Posts Tagged ‘Gemstones’

Serpentine

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Serpentine gets its name from the word ‘serpent’ because it resembles the skin of a snake.  It is sometimes called New Jade, and it occurs in a variety of colors.  Serpentine is most commonly green, although sometimes you will find brown, black, red, or white mixed in depending on the region and various other minerals with which it is found.

History and Uses

Considered an important gemstone to the Assyrians, as early as 4000 B.C. it was used in seals, cylinders, carvings, and as amulets.  Serpentine was carried in ancient Assyria to request the gods and goddesses to provide double blessings.

The 30th Chapter of the Egyptian Book of the Dead is said to be carved from a tablet of serpentine. 

The Aztecs prized all green stones and serpentine was known to be valued in their time. 

Rasputin was said to favor serpentine and requested an entire dinner set be created for him by the Czar and Czarina as a favor for saving the life of their son.

Italian peasants believed that carrying serpentine pebbles protected them from the venom of poisonous creatures. These pebbles must be in their natural state and untouched by iron, or they would lose their protective nature.

Healing Properties

Serpentine makes an exceptional meditation stone. It helps you to find inner peace. It is said to help you to feel more in control of your life and to help balance mood swings.

It is said to protect against poisonous creatures such as snakes, insects, and so forth.

Serpentine can be placed directly on the skin. It is an aid to kidney and stomach complaints, relaxes cramps and menstrual pain, and helps to release the tension.

In healing Serpentine is believed to aid the detoxification of the internal organs and the blood.
Serpentine is found in New Zealand, India, Italy, Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, South Africa, Russia, Zimbabwe, Britain, Norway, England, and the United States.

Feldspar

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Feldspar refers to a group of igneous minerals, all of which are softer than quartz, having the chemical composition of aluminum silicates, containing sodium, potassium, iron, calcium, or barium or combinations of these elements.  Feldspar is found in association with all rock types, including granite, gneiss, basalt, and other crystalline rocks, and makes up about 60% of the Earth’s crust.

Pure feldspar is colorless and transparent but the mineral is commonly opaque and found in a variety of colors.  Each variety of felspar has its own properties.

The feldspar family includes Amazonite, Labradorite, Moonstone, and Sunstone.  Moonstone is a milky, bluish variety of orthoclase used as a gem, and a green variety of microcline known as amazonite, or Amazon stone, is used for jewelry and other ornamental purposes.

Uses

In addition to gemstones, feldspar has many uses.  Feldspar is used to make glass artware, dinnerware, fiberglass, and ceramic glazes and fillers.  In ceramics and glass production, feldspar is used as a flux (a material that lowers the melting temperature of another material).  Feldspar is a major component in porcelain, where it provides the high glaze and smooth-impervious surface that distinguishes it from china and makes it valuable in a range of uses, from bathroom vanities, tiles, and building tiles, to ornaments and dolls.

Healing Properties

Feldspar helps us to find unconventional and exciting ways to reach our goals.  It is a stone of creativity and creative thinking.

It assists in locating that which has been misplaced, and also in discovering and understanding previously unidentified messages from both within and outward of the self.  It is a stone helpful with self-awareness.

It can be used in the treatment of disorders associated with the skin and muscular structure.
Feldspar is found in abundance mostly in Argentina, Brazil, India, Canada, and the United States.

Obsidian

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Obsidian is an extrusive rock, which is lava that cooled quickly without forming crystals, giving it a glassy texture. 

Pure obsidian is usually dark in appearance, though the color varies depending on the presence of other trace minerals.  Iron and magnesium typically give the obsidian a dark green to brown to black color.  A very few samples are nearly colorless.  In some stones, the inclusion of small, white, radially clustered crystals produce a blotchy or snowflake pattern called Snowflake Obsidian.  In addition to other minerals, it also can contain patterns of gas bubbles remaining from the lava flow.  These bubbles can produce interesting effects such as Golden Sheen Obsidian or a Rainbow Sheen Obsidian. Inclusions of other minerals produce other patterns and characteristics.

History and Uses

Because of the lack of crystalline structure, obsidian is hard.  Blade edges can reach almost molecular thinness, leading to its ancient use as projectile points, arrowhead, and blades, as well as its modern use in surgical scalpel blades.

Obsidian was valued in Stone Age cultures because, like flint, it could be fractured to produce sharp blades or arrowheads.  It was also polished to create early mirrors.

Native American people traded obsidian throughout the Americas. Each volcano, and in some cases, each volcanic eruption produces a distinguishable type of obsidian, making it possible for archaeologists to trace the origins of a particular artifact.  Similar tracing techniques have allowed obsidian to be identified in Greece also as coming from Melos, Nisyros, or Yiali (islands in the Aegean Sea).   Obsidian cores and blades were traded great distances inland from the coast.

Healing Properties

Obsidian is truth-enhancing.  A strongly protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity. Obsidian draws out mental stress and tension and dissolves emotional blockages.

Each variety of obsidian has additional attributes.

Snowflake Obsidian – This sophistication of black and white along with the natural beauty of the snowflake pattern is enchanting.   Like being snowed-in and shut out from the outside world’s distractions, that comfort and warmth and protection that you feel inside is the sense that Snowflake Obsidan provides.  It gives a deep, enduring sense of protection and safety.

Mahogany Obsidian – Think of a fine piece of mahogany furniture, polished so that it gleams like glass.  Mahogany Obsidian has a sense of solid protection, along with an increased sense of touch.  It connects you to the earth.

Golden Sheen Obsidian – In addition to protection and safety from negativity, Golden Sheen Obsidian is excellent for gazing and finding the root of a problem.

Obsidian can be found in locations that have experienced volcanic eruptions. It has been found in Armenia, Canada, Chile, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, Argentina, and United States.