Sunday’s Gem — Bloodstone

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist

Legends from the Middle Ages declared the “Blood Stone” first formed during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, when His Blood fell upon the green earth.

Bloodstone slab — image thanks to www.gia.com

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Sunday’s Gem — Obsidian

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist

Feeling under stress? Suffering from pain or a wounded spirit?

Then get yourself some Obsidian!

Tumbled black Obsidian stones, approximately 1″ in size, $2 each. Available at https://www.el9shop.com/product/black-obsidian-tumbled-stone/

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Sunday’s Gem — Heliodor

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist

Named from two Greek words meaning “gift from the sun,” Heliodor is a type of the mineral beryl with a yellow, greenish-yellow, or golden-yellow color.

This 1.96 carat pear-shaped Heliodor gemstone mined in Brazil sells for less than $150. Image courtesy of www.mineralminers.com

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Sunday’s Gem — Chrysanthemum Stone

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist

Do you need some help finding your true purpose in life? Do you fail to see opportunities as they unfold in front of you? Are you afraid to live your dreams?

Then you need a Chrysanthemum Stone!

Chrysanthemum Stone. Image courtesy of www.geologyin.com, which credited it to www.UGTreasures.com

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Sunday’s Gem — Pearl

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

Pearls are formed when something (like a grain of sand) irritates an oyster’s soft inner body, prompting it to secrete a substance called nacre. When layer upon layer of nacre builds up around the irritant, a pearl comes to be.

An Akoya cultured pearl oyster. Image thanks to www.gia.edu

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Sunday’s Gem — Celestite

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist

Celestite (aka Celestine) derives its name from the Latin word for celestial. While found in shades of red, yellow, and milky white, it’s the pale blue that’s the most common. And most prized.

A Celestite crystal cluster available for purchase at www.indiamart.com

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Sunday’s Gem — Lapis Lazuli

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

Mined as early as 7000 B.C. and prized throughout history, Lapis Lazuli is the universal symbol of wisdom and truth, used in jewelry, ornamental objects, dyes, and pigments.

Lapis is a metamorphic rock. True Lapis must contain at least 25 percent lazurite (which gives it a blue color), along with calcite (the white layers or mottling) and pyrite (the gold patches.). It gets its name from the Latin lapis (“stone”) and the Persian lazhuward (“blue”).

Rough Lapis Lazuli stone. Notice the striping of pyrite (gold) and calcite (white). Thanks to www.demairo.com for the image (sorry, stone is not in stock).

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Sunday’s Gem — Iolite

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

Taking its name from the Greek ios, meaning violet, Iolite is the jeweler’s name for cordierite, a silicate mineral found in metamorphic and igneous rocks in Sri Lanka, Africa, India, Brazil, Norway, and Madagascar.

1.83 ct. violet-blue Iolite mined in Madagascar, photo from www.geology.com

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Sunday’s Gem — Moonstone

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

A birthstone for June, along with Pearl and Alexandrite, Moonstone is a feldspar mineral exhibiting a watery opaqueness and something called andularescence (a fancy way of saying there’s a soft glow of light appearing to float just below the surface, rather like that of the moon glowing through a thin cloud cover).

This is an 83.7-carat rainbow Moonstone cabochon, oval in shape, mined in India. It sells for $355.72. Thanks to www.mineralminers.com for the photo.

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Beading in the Storm

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment unless you trust enough. ~Frank Crane, Presbyterian minister and writer

I’ve heard that when a healing bracelet breaks, it’s a sign the stones have done all they can do for you, and you need to move on.

Recently, my bracelet did just that, so I used a gloomy, stormy day to make another:

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