Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Famous Spinel Gemstones

Spinel is probably one of the most mistaken gemstones because of its similarity with precious gemstones. The Spinel Gemstones is seen in colors like red, pink, violet, purple, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, lavender, mauve, greenish blue and blue. The red Spinal used to be mistaken as Ruby for ages which also got this stone a lot of undeserved attention. The most popular and famous of all Spinals is perhaps the magnificent 170-carat red spinel Black Prince's Ruby which adorns the Imperial State Crown in the British Crown Jewels. Queen Elizabeth owned 352 carets Timur Ruby is also equally famous. Another spinel reputed because of its size is the Samarian Spinel weighing 500 carats which is part of the Iranian Crown Jewels. This gemstone has a hole in it and as per the legend this stone is believed to be adorned in the neck of the golden calf mentioned in the Bible which was made by the Israelites for worshiping while Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments. What is great about the Spinels are even though they bear a close resemblance with other Precious Gemstones they are affordable. So if you are on a tight budget but want a good looking gem this may be the one for you.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Famous Tanzanite Gemstones

The Queen of Kilimanjaro White Gold Tiara Tanzanite
Tanzanite Gemstone is a very popular choice with woman as Gemstone Jewelry because of his beautiful bluish purple color and rarity. The property of Pleochroism of this stone makes it even more attractive when it is used for making gemstone jewelry. Despite of its high prize women love to wear this gem set on jewelry be it rings, necklace, earrings, pendant or bracelet. A wearer of the Tanzanite gemstones exudes elegance and class. After all Tanzanite Jewelry is much more a prized possession than Diamond. However, the most beautiful and magnificent of all is the famous 242 carets Queen of Kilimanjaro set in a Tiara along with diamonds and garnets now displayed at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Another reputed one is the world's largest faceted tanzanite is said to be 737.81 carats.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Black Diamond Gemstones

Black Diamonds are among the world's rarest diamonds. They are also Carbonado Diamonds. The diamonds are not really black but contains dark inclusions or impurities that result in the black look of the gem. It is believed that these stones were formed in the centre of the earth about 3.5 billion years ago and were brought into the surface because of volcanic eruptions. Black diamonds get their color from the presence of minerals like magnetite and Hematite.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Numerology Numbers and Gemstones

One of the most popular methods of wearing Gemstones is based on the numerology number of the individual. All of us have a numerology number ranging from one to nine. The Gemstones representing the numbers are given below.

Number 1 : Ruby
Number 2 : Moonstone, Pearl
Number 3 : Yellow Sapphire
Number 4 : Gomedha
Number 5 : Emerald
Number 6 : Diamond
Number 7 : Cats Eye
Number 8 : Blue Sapphire
Number 9 : Red Coral

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Yellow Sapphire Gemstone

Yellow Sapphire is the Planetary Gemstone of Jupiter according to Astrology. The sub stone of Yellow Sapphire is golden topaz. Citrine is a weaker substitute for planet Jupiter and should be worn of minimum five carets. Yellow Zircon can also be used. Yellow Sapphires are considered bearers of good fortune and success. This gemstone is also referred to as 'Pukhraj' or 'Pokhraj' or 'Pokharaj'.  You can also wear a yellow sapphire if one lacks enthusiasm or suffer from Depression, anxiety, melancholy, moodiness and self-pity. Procedure of Wearing Yellow Sapphire

Ruby Gemstone

Ruby is one of the Precious Gemstones and Planetary Gemstone of  Sun according to Astrology.The sub stones or substitutes are ratva Agate and Garnet. Rubies if worn on left side of the body as rings, bracelets or brooches have the ability to dispel evil thoughts and reconcile disputes. Ruby is obtained from the mines and available in shades of red. This stone gives stability and removes fear. Ruby should be worn when your horoscope displays the planet Sun as your weakest planet. One can also wear it if one lacks self-confidence, self-esteem, self-respect and optimism.

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Sodalite Gemstone

Sodalite is normally seen as a blue colored semiprecious stone with white calcite specks. This stone is often confused with Lapis Lazuli gemstone because of its resemblance with the stone. The most common color of sodalite is blue. It can also be found in other colors including the colorless, green, grey-white, light-red, pink and yellow with transparency ranging from transparent to translucent. This gem is used for carvings and jewelry. Read more on Sodalite Gemstone

Rock Crystal or Spatik Gemstone

Rock Crystal is the cold, transparent and colorless variety of quartz. 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 sub stone of Diamond Gemstone and representation of the Planet Venus.

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Jasper Gemstone

Jasper Gemstone is seen in many varieties and in a wide range of colors including red, green, yellow, black and brown. It often contains organic material and mineral oxides which give it interesting patterns, bands and colors. There are several popular varieties of Jasper with fancy names like the leopard skin, poppy, fancy, Dalmatian, rainbow, orbicular, royal plume, Ocean jasper etc. This is an ornamental gemstone and is used to make fancy jewelry. Jasper is found in many countries. It is sometimes used to create bowls, carvings and other objects and to adorn buildings. Jasper is one of the birth stones listed for the Sun Sign of Virgo. It is also the Mystical birthstone for the month of October.

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Jade Gemstone

Jade is  considered the stone of healing, hope and love. This is an ornamental stone and comes in a variety of colors like red, orange, yellow, green, white, blue, lavender, black, grey, brown and cream. Jade is extremely popular as pendants, rings, necklaces and pendants. Other than jewelry jade is also used to make snuff-boxes, cigarette holders, figurines and bowls. This gem is the ancient Birthstone for those born in the month of May and the anniversary stone associated with the 12th year of marriage.

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Azurite Gemstone

Azurite is a  blue colored stone. It is formed from the oxidation of copper ores.  The other names associated with Azurite are 'Blue Bice' and 'Blue Verditer’. This stone is normally found along with Malachite Gemstones. Because of its color of this stone it is used in creating blue pigment for paints and fabric dyes.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Chiastolite Gemstone

Chiastolite is a variety of andalusite. It is also known as the "Cross Stone" because of the natural cross like pattern on the stone. This stone has been used since ancient times for protection and to ward off evil eye. This stone is found in white, red, brown, orange and green. Chiastolite Bead necklaces and jewelry are quite popular because of its unique design.

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Hematite gemstone

Hematite gemstone, also known as Haematite, is a form of Iron Oxide. This stone comes in colors ranging from Silvery Grey to Black, opaque red or reddish brown. This gem is associated with the Zodiac Signs of Aries, Aquarius and Capricorn. This gemstone is associated with the base, solar plexus and heart chakra and hence is a good stone for those looking for stability and security in life and for improving relationships. The Planet associated with this stone is Mars and numerology gemstone for number 9.

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Boji Stones

Boji stones are primarily made up of pyrite, which gives them their blackish brown color and are found in flat and spherical in shape. Boji Stones also come in beautiful rainbow colors. Boji Stones vibrate to the numbers 1 and 9 in numerology. The Zodiac Signs associated with these Stones are Aquarius, Scorpio, Leo and Taurus. Boji stones assist in aligning all of the chakras from the crown chakra to the root chakra. 

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Hessonite Gemstone

The astrological Gem stone of Rahu is Hessonite. This stone is also referred to as Gomedh, Gomedhak, Raju ratna and Ping Spatik. All the ill effects of Rahu in Horoscope can be remedied by wearing Gomed. The name 'Gomedh' is a sanskrit word which means 'of the color of the cow urine'. Wearing Gomed gives one mental peace and freedom from worries. It is also said to avoid problems due to snakes and false allegations.Gomed is also good for those suffering from allergies, skin disorder, piles, epilepsy, infection of eyes, cold, sinus infection, fatigue, insomnia, BP etc. It is said that no enemy could face the wearer of Gomed gemstone.

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Pearl is the gemstone for the Zodiac Sign Cancer. This gem is associated with the Moon which is representation of the mind. The sub stones or substitute stones of Chandra are white coral, moon stone and milky agate. This gem is also referred to as 'Moti'.Pearls are available in different shapes and colors. Pearl is the Queen of Gems and an emblem of purity and innocence. 

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tourmaline Gemstone

Tourmaline gemstones are found in different colors depending on the chemical composition of the different stones. These stone is known by different names like Verdelite (Green), Rubellite (Pink), Schorl (Black), Indicolite (Blue), Achroite (colorless), Canary (Yellow), watermelon tourmaline. Tourmaline is the birthstone of October.This stone is used as a substitute gem stone. Red, white,green, yellow and blue colored tourmaline are substitutes for ruby,diamond, emerald, yellow sapphire and blue sapphire respectively. This gemstone is also referred to as ‘Rainbow Gemstone'.

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Angelite Gemstone

Angelite gemstone is formed from celestite that has been compressed for many millions of years. Angelite, also known as Blue Anhydrite, is a pale lilac-blue stone.  It is a stone of awareness and promotes compassion and understanding. This stone can bring serenity, inner peace and a sense of calm.Angelite stone is useful in treating thyroid, weight control and for reducing pains. 

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Jet Gemstone

Jet is a stone belonging to the Organic Gemstones category. As the name indicates it is seen in black or dark brown color and is formed from fossilized wood. Jet is also known as black amber although it is not actually amber. Jet is an important gemstone for the 1st Chakra. Jet can be used to open up to psychic experiences and for assistance and receiving spiritual enlightenment.

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Snakeskin Agate Gemstone

Agates are popular as gemstones for Jewelry. There are several types of Agates and one cannot resist the beauty of Agate made rings, pendants, necklaces, pins, brooches and earrings. As the name indicates the Snakeskin Agate bears resemblance to the snake skin. This stone is said to bring a feel of inner peace in the wearer.

Bluelace Agate Gemstone

Agate Gemstone is one of the oldest stones found and is most commonly used to make Jewelry. One cannot resist the beauty of Agate made rings, pendants, necklaces, pins, brooches and earrings.There are several varieties of Agates. The Blue Lace Agate is one of the most popular agates. This stone has made its name as a calming and uplifting stone. This stone strengthens the functions of the throat chakra.

Fire Agate Gemstone

Agate is one of the oldest stones found and is most commonly used to make Jewelry. One cannot resist the beauty of Agate made rings, pendants, necklaces, pins, brooches and earrings. However, it is also used to make inkstands, paper knives, marbles, seals etc.There are several types of Agates. I find the Fire Agate the most beautiful of all. Fire Agate gemstone is said to give the wearer a feel of safety and security. This gem is also said to be useful for removing addictions and for treating the stomach, nervous and endocrine systems.

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Blue Topaz Gemstone

Topaz is a very popular gemstone belonging to the semiprecious gemstones category. Topaz stones are found in several colors out of which yellow, pink, blue and colorless are the most famous. The Blue Topaz is very attractive and inexpensive gem. Blue topaz does occur naturally but most of the available blue topaz is the heat treated ones for color. The different hues of blue topaz stones are known by fancy names like London Blue Topaz, Swiss Blue Topaz, and Sky Blue Topaz etc.

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Yellow Topaz Gemstone

Topaz is a very popular gemstone belonging to the semiprecious gemstones category. The Yellow Topaz is a beautiful and powerful stone and best suited to those belonging to the Sun sign Gemini, Libra and Scorpio. This stone increases vitality, strengthen immune system and bring in good health to the wearer. It is also said to remove the negative feelings towards others and calm down temper. Yellow Topaz is also recommended gem for persons with birth number 1. The use of Yellow Topaz gem also reduces anger, increase happiness and enhances positions and prestige. 

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Howlite Gemstone

Howlite is mostly seen as a white to grey colored gemstone with grey, brown or black veins. However, this stone is commonly dyed to imitate Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli. This gem stone is commonly used to make decorative objects such as small carvings or jewelry components. This stone is sometimes referred to as 'White Buffalo Stone'. This is a calming stone and can be used to relieve anger and stress of all kinds.

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Labradorite or Rainbow Moonstone

Labradorite Gemstone is a member of the feldspar family. Labradorite is named after Labrador Peninsula in Canada where it was found by Geologists in the 1770s. It is also referred to as Spectrolite and Rainbow Moonstone. It is an excellent stone for strengthening intuitions. This stone is found in colors like Pale green, blue, colorless, grey-white with iridescent blue or gold flashes. 

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Sugilite Gemstone

Sugilite Gemstone is a powerful healing stone and found in colors like pale lavender to magenta or purple. It is a newly discovered stone compared to other gemstones and is named after the Japanese scientist Dr. K. Sugi who discovered it in 1944.Sugilite is also known under the trade names of ‘Royal Lavulite’ and ‘Royal Azel’. Sugilite is also known as 'the healer's stone' because of its great ability to enhance healing and is associated with the third eye and crown chakras and is highly compatible stone with Red Coral, Onyx, Chrysoprase and Turquoise Gemstones.

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Dioptase Gemstones

Dioptase is an emerald green silicate of copper. Dioptase is often referred to as a ‘heart stone’ and is a powerful stone to awaken love and compassion and to heal emotional distress. The color of dioptase is deep green and was often mistaken for Emerald Gemstone. This stone is an excellent stone for those born under the Zodiac Signs of Taurus and Libra and for balancing the energies of all the Chakras.

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Herkimer Diamond Quartz Gemstone

Herkimer Diamond is a misleading name of the stone which was found in Herkimer area in New York. While it is not actually diamond it is often seen resembling the sparkling clarity of diamonds which may be the reason why they are called so. Herkimer Diamond is associated with the crown chakra. This gemstone helps to increase creative thinking and imagination.

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Serpentine or New Jade Gemstone

Serpentine Gemstone seems of got its name from the word serpent as it resembles of its color and markings resembling the skin of snake. It is also referred to as ‘New Jade' gemstone though it is not a Jade stone and is seen in a variety of colors ranging from Green, Black-Green, Brown-Red, Brown-Yellow and White. The gemstone is also said to promote good luck and can help people reach their business and personal dreams and desires. 

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Emerald Gemstone

Emerald is the gemstone representing Planet Mercury which represents business, communication, intelligence, education and intuition in Vedic Astrology. If your weakest planet according to your horoscope is Mercury then emerald is your ideal gemstone. Emerald gemstone increases reasoning power, presence of mind, spiritual power, prosperity and also removes the bad effects by evil spirits and nightmares. The sub stones or substitute gemstones of Emerald are Peridot, Green Tourmaline and Green Onex.

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Peridot or Evening Emerald Gemstone

Peridot Gemstone is a very beautiful and widely popular gemstone belonging to the semi precious gems category. The color of this stone is a transparent and rich green with a slight hind of yellow. This stone is also referred to as ‘Chrysolite’. This is a variety of Olivine. Romans nicknamed this beautiful gem as the 'evening emerald' because of its close resemblance to Emerald, the stone of Mercury. 

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Iolite Gemstone

Iolite is a variety of the mineral cordierite which was named after French geologist Cordier. The other names associated with this stone are Dichroite and Water Sapphire. One can see three different color shades in the same stone of Iolite as a result of its Pleochroic properties like that of Tanzanite Gemstone when viewed from different directions.This gemstone is said to stimulate the third eye Chakra leading to clairvoyance. 

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Sunstone Gemstone

Sunstone is a variety of Feldspar.It is normally seen in colors like yellow, orange and reddish brown. This stone is associated with the Zodiac Signs of Leo, Libra, Aries and Gemini. It is also known also as ‘Aventurine Feldspar’ and has a hardness rating of 6 with a triclinic crystal structure. This stone is representation of Sun and is used along with Moonstone in Solstice rituals. This stone is widely used in gemstone jewelry and is thought to bring leadership qualities to its wearer. 

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Rose Quartz gemstones

Rose Quartz is a member of the Quartz family which includes amethyst, ametrine, citrine, milky quartz, smoky quartz and rock crystal. This stone is found in various shades of pink to rosy red. This stone is also referred to as Pink Quartz and Rosy Quartz.From ancient times Rose Quartz is considered as a symbol of love and beauty. This stone is often referred to as the ‘Stone of unconditional love’ and friendship. This stone is associated with the zodiac signs of Taurus and Libra. It is also the birthstone for the month of January along with the Gemstone Garnet. Rose quartz is the most powerful for dealing with affairs of the heart and opens the heart and Crown Chakra.

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Onyx Gemstone

Onyx is a very popular semiprecious stone. It is a banded variety of Chalcedony Quartz usually black or brown with white bands, but can also be found in orange, red or honey colored. Onyx is widely used as an astrological gemstone.Onyx is an excellent stone for those born under the Zodiac Sign of Leo and Capricorn. This stone is also associated with the 7th year of marriage. Black Onyx is the wedding anniversary gemstone for the 10th year of marriage.

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Lapis Lazuli Gemstone

Lapis lazuli is an opaque, vibrant blue gemstone belonging to the semiprecious gemstone category. Lapis Lazuli is associated with the Planets Saturn and Venus as well as the Zodiac Signs of Sagittarius, Capricorn and Libra. It is also the birthstone of September. Lapis lazuli is also the Wedding Anniversary Gemstone for the 7th and 9th year of marriage.

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Tiger Eyes Quartz Gemstones

Tiger Eye Gemstone is a member of the Quartz family. It seems to have received its name from its bands resembling the eye of a tiger. Tiger's eye is a clairvoyant gemstone normally found in colors like brown yellow, pink, blue and red with a silky luster. Tiger eye is also called as African Cat's Eye. Tiger Eye is the wedding anniversary gemstone for the 9th year of marriage. 

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Kunzite Gemstone

Kunzite is a beautiful delicate pink colored ornamental stone with a hint of violet. This gem is the youngest in the spodumen family. Because of its color pink which is symbolic of love, romance and marriage kunzite gemstone jewelry is an ideal gift to be given to a loved one signifying eternal love.

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