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Rainbow Calsilica Rainbow Moonstone Rainbow Obsidian Rainbow Pyrite Red Aventurine Red Jasper Red Tiger Eye Rhodocrosite Rhodonite Rhyolite and Ryolite Richterite Rose Quartz Ruby Ruby in Zoisite Rutilated Quartz Sapphires Sardonyx Selenite Septarians Seraphinite Serpentine Smoky Quartz Snowflake Obsidian Sodalite Spectrolite Spinel Spiny Oyster Shell Stichtite Sugilite Sunstone

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Rainbow Calsilica is a newly-found, multi-colored, layered stone composed of calcium and silica from a mine in Chihuahua, Mexico. This stone has been recently used for Zuni fetish carvings and in Native Indian jewelry.

Rainbow Moonstone is a richly colored feldspar gemstone, which exhibits iridescent flashes of blue, red, gold, green and white. It has natural white inclusions, which add intricacy and depth to its appearance. It is widely used in jewelry and has a hardness of 6. Within the United States, moonstone is found in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Moonstone can also be found in Brazil, the European Alps, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania, with the highest quality moonstones being found in Sri Lanka.
Moonstone was named the state gemstone of Florida in 1970 after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's historic landing on the moon. State legislatures sought to adopt the gemstone because the flight originated at the Kennedy Space center in Florida. Ironically, moonstone can't be found in Florida, nor was it found on the moon.
During the Art Nouveau period, moonstone was extremely popular and was used to decorate much of the jewelry created by René Lalique.
In many cultures, moonstone is regarded as a sacred and magical stone. For example, in India, it is believed to bring sweet dreams and good fortune. Women in Arab countries often wore moonstone sewn into their clothing because the gemstone was considered a symbol of fertility.
Rainbow moonstone has a gentle, calming energy. It helps to strengthen intuition and psychic perception, and enhances creativity, compassion, endurance and inner confidence. It is a stone that brings balance and harmony. The Rainbow effect brings in a spectrum of light, and can help with clearing and bringing in uplifting energies. It has been said to have the power to grant wishes. Considered by some an ideal stone for lovers, moonstone is reputed to bring forth tender feelings, protect true love, support a person's emotional and dreamy tendencies, and increase sensitivity to others. It is said to attract friendship and loyalty to the wearer, encourage personal attachments, help obtain romance, and arouse tender passion.

Rainbow Obsidian, the most prized obsidian by gemologists, has purple, green and gold bands of sheen. Obsidian is the result of molten volcanic lava cooling very rapidly. Often the lava pours into a lake or ocean and is cooled quickly. This process produces a glassy texture in the resulting rock. Obsidian can contain small bubbles of air or micro crystals that are aligned along layers created as the molten rock was flowing before being cooled. These bubbles or Crystals can produce iridescent effects such as in rainbow obsidian.
Rainbow Obsidian is a classic gazing stone. Believed to bring Love and Light into one's life. Microscopic crystals of various types of feldspars may yield the unique blue, green, purple or bronze colors associated with rainbow obsidian. The reflectance of rainbow obsidian is likely attributed to a preferred orientation of microscopic crystals of feldspar or mica oriented along flow layers. Rainbow Obsidian is a volcanic glass with a hardness of 5 to 5.5. It is characterized by iridescent multicolored layers, which are quite vivid in bright light. It is found in Mexico, and is one of the most highly prized types of obsidian.
Mystic Lore: Intuitive sources say that Rainbow Obsidian is a stone of pleasure and enjoyment, bringing light and love into one's life. It is said to awaken the rainbow body of Light, the totality of one's spiritual energies. It can be used to enhance clairvoyance & to protect from environmental negativity. Rainbow Obsidian helps to identify ones owns flaws and gives a clear picture of the changes which are necessary to eliminate these flaws. Rainbow Obsidian is an excellent grounding stone and provides a connection from the base of ones spine to the heart of the earth. It is a protective stone that keeps one safe from emotional and physical harm. It provides a shield from negativity. Having Rainbow Obsidian on ones person disperses unloving thoughts that arise from inside or that are directed towards oneself. It brings light and love to ones life. Is used in gazing for love matters, relatonships, total development of etheric forms and physical forms. It's a stone of pleasure bringing gratification to ones life.

Rainbow pyrite, (iridescent pyrite), is a relatively new gemstone recently discovered in Russia.  This material comes in the form of “druzy” - a fine layer of miniature crystals coating a matrix. It  offers a shimmering rainbow of colors, including shades of gold, green, pink and blue. This unique stone is found not far from Ulianovsk, on Volga River. Pyrite itself is named for the Greek word for fire "Pyr,"as it produces sparks when it is struck with steel. Pyrite has an opaque, shiny, metallic luster and it can be iridescent. It was polished by the Native Americans in early times and used as mirrors. The typical color of pyrite is bright pale yellow to brass-yellow, gray-yellow often tarnished with a brown film of iron oxide. Pyrite is also known as "Fool's Gold" because it  is often mistaken for gold, however the two are quite different and it is not that difficult to distinguish one from the other. Pyrite grains are lighter and tougher than gold, and has broken faces, properties that are not normally found in gold. Occurrences of Pyrite have been reported worldwide. Some of its major deposits are: USA, Peru, Germany, Russia, Spain, and South Africa, however the rainbow pyrite is found only in Russia.
Metaphysical properties of pyrite include its ability to promote psychic development, improve memory, practicality, optimism, and strength of will. It is also said to open the channels between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This would allow us to unfold and use our unique talents.

Red Aventurine has the properties of aventurine, plus more because of its color and composition. Red aventurine enhances creativity and ability to see possibilities.

Red Jasper is a deep brownish red gemstone in the Quartz family. It comes from Brazil, Africa and North America. Red jasper is called a stone of fairness and justice because mystical lore claims that it decreases unjustness and helps in unfair situations. It is also said to enhance responsibility, choice, and compassion. Red jasper said in gemstone lore to be a stone of controlled passion and used to help control one's own passions.

Red Tiger Eye enhances integrity of self and can be very grounding. It can help one have the practicality and willpower to take care of oneself fully. It is a survival stone and helps with the correct use of power for survival in difficult times.

Rhodocrosite (sometimes spelled Rhodochrosite) is rich rose pink gemstone, often with pale pink or white patterns. Its hardness is 4. The name comes from the Greek word for 'rose red'. Also called 'Inca-Rose' beacuse Rhodocrosite has formed in stalagmites in the Argentina silver mines of the Incas since they were abandoned in the 13th century. Found mainly in Montana, Colorado, Argentina, and Peru. The striking pink color of rhodochrosite is caused by the element manganese and it is formed when manganese is dissolved by ground water and combines with a carbonate material and then drips off the ceiling of caves to form stalactites and crevices deep underground.
Rhodochrosite is often carved into figurines. Tubular stalactitic forms are sliced into circles with concentric bands that are truly unique in the mineral kingdom.
Rhodocrosite is an elegant pink and white stone called the "stone of love and balance" as it balances and enhances love on all levels. It allows fuller love to enter one's life, in part by calming excessive passions. It can assist one in attaining an ecstatic state during meditation. Wearing the stone is said to bring the vibration of joy into one's daily life.
It is commonly believed that rhodochrosite welcomes change, helping the wearer to open their arms and embrace it.

Rhodonite is typically a deep pink to mauve color with inclusions of black, although the stone can also be red, orange, or completely black. Rhodonite gets its name from the Greek word for its rose color. It is a manganese metasilicate with a hardness of 5.5 to 6.5. Its rich pink color is often contrasted with black dendritic inclusions of manganese oxide.
Rhodonite can be found in Russia, Australia, Sweden, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and even Massachusetts and New Jersey in the United States.
Mystic Lore: Intuitive sources say Rhodonite is a stone for activating love energies in oneself and others. Some believe that Rhodonite will decrease anxiety and increase attention to detail. It is sometimes refereed to as the 'stone of peace' and may help resolve conflicts. It is believed to bring unconditional love and increased service to mankind. It is also a calming stone. Rhodonite is also a stone of contrasts. The bright pinks indicate energy that enhances passionate love. The shiny black indicates grounding energy. This stone can help one have a passionate love that is also grounded.

Rhyolite or Rainforest Jasper (aka Australian Rain Forest Jasper, or Ryolite) Although some use the terms ryolite and rhyolite interchangeably, the descriptions used for their colors varies greatly. The ryolite used in our jewelry is an opaque mossy green gemstone flecked with tans, browns, and occasional clear spots. The stone referred to as "rhyolite" by geologists is generally described as being grey, brown, or reddish hues. Although gem quality ryolite is often from Australia, it is also very common in the southwestern and western areas of the United States. Other occurrences of this gemstone can be found throughout the world. The majority of the island of Komodo and its surrounding islands are composed entirely of the volcanic rock known geologically as rhyolite. The word ryolite was derived from the Greek word "rhyx" which translates to streams of lava. Rhyolite is an igneous rock with high silica content. This gemstone is basically a type of granite; however rhyolite cools from its molten state too quickly for crystals to form as they do in granite. Rhyolite is erupted at temperatures of 700 to 850 degrees Celcius (1292 degrees to 1562 degrees Farenheit)
Ryolite is known as a stone of resolution and perseverence. It is said to help communication of all kinds, and helps one listen easily and without distorting the message one is hearing. It is also a wonderful stone for meditaiton. Some believe that ryolite encourages change and creativity. It is said that ryolite can not only resolve feelings of continuous victimization but also increase self-esteem and the capacity to love. Some feel that ryolite aids in communication, even helping with listening without distorting what is being said. Some spiritualists believe that this gemstone will help people who are solitary and reclusive allow others into their lives. Some wear ryolite to strengthen a loving relationship and even to enhance physical beauty. Some spirtualists believe that ryolite aids in meditation. It is often stated that ryolite can balance the Yin and Yang (male and female energies) of the person wearing it. Ryolite is known to some spiritualists as a stone of perserverence, resolve, and even protection. Some believe that ryolite will not only help push the wearer forward toward their goals, but also help them face changes that result when those goals are met. Physically, some claim ryolite can be used for a range of things including inducing sleep, cleansing the liver, regeneration, and even general healing.

Richterite is a stone of calmness, relaxation and strength. It is said to help lessen the "fight or flight" syndrome associated with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and other anxiety states. It is said to help one balance action and reaction, and handle life in a calm, steady, and strong manner.

Rose quartz is generally a very pale pink or peach color. Rose quartz with a darker pink shade is usually dyed. Rose quartz is found in course-grained rock, usually granite. The best material comes from Madagascar, but it can also be found in Brazil, Scotland, the former USSR, and even several states in the United States. Rose quartz is a macrocrystalline form, as are amethyst, aventurine and citrine. It is a milky pink color, often crackled. It is found mainly in large clumps. Only rarely is it found in single crystal form. It is believed that the pink color is due to a small amount of titanium.
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.
Rose quartz is a stone of unconditional love. It opens the heart chakra to all forms of love: self-love, family love, platonic love, and romantic love. Some believe that the calming effects of rose quartz aid people in developing strong friendships. Some people use Rose Quartz to balance emotions and open their heart to family love, platonic love, and romantic love, which is why it is often referred to as the "love stone". Some spiritualists believe that rose quartz has protection energies during pregnancy and childbirth. Rose Quartz is meant to enhance gentleness, forgiveness, and tolerance. In part by enhancing inner awareness, some spiritualists believe that Rose Quartz can heal childhood traumas, neglect, and lack of love. Physically, some claim that Rose Quartz can benefit the heart, circulatory system, fertility, migraines, and even assist with weight problems.

Ruby, one of the most prized gems in the world, is a mineral in the corundum group, an aluminum oxide with a hardness of 9. Its name comes from Latin, Rubeus, for the color red. The color of rubies varies from vermilion to red. The most desired color is "pigeon's blood", which is pure red with a hint of blue. If the color is too pink, the stone is a pink sapphire. The same is true if it is too violet - it is a violet sapphire. The best rubies and star rubies are bright red. Most rubies come from Burma and Thailand.
Most deposits are still worked in the primitive way they've been worked for centuries. They are panned from rivers and picked out by hand from the other minerals around them. Their beauty is only skin deep. In their natural rough form, they are dull greasy-looking stones. But cut and polished, their high luster is dazzling (comparable to diamonds), and their rich red color is pleochroic. (Pleochroic is color that varies when you view it from different directions.)
The ruby is considered to be the most powerful gem in the universe, and is associated with many astral signs. To own a ruby is said to have contentment and peace. Placed under a pillow the ruby may ward off bad dreams. Ruby rings should be worn on the left hand so as to receive the life force and have protection. Given as a gift, the ruby is a symbol of friendship and love. The ruby is also the symbol of vitality and royalty. The Ruby is filled with love. It also helps sexual love to be more passionate. Persons lacking in self-love should have and mediate on the Ruby. It also gives the courage to be best potential that a person has.
Ruby works with the flow of blood as an aid to circulation. It aids the cleansing and removal of infection or germs in the blood. The Ruby may be worn in jewelry, but never close to the solar plexus, as the Ruby has a disquieting effect upon it. In a ring wear it on your left hand.
Mystic Lore: Intuitive sources say that Ruby is a stone which can enhance our courage & passion. Ruby brings integrity, devotion and happiness. It also enhances generosity and brings prosperity. Ruby brings and increases romantic love.

Ruby in Zoisite, an ornamental material consisting of crystalline aggregates of green zoisite with non transparent ruby inclusions it is found in Tanzania and the general appearance is unmistakable. There isn't another stone like it in the mineral world. The green zoisite is relatively soft, between 5.5 - 6.5 while the ruby inclusions are usually quite hard, 9 on the Mohs scale. This can make the stone difficult to cut because of the differences in hardness and usually diamond tools will be used. Zoisite has been known for nearly two centuries as an ornamental stone. The medium grade red ruby material is usually spread irregularly throughout the green zoisite. It is one of the most colorful of ornamental stones.
Ruby in Zoisite is an energy amplification stone that can energize the entire field of one's body. It is used for psychic ability and empowerment, as well as altered states of consciousness.

Rutilated Quartz - Quartz is the most common mineral on Earth. It is found in nearly every geological environment and is a component of almost every rock type. It makes up about 12% of the earth's crust, occurring in a wide variety of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. It is also the most varied in terms of variety and color. Rutilated Quartz is a gemstone composed of clear quartz with inclusions of titanium oxide, or rutile. It often forms needle-like crystal inlusions inside the quartz. This form of quartz is knows as rutilated quartz and looks like small bars of imbedded gold. Because of the difference in hardness between the two materials and because of the way rutile forms inside, this can be a difficult stone to attain a smooth surface without pits. The greatest abundance of gem-grade specimens are found in Brazil, Also found in Australia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan and the U.S.
Rutilated quartz has been referred to as Cupid's darts, Venus hair stone and Fleches d'amour.
Mystic Lore: Intuitive sources say that Rutilated Quartz can act as an energizer when one is fatigued, and that it promotes clarity of thought and enhanced insight. Rutilated quartz is said to slow down the aging process and is said to be a strong healer.

Sapphires and rubies are closely related, having corundum as their base mineral. The iron pigment in the corundum makes sapphire blue, while the chrome element in rubies makes them red. Corundum gemstones are the second hardest of the most precious of gemstones (diamond, sapphire, ruby, and emerald). Sapphire actually has a range of colors, from blue to yellow to green to orange-pink. Sapphires are one of the most highly prized gems in the world, blue corundum, name is derived from the Greek word for blue. Sapphire is the non-red variety of corundum (the red variety of corundum is ruby). A 9.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness, sapphire is the second hardest natural mineral. Sapphire is found primarily in pegmatite (igneous rock) or as water-worn pebbles in alluvial deposits. Large stones have been found only rarely. Sapphire has long been associated with Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka and India, but also is found in Australia, Africa, Cambodia, Brazil, and in the United States in Montana. The most highly prized is the cornflower blue stone from Kashmir. Blue is by far the most popular color for sapphires, but they can be almost any color, including yellow, green white, colorless, pink, orange, brown, and purple. Padparadscha is the name for a rare orange-pink variety of sapphire and has a higher value than blue sapphires.
Sapphires with inclusions of tiny, rutile needles exhibit an optical property called asterism. This is the star shaped effect seen in star sapphires and is usually only seen in cabochon cuts. Star sapphires usually have six ray stars, but twelve ray stars are also known. Rarely, when sapphires are cut in cabochon, they can demonstrate a cat’s eye effect. This effect displays a thin band of light down the center of the stone and is known as chatoyancy.
Heating colorless and very pale blue sapphires to high temperatures is done to give them an intense blue color. This treatment can also improve the clarity of the stones by removing tiny inclusions.
A rare variety of sapphire, known as color changing sapphire, exhibits different colors in different lights. A color change sapphire is blue in natural light, and violet in artificial light. A similar effect is also seen in alexandrite.
Sapphire was first created synthetically in 1902 and is hard to distinguish from natural sapphires except by gemologists. Lab grown sapphires range in price and smaller stones are frequently used in less expensive jewelry.
Mystic Lore: Intuitive sources say that Sapphire can enhance one's intuition, bringing joy and peace to the mind. It is said to bring prosperity and the fulfillment of one's dreams. It can be used to enhance psychic ability and to help one to develop increased mental powers.
Sapphire is the official birthstone for the month of September.

Sardonyx is actually agate whose banding is straight and parallel. Like much agate, it is dyed to enhance or change its colors. Dyeing agate was an art practiced by the Romans from early on, but it reached perfection in the 1820s in Oberstein, Germany. That town is still the world's center for the finest cutting and dyeing of agate. Although the details of the process remain a commercial secret, we do know that iron oxide is a pigment used to create the rich combination of deep orange-reds in red and white bull's eye sardonyx and in the red and white-banded variety. Carbon is used to create the striking deep black banding in black and white banded sardonyx.
The spiritual values of red and white-banded and red bull's eye sardonyx make these stones particularly powerful. In fact, they allow one to project such an incredible charisma, those "in the know" suggest they should be used with care so we don't overwhelm others.

Selenite is excellent in aiding with clear thinking and to help in processing information. It increase ones awareness both when looking inward and at the world around you. Providing both flexibility and resolve, assisting in adjudicating and facilitating material acquisitions Selenite is a great metaphysical stone to keep at your workspace. Selenite can be successfully used to clear the auric body and aid connection with higher self. It is used for healing at a core level. On a physical level it is useful for lower back pain.

Septarians, Utah Septarian Nodules, were formed millions of years ago when the Gulf of Mexico reached what is now Southern Utah. Decomposing sea life, killed by volcanic eruptions, had a chemical attraction for the sediment around them, forming mud balls. As the ocean receded, the balls were left to dry and crack. Because of their bentonite content they also shrank at the same time trapping the cracks inside. As decomposed calcite from the shells was carried down into the cracks in the mud balls, calcite crystals formed. A thin wall of calcite was transformed into aragonite separating the bentonite heavy clay exteriors from the calcite centers.

Seraphinite (Serafinite, Serafina, Serefina Chlorite, Chlinochlore) is often referred to an angel stone because of its higher energies and relationship with angels. Seraphinite is said to help contact angels and communicate with them. Psychically, seraphinite is beneficial for intuition and psychic awareness. This stone can be very protective of the heart chakra when used over this chakra, and is helpful for sending unconditional love. Seraphinite is a purifying stone that helps one find one's higher purpose and will.

Serpentine, which is also called New Jade, is a beneficial and versatile stone. In mineralogy, serpentine may refer to any of 20 minerals belonging to the serpentine group. Owing to admixture, these minerals are not always easy to individualize, and distinctions are not usually made. There are three important aggregate structures of serpentine: antigorite, chrysotile and lizardite.
Serpentine is said to owe its name either to its serpent-like colours and patterns or from an old belief that the stones were effective protection from snake bites. They have their origins in metamorphic alterations of peridotite, amphibolite and pyroxene. Serpentines may also pseudomorphously replace other magnesium silicates. Alterations may be incomplete, causing physical properties of serpentines to vary widely. Where they form a significant part of the land surface, the soil is unusually high in clay.
Soils derived from serpentine are toxic to many plants due to their high mineral content, and the flora is generally very distinctive, with specialized, slow-growing species. Areas of serpentine-derived soil will show as strips of shrubland and open, scattered small trees (often conifers) within otherwise forested areas Serpentine.
Serpentine, which is also called New Jade, is a beneficial and versatile stone. It is said by mystics to help with emotional cleansing, psychic powers, and attract love and money.

Smoky Quartz - This variety of quartz is characterized by rich hues of brown, ranging from light tan to almost black. Alluring smoky quartz, named for its smoky color, is formed when rock crystal is irradiated. That usually occurs at high altitudes which is why its most notable sources are Brazil, Colorado and the Swiss Alps. (Its frequent inclusions of rutile needles, by the way, do not affect its quality.) It can be found on every continent.
Smoky (or smokey) quartz is a grounding and stabilizing stone. It brings calm and centering, lifts depression, enhances practicality, and generally removes negative energies, bringing happiness. Smoky quartz is also a good luck stone. It can also assist in tapping subconscious wisdom.

Snowflake Obsidian is a volcanic glass that is created from the lava flows that accompany eruptions. It is primarily black, with grayish white 'snowflakes' of hardened ash. Obsidian is relatively unstable from a geologic perspective. It is rare to find obsidian older than about 20 million years, which is very youthful in comparison to most continental rocks that form the Earth's crust. Over a long period of time, obsidian gradually changes from glass to rock in a process known as "devitrification." In this process, the silica molecules within the glass slowly rearrange into organized crystal patterns. The "snowflakes" in snowflake obsidian are quartz crystals that have formed through devitrification of the original obsidian. The crystals that develop through devitrification cause obsidian to lose its conchoidal fracture and glassy texture. Snowflake Obsidian can be found in Utah and Wyoming within the United States.
Snowflake obsidian has the property of bringing things to the surface. The things brought to the surface could be positive or negative, love, anger, secrets; but with snowflake obsidian, these things are brought to the surface more gently that they might be otherwise. Snowflake obsidian can provide balance during times of change. It aids in seeing patterns in life and recreating them in a more beneficial way. It is a stone of serenity and purity, and can shield against negativity. Not surprisingly is is considered a protective metaphysical energy. Snowflake Obsidian is a grounding and centering stone. It is association with fire makes it a stone of purity that is said to protect from abuse and ground spiritual energy into the physical realm. It makes as excellent room stone. It is considered helpful in healing disorders of the stomach and intestines and as a general muscle healer. Others strongly recommend it for treatment of anything relating to the veins.

Sodalite is a deep opaque blue which often has veins of black, white, yellow, green or violet streaking through it. Sodalite is a rare, rich royal blue mineral widely enjoyed as an ornamental stone. Although massive sodalite samples are opaque, crystals are usually transparent to translucent.
Discovered in 1806 in Greenland, sodalite did not become important as an ornamental stone until 1891 when vast deposits of fine material were discovered in Ontario, Canada. Sodalite is sometimes called "Princess Blue" after Princess Patricia, the grandaughter of Britain's Queen Victoria. Princess Patricia of Connaught so loved this stone after seeing it in a visit to Ontario, Canada, that she chose it for decorating the Marlborough House in England. Sodalite can be found in Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Greenland, India, Namibia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, and parts of the United States.
Sodalite is found in Lapis Lazuli which often causes the two stones to be confused. The stone's name comes from its high sodium content.
Sodalite is a stone of logic, rationality, and efficiency. It is helpful for work in groups and stimulates thought. Sodalite is a stone that is good for healing breaches in communication. It is a stone of truth, and brings this to all communications. It can help end arguments or other disagreements. It is particularly useful for honesty of emotions. It increases intelligence, knowledge and learning, and can unite the logical with the spiritual. Some spiritualists believe that sodalite can help with a range of physical ailments including diabetes and digestions problems. Some also think it can boost the metabolism and help with thyroid problems. It is even believed by some spiritualists to be good for the nervous system and spinal cord. Sodalite is also believed by some to instill confidence and courage. It is also thought to be a soothing stone which can increase sensitivity to others. Sodalite is great at assisting with logical thinking, preventing over sensitivity, and enhancing group communication. It can assist you in speaking your truth, which makes it a good stone to use for the throat chakra. It is used as an aid in strengthening the lymphatic system and regulating metabolism.

Spectrolite, the most valued type of labradorites, comes from Finland.. A type of translucent feldspar which displays strong iridescence when viewed from different angles, Finnish spectrolite exhibits vivid colors of bright aqua, golden yellow, peacock blue, reddish orange, greens and red.

Spinel is a natural gemstone that comes in a range of colors (red, green, blue, purple, brown, and black; but red is by far the more common color) and has been confused with ruby, sapphire, garnet, amethyst and topaz. Until only 150 years ago, spinel was thought to be a ruby. Now classified as an individual mineral, spinel can look so much like rubies that many well-known gemstones assumed to be rubies are actually spinels. There are two, in fact, in the English crown jewels. Synthetic spinels have been widely used since the 1920s, but experts can recognize them because they do not have double refraction. Although spinel appears in a variety of colors, brilliant red is the most popular. The main deposits are in Sri Lanka, but also found in New Jersey. Spinel and ruby are chemically similar. Spinel is magnesium aluminum oxide and ruby is aluminum oxide. This is probably why the two are similar in a few properties. Not suprisingly, the red coloring agent in both gems is the same element, chromium. Spinel and Ruby also have similar luster (refractive index), density and hardness. Although ruby is considerably harder (9) than spinel, spinel's hardness (7.5 - 8) still makes it one of the hardest minerals in nature.
Diamonds are the gemstone most people associate first with love. But perhaps red spinel should be. It helps us set our egos aside and become devoted to another person. Like all fiery red stones, it encourages great passion. And it is have been traditionally used to provide longevity. Devotion, passion, longevity-three ingredients of a happy marriage. Or a happy single life for that matter.

Spiny Oyster Shell, Spondylus Brodnip Princess, is found in the Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico. Spiny Oyster began to be exported for jewelry making in the Southwest in 1976. The shell comes in three main colors: red, orange, purple and sometimes white and yellow. The name Spondylus is a Latin word that means “spines on its back”. Brodnip was the name of the scientist who traveled with Cortez when Baja California was explored. The name “princess” was given to the shell when Cortez presented his marine discoveries to the King of Spain. The king’s daughter fell in love with the shell; thus, it was named after her.
Spiny Oyster shell has always been a favorite of the Native American Indian jewelry artists and can be found in various shades of orange, red and purple.

Stichtite is a stone that brings emotional awareness and expansion. It is a very calming stone that brings tranquility and peace to individuals and to one's environment. It helps one to be gentle with self and others, and promotes keeping promises, openly sharing opinions, and considering all thoughts with love. It engenders loving companionship of all kinds. For family life, Stichtite can help children behave positively.

Sugilite, a fairly recent discovery (1944) is found in Japan, Canada and India. The most important occurrence was found in 1975 in the Kalahari Desert, Northern South Africa and is a by product of mining for manganese ore. In 1979 a large deposit of gem grade sugilite was found 3200 feet below the original discovery. It is found in very deep shafts about 2 miles deep.
Sugilite is named for the Japanese geologist who discovered the first specimens, Kenichi Sugi. It is lovely, deep, rich purple to purple red in color. It is opaque with a waxy luster and usually cut into cabachons or beads and is used in inlay work by top artisans. Sugilite often contains black matrix, reddish brown or yellowish blotches. Bright purple stones with little matrixing or blotches are the most valued. It has a very distinctive opaque purple color when found in its most desirable color shades. The polished stones are mostly opaque with an almost waxy luster and a deep reddish purple color. It has been described as a purple turquoise although there is no relation between the two minerals.
Its jewelry uses are becoming widespread. In 1975 the most important occurrence was discovered in the Southern Khalahari desert near Hotazel, South Africa. Most of the original material has since been mined out, making it quite rare and hard to obtain. Gem grade sugilite is beautifully translucent and because it is quite rare it brings a high price. Sugilite first appeared in jewelry in the late 1970’s and was sold as Royal Azel and Royal Lavulite.
Sugilite is sometimes known as "the healer's stone" because of its great ability to enhance healing. It lessens effects of shock and disappointment. In addition to its well known enhancement of healing ability, it also strengthens spirituality, psychic ability and channeling. Sugilite is a stone that helps perfect spiritual love and open the heart chakra to unconditional love. It can help manifest one's natural gifts and protect against harsh realities. It lowers hostility, anger, jealousy and prejudice and gives a sense of freedom. Psychically, it is excellent for all kinds of psychic protection. It has been used for headaches and to decrease all types of discomfort. This wonderful stone is a great balancer of mind, body and spirit. It encourages peace of mind, a general feeling of well being and spiritual love. It brings and centers spiritual light into the body and draws out both physical and emotional pain. It seems to protect against, absorb and dissipate anger, hurt and other unwanted negative energies. It is truly a nurturing and balancing stone at all levels. Sugilite is highly regarded for its healing properties and has been recommended as helpful for a wide variety of dis-ease from immune deficiency to addiction.

Sunstone Like a red-orange sunset blazing above the Pacific Ocean, Sunstone's glowing iridescence is mesmerizing. The metallic (golden) glitter in this feldspar is caused by light reflecting on tiny copper or hematite crystals imbedded in it. Deposits of sunstone have been found in India, Canada, South Norway and Russia. Sunstone has also been discovered in the United States, with deposits found in Oregon.
Don't let Sunstone's beauty mislead you. It's a no nonsense stone. If it could speak, it would say celebrate! Celebrate your achievements, celebrate who you are now and who you are becoming. It would promise that you'd make easier, clearer decisions if you'd just set your fears aside and act from the magnificence that's in you. You're evolving, it would say, at the pace and in the way you should be. Relax now and enjoy it!

**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.**

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