Quartz is the most common mineral found on the Earths surface. It is a significant component of many igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. This natural form of silicon dioxide is found in an impressive range of varieties and colours. There are many names for different varieties. Cryptocrystalline varieties of quartz are generally separated into chalcedony, which includes agate.
The main members of the quartz family are clear (rock crystal), smoky, citrine, rose, amethyst and prasiolite. There are also varieties of quartz with inclusions like rutile, tourmaline, copper and chlorite.
Jet has a lon Jet is not actually a stone but the fossilised remains of the water logged monkey puzzle tree and occurs in black or dark brown and is a variety of coal known as lignite with the finest jet coming from England.
Jet has a long history of use with Jet jewellery being produced in Britain as long ago as 1500 B.C. and the ancient Romans importing Jet jewellery made in York. Jet carvings were also used as talismans and for mourning in 14th and 15th century Spain.
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.
Carnelian is a glassy, translucent orange coloured variety of Chalcedony. Its colour varies from pale pinkish-orange to a deep rusty brown, though it is most known for its brilliant orange and red-orange crystals.
Carnelian draws its name from a Latin word meaning "flesh” and in antiquity, as well as today, it is believed to help timid speakers become both eloquent and bold. Ancient Warriors wore Carnelian around their neck for courage and physical power to conquer their enemies. In Egypt it was worn by master architects to show their rank of builder, and alchemists of the Middle Ages used it as a boiling stone to activate the energy of other Chalcedonies. As the first stone in the breastplate of the High Priest, it signified the blood of the martyrs, and was once believed to prevent illness and the Plague.
Carnelian is traditionally worn to enhance passion, love, and desire and its bold energy is said to bring a rush of warmth and joy that lingers, stimulating and empowering. It is known as a stone of motivation. endurance, leadership and courage.
These Banded Carnelian beads were held until recently by the same Afghan family for over 400 years and once made up part of there tribal wealth. Having fled the region when the Soviets invaded they now are more ‘western’ with their assets. The family believe that the beads are much older having entered the family when traded for live stock from merchants who claim the beads came from the mines of King Solomon...
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