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Stone meanings, lore and metaphysical properties

amethyst-heart

Amethyst heart in silver pendant

Metaphysical, healing, and spiritual meaning and properties of stone and gemstone mythology

Agate: balancing physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual energies; perceptiveness

Amazonite: success, joy, self expression, awaking heart, soothing, harmony, balancing

Amber: soothing, calming, cleansing, lightens the burdens of life

Amethyst: contentment, spirituality, dreams, healing, peace, happiness, love, intuition

Ammolite: bring good luck and prosperity, said to grant miracles, radiate positive enregy

Apatite: intellect, achieving results, insight, humanitarianism, meditation, balance, creativity

Aquamarine: courage, purification, peace, intuition, self expression, preparedness, balance

Astrophyllite: Enhance confidence, aids in Astral travel, bring to life hidden forces

Aventurine: healing, money, mental agility, visual acuity, opening heart, motivation

Azurite: intuitive energy, dreams, healing, insight, stilling the mind, concentration, self transformation

Bloodstone: courage, intense healing, renewal, strength, victory, intuitive decision making

Carnelian: precision, analytical capabilities, physical energy, verbal skills, peace, spirituality

Chalcedony: Increase mental stability, encourages good will, balances mind and spirit

Charoite: Heralds in a new and vibrant life, lightens the way to a new life, focused clarity

Chrysocolla: Soothing, attracts prosperity and good luck, stimulates the mind, provides inner peace

Chrysoprase: Balances and aligns the Chakras, brings harmony and balance, helps heal a broken heart

Citrine: intuition, comfort, protection, creativity, physical energy, wealth, mental awakening

Coral: diplomacy, quieting emotions, visualization

Crystal Quartz: intensifying energy, spiritual development, healing, raising consciousness

Diamond: courage, strength, healing, protection, spirituality, mental abilities

Dumortierite: self-reliance, stamina, patience, recognition of potential, understanding

Emerald: love, domestic bliss, sensitivity, loyalty, memory, mental capacity, harmony, focus

Fluorite: stability, impartial reasoning, responsibility, concentration, health

Garnet: health, removing negativity, awareness, commitment, order, insight, regeneration

Gaspeite: brings good fortune, grants success, helps attract friends and friendship

Gold: Clears negativity from Chakras, balances the Heart Chakra, purifies the physical body

Hematite: mental attunement, memory, calming balance, focusing energy, peace, inner happiness

Howlite: awareness, calm, emotional expression, observation, patience, eliminating negativity

Iolite: intuition, spiritual growth, balance, healing, releasing discord, awakening to inner knowledge

Jade: fidelity, dreams, realization of potential, peace, accord, resourcefulness, accomplishment

Jaspers: protection, nurturing, joy, balancing of physical, emotional and intellectual energies

Labradorite: alignment, spiritual connection, transformation, clarity, progression, discernment

Larimar: Stone of Tranquility, soothing.  Cools tempers and calms fears.

Lepidolite: Cosmic awareness, emotional balance, lifts depression, meditation

Lapis Lazuli: wisdom, intuition, awareness, objectivity, creativity, expanded consciousness

Marble: charitable actions, original thinking, alleviation of sorrow

Mother of Pearl: clarity, intuition, sensitivity, imagination, adaptability, cooperation

Obsidians: clarity, deflecting negativity, protection, healing

Onyx: self control, decision making, intuition, recognition of personal strengths

Opal: creativity, spontaneity, memory, happy dreams and changes

Pearls: Purity, honesty, serenity, focus, meditation, tranquility

Peridot: warmth, friendliness, understanding, openness in love, regulation of cycles

Quartz: Communication, wisdom, clarity of thought, higher conscience, transformation

Rhodochrosite: Balance emotions, invokes courage and passion, powerful emotional healer

Rhodonite: Opens one to unconditional love, decreases anxiety, calming, enhances passion

Rose Quartz: love, peace, happiness, gentleness, healing emotional wounds

Ruby: spiritual wisdom, attainment of values, economic stability, protection from distress

Rutilated Quartz: Strong healer, brings forth each person’s strengths, spiritual communications

Sapphire: joy, peace, beauty, prosperity, fulfillment of dreams

Silver: Hope, grounding, unconditional love, energizes other stones, draws out negative energy

Smoky Quartz: dissolving emotional blockage, cleaning the mind, personal pride, joy in living

Sodalite: wisdom, logic, calmness, healing, stress reduction, companionship

Solar Quartz: Energy enhancer associated with the Crown Chakra.  Uplifting

Sunstone: alleviating fears, energizing, cleansing

Tanzanite: Communication, intuition, protection, symmetry, decision making, spirituality

Tiger Eye: practicality, peacefulness, clarity, intelligence, intuition, calmness, new experiences

Tiger Iron: artistic endeavors, beauty, vitality

Topaz: true love, success in endeavors, understanding of interrelationships, expression

Tourmaline: energizing, soul-searching, releasing, strengthen the body and spirit

Turquoise: spiritual attunement, cleansing, healing, protection, valor, soothing, peace of mind

Unakite: balance, re-birth, foresight, emotional balance

Ziosite: dispelling laziness, facilitation, advancement

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History of Valentine’s Day

Rhodochrosite heart wrapped in gold wire pendant

Rhodochrosite heart wrapped in gold wire pendant

 The history of Valentine’s Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today.

In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century.  Early ones are made of lace and paper.   By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes.  Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged.  Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s.

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Citrine heart pendant wrapped in gold wire

History of Swarovski Crystals

Crystal heart set

Daniel Swarovski  was an Austrian glass cutter and jeweller born in Bohemia. In 1892 he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of lead crystal glass jewelry, enabling him to cut crystals with the outmost precision.

Swarovski crystal contains approximately 32% lead to maximize refraction. The Swarovski Crystal range includes crystal sculptures and miniatures, jewelry and couture, home decor and chandeliers.

In order to create a crystal that allows light to refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its crystals with special metallic chemical coatings. Aurora Borealis, or “AB”, is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow oil slick appearance. Other coatings include Crystal Transmission, Volcano, Aurum, and Dorado. Coatings may be applied to only part of an object; others are coated twice, and thus are designated AB 2X, Dorado 2X etc.

The company also sells beads and rhinestones, encouraging other manufacturers, artists and consumers to create their own designs.

In 2007 Swarovski also launched the product brand website crystallized.com which provides information for designers and manufacturers in the worlds of fashion, jewellery, accessories and interiors. CRYSTALLIZED™Swarovski Elements is the new product brand for Swarovski crystals which come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours. Products that are labelled with this brand guarantee the originality of Swarovski crystals used in creations of international fashion houses and designers.

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( reference: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )