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 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 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 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'.