Amethyst, a semi-precious stone, is the traditional birthstone for February. It is a violet variety of quartz and is found in South America, North America, Africa and Asia. The best amethyst comes from Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and the far east. Greek for “not-intoxicated”, amethyst was believed to prevent drunkenness and in fact people made wine goblets out of amethyst for that reason. Amethyst crystals are used to help heal personal loss and grief. They have a gentle, calming energy that promotes peace and happiness. Amethyst is also associated with protection and some people believe it wards off the “evil eye”. Amethyst is said to help with insomnia and headaches. It is still worn by Catholic Bishops as a symbol of piety and spiritual wisdom.
Whatever its mystical qualities, we love amethyst for its beauty.
This month we’re featuring two beautiful types of jade. New Burma jade encompasses a variety of green shades including olive, sea green, and peridot. New jade is a semi-translucent serpentine stone. It is found all over the world. Yellow jade is also a natural serpentine, whose shades vary from deep orange to creamy off-white. It also has a lovely translucent quality.
Jade has been associated with good luck for thousands of years. It is also thought to help one be “in touch” with oneself. Jade creates balance and stimulates ideas and creativity. It is said to good for the kidneys, nervous system and metabolism. As a “dream” stone, it helps one have insightful dreams. The Chinese believe that its beneﬁts transfer to the body, so wearing it is highly recommended.
Our beautiful summery and refreshing stone of the month is Tree Agate. It has green veins on a white background, giving it a cool, leafy-glade type of feeling. The green veins or dendrites, come from the Greek word “dendron” meaning “tree.” Tree agate is also associated with summer in that it is called a stone of abundance or plenitude. Wearing Tree Agate is said to guard against natural disasters and dispel sickness. Tree agate also encourages strength and perseverance, the ability to meet challenges, and the capacity to see the connections in life all around. Since the stone has a strong calming inﬂuence, it is helpful in the relief of many disorder, including those of the nervous system, including exhaustion, the skeletal and circulatory system, and relief from general pain. Wearing Tree Agate was thought to encourage the favor of the gods.
By the way, have you ever wondered why children’s marbles are called “aggies”? They’re named for the material they were made from—agate.
See some of our beautiful Tree Agate jewelry in person at one of our upcoming events!
I think by now that everyone has had enough winter. To help us think “spring” our stone of the month is beautiful African turquoise, a stone whose color will remind you of an idyllic time at the beach on a warm summer day.
African “Turquoise” is not true turquoise but rather a jasper that looks just like turquoise. It is mined in Africa and resembles turquoise in structure and shade.
Metaphysically, it is called a “stone of evolution” because it brings encouragement and develops positive change. African turquoise can clarify expression and improve communication. It also opens the mind to new ideas and possibilities. This stone is purported to be a good one for offering protection during travel. African turquoise is also said to attract money and prosperity, while helping clarify one’s intended purpose in life.