Starting with the letter A!
I’ve really been getting into gemstones lately; I blame the whole Boho trend! So I decided to do some research and look into gemstones and their meanings and wanted to share my findings here. Since there are so many different gemstones I thought the best place to start would be with the stones we carry that begin with the letter A. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks as I’ll try to delve into the entire alphabet of gemstones – all of which can be found on Fusionbeads.com!
Agate is a variety of chalcedony, a microcrystalline quartz. Agate is a more translucent microcrystalline quartz and technically is striped, though many stones named agate are not striped and some like jasper are more opaque. There are many, many different types of agates in many different color combinations, and different types are known for different appearances and/or properties.
The hundreds, if not thousands of types of agates are found all around the world. In fact it is so popular and so widespread that it is the state gemstone (or stone) of a number of US states: fortification agate – Kentucky; agate, Louisiana and Montana, Tennessee (state stone); Lake Superior agate – Minnesota; blue agate- Nebraska; Fairburn agate – South Dakota; prairie agate – Nebraska (state stone); fire agate – Arizona.
Agates promote inner stability, composure, and maturity. It’s warm, protective properties encourage security and self-confidence. It provides protection, strength and harmony. These stones balance yin and yang energy, and are used for courage, protection, healing and calming. Historically agate stones were placed in cooking water to dispel sickness. Most lore surrounding agate stones depend a lot on their coloring but all agates have the following characteristics:
It is a stone of strength, and it enhances creativity and intellect. It is known for bringing good luck and longevity. Because it balances yin and yang energy it will not give the wearer constant energy, rather it will equalize energy and provide it in short bursts when needed. This makes it known as a conservation stone. It is also very protective, especially for children and namely to protect them from falling. It is useful as a protection amulet when traveling, and is especially effective against traffic accidents. Agate provides emotional strength, self-confidence and it dispels fears. It grounds emotions and is good at combating envy. It is the stone of acceptance and can be enormously helpful with self-examination and personal circumstances. Agate is superior when combating anxiety and stress and works wonders to heal and improve relationships. It is the stone of marital and romantic fidelity.
Physically agate is said to be particularly helpful with tooth and gum issues, stomach problems, physical endurance, and insomnia.
Amazonite used to be a pretty rare mineral and was obtained almost exclusively from an area in the Ilmen Mountains of Russia, where it occurs in granitic rocks. More recently however, good-quality stones have been found in Colorado. It has also been found in Virginia.
Amazonite is a mint green to aqua green stone said to be of truth, honor, communication, integrity, hope, and trust. It is said to enhance intuition, psychic powers, creativity, intellect, and psychic ability. Amazonite is often associated with the throat chakra, and as such, said to be beneficial to communication. It assists with relationships by enhancing communication concerning love. It is also said to assist with peacefully making the transition out of this life, helping to heal emotional disturbances and the after effects of emotional trauma. It is good for one’s health in general, especially for colic, decreasing heart problems, benefiting the muscles, calcium deficiency, pregnancy, eczema, muscle cramps, helping the nervous system, lessening tooth decay and osteoporosis.
Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. The name comes from the Ancient Greek ἀ a- (“not”) and μέθυστος methustos (“intoxicated”), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. The ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels out of it to prevent intoxication. It has been used to get rid of addictions to alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc, and destructive compulsive behaviors of all kinds. It is one of several forms of quartz.
Amethyst is produced in abundance from the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, where it occurs in large geodes within volcanic rocks. It is also found and mined in South Korea. The largest opencast amethyst vein in the world is in Maissau, Lower Austria. Much fine amethyst comes from Russia, especially from near Mursinka in the Ekaterinburg district, where it occurs in drusy cavities in granitic rocks. Many localities in south India also yield amethyst. One of the largest global amethyst producers is Zambia in southern Africa with an annual production of about 1000 tonnes.
Amethyst occurs at many localities in the United States too. It can be found in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Yellowstone National Park, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maine, and in the Lake Superior region of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Amethyst is relatively common in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Nova Scotia. The largest amethyst mine in North America is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace. It has been thought to be beneficial when dealing with legal problems and money issues. It is said that amethyst is an excellent all-purpose stone that can increase spirituality and enhance intuition and psychic powers of all kinds. Amethyst has been used to aid in meditation and lucid dreaming. Amethyst is said to protect against psychic attacks, especially during spiritual work.
Emotionally, amethyst is used in crystal healing to help heal personal losses and grief. Amethyst has a gentle energy that can promote happiness, peace, and contentment. It also is said to bring emotional stability and inner strength.
Physically amethyst is said to heal the withdrawal symptoms of any sort of addiction. It can help with headaches, insomnia, arthritis, diabetes, pain relief, circulatory system issues, endocrine system problems, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, immune system deficiencies, asthma, phobias, pregnancy and preventing miscarriage, menopause, PMS, and general healing.
There are so many different types of gemstones, I know I’ve only just touched the surface. But be sure to check back in the upcoming months as I work through the alphabet and post more information on the meanings of gemstones. You can also find all three of these types of gemstones at Fusionbeads.com. Just click here.