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Quartz - The Most Wide Variety of Gemstones

Quartz is one of the most abundant materials on earth. Chemically it is known as Silicon Di Oxide or SiO2. While it is mostly renowned as a material used in jewelry, it actually sees use in a variety of applications ranging from Scientific to Defense and Commercial. Quartz is a relatively hard Gemstone and ranks 7 on the Mohs Scale. Being a piezoelectric substance (which means that it moves under the influence of electricity), it is heavily used in electrical and communication applications such as Radios and Oscillators. Quartz has found a mainstay usage in the watch industry because of its resistance to weathering. In popular culture, Quartz is often depicted as a colorless crystal in pyramidal shapes and various sized; however most people are unaware of the fact that many of the more popular gemstones such as Amethysts and even Citrine are actually varieties of Quartz. While Quartz in its pure form is indeed colorless, when it is found with some other minerals, it can attain spectacular colors ranging from pink to green and yellow. Amethyst, which is the purple variety of Himalayan Quartz crystal, is by far the most popular stone in the family. Its purple color is well suited on Sterling Silver jewelry and is very fashionable. Its color is the result of the presence of a trace amount of iron content within the Quartz. The greater the presence of iron the more purplish hue the Amethyst will have. The purple color of the Amethyst has also fascinated the royalties of many countries the world over who have used it in their robes, head gears and battle armor. Amethyst is often heated to change its color to yellow thus making it Citrine. Citrine, which is another variety of Quartz is a lot harder to find than Amethyst so it is manufactured this way. In fact Citrine is also sometimes referred to as "Cooked Amethyst" amongst jewelry circles. Sometimes people will confuse Citrine for Topaz which share similar colors however both are very different chemically. Citrine gets its name from the word - "Citrus" which is used for Lemon primarily because of its resemblance to the fruit. The list of the variety of quartz goes on, other famous varieties of Quartz range from Rose Quartz which has a pink color to Smoky Quartz which has a dark grey color. Quartz, being one of the most widely used gemstones available will continue to dominate the jewelry and commercial market for many years to come thanks to its diverse application.
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Apophyllite Crystal Meaning & Properties

What is Apophyllite It belongs to the Phyllosilicate family. The apophyllite word is put from the Greek word flake off. Apophyllite has a white color, but it comes in different shapes like blue, green, yellow, and pink or even colorless. This crystal is used to calm the mind and escape negative thoughts. Apophyllite Calm the Mind & Raise your Vibration It comes from the greek word.' apo' and 'phyllon.' Apophyllite crystal captures its name from its flaky silicate texture and a touch that is as soft as snow. It's a soul star stone, a place where masculine and feminine energies meet, and a crystal of sacred white light ready to launch you to locations of cosmic travel and deep insight. There is also the Green Apophyllite Stone which is the rarest of the family and holds notes of love, peace, and pure tranquility. While the greener version of the stone is often found in the mines of India, Brazil, and Canada, Apophyllite has also been uncovered in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, the Czech Republic, Italy, Britain, Germany, and Australia. Mirrored Apophyllite was also used for centuries in the art of gazing, where the stone was passed down for generations as a mirror for the past so that a person could reflect on the magic and the mistakes of their elders and acclimate their own choices accordingly. Healing Properties of Apophyllite A clear resonator that conducts electrical charge and connects to higher plains, Apophyllite is an incredibly spiritual stone. Ever a clearer of negative energy and tumbled emotion, this crystal immediately gets to work and removes blockages, making sure that your heart and your head stay clear and connected and ever ready to overcome those mired feelings of stress and anxiety. Channeling thoughts and feelings that surpass our simple borders, Apophyllite is also known for its ability to tap into hidden psychic powers. From clairvoyance and visions to linking spirit and truth, this stone has big things in store for those who are open to deepened spiritual practice.
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The Ruby - Gemstone of Love

Ruby: Introduction Red is the color of love, passion, vivacity, exuberance, and power. It is also the color of one of the most beautiful gemstones in the world -the ruby. The ruby is known to be the July birthstone and is the stone given on the 15th and 40th marriage anniversaries to provide happy couples a long prosperous marriage. In ancient times the ruby gemstone is known as the "king of gems". The ruby has everything a precious stone would need- magnificent color, excellent hardness, and outstanding brilliance. The color of a ruby can range from fiery orange red to a deep purple red. Large rubies are hard to find, which make them rare, in some cases could be more valuable than a diamond of the same size. Ruby: History The ruby derives its name from the Latin word ruber which is a name that is based on its red color. Like many other gemstones the ruby has been used as a talisman to cure and protect. People in ancient times believed that rubies, if grounded into fine powder placed on the tip of the tongue were thought to have healing abilities for the blood as well as the heart. Many ancient cultures thought that wearing a ruby jewelry or under their skin will protect the user in battle. This is because of the ruby's blood-like color. The Hindus and Greeks believed that the ruby's color came from fire being trapped in the stone. They tried using rubies to boil water and even melt wax. Famous Rubies It is stated that flawless rubies mined from Burma are valued at millions of dollars. Although these mines generate outstanding rubies, it rarely generates rubies more than a few carats in weight. The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington carries the largest Burmese ruby known to date. The 23.1 carat, Burmese ruby called the Carmen Lucia ruby is set inside a platinum ring with diamonds, was donated by a businessman and philanthropist in memory of his wife.
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