a desire to capture the essenceof beauty, to posses its secrets, and to unlock its mysteries.
Archeologists have discovered artifacts of stones buried in Russia,the middle east, europe,the americas and Africa These artifacts consist of Jewelry, talismans,reminders of religious rites,utensils and weapons.
The Holy Bilble mentions the use of stones over 200 times, the most notable in exodus when Aaron(brother of moses) was instructed to craft a breastplateAaron wore the breastplatefor protection and wisdom
Throughout human historyirrespective of religion, race or culture jewelry has existed as an integral form of expression, wealth and social status
What many people do notrealize is thatthere are manymyths, mystical accounts, and folklore thathave followed these stones around for centuries.
aventurine forexample, is known as atalisman of good luck- especially for gamblers- the name means ‘by chance’ in italian. This stonethen came to be knownas a prosperity stone,there are accounts of this stone increasingconfidence, gratitudeand promote a positive attitude Found in Brazil, India, China, Japan, Russia, Tanzania, and USA. Extensive beds in mica schist occur in the Russian Ural Mountains.
sodalite has been known for its ability to strengthen the mind, inspire creativity and assist singers. This stone has been historically confused with Lapis Lazuli. This stone has also been used as a ‘truth’ stone through out the ages. Princess Patricia of Connaught decorated her entirefound in Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Canada, home with this stone. Greenland, India, Namibia, Portugal,Romania, Russia, and parts of the United States
the word amethystmeans not drunk or intoxicated - soamethyst has always been said to assist people with addictions. This stone is also thechosen stone of the Roman Catholic Bishops ring - because forcenturies this stone is thought to bring one closer to God Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Siberia, Canada, India, Bolivia, and Argentina and some African countries. Zambia is a signiﬁcant source for Amethyst. Very dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, is also mined in Australia.
moss agate has been used for over a thousand years by midwives to make the birth process easier. from this aspect it has come to be known as stone that helps individuals at times of a new beginning. The druids highly prized this stone for its ability to heal bodies as well as plants Important sources of agate are Russia (Ural mountains), Brazil,Eygpt, Germany, India, Italy, Madagascar, Mexico, Uruguay and the USA (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana ).
Lapis Lazuli is a stone with a very rich history, from ancientegypt into present day. The egyptians believedthat rubbing this stone on the head would ‘open’ the mind to God.Lapis was treasured by the ancient babylonians and persians due to the belief that the earth rested on a large slab of lapis and that is where the sky got itscolor. the romans used this stone as an The main supplies of Lapis Lazuli are found in the Afghanista aphrodisiac Egypt, Canada, Chile, the US, and South America.
Rhodonite is a stone that has been used to make service platters for the Czars. It has also been said to be a stone that will show an individual their special talents in this this world. Traditional wedding gift in russia because this stone also has a historical value of helping one to find love within themselves. Rhodonite can be found in Russia, Australia,Sweden, Brazil, and even Massachusetts and New Jersey in the United States.
Jade has beenrevered in the east for over 5000 years for its ability to attractgood luck, fortune and prosperity. Jade is the name applied to two different minerals, Jadeite and Nephrite. The Mayans placed aspecial tax on jade resulting inartisans recycling Can be found in Japan, Myanmar (formerly Burma), earlier artwork. Guatemala, and in California and Alaska within the United States. Nephrite Jade can be located in Canada, Australia, Taiwan, China, Myanmar, Russia, and in Wyoming, U.S.A.
According to the Greek myth about Adonis and Aphrodite, Aphrodite was cut by a thorn bush while saving Adonis from and attack by Ares. Their commingled blood stained white quartz to make it a pink color. Romans customarily used Rose Quartz as a gift of love. beads were found in the area once knownRose quartz is found in course-grained rock, usually as Mesopotamiagranite. The best material comes from Madagascar, (todays Iraq) that but it can also be found in Brazil, Scotland, theformer USSR, and even several states in the United date back to 7000 BC. States