Complete Guide to Gemstones

Our rainbow of gemstones is well-stocked with tons of beautiful options, you can search for and choose jewelry items based on the colors you like to wear (for example, moonstone is the world’s best neutral, and many of our customers love the juicy vibrant orange shade of carnelian or the gumdrop-purple of amethyst).

Since so many of our customers are interested in the gemological aspects of gemstones and where they come from, we include this info here as a helpful educational tool.

Amazonite

Named after the Amazon river and evocative of the area’s rainforests, its green bright tropical green color is translucent to opaque. Belonging to the feldspar mineral group, amazonite has been appearing in jewelry since ancient Egyptian times (it was discovered among the precious artifacts in King Tut's tomb).

Metaphysical Properties Known as the "Stone of Hope," amazonite is an auspicious gem that attracts good luck and prosperity. (As such, it’s also known as the "gambler’s stone.” Amazonite can also alleviates stress, soothes the nervous system and calms emotions.

Origin Russia, Kenya, Namibia, Myanmar (Burma), India, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Brazil, U.S. (Colorado & Virginia)


Amethyst

The violet-hued variety of the mineral quartz. It’s also February’s birthstone.
Origin Found abundantly in Brazil. Other locations include South Korea, Austria, Russia, India, Africa, U.S. and Canada.
Metaphysical Properties A stone that brings a sense of peace to the wearer, acting as a natural tranquilizer, relieving irritability, anxiety, and even the effects of grief. it also aids in alleviating insomnia, and many believe it helps those who suffer from addiction. Its name comes from a Greek word meaning "not intoxicated,” and is therefore considered a strong antidote to drunkenness.


Apatite

Displaying a color so vivid and vibrant that it’s often mistaken for tourmaline, topaz, and beryl, the neon-blue variety of apatite is the most beautiful, and is coveted by designers and jewelry lovers alike.

Origin Myanmar (Burma), Brazil, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Norway, Canada, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Mexico and the United States.

Metaphysical Properties Enhances insight, creativity and learning. Many believe that apatite aids in clarity, focus, concentration, intellect, acceptance and unconditional love.


Aquamarine

As the blue-green, highly prized variety of the mineral beryl, aquamarine takes its name from the Latin for "waters of the sea.” The stone evokes the clear, crystalline quality of water, and the varied light-to-dark shades of the ocean. It’s also the birthstone for March.

Origin The most abundant and precious specimens are sourced from Brazil. Other deposits have been found in Angola, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Mozambique, Pakistan, Russia, Tanzania, Zambia and the United States (Colorado).

Metaphysical Properties A stone of courage and protection, it’s said to calm fears and phobias, while acting as a conduit for self-expression.

At Nina Nguyen, we only use natural gemstones sourced through a network of reputable, ethical suppliers based all over the world. None of our gemstones are glass or lab-created—they are mined from the earth and often cut to our specifications to accommodate the complex requirements of our jewelry designs.

Browse our jewelry and you’ll find that we have a particular fondness for tourmalines, moonstones, geodes, opals, labradorite, and all kinds of quartz.


Black Tourmalated Quartz

A type of quartz defined by rutile needles (a.k.a. black titanium dioxide inclusions) within its structure.

Origin Anywhere quartz is found (worldwide)

Metaphysical Properties Black rutilated quartz is thought to promote and enhance intuition and wisdom. In particular, it can assist with difficult decision making, as it improves mental clarity and analytical thinking.


Black Spinel

The black variety of this durable, sought-after gemstone is comprised of vitreous magnesium aluminum oxide or magnesium aluminate.

Origin Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Brazil, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Nepal and Nigeria

Metaphysical Properties Black Spinel is said to solve the root causes of physical, emotional and spiritual imbalances. It’s a protective, grounding, and empowering stone that wards off negative energy and aids inletting go of resentment.


Burmese Jade

Translucent to semi-transparent Jadeite containing chromium

Origin Kachin region of Myanmar (Burma)

Metaphysical Properties Jade is revered by many Asian cultures as a stone that attracts good luck and prosperity. It also has protective qualities, with a harmonizing, purifying energy that can help with accomplishing goals, making friends, and finding acceptance.


Cacoxenite Amethyst

Also known as Super Seven crystal, because it’s a type of quartz formation that can combine of up to seven different mineral specimens: amethyst, quartz, rutile quartz, smokey quartz, goethite, lepidocrocite, cacoxenite, and sometimes hematite.

Origin First discovered in Espiritu Santo, Brazil but can also be found in major quartz deposits all over the world.

Metaphysical Properties Heightening and awakening spiritual growth and self-reflection, this stone has a powerful healing energy that expands the mind, opens you to possibility, and promotes positivity not just within yourself but also within your environment.

And we also allude to the metaphysical properties of each stone. The alchemy of gemstones, crystals, and minerals has been in practice for thousands of years and working these materials into your daily life can be a powerful vehicle for healing emotional wounds, calming the mind, and finding enlightenment.

There’s no doubt that gemstones come from the earth with a unique set of energies and our guide outlines how you might choose your gemstones accordingly.


Carnelian

A form of chalcedony, with a brownish-red, and sometimes bright orange hue colored by the mineral impurities of iron oxide.

Origin Brazil, Uruguay, India, Madagascar

Metaphysical Properties Known as a stone of motivation, endurance, leadership and courage, carnelian is an uplifting gem that can dispel feelings of envy, fear, rage, and sadness.


Chalcedony

A type of quartz that takes many forms and colors (see: agate, chrysoprase, onyx, and carnelian for example) but in jewelry, the name usually refers to the white, blue, or gray varieties.

Metaphysical Properties A stone that creates a sense of balance and harmony, chalcedony absorbs negative thoughts and feelings and replaces them with instincts to practice kindness and generosity.


Chrysoprase

A distinctive and very rare variety of chalcedony containing a cryptocrystalline form of silicon dioxide. Chrysoprase is highly prized for its unique minty apple green color that can alternately appear opaque or opalescent.

Origin Important sources include Australia, Brazil, Germany, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, India, Kazakhstan and the U.S. (Arizona, Oregon, and California)

Metaphysical Properties Chrysoprase is a healing stone that can attract new love, abundance, and prosperity. Wearing it can have mood-boosting effects, and can also aid in mending a broken heart.

Don’t know where to start, especially if you’re shopping for a gift? One word: Birthstones. They’re all noted here, from garnets (January) to turquoise (December).


Citrine

A variety of quartz that’s beloved for its vibrant, rich yellow hues. Evoking golden honey and the warmest afternoon sunshine, citrine can also have whisky-brown or orange undertones and is an alternative to November’s traditional birthstone, topaz.

Metaphysical Properties A positive, energizing stone, citrine can stimulate creativity, ignite smart ideas and solutions when you need them, and lead you on a bright path to success, or help realize your long-held wishes and goals.


Geode

A unique stone found at least 100 feet below the earth's surface, gem-quality geodes have a hard, unremarkable rock shell with insides that reveal a variety of glistening quartz crystals and often secondary minerals or formations such as hematite, calcite, apatite, stalactites and galena crystals, just to name a few.

Metaphysical Properties Geodes have healing energies and cleanse the mind and spirit of negativity. Some believe that geodes also have the power to help you find solutions to difficult problems, offering a light at the end of the tunnel, a little sparkling guidance when you’re on a dark path.


Diamond

A sparkling, brilliant, and super durable gem made of crystallized carbon that can be cut and polished into a variety of shapes and sizes for engagement rings. We often accent our jewelry designs with diamonds in their tiniest form (termed melee and pavé). DIamonds come in a variety of colors (in addition to the classic white), and we love using the champagne, black, and gray shades in our jewelry.

Metaphysical Properties This precious gem has been coveted for centuries because of its beauty and fiery brilliance. It is widely regarded as a symbol of purity and innocence, not to mention love and fidelity. It’s also the birthstone for April.


Druzy Quartz

A term for the layer of tiny quartz crystals that can form on the surface of a quartz base (also referred to simply as “druzy” or “druzy stones”), it has a sugar-like appearance in a wide variety of colors, often found in the hollow cavities of agate geodes..

Origin Anywhere quartz is found (worldwide)

Metaphysical Properties Druzy quartz relaxes the mind, while enhancing your imagination and creativity. It is also said to purify and amplify the body's natural healing properties, especially when it comes to alleviating depression and sorrow.


Emerald

A variety of the beryl mineral family, emerald is a rare and highly sought-after precious gemstone that gets its green color from traces of chromium, and occasionally vanadium.

Origin Columbia, Zambia, Brazil and Zimbabwe

Metaphysical Properties Known to be a stone of abundance, vitality and prosperity, it can be worn to promote and enhance everything from fertility to love and domestic bliss.


Garnet

January’s birthstone is most commonly found in a deep, dark red, but also comes in many other colors known by different gemological names, such as spessartite (orange), hessonite (brown-orange), rhodolite (hot pink or magenta) and tsavorite (bright green).

Metaphysical Properties A healing stone that can help with depression and melancholy, by gladdening the heart and bolstering your levels of self-confidence. The stone is also associated with love, sex, and fertility (the name garnet derives from the ancient word for pomegranate, a fruit that has always been associated with the female body).


Green Onyx

A form of (dyed) bright green chalcedony or agate.

Origin India, Brazil, United States

Metaphysical Properties Green onyx aids in relieving worries, tension, stress and fear. It also stimulates positive feelings, wisdom and mental clarity—reach for this stone in a time of difficulty or crisis.


Green Tourmalated Quartz

A type of quartz defined by rutile needles (a.k.a. green titanium dioxide inclusions) within its structure.

Origin Anywhere quartz is found (worldwide)

Metaphysical Properties Awakens the mind and spirit. Protects sensitive souls from the effects of negativity and stress, and can also aid in mending a broken heart.


Hessonite Garnet

A grossularite variety of garnet known and loved for its unique warm yellow-to-reddish tone.

Origin Sri Lanka, Brazil, India, Canada, Madagascar, Tanzania and the (U.S.)

Metaphysical Properties Sometimes referred to as “cinnamon stone," one of its quirkier properties is that it’s supposed to stop you from revealing or spreading gossip. It’s also used as a talisman to attract health and happiness, while enhancing creativity, self-expression, and confidence.


Kyanite

A form of aluminum silicate with a brittle and fibrous quality that makes it difficult to use in jewelry. But few designers can resist its deep, shimmering colors, which range from a brilliant cornflower blue, to a streaked pale blue, or bluish-green.

Origin Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Kenya, India, Myanmar, Australia

Metaphysical Properties A stone with tranquil, calming energies, it facilitates communication and self-expression, especially with spoken words, making it a unique option for public speakers and performers.


Labradorite

Belonging to the feldspar mineral group, it’s treasured for its remarkable color play, known as “labradorescence”—basically, compelling flashes of blue, violet, brown, gold, and gray, sometimes all at once.

Origin Norway, Finland and Labrador, Canada (for which it is named)

Metaphysical Properties Known as a stone of transformation, labradorite can be useful through periods of change. It is thought to enhance and amplify your own built-in intuitions, while encouraging feelings of strength, courage and perseverance.


Lapis

A gemstone prized for its intense blue color since antiquity, it’s also commonly referred to as lapis lazuli, a name that derives from the Latin word for stone (“lapis”) and the Persian word for blue (“lazhuward"). In jewelry, the stone is cut into cabochons, beads, inlays, and tablets.

Origin Afghanistan, Russia, Chile, Italy, Mongolia, Canada, the United States

Metaphysical Properties Alternately symbolizing royalty and honor, spiritual consciousness and vision, it’s universally regarded as a stone that enhances wisdom and brings deep self-awareness.


Madagascar Rose Quartz

A variety of rose quartz characterized by its deep pink color and asterism (i.e., cat’s eye/star effect)

Origin Madagascar

Metaphysical Properties A stone with a uniquely femine energy, that’s also associated with romantic love, fertility and wellness. It also purifies and opens the heart, with the power to attract new love or deepen an existing relationship.


Morganite

A variety of beryl in a pink to peachy-pink color brought about by traces of manganese, it was discovered in 1910 by Tiffany & Co.’s top gemologist at the time, George Kunz. Kunz named it in honor of his friend J.P. Morgan (the financier and philanthropist was an avid gem collector and made gifts of them to the American Museum of Natural History in New York and other institutions).

Origin Brazil, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Namibia, and Madagascar

Metaphysical Properties A nurturing, healing stone that encourages loving thoughts and actions, while cleansing the spirit, bringing you inner peace and awakening you to, and readying you for, moments of self-discovery and self-realization.


Moonstone

Formed by alternating layers of the feldspar minerals orthoclase and albite, it produces a phenomenon called adularescence—the soft light that glows from within, and shimmers across the gemstone’s surface.

Origin Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Madagascar, Brazil, Australia, India

Metaphysical Properties Alleviates stress, quiets emotions, and promotes a sense of peace and tranquility. It’s a soother and a stabilizer, deeply connected to lunar energy, and a stone to take on journeys, whether you’re finding your way in a spiritual sense or boarding plane.


Moss Agate

A form of chalcedony, with green inclusions encased within the stone that suggest moss, trees, plants, and other vegetation.

Origin Australia, Russia, India, U.S. (Montana)

Metaphysical Properties Known as a "stone of abundance," it is also said to attract wealth and prosperity. Moss agate also draws in those with an interest in gardening and landscape architecture.


Moss Aquamarine

A type of beryl with an earthy, greenish-blue hue, and heavily included with trace elements of Iron that create the appearance of darker, deeper green flecks and specks.

Origin Brazil, Africa, Madagascar, Pakistan, Australia, China, the United States

Metaphysical Properties Moss aquamarine is referred to as the "Courage Stone” and like traditional blue aquamarine, can calm fears and phobias, and bring a fluidity to the expression of ideas and emotions.


Opal

Formed by a combination of silicon dioxide and water trapped within solid rocks like limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl, and basalt, opal is distinguished by its iridescent play of color—a.k.a. “fire”—which reveals itself when exposed to a light source. It’s also the birthstone for October.

Several varieties are used in jewelry, including:

  • Boulder Opal found in cracks or coatings in and around ironstone and sandstone boulders.
  • Opal Doublet which is a thin slice of precious opal cemented onto a backing, usually a piece of ironstone.
  • White Opal which has a milky pale white appearance with bright flashes of fire

Origin Australia, Ethiopia, Peru, U.S.

Metaphysical Properties A common misconception is that it’s bad luck to wear opals if they’re not your birthstone. The fact is that opal was a good luck talisman in ancient times and today is regarded as a symbol of hope, innocence and purity. It’s a healing, protective stone that also intensifies emotions and releases inhibitions.


Pearl

Pearls form naturally in live oysters; today, the vast majority of pearls cultured—that is, the lustrous gems are grown on pearl farms around the world. To replicate what happens in nature, a foreign object is inserted into the oysters, a process that produces a variety of freshwater and saltwater pearls, which can be perfectly round in shape, coin-like, or deliberately misshapen (i.e. keshi pearls and any baroque pearls).

Metaphysical Properties A timeless symbol of femininity, purity and innocence, pearls are also associated with tears (of joy and sadness). Pearl is also the birthstone for June.


Peridot

As the birthstone for August, and the gem variety of the mineral olivine, the prettiest, most desirable examples of peridot display a neon chartreuse or lemon-lime hue.

Metaphysical Properties A stone with positive, healing energies tied to vitality, restful sleep, and the ability to make and maintain meaningful friendships. Peridot is also associated with sunshine and light, and thus, can help banish dark thoughts and recurring nightmares.


Peruvian Opal

The national stone of Peru is a sedimentary rock formed at a low temperature from igneous rock with a high silica content. Unlike other opals, it does not display flashes of fire, but rather, an evenly distributed, richly saturated blue-green color.

Origin Peru (Andes Mountains)

Metaphysical Properties Relieves stress, quiets the mind and spirit, shields from bad vibes coming from external forces, and aids in sleep.


Prasiolite

A pale green variety of quartz also known as green amethyst.

Origin Brazil, Poland, Canada

Metaphysical Properties An empowering stone that converts negativity and toxicity into properties that positively benefit the mind and body, it also carries energies of creativity, self-acceptance, prosperity, and abundance.


Pyrite

This sulfide mineral is commonly known as "fool’s gold" because of its metallic luster, cubic crystal structure, and pale brass-yellow hue. In jewelry, it often appears as cabochons, beads and faceted shapes (it’s not used as a metal like actual gold).

Origin Peru, Spain, the U.K., U.S.

Metaphysical Properties A protective lucky charm that can ward off negativity and promote feelings of contentment, while boosting your energy levels and increasing your productivity at work if you’re in a slump.


Rhodochrosite

A manganese carbonate mineral that’s pink in color (rosé to a deeper watermelon shades), often with a visible white banded pattern.

Origin Argentina, U.S.

Metaphysical Properties Rhodochrosite is said to bring the wearer courage. It is also good for age related memory loss. Rhodochrosite promotes healthy development in babies and aids those suffering from mental stress and emotional trauma. Some believe that it helps increase passion and musical ability.


Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is the pink variety of the mineral quartz.

Origin Brazil, India, Madagascar, South Africa

Metaphysical Properties Rose Quartz is a stone that is said to magnify creativity and imagination. It is good for artistic expression in music, art and writing. It promotes a youthful appearance, and is said to enhance ones complexion. Rose Quartz is also good for the health of the heart, adrenal glands, blood circulation, kidneys and spleen. Aids with general aches and pains, wrinkles, asthma, vertigo, cough, flu, varicose veins and burns. It is said to have a calming effect and promotes forgiveness, love, romance and relationships. This is a stone that is great for ones emotional well being.


Rubellite

Red Tourmaline is sometimes referred to a Rubellite and has a beautiful bright red to pinkish red color.

Origin Afghanistan, Brazil, East Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Madagascar, the United States

Metaphysical Properties Rubellite e is said to revitalize and bring joy and passion to romantic relationships, along with bringing a renewed sense of commitment. It is said to deter people from disputing your expertise, picking fights, pulling rank, or otherwise being unreasonable. Some believe Red Tourmaline to be useful in neutralizing the harmful effects of electronics form microwaves or computers.


Ruby

Ruby is the red gemstone variety of the mineral Corundum. It owes its color to the trace element chromium and can vary from a deep crimson or purple to a pale rose. The word Ruby comes from ruber, which is latin for red.

Origin India, Madagascar, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma)

Metaphysical Properties Ruby is thought to bring health, balance, energy, wealth, abundance, knowledge, creativity, longevity, passion and protection to it's wearer. It also helps with decision making, new beginnings, and change. Ruby promotes mental health and fosters a will to live, reduces stress, anguish and suffering. It is also said to protect against lightning strikes.


Sapphire

The blue variety of the mineral corundum owes its color to trace elements of iron and titanium. Sapphire is the most valuable and desirable blue gemstone used in jewelry,It’s September’s birthstone, due to its popular hue (which ranges from pastel to sky to a deep midnight blue), rarity, excellent hardness, durability, and sparkle.

Origin Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Burma (Myanmar), Madagascar, Tanzania, Australia, Thailand and the U.S.(Montana)

Metaphysical Properties Enhances intuition and mental clarity. Facilitates self-expression and one’s ability to communicate. and also symbolizes nobility, loyalty, and fidelity, making it perfect for engagement rings.


Smoky Quartz

The brown to black variety of Quartz colored by natural radiation from the earth

Origin Madagascar, the United States

Metaphysical Properties Smokey Quartz is said to be good for vitality, intuition, survival instincts and mental acuity. It helps with stammering and is good for the legs, knees, ankles, hands and feet. Many believe that it promotes relaxation and meditation, as well as aiding against depression, anger, despair and grief. It is often worn to help to decrease habitual spending.


Solar Quartz/Stalactite Quartz

A natural agatized Quartz that is sliced from stalactites, it occurs in clear, white, or gray color, with or without mossy inclusions.

Origin Brazil, Africa, Asia

Metaphysical Properties Solar Quartz is said to bring emotional strength and promote harmony in all aspects of life. It is a powerful healing stone because it stimulates the immune system and supports the functions of the circulatory system.


Strawberry Quartz

A pink variety of quartz with red inclusions of iron oxide. Its unique color reminds us of crushed or shaved ice swirled with strawberry jam or grenadine.

Metaphysical Properties A nurturing, healing stone that can boost your levels of courage and confidence that is also associated with love, expanded consciousness, and finding clarity—a way forward—in confusing or chaotic times.


Topaz

A traditionally yellow or orange-yellow stone akin to citrine, except it’s an aluminum silicate mineral, not a form of quartz. White or colorless topaz is widely available and is sometimes used in lieu of diamonds as an accent stone; it is also treated to take on the popular marine blue color of topaz, a stone that tends to be as affordable as it is beautiful.

Metaphysical Properties A healing, energy-boosting and optimistic stone associated with truth and wisdom that can also help ease tension, setting you up to give and receive love freely.


Tourmaline

Tourmaline is an aluminum borosilicate mixed with a variety of different metals including iron or magnesium. Tourmaline color is determined by the type of metal and how much metal they contain. Tourmaline gemstones can be many different colors, including black, blue, green, pink, red, violet and yellow. The name originates from the Singhalese word “turamali,” which means "stone of mixed color".

Origin Brazil, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Malawi

Metaphysical Properties Tourmaline is good for inspiration, awareness, creativity, new challenges and negotiation skills. It promotes mental health and healing, and is said to aid in digestion and the health of the bladder and lymphatic system. Tourmaline has a calming effect and helps prevent excessive worry.


Turquoise

Turquoise is an opaque blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and is thereby referred to as "sleeping beauty" turquoise. Turquoise has been used as an ornamental stone for thousands of years. The word turquoise dates to the 17th century and is derived from the french word turquois, meaning "Turkish". This name was given because the mineral was first brought to Europe through Turkey from the mines of Persia.

Origin Iran, the United States (Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada), China, Afghanistan, Australia, India, Chile

Metaphysical Properties Turquoise balances mood and instills inner calmness. It is excellent for depression and exhaustion and in preventing panic. Turquoise is said to assist in creative problem solving and protects the wearer from accidents. It allows one to see the beauty in everything and is good for creative expression, courage, communication, wisdom, compassion, romance and love. It is considered by many to be a powerful healing stone and promotes the health of the muscles, lungs, circulation and the absorption of nutrients.


White Quartz

White Quartz is the variety of the mineral Quartz that is comprised of silicon and oxygen. White Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust.

Origin Brazil, the United States, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, Russia

Metaphysical Properties White Quartz is known as a "feel better" stone because it is said to improve the quality of life of the wearer, making them happier and re-energizing them in all situations.


Zircon

A natural gemstone—not cubic zironia!—gemstone known since antiquity, zircon’s high refractive index and strong dispersion give it a wonderful brilliance and intense fire known to rival Diamond. Zircons are found in a wide range of colors.

Origin Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Brazil, Korea, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Vietnam

Metaphysical Properties Enhances relationships through charisma by bringing out the best in the wearer. It is also good for encouraging purity, toughness, wisdom and dependability. Zircon is said to aid healing vertigo, allergies, sciatica and poisoning, as well as resolving insomnia. It is also helpful in preventing depression and promoting self esteem.

Druzy

Created naturally over millions of years, the Druzy stone is made up of tiny quartz crystals formed within or on top of other natural surfaces. The crystals are developed when groundwater carries minerals across an area of rock and rapidly cools.

ORIGIN: Uruguay

Druzy is said to help aid in increasing energy and balancing the body.

Turquoise

As water moves through porous rock, minerals such as copper, aluminum, and iron are dissolved. These minerals accumulate to form Turquoise. The hues of blues and greens are created by the oxidation and weathering of these minerals.

ORIGIN: Mexico

Turquoise protects against negative energy and brings peace.

Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase is a rare form of quartz. It is formed when it’s metallic elements weather over centuries. The slow process ends up creating beautiful ribbons of greens and browns. This inspired its name; Chrysoprase is Greek for green.

ORIGIN: Australia

Chrysoprase is said to make conscious what was first unconscious.

Stalactite

Formed at the roof of a cave, stalactites begin with only a drop of mineral rich water. Over time the stalactite will form into a beautiful icicle shaped crystal, all beginning with one single drop of water.

ORIGIN: Brazil

Stalactite is associated with inner growth, power and discovery of the higher self.

Opal

Opal forms when water picks up silica from sandstone and evaporates. Rumored to possess the virtues of the gemstones whose colors reside within it, Opal is known for luck.

ORIGIN: Australia

Opal is known as a karmic stone that reflects one's inner self as it does light, a reminder that what one sends out will return.

Geode

The word "geode" is derived from Latin, meaning "earthlike”; a reference to their rounded shape. One of the earth’s most beautiful geological formations, geode stones occur in the sediment of volcanic rocks.

ORIGIN: Mexico

Geodes are seen as useful for grounding and meditation.

Moonstone

Many layers of inclusions and different types of feldspar form the iridescent look of moonstone.

ORIGIN: India

Moonstone helps to soothe and balance the emotions.

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