PART 2: A guide to semiprecious stones

by Belal El Ghassein January 20, 2017

PART 2: A guide to semiprecious stones

This is the second part of our guide to semi-precious stones. If you missed the first part, you can go here and see the first 10 stones we talked about.

11.White coral

white coral stone

 

The white coral gemstone is extracted from underwater coral reefs. It is composed of calcium carbonate, therefore it has a soft composition. It can be found in different colors but mainly in white and red. White coral can be found in great amount in Central America, Brazil and Australia.

Etymology:

It is named after the color of the mineral. Coral comes from the greek work ‘korallion’ which was used to describe the red coral found in the Mediterranean sea.

Representation:

It represents wisdom, confidence and success. In astrology, it is associated with the energies of the planet Mars. This planet represents physical strength, natural domination and it’s also considered the ‘commander-in-chief’ of the other planets.  

Uses:

It is used in jewelry making such as bracelets or pendants for necklaces. Polished white coral stones are used for decorative purposes and for its healing powers. In Chinese history, these stones were reserved only for emperors.

12.Blue coral

blue coral

 

Blue coral, just as white coral is harvested from deep seawater. This type of blue mineral can be found on the coasts of Cameroon.

Etymology:

See the etymology of white coral above.

Representation:

Thought to be an antidepressant, and represents intuition and self-esteem. It is said to have a calming, stabilizing effect for those who wear it. It helps to discover one’s inner child and playfulness.

Uses:

It is used for its healing powers and jewelry making. We can find pendants, beads, bracelets made out of blue coral. Also, it is used for indoor decor and ornaments.

13.Blue lace agate

blue lace agate necklace

 

It is part of the blue chalcedony quartz family. It is relatively common and easy to find. Deposits of this material were found in Africa, Romania, Middle East and Russia. It is unique for its sky-blue coloring.

Etymology:

Firstly, agate it was discovered by Greek philosopher Theoprastus, in Sicily, around 4 B.C. and 3 B.C.

Representation:

It represents health, serenity, and balance. It is considered a strong metaphysical stone. It is associated with the throat chakra. It offers emotional healing and brings peace of mind.

Uses:

Mostly, it used in jewelry making. We can find blue lace agate rings, bracelets, pins and pendants in all shapes and forms.

14.Blue lapis

blue lapis bracelet

Blue lapis was popular in ancient times, as well. Due to its celestial blue color with golden veins (pyrite), it was considered a symbol of royalty. It is made out of multiple minerals and it can found in relatively great quantities all over the world.

Etymology:

The name comes from Latin ‘lapis’ and Persian ‘lazhuward’ meaning blue. This stone can be traced back to Egyptian and Persian history.

Interesting fact: The mask of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun has traces of blue lapis. The eyes of the mask were decorated with this material.

Representation:

It represents wisdom, confidence, and prosperity. It is considered a manifestation stone which is great for meditation.

Uses:

It especially, used in mosaic, carvings, ornaments, vases and jewelry making.

15.Rose Quartz

rose quartz and howlite beads bracelet

Rose quartz is silicon dioxide crystal, which is a common variety of the quartz family. It can be found in massive forms in Japan, Brazil, South Africa and South Dakota, USA.

Etymology:

Basically, the name comes from the crystal’s color: pink. To describe this material the greeks used the work ‘hyalos’ which means glass.

Representation:

It also called the ‘love stone’. It represents love, harmony, and positivity. It is associated with the heart chakra.

Uses:

In ancient times it was used as a love token. Still, today is used to represent relationships, love and romance. It is used in jewelry making. We can find this quartz in bracelets, pendants, and pins. brooches.

16.Lava stone

lava stone gemstone

Lava stone is probably the oldest material on earth. It is formed underground in the earth’s tectonic plates. It comes from erupting volcanoes in liquid form. After the lava cools, it takes up a black, porous form. It is very common in oceans.  

Etymology:

Lava actually means volcanic rock, also called basalt.

Representation:

It represents strength, passion, and creation. It is thought to raise energy levels. It represents beginning but also has a grounding effect, calming the intensity.

Uses:

Mostly, it is used for jewelry. Usually, beads are created out these stones which can be used to create a great variety of jewelry.

17.Lavender amethyst

lavender amethyst beads bracelet

Lavender amethyst is a macrocrystalline quartz. For more information about this stone see this blog post. You can read about the etymology and uses. The only difference between amethyst and lavender amethyst is the representation and metaphysical attributes.

Lavender amethyst, unlike amethyst, represents creativity, ambition and passion. It considered a transformer stone. It is great to find a new path, a new approach. It helps the owner in gaining a something, a desire, that is not yet possessed.

18.Larimar

larimar gemstone

Also called Dolphin or Atlantis stone, it can be found only in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean sea. It’s a form of silicate mineral pectolite.  

Etymology:

The name comes from a local, Miguel Mendez, who re-discovered the stone in 1974. He named it after her daughter, Larissa and the Spanish word for sea, ‘mar’. Hence the name: larimar.

Representation:

It represents love, personal power and healing.

Uses:

It is used to make jewelry and ornaments. In the Dominican Republic it is offered to the public as gifts.

19.Malachite

green malachite stone beads bracelet(green beads are malachite)

Malachite is copper carbonate hydroxide with an opaque green color. Frequently found in the Ural mountains but is found all over the world. It was well known to ancient Egyptians as remaining of malachite mines were found in Suez and Sinai, dating back to 4000 B.C.

Etymology:

It derives from the Latin word ‘molochitis’ which means mallow-green stone.

Representation:

It represents purity, protection and happiness. Egyptians associated this stone to fertility and resurrection. They also used as an amulet to protect from the evil.

Uses:

It was and it is still used for ornaments, decoration pieces, vases and jewelry. The most famous piece of art made out of malachite is ‘the Tazza’.

20.Onyx

onyx polished beads braceletOnyx just as agate is a quartz from the chalcedony family. The difference is that onyx has parallel bands whereas agate has curved bands. Apart from the typical black, onyx comes in white, blue, gray and yellow colors.

Etymology:

Onyx is latin for ‘claw’ or ‘fingernail’.

Representation:

It represents objectiveness, spirituality and meditation. In antiquity, it was used to guard against negative powers.

Uses:

Onyx has a long history in hardstone carving and jewelry making. It is used in polished and matte formats, as well. It is used for creating amulets, rings, earrings, pendants, and other ornaments.

If you didn’t find the stone for you until now, DON’T WORRY! In the last part of this blog series, we will talk about ten other gemstones. Stay tuned!




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