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About the gemstones

Liri’s jewellery collections magnify the beauty of the world’s rich diversity of gemstones. Whether dainty and twinkling or bolder and striking, each piece is designed to ensure gemstones are the focal point. Each gemstone is said to have a range of healing properties. We would like to thank https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/ for providing the wealth of information and knowledge we have been able to bring to you below.

Agate

The ayurvedic birthstone of May, mystical birthstone of September, and the zodiac stone for Gemini, Agate is said to be a comforting gemstone that can help healing during the grieving process. It is said to help heal destructive and negative thought processes. It is a crystal of possibility and hope.

Amazonite

The name Amazonite is taken from that of the Amazon River, from which certain green stones were formerly obtained; it is also known as the Amazon Stone. it is a light green to light bluish-green colour gemstone that can closely resemble nephrite and jadeite. Its appearance is very distinctive with its grid-like, mottled, green and white pattern.

It was named after South America’s Amazon River, however it cannot be found in the river itself, rather only in other areas of Brazil.

Amazonite is variety of green microcline feldspar. The feldspars are a fairly homogenous group of rock-forming tectosilicates that make up nearly 60% of the Earth’s crust. Followed by the quartz group, feldspars are the most common mineral in the entire world.

Amazonite is said to be a wonderful healer for the emotional body. It soothes trauma and calms the mind, alleviates worry and fear, and directs anger and irritability into a more positive action. It regulates the aggressive aspects of one’s personality and urges the mind to seek emotional balance. 

Amazonite increases self-esteem, especially in women, and reduces tendencies to self-neglect. It enhances the ability to communicate more effectively by identifying how one’s words have created the current reality, and how to change one’s vocabulary to reflect a higher, more aligned reality. It also empowers one to set appropriate boundaries, inwardly in self-discipline, and with others in establishing healthy relationships.

Amethyst

Amethyst is the birthstone for February

Amethyst is one of the most precious and valuable stones belonging to the quartz group of minerals. It belongs to the macrocrystalline branch of quartz and owes its violet/purple colour to iron and aluminum impurities. Without such colouring agents, Amethyst would simply be a transparent, colourless quartz.

Amethyst is said to be especially supportive of the emotional body, bringing those who are overworked, overstressed, or overwhelmed back to centre. It eases the mental anxieties that lead to physical tension and headaches, and is a great crystal to calm those who tend to be hot-headed and easily angered. 

Amethyst helps in identifying the root causes behind one’s negative behaviours, habits and emotional patterns that create imbalance and disease. It also helps one understand the reality of cause and effect in behaviour, and assists in better decision making. Amethyst is a marvellous aid in overcoming addictions by counteracting the effects of drugs and alcohol on brain function, while imparting its own peaceful sustaining energy.

Apatite

Apatite is not commonly used as a gemstone. Major sources for gem Apatite are Brazil, Burma, and Mexico. Other sources include Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mozambique, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

The mineral was named by the German geologist Abraham Gottlob Werner in 1786. Apatite is a mineral that is often mistaken for other minerals. This tendency is reflected in the mineral’s name, which is derived from the Greek word απατείν (apatein), which means to deceive or to be misleading.

Apatite is said to increase motivation and build up energy reserves. It helps overcome self-consciousness and alienation, and promotes openness and social ease. It is beneficial in easing sorrow and anger, and in reducing irritability and emotional exhaustion. Blue Apatite has an uplifting energy that raises spirits, encouraging a positive outlook and a hopeful attitude.

Fluorite

Fluorite is associated with the astrological sign, Pisces. It is said to have a stabilising effect on the emotional body, helping one to “think through” one’s feelings when overwhelmed and to allow a coherent pattern to emerge that dissolves confusion, vacillation, fear of the future, or of making a wrong decision. It gently brings suppressed feelings to the surface for resolution, and is beneficial in countering mental disorders. Fluorite helps dispel illusion and rigid thinking to reveal the truth and help one move beyond narrow-mindedness to the bigger picture. It increases self-confidence and structures one’s energy to unearth one’s true potential.

Kyanite

Kyanite is said to help those with a negative or fatalistic mentality. It encourages listening to your intuitive guidance and living with integrity of purpose.

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli has been used as a gemstone for thousands of years. It has been mined from Afghanistan since the early 7th millennium BC, and it was discovered in ancient burial sites throughout the Caucasus, the Mehrgarh and even as far as the Republic of Mauritania. The funeral mask for the ancient Egyptian pharaoh ‘King Tut’ was discovered to have been decorated with Lapis lazuli.

This historical stone has a name closely associated with its intense colour. Its name was derived from the Latin word ‘lapis’ meaning ‘stone’, and from the Arabic and Persian word ‘lazaward’. Lazaward was the Persian name for lapis stone, as well as the name of its mining location. Lapis lazuli is still considered to be one of the most important opaque blue gemstones available.

It is primarily composed of Lazurite, while the remaining composition is made up of Sodalite, Calcite, Pyrite and other various minor constituents. The varying composition is what influences its exact colouring.

Lapis Lazuli is the ayurvedic birthstone for December and is said to be a crystal of truth in all aspects. It reveals inner truth, and promotes self-awareness and the acceptance of that knowledge. It provides for the relief of things that may have been suppressed and allows for them to surface, helping to diminish dis-ease or repressed anger, and allows for self-expression without holding back or compromising.

Moonstone

The ayurvedic birthstone for September, and the mystical birthstone of June, Moonstone has long been known for its calming, soothing qualities on the emotional body. Its energy is balancing and healing, assisting in the mastery of emotions by bringing them under the control of Higher Will, rather than expressing or repressing them. It also helps identify emotional patterns that are stored in the subconscious, and serves as a guardian to contain explosive passions, and to stimulate confidence and composure. 

Pearls

Pearls are the birthstone for the month of June and are regarded as a stone of sincerity. Pearls are also said to soothe the negativity in our lives and heals negative thought patterns. Pearls are said to help with the search for higher wisdom and truth.

Peridot

Peridot is the birthstone for August

Peridot is a gem-quality variety of the mineral olivine. It belongs to the forsterite-fayalite mineral series. Peridot is an idiochromatic gem, meaning its colour comes from the basic chemical composition of the mineral itself and not from minor traces of impurities. Thus, Peridot is found only in green and is one of the few gemstones available that can be found only in one colour, although the shades of green may vary from light yellowish to dark brownish-green.

The name Peridot was derived from the Arabic word for gem – ‘faridat’. It is one of the oldest known gemstones, with records dating back as early as 1500 B.C. Historically, the volcanic island of Zabargad (St. John) in the Red Sea, east of Egypt, had the most important deposit that was exploited for over 3500 years. Today, the finest quality Peridot comes from Mogok in Burma, although Pakistani Peridot is now highly regarded as well. There are other very important deposits found in Arizona, China and Vietnam. Peridot has also been discovered in fallen meteors and it has also been discovered on Mars and the moon in olivine form

Peridot is the birthstone for August and is said to be an extraordinary crystal for healing the emotional body and resolving matters of the heart. It cleanses and heals hurt feelings and “bruised egos,” lessening anger, jealousy, resentment and spite, while teaching one to understand that holding onto people, or the past, is counterproductive to one’s growth. It teaches one to examine the past for the gift of the experiences, admit mistakes and let go of guilt and blame, forgiving oneself, or others, in order to move forward.

Prehnite

Prehnite is a translucent to transparent gem-quality hydrated calcium aluminum silicate. It was the first mineral to be named after an individual, and it was also the first mineral to be described from South Africa, long before South Africa became one of the most important sources for precious and semi-precious gems. It was first described in 1788 after it was discovered in the Karoo dolerites of Cradock, South Africa. Prehnite was later named after its discoverer, Colonel Hendrik von Prehn (1733-1785), a Dutch mineralogist and an early governor of the Cape of Good Hope colony.

Until recently, Prehnite was a rare collector’s gemstone, but new deposits have made it more readily available. Its colour is usually a soft apple-green, which is quite unique to Prehnite, but it can also occur in rarer colours including yellow, orange and blue.

Pink Opal

The mystical birthstone for April, Opal is said to be a wonderfully supportive stone, dedicated to healing and strengthening the emotional body for those willing to peer honestly into the true self. Opal’s high internal energy brings thoughts and feelings to the surface for examination, and reveals what one’s emotional state has been in the past, or even in previous lives. This amplification and cleansing process may be intense when first working with Opal, but over time teaches one to take responsibility for one’s feelings while clearing past wounds, fears and resentments. It facilitates the letting go of negative behaviors and soothes the emotional body, helping one feel more in control. It assists one in becoming more positive and loving, more creative and spontaneous. Known as a “stone of happy dreams and changes,” Opal brings happiness from the understanding that one has unlimited potential and is inherently perfect, and that change comes with situations and actions that allow one’s aspirations to rise.

Rhodolite Garnet

Garnet is the birthstone for January

Rhodolite garnet is a raspberry-red, purplish-red coloured garnet. It is a mix of pyrope and almandine in composition. Rhodolite garnet gets its name from the Greek word, “rhodon”, meaning “rose coloured”, which refers to its pinkish hue.

The name Garnet comes from the Medieval Latin word, “granatum”, which is an adjective meaning “dark-red”. It is thought that this adjective could have been extracted from the word “pomegranate”, due to the colour of the seed coats or shape of the seeds. However, the word could also have come from another Medieval Latin word; “granum”, referring to red dye. The use of red garnet dates back thousands of years, when it was used by Egyptian pharaohs for both decorative and ceremonial purposes. The ancient Romans also wore garnet rings and traded garnet gemstones. The best rhodolite garnet gemstones are a vivid raspberry-red colour.

Rhodolite Garnet is said to be an excellent stone to help when feeling unhappy, worthless or unable to see a way forward. It soothes and heals the emotional body, unblocking the ability to receive love, and provides a loving reminder of one’s worthiness in the eyes of the Divine.

Rhodonite

Rhodonite is well known among collectors for its beautiful pink and red colour. The red variety can be so deep red that it rivals the colour of Ruby.  Rhodonite often has black manganese oxide veins running through a specimen, giving it the distinct appearance of pink with black crisscrossing lines and flower-like formations throughout. These are the forms most commonly used as gemstones, especially in beads and ornamental objects. Large specimens of black-streaked Rhodonite are often sliced and polished into slabs for collectors.

Rhodonite is said to be the ideal stone for processing and dispelling emotional pain. It clears away wounds and scars of the past, releasing abusive and self-destructive behaviors, feelings of hatred, anger or resentment, and allows one to see both sides of an issue. It encourages mutual understanding and opens one to forgiveness and reconciliation. It is a marvelous stone for turning back insults and understanding that retaliation and revenge only hurt the self. Rhodonite can be used in past-life healing to deal with betrayal and abandonment, and is especially empowering for those who are generally passive to act on their need for healing. Rhodonite brings balance to the emotional body, increasing self-esteem and confidence, and helps one to recognize and value their gifts and talents, and to expand them to their highest potential in order to help others.

Rose Quartz

The soft pink emanations of Rose Quartz are said to comfort and heal any wounds the heart has suffered, penetrating the inner chambers of the Heart Chakra where emotional experiences are recorded and stored. It dissolves the sorrows, worries, fears and resentments suppressing the heart’s ability to give and receive love, and replaces it with healing, comfort and inner nourishment. 

Turquoise

Turquoise is the birthstone for December

Turquoise is a sky-blue or green translucent to opaque basic aluminium phosphate that contains copper. It has been prized as a gemstone for millennia. The name “turquoise” comes from the French “turqueise”, meaning “Turkish stone”, because it was first transported to Europe via a Turkish nation.

Turquoise was used by the ancient Egyptians and Aztecs as a jewellery gemstone and decorative stone. The ancient Egyptians believed the colour blue was a symbol of regeneration, so Turquoise was treasured for both decorative and superstitious purposes. The Mesoamericans created Turquoise mosaics and the Chinese carved Turquoise into ornaments. Turquoise was also used by Native Americans in works of art and jewellery, some of whom believed that it possessed protective properties. The Tibetans believe in the healing properties of Turquoise and have valued the gem in jewellery for centuries.

Turquoise is said to be a most efficient healer, providing solace for the spirit and well-being for the body. It benefits the overall mood and emotion by balancing and inducing a sense of serenity and peace. Holding or wearing Turquoise helps restore depleted vitality and lifts sagging spirits. It relieves stress and brings focus back to the centre heart. It is empathetic and balancing, helping one to recognize the causes of happiness and unhappiness, and to master them. 

As a stone of purification, Turquoise is said to dispel negative energy and clear electromagnetic smog from the environment. It promotes self-realization and aids in creative problem-solving, thus calming the nerves when speaking in public. It helps stabilize mood swings, and dissolves a martyred attitude of self-sabotage. It is also empowering if you feel bullied or suffer prejudice. Because it soothes the mind, Turquoise is good for jet lag and fears of flying.