Precious coral or red coral is the common name given to Corallium rubrum and several related species of marine coral. The distinguishing characteristic of precious corals is their durable and intensely colored red or pink skeleton, which is used for making jewelry.
The hard skeleton of red coral branches is naturally matte, but can be polished to a glassy shine. It exhibits a range of warm reddish pink colors from pale pink to deep red; the word coral is also used to name such colors. Owing to its intense and permanent coloration and glossiness, precious coral skeletons have been harvested since antiquity for decorative use. Coral jewellery has been found in ancient Egyptian and prehistoric European burials,and continues to be made to the present day.
Habitat: USA, Egypt, Australia, Japan..
Western Zodiac: Fish
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Legend has it that as Aphrodite, goddess of love, lay in majestic slumber on the bank of the Indus River, a playful Eros (Cupid) decided to give her an impromptu manicure with one of his trademark arrowheads. Cast asunder, the freshly clipped fingernails rolled down the bank and sank to the bottom of the river, where they were magically transformed by Zeus’ three daughters, The Fates, into splendid black quartz. Thus, ‘onyx’ (a word roughly translated as ‘nail’ or ‘claw’) was born./via:Stones&Findings/
Onyx is a banded variety of chalcedony. The colors of its bands range from white to almost every color (save some shades, such as purple or blue). Commonly, specimens of onyx contain bands of black and/or white.
Color – various
Origin – Brazil, Uruguay, India
Chakra – Throat Zodiac sign – Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius
Chinese Zodiac sign – Rat, Buffalo, Tiger Element – Earth
Its metaphysical powers include destruction of negative emotions, deflection of acute negative energy, and defence against evil forces.
Agate is a microcrystalline variety of silica, chiefly chalcedony, characterised by its fineness of grain and brightness of color. Although agates may be found in various kinds of rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks and can be common in certain metamorphic rocks.The stone was given its name by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and naturalist, who discovered the stone along the shore line of the river Achates sometime between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. Colorful agates and other chalcedonies were obtained over 3,000 years ago from the Achates River, now called Dirillo, in Sicily.
Crystal System – trigonal
Color -all colors
Origin – Germany, Russa, Italy, Australia, USA
Zodiac sign – Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Scorpio
Chinese Zodiac sign – Snake, Horse, Goat, Pig
The wonderful metaphysical benefits of agate beads have been thought to include everything from improvement of memory, concentration, and analysis, as well as curing of insomnia, poor circulation, and pancreatic dysfunction, to the generation of honesty and goodwill, and perhaps more fantastically, the ability to control weather patterns.
Turquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminium. It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue.
The substance has been known by many names, but the word turquoise, which dates to the 16th century, is derived from an Old French word for “Turkish”, because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey, from the mines in historical Khorasan Province of Iran. Pliny the Elder referred to the mineral as callais, the Iranians named it “pirouzeh” and the Aztecs knew it as Teoxihuitl.
One of the first gems ever mined, turquoise delighted traders on the Silk Road, and is still associated with the Middle East. Apart from the exotic charm of its unbelievable rich colour, this association owes to the Persian Empire’s role as the premier source of the world’s turquoise for 2000 years. In present day Turkey, which the stone was most likely named after because of erroneous assumptions about the stone’s origins, turquoise can still be seen adorning the insides and outsides of mosques everywhere.
Crystal System – triclinic
Color – light blue – light green
Origin – Iran, Egypt, USA, China, Poland
Chakra – Throat
Zodiac sign – Sagittarius, Aquarius, Libra, Fish
Chinese Zodiac sign – Snake, Dog, Rat, Rabbit, Tiger
Element – Water, Air
Turquoise has been thought to aid the body’s healing process, centre the emotions, and provide physical protection from harm.