world amethyst comes from the Greek word amethystos, meaning "non-intoxicating."

This stone has a long history with religious practices. In the Egyptian Book of the Dead, instructions are given for placing heart shaped amethyst on the body of the deceased.


The Chaldean Magi believed this stone protected against evil sorcery and brought success and good luck. Amethyst was also said to grant an understanding of hidden knowledge.


At one time in China, pieces of amethyst were rented to people involved in lawsuits, as the stone was said to give one a more positive outlook, thus attracting a favorable outcome.
Scientific Properties:
Mohs Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure.

Crystalline Quartz is generally what is called amethyst and it ranges in color from pale lilac to deep purple. The pale colors are sometimes called "Rose de France" and can be seen set in Victorian jewelry. The deep colors are the most valuable, particularly a rich purple with rose flashes.

Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina, as well as in Zambia, Namibia and other African countries. Generally, amethyst from South America tends to be available in larger sizes than African amethyst but amethyst from Africa has the reputation for having better, more saturated, color in small sizes. Very dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, is also mined in Australia. 


Mystical Properties:
Stone of "Spirituality and Contentment" Amethysts have a soothing and relaxing effect on people, they promote healthy sleep habits when placed on the body or under the pillow.

Amethyst promotes shrewdness in business matters, gives victory and quickens the mind to help control negative thoughts.

Because the stone has trans-mutational energies, it helps to open gateways into intense and transforming spiritual experiences, and can protect the wearer from black magic. Known as a change stone, amethyst can bring about any type of change in your life and consciousness. It also breaks up old emotional thought processes and assists psychic opening in a grounding manner.


Healing Properties:
An amethyst crystal is nearly indispensable to healers. Single crystals are very beneficial but clusters are even more powerful. Powerful enough in fact that a cluster of amethyst can cleanse other stones.
When worn, amethyst will alleviate migraines. Headaches caused by nerves will subside when a amethyst cross section or geode is placed in the room. It is also used to help improve concentration. Amethyst calms mental disorders, purifies the blood, strengthens the immune system as well as balancing and healing all chakras.

People who regularly wear an amethyst necklaces are said to fascinate others with their personality and charisma.


Magical Properties:
Energy: Receptive
Element: Water
Deities: Bacchus, Dionysus, Diana

Amethyst is said to attract justice and protect against burglars and thieves. It also wards off danger and violent death.

Amethyst increases the activity in the right brain, cuts through illusion, and helps to develop the psychic abilities. It strengthens and develops intuition, inspiration, healing, and channeling as well as raising thoughts and aspirations to a higher spiritual level.

Store a small piece of amethyst with your tarot cards or runes to keep the power of the divination tools high.


Zodiac:
Associations: Jupiter, Neptune

Traditional Birthstone for the Month of February.

Stone of Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius and Capricorn.

Amethyst brings clarity to the conscious and unconscious mind.

Chakra Classification:
Placed on the 7th, or Crown Chakra during meditation, amethyst increases concentration and confidence in life.

Amethyst is considered the other 7th, or Crown Chakra healing stone. It has many of the same qualities as clear quartz. Many people keep an Amethyst with their other stones to increase their effectiveness.

Amethyst is a good touchstone, a stone to keep in your pocket and rub several times a day for it's uplifting energy, or you can wear it on a chain around your neck, against your skin. It is said to help those with insomnia if placed under the pillow at night. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tiger Eye - Brings Focus and Confidence


Tiger Eye is a beautiful stone whose name comes from its resemblance to the eye of a tiger. It is found primarily in South Africa.

Tiger Eye is useful in relieving high blood pressure, and helping bronchial asthma, rheumatic heart disease, Otis, and psoriasis. It also has benefits for the weak and sick.

Tiger Eye's primary mystical property is that it provides mental focus and confidence. It helps you face and overcome difficult challenges and stick to your plans, despite discouraging setbacks. For this reason it is sometimes marketed as a gem that brings professional and financial success. It is also believed to protect you during your travels, because the mental focus keeps you aware of the dangers of your new surroundings and take appropriate cautions. For the same reason, Roman soldiers used to wear Tiger Eye for protection during battle.

If you have the habit of giving up and backing down from your fears, and of being easily distracted from what's important, maybe Tiger Eye is the gem for you.



By wearing the Tiger's Eye stone helps clear your mind of any annoying thoughts or stress. It's recommended that you carry it with you everywhere including when you drive to help keep yourself safe from any harm that may come your way. Also its power has the ability to attract wealth, good luck, keep away evil, and protect one's family and friends.

The benefits and healing power that the Tiger's Eye stone offers is appreciated and respected by all those who wear it. The Tiger's Eye stone encourages a passion for life and enhances your willpower and drives your will for success. It promotes not only clarity of intention, boosts self esteem, and gives courage, determination, and strength. These are all qualities that are needed in life to give individuals the happy, healthy life.

Places such as Africa use the Tiger's Eye stone to ward off what's known as black magic. This is the mixture of evil spirits, evil doing, negative influences, and bad travel vibes. Those who believe that curses exist often keep the Tiger's Eye stone close by.



The Tiger Eye stone can be cleansed before ever sending it to someone as a gift or shipping it to a new location. This will help to prevent it from carrying negative energies along with it. To cleanse it, the Tiger Eye stone should be kept in salt water overnight as a way to recharge its energy. Once it has been taken out of the salt water it should then be washed in fresh water and placed in the sun for 2-3 hours. This process should be done every 3 months at least. This allows the user to find their inner strength and light. The Tiger's Eye stone should be protected from sharp blows or scratches so make sure to keep it in a safe place when it's not being worn or used.

The Tiger Eye's stone often comes in a variety of shapes and is worn more often in beads or pendants than other pieces of jewelry. The Tiger's Eye stone often consists of golden brown and yellow stripes which gives it its unique appeal. It's also referred to as the African cat's eye or crocidolite cat's-eye. It resembles that of a real tiger’s eye and received its name due to this.
Many individuals of the Zodiac sign regardless of age or sex benefit from the Tiger Eye stone. It often helps to lessen or use in the healing process of several diseases including rheumatic, heart disease, psoriasis, and asthma.

For those looking for the perfect gift this is one that can be given out of love, and devotion to another. For those who understand the meaning behind the Tiger's Eye stone, the present will be received with dignity and respect.
 

Healing Properties:
Healing eye disorders is one of the most common medicinal uses associated with Tiger eye. It can help slow the flow of energy through the body which makes the gem very helpful in stress related illnesses, but also may create an issue if you do not want to stem your energy...do not wear jewelry containing tiger's eye for too many consecutive days.

Red tiger's eye is useful in slowing down the third chakra and flushing out excess energy. Tiger's eye in general is an emotional balance that soften stubbornness and gives clear insight. It will ground and center, thus strengthening the connection with will and personal power.


Magical Properties:
Energy:
Projective
Element: Fire
Powers: Money, protection, courage, energy, luck, divination. Ruled by the sun and possessing a golden flash of light, this stone is worn to strengthen convictions and create courage and confidence. It is a warm stone, and it promotes energy flow through the body when worn. It is quite beneficial to the weak or sick.



Zodiac:
Associations: Sun
Not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month
Stone of Capricorn and Leo, it balances the male and female energies. To dream of the tiger's eye symbolizes a need to keep alert; someone or some thing is hiding the truth behind of veil of illusion. 


Chakra Classification:
Using Tiger Eye with your lower chakras (1st, or Root/Base Chakra, 2nd, or Sacral/Navel Chakra, 3rd, or Solar Plexus Chakra) can bring about a balance of energy between mental and physical health.
If you constantly worry over your health, this stone can prevent hypochondria and psychosomatic illnesses. Tiger Eye can also bring calm to stressful environments.

Meaning Of Malachite and Red Malachite Benefits



What is the metaphysical meaning of red malachite? Red malachite brings internal peace and harmony into its holder's life. Each moment of life is a celebration, a unique gift to be treasured, which red malachite helps us to understand. Malachite allows us to let go of past traumas and free our emotions from negative patterns. Red malachite is also useful in progressing a process of transformation, inspiring and invigorating its holder to take all steps necessary to make necessary changes in his or her life. It is an all around positive and uplifting gem stone. 


Malachite has a long history with the Egyptian cultures going as far back as 4000 B.C.. The ancient Egyptians obtained their malachite from the Sinai peninsula and used it most often in amulets and statues. In the Egyptian Book of the Dead it is said that the goddess of the sky "drops stars on the earth in the shape of green stones."



The stone was one of the prime gemstones used for power by the upper class in Egypt, the headdresses of pharaohs were often lined with malachite, as this was said to raiser the ruler's vibrations to a higher level and open him to wise council. 

there is an ancient Russian legend that says anyone who drinks from a goblet made of malachite will have the power to understand the language of the animals bestowed upon him.

One other unique use for this stone, was for face adornment. The stone was ground to a fine powder and Egyptian woman used it as eye makeup to paint their eyelids and eyelashes.
Malachite is often referred to as the Peacock Stone, as it was considered sacred to the goddess Juno, whose sacred bird was the peacock; as well, the eye like pattern within the stone resembles the eye like pattern on peacock feathers. 


 Scientific Properties:
Mohs Hardness of 4 with a monoclinic crystal structure.

Malachite is usually found in opaque green masses, the color is derived from the copper. A stone with a characteristic bubbly look, malachite is cut and polished to show the alternating light and dark green layers. 



Mystical Properties:
Malachite is a lovely, natural amalgam of minerals, which helps the wearer to remember and renew the connection to the All. It freshens the outlook and allows us to touch our core self without the fear that generally holds us back. It allows us to touch our child within and to be reborn into the light. It is soothing to the soul, and releases stress to help create new beginnings. 


Malachite is great for increasing ones concentration skills and is quite beneficial to ones physical, as well as psychic, vision. Malachite helps to find a balanced path between the desires of ego and of our higher Will, aiding us in removing blockages and inspiring us with ideas which will help to manifest those goals. 


Healing Properties:
Malachite promotes growth and builds up strength in many ways. It is the stone of pregnant woman, and additionally it is a successful remedy against heart pains and cardiac asthma. The optic nerves in the eyes can be strengthened with daily bathing of the eyes in malachite water. 


Malachite has wonderful healing properties, and because of the high copper content of the stone it has a very steady pulsing electromagnetic energy field. This gemstone is told to absorb negative energy from the auric field cleansing it, thus balancing the wearer and protecting them from the effects negative energies. 

Using this stone, one can counteract self-destructive romantic tendencies and help encourage true, pure love. Malachite is also good for enhancing emotional stability and balance in general. It can decrease one's tendency to radiation illness, asthma, arthritis, and tumors.


Magical Properties:
Energy: Receptive
Element: Earth
Powers: Power, protection, love, peace, business success

Malachite is worn to detect impending danger, legend tells us that this stone breaks into pieces to warn it's wearer of the forthcoming danger.

This stone has long been used is magical rights, used to lend extra energy and power. Wear it, hold it or place it on the alter to increase your ability to send power toward your magical goal.

Though the stone is a tranquil green-blue it is often used in protective magic, particularly if that which involves children.

Beads or pendants of malachite are worn to guard against negativity and physical dangers, wearing a malachite that touches your skin near your heart expands your ability to love, and in so draws love to you.

It is an excellent stone and quite valuable to those who feel as if they are at the end of their rope; however, caution must be used when wearing this stone, as it amplifies whatever energy you project!



 Zodiac:
Associations: Venus

Not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month

Stone of Virgo and Capricorn, malachite brings much luck!  



Chakra Classification:
Malachite is effective on all chakras, particularly the 4th, or Heart Chakra.

Malachite symbolizes understanding of oneself and of others, which is why is in an ideal meditation stone.

Malachite is one of the few stones that can be used to clear and activate ALL the 7 Chakras.

About Opal Stone Benefits: Brings Luck, Understanding and Health



The opal is a unique gemstone that is not crystalline, but is rather made up of hardened silica gel. It's name is said to be taken from the Sanskrit word "upala" which means "precious stone". While approximately 10% of opal is mined in other countries such as Brazil and Mexico, it is primarily mined in Australia, and Australia gem opal stone jewelry is an expensive but popular luxury. Pure opal is colorless, but pure opal is virtually unheard of and impurities are what give opal its various colors, ranging from black to red to blue.


Opal, in particular black opal, has historically been though of as an incredibly lucky stone. It wards off the evil eye and protects those who travel to faraway lands, much as the Middle Eastern "Hamsa" amulet does. It also blocks bad dreams from your psyche, and works to focus your mental capacities and provide motivation and energy.


Its psychological benefits also include increased confidence on a deep level, confidence that is independent of external factors and completely based on understanding your core being. It helps you to realize all the externally anchored beliefs and behaviors you have adopted, and to cast them off in favor of your core self.

The different varieties of opal have different benefits capabilities. Fire opal helps to manage blood disorders, depression, and lethargy. Black opal helps reduce the impact of reproductive disorders, such as erectile dis-function. White opal helps to manage neural disorders and imbalance. All forms of opal are useful during childbirth to reduce the severity of pain.
 

The opal gemstone is a well rounded stone that provides its keeper with good luck, deep understanding of his or her core self, and relief of various physical ailments. Particularly for men experiencing erectile dis-function, the opal is a helpful gemstone that relieves both the mental and physical causes of the problem.


Opal is a hardened silica gel, usually containing between 5-10% water. Therefore it is noncrystalline, unlike most other gemstones. There are two variety: precious opal, which shows flashes of color or iridescence, depending on the angle of viewing and light; then there is common opal whish is often opaque and displays no iridescence. The iridescence of precious opal is caused by the way the structure, or regular arrangement of tiny silica spheres, diffracts light.

Precious opals occur in a great range of color and varieties. White opal, black opal, fire opal, matrix opal, blue opal, Peruvian blue opal, pink opal...this list is extensive.




Scientific Properties:
Mohs Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure.

Opal is a mineral species which is amorphous in structure, (without form). It has a chemical composition of SiO2.nH2O. (water content usually 3 to 14% by weight, but sometimes as high as 20%). It is transparent to opaque in appearance and is usually seen cut into cabochons, carvings, and beads and is occasionally faceted. Refractive index is around 1.450 but can go as low as 1.42 depending on the type of Opal. The specific gravity is 2.15 and the hardness is soft, being a 5. Opal is very sensitive to heat or sudden change in temperature. Never clean your Opal jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner, it will crack the Opal.

In other words...opal is created of tiny spheres of amorphous silica gel, which gives it its "Fire" and glittery play of colors. A non-crystalline stone, it is possible for the opal to dry out and crack. It is a delicate stone, and can have as much as thirty percent of it's body weight in encapsulated water. This too explains why too much heat can cause an opal to quickly lose it's luster, and why a crack or craze to the surface may occur by moving from a hot room to the cold outdoors.




Mystical Properties:
Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances the imagination and creativity as well. It helps one release inhibitions and enhances the memory.
Opal is also said to be a very spiritual stone, and can help one be "invisible" in situations where they don't care to be noticed. It has been known to bring happy dreams, and also to ease the process of change.

Opal is a silicate, containing water, correlating with our emotions. Clarifies by amplifying and mirroring feelings, buried emotions, desires (including love and passion). With this comes less inhibition, more spontaneity, free visualization, clearer imagination, and more vivid dreams.

Fire: This is an enhancer of personal power, awakening the inner fire, as well as protection against danger. It is a symbol of hope, an energy amplifier, facilitating change and process. It supports through emotional turmoil, and is a wonderful stone in releasing and letting go of the past.

Blue: the ultimate stone for all forms of wishes, for entering the world of the fae (fairies) and for seeing beyond the immediate physical reality to the wonders within nature and life.

Blue-Green (Chrysopal): This opal will open one to new impressions and encourages openness in others. It will help one to observe the world with new eyes, and it alleviates emotional burdens.

Green: This is beneficial for cleansing and rejuvenating that promotes emotional recovery and aides relationships. It has the ability to filter information and reorient the mind, thus giving it a better meaning to every day life, and bring about a clearer spiritual prospective.

Pink: Promotes a feeling of centeredness, as a spiritual level this opal actives clairvoyance and clairsentience. It can be particularly helpful in healing head aches caused by blocked or unopened third eye chakras.

Black: Is known to enhance sexual attractiveness, as well as leading one to a higher spiritual experience. One of the strongest good luck stones. It is told to transform the fears that hold us back from action into optimism and an eagerness to get on with our lives.

Blue Peruvian Opal: Relatively rare and comes from the Andes in Peru, it is a moderately translucent stone with a blue-green color quite similar to the Caribbean Sea. This stone has soft relaxing energies, and lore tells us that it has the ability to remove the tension from any communication to help ideas to flow freely. It is told to soften the impact of stress from the outside world, helping one to release the trauma of old wounds, facilitating facing the future with a tranquil self healing nature. It is good for quieting the mind and helpful in aiding sleep.

Pink Peruvian Opal: Despite it's natural color, this is not a soft pillow-y kind of energy, but rather incredibly vibrant and stimulating. It raises ones spirit and elevates the mood. This "euphoria" is not the kind that you lose your thought process, but it more attunes you to the natural pulse of love, which of course brings about the shift in attitude, mood and mind. Which in turn helps in balancing the art of giving and receiving. Often we are drawn to one or the other, and have trouble balancing...this opal will help one to see that both side (like ying & yang) are necessary and both are needed for wholeness.




Healing Properties:
Opal are known to strengthen the will to live. Linked to the heart, and told to stimulate the glands and regulate the metabolism. Opal has a beneficial effect on the human psyche, pouring a warm healing energy on broken hears and restoring harmony.

White:
Greatly increases general productivity through activation of the necessary glands. Regularizes the biorhythms of the wearing, avoiding discordant energies which may lead to uncontrolled behavior between frantic activity or total inactivity. Harmonizing desire, creating lovemaking rather than pure appetite, restores pleasure to eating which alleviates food related disorders.

Fire: This opal supports through emotional turmoil, and is a wonderful stone in releasing and letting go of the past. It resonates with the abdomen and lower back and the triple burner meridian. It heals the intestines as well as the kidneys, balancing the adrenal glands and preventing burn out. It also stimulates the sexual organs, and is an excellent stone for warming and re-energizing.

Blue: Emotional soother that helps to realign one to their spiritual purpose. It is useful when past life experiences are affecting the present life, these can be healed through the etheric blueprint.

Blue-Green (Chrysopal): Detoxifies and regenerates the liver as well as relieving feelings of constriction from the heart and chest.

Green: Green opal strengthens the immune system and helps to alleviate colds and flu.

Pink: It can be particularly helpful in healing head aches caused by blocked or unopened third eye chakras. Ti promotes tissue regenerating and heals blood disorders, muscle tension as well as spinal disorders and menopausal symptoms which may afflict.

Black-Brown-Gray: Particularly useful for releasing sexual tension that arises from an emotional cause, as well as for processing and integrating newly found or released emotions. Black opals will absorb pain and/or illness, replacing it with a healing rainbow of light. It may ease chronic bone problems or weaknesses and any disease deep within the body tissue. Use it to counter side effects fro modern x-ray or laser treatments as well as to reduce the toxicity of necessary chemical treatments.




Magical Properties:
Energy: Projective, Receptive
Element: All Elements
Deity: Cupid
Powers: Astral projection, psychism, beauty, money. luck and power

To many the opal has been known as a stone of sorrow, misfortune and bad luck. This however is a modern idea, and untrue. The opal contains all of the colors as well as all of the qualities of all other stones. And as such, an opal may be "programmed" or charged with virtually every type of energy used in all spells involving all magical needs.

Opals are worn during trips of astral projection to facilitate the process but also for protection. Opals are used to recall past incarnations, and is favored by many to develop psychic powers. Jewelry is the best for this aspect, especially ideal are earrings. Opals are worn to bring inner beauty to the surface, and one should carry or use and opal to dedicated oneself to improving outward appearance.

Fire opals are often used in spells for drawing money. They are effective in use within rituals to increase passion in a relationship. It is excellent for working with the four elements and channeling the energies of the fire spirits in a positive way.

Black opals are prized by magicians and Wiccans as strong power stones. More recently in Wiccan rituals used as God stone (white opal being the Goddess stone) Black opal amplifies power magically and an amulet of black opal attracts good fortune.

All opals are considered luck-bringing stones.

A warning...opals are extremely sensitive to the energies and vibrations of the wearer, projecting the exact same vibrations as the bearer of the stone. Which on one hand makes an opal a wonderful manifestation stone. If one truly believes in an idea strong enough, the stone will beam those positive vibrations out, thus attracting just what you hold possible in your mind. However, on the other hand, your negative vibrations will also be broadcast with the same amount of power. Do not use opal if you are feeling down, pessimistic or negative in any way, you will only compound the issue.



Zodiac:
Associations: All Planets

Modern Birthstone for the month of October.

Stone of Cancer, Libra, Pisces and Scorpio, and said to be ruled by Mercury. 




Chakra Classification:
Due to all of the colors contained in this stone, it may be used to work on any and all of the chakras.

Blue: resonates the 5th, or Throat Chakra and can enhance communication, especially that of which has been suppressed through lack of self confidence. Rainbow blue opal cleanses and gently energizes the aura and all the chakras.

Pink: Aids in cleansing and activating the 1st, or Root/Base Chakra and 2nd, or Sacral/Navel Chakra. Promotes a feeling of being centered. It can be particularly helpful in healing head aches caused by blocked or unopened 6th, or Third Eye/Brow Chakra.

Black-Brown-Grey: resonates with the 2nd, or Sacral/Navel Chakra as well as the reproductive organs. Use with fluorite to clean the aura and prevent cording.