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Semiprecious stones have been crafted into beads since early civilization.  Formed when minerals were caught in cooling rocks and created veins, they are extracted from the rock by mining. The human need for beauty and self-adornment is as old as civilization itself. The belief in the magical properties of the stones used in adornment –attributes of peace, protection, and healing–is also ancient.

Synthetic vs. Simulants

Synthetic Gemstone : "A man-made substitute possessing the same chemical compositon, crystal structure, and thus, the same properites as the gemstone it represents." There are differnt methods for creating lab grown synthetic gemstones, with many of the best methods requiring considerable time and therefore, costing more than less expensive methods. This can make the difference between a few dollars per carat for some synthetics vs. hundreds of dollars per carat for others grown using a different method.
Simulant or Simulated Gemstone: This typicaly is an inexpensive item that appears t be a more expensive item. Many simuants are glass, doped glass, plastic or other compoundsl. For example, green glass would be a simulant of emerald. When tested, most simulants are easy to detect because they do not contain the chemical compositon or physical properties of the gemstone they "pretend" to be.

Abalone is a member of a large class (Gastropoda) of molluscs having one-piece shells. They belong to the family Haliotidae and the genus Haliotis, which means sea ear, referring to the flattened shape of the shell. Abalone shells are rounded or oval with a large dome towards one end. The shell has a row of respiratory pores.  Nine species of abalone occur in North America:  flat, black, green, pink, pinto, red, white and threaded.  Abalone is found in the coastal waters off of the US and Mexico. Since the late 1990’s, due to over harvesting and polluted waters, abalone has become nearly extinct.
Abalone is a mollusk shell that has been used for personal and ceremonial adornment since early times. Abalone has been considered sacred by many Native Americans and has been used by medicine men. Native Americans from the Plains, Plateau and California have used abalone in necklace stringing and was used in the first inlay work in the Southwest.  This can still be seen today in earlier Zuni inlay jewelry and in limited amounts of contemporary jewelry. Abalone is reported by intuitive sources to stimulate psychic development and intuition, and promotes imagination in a healthy way.

Agate (General, All Types) No gemstone is more creatively striped by nature than agate, chalcedony quartz that forms in concentric layers in a wide variety of colors and textures. Each individual agate forms by filling a cavity in host rock. As a result, agate often is found as a round nodule, with concentric bands like the rings of a tree trunk. The bands sometimes look like eyes, sometimes fanciful scallops, or even a landscape with dendrite trees. 
Agate is found all over the world including: Africa, Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, and the USA.
Agate is a hard stone, usually within the range of 7-9 on the Mohs scale agates are found in all colors of the rainbow, although green and blue are quite rare.  Often tiny quartz crystals form within the stone and add to the beauty and uniqueness of individual stones. These crystals are called drusy (sometimes misspelled as druzy). Lapidaries often cut just the drusy from an agate and jewelers use these drusy cabochons as the main stone or as an accent stone in their jewelry designs.
Agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet in ancient times. It was said to quench thirst and protect from fevers. Persian magicians used agate to divert storms.  Agate is good protective energy stone, especially for children, and is very calming and soothing. It also can help strengthen the body's connection to the earth. It can give courage, energy, strength, and dispels fears, all of which increase self-confidence.

Alexandrite was discovered only as recently as 1830 in the Urals. It is green in daylight, and light red in artificial incandescent light. This changing of color is best seen in thick stones. Alexandrite displaying the cat's eye effect is a great rarity. High quality alexandrite is one of the most expensive of all the precious gemstones.  Alexandrite is found in Urals, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Burma, India, Madagascar, Tanzania, Tasmania and the United States. It can be confused with synthetic corundum, synthetic spinel, andalusite, pyrope.

Amazonite (also called Amazon Stone and Amazon Jade) is microcline feldspar composed of potassium aluminum silicate (K Al Si3 O8). Its color is due to lead impurities, and the stone can also include cloudy white streaks and patches. Because of its color, Amazonite is sometimes confused with Jade and Turquoise. While sensitive to pressure, it has a Mohs hardness rating of 6 and is suitable for beads, cabochons and in carved cameos.
Amazonite is named after the Amazon area in Brazil, where it was originally discovered. A Brazilian legend boasts of the Amazon people giving ''green stones'' to the visitors of the region. Europeans were already familiar with green microcline (my-krO-kline) from Russia and assumed the blue-green rock given to them by the Indians of South America was the same stone. As it turns out, Amazonite is not found in the Amazon Basin and the legend was most likely referring to Nephrite (jade). It is believed that Amazonite was first called ''Amazon Stone,'' and was later changed to amazonite.
Amazonite is a mineral of limited occurrence. Formerly it was obtained almost exclusively from the area of Miyask in the IImen Mountains, 50 miles southwest of Chehabinsk, Russia, where it occurs in granitic rocks. More recently, high-quality crystals have been obtained from Pike's Peak, Colorado, where it is found associated with smoky quartz, orthoclase, and albite, in a coarse granite, or pegmatite. Some other localities in the United States yield amazonite, and it is also found in Pegmatite in Madagascar, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, Australia, and Namibia.
The coloration varies from light green to a darker ''emerald'' green, depending on the region it comes from.
Amazonite is a variety of feldspar that was much valued by the ancient Egyptians. It is thought to be one of the stones used in the breastplate of the high priests.
Amazonite is a mint green to aqua green stone of truth, honor, communication, integrity and trust. It is said to enhance intuition, psychic powers, creativity, intellect, and psychic ability.  Considered a stone of clarity and balance it helps promote a clear vision of harmful patterns and tendencies making them easier to release, whilst increasing and attitude of self respect. It releases blockages in neural passages including pinched nerves and spinal problems. It has a high copper content making it a good stone for general well being.
Amazonite is sensitive to chemicals, abrasives, heat, acids, and ammonia. Never use a steamer, hot water or ultrasonic cleaners with this gemstone. Use mild soap and room temperature tap water with a soft cloth so you do not diminish the luster of the gemstone.

Amber, one of nature's few organic gems, exhibits rich hues from yellow to honey gold to henna brown and is often nearly transparent.
Amber is formed from the hardened, fossilized sap or resin of pine trees. It is a beautiful gem that is cut and polished and used as a valuable gemstone. Amber can contain bubbles, insects and plants that are millions of years old such as gnats, flies, wasps, bees, ants and mosquitoes. Sometimes there may even be moths, beetles or grasshoppers. Amber varies from yellow and orange and brown.
The largest deposits of natural amber are along the coasts of Poland, Germany and Russia. Ancient rivers carried the resin deposits downstream from the forest regions to the seabeds, where it was buried under hundreds of feet of sand. Other sources of amber are located in Sicily, Romania, Burma, China, Japan, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and along the eastern coast of the United States and in coal seams in Wyoming.
Only 15% of the amber mined today is suitable for jewelry. The remainder is generally used to make ''amberoid,'' a natural-looking pressed form of amber. This material is welded at 284 - 482 degrees farenheit and 3000 atmospheres pressure into a substance that can be easily confused with natural amber.
To determine whether amber is natural or has been combined with resin stabilizers, heat the tip of a sewing needle until it is white hot. Then, insert the needle into the amber (preferably on the backside of the gem). If a pine scent emits, the amber is likely all-natural. Ambroid will emit an aroma of burning plastic. Another technique for distinguishing between natural and synthesized amber is to place the gem in a glass of warm salt water. Natural amber will float, whereas synthesized amber will sink. Legend and Lore: Amber preserves from throat, eyes and ears illnesses. Saves the owner from poisoning, and makes him attractive for other people. It is most favorably to wear for people, which have been born in Lion zodiac. Amber is thought to help absorb negative energy and to release bright, soothing energy, helping to calm nerves and enliven disposition. The different colors of amber are often used on the chakras with corresponding colors to facilitate opening and cleansing. Yellow amber has been used traditionally by natural healers to alleviate stomach and liver problems. Amber has also been used, historically, as a talisman for courage and self-confidence, and was thought to bring good luck to warriors in battle. In some cultures, amber symbolizes the renewal of marriage vows and is used to assure promises.
Amber is a highly sensitive gem and must be cared for delicately. It is easily scratched (watch your fingernails!) and sensitive to chemicals, abrasives, acids, caustic solutions, alcohol and perfume. It is also flammable and can be ignited with a direct flame. Steamers, hot water and ultrasonic cleaners can damage this gem. To clean amber, use mild soap, room temperature tap water and a soft cloth.

Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and the most valued member of the quartz family. It must be purple to be amethyst, but it can display a range of shades including deep purple, light lilac, lavender and mauve. Top quality amethyst is a deep medium purple with rose-colored flashes. Its purple color made it a stone of royalty for many thousands of years. When manganese is present in clear quartz amethyst is produced, while the amount of iron contained in the specimen accounts for the depth of purple. Amethyst can occur as crystals that are six sided on either end. It also forms as drusy which are crystalline crusts covering the host rock. Amethyst is a naturally-occurring, macrocrystalline (meaning large crystal formations) variety of quartz. Geodes containing amethyst crystals are formed when clay, silt, sand or gravel are deposited and compacted by running water. Some of the largest amethyst geodes have been found in Brazil. Other locations where amethyst is mined include Sri Lanka, India, Uruguay, Madagascar, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Africa, Russia and the United States.
Most amethyst gemstones on the market today are heat-treated to produce a deeper color. Heat treating is permanent and these stones will not fade over time. Unless otherwise stated, assume that any amethyst you purchase today has been heat treated to increase the depth of color. Also, note that most citrine available on the market today is actually heat treated amethyst.
The name is generally said to be derived from the Greek a, "not," and methuskein, "to intoxicate," expressing the old belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkeness. It was held that wine drunk out of a cup of amethyst would not intoxicate.
Leonardo Da Vinci once wrote that amethyst holds the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one’s intelligence. Healers have been using amethyst to increase their psychic abilities and intuition for centuries. Cross-culturally, this popular gemstone was used as a symbol of peace and unification. It is also thought to evoke feelings of serenity and calmness in those who wear it.
Amethyst has long been called the "sobriety stone." In ancient Rome, crushed amethyst was added to wine cups to prevent drunkenness. It is said to assist with healing alcoholism, compulsive behaviors, and addictions of all kinds. Amethyst brings energies of stability, peace, calm, balance, courage and inner strength. It has been used to protect against psychic attacks. On the spiritual level, amethyst can help open to communication with angels, telepathy and other psychic abilities. It is an excellent stone for meditation or dream work, past life work, and can help you see your path. It has also been used to help ease the pain of grief, and promote happiness.
Amethyst is the official birthstone for February.
This stone is fairly hard and durable so it can be cleaned using a steamer and ultrasonic cleaner.

Ametrine, also known as Trystine, is a naturally occurring variety of quartz that contains both amethyst and citrine sectors in the same crystal. Zones of both purple amethyst and yellow to orange citrine are colored by small amounts of iron. The only natural occurrences of this stone are in the Anahi mine in Bolivia, and in Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul). Almost all commercially available ametrine is mined in Bolivia, although there are deposits being exploited in Brazil and India.
Ametrine is a macrocrystalline variety of quartz that occurs rarely in nature. Most ametrine in the market today is simulated amethyst. When amethyst is heated, it turns varied shades of yellow. For ametrine to occur naturally, iron impurities, combined with differing oxidation states are subjected to varied temperature. The temperature would need to be slightly higher on some of the surfaces and slightly cooler on others. An example of this would be where one side of the crystal was facing a heat source and the delicate balance of the two temperatures was maintained during the crystallization of the quartz. This is how natural ametrine is formed in nature. Amethyst subjected to the same type of conditions will also produce ametrine (stimulated or heated process). Most ametrine in the low price segment can surely be assumed to stem from synthetic material. Since 1994 a Russian laboratory has perfected the industrial production of bicolored quartz crystals that are later irradiated to bring out the typical ametrine colors. Green-yellow or golden-blue ametrine does not exist naturally.
Ametrine energies are said to stimulate the intellect and rid the aura of negative energy. It also has the basic properties of both the amethyst and the citrine that comprise it. Ametrine promotes mental clarity and mental endurance, balancing, energizing and soothing the emotions. It aids digestion and strengthens the digestive system. Ametrine cures burning sensations and problems of the blood, hemorrhoids and jaundice. It also eases gastric upsets, constipation, flatulence, coughs, colds, asthma, apoplexy and tumors and is the best stone of our time for M.E. and relieving energy drain and psychic or psychological attack. Ametrine is expansive and brings abundance on all levels, especially enhancing creative and spiritual abundance. It has been used extensively in the treatment of AIDS patients.
This stone is fairly hard so you can use a steamer and ultrasonic cleaner with it. This stone may lose color in the sunlight.

Ammolite is a rare and valuable Opal-like organic gemstone found primarily along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains of the United States and mostly Alberta, Canada. It is made of the fossilized shells of ammonites, which in turn are composed primarily of aragonite, the same mineral that makes up nacreous pearls. It is one of the three biogenic gemstones, the other two being amber and pearl. In 1981, ammolite was given official gemstone status by the World Jewelry Confederation, the same year commercial mining of ammolite began. In 2004 it was designated the official gemstone of the Province of Alberta. It is considered the rarest gemstone in the world. Ammolite is fossilized ammonite, the predecessor to the nautilus. This creature swam the oceans from the Paleozoic to the end of the Cretaceous era 65 to 70 million years ago and had coiled shells with chambers that filled with gas and provided both buoyancy and propulsion in the water. Although fossilized ammonites are found all over the world, supplies of the colorful iridescent gem quality ammolite are found only in southern Alberta, Canada, and only about 5% of this material actually yields gemstone material. Ammolite is sold in its natural form, as a doublet or as a triplet. A triplet is made of a dark gray layer of shale on the bottom and a cap of clear optical quartz or synthetic spinel on top. Ammonite is extremely fragile and the top layer protects the stone and helps to show off the brilliant color flash while the bottom layer adds thickness and additional protection. Most ammolite is sold in triplet form. Ammolite is said to radiate positive Earth energy, and to bring good luck and prosperity. It is also said to grant miracles. Ammolite is excellent as a tool for deep meditation. Ammolite is also used mystically for general good health, stamina and high energy.

Ammonite From Ammon's Stone, named after the Egyptian god Ammon, it is the name used for an extinct group of Cephalopods (which means 'head-foot'). Ammonites are the fossilized, hard shells of extinct mollusks that existed from the Paleozoic to the end of the Cretaceous era. The Ammonites were present on the Earth for a period spanning over 140 million years. They first appeared on Earth some 208 million years ago, during the Carboniferous period. They evolved during the Mesozoic era into a variety of forms and were very abundant and widespread in all the oceans. Their closest relative is the chambered Nautilus from the Pacific and Indian oceans. After millions of years the original shell is slowly replaced by minerals such as agate or calcite. Ammonite fossils are found on every continent. They are treasured for their appearance and form. Some show very intricate suture patterns, which are created by the complex walls dividing the inside of the shell. These sea faring squids built a chambered shell in which they would pump air into the empty chambers and float at different levels of the ocean in search of food.  This unique ability to float at different depths of the ocean is what inspired Jules Vern (the famous science fiction writer) to call the first submarine the Nautilus.
The Navajos and other Native American Indian tribes carried ammonites in their medicine bags for health and good hunting. They were called Buffalo stones because of their resemblance to the North American Bison. During the middle ages ammonites were called draconites due to the belief that they came from the heads of dragons. Another name is "snakestone", which was popular among occult circles. Even today, it has held an important place in the world of magic.
In ancient Egypt, ammonites were seen as a symbol of any ancient deity who was associated with the ram and its curved horns. In Ethiopia, they were considered sacred stones, and were worn to gain prophetic dreams.

Amphibolite is the main country rock that has been intruded by the large granite masses found in most mountain ranges. The term has been applied to rocks of either igneous or metamorphic origin. In igneous rocks, the term hornblendite is more common and restrictive; hornblende is the most common amphibole and is typical of such rocks. Coloring ranges from dark green to black. Amphibolite is associated with major mountain building events when igneous rocks (basalts or gabbros) are metamorphosed through depth of burial, and proximity to batholiths.

is a common metamorphic mineral which forms under high pressure and/or temperature. The minerals kyanite and sillimanite are polymorphs of andalusite, each occurring under different temperature-pressure regimes and are therefore rarely found together in the same rock. Because of this the three minerals are a useful tool to help identify the pressure-temperature paths of the host rock in which they are found. Andalusite is best known for its strong pleochroism and its unusual color which is frequently a mixture of both red and green. It isn't considered to be a color change stone but it frequently shows two colors, (red and green) at the same time. Color variations are light yellowish brown to green brown, light brownish pink, grayish green, definite green. Andalusite is found in Spain, Brazil, USA, Australia, Sri Lanka, Burma, Austria, and Italy. In the past andalusite was sometimes called "poor man's alexandrite" because it offers color play at a low price. But andalusite really doesn't look much like alexandrite, which changes from green to red in different light. It is not really a color change stone at all because the colors are there at the same time. Andalusite is sometimes called "The Seeing Stone" because it is used in metaphysical works to calmly see the various parts of one's character without bias.

Apatite The name comes from the Greek word apate, which means, "to deceive." Apatite was often confused, therefore "deceiving" many, with some of the more valuable gems such as tourmaline, olivine, peridot, topaz and beryl.
Apatite is actually the mineral that makes up the teeth and bones of all vertebrate animals. Apatite, mineral, a phosphate of calcium containing chlorine or fluorine, or both, that is transparent to opaque in shades of green, brown, yellow, white, red, and purple is found in Burma, Brazil, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Norway, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and USA. Apatite is a minor constituent in igneous and metamorphic rocks. Yellow-green asparagus stone and blue-green manganapatite are used in jewelry.
Apatite is a stone that mystically can stimulate the thoughts and ideas. It is said to increase intellect, imagination, and intuitive awareness. Apatite enhances focus, learning, clarity of concentration, acceptance, oceanic consciousness and unconditional love. It stimulates thoughts and ideas. This stone is useful in all intellectual pursuits. Apatite fosters peace and harmony through communication and communion with our higher self.
This stone is fragile and very sensitive to chemicals, abrasives, heat, acids, and ammonia. Never use a steamer, hot water or ultrasonic cleaners with this gemstone. Use mild soap and room temperature tap water with a soft cloth so you do not scratch the surface or diminish the luster of the gemstone.

Aqua Aura Quartz Crystals are created by taking natural quartz crystal formations and infusing them with pure Gold creating an immensely powerful protection combination which fuses the White, Blue and Gold Rays into an iridescent display of Light. Aqua aura is quartz that is gold infused by taking 12 hours to heat the quartz to 1600F while setting a vacuum equal to 2 earth atmospheres, then letting chemically purified gold vapors into the chamber when the temperature and vacuum are correct. This bonds the gold to the lattice of the crystal, forming a permanent bond to the surface of the quartz and giving it an electric blue color. Aqua Aura is an outstanding tool for people wishing to increase their psychic skills and awareness. Aqua Aura assists with meditation, telepathy, and psychic healing by bringing more intense energy to the effort.

Aquamarine (Lat. aqua marina, "water of the sea") is a gemstone -quality transparent variety of beryl, having a delicate blue or bluish-green color, suggestive of the tint of sea-water. It's closely related to emerald. Aquamarine ranges in color from an almost colorless pale blue to blue-green or teal. The most prized color is a deep-blue aqua color. Aquamarine prices are primarily a function of their color and subtle differences in hue and tone will markedly affect the value of the material. The most prized color is a deep dark blue aqua color and is considered to be the most valuable. It is commonly heated to decrease the green and enhance the blue. The treatment is generally accepted in the trade and is permanent. Although aquamarine can be easily confused with blue topaz, it is much more scarce and valuable. Aquamarine is tough enough to be used as a ring or pendant center stone. It occurs at most localities which yield ordinary beryl, some of the finest coming from Russia. The gem-gravels of Sri Lanka contain aquamarine. Clear yellow beryl, such as occurs in Brazil, is sometimes called aquamarine chrysolite. When corundum presents the bluish tint of typical aquamarine, it is often termed Oriental aquamarine. The most valuable aquamarines come from Brazil, but it is also mined in Kenya and Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia. Aquamarines on the market today are usually faceted, but when cut as a cabochon, they may display a cat's eye effect known as asterism. Some gemstones are heated to high temperatures to enhance the color and/or clarity of a stone. Aquamarines are often heated to change a blue-green or teal colored stone to a pure blue. This results in a permanent color change.
Since early times, aquamarine has been believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage, and happiness. It is said to increase intelligence and make one youthful. The name aquamarine comes from the Latin for sea water and it is an apt name as its energy feels fluid and flows easily. The energy is compassionate. As a healing stone, it is said to be effective as a treatment for anxiety. It is known to be useful in the treatment of glandular ailments, to improve vision and strengthen bones. Aquamarine is metaphysically known as a stone of courage and fortitude. It is said to assist with quick intellectual response. Aquamarine is wonderful for aligning and balancing the Chakras and for connecting the physical and ethereal bodies. It is particularly beneficial in activating the Throat Chakra giving the courage to speak ones truth, the serenity to do so in a balanced manner and the compassion to make doing so a positive experience. It is for this reason that it is a popular metaphysical pendant. A legend has it that sailors wore aquamarine gemstones to keep them safe and prevent seasickness and according to legend is a treasure of the mermaids. Today, aquamarine is still thought to bring protection to those at sea and is a popular gift among ocean travelers. On land, it is believed to have soothing effects on couples, helping them to work through their differences and ensure a long and happy marriage (interestingly, aquamarine is the anniversary gemstone for the 16th and 19th years of marriage). Aquamarine is the modern birthstone of March.
Don't let this stone's hardness fool you -- it is sensitive to heat, acids and ammonia. Use caution when cleaning with a steamer, hot water or ultrasonic agents. These methods can permanently damage stones with feathering or fractures. Aquamarine is best cleaned with mild soap, room temperature tap water and a soft toothbrush.

Aragonite also called tufa, aragonite is actually stalactite deposits or encrustations (from caves, no less). Originally found in the Aragon province in Spain. The most famous comes from Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia, a city that's been known for its medicinal sulfur springs since the 14th century. Coloring ranges from white, yellow, brown, to reddish.
Aragonite is a stone that helps keep the 4th, 5th and 6th chakras open and working together. It clears the thinking process, combining reason and intuition so we can see things from a higher perspective.

Aventurine, Green may be green, greenish-brown, bluish-white, bluish-green, or orange. The color most commonly associated with aventurine is green, and green aventurine can be confused with and is often mistaken for jade or amazonite. Aventurine is a form of quartz and is a translucent to opaque variety of microcrystalline quartz. It contains small inclusions of shiny minerals which give the stone a sparkling effect known as aveturescence. Inclusions of mica will give a silverfish sheen, while inclusions of hematite give a reddish or grayish sparkle. The most common color of aventurine is green, light to dark to creamy green, but it may also be peach, orange, brown, blue or gray Aventurine is found in India, Chile, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Austria, Japan, Tanzania, and United States.
Aventurine is said to benefit one in all areas of creativity, and imagination, as well as intellect and mental clarity. Lore says that it enhances prosperity and brings career success. It is a gentle stone energetically that gives a sense of calm and balance and enhances happiness. It also helps one to see alternatives and potentials in all situations, giving a positive outlook, courage and inner strength. It is also said to bring luck, especially in games of chance. Green aventurine is also a mystical stone of prosperity. Aventurine brings friendship to one's life. It is also a stone of protection energies. Folklore and metaphysical lore say that physically it is beneficial for blood, circulatory system, general health, headaches, relieving migraines, useful from soothing eyes which results in a better night’s sleep. It was once a custom to assign male and female Saints with a particular gemstone for use in talismans. Saint Andrew is associated with Aventurine. Popular as a metaphysical stone it is held that Aventurine has the ability to ground the spirit and bring balance to the yin/yang - male and female energies. It has capacity to calm a troubled spirit or mind and bring an inner peace. The strong green color of this crystal lends itself to prosperity meditations. Use its strong tangible forces to better your chances for job related help and assistance. It is often considered lucky, and is used by gamblers. These attributes make it a good stone to use when creative solutions are needed or critical decisions have to be made. It will also assist in relating to others on an emotional level. It helps align physical, emotional and auric bodies. To many, Aventurine is a powerful healer and some have called it the "Healer of the Heart and the Soul."

Azurite is a carbonate mineral, (copper carbonate hydroxide). Azurite is often found in association with the green mineral malachite as a result of the weathering and oxidation of copper sulfide minerals. The name azurite comes from the Arabic word for blue. Azurite is used in jewelry and also collected as a beautiful mineral specimen. Azurite is called the "stone of heaven." It aids in developing psychic awareness, psychic skills and abilities, enhances intuition, and is said to guide you to be accurate in depicting psychic experiences. It is also an excellent stone for meditation, allowing you to enter a meditative state easily. It can enhance prophesy and divination. Azurite is said to help control energy flow and bring just the right amount of energy to any situation. Physically, azurite is professed by folklore to be helpful for healing in general, cancer prevention, liver issues arthritis, joint problems, depression, sinuses, skin problems. Never clean malachite or azurite with any product containing ammonia.

**Disclaimer: Please note that all Metaphysical/Healing Properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service, entertainment and inspiritional puposes only and in no way is it intended for diagnosing illness, perscription, advice, not meant to treat varied conditions within one's life and should not replace proper medical attention. We have not tested these theories and suggest that you heed the information as just that, information gathered, not tested. We do not guarantee any of the statements made or the validity of these statements. Consult your Doctor or other health care practioner regarding health issues. Beads By Becky is not liable for any use or misuse of this information.**