Issue #1 March 2008
This is the very
first issue of our long awaited newsletter!
It looks as if
we’ve survived another winter, and we’re all looking forward to
spring. Our good friend, Dudley Andrews, has been cutting
wonderful new stones for us.
Roz has spent
the winter designing and creating, with Joe’s assistance
buffing. Mom has been been busy stringing beads and keeping
an eye on the stock market.
Roz spent St.
Patrick's Day having her knee surgery, but promises to be back
on her feet by the spring shows. We’re very excited about our
new jewelry lines for spring and summer. Dudley’s stones come
in all the colors of the rainbow. Among our favorites are the
new “pinks for spring”. In this newsletter we will start at
the very beginning, then proceed to the pink stones, their
origins and historical uses.
word gem comes from the Latin,
gemma, meaning ‘bud’. Much like the blooming of
flowers where buds burst into blossoms, dull lumps of minerals
are cut and polished into brilliant gems. The formation of
gemstones goes all the way back to the earth’s beginnings,
when whirling clouds of gases contracted into a molten ball. A
thin layer of this molten magma cooled into a crust forming the
earth’s mantle. Minerals were formed from the fiery gases of
the earth’s interior, from lava streams, great pressure and
heat, and later from hydronic solutions. According to the way
they were formed, gems are classified as
metamorphic, and sedimentary.
grow in crystal forms. Some are formed as
druses on the inner
walls of rock openings created by gas bubbles in
rock (geodes). Experts identify
gem minerals by the shape of their uncut crystals, their
color, their refraction of light, by hardness, gravity and
physical properties. The color of gemstones is described as
essential (the color
of the mineral itself) and
non-essential ( the result of impurities which can
contribute different colors).
determines the kind of gem minerals found around the world,
also climate is a factor. Distribution of gems is irregular.
Regions most favored are South Africa, SE Asia, Brazil, the
Urals, Australia, and mountainous areas of the US.
rarity, and demand determine the value of gemstones. In
addition to their physical beauty, gemstones have been used
for millennia to heal and bring balance.
As far back as
the Stone Age , people wore crystals and stones as talismans,
for protection as well as decoration. Some crystals contain
minerals that are known for their therapeutic qualities and have
been used by ancient healers around the world. Shamen used the
abilities of crystals to focus sound and light for healing.
Still used by Native Americans, Ayurvedics, and many others,
crystals have found their way into modern technology. The
properties of crystals are harnessed in ultra sound machines
which use a piezoelectric crystal to produce a sound wave. A
tightly focused beam of ultra sound can cauterize wounds deep
within the body and blast tumors apart.
There is a
great deal of literature available on the metaphysical
properties of crystals. Although formerly a skeptic, I have
watched people drawn to certain stones at different times in
their lives, and sense there is some validity to these claims.
Therefore, I will present a brief physical description of the
gem, as well as potential healing properties..
MnCo3 Manganese Carbonate.
Its name is derived from the Greek
Rhodon meaning rosy
red, and has been called
Inca Rose because of its location. It is also found
in hydrothermal veins or sedimentary deposits in Argentina,
Namibia, Russia and the US. Usually translucent, it is
characterized by its bright pink to orange color with
distinct bands, It has been called a “Rescue Remedy” stone,
for healing emotions. It’s also known as the stone of love,
providing balance in our hectic lives. Some sources suggest
it may assist in cases of thyroid imbalance, depression, and
respiratory problems. Rhodocrocite has been called the stone
of unconditional love and forgiveness.
MnSio3, Silicate of
Manganese. Occurs as translucent to semi-opaque
crystals of pink to red, often with blackish veins due to
thepresence of manganese. Harder than Rhodocrocite, about
5.5-6.5, it is fairly widespread, mainly in Sweden, Russia,
Mexico, Australia and the US. A useful first-aid stone, it
helps to heal emotional shock and panic It is said to possess
loving, soothing, nurturing qualities. It promotes
self-confidence, respect and self-love. Supportive of
relationships, it dispels anxiety and confusion. Healers have
used it in the treatment of emphysema, joint inflammation and
Sio2, Silicon Dioxide.
Usually translucent to transparent pink, it is found in South
Africa, Brazil, India, Japan and the US. Quartz crystals are
formed from the fiery gases and molten minerals of the earth’s
center, and come in a variety of colors, with a hardness around
7. Rose quartz is called the stone of unconditional love and
peace. It is calming, reassuring, and useful in treating
migraines, trauma and crisis. It is the most important
crystal for the heart chakra and helps one be open and loving.
LEOPARDSKIN JASPER, ROSETTA JASPER, PORCELAIN JASPER
Sio2 Jasper is a form of opaque, usually patterned
Chalcedony in the
quartz family. From the Greek, meaning spotted stone, this
finely grained stone contains up to 20% foreign materials which
determine the wide range of color and pattern. It occurs as
fillings in fissures and nodules all over the world with a
hardness around 6.5 to 7. This mineral is known as the “supreme
nurturer”; it provides support during times of stress and
brings tranquility. It was often worn by Native American Shamen
for protection and healing. It reminds people to love and help
information, I recommend the books listed below, and of course,
Roz, Joe, and Hazel
Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall
Precious Stones, Simon and Schusters Guide, by
Gemstones of the
World, by Walter Schumann