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Gemstones

  • Αngelite

    Αngelite

    <p><strong>Angelite</strong> constitutes the evolution of Celestite that has undergone compressions of millions years.It is also the trade name for baby blue Anhydrite, name that derives from greek and it means “without water”. It is slightly hygroscopic, meaning it readily absorbs moisture, which makes it brittle with hardness 3 to 3.5 on the scale of Mohs. Also avoid prolonged exposure to heat and hot sun which leads to color fade. Some places we find Angelite are Mexico, Peru and Germany.</p> <p>Angelite, is considered agreat talisman for negative energy. It brings creativity, balance, mental and physical empowerment and promotes communication and self-expression. It dispels fear, anger and anxiety, converting them into faith and tranquility. It supports the throat, alleviating inflammation and balancing the thyroid and the parathyroid. It’s useful in weight control, and relates particularly to the lungs and arms.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong>: Aquarius.</p>
  • Αmazonite

    Αmazonite

    <p><strong>Amazonite</strong> is a variety of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feldspar">Feldspar</a>. It displays an iridescence of light which is caused by inclusions.. Amazonite is mostly found at United States, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, Australia and Namibia. Its colors range from light green to bluish green with spots and sometimes with light striations. It has hardness 5-6 on the Mohs scale. There are two versions about the name. The one that it was found in the Amazon River and the second one by a stone that the Egyptians used extensively and took its name after the Amazon women warriors. <strong>Amazonite</strong>, according to tradition, helps you to see both sides of a problem or different points of view. It soothes emotional trauma, alleviating worry and fear. It protects against electromagnetic pollution and absorbs microwaves. <strong>Zodiac</strong>: Cancer, Aquarius.</p>
  • Αgate

    Αgate

  • Jade

    Jade

    <p><strong>Jade’ s</strong> name comes from the Spanish name «piedra de ijada» (stone of therapy) because they believed that it cured of kidney stones. Jade is the term applied to forms of jadeite and nephrite. These minerals are similar in appearance and a distinction between the two often is not made. Jade is a 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness.Its colors range from translucent white to dark yellow or shades of green to light brown and gray sometimes. Jade is located mainly in Canada, China, New Zealand, Myanmar (variety imperial jade), Russia, Mexico, Central and South America. It had been used for making jewelery, decorations and religious utensils. Tools from jadeite that have been foumd are dated from the Neolithic era. Jadeite was also well known to the Mayans and Aztecs . It was a symbol of state power in China, it was worth more than gold and was called ” the stone of the Emperor .”</p> <p><strong>Jade</strong>, according to tradition, attracts good luck and friendship. It stabilizes the personality and promotes self-sufficiency. It soothes the mind, releasing negative thoughts. It attracts good luck and friendship.Green Jade calms the nervous system and channels passion in a constructive way. It can also be used to bring harmony in dysfunctional relationships. Yellow Jade energizes and activates, bringing joy and happiness.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong>: Libra, Pisces.</p>
  • Jasper

    Jasper

  • Carnelian

    Carnelian

    <p><strong>Carnelian</strong> is a form of chalcedony. Carnelian is a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness and has been used for centuries to carve beautiful cameos. It is found in Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Russia, South Africa, and the USA.</p> <p><strong>Carnelian</strong>, according to tradition, protects against envy, rage and resentment. In antiquity, carnelian is believed to help timid speakers become both eloquent and bold. Ancient Warriors wore Carnelian around their neck for courage and physical power to conquer their enemies. In Egypt it was worn by master architects to show their rank of builder. It was the first stone in the breastplate of the High Priest, which was believed to prevent illness and the Plague. It calms anger, banishes emotional negativity and replaces it with a love of life. The ancient Egyptians called Carnelian “the setting sun”. It has been associated with the fertile menstrual blood of the mother goddess, Isis, and traditionally it was worn to enhance passion, love, and desire. For this it is called “stone of passion”. It is generally considered the stone that provides encouragement to overcome every adversity.It treats lower back problems, rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia and depression. It regulates the kidneys, and accelerates healing in bones and ligaments. Improves vitamin and mineral absorption and ensures good blood supply to organs and tissues. Carnelian is said to attract prosperity, new resources and good luck. It is a talisman for success in any money-making venture. In the workplace, it is a crystal of ambition, drive and determination, and wards off undue pressures of co-workers or impersonal corporations with unrealistic expectations.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong>: Aries, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio.</p>
  • Lapis Lazuli

    Lapis Lazuli

    <p><strong>Lapis lazuli</strong> <strong>or lazurio</strong> is considered a rock, not a mineral. The word lazurio is derived from the Persian word «Lazward» (= blue). The word Lapis means stone and lazuli comes from the Arabic «Azul» which means blue. Theophrastus mentions it as “Sapphire” and “Cyan”. The Egyptians used Lapis for making seals, ground it for an eyelid cosmetic and often carved it into vases and figurines. Chinese called it the stone of ‘heaven’. It combines various minerals, mostly lazurite, but also contains calcite (white), sodalite (blue) and pyrite (fools’ gold, a metallic yellow) and to be considered a mineral it would have only one component. Its color is a strong blue, sometimes with a hint of violet, with the presence of white patches (calcite) that decreases lapis lazuli’s value, while small veins of pyrite are often prized. Lapis is a 5.5 on Mohs scale of hardness. Top quality lapis lazuli comes from Afghanistan where is has been mined for more than 7000 years, but is also found in Siberia, Chile, the U.S., Pakistan, and Canada.</p> <p><strong>Lapis Lazuli</strong> according to tradition, brings optimism, longevity and serenity. It creates a sense of strength, vitality and vigor. It relaxes the nerves and brings good nights rest. It protects against the “evil eye”. It boosts the immune system, purifies blood, lowers blood pressure, cooling and soothing areas of inflammation. It alleviates insomnia and vertigo, and overcomes depression. Lapis Lazuli benefits the respiratory and nervous systems and the throat, vocal chords, and thyroid, cleanses organs, bone marrow and thymus.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong>: Libra, Sagittarius, Pisces.</p>
  • Obsidian

    Obsidian

    <p><strong>Obsidian</strong> is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock. That means, it is the rock formed as a result of cooled magma, which is the parent material. It is an acidic rock , dark with glassy texture (is regarded as natural glass) and has been used due to its formation and durability, since the end of the Upper Paleolithic period to manufacture blades with sharp edges, used for knives and razors. It is a 5-5.5 of hardness at the Mohs scale. Obsidian can be found in locations which have experienced rhyolitic eruptions, such as Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan,Canada, Chile, Greece, El Salvador, Guatemala, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland and the United States.</p> <p><strong>Obsidian</strong>, according to tradition, is a very powerful and creative stone. It increases self-control. It aids the digestion and detoxifies. It reduces arthritis pain, joint problems and cramps.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong>: Scorpio, Sagittarius.</p>
  • Sodalite

    Sodalite

    <p><strong>Sodalite</strong>, which name reflects its sodium content is found in all shades and hues of blue and is a major constituent of the rock lapis lazuli, therefore these two stones are easily confused. However, unlike lapis, sodalite very rarely contains the brassy pyrite specks, and it has a lower specific gravity. Sodalite will likely contain white streaks of calcite and is often carved as well as used for jewelry.It is a 5.5 of hardness at Mohs scale with a cubic crystal structure.</p> <p><strong>Sodalite</strong> according to tradition brings order and calmness to the mind. It encourages rational thought, objectivity, truth and intuition, along with verbalization of feelings. It balances the metabolism, boosts the immune system and overcomes calcium deficiencies. It combats radiation damage by soaking up electromagnetic smog. Sodalite treats the throat, vocal cords, larynx and helps with hoarseness and digestive disorders.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong> : Sagittarius.</p>
  • Quartz

    Quartz

  • Chrysolite

    Chrysolite

    <p><strong>Goldstone</strong> in its current form, is a mineral that has been created artificially. The Alchemist priests were the first to manufacture it. It was a secret formula that they used to make gifts to gods and kings, thus seeking for their favor. Its chemical composition is silicon dioxide (in this case, man made glass) by injecting powdered metal bronze in it. During the Victorian era people called Goldstone, chrysoberyl. In antiquity, they meant the mineral olivine and peridot (Chrysolite that means goldstone). The olivine and the transparent quality of peridot have colors in shades of green. The name Goldstone probably came because people believed that this stone contained gold. Before about 100 years, glassmakers from Murano island, constructed a quality glass, which contains copper filings, has a brown color, and displays the iridescence of aventurine. This glass is called Goldstone, which is still popular today. It has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. Υou will find Goldstone in orange-brown and dark night blue colourings. It is the only one of the technical gems that due to its chemical composition, energy properties are imparted to it.</p> <p><strong>Goldstone</strong> according to tradition is said to be the stone of ambition. It builds energy, courage and a positive attitude. Increases drive and confidence. A gently uplifting stone, goldstone promotes vitality. It protects against envy, misfortune, depression, emotional disorders and blocked energy.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong>: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius.</p>
  • Indian agate

    Indian agate

    <p><strong>Indian agate</strong> is also a member of the agate’s family. Because of its large color range we consider it is a category of its own. Indian agate is found mainly in China, India, Mexico and U.S.A.</p> <p><strong>Ιndian agate</strong>, according to tradition, resonates with blood vessels and nerves. It heals the nervous system and conditions such as neuralgia. It treats skeletal disorders. Reverses capillary degeneration and stimulates the circulatory system.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong>: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.</p>
  • Onyx

    Onyx

    <p><strong>Onyx</strong> is a variety of agate, which belongs to the family of Chalcedony. The name is once again, of Greek origin, refers to the streaks that appear on the claws of several animals. Theophrastus mentions it as onychion. It displays successive layers of light and dark material. The various varieties of onyx display the entire color palette. In fact when we say Onyx we usually mean the black one with white lines. It has a hardness of 6-7 on the Mohs scale. Onyx mines exist in Oahaca in Mexico, in Brazil, Algeria, Madagascar, India.</p> <p><strong>Onyx</strong>, according to tradition, gives strength. It promotes vigor, steadfastness and stamina. Onyx banishes grief, enhances self-control and stimulates the power of wise decision-making. It encourages happiness and good fortune. It is beneficial for teeth and the feet.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong>: Aries, Capricorn.</p>
  • Iron Tiger Eye

    Iron Tiger Eye

    <p><strong>Iron tiger eye</strong> is a mineral rock composed of Tiger Eye, Red Jasper and Hematite. Therefore, it also holds the healing properties of all these stones. Because of its content in the above vary; sometimes we encounter earthy shades between beige, brown and gray, while in others we find black tones mixed with gold, red and green hues. The undulating, contrasting bands of color and luster make an attractive motif, and it is mainly used for jewelry-making and ornamentation. Iron tiger eye is a popular ornamental material used in a variety of applications, from beads to knife hilts.Iron tiger eye is mined primarily in South Africa and Western Australia. It is a 7 of hardness at the Mohs scale with a trigonal crystal structure.</p> <p><strong>Iron tiger eye</strong> according to tradition brings out creative and artistic abilities. It is helpful if suffering from deep exhaustion at any level, especially emotional or mental burn-out or family stress.Tiger Iron stimulates vitality and aids in the assimilation of B vitamins and to balance the red/white blood cell count. It strengthens the muscles and aids in production of natural steroids.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong>: Capricorn</p>
  • Leopard’s Skin

    Leopard’s Skin

    <p><strong>Leopard’s skin</strong> is another kind of jasper and belongs to the Chalcedony family. It owes its name to the brown-beige colored stones with “spots” and/or bands of darker colors (red, pink, brown, black, gray, and/or olive green) which resemble the spots found on a Leopard. It is a 6.5-7 of hardness in the scale of Mohs. Important deposits are located in Mexico, South America and USA.</p> <p><strong>Leopard’s skin</strong>, according to tradition is associated with spiritual discovery. It assists in self-healing. Leopard Skin Jasper is helpful in eliminating toxins from the body and decreasing body odour.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong>: Capricorn.</p>
  • Picture Jasper

    Picture Jasper

    <p><strong>Picture jasper</strong> is a form of Brown Jasper and also a type of Agate . It’s typically found in the mountains of Eastern Oregon. Picture jaspers exhibit combinations of patterns, such as banding from flow or depositional patterns (from water or wind), dendritic or color variations, resulting in what appear to be scenes or images, on a cut section. It is a 7 of hardness at the Mohs scale.</p> <p><strong>Picture jasper</strong>, brings stability and balance. It is a stone of proportion and harmony and stimulates creative visualisation. It helps to release hidden thoughts and feelings – grief, fears, guilt, envy, love and hope. Brings comfort and alleviates fear. Picture Jasper stimulates the immune system and helps treat disorders of the skin and kidneys.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong> : Leo.</p>
  • Ζebra Jasper

    Ζebra Jasper

    <p><strong>Zebra Jasper</strong> is a form of jasper with dark and light stripes, like a zebra. There are large deposits of Zebra Jasper throughout Mexico, India and South Africa. It is a 7 of hardness on the Mohs scale.</p> <p><strong>Zebra Jasper</strong> encourages us to stop considering failure as an option in life, and to take action towards reaching our dreams and goals. It helps us to escape the perils of over-thinking and promotes the enjoyment of experiencing life as it comes. Physically Zebra Jasper is also said to be helpful with stamina, endurance, bone disorders, osteoporosis, teeth, gums, muscle spasms, and heart palpitations.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong>: Leo.</p>
  • Aventurine

    Aventurine

    <p><strong>Aventurine</strong> is a translucent to opaque variety of quartz. It contains small inclusions of shiny minerals which give the stone a sparkling effect known as aventurescence. Aventurine ranges in color from green, peach, brown, blue and a creamy green. Besides its uses in jewelry, aventurine is also used for ornamental purposes like vases, bowls and figurines.It is interesting that the name for the stone is derived from an accident. Sometime during the 18th century, Venetian glass workers were preparing molten glass when copper filings accidentally fell into the batch producing a glass with sparkles. The name aventurine comes from the Italian “a ventura,” which means”by chance”.In Ancient China Aventurine was called the Stone of the Emperor and was used as an amulet that brought happiness, renewal and clarity of mind. Aventurine is found in India, Chile, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Austria, and Tanzania. It has hardness 6.5 on the Mohs scale . This mineral is often mistaken for amazonite or jade. There is a rumor that before jade became popular, imperial seal of Ancient China was carved on an aventurine stone, for the reason that all the green stones are considered Divine and Heavenly.</p> <p>According to tradition, <strong>Aventurine</strong> is the lucky amulet for wealth, abudance and happiness. It helps us to see alternatives and possibilities in a situation. It stimulates creativity and enhances the perceptual ability. It reflects the color of energy and life. It eliminates negative emotions, stimulates creativity and increases perceptiveness.It stabilizes one’s state of mind, stimulates perception and enhances creativity. Calms anger and irritation.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong> : Taurus, Libra, Aquarius.</p>
  • Amethyst

    Amethyst

    <p><strong>Amethyst</strong> is the purple variety of quartz.Its colors range from dark purple, light purple to lavender. The deep purple color has established amethyst as a stone of royalty. It has been used since the dawn of history. Amethyst was favorite to the Egyptian kings, Catherine the Great etc. Also it was encountered in the breastplates of the high priests of Israel, british crown etc. It has hardness 7 on the scale of Mohs. The ancient Greeks drank wine in glasses of amethyst to stay sober no matter how much they drank. Hence the name. Amethyst may be found in Canada, Brazil, Uruguay, Ontario, Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Colorado.</p> <p><strong>Amethyst</strong>, according to tradition, guards against drunkenness and it is thought to be helpful in overcoming addiction. Relieves stress and strain, balances mood swings and dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety. Alleviates sadness and grief, and dissolves negativity. It calms and stimulates the mind, helping you become more focused, enhancing memory and improving motivation. It attracts real love. It boosts hormone production, tunes the endocrine system and metabolism.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong>: Aries, Scorpio, Aquarius, Pisces.</p>
  • Tiger eye

    Tiger eye

    <p><strong>Tiger Eye</strong> is a translucent variety of quartz, with a golden color. The interesting feature of this stone is a streaked opalescence that looks like a silky glow moving. These lines are alternately gold and brown color and their composition is fibrous crocidolite. The characteristic visual phenomenon is known by the French word chatoyancy, which means in Greek the “cat’s eye”. It has a hardness 7 on the Mohs scale. Tiger eye deposits can be found in the USA, South Africa, Namibia, Brazil. A type of Tiger Eye in darker color, is called Hawk’s eye. There is also Bull’s eye (Eye of Buffalo), which is almost black and Dragon’s Eye which due to increased concentration of hydrated iron oxide its color results to red with attractive stripes.</p> <p><strong>Tiger Eye</strong>, according to tradition, brings good luck to the wearer. It is particularly useful for healing psychosomatic illnesses, dispelling fear and anxiety. Tiger Eye stabilizes mood swings and releases tension. It treats eyes, throat and reproductive organs, releases toxins, and alleviates pain. Many people consider tiger eye as the stone of luck. It symbolizes wealth and abundance. In India they believe “eyes” generally have the power to control lower demons and bad elements of nature. It offers health, courage and strength for a more active life treatment. It assists meetings and communication. It offers us will in making decisions and a feeling of safety and security. It is also known to improve the insight of the user and is an excellent stone for meditation. We find it often in malas (Indian chaplets) consisted entirely of Tiger Eye.</p> <p><strong>Zodiac</strong>: Aries , Taurus , Gemini , Leo , Libra , Scorpio , Sagittarius, Capricorn.</p>
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