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, is the green variety of beryl, of which aquamarine is the blue variety. Chemically, it is a beryllium-aluminum silicate whose color is due to small quantities of chromium compounds. The emerald was highly esteemed in antiquity; the stones were used for ornaments in early Egypt where some of the first emeralds were mined. Emeralds are found in many countries, but Columbia and Brazil are the major producers and Columbia is recognized as the source for the finest stones and where they have been mined for over 400 years. They are also found in Pakistan, Russia, Australia, South Africa, India, Norway, and the United States.
Genuine emeralds may include inclusions, referred to by experts as "jardin" (garden), that sometimes cloud them. Those inclusions are not flaws. They can indicate it is genuine emerald. Because emeralds usually contain many cracks, fissures, and inclusions, the majority of these stones are "oiled". This means that they are immersed in oil which reduces the visibility of the inclusions, and also improves the clarity. Oiling is almost universal and because it is so common today, it is not considered necessary to disclose this fact. Emeralds are brittle stones and care should be taken when wearing or cleaning them. They should never be immersed in an ultrasonic or subjected to steam cleaning.
Emerald is a stone of love and romance. It brings and enhances joy, cleansing, clairvoyance, memory, and faith. It also benefits intuition and communication, and promotes truthfulness. Folklore suggests that these stones will improve memory, intelligence, and enhance clairvoyance thus helping to predict future events. Cleopatra prized emeralds above all other gems.
Emerald is the birthstone for May.

Epidote is green, grey, brown or nearly black, but usually a characteristic shade of yellowish-green or pistachio-green. Epidote is a stone of increase. Epidote has a tendency to increase anything it touches, whether the thing it touches is energy or a material object. It is a stone that enhances emotional and spiritual growth. It cleanses repressed emotions once and for all. It opens the way for those who have denied spiritual growth, and those drawn to epidote are being rocked forcefully into spiritual awakening.

Eudialyte is a fairly rare cyclosilicate mineral. It is a popular mineral in collections however due to its attractive and distinctive colors.It can show distinctive colors of a red-violet, pink, blue, yellow and an attractive brown. Much eudialyte on the market today comes from the Kola Peninsula, Russia. Not only is eudialyte rich in sodium, but has zirconium, cerium and often traces of yttrium in its structure.
Mineralogists at the Canadian Museum of Nature and the University of Copenhagen found out that as many as 46 different chemical elements could be part of eudialyte’s crystal structure. Eudialyte’s unusually complex structure includes many places where rare elements might be incorporated.  Understanding that structure might make the refining of zirconium and other rare elements more practical.  As a result of this study, several new varieties of eudialyte have been discovered. Eudialyte is considered to be a potential source of zirconium in the future.
Eudialyte is a stone of the heart! It brings harmony into the heart matters, and dispells jealousy. As eudialyte combines pink and red, it also brings the root and heart chakras into alignment, as well as activating the heart chakra. Emotionally it is helpful for learning to trust oneself and others.

Fire Agate is a layered stone. The layers are small enough that light entering them forms interference colors known as "fire."
Fire agate is a stone of courage, protection, and strength. Mystical lore says that it relieves fears, halts gossip and even reflects any threat of harm back to the source. Fire agate can help with spiritual advancement and progression. It promotes and enhances energy, including meditation, ritual, and spiritual healing energies. It also balances masculine (active) and feminine (receptive) energies. It is also said that it can take the edge off the emotional charge of problems.

Fluorite or fluorspar is a mineral appearing in various colors, e.g., green, yellow-brown, rose, and red. Chemically, it is calcium fluoride, CaF2. Its crystals, commonly cubic, are transparent or translucent and under certain conditions exhibit fluorescence. Fluorite is found in various parts of the world, especially in England, Germany, Mexico, and in Kentucky and Illinois in the United States. Its chief use is as a flux in metallurgy, but it is also employed in the preparation of hydrofluoric acid and in the manufacture of opal glass and enamel; some of its colorless crystals are used for making lenses and prisms.
Fluorite is used to purify and detoxify both the spirit and places. It is often recommended placed around computers and the workplace to reduce stress and relieve negative forces. Fluorite promotes spiritual and psychic wholeness and development, truth, protection, and brings peace. It protects psychically and in the physical realm. It helps one meditate and learn to go past the "chatter" that our minds tend to generate when first learning to meditate. It can help get rid of mental blocks and similar mental issues. Physically it helps general health throughout the body's main skeletal and muscular systems. All colors are also good for auric cleansing.

Fossils can help increase accomplishments in the area of business and add excellence to one's environment. They also aid one in being open to change and new ideas. Traditionally, fossils have been used to aid in curing diseases and ailments of the skeletal system, bones, hands, and feet. For other fossils see also Ammolites, Ammonites, Dinosaur Bone and Mammoth Ivory.

Fuschite is sometimes called the "stone of health" in part because it can help access information on health. Fuschite can also help one bounce back after emotional or physical problems. It can also help get information on daily routine, stress, pets, and career. Fuschite also can bring friendliness, compassion, and lightheartedness. It is said to speed deep healing by assisting with recovery and immunity. It also increases energy transfer when multiple stones are used for healing.

Galena is a primary source of lead, and as such is not recommended for internal use such as making gem elixirs. It is, though, a "stone of harmony" and brings healing, calmness, efficiency, receptivity, communication and insight. Carried in a medicine bag or pocket, though, it has grounding properties.

Garnet is the official birthstone for January. There is a misconception that garnets are a red gem but in fact they come in a wide variety of colors including purple, red, orange, yellow, green, brown, black, or colorless. The lack of a blue garnet was remedied in 1998 following the discovery of color-change blue to red/pink material in Bekily, Madagascar. These stones are very rare. Color-change garnets are by far the rarest garnets except uvarovite, which does not come in cuttable sizes. In daylight, their color can be shades of green, beige, brown, gray and rarely blue, to reddish or purplish/pink color in incandescent light. By composition, these garnets are a mix of spessartine and pyrope, as are Malaya garnets.
Garnet is a name used to describe a diverse group of silicate minerals that include almandine, pyrope, spessartine, grossular, andradite, mozambique and uvarovite. Its deep wine red color results from iron and chromium. Almandite is a deep dark red with traces of brown and purple. It is the most wide spread of the garnets. Rhodolite garnets are universally chosen as the most beautiful and desirable of the red garnets. They have a delightful violet-pink hue with no orange shading. Hessonite is the name for an orange, cinnamon, or pinkish variety. Hessonite is commonly called "cinnamon stone" for its gradated colors of honey gold to sweet cinnamon with slight inclusions. In the garnet group, hessonite is a variety of grossular. It is believed hessonite brings wealth, success, happiness, prosperity, good children, fame and health. Hessonite has strong spiritual value for people regarded as wise. Besides making them mellow, it keeps them from becoming gossipy or talking too much about what they know. Tsavorite is s bright dark green, emerald-like in color, grossularite. Uvarovite and demantoid are also green varieties. Pyrope garnets are purplish red, orangy red, crimson, or dark red. Spessartite garnets range from yellow and orange through red to reddish brown to dark black/brown. Color change garnets exhibit a "alexandrite-like" effect when viewed in natural light or artificial lighting. Because garnet is formed under high pressures and/or temperatures, it is often found in deposits of volcanic rock. Melanite, also known as black garnet, contains titanium making it a deep, glossy black without enhancement.
Garnet can be found in a large number of countries including the Czech Republic, Kenya, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Scotland, India, Madagascar, Siberia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and several states within the United States. Garnets are found in the U.S. (Arizona), South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), Scotland, Switzerland and Tanzania.
Garnets were named by the ancient Greeks because the color of this gemstone reminded them of the pomegranate seed. Some have said that Asiatic tribes used garnet in place of bullets. Egyptians once believed that garnet was an antidote for both food poisoning and snake bites. Ancient Egyptians so treasured the gemstone that it was used in pieces of jewelry dating back as early as 3100 B.C. Garnet was later used to ward off vampires in Eastern Europe and to aid the Crusaders in safely finding their way home. Garnet is a stone of romantic love and passion. It is used in metaphysics to enhance sensuality, sexuality, and intimacy. It is said to bring positive thoughts and boosts energy, and be excellent for manifestation. It can also assist mystically with success in one's career and building one's self-confidence. It is also a protective energy stone which is especially effective for protection from evil, and is used for gentle spiritual healing. Lore says that garnet can heal the blood, heart and lungs.
Garnet has a special position in many religious histories. Some Hebrew writers included garnet as one of the twelve gems in Aaron's breastplate. In the Koran, it is written that garnet illumnates the Fourth Heaven of the Muslims. Due to its blood red color, garnet was considered symbolic of the death of Jesus Christ. This stone was also said to be used by Noah on the ark for illumination.
Today, some still consider garnet to be a talisman which can give protection to travelers. It is also believed by some spiritualists to prevent bad dreams. Garnet is also thought by some to combat depression and lethargy while giving courage and energy. Some even think this "stone of passion" stimulates the sexual drive, while contradicting itself by warding off impure thoughts. It is also thought to attract true love. Physically, some believe that garnet can stimulate the blood stream, cure fever, bring about good health, and relieve arthritis and rheumatism.

Gaspeite is a relatively rare mineral, found only in a few localities. Its light green to an unmistakable apple green color is quite unique and some varieties are almost neon green. It may contain brownish patches which may give it a distinctive character. Gaspeite is a recently discovered stone in the western hemisphere, found in 1966 and was initially a discarded byproduct of nickel sulfide mining. It is named for the locality of Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec, Canada where it was originally found. Sources are Canada and Western Australia, the best from North of Perth, Australia. The original material found was not suitable for the jewelry industry. However in 1990 in Weegemoogha, Australia the discover was a 40ton block of Gaspeite, with only 27 tons of cuttable material, so yes, the availability of this stone will eventually run out to the jewelry industry.
It is considered both rare and collectable.
Emotionally, it reduces distress and brings assurance. It also reduces ignorance, particularly emotional ignorance. It also helps attracts friends and friendship. Aboriginals use gaspeite to bring visions and grant success. Metaphysically, gaspeite is best known for helping to bring spirituality into every day life. It brings good fortune and helps prevent loss.

Glass is an ancient material, one of the most ancient known and used by man. The first glass used was natural obsidian, volcanic glass, used to make arrowheads, knives, jewelry, etc. Glass objects created of manmade glass are reported to have been found as early from as 4,500 BC in Mesopotamia and 3,000 BC in ancient Egypt. Many consider glass to have no metaphysical properties, but others who are aware, realize that glass has energy like all else in the Universe, and thus has its own set of properties. Glass is a melding of the traditional four elements, because through fire and air the silica earth element is made molten and transmuted into a liquid only to return to its earthly state as a solid. It can be made to focus light or allow light to pass through invisibly or carry lightwaves great distances through tiny strands.

Goldstone is typically a brick red/brown with metallic flecks, although there are also blue and green varieties. Goldstone is actually a man-made gemstone. It is glass with flecks of copper suspended within it. Goldstone has existed for centuries, but its origin is something of a mystery. Some claim that this man-made gemstone was the product of alchemists attempting to turn metal to gold. Other sources say that goldstone originated when molten copper was accidentally tipped into molten glass at a factory in Italy. A few sources site monks as the creators of this gemstone, using it as a source of income for their monastery.
Due to speculation that goldstone originated in the quest for alchemy, this gemstone is considered to be a symbol of ingenuity, ambition, and drive. Some spiritualists consider goldstone to be a gently uplifting stone - reducing tension, revitalizing the wearer, and encouraging a positive attitude. It is also considered by some to be a source of protection and helpful in securing riches and even love.
Physically, some believe that goldstone can reduce stomach tension, improve metabolism, heal infections, strengthen the nervous system, and even aid with regenerating tissue. Some think that the copper suspended in the gemstone will help with circulation, strengthen bones, and decrease pain from rheumatism and arthritis.

Green Amethyst Prasiolite (or vermarine) is the name for any quartz crystal or cluster that is green in color. Although often cut as a gemstone, prasiolite is actually quite rare in nature. Most prasiolites on the market are heat treated amethyst. When heat treated, the amethyst from most locations transforms into yellow or orange citrine. From a few locations, a green color results, yielding prasiolite which is often called (wrongly) "green amethyst". These locations include Montezuma, Brazil, and Arizona. Naturally occurring prasiolite has been reported from Poland.
Prasiolite (sometimes spelled praziolite) can be confused with the similarly colored praseolite which results from the heat treatment of iolite, a variety of cordierite. Note the spellings: prasiolite is the quartz variety, while praseolite is the cordierite variety - not the other way around (which would be easier to remember)

Hematite is steel or silver grey to black, with the color most often used in jewelry being a highly reflective charcoal grey similar to the color of titanium. In earthy forms, hematite can also be anywhere from red to brown. Hematite is a metallic gray iron oxide mineral with a hardness of about 6. Hematite is harder than pure iron, but is much more brittle. Its name comes from the Greek word meaning blood-like due to the color of its powder form. While the forms may vary, they all have a rust-red streak. Gem grade Hematite is found in England, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Australia, and in the Lake Superior region of the United States. It is the state mineral of Alabama, USA where approximately 375 million tons were mined between 1840 and 1975.
In ancient times, it was believed that large deposits of Hematite were formed from battles fought and blood flowed into the ground. Hematite was used in seals as early as 2500 B.C. It was once believed that Hematite would make warriors invulnerable.
Intuitive sources say that Hematite can assist in purification of the energies of our physical and energetic circulatory systems. It is the most widely used stone for 'grounding'. Hematite is known as a "stone for the mind". It brings mental organization and is very grounding and calming. It helps with original thinking, enhancing memory, understanding technical knowledge, logical thinking, and mathematics. It decreases negativity and can help balance the body/mind/spirit. Some believe that Hematite has a calming effect on the wearer. Some think Hematite can reduce stress from air travel. Physically, some claim that Hematite can treat a range of ails including leg cramps, blood and nervous disorders, and insomnia. Many cultures associate Hematite with blood and use it for treating blood-related illnesses such as anemia, heart, kidney and liver diseases, cardio-vascular weakness, menstrual cramps, and nose bleeds. Hematite has a wonderfully grounded energy with the ability to bring about a calm mental state, improve memory, mental focus and concentration, bolster self-confidence and practicality in everyday matters whilst increase the effectiveness and processing of logical information through the brain. It has long been used as a metaphysical is a stone of protection.

Hemimorphite is a stone that helps one attain a positive self-image including self-esteem and self-respect. It assists in personal growth on all levels, and helps one evolve and transform in healthy ways. Hemimorphite is a stone that bring joy and creativity to one's life. Additionally, hemimorphite brings good fortune and good luck.

Honeycomb Calcite is a beautiful and impressive form of calcite mined exclusively in the state of Utah. Much like onyx and marble it can provide a colorful replacement or a dramatic accent stone for architectural & artistic applications. The name comes from the remarkable honeycomb appearance when viewing a polished surface. It is formed by the growth of long fibrous tubular cells and crystals of honey color outlined by white membranes surrounding each cell. The Coloring is attributed to iron deposits at the time of formation.
Calcite is an excellent stone for clearing and cleansing and for use as an energy amplifier. It is used as a healing stone for the kidneys.

Howlite Soft white, grey veining calcium-silicon borate with hydroxyl. Cauliflower isn't what you may think of when you see howlite, but there is a connection. In the raw, it's found in cauliflower-like masses. This versatile stone is named for Henry How, a 19th century mineralogist, who found it first in Nova Scotia. Because howlite is soft and takes on rich hues of color when it's dyed, it becomes an inexpensive alternative to more costly stones.
Howlite decreases an overly critical state of mind, selfishness, stress, pain, and rudeness. It increases subtlety and tact. It helps bones, teeth, calcium levels and leg cramps. It also heightens creativity.

Iolite The property that made iolite so valuable to the Vikings is extreme pleochroism. Iolite has different colors in different directions in the crystal. A cube cut from iolite will look a violetish blue almost like sapphire from one side, clear as water from the other, and a honey yellow from the top.
Iolite is considered a very strong "Shaman" stone, and can stimulate visions. Iolite is very helpful when dealing with addictions, including alcoholism. It assists in detoxification as well as maintaining sobriety. Iolite is also said to help build relationships.

Indicolite is blue tourmaline, which is probably the rarest form of tourmaline.

Jade (General, All types) Jade is the term applied to forms of jadeite and nephrite. These minerals are similar in appearance and a distinction between the two often was not made. But, because of its more intense color and translucency, jadeite now brings higher prices and is thought to be the true jade.
The most valuable form of jade is known as imperial jade and comes from Myanmar, it is an emerald green color. Jades also appear in mottled green and white, and the rarer colors of yellow, pink, purple, and black. The ranges of greens are light to dark, creamy, grayish, and also white. A leek green variety called "Russian Jade" is found near Lake Baikal in Russia. Jade is also found in Mexico, and Central and South America.
The color of the stone is the most important factor but translucency and texture are important criteria determining price.
'Jade', or yu, as it is called in China, is strictly speaking a generic term for two different gems, nephrite and jadeite. The name is derived from the Spanish piedra de ijada, loin-stone, jade having been recognised by the Amerindians as a remedy for kidney ailments. Because of its beneficial effect on the kidneys, the stone was also known as lapis nephriticus. That, indeed, is where the term 'nephrite' came from.
Jade a gemstone of unique symbolic energy, and unique in the myths that surround it. With its beauty and wide-ranging expressiveness, jade has held a special attraction for mankind for thousands of years.
Jade is thought to protect the kidneys, liver, spleen, heart, larynx, thymus, and thyroid. Ancient people thought that wearing jade would increase body strength and add longevity. Jade is an ancient symbol of love and virtue.
Nephrite jade is a stone of the heart. It is also considered to be good for emotional balance and stability.

Jasper (General - all types) is an ornamental rock composed mostly of chalcedony, microcrystalline quartz, in association with other minerals, which give it colorful bands and patterns. Jasper was a favorite gem in the ancient world, and the name jasper can be traced back in Hebrew, Assyrian, Persian, Greek, and Latin.
Jasper is an opaque, impure variety of quartz that is found in all colors including: red, brown, pink, yellow, green, grey/white and shades of blue and purple. Many of these patterns resemble landscapes with mountains and valleys, thus the name "picture" is part of the name of many well know jaspers.
Found worldwide, a wide variety of named jaspers is found in the western areas of the Unites States; California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Washington.
This mineral breaks with a smooth surface, and is often used for ornamentation or as a gemstone. It can be highly polished and is used for vases, seals, and at one time for snuff boxes. Jasper comes in all colors, mostly striped, spotted or flamed. A variety of trade names specify colors, appearance or composition.
Agate jasper: Yellow, brown or green blended, grown together with agate
Egyptian jasper: Strongly yellow and red
Banded jasper: Layered structure with more or less wide bands
Basanite: Fine-grained black
Blood jasper: Bloodstone, dark green with flecks of red
Hornstone: Very fine grained, gray, brown-red, more rarely green or black
Scenic jasper: Brown marking caused by iron oxide, resembling a landscape. Oregon's "Biggs Jasper" is now the most common source.
"Bruneau Jasper", from Bruneau Canyon, Idaho, is praised for its blue "skies".
Moukaite: Pink to light red, cloudy
Plasma: Dark green, sometimes with white or yellow spots
Silex: Yellow and brown-red spotted or striped
Jasper is a stone of gentleness and relaxation. It enhances one's ability to relax and brings tranquility, comforting, wholeness, healing, and gentle endings. Jasper is a form of Chalcedony found in various colors. It has been cherished for its beauty from ancient times and is mentioned in the Bible as one of the stones in the breastplate of the ancient high priests. It is a protective stone particularly for travel (both physical and spiritual) and for aligning the etheric body. A metaphysical stone of balance, it works well when used as part of a chakra set red jasper for the root chakra and yellow for the solar plexus. Jasper is used in the regeneration of internal organs of the body.

Jet is Anthracite Coal which is a sedimentary rock formed from plants that lived millions of years ago. The most well known source of jet is along the eastern coast of Yorkshire, England and there are large deposits in Utah. Jet is used a great deal in contemporary and traditional Native American inlay jewelry.

Kakortokite consists of arfvedsonite (nearly black) nepheline (off-white) syenite, containing sporadic red eudialyte grains. It is used to make cabochons and takes a polish well. Similar rough has been marketed as “Lopar’s Blood” from Alaska.
Not a well known gem stone, it has met with great success at the Tucson show and will become another very desirable gemstone from Greenland. Found in cliff out crops in far-southern Greenland and is 1160 million years old. Currently going through name changes due to the difficulty of pronunciation of Greenlandic names by the gem industry.

Kambaba Jasper is an exotic looking jasper from Africa. It is said to mystically soothe the nerves and state of mind. As with other jaspers, traditional lore says that it is good for grounding and protection. It is purported to be beneficial for plant growth and health, particularly in arid environments or where the soil is poor. Crystal healing lore says that Kambaba Jasper helps dietary stabilization, assimilation of vitamins and minerals, and cleansing the body of toxins.

Kyanite, whose name derives from the Greek, kyanos, meaning blue, is a typically blue silicate mineral, commonly found in aluminium-rich metamorphic pegmatites and/or sedimentary rock. Kyanite is an aluminum silicate mineral with a hardness of 4.5 along the crystal axes and 6 to 7 across the axes. The crystals grow in clusters of long flat blades and are sometimes transparent enough to be cut as gems.
Kyanite is an interesting gem that was discovered during the nineteenth century. The most highly prized kyanite is the vibrant blue or blue-green hue. It is also found in shades of gray, yellow, white and a colorless variety that is considered quite rare. Because kyanite is brittle in nature, it is seldom used in jewelry. Consumer demand for this beautiful stone has led to synthetic look-alikes which are usually made from synthetic corundum, quartz or spinel and created in a brilliant blue hue.
It is said increase intuition and insight, and to assist creativity. Kyanite is a stone of channeling, altered states, psychic awareness, vivid dreams, dream recall, visualizations, and releasing buried information. It gives protection during these states. It brings loyalty, honesty and tranquility, and diminishes anger and confusion. Truly a stone of the New Age Kyanite does not retain negative energy and never needs energetic cleansing. From a metaphysical point of view it can be used to instantly align all chakras.

Labradorite frequently shows an iridescent display of colors due to minute inclusions of another mineral. It shows a play of color (labradorescence) in gold, blue, red & green. Labradorite has a hardness of 6 to 6.5. Its name comes from its discovery in Labrador, Canada, although much gem grade material now comes from Madagascar. Labradorite is also found in India, Newfoundland, and Russia.
Intuitive sources say that Labradorite is a stone which assists one in the discovery and practice of 'magic', the use of one's powers of mind to affect the physical world. It is said to unleash the power of imagination and to help release limitations. Labradorite is a tremendously spiritual stone. When I think of labradorite, I think of labor. It is especially helpful for people who tend to overwork. It helps us regain our energy and aids our bodies and spirits in healing themselves.

Lapis (Lapis Lazuli) is brilliant deep blue and sometimes possesses small sparkling gold or silver colored flecks which are pyrite inclusions. A strong blue, sometimes with a hint of violet, lapis lazuli's value decreases with the presence of white patches (calcite), while small veins of pyrite are often prized. Lapis lazuli is one of the most valuable semi opaque stones. Lapis lazuli is one of the stones with the longest tradition of being considered a gem, with a history stretching back to 5000 BC. Lapis has been highly prized since ancient Babylonian and Egyptian times. Deep blue in color and opaque, this gemstone was highly prized by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, as can be seen by its prominent use in many of the treasures recovered from pharaonic tombs. It is still extremely popular today.
Lapis lazuli or simply lapis is a rock composed of a mixture of several different minerals including lazurite, huaynite, sodalite, noselite, calcite and pyrite. Diopside, augite, mica and hornblende may also be present in small amounts. The lapis comes from Afghanistan and Argentina. It can also be found in Russia, Chile, Canada and occasionally the U.S.
Lapis brings truthfulness, openness, inner power, intuition, virility and manifestation. It strengthens the mind and body as well as increasing awareness and spiritual evolution. It can help organize daily life and contact guardian spirits. Lapis also helps build self-confidence, and is a stone traditionally for royalty. Lapis bring spiritual love and is also known for enhancing love and fidelity within marriage.

Larimar is a rare blue pectolite discovered in the 1970s and is only found only in the Dominican Republic. It has an extraordinary blue appearance similar to the color of the ocean in tropical areas. Its colorations vary from white, light-blue, green-blue to deep blue. The deep blue variant is known as volcanic blue.
The name "Larimar" comes from a combination of Larissa and Mar and was given to the stone by a Dominican who named the stone after his daughter Larissa and Mar, the Spanish word for sea.
Larimar is a stone of "answers from the sea of consciousness." The blue color of the larimar reflects the "sea" of all consciousness, which gives freedom from self-imposed limitations and a sense of peace in finding truth. Larimar has excellent energy for working with sea creatures of all kinds.
Larimar is a hard stone however certain chemicals can etch the surface, like those found in jewelry polishing cloths. Clean with gentle soap and water and dry with an old, soft clean t-shirt. Avoid exposing your larimar jewelry to household detergents, especially bleach which can discolor the stone and the setting. Perfumes, cosmetics and hairspray can also damage jewelry as can chlorine in a swimming pool.

Lemon Quartz, also referred to as prasiolite (pronounced praz-ee-olite), is created by heating amethyst, yellow quartz and iron together at extremely high temperatures. This heating process is what gives lemon quartz its brilliant, yellow color. The amethyst and yellow quartz mined to create lemon quartz primarily come from Brazil, although deposits of heatable amethyst have also been found in Arizona.
Quartz is said to help structure, focus and amplify thoughts and information. It is also thought to transmit energy. Because the color yellow is associated with clarity, communication and happiness, lemon quartz is believed to help balance and strengthen these aspects.
Lemon quartz is fairly hard so it can be cleaned with a steamer or ultrasonic cleaner. Store lemon quartz out of direct sunlight to preserve its color.

Leopard Skin Jasper is a strikingly beautiful member of the Quartz family. It is usually a tan stone covered with colored dots, like the skin of a leopard. Leopard skin jasper (also called leopard stone) is a stone of shamanic journeying. It also aids in service to others. It helps discover and connect with one's animal totems or "power" animals. It makes it easier for one to take responsibility properly. Helps with creative visualization. As with all jaspers, this is a protective stone, and it is particularly protective during shamanic journeying. Physically it helps eliminate toxins and decrease body odor, and is very helpful in self-healing.

Lepidolite is a lilac or rose-violet colored phyllosilicate mineral of the mica group that is a secondary source of lithium. This gemstone is normally a beautiful pale purple. However it can also be found in pale pink or white and even yellow or grey. Lepidolite is a lithium mica mineral with a hardness of 2.5 to 4. It varies from white to dark purple, but most jewelry stones are a light lavender color. Good specimens are found in the USA and Mexico. Lepidolite can also be found in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Madagascar, Russia, Sweden, and Zimbabwe.
Intuitive sources say that Lepidolite is a stone of serenity and peace, bringing one into a state of deep relaxation and tranquility. It is said to balance all one's energetic polarities and to unify the mind and heart. It can be used to relieve stress, eliminate despondency, and to aid in acceptance of life's inevitable changes. Lepidolite is associated with stability and acceptance and can assist in change and transition. It used in a metaphysical context considered for mental problems and in reducing illusion and muddled thinking . Lepidolite is attributed with the power to aid and strengthen muscles, particularly the heart.

**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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