Corundum is a crystalline aluminum oxide and comes in a range of colours. Corundums are more commonly known as includes rubies and sapphires. The name "corundum" is derived from the Tamil word Kuruvindam or Sanskit word Kuruvinda meaning ruby.
The red variety of corundum is Ruby. Padparadscha is the name for a rare orange-pink variety and has a higher value than blue sapphires. Sapphire is the name given to the rest of the Corundum family whose colours include yellow, green, white, colourless, orange, brown, and purple. Blue is the most popular colour for sapphires.
Sapphire is the birthstone of September. It is also one of the birth stones for the Zodiac signs Pisces, Taurus, Virgo and Sagittarius. Sapphire is given as a gem for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversaries while a star sapphire is given on the 65th wedding anniversary.
Chrysoberyl is the third hardest mineral on the Mohs scale of hardness. Ordinary chrysoberyl is yellowish-green and transparent to translucent. When the mineral exhibits good pale green to yellow color and is transparent, then it is used as a gemstone. There are three main varieties of Chrysoberyl: ordinary yellow-to-green Chrysoberyl (which was referred to as "chrysolite" during the Victorian and Edwardian eras), Cat's Eye or Cymophane, and Alexandrite...
Top quality Alexandrite is very rare and hardly ever used in modern jewellery. In antique Russian jewellery you may come across it with a little luck, since Russian master jewellers loved this stone. It was named after Russian tsar Alexander II (1818-1881), the very first crystals having been discovered in April 1834 in the emerald mines near the Tokovaya River in the Urals. The discovery was made on the day the future tsar came of age. Although alexandrite is a relatively young gemstone, it certainly has a noble history. Since it shows both red and green, the principal colours of old Imperial Russia, it inevitably became the national stone of tsarist Russia.
Tanzanite was first discovered in Tanzania, East Africa and is part of the Zoisite mineral species and is only found in East Africa.
Legend says it was Masai cattle herders that first noticed Tanzanite some 30 years ago after a fire caused by lightening burned areas in Tanzania. The herders noticed that brown zoiscite crystals had turned a deep blue-purple due to the heat from the fire.
While Tanzanite is often a blue colour when first mined it is very rarely a pure blue and usually exhibits rich purple overtones. It can also be brown and is routinely heat treated to permanently draw out its exotic bluish-purple colour.
Peanut Wood is not your normal Petrified Wood. It was first swept into the ocean to be washed and cleaned by the ocean resulting in something akin to driftwood. The driftwood then came under attack from shell fish known as Teredo (Shipworm). Just like wood worms, they created little bore holes into the wood. The wood got heavier as the attacks increased, and sank to the seabed where bore holes became filled with a lightly coloured sediment. Over a period of time, the wood became covered with more and more layers of mud and sediment and eventually petrified.
The petrification process occurred around 120 million years ago and stone is only found along the edges of the Kennedy Ranges about 100 miles inland from the coastal town of Carnarvon, Western Australia. The age is Cretaceous which makes it around 70 million years old.
Peanut Wood is said to be good for grounding and stabilising emotions. It is particularly useful in calming survival-based fears, as it assists one in accessing their practical side for answers, then offering a feelings of safety and security. It is a stone of business success, and a good stone for general protection.
The addition of Citrine, it is said will assist in working out problems on both the physical and subtle levels, transforming negative thoughts and feelings into positive ones.
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