A gemstone pendant makes a thoughtful gift that is sure to wow on any occasion!
Some gemstones are thought to be particularly “romantic”, like garnet, moonstone, and tourmaline. Smoky quartz is said to promote communication, and lapis lazuli is often considered the special stone of friendship. To learn more, read on!
Abalone Abalone are mollusks that can be found off the coasts of China, Japan and South America. These shells come in an endless variety of unique colors, said to mimic the ocean with their iridescent line patterns. All shells are related closely to the ocean because they have been part of it for many years. The ocean brings forth feelings of well-being and relaxation. Abalone eases one’s flow of feelings allowing a sensitive connection to others.
The two main sources of amber on the market today are the Baltic Sea region and the Dominican Republic. Amber is fossilized resin of ancient trees living 25 to 50 millions years ago. Amber can range in color from dark brown to a light almost clear lemon yellow. Early physicians prescribed amber for headaches, heart problems and arthritis. In ancient times, amber was carried by travelers for protection. Today amber is known to bring forth a carefree disposition and success. Also, amber beads can help ease the teething pains of babies.Amazonite is a calming stone that improves confidence and restores stamina, faith, and compassion. It dispels negative energy and gives strength in making difficult decisions. It is also said to improve self-expression and enhance communication concerning love.
Amethyst “The stone of spirituality”
Mined mostly in Brazil, amethyst helps overcome fears and cravings. It symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom. The Greek word “amethystos” may be translated as “not drunken”. In Greek mythology, Dionysus (the god of intoxication and wine) was pursuing a maiden named Amethystos, who refused his affections. Amethystos prayed to the gods to remain chaste, a prayer which the goddess Artemis answered, transforming her into a white stone. Humbled by Amethystos’ desire to remain chaste, Dionysus poured wine over the stone as an offering, dyeing the crystals purple.
Amethyst helps to bring calmness and clarity, while fostering healing and selflessness. It is an excellent stone for meditation and is known as the “stone of transformation”. Amethyst is said to bring wisdom by keeping the wearer connected to and aware of their more spiritual nature.
Aquamarine “The stone of courage and serenity”
Aquamarine is found in Colombia and Brazil. This stone ranges from a sea-green to a soft powder blue, is believed to enhance clarity of perception and eyesight, flow of creativity, inspiration and sharpen intuition. Folklore states that aquamarine was first found in the treasure chest of mermaids. Since then, aquamarine has been considered to be a sailor’s lucky stone, believing it would be protection for them on water. Aquamarine is believed to open consciousness, releasing wisdom and creativity. It has a calming effect, and thus is noted for increasing courage and fortitude.
Onyx mines are mainly located in Brazil, Madagascar and Uruguay. The name comes from the Greek word onyx which means nail of a finger or claw. Legend says that one day while Venus was sleeping Eros cut her fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground. The gods then turned them into stone which later became known as onyx. This stone can help release negative emotions such as sorrow or grief and build self-confidence and responsibility.
Goldstone is a man-made stone that has been around since the European Renaissance. Early monks working at a glass factory near Venice, Italy were practicing alchemy when molten copper accidentally tipped into a molten glass container. This crystallized into thousands of tiny crystals and formed a melt with golden light sparkles. This is how the first goldstone came about. Though it is not technically a gemstone, it is often referred to as one. Blue goldstone is associated with learning and communication.
Citrine “The stone of success”
Citrine is a member of the quartz mineral group. Most citrine is mined in Brazil. Shining with a golden glow, people have long treasured citrine as a gift from the sun. Many citrine begin their lives as amethyst. After gentle heating, the purple fades and a golden yellow takes its place. Citrine brings happiness, joy and optimism into your life. It’s said to increase self esteem and promote clarity of thought. It’s one of only two minerals on the planet which do not hold or accumulate negative energy, but dispels and transforms it.
Fire agate helps the wearer achieve better self-realization and attunement to higher realms, providing clarity and stimulating awareness. Agate has long been revered as an absorber of negativity, opening the chakras, clearing out bad energy, and helping to develop natural powers and creativity.
Garnet “The stone of love and devotion”
Currently the world’s largest supply of garnet is in Africa. Regarded as the stone of passionate devotion: to your family, your friends, yourself, and your own purpose in life. Believed to stimulate the senses, and increase vitality and stamina. Garnet is also thought to attract good luck in business ventures. It is said to stimulate passion and creativity while negating stubbornness. Noted also for its powerful protective energy, ancient soldiers would carry shields set with garnet when they went into battle.
India is the largest producer of kyanite in the world. Kyanite derives its name from the Greek word ‘kyanos’, meaning blue. It was once believed that a kyanite crystal suspended from a human hair could follow the earth’s magnetic force. Early travelers sometimes used it as a compass when exploring unknown territories. Today kyanite is believed to align all chakras automatically and immediately, aid in meditation, spiritual awakening, and alleviate anxiety.
The name labradorite comes from the Labrador region of Canada, where this gem was first discovered around 1770. Today it is found in multiple places such as Madagascar and Finland. This stone has a strong iridescence when viewed from different angles, showing greenish grey with shimmering flashes of blue and yellow. Labradorite is an excellent stone for strengthening intuitions, allowing you to see through illusions and determine the actual form of your dreams and goals.
Lapis Lazuli “The stone of total awareness”
Lapis lazuli is considered to be the stone of universal truth and friendship. It is reputed to bring harmony to relationships and help the wearer express the self in an authentic manner. Lapis is also considered a strengthening stone, bringing mental clarity and emotional healing.
In ancient Egypt, Lapis was the exclusive power stone of Queen Cleopatra. Believing it had magical properties, she had entire walls of her palace inlaid with it, and even had it ground into powder for her eyeliner. Still often referred to as the “Queen’s stone”, lapis brings luck, fortune, and a regal air to the bearer.
Lapis opens the door to self acceptance, which leads to serenity. It reveals inner truth, promoting self-awareness and the acceptance of that knowledge. It provides for the relief of things that may have been suppressed and allows them to surface, helping to quell dis-ease or repressed anger, and allows for self-expression without holding back or compromising.
The beautiful blues in paintings from the Renaissance are thanks to the blue of lapis lazuli. The opaque blue gem material was the secret ingredient in ultramarine, the valuable pigment that all the old masters used to capture the rich blues of the sea and sky and the robes of the Virgin Mary. The color wasn’t duplicated by any other substance until 1834 but even now, some argue there is no substitute: unlike other pigments, centuries-old ultramarine still glows with rich color today.
Visit any of our stores to see the potent and powerful beauty of this stunning gem, available at Mexicali in unique (often one-of-a-kind) shapes and settings. The gorgeous lapis pieces in this picture can be found today in our Bangor store.Larimar
Larimar represents peace and clarity, healing, and love. It activates the throat chakra, having a vibration that assists in clear communication, particularly regarding emotions.
It is often known as the “Atlantis Stone”. A psychic named Edgar Cayce (1877 – 1945) said that part of Atlantis was in the Caribbean, and also that a blue stone with extraordinary healing powers would be found there. About 30 years after he passed away, Larimar was discovered in the Dominican Republic, which is to this day the only place it can be found!
Malachite, unlike stones of the quartz family, absorbs energy instead of projecting it. Because of this, it’s very useful for releasing negative thoughts or emotions. It also helps to foster creativity and encourage self-expression. Most malachite comes from Zaire, Chile and Australia. This stone has vivid dark to light green lines that run parallel to each other in concentric circles giving it a unique look. The Egyptians have been using this mineral since 3000 AD for amulets, jewelry and also as an eye shadow. Malachite has been called the “mirror of the soul”. It reaches the inner feelings of the person wearing it and amplifies both negative and positive. It is said to get rid of shyness and encourage adventure.
Moonstone “The stone of emotional balance”
Moonstone is the stone of romance, intuition, and emotional balance. It is said to have power to arouse passion and allow lovers to peek into their future fortunes. It is mainly found in Sri Lanka, Burma, India and Madagascar. The ancient Romans theorized that moonstone, with its unearthly shimmer, was formed from frozen moonlight. Moonstone may be worn to balance hormonal cycles in women and helps all be more comfortable with our gentler feminine side. In Eastern cultures, moonstone was favored for love and can reunite quarreled lovers.
Mystic topaz is a term used to describe a colorless topaz gemstone treated by titanium vapor for a permanent rainbow color. It is relatively new on the marketplace, and although it does not occur naturally it is very beautiful and affordable.
The most important source of opal is Australia. Opal forms in sedimentary rocks when silica-rich water slowly seeps into the host rock, filling seams and crack and hollows. The silica will settle and eventually form a solid gel, trapping the remaining water within its structure. Opal enhances your ability to communicate what is in your heart, helps soothe erratic emotions and enhance personal courage.
Throughout history, opal has been revered for its beauty and regarded as a stone of good fortune. The early Greeks thought that opals gave their owners the powers of foresight and prophecy, and the Romans often carried opals as talismans or good luck charms. It was said that these beautiful stones possessed the same sort of energy as a rainbow in the sky, and some believed that opal had magical powers. Legend has it that the Roman Senator Nonius chose to be exiled rather than sell his valuable opal to Marc Antony, who wanted to give it to his famous lover Cleopatra.
Pearl “The stone of feminine wisdom”
Pearls are an organic gem, created when a mollusk like an oyster covers a foreign object with beautiful layers of nacre, the mother of pearl. A rough grain of sand, transformed over time slowly growing into an object of great value and beauty. With such a humble beginning, pearls help us get in touch with the simple things of life, symbolizing the best within us: honesty, purity, wisdom and integrity.
Peridot “The stone of emotional healing”
The main deposits of peridot are in Arizona, China, Vietnam and Pakistan. The fresh lime green color is its distinctive signature. Peridot fosters emotional balance, and helps us heal from past emotional wounds. In particular it helps deal with jealousy and
depression. It works as a stress-reliever and also strengthens/regenerates all organs, stimulating new, healthy growth. Peridot has also been used to facilitate the birth process.
Quartz “The stone of balance and healing”
Quartz crystal is a clear variety of quartz that was first found high in the frozen mountains of the Alps. Ancient people believed it was a form of ice crystals that would never melt. Quartz crystals amplify the intensity of other stones and is used for balancing all chakras. Clear quartz encourage clarity of mind, improves perception and understanding.
Ruby “The stone of fire and passion”
Most rubies come from Burma and Thailand. It is said that the power of a ruby encourages one to follow their dreams, helping to change the world. A ruby will bring light to the dark places in one’s life, bringing a spark of awareness to those places where you
might still need work, and giving you the opportunity to clear that path. Rubies also heightens our love for life, giving us motivation and inspiration to choose wisely for ourselves and others.
The main source for shiva eye is found off the coast of Thailand. It is the protective covering at the opening of the Turban snail shell. Towards the end of the snail’s natural life this protective door (known as the operculum) detaches and sinks to the bottom of the ocean. One side of the shiva eye shell is a beautiful spiral. It is said to bring good luck and to protect wearer from harm. A beautiful and unique choice for organic jewelry because no two are alike.
Smokey quartz is known as the stone of cooperation. A gentle grounding stone, it has the ability to transform negative energy, particularly anger and resentments. It clears up communication difficulties and stimulates the cooperation of multiple energies towards a common goal.
The two main sources of tiger’s eye are South Africa and Sri Lanka. This stone exhibits a silky luster that reflects within thin fibrous bands. This stone promotes balance and strength to get through difficult phases of life; relieves doubt and eases decision-making by enhancing vision and clarity. Helps one to become more practical.
Turquoise “The stone of wisdom and spiritual journeys “
Turquoise is the stone of wisdom and spiritual journeying. The most important turquoise deposits are in the Southwestern United States, Iran, Tibet, and China. Turquoise is one of the oldest protection stones and was also known as a symbol of wealth in many ancient cultures. Some Native cultures believed that by wearing turquoise, the human mind becomes one with the universe. This gem stone is a stone of self-realization, helping you to better understand yourself, your ideas, and emotions. It is a wonderful aid in regards to any type of analytical thinking. Also helpful with communication, turquoise helps the wearer be honest with the self and others.
Whichever stone speaks to you, Mexicali Blues has got you covered! We have so many more pieces of gemstone jewelry in our stores, plus a knowledgable staff who can tell you even more about each stone, so stop by and see us sometime!
What’s your favorite gemstone or stone story?