About Our Stones
Semi-Precious Stones & Their Secrets Within
We strive to provide you with a top quality product featuring many of the following semi-precious stones. However, it is important to note that natural gemstones vary in color and tone. Almost all stones have some unique marks, striations, or “inclusions,” some more than others. QuirkyGirlz love inclusions within a stone because it adds character and depth to each jewelry design. Natural blemishes, flat spots, cavities, and color variations add new dimensions, often giving the piece “That added Pizzaz.”
Serendipitous accidents in the form of a visual deformation have inspired some of my most creative work and I am sure this is true of others. Nature is order built on chaos. There are no straight lines or perfect circles, so let’s get comfortable with the shapes and colors that do occur.
By getting in touch with this inherent beauty, and realizing that each stone is made up of billions of years of compression, heat, moisture, and, at some point, the power of an exploding star, we can begin to realize the perceived power that a truly unique stone could project on its’ wearer. And it probably has been that way as long as people have had an appreciation for beauty and wonder.
Think about this ancient connection that we have, both with our ancestors, and the Earth and it’s offerings. Perhaps the use of gemstones for healing or other therapeutic uses makes even more sense now than in any time in our history. Now at least we know we are all made of the same building blocks as a Diamond, for instance. Carbon.
The ancients healers may have only sensed our connectedness with these “powers,” but perhaps this connection is much closer than we think. Regardless, the therapeutic uses of stones for “healing” or the wearing of a birth stone based on the ruling planets of one’s birth month have been around long before recorded history and will surely continue far into the future. Thus, we will include all the information that we believe to be true, without making any assumptions about the accuracy of claims that are made.
Let’s take a look at the Mohs hardness scale first, since this number will come in handy later, and then get started on stone varieties.
Now some information about the Mohs hardness scale. Can you imagine where this name comes from? That’s right class, Friedrich came up with this scale in 1812, a good year, it turns out, for practical thinkers. See, the basis for this test is scratch resistance or “Relative Mineral Hardness.” The idea being that you take two minerals, and scratch them together. The one that cuts the other is harder, and if neither is cut, they are the same. Now, throw in some standard minerals and a scale and you get the table below:
1-2: Soft can be scratched with a fingernail
3-5: Medium to soft can be scratched with a steel knife
6-7: Medium to hard can scratch window glass
8-10: Hard can be scratched with a diamond
We have attempted to provide you with all the available information about the stones that we use in our jewelry designs. We have included the Mohs Hardness Scale Number with many of the descriptions.
AGATE: Agate is a microcrystalline type of silica. It is usually of fine grain and can be many bright colors. These include blue, black, brown, red, turquoise blue, purple, burnt umber, fuchsia, and crackle green. The backgrounds tend to be dark with hints of pink, green, white, yellow, and green and white. It has substantial curved or angled bands or layers of quartz, and is usually either translucent or has translucent bands made up of crystalline quartz. It is formed in the cavity of a host rock and is usually found as a round nodule containing concentric rings like a tree. And if you really want to know, agate is composed of silicon dioxide and is a variety of chalcedony-microcrystalline quartz. Agate comes in so many colors, some of the most distinct have their own names. Agate is a 7 on the hardness scale.
Agate is considered to be nourishing to your body, helping all the parts work well together. It improves eyesight, self-confidence, and energy, while relieving thirst, thoughts of infidelity,and feelings of fear. Best of all, it strengthens intellect while keeping one open to inspiration and is helpful for healing and all-a-round protection.
AUTUMN JASPER: reminds one of fall. Hay bales stacked high with pumpkins adorning their bottoms, red maple leaves and leisurely walks in autumn while there is still a little green left on the trees. That’s the earthy warm brick-red and avocado green of Autumn Jasper. It ranks 6.5-7 on the hardness scale.
AMASONITE: Named after the Amazon river from which it sprang, it turns out that Amazonite mostly comes from Russia, and the Amazon find itself must have been a fluke. It is a green oligoclase feldspar, but often can be found with yellow, white, or gray inclusions. It is somewhat brittle and ranks a 6 on the hardness scale, so care must be taken when cleaning; warm soapy water only.
A soothing and calming stone, Amazonite is said to assist in breaking down boundaries to heartfelt communication, releases worries and fears, and gives thought clarity. It also reduces self-damaging behavior, giving oneself confidence, self-respect and self-assuredness. Thyroid, throat, nerve, and brain path healing also occur.
AMBER: The fossilized tree resin of ancient conifer trees, amber continues to amaze us. Whether yellow-orange-brown, or whitish, black, red, green, or even blue, amber, as a 2.5 on the hardness scale, has always been prized for its beauty, and workability. And you might even find a small animal inside!
Most people know that Amber is beautiful to wear, but it can also bring a calming, positive energy to one’s life, in mind, body, and spirit. It absorbs negative energies and can help counter thoughts of suicide and depression while connecting the conscious self and universal perfection. A must-have for the sensitive soul.
Finally, if one suffers from chronic diseases, throat infections, asthma, convulsions, rheumatism, intestinal disorders, earache, bladder trouble, goiters, nerves, or bone marrow deficiencies, amber may be the gem for you.
Handmade Amber Quirky Statement Necklace.
FLOWER AMAZONITE: is a stone that offers an appealing mix of sea green tones, ranging from mossy green to turquoise blue. As a result of iron and mineral deposits, some stones may exhibit a tonal mix of brown and black. Amazonite is a hard stone with a good polish. It was tested and ranked on the hardness scale of 6-6.5.
Amazonite three-strand necklace.
AMETHYST: This truly awesome violet hued quartz forms inside hollow rocks, and used to be valued as highly as diamonds and sapphires. A large deposit discovered in Brazil took care of that little problem, and now amethyst is fairly common. The name comes from greek mythology involving a hot-headed god and a chaste young woman who wished to remain so, named, yes, you guessed it, Amethyst. It was also thought to ward off the effects of drink so cups were carved out of it on occasion. Finally, stones were carved as amulets for cool thinking in battle by medieval European soldiers, an all-around good gem stone to have. It is also the official birthstone for February.
Amethyst, Kingman Turquoise Handmade Necklace.
Now found in Russia, Brazil, South Korea, Austria, India, Zambia, and North America, amethyst symbolizes purification and spiritual power, as well as healing and the ability to focus energy. Calmness, serenity, and peaceful meditation assist one in reaching spiritual goals. Also an aid to intuition and insight, if placed under the pillow at night, vivid, meaningful dreams will follow. It can ward off nightmares, depression, and stress if one wears it.
Amethyst is a versatile healing stone. It can be used to heal a wide range of ailments, and works well with almost every major system in the body. We now know that amethyst is a “negative ion”, which attracts poisonous “positive ions” to it, thus clearing the air around the wearer and making it more breathable. As mentioned before, amethyst is also said to be a stone of sobriety, so the wearer can become free of addictive tendencies.
CHEVRON AMETHYST: Named for its chevron-like pattern of banded white quartz and amethyst, chevron amethyst exhibits eye-catching patterns of opaque and translucent layers giving it a textured appearance. Strands contain varying degrees of white banding with some light brown striations. Major deposits are found in Brazil and it is listed as 7 on the hardness scale.
CAPE AMETHYST: Cape Amethyst, otherwise known as South African Amethyst, has a translucent, light purple color and striped-white layers of milky quartz. It is a hard stone with a nice polish and rates a 7 on the hardness scale.
AVENTURINE: This translucent to opaque rock is usually green, but has a shimmering or glistening effect. Color can also be brown, orange, yellow, blue, or gray. Its hardness is around 6.5-7.
Red Aventurine Handmade Necklace.
Aventurine radiates a calming energy. It brings out leadership and perceptive qualities, allowing one to be decisive with strengthened intuitive power. Finally, good luck in financial matters, creative stimulation, intellect, and independence can occur with the proper exposure to this rock.
Finally, low, or disharmonious energies are dispelled by using Adventurine. It shields the heart, heals the body and emotions, and gives a sense of mental and emotional well-being. A good rock to have in your corner.
BAMBOO CORAL: This permanently dyed either a deep red or warm pink color and has an excellent polish. Its hardness is rated at 3.5-4 on the scale.
Pink Coral, Kingman Turquoise Necklace.
BLUE-SKY JASPER: A blend of earth and sky, dyed and stabilized sky jasper is a beautiful color combination of sky blue and terracotta red-brown in several soothing patterns that draw the eye. It earned a rating of 6.5-7 on the hardness scale.
BRECCIATED JASPER: Also known as poppy jasper in the lighter color ranges. Your senses will revel in the deep brown, brick-red and cream colors that swirl through brecciated jasper. Found in Australia. Hardness is rated at 6.5-7.
Sometimes used for dowsing, this jasper also helps one relax, brings happiness, and a sense of wholeness with a good outlook on life. It is great for grounding oneself and for protection.
CARNELIAN: This semi-transparent and usually dyed stone is heat-treated to a mild to brilliant bright orange color. It is a brownish-red mineral which is commonly used as a semi-precious gemstone. The color can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black coloration. It is most commonly found in Brazil, India, Siberia, and Germany. Its hardness is rated as 7.
Carnelian Dream Handmade Necklace.
This stone can calm tempers, prevent poverty, help with sense of humor, and protect against bad vibrations.
CITRINE: This golden-yellow quartz is found in Brazil. The name comes from the Latin “citrina,” meaning yellow, (also the origin of the word “citron,” as in the inedible apple). It is one of three traditional birthstones for November and promotes abundance by helping one to achieve their goals, bring clarity to mind, and improve confidence and happiness. This stone rates a 7 on the Mohs scale.
DALMATION JASPER: This natural stone is opaque and spotted with a tawny, cream-colored base. Dalmatian jasper has a distinct pattern of sporadic black spots similar to the famous fire station dogs. Found in Mexico. It rates a 6.5-7 on the hardness scale. This stone helps those analytical thinkers who might need to remember that it is great just to be alive!
FLUORITE: Occurs in many colors including purple, colorless, red, pink, yellow, green, blue, black, yellow, and multi-colored stones. Crystals are transparent to translucent. Translucent fluorite has an exciting blend of colors and subtle striped patterns. It rates a 4 on the hardness scale.
Flourite Amethyst Handmade Necklace
Though it appears in many colors, fluorite is most common in purple and green. It develops in a very ordered crystalline structure, and works to bring stability and order into the wearer’s life as well. The purple stones help with intuition, and the green is very cleansing. Fluorite brings order from chaos. Folk Lore insists that the wearer will more easily achieve silence within and find the place where all knowledge is accessible. The stone acts as a protective, psychic shield and auric cleanser. An aide in study and intellectual pursuits, it helps to increase concentration, and allow clear and detached reasoning. It also helps relationships and encourages and sustains the flawless ideal of health, intellect, and emotional well-being.
GARNET: A deep burgundy red color mineral from India. Its brilliance lends itself to any season. It is comprised of a group of semi-precious silicate stones occurring in all colors but blue.
Handmade Garnet Bracelet.
Garnet is said to be the “stone of health”. It helps dissolve negative energy and speeds up manifestation by bringing your creative energies to the forefront. Garnet has a warm loving energy and monitors the flow of energy to the psychic centers. On the mental, emotional, and spiritual planes, garnet also aids in achieving integration and rejuvenation and in learning to flow with the tides of energy. It gives vitality and provides a stabilizing influence in all realms. Garnet is very purifying and cleansing. It is believed that it stimulates creativity, confidence, security, and passion, and can heighten sexual awareness.
Garnet helps to stabilize and protect the physical body. The red stone, it is especially effective with the blood, spine and circulatory system, and helps some women to balance during their “Moon time”. It is rated with a 6.5-7.5 on the hardness scale.
HOWLITE: A snow-white stone with fine grey veining. Howlite is a soft, white to gray mineral that takes dye very easily, and can be dyed to imitate turquoise and Lapis Lazuli very well. The most common form of howlite is irregular nodules, sometimes resembling cauliflower. Crystals of howlite are rare, having been found in only a couple of localities worldwide. Crystals were first reported from Tick Canyon, California, and later at Iona, Nova Scotia. The nodules are white with fine grey or black veins in an erratic, often web-like pattern, opaque with a sub-vitreous luster. The crystals at Iona are colorless, white or brown and are often translucent or transparent. Its Hardness is rated at 3.5.
Howlite is thought to gently absorb stress, tension, and anxiety. Quietly loving, it offers a sense of calm. It works with the heart center, bringing greater gentleness, patience, and tact. It has also been known to boost creativity and to help get past creative mental blocks. It works with issues of procrastination by encouraging you and highlighting excuses may be keeping one from moving forward. It helps one to prioritize, let go, and accomplish without accepting any excuses. It helps one to surrender. For those who tend to see everything as either “black or white”, or take life too seriously, it helps to reduce criticalness.
It has an affinity for our skeletal structure, including our teeth, and aids with calcium absorption and distribution. It helps to regulate the body’s calcium levels and aids to strengthen skeletal communication. Its Hardness is rated at 3.5.
ITALIAN ONYX: Also known as onyx marble, Italian onyx is a banded calcite with striking blends of opaque and translucent colors of the earth. Color, texture and pattern can vary with each stone or bead. Hardness 3.5-4.
White Italian Onyx and Amethyst Handmade Necklace.
JADE: A semi-precious stone that ranges in color from green to white to lilac to brown to almost black. Sacred to both the Chinese and the Mayans, the moss-green stone is said to bless everything it touches. It facilitates wisdom, mercy, humility, generosity, peace and harmony and devotion to purpose. Said to be a “dream-stone”, jade placed under your pillow will bring about dreams that are lucid and restorative, and can help one to remember them. It aids in finding one’s path and manifesting dreams into reality, the realization of your potential. It helps provide confidence and self-sufficiency by helping to build inner strength. It raises consciousness and helps balance and heal the entire being by balancing the male and female energies within. It is a protective stone against illness, and is considered lucky when worn as jewelry.
JUNGLE JASPER: As the name implies, patterns range from dark to lime green with creamy tones and a varying black and grey matrix. Hardness 2.5-7.
DALMATION JASPER: A common, opaque, semi-precious stone that is found in many colors, including white, brown, yellow, red, and green. It is often striped or speckled. It is a type of quartz belonging to the chalcedony family.
Native Americans believe that jasper brings rain. In fact, the word for Jasper in some Native American cultures is “rain-bringer.” It was thought to drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites. Jasper is also said to balance one’s physical, emotional and intellectual states.
The Patron Stone to Counselors and Therapists, jasper is considered useful as an overall healing gemstone and is said to bring joy into life. Wearing jasper was believed to strengthen the stomach and was also believed to cure gynecological problems. Holding a piece of Jasper in the hand during childbirth is said to help relieve pain and guard the mother and child. Brown Jaspers are thought to be grounding and centering. Jasper helps us release our tendencies to over think or over analyze things. When you wear it, your mood lifts immediately. Dalmatian Jasper is useful for Tissue regeneration and promotes healing. It bears a hardness rating of 7.
LAPIS LAZULI: A rich blue opaque, semi-precious stone that has been used in jewelry since ancient times. It is not a mineral, but a rock consisting of as many as 15 different minerals. In fact, the oldest known book, “The Epic of Gilgamesh” mentions lapis lazuli several times. It was being mined in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan as early as the 3rd millennium BC, and there are sources that are found as far east as in the region around Lake Baikal in Siberia. Trade in the stone is ancient enough for lapis jewelry to have been found at Predynastic Egyptian and ancient Sumerian sites, and as lapis beads at neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan as Mauritania.
Long Lapis handmade necklace with blue glass accents.
Lapis helps you to access the unknown universal knowledge and have the wisdom to understand it. It is a high intensity stone that helps expand awareness and intellect, cleansing the spirit to help bring out inner truth and peace. When there are emotional issues that cause disease, Lapis helps diminish the external symptoms and release problems related to the disease. This stone eases depression and balances male and female energies, bringing stability. It is also a protective stone. Lapis Lazuli harmonizes your heart and mind as it forges stronger bonds between them. The energy radiated by Lapis can help you experience the energy and power you possess within. A powerful thought amplifier. It has earned a rating of 5.5 on the hardness scale.
LAVA ROCK: This stone has a rich black color and a smooth, polished finish with small cavities. Major deposits are from Indonesia. Hardness 3-3.5.
LEOPARDSKIN JASPER: This stone is picture jasper (because they often appear to have a picture or scene in them), in this case, aptly named for the warm colors that often resemble the patterns of a leopard’s coat, leopardskin jasper as a beautiful combination of bronze-based earth tones. The natural stone is commonly believed to help one discover and connect with their “power animal” providing guidance, healing and protection. Color patterns will often vary. Hardness 6.5-7.
MAGNESITE: Also known as white turquoise, magnesite has a chalky white color with intricate dark to light brown veining, creating an antique porcelain effect. It is dyed various colors to make beads. Magnesite occurs as veins in and magnesium rich rock types. A soft rock at 3.0-3.2 on the Mohs scale.
Amethyst Angel Necklace, handmade for the Sedona’s Angel Collection, in memory of my friend, Arlene Ahrens.
MALACHITE: An opaque semi-precious mineral in various shades of green, often banded. It is about 57% copper. It is found many places on earth, often with copper. Malachite was used as jewelry thousands of years ago by the ancient Egyptians. This is a dense stone of light and darker green whorls and striations and has a grounding earthy energy. Malachite often represents Nature. It is very good at physical protection and is sometimes referred to as a “stone of warding” due to its ability to keep the wearer safe and is often used to ensure fidelity in relationships. Malachite can bring balance and peace, and is believed to bring restful sleep. Malachite is seen to be both soothing and energizing, and helps release negative emotions and bring about spiritual harmony. It has received a rating of 3.5-4 on the hardness scale.
Malachite Sterling Silver Artisan-Crafted Ring.
MOSS AGATE: A semi-precious gemstone formed from silicon dioxide moss agate is a form of chalcedony. This gemstone sometimes looks like blue cheese. It includes green minerals embedded in white stone that resemble moss. These colors are formed due to small amounts of metals like iron or chrome. It does not contain any organic matter, however is the result of weathered volcanic rock.
Moss Agate provides healing and growth. It is thought to help bring peace and balance to those with excessive duty in their lives, and helps with self-esteem and emotional balancing. Moss Agate has long been thought helpful to the farmer when worn while planting, and is thought to ensure a good crop. Often called the “Gardener’s Stone”. Some mention it as useful in locating hidden “treasure” and bringing money to the user. Moss Agate is thought to improve circulation and help in elimination of wastes and balances the blood sugar level.
MOOKAITE JASPER: Named after the place it was found, Mooka Station in Western Australia. Colors cover a wide range of warm earth tones which can include brick-red, cream, brown, gold and mauve. Hardness 6.5-7.
MUSTANG JASPER: Look closely at mustang jasper and you will see a little bit of romance tossed with a roaring fire. The stone has a dark, smoky base with red flashes in varying patterns. It features a smooth finish with an attractive, well-polished luster. Hardness 6.5-7.
OLIVE NEW JADE: Has colors that vary from a light avocado to an olive-green. From the Afghanistan/China border area. Hardness 2.5-6.
ONYX: A semi-precious stone and variety of chalcedony. It has white, black, brown or red alternating bands. It is different from regular agate in that the bands are parallel and regular and as such lends itself to cameo making. It rates a 7 on the hardness scale.
This solid feeling stone is excellent for grounding negativity and relieving stress. Onyx is soothing and helps you to focus, to banish grief, change bad habits, and remove anxieties and fears.
RED JASPER: This deep, brick-red jasper is similar in color to pipestone which is a soft red stone mined in Minnesota for centuries by the Plains Indians for the carving and making of pipes. Red Jasper is found in Australia and India. Hardness 6.5-7.
RED PICTURE JASPER: This stone has natural colors of orangish-red to maroon with black and white swirls. Major deposits are found in Australia. Hardness 6.5-7.
RED RAINBOW JASPER: This type of stone features a rich, dark red stone highlights with subdued patterns of tan and brown. The banded colors of red rainbow jasper are created from the organic materials and iron oxides imbedded in the stone.
QUARTZ: This is the second most common mineral in the earth’s crust (feldspar is first). Generally speaking, a crystal mineral will ideally be six-sided with six-sided pyramids at each end. Of course they are rarely perfect and thus have many different shapes depending on the void space around them or how they intergrow. They occur in two varieties, macrocrystalline where crystals are recognizable with the naked eye and microcrystalline or cryptocrystalline where crystals are too small to see without high magnification. Macrocrystalline forms includes citrine, amethyst, aventurine, hawks-eye, tigereye, rose, rock crystal, flake, rutilated, and smoky. Rutilated quartz and tourmalinated quartz have needle-like inclusions of other minerals. The second, cryptocrystalline, is more commonly known as chalcedony and includes agate, jasper, carnelian, onyx, bloodstone, aventurine, and chrysoprase.
The greatest of all healing stones, Quartz radiates the white light energy of the Universe. Clear quartz crystal can be used for a variety of things and is often used with other stones to help amplify the abilities of those stones. This mineral amplifies focuses and stores energy and information. It can be used to clear and activate the energy centers of the body, for purification, healing, in meditation, visualization, and trance work, to dispel negativity, enhance and seal the aura and for many other uses. It rates a 7.0 on the hardness scale.
ROSE QUARTZ: Like the delicate pink rose for which it is named, rose quartz is associated with love the world over. Beautiful in its own right, it is mutually complementary with other pastel gemstones, pale pink to rose red. Major sources are India, Africa, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Russia and Uruguay.
Rose Red Quartz Hand-Crafted Statement Necklace.
Rose quartz is good at focusing and amplifying healing energy. It is often used to symbolize love, peace, or happiness, and is believed to stimulate the imagination. Oddly enough, flaws in rose quartz often seem to enhance rather than detract from the healing energies. Lending a soft, healing energy, rose quartz is used to increase self-love and feelings of self-worth. It brings healing and clarity to the heart and allows the wearer to learn to trust again, helping to enhance the love vibration in relationships. It can also be used to attract love. Rose quartz brings trust, calm, clarity and harmony, and reduces the feeling of a need for haste. It removes fears and anxiety and reduces stress. It balances the emotions and heals emotional wounds, allowing the user to tap into the knowledge that the Universe is Love.
SODALITE: A dark blue-violet mineral with streaks of white, gray, pink, or green, it is one of the mineral components of lapis lazuli. A light, relatively hard, yet fragile mineral, sodalite is named after its sodium content; in mineralogy it may be classed as a feldspathoid. Well known for its blue color, sodalite may also be grey, yellow, green, or pink and is often mottled with white veins or patches. Although somewhat similar to lazurite and lapis lazuli, sodalite rarely contains pyrite (a common inclusion in lapis) and its blue color is more like traditional royal blue rather than ultramarine. It is further distinguished from similar minerals by its white (rather than blue) streak.
Sodalite is a good stone for general communication and writing, by helping with logic, ideas, and truth. It helps one arrive at conclusions logically instead of emotionally while eliminating confusion, and it does this by helping a person to be more objective and less critical. It balances body energy levels via the thyroid, pituitary, lymph, and other glands. It frees your physical body of the negative mental energies that impede the body’s functioning and interfere with the expression of its true energetic nature.
It boosts the immune system, and helps with problems with the throat, insomnia, neck, mouth, hearing, and blood sugar. It is cooling and drawing for infections, burns, sinus inflammations, and high blood pressure. It rates a 5 on the hardness scale.
TIGER EYE: Look into the eye of this magnificent tiger. Movement dramatizes the effect of the contrasting golden and brown bands, found in South Africa. Tiger’s Eye is a type of microcrystalline chatoyant quartz that has replaced the asbestos mineral crocidolite to produce its unique appearance: Bands of a yellowish-brown to reddish-brown and when viewed from the opposite direction, the colors are reversed.
Tigers Eye Hand-Crafted Sterling Cuff Bracelet.
Tiger Eye enhances psychic abilities, balance and brings clarity to thoughts. It can help to discipline one’s sexual and emotional life and allows one’s life to open and blossom. Tigers Eye is a stone that stimulates wealth and helps to maintain it. It brings strength, independence, practicality, softens stubbornness and balances male/female energy. It boosts confidence and courage, and can draw people and material possessions to the wearer. Tigers Eye is also known to be very protective, and is often used to protect the wearer when traveling. It rates 7 on the hardness scale.
TURQUOISE: A non-translucent, porous semi-precious blue to blue-green mineral. The finest turquoise is is robin’s egg blue and has no matrix. North American turquoise is greener and has a matrix of streaks. Over the years, oil from your skin is absorbed by the stone and it will change color slightly. It rates a 5-6 on the hardness scale so it is only slightly stronger than window glass.
Blue Semi-Precious Gemstone Kingman Turquoise Ring.
Turquoise is used for cleansing and protection, and is often referred to as the “master healer”. It is good at absorbing negativity, helping one to release shame and guilt. It is a grounding stone that provides strength and protection during meditation. It brings peace of mind as well as clarity. It balances male and female energies, induces wisdom and understanding and increases intuition. It can also attract friendships, luck, and happiness. Some have used it to help with eye problems.
YELLOW CALCITE: This relatively soft stone, has a honey-gold color that varies from medium to dark with a medium translucency. Calcite is commonly believed to increase and amplify energy of healing, learning and awareness. This stone ranks 3 on the hardness scale.
ZEBRA JASPER: Named for its exotic white and black patterns, this stone is actually onyx marble. It is commonly mistaken as a type of jasper. It is also referred to as Mexican zebra stone because large deposits are found in Mexico. It is rated 3 on the hardness scale.