Beryls are some of the most valuable of all the coloured gemstones, although pure beryl is colourless and is known as Goshenite. Beryls occur in green, yellow, greenish-yellow, blue to blue-green, red, colourless and pink when tinted by impurities. The pink variety is known as Morganite, red is very rare and known as Bixbite. Golden beryl is a yellow-green and called Heliodor.
The most famous varieties of beryl are Aquamarine and Emerald. Aquamarine come from the latin aqua marina, meaning, "water of the sea" and is a blue or turquoise. The deep blue version of aquamarine is called maxixe. Maxixe is commonly found in the country of Madagascar. Its color fades to white when exposed to sunlight or is subjected to heat treatment, though the colour returns with irradiation. Emerald are green beryl and are coloured by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium.
Fossilised Mammoth Tusk Ivory is from the modified two upper incisors of the Woolly mammoth. This fossilised ivory or Mastodon ivory is from the fossilised remains of the wooly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) that have been extinct since the last 10,000 years. The remains of these huge animals are found in the permafrost in Siberia, Alaska and other regions of Russia. The fossilised ivory is a rare commodity that has high antique and historical value.
Peanut Wood is a silicified (petrified) wood from the Cretaceous age. Peanut Wood is generally black in colour with numerous borings, which were made by a marine wood-boring bivalve shellfish called Teredo. The light coloured areas are what used to be boreholes in the original wood. Peanut Wood is found near Carnarvon, Western Australia and is around 70 million years old.
Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded Chalcedony, which is part of the Quartz family. Its name comes from the Achetes River in Sicily, where Agates were first found. Agates are usually banded in layers, stripes, or specks of colour, and some have fossilised inclusions, while others are solid.
Historically, Agate has been discovered with artifacts of the Neolithic people, and was used as healing amulets and ornamentation dating back to Babylon. Its medicinal uses continued through the ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations, and spread throughout Africa and the Middle East into Russia. Agate sparked a world renowned stonecutting and polishing industry in Germany that flourished from the 15th to the 19th century, and exists today.
Agate is reported to have a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilising and strengthening influence.
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