GEMSTONES – HOLDERS OF MAGICAL POWERS
For several centuries now, gemstones have been believed to hold magical powers, healing and aiding the mind, body, and soul. The majority of gemstones are found in various spots across the world. And depending on where you live, they might even be right in your backyard. And if you live near the ocean, or fresh water source, you could even find a pearl. However, don’t get your hopes up for finding something in nature. Most natural stones and pearls are rare, unless you own a mine. That’s why your best bet for finding a great quality gemstone is to find a trusted jeweler at Stall & Kessler’s.
Below is a list of the various Birthstone Gemstones listed in the order of their corresponding months:
Alexandrite- Named after Alexander II, who later became Czar of Russia, it was discovered in 1839. This actually makes this stone relatively new, given that most other gemstones had been used several centuries before then. It’s an uncommon stone, found mostly in Sri Lanka, but also in a few other places around the world. It also ranks as one of the hardest natural minerals. What makes this stone so unique is its color. Or rather, colors. In natural, or ambient lighting, the stone appears green and blue, with a hint of brown. In artificial lighting, like fluorescent, the stone appears to be almost maroon. However, manufactured Alexandrite does not change colors, and is only the unique blue color.
Tourmaline- Another stone for October, this one, like some other gemstones, comes in an array of colors. The various unique shades of colors have their own distinct names, which keeps them from being mixed up with the more common colors of this stone. The brilliant red and pink hues are known as Rubellite, and the brilliant green hues, which contain the element Chromium, are known as Chrome Tourmaline. The purple-ish to bluish-green hues are called Indicolite. Sometimes the stones can be found with more than one color in them, and are found in various places around the world, including the United States of America.
Topaz- This is another stone that represents November. However, throughout the years, it has commonly been the victim of mistaken identity. In times long since passed, any stone that was colored yellow, brown, orange, or even green were commonly referred to as Topaz. Before federal trade laws were placed in effect, citrine and treated yellow amethyst were often called, and advertized as being Golden Topaz, and the real deal was known as Precious Topaz. The most common variety of topaz is the orange or yellow colored stones. Less common, and most valuable is the imperial topaz, which has an orange base with pink and red undertones. Other colors include light blue, pinkish-red, light green, and colorless. It’s no surprise that this stone is commonly treated with heat to help improve the color.
Zircon- Another stone for December, it is found in a variety of colors when left au naturale, like pale yellow or green, or even colorless. Tiny deposits of thorium and uranium causes these colors, and over time, the radiation from them literally change the molecular compound of the crystals. What’s left are shades of red, brown, yellow and orange. However, there is also blue Zircon, which is created by treating yellow and brown stones with heat. What Zircon is probably most known for is its colorless version, which is used to imitate diamonds.
Tanzanite- Another stone unofficially associated with December is Tanzanite. This is probably due to it being a somewhat recent discovery, having been found in the late Sixties in only one place in the entire world. It’s public knowledge that the Tiffany Company was solely responsible for making this stone so popular. It’s also said that this stone is much rarer than diamonds.