Sunday’s Gem — Sodalite

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Not discovered until 1806, Sodalite really isn’t a gemstone at all. It’s typically a rich blue mineral stone named from the Greek for “salt stone” because of its sodium content.

Sodalite also appears in gray, purple, orange, or yellow — often with white veining from traces of calcite.

Thanks to crystaldictionary.com for this photo of tumbled Sodalite

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Sunday’s Gem — Smoky Quartz

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Ancient Romans carved intaglio seals with it. The Chinese used it for making snuff boxes and an early form of sunglasses. The Swiss, Germans, and Austrians used crucifixes made from it to protect against bad luck and evil.

What is “it”?

Smoky Quartz.

Photo courtesy of Mid-Georgia Gem and Mineral Society

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Sunday’s Gem — Rose Quartz

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it might be helpful to discuss Rose Quartz, also known as the love stone.

Rose Quartz elephant

Elephant carved in Rose Quartz. Image in the public domain.

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Sunday’s Gem — Tiger’s Eye

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Anyone who loves and admires felines will appreciate our next healing gemstone, Tiger’s Eye.

https://www.healingcrystals.com/images/Hearts---Golden-Tiger-Eye-Heart-01.jpg

Thanks to Healing Crystals for this shot of golden Tiger’s Eye hearts

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Sunday’s Gem — Carnelian

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Need some help getting motivated? Perhaps a dash of courage/confidence to move forward? Or a spot of oomph to clarify your goals in the first place?

Then you need some Carnelian.

8 mm round Carnelian beads

8 mm round Carnelian beads

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Sunday’s Gem — Jade

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Since prehistoric times, man has used Jade for tools, weapons, jewelry, religious ornaments, and other purposes.

Wealthy ancient Chinese people used jade burial suits (https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-significance-of-jade-in-Chinese-culture)

Wealthy ancient Chinese people used jade burial suits (https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-significance-of-jade-in-Chinese-culture)

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Sunday’s Gem — Howlite

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Trouble falling asleep because your brain is working overtime? Feeling angry and out of sorts? Having tooth or bone issues?

Then grab some Howlite and prepare to be amazed!

Round 8 mm dyed Howlite beads

Round 8 mm dyed Howlite beads

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Sunday’s Gem — Aventurine

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

If you believe the metaphysical and healing powers attributed to Aventurine, you’d never be without this stone!

Thanks to Gems Basket (http://www.gemsbasket.com/aventurine-stone/) for this photo of Aventurine

Thanks to Gems Basket (http://www.gemsbasket.com/aventurine-stone/) for this photo of Aventurine

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Sunday’s Gem — Onyx

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Do you travel at night? Do you need some help in focusing? Do you suffer from negative emotions like fear or anxiety?

Then, by all means, get yourself some Onyx.

Thanks to www.buzzle.com for this closeup of Onyx

Thanks to http://www.buzzle.com for this closeup of Onyx

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