Gemstone of the Day for 3/31 is Iron Pyrite

Gemstone of the Day

Iron Pyrite Cluster

The resemblance of pyrite to gold has made it a traditional symbol for money and good luck. It’s sunny golden color associates it with the sun, and with fortification and strengthening of the mind. The name comes from the Greek word meaning “a stone which strikes fire”.

Iron Pyrite makes a wonderful energy shield, blocking out negativity from various sources. Some of its properties include:

  • Overcomes inertia and feelings of inadequacy
  • Energizes the area where you place it (such as on a desk where you work)
  • Helps you to see behind a facade

 

Healing with Iron Pyrite

Use this stone to overcome lethargy and fatigue. It increases the oxygen supply to the blood and strengthens the circulatory system. It is beneficial for the lungs, alleviating bronchitis and asthma.

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Crystal of the Day for 3/30 is Chalcedony

Crystal of the Day

Chalcedony promotes calm and peace.

Stone’s names: Chalcedony, Calcedony.

Color: Chalcedony can be virtually any color of the rainbow. It is commonly pale blue, yellow, brown or gray with nearly waxlike luster. A white, buff, or light tan species of chalcedony are also occured.

Description: SiO2 Chalcedony is a finely crystallized or fibrous quartz that forms rounded crusts, rinds, or stalactites in volcanic and sedimentary rocks. Chalcedony is a precious stone that occurs in many forms, colors, and shapes. Chalcedony, agates, jaspers, bloodstone, cornelian, onyx, and chrysoprase all make up the chalcedony gemstones. Chalcedonic pseudomorphs after other minerals often give rise to very interesting specimens.
Other physical properties are those of quartz.
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Care and treatment: Protect chalcedony from scratches, sharp blows, harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures.

From the stone history: The Romans prized chalcedony as seals, and the Victorians carved them into an endless array of cameos and intaglios. Chalcedony was used in Renaissance magic for health and safety. In all ages chalcedony has been the stone most used by the gem engraver, and many colored varieties are still cut and polished as ornamental stones.
Chalcedony is one of the gemstones, that used in commesso, also called florentine mosaic. Commesso is a technique of fashioning pictures with thin, cut-to-shape pieces of brightly colored, semiprecious stones, developed in Florence in the late 16th century. The stones most commonly used are agates, quartzes, chalcedonies, jaspers, granites, porphyries, petrified woods, and lapis lazuli. Commesso pictures, used mainly for tabletops and small wall panels, range from emblematic and floral subjects to landscapes.

Shopping guide: Chalcedony is an inexpensive stone. It is one of the best wearing stones on the market. Chalcedony also one of the most collected gemstones today.

Healing ability: This beautiful stone is believed to banish fear, hysteria, depression, mental illness and sadness. Chalcedony reduces fever. Wearing chalcedony is believed to be excellent for eyes.

Mystical power: Chalcedony prevents from touchiness and melancholy. Worn by many to promote calm and peace. Chalcedony also stimulates creativity.

Deposits: Chalcedony is found in many parts of the world, but the most prized Chalcedony are from India, Madagascar, Burma, Brazil, Mexico & USA

Your Horoscope Gems and Minerals

Your Horoscope Gems and Minerals

posted by Annie B. Bond

Adapted from Astroshamanism: Book 2, by Franco Santoro (Findhorn Press, 2003).

Our sun sign can tell us which minerals and gemstones have a soul-connection with us, enhancing our natural energies and serving as allies for greater health, wholeness, and wellbeing. When we wear or carry one of our special stones, it can lend us the confidence, strength, or other attributes we need.

Find out which gems and minerals are right for your sign, here:

Aries, March 21-April 19: All reddish stones, bloodstone, brimstone, carnelian, diamond, fire agate, flint, garnet, iron, magnetite, malachite, pink tourmaline, red coral, red jasper, red opal, ruby, steel, topaz

Taurus, April 20-May 21: Agate, alabaster, aquamarine, chrysocolla, clay, emerald, jade, jasper, kunzite, lapis lazuli, magnetite, rose quartz, sapphire

Gemini, May 22-June 20: Chrysocolla, chrysoprase, marble, moss agate, pyrite, tiger’s eye

Cancer, June 21-July 22: Aquamarine, carnelian, emerald, moonstone, opal, pearl, rhodochrosite, selenite, silver, all soft stones

Leo, July 23- Aug 22: Amber, carnelian, cat’s eye, chrysocolla, chrysolite, citrine, diamond, fire agate, garnet, pink tourmaline, rhodochrosite, ruby, sardonic, topaz

Virgo, Aug 23-Sept 22: Agate, amazonite, amber, aquamarine, carnelian, citrine, chrysocolla, crystals in general, flint, jasper, marble, sapphire, topaz, turquoise, zircon

Libra, Sept 23-Oct 22: Alabaster, aquamarine, beryl, blue sapphire, bronze, brass, carnelian, chrysolite, chrysoporase, copper, coral, daimond, emerald, jade, kunzite, lapis lazuli, moss-agate, pink tourmaline, turquoise

Scorpio, Oct 23-Nov 21: Agate, albite, aquamarine, bloodstone, hematite, emerald, garnet, green tourmaline, malachite, moonstone, obsidian, ruby, smoky quartz, topaz

Sagittarius, Nov 22-Dec 21: Amethyst, azutire, carbuncle, emerald, hyacinth, lapis lazuli, marble, moonstone, pink tourmaline, ruby, sapphire, sodalite

Capricorn, Dec 22-Jan 19: Amber, amethyst, beryl, carnelian, coal, fire agate, garnet, green tourmaline, jet, laboratories, lapis lazuli, lead, onyx, peridot, ruby, sapphire, black stones, sand and grey-colored, rough stones and minerals in general

Aquarius, Jan 20-Feb 18: Aluminum, amber, aquamarine, black pearl, blue sapphire, electrum, garnet, jacinth, laboratories, lapis lazuli, larimar, obsidian, opal, platinum

Pisces, Feb 19-March 20: Amethyst, aquamarine, beryl, coral, diamond, flourite, green tourmaline, jade, laboratories, moonstone, opal, platinum

Gemstone of the Day for 3/26 is Aquamarine

 

Gemstone of the Day

Aquamarine – a symbol of beauty, honesty, and loyalty.

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Stone’s names:–>Color: Aquamarines are found in a range of blue shades, from the palest pastel to greenish-blue to a deep blue. While the choice of color is largely a matter of taste, the deeper blue gems are more rare. Aquamarine is a pastel gemstone, and while color can be quite intense in larger gemstones, the smaller Aquamarines are often less vivid.

Description: Be3Al3(SiO3)6 Aquamarine is pale greenish blue or bluish green variety of beryl. Beryl is a mineral composed of beryllium aluminum silicate, a commercial source of beryllium. It has long been of interest because several varieties are valued as gemstones. These are aquamarine, emerald and heliodor. Aquamarine is the most common variety of gem beryl, it occurs in pegmatite, in which it forms much larger and clearer crystals than emerald.

The name’s origin: Aquamarine name is derived from Latin words meaning sea and water, therefore name “aquamarine” means sea water.

Birthstone: Aquamarine along with bloodstone are birthstones of Pisces (Fish): Feb. 19 – March 20.

Wedding anniversary: Aquamarine is the anniversary gemstone for the 16th and 19th year of marriage.
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Care and treatment: As with all gemstones, care should be taken to protect aquamarine from scratches and sharp blows. Keep aquamarine jewelry in the dark place, as it often becomes paler if left out in the sun. Clean your Aquamarine in ultrasonic jewelry cleaner or with warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush.
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Shopping guide: Aquamarine is a beautiful affordable gemstone found in a range of blue shades. The highest quality aquamarine is transparent. Aquamarine is a hard gemstone making it a good choice for jewelry that is worn frequently like aquamarine rings. However due to its delicate color and clarity it is best displayed in a more prominent position such as in earrings and pendants.
A nice, medium dark blue aquamarine is a perfect gift for any occasion, but especialy for weddings, as aquamarine is a symbol of beauty, honesty, and loyalty. When buying aquamarine jewelry for yourself, note that wearring aquamarine in earrings brings love and affection.
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For many years aquamarine is a favorite of many consumers.

Healing ability: Aquamarine works against nerve pain, glandular problems, toothache, and disorders of the neck, jaw and throat. It strengthens liver and kidneys. Aquamarine diminishes problems with eyes, ears and stomach, relieves cough. Moreover, aquamarine protects from perils of the sea, including seasickness. It is said to help ease depression and grief.

Mystical power: Aquamarine has a soothing effect on “just married” couples, assisting them in working out their differences and insuring a long and happy marriage. Aquamarine is said to re-awaken love in long-married couples and signify the making of new friends.
It also provides courage and strengthens the will. Aquamarine protects against the wiles of the devil. Others say that the Aquamarine is an excellent stone for meditation.

Deposits: Aquamarine is found in Brazil, India, Russia (Ural mountains) and USA (Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, North Carolina, Colorado and Vermont). Aquamarines are mined in a number of exotic places including Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique. Brazil is the source of the finest aquamarines.