Monday, December 28, 2009

Red Spinel Gemstone

Spinel is a favorite with gem dealers and collectors because of its hardness, brilliance and wide range of colors ranging from red, pink, violet, purple, green, yellow, orange, brown and blue. For centuries red spinal was mistaken as Ruby Gemstone and gained a lot of undeserved fame.

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Rutilated Quartz Gemstone


Rutilated Quartz is a transparent gemstone belonging to the Quartz family which has needle like mineral inclusions known as rutiles in red, yellow, silvery, green or black in color. This stone is also known as Venus hair Stone, Fleches d’amour and Cupid’s darts.Rutilated Quartz is a healing stone and effective on all chakras.

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Chrysoprace Gemstone

Chrysoprace Gemstone is an opalescent apple green colored variety of Chalcedony gemstone with a hardness rating of 7. It is also a balancing stone representing money and prosperity and derives its color from the nickel content. The word Chrysoprase comes from the Greek word ‘chrysos prason’ which means ‘golden leek’. Chrysoprase is used for making jewelry and other ornamental objects and is often mistaken for Imperial jadeite. This stone is the Birthstone associated with the month of May.

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Rhodonite Gemstone

The Rhodonite gemstone is a stone of grace and elegance. The word rhodonite is derived from the Greek word ‘rhodon’ which means rosy. It is a strong feminine stone normally seen in deep pink to mauve color with inclusions of black. However, the stone can also be red, orange, or completely black. The color of this stone is due to the manganese content. This gem is associated with the Zodiac Sign of Taurus, Libra and Scorpio. This stone is very popular as jewelry and the carving material.

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Cinnabar Beads


Cinnabar is a lovely deep Red stone with a sub metallic luster. Cinnabar is the red sulphide of mercury that occurs in brilliant red crystals and in red or brown amorphous masses. Since it is mercury based, caution should be used in the handling of it. It is normally seen in bright red, purplish red to brownish red colors. Cinnabar is the principal ore of mercury.

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Alexandrite Gemstone

Alexandrite is the color changing gemstone belonging to the Chrysoberyl family. It is a rare and beautiful gemstone which has the unique characteristic of appearing green in the daylight and glowing red in artificial light. It is the gemstone is the Birthstone for those born in the month of June and under the Zodiac Sign of Gemini and Scorpio. Alexandrite is also the wedding anniversary gemstone for the 45th and 55th year of marriage.

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Bixbite or Red Beryl Gemstone

Bixbite is a variety of Beryl. It is also known by names Red beryl, Red Emerald and Scarlet Emerald. The other famous gemstones in the Beryl family are Emerald, Aquamarine, Morganite, Heliodor and Goshenite. The red color of this stone is thought to be from the manganese content. The astrological signs associated with bixbite are Taurus and Aries.


Heliodor Gemstone

Heliodor is a stone belonging to the Beryl Gemstones family. It is also referred to as Golden Beryl. The other members of the Beryl family include Emerald, Aquamarine, Goshenite, Morganite and Red Beryl. This stone is associated with the Zodiac Signs of Gemini and Scorpio and is the birthstone representing the month of November.

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Goshenite Gemstone

Goshenite is a member of the Beryl family. Other gemstones of the Beryl family include Emerald, Heliodor, red beryl and Aquamarine. It is a clear and colorless stone.Goshenite is associated with the Moon and is also known as 'White Beryl’ or ‘Lucid Beryl’.


Tanzanite Gemstone

Tanzanite is a bluish purple colored gemstone belonging to the semiprecious stone category. This gemstone is the wedding Anniversary gemstone associated with the 24th year of marriage. This gem is also the birthstone for those born in the month of December.

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Moss Agate Gemstone

Moss agate is one of the most powerful stones belonging to the Agate family. This stone is said to be the stone of new beginnings and seems to have got its name from the green patches of color which resemble moss growing on a rock. It is the wedding anniversary gemstone associated with the 14th year of Marriage.

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Malachite Gemstone


Malachite is an opaque and banded green colored gem. It is a carbonate mineral normally known as copper carbonate. It is often resulted from weathering of Copper Ores and is normally found together with azurite, goethite and calcite. This gem stone is associated with the 13th Wedding Anniversary. It is also the Birthstone for those born in the month of July.

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Turquoise Gemstone

The color of turquoise gemstone ranges from sky blue through various shades of green to greenish and yellowish gray. The blue of this stone comes from copper, the green from iron. Turquoise is the birthstone of December. It is also the Wedding Anniversary Gemstone associated with the 5th year of marriage. 

Monday, September 7, 2009

Healing with Color Rays


The seven colors in the spectrum relate to the 7 major Chakras in the human body. A proper functioning of the Chakras can help a person to be healthy always. But this does not happen always as disharmonies and blockages cause damage and illness in the human body. Color or Chroma therapy is the practice of treating the bodily disharmonies with color rays. Each of the colors in the solar spectrum has a significance and vibration aspect. All the color rays heal and nourish the system or systems in the human body or Chakras they are related to thereby removing the blockages and disharmonies causing ill health. Each of these colors also has a complimentary ray or opposite color which can be applied to achieve balance in colors. Given below are the body parts related to the different color rays. Click on the color ray link to know more about the properties of these color rays, chakras and diseases they are related to and the gemstones carrying the color rays which can be used for healing.

Violet Rays: These rays are related to the Nerve Cells and Brain. Yellow is the complimentary ray for violet.
Indigo Rays: These Rays are related to the Skeletal System (bones, ligaments, joints, and cartilage). Orange is the complimentary ray for Indigo.
Blue Rays: These rays are related to the Vascular System, Nerve sheaths, Cerebrospinal fluid, Sense Organs, Blood and Brain. Red is the complimentary ray for blue.
Green Rays: These rays are related to the Brain and Organs in the Torso. The shades of magenta color are thought to be complimentary to the green ray.
Yellow Rays: These rays are related to the Organs of elimination (skin, bladder, urinary tract, kidneys, intestines, and eliminative aspects of the liver). The complimentary color of the yellow ray is violet.
Orange Rays: These rays are related to the Lymphatic System, Endocrine System, Adipose tissue and Soft connective tissue. Orange’s complimentary color is indigo.
Red Rays: These rays are related to the Muscular system (muscles, tendons, and fascia).

Monday, June 8, 2009

Diamond Ring - Why should every Woman have one?

Diamond Engagement and Wedding rings

Diamond Engagement and Wedding Rings

Haven't we heard the statements ‘Diamonds are forever’ and 'Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ a million times? From times immemorial Diamond Jewelry has been used as an expression of beauty, love and wealth. It is the favorite gemstone which adorns the engagement rings and wedding rings. This gemstone is also known as heera and associated with the Planet Venus which is representation of love, marriage, beauty and comforts.

No Woman can resist a Diamond ring. Diamond engagement rings, especially, are very popular and significant because in most western cultures wear the ring on the left hand on the ring finger as it is thought that the vein in that finger leading to the heart. However, on the day of the wedding, the bride takes the engagement ring and wears it on her right ring finger. This is because the wedding band is traditionally worn closer to the heart. Then after the ceremony, the engagement ring is returned to the left hand, on top of the wedding band. And what can be better than a Diamond Ring to a loved one as a symbol of love and commitment? Wearing Diamond ring as Jewelry is said to lead towards love and devotion in relationships and increase passion and sexual desires. Diamonds therefore are more popular over the traditional metal in engagement rings. Moreover, Diamond rings are considered to be trendy and stylish and have designs ranging from simple and authentic to complex and fancy ones. The wide variety in shapes, sizes and price ranges of diamonds have made it convenient and best pick for engagement or wedding ring.
Diamond is a very strong stone and I guess that may be the reason it is considered indicative of stability and longevity in love and marriage. Despite of being a very costly and valuable stone, this stone does not fail to attract grooms who want to give bigger stones to their brides as an expression of love and devotion to them. It is also the wedding anniversary gemstone of 30th and 60th year of marriage too.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Moonstone Gemstone


Moonstone is representation of the Moon and normally found as a translucent creamy white stone with a glow like that of the Moon. This stone is the astrological substitute of Pearl and an excellent stone for ladies. This gemstones in fact comes in a variety of colors, with Clarity ranging from transparent to translucent. It is also found with a bluish or yellowish tint or colors ranging from colorless to white, gray, brown, orange, green, or pink. The blue colored is considered the most precious among all. This gem is also referred to as ‘Rainbow Moonstone’ because it will pick up the colors you wear.

Zircon Gemstone


Zircon is the substitute stone of diamond and comes in several colors and shades. Depending on the impurities found in the stone it is also found in a variety of colors like the blue, green, red, yellow, brown, violet, aquamarine, orange or colorless. Zircon is associated with the Zodiac signs of Aries, Capricorn and Sagittarius. It is also the birthstone of those born in the month of December. This stone is said to bring in success, wealth and fame to the wearer.

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Garnet Gemstone


Garnet is the birthstone for those born in the month of January and wedding anniversary gemstone associated with the 2nd and 6th year of marriage. Garnets work well for those born under the sun signs of Aries, Leo, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius. Although Garnet is normally seen in the color of pomegranate seeds, it is also seen in a multitude of other colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black, pink, brown, purple or colorless.

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Fluorite Gemstone


Fluorite gemstone comes in a wide range of colors including yellow, white, blue, green, pink, black, brown, orange purple or colorless. This stone is also referred to as Fluorspar or Genius Stone. Fluorite is used as a source of fluorine for hydrofluoric acid and fluorinated water. It is also used as a gemstone and for making ornamental carvings. Fluorite is a balancing and healing stone and is used to provide relief from pain, stress, depression and anxiety.

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Rock Crystal or Spatik


Rock Crystal is the cold, transparent and colourless variety of quartz stone. This stone is representation of purity,peace, knowledge and beauty. It is widely used for making beautiful jewellery, idols and for healing purposes. Rock Crystal, also known as Spatik Mani, is the substitute of Diamond and representation of the Planet Venus.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Diamond Gemstone


Diamond is the representation of Planet Venus. It is also the gemstone of Taurus and Libra. The substones of Diamond are Opal and Crystal. This stone is obtained from Coal mines and referred to as the "king of gems" . This gemstone is the most beautiful among gems. Scientifically, Diamond is a form of Carbon. This is a very powerful as well as costly stone and comes in several colors. Wearing Diamond enhanses the artistic and creative abilities in the individual. It is also said to lead toward love and devotion in relationships and increase passion and sexual desires.

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Cat's Eye Gemstone


Cat's Eye is the gemstone representing Ketu as per Indian astrology. It is also known by names like Lehsunia, Vaiduria, Cymophane or Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye. This gemstones comes in a variety of shades. Wearing this gemstone jewelry removes accidents, unknown enemies, mental imbalances, weakness, evil spirits, poverty etc and give the wearer wealth.

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Coral Gemstone


Coral is obtained from the Sea and comes in many colors like red, scarlet, saffron, pink to vermilion red, black and white. The Indian name of Coral is ‘Moonga'. Coral is the gemstone of Aries and Scorpio. This Stone is representation of the hot Planet Mars. The sub stones of this gemstone are red Agate and Red Onex. It is said that wearing coral purifies the blood and increase in blood. This is an excellent gem stone for those in business and jobs.

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Chrysocolla


Chrysocolla is a green-blue color gemstone resembling Turquoise belonging to the Quartz family. This stone is suitable for those born under the Zodiac signs of Taurus, Virgo, Leo and Gemini. Chrysocolla is a stone of peace and tranquility. Some people even call this gem "Peace Crystal" because of its calming and soothing powers. Chrysocolla is also the birthstone of those born in the month of September. This is an excellent stone for female health problems and relationship issues.

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Carnelian Gemstone


Carnelian is a semiprecious gemstone from the Quartz family. This stone increases confidence and brings balance and harmony to life. It is also said to enhance passion and desire. This gem stone is available in colors ranging from orange to reddish brown. Carnelian gemstone has the reputation of being a healing stone. The Planetary ruler of this stone is Mars. Carnelian is the Zodiac stone for the signs of Aries, Taurus, Leo, Virgo and Capricorn. It is also the birthstone for those born in the month of July.

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Citrine Gemstone


Citrine is a semiprecious stone which is the substitute stone for Yellow Sapphire. This gem stone bears a close resemblance with yellow topaz which is a rare stone. Citrine is the wedding anniversary gem associated with the 17th year of marriage and the birthstone of those born in the month of November. It is also suitable for people of Zodiac signs of Leo, Virgo and Scorpio. This stone is used for treating Depression.

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Blue Sapphire


Blue Sapphire also known as Neelam is the gemstone representing Planet Saturn. This is a Precious stone. It is the gemstone of the Zodiacs Capricorn and Aquarius. The substones of this stone are Amethist, Black Star,Lapis and Black Agate. The beautiful 'Blue Sapphire', is regarded as the 'Stone of the Stones' and is considered to give peace of mind, tranquility, happiness and spiritual enlightenment.

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Bloodstone Gemstone


Bloodstone is a gemstone belonging to the Quartz family. This stone is also referred to as Heliotrope. Bloodstone is green colored gem with distinctive red spots resembling that of blood spots, giving this stone its name. This stone is considered to be the symbol of justice. This stone protects its wearer from deception and gives good health. Bloodstone jewelry is worn as protection against evil eye and enemies.Though this stone is the birthstone associated with Aries and Pisces Zodiac signs it can be worn by those belonging to all zodiac signs.

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Aventurine Gemstone


Aventurine belongs to the Quartz family and has the reputation as the gemstone of luck and a calming stone. This stone is considered lucky while gambling and purchasing lotteries. This stone is also known as sunstone. This stone is found in shades of blue, red and green. .Aventurine is the birthstone of February and the Wedding Anniversary gemstone associated with the 8th and 17th year of marriage. This stone is most suited for those born under the zodiac sign Aries, Taurus, Pisces, Sagittarius, Capricorn and Libra.

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Amber


Amber is reputed as a good luck stone. Though Amber is considered a gemstone it is technically not a Gemstone or mineral.It is a naturally occurring hard and translucent fossilized resin found in some ancient trees which are several million years old. Amber is found in a variety of colors and hues including the black, golden yellow, orange, milky white, reddish orange, green, violet or brownish yellow. Sometimes insects or pieces of earth, leaves, pine needles and inclusions of small plant and animal fossils are present in the amber. Amber is used mainly for the purpose of crafting jewelry and other ornamental objects. Amber is said to be helpful in reducing goiter, bronchial disorders, headache, rheumatic pains, stress etc.

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Ametrine Gemstone


Ametrine is a breathtakingly beautiful purple and yellow Quartz stone which is a combination of amethyst and Citrine gemstones. This stone is also is referred as ‘trystine’.This stone has the properties of both Amethyst and Citrine combined as well as its own unique properties. So Ametrine can be the birthstone for those who are born in February or for the Zodiac sign of Pisces. This stone is also a good stone for those born under the Zodiac Sign of Libra.

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Aquamarine Gemstone


Aquamarine is a Gemstone belonging to the Beryl family and found in a range of blue shades, from the palest pastel to greenish-blue to a deep blue. Aquamarine is the wedding anniversary stone associated with the 16th and 19th year of marriage and birthstone for those born in the month of March. This stone is also suited for those born under the Zodiac signs of Pisces and Leo. This is also an ideal stone for those who are born on 3rd, 12th,21st or 30th of the month. This stone is also said to bring harmony in relationships and protect the wearer against evil powers. This is a good stone for meditation.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Amazonite Gemstone


Amazonite is a semi-opaque beautiful deep blue-green stone, often with white streaks, belonging to the feldspar family. Amazonite is a courage giving stone which helps to balance emotions. Wearing this gem helps to release anxiety, sadness and fear. Amazonite is the planetary stone representing Uranus and astrological gemstone of those born under the zodiac sign of Virgo.

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Agate



Agate is a semi precious gemstone belonging to the Chalcedony family and is found in a wide variety of colors and textures. There is no gemstone which is more creatively striped by Nature than the Agate. This stone is symbolic of health and long life. Agate is the birthstone of those born in the month of May and September. Agate is suitable for those with the Zodiac Signs of Aries, Leo, Virgo, Capricorn, Gemini and Cancer. Agate is also the Wedding Anniversary Gemstone associated with the 12th year of Marriage.



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Monday, April 27, 2009

Gemstones based on Color

Gemstones are found in all sorts of colors and combination. However the important ones are listed below.


Red colored Stones
Ruby, Garnet, Coral, Red Jasper, Bloodstone
Orange colored Stones
Carnelian, Fire Opal
Yellow and Gold Colored Stones
Topaz, Amber, Citrine
Pink Colored Stones
Pink Tourmaline (Rubellite), Kunzite, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Rose quartz
Green stones
Emerald, Peridot, Jade, Malachite, Green tourmaline, Chrysoprase, Dioptase,Aventurine, Moss agate, Green jasper
Blue-green stones
Aquamarine, Turquoise, Chrysocolla
Blue stones
Blue Sapphire,Lapis lazuli, Blue topaz,Sodalite
Indigo stones
Indigo sapphire, Azurite
Violet stones
Amethyst, Fluorite
White stones
Moonstone, Opal, Pearl
Black stones
Black tourmaline, Black obsidian, Jet

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Amethyst Gemstone


Amethyst Gemstone is a stunningly beautiful purple to bluish violet stone belonging to the Quartz Family. This gemstone is considered as a symbol of nobility, sincerity, security and peace of mind. Amethyst is the birthstone of February and also a substitute for blue sapphire, the gemstone of Saturn. Amethyst is also the wedding anniversary gemstone associated with the 4th, 6th year and 17th year of marriage. Amethyst is also referred to as "Bishop's Stone" and has been worn by even the Bishops of Churches.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Precious and Semiprecious Gemstones

There are 9 Precious gemstones representing the nine Planets. They are also referred as ‘navaratna’ which is a Sanskrit term which means ‘nine gems’ or ‘a jewelry set with nine gems’. These stones are popular and well known. The navaratna or nine gemstones representing the navagrahas or nine planets are Ruby, Pearl, Yellow Sapphire, Emerald, Diamond, Red Coral, Blue Sapphire, Gomedh and Cats Eye.


There are several stones which are as popular and costly as the precious ones.I have written about most semiprecious or substitute stones like agate, amazonite,amber, ametrine, amethyst,aventurine, aquamarine, bloodstone, carnelian,Chrysocolla, citrine, crystal, fluorite, garnet, hematite, iolite, jade, jasper, kunzite, lapis lazuli, malachite, moonstone, onyx, peridot, sodalite,spinel, tanzanite, topaz, tourmaline, turquoise and zircon.


Find more on these gems individually in my HubPage Article 'Precious and Semiprecious Gemstones'.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pearl - Remedy for Menstrual Disorders


In a normal case menstruation happens every 28 days counting from the first day of the flow. A missed period normally is an indication of pregnancy, it is not always so. According to Astrology, these disorders have a lot to do with the positioning of the Moon and Mars. Moon plays a very significant role in the life of a female as the reproductory and sex organs, marriage relationship etc are governed by the moon.

As a remedy to ill placed moon gem therapy recommends the usage of a single white pearl of minimum 10 carets along with a red coral gemstone as additional gem if required.