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People born under the zodiac sign of Pisces the Fish are said to be loving, intuitive, idealistic and sensitive. Their birthstone is the Aquamarine, from the Latin aqua marina which means seawater.
Aquamarine stones are a part of the beryl mineral family and range in color from the palest shades of blue to stones tinged with green. In the nineteenth century green varieties of Aquamarine were popular. Today blue Aquamarine stones are considered more valuable. Aquamarines are mined mostly in Brazil but are also found in Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and the United States.
FOLKLORE AND MYTHOLOGY
According to Roman mythology, Neptune (god of the sea) obtained the Aquamarine gemstone when it fell from the Siren’s jewel box and washed up on the seashore. Sailors have long considered the Aquamarine a lucky stone and carried it with them on voyages to keep them safe. Since early times, Aquamarines were believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage, and happiness as well as increase intelligence and make one feel and act youthful!
HEALTH AND HEALING
Although the healing powers of gemstones remain controversial, they are still used today by healers, shaman and medicine men. Crystal healers use Aquamarines to induce peace and calming, and to bring harmony to diseased areas of the body.For people who believe it helps them, the best approach is to allow the gemstone to come into contact with the skin, especially close to the injured or troubled part of the body.
As a healing stone, some believe Aquamarines are an effective treatment for anxiety. During the Middle Ages there was a belief that Aquamarine would reduce the effect of poisons. Aquamarine is said to help people suffering from arthritis, eye inflammations, sore throats and varicose veins.
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It’s October and the days are becoming cooler; air smells sweet and leaves crunch beneath our feet. This is the month we celebrate Halloween and I’d like to wish those of you with birthdays this month a frightful and delightful Happy Birthday!
Opal comes from the Latin opalus and the Greek opallios. Both have as a root word, ophtha—to see; in this case “to see a change of color.” Like so many other stones, opals come in a variety of colors including pale milky white, black, orange, yellow and red. Opals contain up to 20% of water trapped in silica sediment which explains the wide array of colors. Gemologists have divided opals into five main categories: white or light, black, fire, boulder and crystal or water opal. In the 1890s opals were mined in Australia in the semi-arid area called the “outback” and now account for 97% of all opals sold throughout the world.
Because opals are known for showing flashes of the colors of the rainbow, Bedouin tribes in ancient times believed these stones contained lightning and during thunderstorms they fell from the sky.
Ancient Greeks believed people who possessed these gems were given the gift of prophecy and were protected from disease.
Romans valued opals and gave the stone the name “a child as beautiful as love.” They believed wearing opals symbolized hope, purity and love.
There existed the belief that opals could offer wearers therapeutic benefits against eye diseases. Amulets of opal were thought to increase the powers of the mind. Young maidens with blond hair in medieval times believed wearing opals would prevent their hair from becoming dark in color or fading.
Along with the desire to own opals, superstitions arose that cast these stones in an unfavorable light. In medieval times people believed opals resembled “The Evil Eye” and associated them with cats, snakes and toads. There was the belief witches and sorcerers used black opals to increase their “powers” and cast spells on people. Even today some people believe it is unlucky to wear opals if your birthday is not in October!
No matter how you feel about opals, we appreciate their beauty and dazzling colors. Wear them set in rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. We all enjoy mysteries, and the deeper the mysteries surrounding opals, the more precious they become!
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Opal comes from the Latin opalus and the Greek opallios. Both have as a root word, ophtha—to see; in this case “to see a change of color.” Like so many other stones, opals come in a variety of colors including pale milky white, black, orange, yellow and red. Opals contain up to 20% of water trapped in silica sediment which explain s the wide array of colors.
In the 1890s opals were mined in Australia in the semi-arid area called the “outback” and now account for 97% of all opals sold throughout the world.
Because opals are known for showing flashes of the colors of the rainbow, Bedouin tribes in ancient times believed these stones contained lightning and during thunderstorms they fell from the sky. Ancient Greeks believed people who possessed these gems were given the gift of prophecy and were protected from disease. Romans valued opals and gave the stone the name “a child as beautiful as love.” They believed wearing opals symbolized hope, purity and love.
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Sapphires come from many countries throughout the world including the United States, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand and Australia. (more…)
It’s February and winter is alive and kickin’. Although parts of the country have already experienced bitter cold and snow, there is a day in this month that will warm even the coldest hearts – Valentine’s Day!
People born in February are under the Zodiac sign of Pisces and their birthstone is the beautiful Amethyst, a purple variety of the mineral quartz. Pisceans are compassionate, offering their calm and reassuring outlook with friends. Pisceans are equally content being alone or in a social setting and enjoy what nature and life have to offer. They love surrounding themselves with fine furnishings, artwork, music and poetry.
The word Amethyst comes from the Greek “amethystos,” which means ‘not intoxicated’(in ancient times people believed an amethyst gemstone could ward off drunkenness).
Amethysts hold a prominent place in Church history, and is referred to as “the stone of bishops.”
Purple is one of the royal colors, and amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels. They were a favorite of Catherine the Great and the royal family of Egypt.
The origin myth of the amethyst has been passed down through the centuries through Greek myth and is based on the legend of Dionysius, the god of intoxication. Dionysius believed he was insulted by a human and swore revenge on the next mortal to cross his path. As fate would have it, a young maiden named Amethyst (who was on her way to offer prayers to the goddess Diana) was next to cross his path. Dionysius blocked her way with fierce tigers. To protect her from the claws of the tigers, the goddess Diana turned Amethyst into a crystalline quartz statue. When Dionysius gazed upon the beautiful statue he wept tears of wine that stained the crystalline quartz purple, thus creating the famous gem.
There have always been questions about the healing properties of gemstones and there are some who believe the amethyst protects one against drunkenness. Some even refer to this gemstone as the sobriety stone believing it has “power” to cure addictions. Others believe wearing an amethyst close to the skin can help those suffering from headaches, insomnia, arthritis, and circulatory issues.
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Peridots are found in crevices of volcanic rock and as crystallized gemstones in veins running through the mountains of Myanmar and Pakistan. Peridots may also be found in meteorites, albeit rarely.
The word Peridot comes from the French peritot, meaning gold. Peridots are yellowish-green in color with a hint of gold and are thought to have a calming effect. There are some who have given this gemstone the name “evening emerald” because the stone throws off a brilliant green glow when looked at under artificial light.
In the Middle Ages, Europeans brought back Peridot stones from the Crusades and used them to decorate church emblems, goblets, serving plates and robes of the clergy class.
In biblical times, Hebrews were familiar with Peridots because Aaron, the brother of Moses and a High Priest, used them in religious ceremonies. Mention of this stone is found in the text of the Apocalypse. The New Testament calls Peridot Chrysolite, which is the seventh of the twelve stones that form the foundation of New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19,20).
Many legends surround this gemstone and in each case they emphasize the magical powers of Peridots. For example, legend says if this beautiful gem is set in gold, it develops its full potential as a talisman and has the power to dispel terrors of the night, fears and bad dreams. There was a belief that cups and other vessels made of Peridots had enhanced healing powers.
Other legends say that Peridots free the mind from envious thoughts, protects the wearer from the “evil eye,” brings happiness and good cheer and strengthens the eyes of the wearer.
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On that note, keep a sharp eye out for the month of September and learn about Sapphires.
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