Precious (gem)stones & minerals

 

Gemstones are rare stones, which are usually used in jewelry and accessories. Well-known gemstones include diamond, ruby, emerald, sapphire, aquamarine, topaz, tourmaline, amethyst, citrine, carnelian, opal, onyx, turquoise and garnet. Here you will find information about gemstones. How to maintain different kind of gemstones and minerals and what is the best gemstone for each zodiac sign.
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Agate

Agate is a transparent to translucent gemstone with band patterns. Agates are usually almond shaped and in earth colors. Agate is sometimes artificially provided with a different color. In the past, jewelry with Agate was worn, because the Agate was seen as a lucky stone. Agate provides positive energy and increases awareness.
Hardness: 6 - 7 (HARD)
Location: Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, France and the USA.
Care: Clean with lukewarm soapy water with mild, liquid dish soap or mild soap. Clean carefully with a soft cloth. Then rinse under lukewarm running water. Pat with a soft dry cloth. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Gemini, Taurus, Aquarius & Scorpio.


Amethyst

Amethyst is a lilac to dark purple translucent stone with a glassy shine.
Amethyst is the stone of detachment and spirituality. Wearing jewelry with Amethyst gives harmony and clarity of mind, sharpens the mind and helps to distance yourself. For example, wear a necklace, bracelet or ring with Amethyst crystal to help relieve addictions and uplift the spirit.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: Worldwide, largest sites in Uruguay and Brazil.
Care: Amethyst can discolour under the influence of (bright) sunlight. Preferably clean with distilled water. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Virgo, Aquarius, Pisces. 

Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a precious gem. Aquamarine is shiny and translucent, usually in the color blue but can also be yellowish or greenish. Many associate aquamarine with wealth, hidden treasures and jewels. The same goes for emerald and ruby. Aquamarine is a very spiritual stone with a strong calming effect on body and mind. Wearing jewelry with Aquamarine makes you successful, dynamic, persistent, purposeful, relaxed and cheerful. It is therefore also good to wear, for example, a bracelet with Aquamarine if projects or personal matters have to be completed. Jewelry with Aquamarine stones promotes spiritual growth, intuition and clairvoyance and is therefore particularly suitable to wear during meditation.
Hardness: 7.5 - 8 (HARD)
Location: Brazil, Madagascar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Mexico, India, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and the US.
Care: Aquamarine can discolour under the influence of (bright) sunlight. Preferably clean with water.
Zodiac sign: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius & Pisces. 

Aventurine

Aventurine is a beautiful green quartz with embedded particles of fuchsite, a kind of mica. These particles give a characteristic sparkle, the so-called aventurization. Aventurine is usually green in color but can also be orange, brown, yellow, blue or gray. Wearing jewelry with Aventurine attracts prosperity and happiness and motivates you to make dreams come true.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: Brazil, India, Zimbabwe and Russia.
Care: Preferably clean with lukewarm water. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Taurus, Gemini & Virgo. 

B


Bloodstone

Bloodstone / Heliotrope / Hildegard jasper is a dark green stone with red spots (caused by iron oxide). The bloodstone is the stone of balance and harmony.
Hardness: 5.5 - 6.5 (SOFT)
Location: India, Australia, Brazil, China and the Czech Republic.
Care: Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Avoid contact with water as much as possible. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Aries. 

C


Carnelian

Carnelian is a translucent to opaque type of quartz that can have multiple shades, from yellow to orange to brown. Wear a ring, bracelet or other piece of jewelry for motivation and confidence. Carniole makes steadfast, helpful, idealistic, attracts success and promotes the ability to solve problems quickly and pragmatically. Jewelery with carnelian protects against negative emotions from other people such as jealousy and anger.
Hardness: 6 - 7 (MEDIUM HARD)
Location: Carnelian originates in volcanic and weathering zones. Found in India, Egypt, Brazil and Uruguay.
Care: Carnelian can discolour under the influence of (bright) sunlight. Preferably clean with water. Never ultrasonically clean this gemstone.
Zodiac sign: Aries, Cancer, Leo & Virgo. 

Catseye

Cat's eye is a quartz variety and is similar to tiger eye and falcon eye. But the inclusions consist of amphibolite or serpentine asbestos, this gives the stone after grinding the beautiful cat's eye effect with a color shade of white, gray and green. There are two gemstones called cat's eye: a silver-gray quartz variant and a yellow-green beryl type.
Hardness: 6 - 7 (HARD)
Location: South Africa, Mexico, Western Australia, China, India and Myanmar.
Care: Clean preferably with water or in warm soapy water with a soft, liquid washing-up liquid.
Zodiac sign: Gemini. 

Chalcedony

Chalcedony is a semi-precious stone and a variety of the mineral quartz. The color is almost white to light blue, often with stripes. Chalcedony has a strong influence on communication. Chalcedony makes eloquent, diplomatic, social, optimistic, cheerful, creative, open, enthusiastic and promotes effective teamwork. Wear jewelry with Chalcedony for more self-insight, self-confidence. Wearing, for example, a ring, bracelet or other piece of jewelry with chalcedony has a positive effect on the memory and calms down during moments of stress and is therefore a good piece of jewelry to wear during exams. It is the stone for people who are angry, quickly hit or quickly offended. Chalcedony teaches you to listen better to your own body and to respond to it.
Hardness: 6.5 - 7 (HARD)
Location: Brazil, Madagascar, Uruguay, India, USA and Great Britain.
Care: Chalcedony can discolour under the influence of (strong) sunlight. Clean preferably with a damp soft cloth or rinse under running water.
Zodiac sign: Cancer, Gemini & Sagittarius. 

Chrysocolla

Chrysocolla is a copper-bearing gemstone and is usually blue, green or turquoise in color with yellow and / or (rust) brown spots. Wearing jewelry with a Chrysocolla gemstone has a calming effect, reduces stress and gives you energy to keep going.
Hardness: 2.5 - 3.5 (SOFT)
Location: The United States (Arizona), in the Ural Mountains in Russia and in Australia (Broken Hill).
Care: Avoid contact with perfume-containing products and perspiration to prevent dullness and discoloration of the stone. Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth.
Zodiac sign: Virgo, Taurus, Gemini & Aquarius. 

Citrine

Citrine is a fairly rare lemon-yellow variety of quartz. Citrine is yellow or orange-brown in color. Citrine is a sunny and warming stone. Disappointments are easier to deal with with citrine. Wearing jewelry with citrine promotes self-esteem, creativity and gives energy. For example, wear a citrine bracelet or a ring with citrine stone for good support in studies such as geology, history and sociology.
Citrine attracts happiness, prosperity, success, wealth and abundance and stimulates the wearer to share this with others.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: The most important sites are Brazil, Madagascar and the former Soviet Union.
Care: Citrine can discolour under the influence of (bright) sunlight. Cleaning preferably with lukewarm water.
Zodiac sign: Gemini & Leo. 

D


Diamond

Diamond is known to be the hardest material found in nature. The stone can be colorless but also yellow, brown, green, blue, pink and red. Diamond is a pure, concentrated light energy and very powerful and intense. It strengthens the connection with Divine and higher energies and thereby promotes spiritual insights and clairvoyance. The stone can also provide important insights when turned inwards and reach deep layers of consciousness. Diamond enhances the effect of other gemstones. A diamond can be placed on the third eye during a meditation for a strong insightful and transformative effect. Because the energy of diamond is so powerful and amplifies other energies, it is important to use this stone only when you are emotionally balanced.
Hardness: 10 (HARD)
Location: Central and South Africa, Canada, Brazil, India and Autralia.
Care: Clean in warm soapy water with mild liquid dish. Brush gently with a soft toothbrush. Then rinse under lukewarm, running water. Pat dry with a soft dry cloth. Diamond can be cleaned by steam cleaning or ultrasonic cleaning.
Zodiac sign: Aries & Leo. 

Diopside

Diopside is transparent to translucent gray, brown, different shades of green or colorless with a glassy sheen. Diopside helps to cope with trauma and helps release negative emotions and stress.
Hardness: 6 (MEDIUM HARD)
Location: Italy, Russia, Eastern Sibiria.
Care: Avoid contact with perfume-containing products and perspiration to prevent dullness and discoloration of the stone. Clean preferably with a soft dry cloth or with distilled water, pat dry well. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Scorpio 

E


Epidote

Epidote can be green or yellow-green in color. The stone is transparent with a glassy shine. An Epidot brings body and balance and provides insights.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: Worldwide, including in Russia, Italy, South Africa.
Care: Epidote can discolour under the influence of (bright) sunlight. Cleaning preferably with water.
Zodiac sign: Pisces & Aquarius 

F


Fluorite

Fluorite can be dark yellow, green, blue, violet, black in color or multi colored. The stone is transparent with a glassy shine. Fluorite is a protective and stabilizing stone that increases self-confidence and helps structure our lives. Jewelry with Fluorite is good to wear while studying because it promotes concentration, ensures rapid information processing and helps to make connections with existing knowledge. It protects against and cleans electromagnetic radiation (for example from computers and mobile phones).
Hardness: 4 (SOFT)
Location: Worldwide, most important sites are Brazil and India.
Care: Fluorite can discolour under the influence of (bright) sunlight. Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Aquarius & Pisces. 

G


Garnet

The name "garnet" comes from the word pomegranate, a plant with red seeds that resemble many found garnet crystals. Garnet can be red, brown, orange, green and black in color. The stone is transparent to translucent with a shine. Garnet is the perfect stone for crisis situations. Wearing a ring, bracelet or other piece of jewelry with garnet gives strength, energy, perseverance, endurance, confidence, willpower and vitality.
Hardness: 6.5 - 7.5 (HARD)
Location: Worldwide including India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
Care: Garnet should not be exposed to extreme temperatures. Cleaning preferably with lukewarm water. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Aries, Leo & Scorpio. 

Goldstone

Goldstone is an artificial stone made from a type of glass processed with copper particles. The copper particles in Goudsteen give a glitter effect. The stone can be red / brown or dark blue in color. The stone was first made by alchemists trying to make gold. Goldstone jewelry has been worn for centuries because of its positive effect. Wearing a bracelet, necklace, ring with goldstone gives strength, energy and hope, helps to achieve goals, promotes ambition and is uplifting.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: Man-made.
Care: Clean preferably with water or in warm soapy water with a soft, liquid washing-up liquid.
Zodiac sign: Libra. 

H


Hematite

Hematite is a fairly heavy reddish-brown to black-gray, sometimes iridescent mineral with a metallic luster. Hematite has a grounding, protective and harmonizing effect. Wearing jewelry with hematite gives confidence, improves your mood, increases self-esteem and strengthens willpower. For example, wear a necklace, bracelet or ring with hematite for more balance.
Hardness: 5- 6.5 (SOFT)
Location: Worldwide
Care: Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Avoid contact with water as much as possible. Like iron, Hematite will corrode when it comes into contact with moisture.
Zodiac sign: Aries. 

Howlite

Howlite is an opaque white stone with brown, gray or black veins. Howlite has a calming effect and enhances positive properties. Howlite jewelry helps the wearer to control anger and to be less critical. Also, wearing a bracelet, necklace or other piece of jewelry with howlite stones helps to strengthen ambition, memory, intelligence, patience and intuition.
Hardness: 3 - 3.5 (SOFT)
Location: Howlite is quite rare and is mainly found in Canada and California.
Care: Avoid contact with perfume-containing products and perspiration to prevent dullness and discoloration of the stone. Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Gemini. 

I


Ice quartz/Nirvana quartz

Ice quartz / Nirvana quartz are rare pink, white quartz crystals from the Himalayas. The ice quartz provides spiritual enlightenment. It is a good stone to meditate with.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: Himalaya Mountains
Care: Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Aquarius. 

Idocrase

Idocrase/Vesuvianite is a transparent crystal with speckles. The crystal is usually green or yellow in color, but I can prevent all colors. Idocrase/Vesuvianite helps to release negative feelings.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: Italy, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and California.
Care: Preferably clean with water. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius, Capricorn. 

J


Jade

Jade is a collective name for various minerals that are used as gemstones: Jadeite and Nephrite. Jade has many different colors: from very light to very dark green, brown, black or white. The stone is translucent to opaque with a glassy to silky luster. Jade is known as fortune stones. The gemstone Jade promotes positive energy and protects against negative and is therefore so popular to use Jade as an amulet. Wear a ring, bracelet or other jewel with Jade for harmony and balance.
Hardness: 6 - 7 (HARD)
Location: Australia, Germany, China, Poland Mexico, USA.
Care: Clean preferably with a soft cloth with water or in warm soapy water with a mild soap. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Libra. 

K


Kyanite

Kyanite is a layered blue, green, gray or black crystal with a glassy to pearly luster. Kyanite is a soothing stone. Kyanite brings inner peace and clarity.
Hardness: 4 in length (SOFT) - 7 in width (HARD)
Location: India, Southeast Asia, USA, Africa and Europe.
Care: Kyanite is fragile. Avoid bumps and knocks and contact with perfume-containing products to prevent damage to the stone. Clean with a damp soft cloth. Clean with water only, never use cleaning products. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius & Capricorn. 

 

L


Labradorite

Labradorite comes in different colors. Usually the stone is gray, white or green with a beautiful blue, yellow or green sheen. Labradorite is a spiritual protective gemstone.
Hardness: 6.5 - 7 (HARD)
Location: Canadian Labrador Peninsula.
Care: Clean preferably with water. Avoid bumps and knocks and contact with perfume-containing products and perspiration to prevent dullness and damage to the stone. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Leo, Scorpio and Sagittarius. 

M


Marcasiet

Marcasite / White Iron Pyrite is an iron sulfide mineral. Marcasite stones can mainly be found in old antique or vintage jewelry. It is an opaque sparkling dark gray or black stone with a gold or green glow. Wearing jewelry with marcasite can help you go ahead and find the right path. It stimulates improves strength and stamina and helps develop discipline and remove blockages.
Hardness: 6 - 6.5 (MEDIUM HARD)
Location: Cap Blanc-Nez (Calais, FR.)
Care: Clean preferably with water, dry well with a soft cloth.
Zodiac sign: Libra. 

Moonstone

Moonstone is pearly white, yellow to blue with a pearly luster. The moonstone is named after the moon, because of this luster and the soft appearance of the stone. If this shine is clearly blue, the gem is called blue moonstone. That is the most popular type. Because the shine ripples with the movement of the stone, moonstone is a very attractive stone for jewelry. Moonstone is the stone of hope. The stone represents intuition, feeling, love and fertility. Wearing moonstone jewelry increases short-term memory. Jewelry with moonstone is therefore very suitable for students. Wear a ring, bracelet or other jewel with moonstone for a youthful and cheerful look. You can energetically cleanse moonstone by putting it in moonlight overnight - preferably the full moon.
Hardness: 6 - 6.5 (HARD)
Location: Australia, the Central Alps, Mexico, Madagascar, Myanmar, Norway, Poland, India, Sri Lanka and the United States.
Care: Clean preferably with water. Avoid bumps and knocks and contact with perfume-containing products and perspiration to prevent dullness and damage to the stone. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Cancer, Libra & Scorpio. 

Mood stone

A mood stone, color changing stone is a glass or acrylic shell filled with thermochromic liquid crystals. In response to temperature changes, these liquid crystals start to rotate, causing them to change color. The color of the stone therefore depends on the temperature. In 1975, New York inventors Maris Ambats and Josh Reynolds produced the first mood ring. These rings became a great success. The mood stone rings reflected the change in body temperature that may have been related to the wearer's emotions. For example, when you're stressed, your hands get colder. The cooler temperature of your fingers causes the moodstone of the ring to turn yellow or gray. When you are excited your hands will get warmer. Due to the warmth of your fingers, the mood stone will turn blue or purple. If you do not have the ring on or if it is completely cold, it can color black or dark gray. Moodrings are actually beautiful crystal thermometers. Depending on how you interpret the temperature, it can say something about the wearer's mood.
Purple: Happy, romantic.
Yellow: Nervous, unhappy,
Green: Medium, calm
Blue: Relax
Gray: Tense, anxious
Black: Cold, tense, nervous 

Morganite

Morganite is a translucent to translucent stone in soft pink, salmon pink or purple with a glassy sheen. The stone belongs to the beryl family. Morganite represents love. The gem helps you accept yourself as you are and helps you to find true love and with heartbreak.
Hardness: 7.5 - 8 (HARD)
Location: The USA, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, China, Russia (Urals), Italy (Elba) and Kazakhstan.
Care: Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Taurus. 

Mother of Pearl

Mother of pearl is the inside of a shell. Mother of pearl is smooth and shiny and reflects all the colors of the rainbow. Mother of pearl is the color of self-awareness. Wearing pearl jewelry gives strength and purifies the mind.
Location: Asia, USA, The Pacific Ocean.
Care: Mother of pearl is fragile. Clean with a damp soft cloth. Clean with water only, never use cleaning products. Never clean mother of pearl ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Cancer & Gemini. 

N


Nebula stone

A nebula stone (also called Nebula, Jasper kamballa or Jasper kambaba) is a volcanic black stone with green circles. The Nebula Stone helps to restore inner strength and balance.
Hardness: 6 - 7 (HARD)
Location: Mexico and USA.
Care: Clean preferably with water. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Virgo. 

O


Obsidian

Obsidian is created from rapidly cooled lava. The stone is usually dark green to black sometimes with white or red flecks. Obsidian has a glassy shine with a cat's eye effect. Obsidian is an insightful stone. It brings out the cause of repressed and hidden emotions. Wearing jewelry with Obsidian helps to gain insight.
Hardness: 5 - 6 (SOFT)
Location: Worldwide, including in Mexico, China.
Care: Preferably clean with a soft dry cloth. Never ultrasonically clean this gemstone.
Zodiac sign: Scorpio & Capricorn.

Onyx

The onyx is a quartz. Wearing jewelry with onyx can help with stressful situations and grief. The onyx stone provides support, strength and perseverance and helps to achieve goals. Onyx stimulates analytical thinking, logic, concentration and helps to adopt a sober and realistic attitude.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: Brazil, India, Madagascar and Uruguay.
Care: Clean preferably with water or in warm soapy water with a soft, liquid dish soap or mild soap.
Zodiac sign: Capricorn. 

Opal

Wearing jewelry with Opal makes you happy, positive, vital, spontaneous, creative and artistic. Opal stands for love, passion, faithfulness and loyalty. Wear jewelry with Opal for a positive effect on the memory.
There are different types of Opal gemstones:
Fire Opal: Orange with pearly shine.
Precious Opal: Precious opal is a high quality opal with rich color luster. There are different types of precious opals:
White opal: White or light tinted with a colorful play of colors.
Black opal: Anthracite, dark blue, dark green or black.
Opal matrix: A band-like growth or scale-like growth of noble opal with or in the parent rock.
Boulder Opal: Black, dark brown, dark blue or gray with colorful play of colors.
Harlequin Opal: Translucent to translucent precious opal with striking segment-like color effects. This is one of the most loved opals.
Jelly Opal: Bluish green precious opal with limited iridescence.
Crystal Opal: Colorless and glassy with a few red reflections.
Girasol: Almost colorless transparent precious opal with bluish light.
Synthetic Opals: Synthetic opals are man-made opals that have the same chemical composition, internal structure, physical properties and appearance as natural opals. Synthetic opals are: LAB opal, Andean opal, gyrasol opal, chrysopal, Dendrite opal / merlinite, Opalite and opaline.
Hardness: 5.5 - 6 (SOFT)
Location: Australia.
Care: Opal should not be exposed to extreme temperatures and dry environments. Opal can discolour under the influence of (bright) sunlight. Cleaning preferably with lukewarm water. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Cancer, Scorpio, Sagittarius & Pisces. 

P


Pearls

Wearing jewelry with pearls represents tranquility, enlightenment, acceptance and peace. Wear a bracelet, earrings, ring, or other piece of jewelry with pearls to help with grief and processing. Pearls are an organic material and are therefore much more fragile than most gemstones. It is best to minimize exposure of pearl jewelry to chemicals, cosmetics, cleaning products, soap and bright sunlight. After a cleaning area with a damp soft cloth, pearls will shine again.
Hardness: 2.5 - 5 (SOFT)
Location: Most pearls are grown. In nature they occur in Iran, Sri Lanka, the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, South India (Gulf of Mannar).
Care: Pearls are fragile. Avoid collisions, bumps and contact with perfume-containing products to avoid damaging the pearls. Clean with a damp soft cloth. Clean with water only, never use cleaning products. Never clean pearls ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Cancer & Gemini.

Petrified wood

Petrified wood is fossil wood that is millions of years old. Over the years, the wood has been converted into quartz. Petrified wood comes in different colors, usually the colors of wood.
Variscite is a colorless, green or blue-green gemstone with white stripes. Variscite helps to be yourself, gives hope and stimulates the mind.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: Argentina, Belgium, Cuba, Germany, Greece, Kerguelen, Namibia, Austria, Czech Republic and the US.
Care: Preferably clean with lukewarm water. Never clean this stone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Aquarius. 

Pink roze quarts

The beautiful pink rose quartz often has a somewhat cloudy appearance and belongs to the quartz family. The stone is (light) pink translucent with a glassy to greasy shine. Rose quartz is the stone of the heart and love par excellence. Rose quartz represents love. Jewelry with rose quartz stone has a mild, gentle effect and has a calming effect on grief and trauma and promotes love and openness. Wearing a ring, necklace or bracelet with rose quartz, for example, also stimulates creativity and imagination.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: Madagascar, Brazil, Russia, India, Japan and the USA.
Care: Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Never ultrasonically clean this gemstone.
Zodiac sign: Taurus, Cancer & Libra.

Q


Quantum quattro

Quantum quattro is green with blue in color. It consists of chrysocolla, smoky quartz dioptase, malachite and shattuckite. Quantum quattro gemstone helps to release negative emotions. Wear jewelry with Quantum quattro to balance body and mind.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: Namibia.
Care: Quantum quattro can discolour under the influence of (bright) sunlight. Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Avoid contact with water as much as possible. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Virgo, Taurus & Aquarius.

R


Rhinestones

Rhinestones are sparkling imitation diamonds that are made of glass or acrylic. Rhinestones are available in all imaginable jewelry, but can also be purchased separately and can be stuck on clothing, mobile phones, photo books. Jewelry, clothing and accessories with rhinestones can be worn at all times of the day and on almost all occasions. The effect is always glamorous. Anyone who goes for a glitter and glamor outfit always makes a good choice with rhinestones. At parties, etc., a simple rhinestone necklace already has a royal appearance. Rhinestone was invented in the 18th century and became a huge success. And it still is today. In recent years, rhinestone has been part of the 'bling bling' trend. Bling bling stands for everything that shimmers, glitter and sparkles. 

Rock crystal

Rock crystal is water-clear quartz. Rock crystal is white to colorless, transparent and has a glass-like shine. Rock crystal is a stone with enormous healing power. Mentally, rock crystal promotes concentration, clear thinking.
A piece of jewelry with rock crystal is an ideal gift because the stone represents pure love and harmony.
Wear a rhinestone ring, earrings, bracelet or necklace to purify, cleanse and balance your body. Jewelry with rock crystal helps against nausea, motion sickness and seasickness.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: Several places worldwide, largest site in the Alps
Care: Cleaning preferably with a dry soft cloth. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Leo & Capricorn. 

Ruby

The ruby is a red gem. Wearing ruby jewelry gives strength and energy, stimulates passion, passion, motivation, enthusiasm and spontaneity. Wear a bracelet, ring, or other ruby jewelry to aid in concentration and set realistic goals.
Hardness: 9 (HARD)
Location: Africa, Asia and Australia
Care: Ruby should not be exposed to extreme temperatures. Clean in warm soapy water with mild liquid dish soap. Brush gently with a soft toothbrush. Then rinse under lukewarm, running water. Pat with a soft dry cloth. Ruby can be cleaned by steam cleaning or ultrasonic cleaning.
Zodiac sign: Aries & Scorpio. 

S


Sapphire

The sapphire is a precious gem. Good quality blue stones are generally classified as one of the most valuable gemstones. Sapphire can come in many colors, but blue is the most precious and most popular color. The beautiful blue sapphire evokes the image of rich kings and emperors, just as ruby, diamond and emerald do. Sapphire is considered a very spiritual stone and protects the face, spirit and mind.
Hardness: 9 (HARD)
Location: Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, China (Shandong), East Africa and Myanmar, Australia and the USA.
Care: Clean in warm soapy water with mild liquid dish soap. Brush gently with a soft toothbrush. Then rinse under lukewarm, running water. Pat with a soft dry cloth.
Zodiac sign: Taurus, Virgo, Libra & Sagittarius.

Shiva shell

The shiva eye shell / eye of Sane Lucie / Pacific Cat's Eye is part of the opening of the Turban Shell, a snail shell of the Turban sea slug. The shell is cream white with a brown to gray spiral pattern. The drawing on the Shiva eye shell has the appearance of the third eye of the god Shiva. The shiva shell brings happiness, offers protection and provides insight into deeper hidden feelings.
Hardness: 8.5 (HARD)
Location: Thailand, Indonesia, Australia.
Care: Clean with a damp soft cloth. Cloth only with water without cleaning agents. Do not clean ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Scorpio, Pisces. 

Sodalite

Sodalite is usually blue with white veins, but can also be colorless, milky white, yellow to greenish. The stone is translucent with a glassy to oily sheen. Sodalite provides insight and helps to be true to yourself. It promotes self-acceptance, self-esteem and confidence. It helps to break through limiting thinking and behavioral patterns such as fears and phobias. It promotes freedom, idealism, truth and the expression of opinions and feelings. Sodalite strengthens logic, rational thinking and objectivity and unites this with intuition. The stone absorbs electromagnetic radiation from computers and mobile phones, and stimulates deep, insightful meditation. Sodalite can also be used well in a group to strengthen harmony, trust and solidarity. Thanks to the sodium component, the sodalite is disinfectant.
Hardness: 6 (MEDIUM HARD)
Location: Greenland.
Care: Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Do not clean ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius.

Spinel

Spinel gem is black, red, pink, blue or purple. Spinel is difficult to distinguish from ruby due to its color. Spinel is a hard stone and as soon as sunlight comes on it creates a nice shine effect, some have a cat's eye effect. Spinel gemstone gives strength, perseverance and has a rejuvenating effect.
Hardness: 8 (HARD)
Location: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Madagascar, Kenya. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Brazil, USA, Canada, Ontario, Tajikistan, Norway, Finland, Italy, and Germany.
Care: Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Never ultrasonically clean this gemstone.
Zodiac sign: Scorpio.  

 

Swarovski

The Swarovski crystals, which are made in Switzerland, are considered the best crystals in the world. Swarovski crystals are named after the inventor; Daniel Swarovski, who invented a way to cut glass in 1892 in the same way that diamonds are cut. This way of grinding creates a beautiful sparkle in the glass: particularly beautiful to use in jewelry. Daniel Swarovski, together with fashion house Dior, came up with a special shine, the Aurora Borealis (also called: 'northern lights'), to add to their crystals. This gloss has given the glass crystal a luxurious appearance. 

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Tiger eye

The structure of the tiger's eye stone creates a light reflection that is reminiscent of a real tiger's eye. Tiger's eye is a protective stone. Wearing jewelry with tiger eye stone protects against negative external influences and provides insight into ourselves and others. Wear a tiger eye necklace, ring, earrings or bracelet during difficult times to make it easier to distance yourself, give strength, courage and confidence, and achieve goals.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: Africa, India, Mexico, California and Australia.
Care: Clean preferably with water.
Zodiac sign: Gemini & Leo. 

Toermaline quartz

Tourmaline quartz is a combination of rock crystal embedded with black tourmaline. Tourmaline quartz is a clear transparent stone (rock crystal) with black speckles and stripes of Tourmaline. This gemstone has a strong cleaning and protective effect. Wearing a bracelet, necklace or other jewelry with tourmaline quartz brings balance to body and mind and converts negative energy, behavioral patterns and thoughts into positive ones.
Hardness: 7 - 7.5 (HARD)
Location: Brazil, Afghanistan, France, Sweden and the USA.
Care: Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Never ultrasonically clean this gemstone.
Zodiac sign: Libra, Scorpio & Capricorn. 

Topaz

Topaz gemstone is transparent, burgundy, yellow, orange, white, gray or blue and translucent with a glassy sheen. Topaz is the stone of love and happiness and ensures peace and harmony.
Hardness: 8 (HARD)
Location: The Netherlands, Germany.
Care: Topaz can discolour under the influence of (bright) sunlight. Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Gemini & Sagittarius. 

Turquoise

Turquoise is blue, teal, or green in color with black, gray, or brown veins. The stone has a glassy to oily shine. Turquoise is a strong healing, purifying and protective stone.
Wearing turquoise jewelry brings balance: turquoise stone can have a calming effect and provide inner peace, but it also vitalizes when you are exhausted. Choose a turquoise necklace, bracelet or ring to protect yourself against negative energy, radiation, influences and external substances.
Hardness: 5 - 6 (SOFT)
Location: Mexico, the US, China and Iran.
Care: Avoid contact with moisture, perfume-containing products and perspiration to prevent dullness and discoloration of the stone. Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Aquarius & Pisces. 

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Uvarovite

Uvarovite is a rare green garnet gemstone. Uvarovite is mossy to dark green with shimmering particles with glassy sheen. Uvarovite promotes wealth and prosperity.
Hardness: 6.5 - 7.5 (HARD)
Location: Finland, Italy and Turkey. Largest site in Russia (Ural Mountains)
Care: Wipe with a soft dry cloth. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Aquarius. 

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Varcasite

Variscite is a colorless, green or blue-green gemstone with white stripes. Variscite helps to be yourself, gives hope and stimulates the mind.
Hardness: 4 - 5 (SOFT)
Location: Germany.
Care: Avoid contact with moisture, perfume-containing products and perspiration to prevent dullness and discoloration of the stone. Cleaning preferably with a soft dry cloth. Never ultrasonically clean this gemstone.
Zodiac sign: Cancer. 

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Wonderstone

Wonderstone is a sandstone with brown, red stripes. There are different types of Wonderstone sandstones such as Kenab, Utah, Sedona. Wonderstone is a healing stone and cleansing stone. The gemstone relaxes and provides stability and balance.
Hardness: 7 (HARD)
Location: The USA; Sedona, Arizona and Grand Canyon.
Care: Preferably clean with a soft dry cloth. Avoid contact with water as much as possible. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac zign: Pisces. 

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Zircon

The natural color of zircon varies from colorless, golden yellow and red to brown. The stone is transparent to translucent with a shine. Zircon is not the same as the synthetic zirconia stone. Zircon protects against all forms of negative energy, attachments, others that take away energy, spiritual attacks and dependence. It helps to turn ideas, resolutions and dreams into reality.
Hardness: 7.5 (HARD)
Location: The Netherlands, India, the US, Australia, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
Care: Zircon can discolour under the influence of (bright) sunlight. Preferably clean with a soft dry cloth. Never ultrasonically clean this gemstone.
Zodiac sign: Aquarius & Scorpio. 

Zirconia

Zirconia is a synthetic stone. The material of the (cubic)zirconia has optical properties closer to the characteristics of diamond than any other material. It is not easy to distinguish the difference with the human eye. Zirconia is therefore popular as an imitation diamond in a ring. Just like diamonds, zirconia can be cut into different shapes for use in jewelry. 

Zoisite

Zoisite is a beautiful mineral, usually pink, gray, blue or green or a combination of these colors with pearly shine. Zoisite helps against negative influences from others. The stone has the ability to convert negative energy and behavior into positive ones. Wearing jewelry with Zoisite helps to become independent and to form your own judgment, strengthens inspiration and willpower. For example, wear a ring, necklace or bracelet with Zoisite to reduce self-destructive behavior and promote creativity. Zoisite is a slow-acting stone and should therefore be worn for a longer period of time.
Hardness: 6.5 (HARD)
Location: Austria, East Africa, Italy and Pakistan
Care: Preferably clean with a soft dry cloth. Never clean this gemstone ultrasonically or with steam.
Zodiac sign: Aries & Virgo 


 


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