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.
Hand carved Smoky Quartz, from the Nagaland hills region of India. These stones came from a merchant in who claims his grandfather traded them when the tribes of Nagaland were still known for the head hunting!
The tribesman would carve the beads using rough diamonds that carried with them as they were the hardest objects they could find meant more to the tribesmen than any wealth they could buy with them. Whatever the truth of the matter the stones have a timelessness to then that is only enhanced by the stories with which they came.
Smoky ranges from brown to black variety in colour. Like other quartz gems, it is a silicon dioxide crystal. The smoky colour results from free silicon, formed from the silicon dioxide by natural irradiation.
Smoky is said to dissipates blocked energy & negativity and assist in grounding and centering oneself and may enhance awareness and dreams.
Lapis Lazuli (lapis) is a deep blue stone prized for its intense colour. This lapis has a patina that implies a degree of age. Some believed that dreaming of lapis would foretell a love that would be forever faithful.
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