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Glorious Gemstones

Semi Precious gemstones have been used to adorn jewellery for many years. These semi precious gemstones are formed from minerals which are cut and then polished. Colour is the most obvious and attractive feature of a gemstone and whilst different materials / minerals are typically colour similar, differences can be found where the atomic structure between two stones differ and when colour treatments are applied. 

Minerals and gems have been used for many different purposes through the ages and in addition to enhancing the look and feel of jewellery, healing and life balancing qualities exist in the wearing of many gems.

The gemstones I typically work with are detailed further below. 


Agate was given its name by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher who is believed to have discovered the gem on the banks of the river Achates in the 4th century BC. The gemstone was later mentioned in the Bible as one of the “stones of fire”. A semi precious type of chalcedony available in various forms, characterized by the colour bands.

Popular types of agate include:  Black Agate (As shown), Grey Agate and  Botswana Agate although other variations are available. 

black agate

Botswana Agate

Also known as eye agate, Botswana agate has been known to ward off the evil eye. This is the gemstone for people who are sensitive and lonely or easily hurt. It will help you have more self-satisfaction and protect you from hurt. Botswana agate is also known to enhance sexual energy by giving physical stamina.

The cut is a very crucial trait for the end look of Botswana agate. The colors of this stone are found in strips, bands, or blended in clouds. With Botswana Agate in particular, the cutter must concentrate on these natural strips/bands well, cutting to assure that their beauty is enhanced.


botswana agate

Grey Agate

Grey agate, like all agates, brings the wearer good luck. It was used in ancient times as a talisman to protect from storms and quench thirst. Grey agate is also said to help foster love, bring abundance and relieve stress.
Grey agate is used to treat dizziness, headaches, as well as skin problems. It is essential that the stone should be in contact with the skin near the organ that needs healing. Tired or inflamed eyes may also be alleviated by applying a disk of agate to them. Agate has also been used for countless decades to lessen discomfort experienced during certain days of pregnancy.


grey agate


This gem is named after the Amazon River; however, although it is mined in Brazil it has never been discovered near the river and as of yet there is no reliable source that can explain how the gem’s name was derived.

Amazonite is a bluish green variety of microcline feldspar and its appearance always resembles a piece of mottled modern art. This irregular hue varies from green to yellowish green to bluish green, with some specimens featuring white streaks. Amazonite has been said to help calm one’s emotions and soothe nerves. It is also believed to enhance the ability to express oneself, but its strongest power of all is to make married life happier! 



A form of quartz coloured from deep dark purple through to pale lilac.

Amythyst is derived from an ancient greek term meaning "not drunk". It's relevance is not known although many say it is because the deep dark red purple is said to resemble wine !

Helping to ward off negative influences Amethyst calms the nervous system and brain, easing headaches and migraines. 

amythyst 2


From the elusive "beryl" family, along with Emerald and Morganite, Aquamarine meaning "sea water" is a water symbol vital in cleanisng and cleaning emotions and feelings. Aquamarine is renowned for soothing feelings of grief and lonliness, aiding inner peace.




A beautiful warm orange colour, carnelian has been worn in jewellery since ancient times.

A popular healing and purifying stone that is also commonly carried as a worry stone to ease stress and tension, whilst helping to improve vitality and strength. 




A compact variety of microcrystalline quartz. White when pure,chalcedony can contain trace elements of inclusions giving way to a range of colours. Many of these colours have their own varety name (see Agate, Carnelian, Onyxand Sardonyx)

Chalcedony is used to help heal the eyes, soothing soreness and clarifying vision. It also enhances inner peace restoring the ability to communicate clearly creating balance in body and mind.   



A quartz variation used in jewellery for centuries giving a pale gold translucency.

Citrine is known to stimulate creative thought and inspiration. 




The word garnet is derived from the latin "granatum" meaning pomegranate. This is reflective of the deep red colour of garnet as a resemblence to the deep red of the pomegranate seed.

Garnets have a balancing effect, aligning the body and emotions, bringing the heart into alignment. They help you discard the old and welcome the new with abundance and vitality.   



Haematite is an iron ore compound with a natural sheen. Due to its iron content powdered haemetite can be used to make a red pigment hence the name lending itself from the greek word for blood "haima".





Howlite is famed for imitating other minerals, such as Turquoise. It is naturally white or grey, but due to the porous texture of the stone can very easily be dyed a Turquoise blue. It is said that Howlite can eliminate anger and offensive behaviour. Healers consider it an important gemstone to cleanse auras and purify the blood.

Howlite was discovered near Windsor, Nova Scotia in Canada in the late 1680s when gypsum miners came across it. As it was tougher than gypsum it was causing them problems slowing down their mining and they called in a local geologist named Henry How to help them. The gemstone was later named in his honour.


Jade (Jadeite)

Jadeite is made of interlocking, blocky and granular crystals.

Jade originates from the spanish "piedra de ijada" meaning "stone of the loins" alluding to jades ability to support and balance the energy of the kidneys and lymphatic system. 



Lapis Lazuli

Classed as a rock because of its complex structure the name comes from "lapis" meaning stone in latin and "lazuli" meaning blue in ancient persian.

Mined in Afghanistan this gemstone promotes courage and confidence whilst soothing migraines and headaches.   



lapis lazuli


Mookite is a striped brown jasper found only in the Mooka creek of Western Australia. Mookite as a jasper is believed to help clear the body of toxins and supports the immune system. 

Often used to help reproductive issues, Mookite is a good gemstone to wear whilst pregnant. 





Onyx is a striped, semi precious agate, part of the chalcedony family.With white and black alternating bands, Onyx can be found in many colours but most commonly black.

Aiding the balance of the demands of everyday life, Onyx restores the system following an overload of stress or pressure.  



Opal is classified as a mineral as it does not have a truly crystalline structure. Opals have a flashing appearance of the rainbow colours through the capture and refraction of light - they are opalescent.

The word "opal" derives from the sanskrit word "upala" meaning precious stone.

Opals are said to be emotionally supportive, stabilising mood swings and creating feelings of trust. Whilst fiery looking opals can fire passion and vitality, creating a zest for life.



Formed inside the shells of pearl oysters, pearls are organic in origin.

Whilst Pearls can be freshwater or saltwater and are often cultured whereby the production is aided by human intervention. Cultured pearls tend to be spherical whilst natural uncultured pearls are more organic in shape and far rarer.

Pearls have a gentle energy which are said to help improve hormone imbalance aiding fertility, emotional balance and water retention.



Said to have been a favourite of the egyptian queen, Cleopatra, due to its protective powers against evil spirits.

An olive / yellowy green colour, Peridot is used to cleanse and toxify the liver and gall bladder and encourages mental clarity and clear decision making.  


Quartz - Smokey

Smokey Quartz is a clear quartz that has turned brown following exposure to natural underground radiation.

With an ability to neutralize stress, Smokey Quartz is good for releasing tension with an energy that is both soothing and enveloping. Good for those who work in high pressured environments or around computers. 

smokey quartz

Rose Quartz

Ranging in colour from deep to pale pink, Rose Quartz is a crystalline variety of quartz.

Popular in crystal healing this gemstone supports the heart, easing emotional stress, anxiety and fear. It is known to encourage and awaken an oppurtunity of beauty and bathe the whole body with a ray of love.  

rose quartz


A translucent light to dark brown the chalcedony, sard, takes its name from the greek "sardis". Bands of sard and white chalcedony are called "Sardonyx".

Sourced in india, brazil and uruguay, Sardonyx is known as a fortunate gemstone.   



With light reflecting properties Sunstone is a sparkling stone of sandy or golden orange colour.

Due to its sparkling nature, Sunstone is an attractive stone used to create a positive effect on the mind and emotions. Sunstone balances the chakra and helps lift depressive and anxious thoughts from the mind.  


Tigers Eye

Tigers Eye is a name gven to a group of stones with a special luminous quality to their structure. A silky looking shimmer effect occurs when the stone is turned, resembling a cats eye. Tigers Eye has been a popular semi precious stone for many years  with yellow tigers eye being the most common form.

Tigers Eye is known to sheild the energy field from negativity, clearing tension and mental blocks, encouragng focus and clarity. The stone is also felt to support a healthy metabolism

tigers eye



One of the most versatile of gemstones, tourmaline is available in every color, from colorless to black. Known for centuries, tourmaline first gained popularity when the Dutch began to import it in the early 17th century from Sri Lanka . They gave the gem a Sinhalese name, "Turamali", which is believed to mean stone with mixed colors.

Tourmaline is known to aid in relieving stress, increase mental alertness, improve circulation and strengthen the immune system. It is a powerful agent for reducing toxin-related ailments. Furthermore, tourmaline produces a detoxifying, cleansing effect on the nervous system, as well as the organs and tissues of the body. 




A beautifully vibrant popular mineral turquoise was one of the first gemstones to be mined. Varying from sky-blue to green in colour dependant on the levels of iron and copper it contains.

Turquoise is linked to personal protection easing feelings of negativity and low self esteem.