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Pearls

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pearlsMost pearls today are cultured.  Marine and freshwater mollusks (oysters and mussels) are collected and a small shell bead placed inside.  The mollusks are then returned to the water where they make the pearl.  Layers of calcium carbonate are secreted, coating the piece of shell, to form a spherical, oblong, or irregular-shaped pearl. 

It takes roughly 3 to 7 years for mollusks to produce a single pearl. The color of the pearl varies depending on the type of mollusk.  (The oysters and mussels that make the pearls are not related to the edible varieties of oysters and mussels.)

Most natural and cultured freshwater pearls are found in the waters of Japan, China, and the South Seas, however many are harvested along the coasts of Australia and the rivers of Austria, France, Scotland, and Ireland. Cultured freshwater pearls are also grown along the Mississippi River in the United States.

 Healing Properties of Pearls

Some healers use pearls to help balance body rhythms and hormone levels with lunar cycles, and to harmonize human beings with the natural world.  The inner glow of pearls is thought to tap inner-wisdom and nurture love.  Pearls are also believed to signify innocence and faith, stimulate spiritual transformation, and encloses you with an aura of calm and beauty.

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Garnet

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garnetGarnets are a related group of minerals.  Members of this group include  almandine (red to violet red); spessartite (yellow, rose, or orange to reddish-brown);  pyrope (deep red);  grossular (white, yellow, yellow-green, brownish-red, orange or black);  and andradite (colorless, yellow-green, or brown to black).  The most prized garnet is an emerald green variety called demantoid and is a member of the adradite group.  Most well-known garnets are red.

The garnet is known as the stone for a successful business  and for stimulating success in business.  If your business is not as good as it should be, just put three or more garnets on your desk.

It is believed that if a garnet is put under a pillow, it will cure depression.  Garnets can be used to make a person popular and have self-esteem when worn as jewelry.  It helps protect one on trips.  Garnets bring constancy to friendships.

Healing Properties of Garnet

Garnet comes in many colors, but now we will speak only about red garnet.  The garnet is associated with the thyroid and spleen.

It helps cleanse and purify both when held over the area.  The garnet is usually held in the hand or placed on top of the head when searching or meditating on past lives.  Information that is beneficial and helpful will usually be released for the searcher.

The garnet is a stone of purity and truth, as well as a symbol of love and compassion. The information released in a search may be painful, but it will always be what the searcher needs.  The garnet will help everyone’s security level and spiritual awareness. It can also help increase the sex drive.

Currently, the world’s largest supply of garnets is the continent of Africa. In December 1996, a student in Central Australia discovered what is thought to be the largest single garnet ever found, measuring nearly one hundred feet across!  Other sources of garnet include India, Soviet Union, Brazil, and the United States.

Emerald

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emeraldThe proper name for the emerald is beryl, but there are different colors of beryl.  Emerald green is the color as well as the stone.  Most emeralds have inclusions (bubbles) in them.  If the stone has too much blue in it, it is then an aquamarine. Pink beryl is morganite, yellow beryl is golden beryl, yellow-green beryl is heliodor.  There is also a rare red beryl.

An emerald of the right shade of green can be more valuable than a diamond.

The emerald is the sacred stone of the goddess Venus.  It was thought to preserve love.  The emerald has long been the symbol of hope.  It is considered by many to be the stone of prophecy.  For some, the emerald acts as a tranquilizer for a troubled mind. The emerald is said to bring the wearer reason and wisdom. 

Healing Properties of Emerald

Emerald is used by healers to help heal the heart. 

Emerald is a stone of great harmony, wisdom, and love. Giving your lover an emerald will bring the lover closer if the giver’s motives are pure love.  The emerald can be a bridge between two people. The emerald vibrates with love.

The best emerald comes from Colombia and Brazil.  Emeralds can also be found in India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe.

Diamond

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diamondThe diamond is the hardest gemstone and one of the most valued. 

Diamond has remarkable optical characteristics.  Because of its extremely rigid lattice, it can be contaminated by very few types of impurities, such as boron and nitrogen.  Combined with the wide transparency, this results in the clear, colorless appearance of most natural diamonds.

Small amounts of defects or impurities (about one per million of lattice atoms) color diamond blue (boron), yellow (nitrogen), brown (lattice defects), green, purple, pink, orange, or red.  Diamond also has relatively high optical dispersion, that is ability to disperse light of different colors, which results in its characteristic luster.  Excellent optical and mechanical properties, combined with efficient marketing, make diamond the most popular gemstone.

Diamonds are the symbol of innocence and constancy.  They are used today as engagement rings, symbolizing the purity of love.

Healing Properties of Diamond

Diamond does not have a specific healing nature.  It does supplement the energy of other gemstones. The diamond will increase the power of the emerald and the amethyst to a higher level.  Healers often have rings or necklaces set with diamonds surrounding the amethyst.

It is said diamonds are good for coughs and mucus problems.

Care must be used when wearing a diamond necklace as it can block the energy flow if the wearer has negative thoughts or feelings.

Most diamonds come from South Africa.

Ruby

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rubyThe ruby is considered to be the most powerful gem in the universe and is associated with many astral signs.  To own a ruby is said to have contentment and peace.  Placed under a pillow, the ruby may ward off bad dreams.  Ruby rings should be worn on the left hand so as to receive the life force and have protection.

Given as a gift, the ruby is a symbol of friendship and love.  The ruby is also the symbol of vitality and royalty.

Love Stone

The ruby is filled with love.  It also helps sexual love to be more passionate. People lacking in self-love should have and meditate with a ruby.  It also gives the courage to be the best potential that a person has.

Healing Properties of Ruby

Ruby works with bloodflow as an aid to circulation.  It aids the cleansing and removal of infection or germs in the blood.  The ruby may be worn in jewelry, but never close to the solar plexus, as the ruby has a disquieting effect upon it.  In a ring, wear it on your left hand.

The color of rubies varies from vermilion to red.  The most desired color is “pigeon’s blood,” which is pure red with a hint of blue.  If the color is too pink, the stone is a pink sapphire.  The same is true if it is too violet – it is then a violet sapphire.  The best rubies and star rubies are bright red.  Most rubies come from Burma and Thailand.

Sapphire

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sapphireA sapphire means blue in Greek.  The blue goes from dark blue, almost black, to pale blue.  The finest blue sapphires are a strong blue.  The star sapphire is very valued. 

Sapphires of colors other than blue are always referred to with the color, for example, pink sapphires, yellow sapphires, violet sapphires, green sapphires, and clear sapphires. 

It is said a necklace of sapphires will cure a sore throat.

The sapphire was called the “Stone of Destiny.”  Sapphires contribute to mental clarity and perception. They can promote financial rewards.

Sapphire is associated with Aquarius, Virgo, Libra, and Capricorn.  It is the birthstone of September. Sapphire is the symbol of Saturn (dark blue) and Venus (light blue).

Today most sapphires are mined in Australia.