Gem Guide

Agate - The agate is associated with Mercury and comes in a variety of color patterns, generally curved bands of regular or irregular formation. It is used for healing, rejuvenating depleted energies, protects one against falling, calms and refreshes oneself, and was said to prevent snake and serpent bites. The brown or tawny agate is most popularly used for: acquiring riches, success in any undertakings, and used as a prosperity talisman. It was worn in battle to ensure victory and protected the wearer against the evil eye. The moss agate has been used widely in spells for riches and happiness, worn it may lead you to treasure, promotes good fortune and helps in acquiring favorable mention in wills and legacies as well as promoting abundance of crops and gardens. It is sometimes hung on trees to help increase their yields. Red agate is associated with wealth, it is used in spells for courage, strength and bravery. Agate is also used to help with stomach diseases. The agate is a symbol of strength and courage, and is said to help with longevity, gardening, love, healing, and protection.
Banded Agate - Bodily energy and eases stress
Blue-lace Agate - Peace and happiness
Moss Agate - "Gardener's talisman," healing, energy, riches, happiness, long life

Amber - Amber is the fossilized, hardened resin of the pine tree, formed in the Eocene period – about 50 million years ago. It was a gemstone sought after by ancient Stone Age sun worshippers because its beautiful radiance resembled the sun's rays, and was called, "golden gems of the ages". In the civilizations of the early Greeks and Romans, amber was so revered it was available only to nobility. Ladies of the Roman court desired it for its brilliant hue and for the protection from evil spells which it was believed to bestow upon the wearer. I n reverence to its talismatic powers, gladiators wore amber amulets when venturing into the Coliseum. Throughout Europe, amber was worn as protection against various and sundry illnesses. It is said to help with luck, healing, protection, and love, and is a symbol of beauty and strength.
Orange Amber

Amethyst - Amethyst, the best known member of the Quartz family, is the birthstone for February. Its purple hues vary from very pale to dark with the medium dark to dark tones considered the most desirable. Amethyst's name was derived from the Greek amethystos, meaning "not to intoxicate". Early beliefs held that one could not become drunk if an Amethyst cup held the wine. The Amethyst was revered by the ancients for its mystical powers. The Egyptians wore Amethyst amulets, many carved with bears for increased power. The Romans used Amethyst to protect them from evil spells, hailstorms and plagues. Medieval English considered it a symbol of sovereignty for kings and princes. In 15th century Europe, Amethyst was thought to control evil thoughts and overcome violent passions. Legend held that Saint Valentine wore a ring containing a carved Amethyst Cupid. Amethysts are believed to help with dreams, overcoming alcoholism, healing, psychism, peace, love, and protection against thieves, and it is a symbol of courage and happiness.
Purple Amethyst
Violet Amethyst

Aquamarine - March's birthstone, aquamarine is a blue or greenish beryl gem. Stones are pale to medium bluish-green, as the name "sea green" implies, but they are almost always heat-treated to enhance the blue coloration. This heat-treating results in permanent color change and duplicates natural heating that occurs in areas of volcanic activity. Aquamarine often occurs in very large sizes, usually with very good clarity. Aquamarine, the gem of the sea, is named with the Greek word for sea water. The reference is obvious: aqua sparkles like the sea and its color is pale to medium blue, sometimes with a slight hint of green. Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. Legends say that it is the treasure of mermaids, with the power to keep sailors safe at sea.
Blue-green Aquamarine

Aventurine - Aventurine is a more or less colorless stone that contains uniformly dispersed flakes of greenish mica, thus giving the stone a characteristic speckled green appearance known as aventurescence. It is said to aid with mental powers, eyesight, gambling, money, peace, healing, and luck.
Green Aventurine

Azurite - Azurite is an opaque mineral commonly found near Copper mines & is usually mixed with Malachite. Since the cutter follows the contours of the stone to capture the brightest colors, most of these are not standard shapes or dimensions. Azurite is named for the Persian word for Blue. Its intense blue color coupled with the vivid Green Malachite creates beautiful jewelry, or it is equally enjoyable by itself. This gem is said to help with psychism, dreams, divination, and healing.
Deep Blue Azurite

Beryl - The beryl mineral family is a popular one because of the beautiful varieties of colors and the durability of the stones. With the exception of emerald and bixbite, all other beryls are typically clean stones, virtually free of flaws detectable by the human eye. Beryls grow in a six-sided hexagonal crystal formation, generally in with granite, but occasionally the crystals are washed out of the granite into streams or during the crystallization. These colors include colorless, blue, green, yellow, pink, peach, and red.
Golden Beryl

Bloodstone - Bloodstone is a quartz stone consisting of dark green plasma with blood red or orange spots of iron oxide. The bloodstone, as well as many other gemstones, has a great deal of fascinating history behind it that is often overlooked. Civilizations long before Christ had a great many beliefs and practical uses for this particular gem. It was believed that when placed in a glass of water during a drought that the red spots would soak up the sun's rays and cause a storm; thus it was called the "Tempest" stone. Throughout time the bloodstone was believed to have the power to check the flow of blood. The stone was prescribed to bleeders or hemophiliacs and it was said that its mere touch would stop the most violent of hemorrhages. This stone also had a religious significance. In Christian legend the red spots were said to be from the blood of Christ's thorn crowned head during crucifixion. Bloodstones are considered good for stopping bleeding, healing, legal matters, business, invisibility, agriculture, and they are a symbol for victory, courage, wealth, strength, and power.
Dark Red Bloodstone

Bulls-eye - This is a malachite featuring a curved pattern that resembles a bull's eye. (See Malachite)
Mahogany-brown Bulls-eye

Carnelian - Carnelian is a reddish brown gem and, in ancient Rome, it was often used in cameos and intaglios. It has always been associated with the sun and is orange-red in color. Carnelian has been used to squelch anger, jealousy, and hatred. It is worn or carried to promote courage, confidence, protection against negative magic, storms, and is said to promote sexuality. The carnelian also helps in reproductive matters, protection, peace, eloquence, and healing, and is a symbol of courage.
Red Carnelian

Cats-eye - Cat's eye chrysoberyl, often called simply cats-eye, is a translucent yellow, brown, or green material containing very fine silk-like flaws. When cut correctly this produces a very sharp linear reflection of light known as the cat's-eye effect. Fine, large cats-eyes are rare and costly. The ideal color for cats-eye is honey brown which causes a fantastic effect in which light striking the stone at an angle causes a shadow on the side of the stone opposite the light to appear rich brown, and the side nearest the light appears yellowish white.
Green Cats-eye

Chrysoberyl - Chrysoberyl is a poorly known mineral in the gem world even though the gem varieties are popular. There are three types… The first type is simply faceted transparent Chrysoberyl that is usually found in yellowish green to green, yellow and shades of brown. It is a fine gemstone, but is over-shadowed by its two cousins. The second variety is the "cat's eye", also known as cymophane. The effect is caused by microscopic needle-like inclusions that reflect light into a single sliver of light running along the center of the crystal thus making it look like a living cat's eye. Although other minerals have cats-eyes, the chrysoberyl cats-eye is the only one that can be referred to as "cat's eye" with no other designation. The third is Alexandrite. This rare and valuable gemstone has the unique property of changing color depending on the type of light that hits it. In sunlight, it appears almost emerald green, while in artificial incandescent light it appears a violet-red.
Yellow Chrysoberyl

Chrysolite - The name "chrysolite" is Greek for "gold stone" and is most commonly used in reference to peridot but has been used to encompass all golden hued gems. (See Peridot)
Pale Green Chrysolite

Chrysoprase - Chrysoprase is a translucent green Quartz which receives its color from nickel impurities. The finest quality can rival the color of even the best jade. Chrysoprase is generally cut for use as beads, or it is used for carvings. Ancients believed that the gem's green shades had a calming effect on the wearer. Chrysoprase is associated with Venus and Mercury and comes in a pale to bright green color. It is a lucky stone and is carried or worn during new business ventures or anything dealing with financial gain and income. It helps to banish greed, envy, selfishness, nightmares and stress. Chrysoprase also has healing qualities and is used to attract new friends.It is said to help with happiness, luck, success, friendship, protection, healing, and money.
Green Chrysoprase

Citrine - Citrine is the yellow variety of quartz and is sometimes used by jewelers as a substitute for topaz, the November birthstone. It is a yellow to brown quartz and can vary from pale yellow to rich golden yellow to dark orange. Although citrine may occur naturally, much is produced by heating amethyst under controlled conditions. Darker colors are more highly prized, including medium golden orange and dark sherry-colored. Citrine's name is derived from the French citrin for "lemon". People feel that Citrine gives the wearer the ability to adopt a neutral attitude, a more rational thought rather than an emotional one. It also promotes a cheerful disposition.
Honey Yellow Citrine

Coral - Coral is the abandoned structure of the coral polyp. The structures are formed when the polyps join with other polyps in colonies for protection against aggressors. The individual polyp secretes the calcium carbonate as a protective coating. As more polyps join the group, the structure expands into coral reefs. These reefs are frequently attacked by aquatic predators which literally suck the polyps from the reefs and still other reefs are abandoned due to pollution. Historically, major waters for coral harvesting have been the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii and Australia. Coral is available in several colors. The deepest red coral is known as "Oxblood" and it is the second rarest color. "Angel Skin", a blush pink shade, is the rarest, and white coral is also popular.
Pink Coral
White Coral
Red Coral
Black Coral

Crystal - Rock Crystal is the pure, colorless Quartz variety found in many areas of the world. The ancient Greeks called Rock Crystal krustallos, meaning "ice". They believed it to be frozen by the gods. To new age believers, Rock Crystal represents one of the highest tools of energy. Clear Quartz crystals relate to the air element while milky ones are more attuned to the water element. The vibrations of good Rock Crystals are considered unique in that they are both strong and high, picking up, transmitting and amplifying energy. Rock Crystal is said to keep the wearer free from strain, protect from homesickness, promote pure faith, clarity and receptivity.
Virteous Crystal - Vitreous means that the gem contains or resembles glass

Diamond - The diamond has captured mankind's interest and appreciation for thousands of years. Before modern faceting techniques were developed, the Diamond was revered for its magical properties. It is the birthstone for April and the anniversary stone for the 20th, 60th, and 75th wedding years. Diamonds are distinctive for several reasons. They are the hardest known mineral which means that only a diamond can scratch another diamond. They are also the only gem composed of a single element, Carbon. Most diamonds are slightly yellowish, but those most approaching absolute lack of color are most prized. Diamonds are said to help with spirituality, sexual dysfunction, protection, reconciliation, and healing, and are a symbol of courage, peace, and strength.
Muddy Brown Diamond
Yellow Diamond
Pale Pink Diamond
Blue Diamond
Adamantine Diamond
- Adamantine means that it is incapable of being broken
Black Diamond

Dreamstone - As far as I can tell, this is a fictitious stone… so your guess is as good as mine! And since this webpage is mine, well here's my guess. Dreamstones are a highly transparent quartz which gives them the appearance of clouds or mist on the surface of the stone. Very similar to moonstones, these gems are said to aid in divination and prophecy, for dreams often give us glimpses of the future. Sleeping with one under your pillow will ward off nightmares and help to wake up more refreshed. The illustration of the dreamstone is made up by me also, so take all this as you will.
Cloudy White Dreamstone
Misty Black Dreamstone

Emerald - Emerald, the May birthstone, has been used for ornamentation since 4,000 B.C. The first stones were mined in the deserts of Egypt near the Red Sea in what were known as Cleopatra's Mines. These mines were worked for thousands of years, left idle and then rediscovered in 1818. The remains of the Egyptian Emerald load today are small and dark stones. Emerald is a member of the Beryl mineral family, along with Aquamarine, Golden Beryl, and Morganite. The name emerald is taken from the Greeksmaragdos, meaning "green stone". The best color for emerald is a deep green and it is nearly impossible to find them without visible flaws. The vibrant green of the emerald has long stood for fertility and rebirth. Many cultures have used emerald as a treatment for eye diseases, epilepsy and poisoning and have been said to be held under the tongue as a way of foretelling the future. They were dedicated to the goddess Venus and were considered an aid in revealing the truthfulness of one's lover. But the emerald's incomparable beauty is reason enough for owning this gem. They are said to help with love, money, mental powers, psychism, protection, exorcism, and eyesight.
Dark Green Emerald
Bright Green Emerald

Garnet - Garnet is the birthstone for January and the second wedding anniversary stone. Granatum, meaning "pomegranate", is the Latin root word for garnet because it was thought to resemble the fruit's many seeds. Like other red stones, garnet has historically been associated with blood and its related organs. It is considered an aid for swelling and inflammation of the joints and was used as a talisman against evil spirits. Garnets have been used as ornamentation for more than 5,000 years. Garnet beads have been found in Egyptian excavations dating back to 3200 B.C. and the breastplate of Aaron, which was worn around 2,000 B.C., supposedly contained a garnet. The Asians in the 4th century B.C. used garnets in creating their seals and they were frequently carved into cameos and intaglios and worn in rings. Garnets were also widely used in church jewels in Europe, and their royalty held garnets the same esteem as rubies. Garnets are available in all colors except pure blue. They are said to aid in Healing and protection, and are a symbol of strength.
Bright Red Garnet
Honey-yellow Garnet
Rose-colored Garnet
Green Garnet
Violet red Garnet

Hawks-eye - The term for a blue tigers-eye (See Tigers-eye)
Blue-grey Hawks-eye

Jade - Long revered by Asians as the most precious of all stones for centuries, besides being the most beautiful and valued natural material for making jewelry and utensils, jade is considered to possess the power of good luck, good health, and the ability to resist evil spirit and to get rid of bad luck. Jade is associated with Venus and is green in color. It has long been associated as a love stone as well as one for wisdom, healing, and used to promote fertility and abundant crops. Businessmen use jade in seeking council in important business transactions and it is worn for it's money-attracting energies. A figurine carved out of jade, called the hand of Buddha, was revered by the Chinese for it's abundance of prosperity as well as promoting a long life for it's owner.
Black Jade
Green Jade
Pale Blue Jade
Lilac Jade
Blue Jade
Red Jade
Emerald Green Jade

Jasper - Jasper is a variety of Quartz which is available in several colors, primarily due to iron. The mottled jasper is named for its spotted pattern. This jasper has light brown to tan background with spots in dark green, dark brown, deep orange or yellow. Braciated jasper has the rust red background with veining usually in tan and black. Picture Jasper denotes the scenes that can be recognized in its patterns. It has a tan background with swirls of dark brown, black and white. Picture jasper, or scenic jasper, may display quite realistic depictions of natural scenes, animals, or other objects, and can command respectable prices due to such unusual pictures. Jaspers help with healing, protection, and health, and are a symbol of beauty.
Mottled Jasper - Protection against drowning
Yellow Jasper - Healing, sleep, compassion
Red Jasper - Protection, healing, beauty
Brown Jasper - Centering, grounding

Lapis-lazuli - Lapis-lazuli is known as the Egyptian royal blue stone of heaven. Lapis was one of the first materials to be mined and worked as a gemstone and the Pharaohs of Egypt often sent runners from Egypt to Afghanistan to obtain lapis for the court gem cutters. Today Afghanistan is still the main source for the finest Lapis. Lapis helps with healing, psychism, and protection, and is a symbol of joy, love, fidelity, and courage.
White Veined Lapis-lazuli
Deep Blue Lapis-lazuli
Gold-flecked Lapis-lazuli

Malachite - Malachite is a Green banded mineral which gets its name from the Greek word mallow, an herb plant, in reference to the color. The rich, patterned green coloration of malachite is unique among gemstones. Beads, boxes, and in Russia even place settings, including dinner plates and goblets, have been carved from Malachite which occurs in light to dark shades of green, often banded or with swirled bull's-eye patterns. Malachite is a symbol power, love, and peace, and aids in protection and business success.
Deep Green Malachite

Marble - Marble is a massive, compact limestone; a variety of calcite, capable of being polished and used for architectural and ornamental purposes. The color varies from white to black, being sometimes yellow, red, and green, and frequently beautifully veined or clouded. The name is also given to other rocks of like use and appearance, as serpentine or verd antique marble, and even sometimes is used to refer to polished rocks, granite, and other stones. Marble as a mineral, consists of carbonate of lime with its texture varying from the highly crystalline to very compact.
Black Marble
Grey Marble
White Marble

Moonstone - The moonstone is a colorless to yellowish gray, highly translucent to semi-transparent variety of feldspar that reflects light in a distinctive shimmering phenomenon known as adularescence. Sometimes moonstone displays a well-defined cat's-eye effect (a bright line caused by reflection from tiny parallel flaws). The most prized moonstones are colorless and nearly transparent with a blue sheen effect. Moonstones aid in love, divination, psychism, sleep, gardening, protection, and dieting, and is a symbol of youth. Metaphysical attributes of Moonstone include, the ability to lessen the affects of the moon cycles on the wearer, and the ability to reduces tendency to over react to emotional conflicts.
Pearly Gray Moonstone
Silvery White Moonstone

Obsidian - Obsidian is the result of volcanic lava coming in contact with water. Often the lava pours into a lake or ocean and is cooled quickly. This process produces a glassy texture in the resulting rock. Iron and magnesium give the obsidian a dark green to black color. Obsidian can contain small bubbles of air that are aligned along layers created as the molten rock was flowing before being cooled. These bubbles can produce interesting effects such as a golden or a rainbow sheen. Inclusions of small, white, radially clustered crystals of cristobalite in the black glass can also produce a blotchy or snowflake pattern . Small nuggets of obsidian that have been naturally rounded and smoothed by wind and water are called Apache Tears. Obsidian has been used by ancient people as a cutting tool, for weapons, and for ceremonial purposes. Obsidian is used for protection, grounding, divination, and is a symbol of peace.
Black Obsidian

Olivine - Much of the Earth is made out of this mineral. It is usually a greenish crystal and is often found as inclusions in basaltic lavas but can also be found in shades of yellow, and more rarely, brown. Olivine is found in igneous rocks with a high iron and magnesium content. Olivine has a high melting point and is the first mineral to crystallize from magma. The early crystallization of olivine is the reason that molten lavas can contain already crystallized grains of olivine. Some rocks can be composed of almost all olivine and these are called dunites. Olivine is also found in many meteorites, proving that not only the Earth is composed mostly of this mineral.
Green Olivine

Onyx - Onyx was very popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans. The name comes from the Greek word onux, which means "fingernail". The story is that one day frisky Cupid cut Aphrodite's fingernails with an arrowhead while she was sleeping. He left the clippings scattered on the sand and the fates turned them into stone so that no part of the heavenly body would ever perish. True, black isn't normally the color one associates with fingernails, but in Greek times, almost all colors of this gem from fingernail white to dark brown and black were called onyx. Later, the Romans narrowed the term to refer to black and dark brown colors only. Onyx, sard, and sardonyx are all varieties of quartz. Onyx comes in brown, white, grey, and black and is very similar to agates as it has the straight bands. Black onyx is said to be able to help one to change bad habits, especially helpful when worn as a necklace.
Black Onyx
Banded Onyx

Opal - Opals have been used for adornment by mankind for over 2,000 years, but misconceptions still linger about this gem. Superstitions about the opal began in the 19th century in a popular novel, Anne of Geierstein, by Sir Walter Scott. The heroine, daughter of a Persian shaman, constantly wore an opal hair ornament and was accused of being a devil by the local English because her opal flashed her moods. When she died, the opal and the girl turned to a pile of gray ashes. Greeks and Romans prized opals from Eastern Europe, believing that they gave their owners foresight and the gift of prophecy and also protected against disease. Ancient Arabs held that opals fell from the heavens in flashes of lightning, thus creating their fire. Opal was regarded as sacred, the spirit of truth by ancient Eastern cultures. Opal rings were a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I of England and her court and Shakespeare declared the opal to be "the queen of gems." The colors seen in opals are dependent upon the size of the spheres and the wave length of the light entering the gem and can be colorless, white, black, gray, red, blue, orange, or yellow.
Black Opal
White Opal
Scarlet Opal
Milky White Opal
Fire Opal

Pearl - Unlike gemstones or precious metals that must be mined from the earth, pearls are grown by live oysters far below the surface of the sea. Gemstones must be cut and polished to bring out their beauty, but pearls need no such treatments to reveal their loveliness. They are born from their oysters with a shimmering iridescence, luster and soft inner glow that is unlike any other gem on earth. A natural pearl begins it life as a foreign object, such as a parasite or piece of sand, that by accident lodges itself in the oyster's soft inner body where it cannot be expelled. In an effort to ease this irritant, the oyster's body takes defensive action and begins to secrete a smooth, hard crystalline substance around the irritant in order to protect itself called nacre. As long as the irritant remains within its body, the oyster will continue to secrete nacre around the irritant, layer upon layer. After a few years, the irritant will be totally encased by the silky crystalline coatings. The result - the lovely and lustrous gem called a pearl. Pearls are said to aid in love, money, protection, and luck.
Pink Pearl
White Pearl
Grey Pearl
Black Pearl

Peridot - Peridot, the birthstone of August, is a member of the olivine mineral group. Peridot's name is derived from the Greek peridona, meaning "to provide plentifully". The ancients referred to it as the "gem of the sun" and believed that it could banish evil spirits and break enchantments when it was worn in a gold setting. Peridot is considered a stone of hope and is supposed to strengthen the sight, heart and respiratory system and aid against depression. Peridot also has great historical and religious significance. Just so you know, Peridot is pronounced "doe" and not "dot", kinda like depot.
Dark Green Peridot

Quartz - Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth and is found in many different forms almost everywhere. There are two major classifications of quartz:, crystalline quartz and cryptocrystalline quartz. They range in color from colorless, yellow, brown, purple, pink, to greenish. Cryptocrystalline quartz often displays exotic color bands, swirls, and other patterns. Quartz is used for aid in protection, healing, psychism, and lactation, and is a symbol of power.
Smokey Quartz
Rose Quartz

Rhodocrosite - Rhodocrosite is a vibrant pinkish red to rose gemstone and is a secondary mineral composed of other minerals and was first discovered in a mine called Sweet Home Mine. Rhodocrosite was first considered a by-product at the Sweet Home Mine, and most of the quality was obscure and, as a mineral, was considered worthless. Occasionally, a gem quality crystal was discovered, but the large, transparent crystals were rare. Since rhodocrosite occurs in veins, often in conjunction with pyrite and several other ores, miners began searching for gem quality rhodocrosite crystals near finds of those minerals. To date, less than 400 stones have been faceted from the Sweet Home Mine rough rhodocrosite. Note, these stones are very rough ,and a stone of the gem quality pictured here is very rare.
Pink Rhodocrosite

Ruby - The ruby is one of the symbols of love. To the ancients, rubies represented passion, affection, power and majesty. Ruby has also been connected to dragons, legends tell of dragons guarding ruby and emerald mines and others of dragons with brilliant rubies in their heads illuminating the countryside. Rubies can range in color from orange red, pinkish red, red to purplish red.
Deep Red Ruby
Astrae Ruby
- Astrae means "Star" so this would be a Star Ruby

Sapphire - The sapphire is one of the most popular of all gemstones and is the birthstone for September. Mention Sapphire and most people immediately relate to the color blue, but it is available in an array of other colors: pink, golden, green, peachy orange, purple and colorless. Color change Sapphires are those which have two colors which are distinct when the light source is changed from fluorescent to incandescent. Sapphires were revered by ancient kings as protection from harm and envy. In the Middle Ages, blue sapphire was worn in rings by the clergy because the color symbolised heaven. Magicians or sorcerers valued sapphire as a means to understand prophecies and to command spirits. It was also administered medically for eye diseases and the plague and as an antidote against poison. Tradition holds that the stone tablets given to Moses were etched on sapphire. Sapphires are said to aid in psychism, love, meditation, peace, defensive magic, and healing, and is a symbol of power and money.
Green Sapphire
Canary Yellow Sapphire
Pink Sapphire
Deep Blue Sapphire
Astrae Sapphire
- Astrae means "Star" so this would be a Star Sapphire

Sard - Sard is a darkish brown gem similar to carnelian but of less intense color. Sard is a reddish-brown variety of Onyx. (See Onyx)
Yellow Brown Sard

Sardonyx - Sardonyx is a blend of sard and onyx with the red bands of sard and the white bands of onyx. It is considered an agate with alternating straight, parallel bands of reddish brown and, usually, white and is associated with Mercury. It is used for protection, courage, peace and luck and it promotes happy conclusions in legal and contractual agreements that may be especially difficult. The sardonyx is known as the "gem of courage" for orators and bashful lovers. It was said to be a charm against such assorted afflictions as warts, boils, cramps, the evil eye and the wicked thoughts and impulses of witches. It was a favorite gem of the ancients and many thousands of years ago the Egyptians engraved these gems as scarabs and beetles and wore them as talismans. Roman soldiers often wore sardonyx stones engraved with Mars, the god of war, to render them brave and fearless in battle.
Brown Sardonyx

Spinel - Spinels are genuine gemstones with a long history. The availability of red, pink, blue, purple and orange spinels and all of their accompanying shades has created confusion between natural spinel and other gems for those unfamiliar with this natural stone. Spinel received its name from either the Greek spina meaning "little thorn" or from the Greekspinther meaning "spark" in allusion to its color. Curative powers from hemmoraging and inflammatory diseases were credited to the spinel and it was reputed to have a calming effect and the ability to remove anger and flightless barnyard foul… er… discord. Spinel has often been confused with ruby and sapphire, but it provides many fine gems in its own right. Fine large stones are rare and expensive, but smaller stones are quite abundant.
Violet Spinel
Blue Spinel
Red Spinel

Sunstone - The sunstone is the state gem of Oregon, which is a prime source for this beautiful gem of a gem. Generally sunstones offer an interesting effect where the metallic inclusions reflect light in a blaze of color. The presence of these bright inclusions was the reason for naming it Sunstone or Heliolite, from the Greek helios for sun and lithos for stone. Sunstone can also be a transparent gemstone formed in basaltic lava flows.
Golden Sunstone
Golden Yellow Sunstone

Thyites - Greek for turquoise, this gem has been valued throughout history for its beautiful color which ranges from green to blue with pure blue being the most expensive. It was used by the Pharaohs as early as 1000 B.C. for ornamentation and turquoise amulets adorned horse bridles because it was believed to keep the animals surefooted. In ancient Native American lore, the blue of turquoise was thought to represent the sky and atmosphere above Mother Earth, thus Turquoise was connected to the breath of life. Turquoise is considered a balancing and healing source of energy.
Blue Green Thyites

Tiger-eye - Tiger-eye is a yellowish brown quartz in which quartz has been replaced by crocidolite, a fibrous, asbestos-like mineral. The parallel fibrous structure of the stone has a characteristic silky sheen, or even a cats-eye effect. Gray, green, and blue (hawk's-eye) tiger eye are also used as gemstones and are usually the result of chemical or heat treatment. Tiger-eye is often used for cameos and intaglios and has been used for protection, money, courage and luck.
Golden-yellow Tiger-eye

Topaz - Topaz, the birthstone for November, is available in several different colors, colorless or white, blue, yellow to orange, and pink. The topaz is associated with the sun and is used for protection, healing, love and money. It has very powerful protective purposes and is very useful to help one in dispelling negative energies and negative magic. It helps in stabilizing the emotions, promotes peaceful sleeping.
Vitreous Topaz - Vitreous means that the gem contains or resembles glass
Blue Topaz
Yellow Topaz
Pink Topaz

Tourmaline - Tourmaline is a large family of gemstones with more than 100 colors and hues. Its name comes from the Sinhalese turmali, meaning "mixed". It was believed to promote continued good health, so it became a favorite jewelry stone. Tourmalines were also attributed the ability to build valuable friendships and business contacts, to enrich knowledge and intuition and to create harmony and social popularity. Tourmaline crystals grow in the hexagonal shape and tend to be long, pencil shaped crystals. This crystal shape is the reason why long rectangular cuts are so frequently seen in tourmalines. All tourmaline crystals begin as colorless and colors are absorbed when trace elements of seeping liquids replace the normally present atoms. Tourmaline takes a wider variety of colors from these trace elements than any other gem. Any of the tourmaline colors can be used as one of the birthstones for October and it is also the 8th wedding anniversary Gemstone. Tourmalines are said to aid in love, friendship, money, business, health, peace, energy, courage, and astral projection.
Green Torumaline - Money, success, creativity
Black Torumaline - Grounding, protection
Red Torumaline - Energy, protection, courage
Blue Torumaline - De-stress, peace
Rainbow Torumaline - Astral projection

Zircon - Zircons are natural gemstones available in an array of colors. It is one of the birthstones for December and its name comes from the Arabic zargoon, meaning "vermilion". Zircons were worn by the ancients as amulets protecting travelers against the plague, wounds and injuries. It was also said to guard sailors from lightning and expelled evil spirits through its brightness.
Yellow Zircon
Green Zircon
Violet Zircon
Blue Zircon
Red Zircon

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License