Two Moons Hye Jewelry | Handmade Jewelry by Dottie Moon
 
 
 
 

Two Moons Hye Jewelry: GEMSTONES (D-I)
Please contact Dottie Moon for purchase information: dottie@twomoonshyejewelry.com

Gemstones A-B C D-I J L-O P-S T-U  

Dumortierite – Typically blue or violet in color. Considered a gemstone that enhances organizational abilities and self-discipline. Believed to release fear, bringing courage to one's life, and to boost creativity and expression. Major sources include Brazil, France and the US.

Emerald – Is a grass green variety of beryl. The color is caused by small amounts of chromium and enhanced by traces of iron. Unlike other beryls, emeralds often contain inclusions and other flaws. These flaws are not considered negative aspects, as they would be for other gemstones, but are instead considered part of the character of the stone and may verify its authenticity to the purchaser. Proper care is important for an emerald. Avoid sudden temperature changes, as emeralds lose their color when strongly heated. Clean with a soft, dry cloth. Oil is used during the stone's treatment and ultrasonic cleaner or hot soapy water could remove or damage the oil.

Many virtues are ascribed to the emerald, including driving away evil spirits, preserving the chastity of the wearer and bringing wisdom, faith and success in love. Also said the help expose false friends. When worn, the gemstone is supposed to prevent epilepsy attacks, and when held in the mouth it's believed to be a cure for dysentery. Legend says it assists women in childbirth, strengthen the owner's memory, quicken intelligence and assist in predicting the future. Most of the world's emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil and Zambia.

Garnet – A group of common silicate minerals that have similar crystal structures and chemical compositions. Though the red colored garnet is the most recognized the stone also appears in yellow, orange, green, pink, white and gray. One of the garnet's most appealing characteristics is its brilliance due to a high refraction of light. These stones form under high temperatures and pressure, and are used by geologists as a gauge of the temperatures and pressures other rocks in the vicinity have endured. They are also an indicator mineral for diamonds. The traditional way of finding diamond deposits is to sample materials at the surface, looking for minerals, such as garnets, that are often formed with diamonds, but in much greater quantities. Garnets symbolize fire, faith, courage, truth, grace, compassion, constancy and fidelity. They are believed to stimulate the bloodstream and pituitary glands, and to combat depression, lethargy and nightmares, and they are said to protect travelers from harm. Garnets are to be carried close to the body to maximize their balancing and peaceful energy, Found in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Brazil, India, Madagascar, Canada, Czech Republic, Spain and US.

Hessonite Garnet – are a member of the grossular garnet family. They are reddish-brown and may have honey-colored inclusions. This stone has good luster and is slightly transparent. The hessonite garnet is found primarily in Sri Lanka. Some believe that a hessonite garnet can be unpredictable and create sudden changes and influences, rigidity and passion. It's said to be the stone of worldly desires and benefits, laziness, gratification and ignorance.

Gaspeite – This pale to apple-green calcite is considered a rare mineral, mined in only a few locations, it’s invariably found near deposits of nickel sulfide, which gives gaspeite its unique green hue. Discovered in 1966, although initially it was considered a by-product of nickel sulfide mining and discarded. A popular (but rare) mineral in semiprecious-stone markets, it is often paired with azurite and sugilite for stunning contrast. Emotionally, gaspeite is said to reduce distress and bring assurance. It’s also said to reduce ignorance and attract friendship. Metaphysically, gaspeite is best known for helping to bring spirituality into everyday life. Mystics believe it to help heal problems with the heart, lungs and gallbladder.

Howlite – This calcium silicoborate is naturally white, often with a dark gray or black spider-web matrix. Howlite is soft and porous so is easily dyed into rich hues. It should be kept away from acids, solvents, rough handling and prolonged exposure to strong light. Discovered in Nova Scotia during the 19th century, it's known as the stone of memory, knowledge and progress and is said to encourage reasoning, observation, discernment, patience and tact. Also believed to eliminate pain, stress and anger, as well as balance calcium levels in the body, by aiding the absorption and distribution of the mineral. North America is the world's primary source of howlite.

Iolite – This blue silicate mineral occurs as crystals or grains in igneous rocks. Sometimes called the "water sapphire" because it's found in water deposits and commonly mistaken for top-grade blue sapphires. One of the neatest attributes of iolite is its ability to change colors depending on the angle you look at it. It was this property that made iolite so valuable to the Vikings. These legendary mariners used thin iolite lenses to polarize the light and determine the exact position of the sun, and therefore their course on overcast days, hence it's name "Vikings' compass". Iolite is said to open one to psychic talents and expand them. Also believe to enhance curiosity, stimulate visions, and help the wearer deal with addictions, including alcoholism (helps in detoxification as well as maintaining sobriety). Physically, iolite is used to help heal sore throats, varicose veins and blisters. Found in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, India, Madagascar, Brazil and the US.

Above Information Courtesy of Rings-N-Things (www.rings-things.com)

"Handmade Artisan Jewelry from the Heart of the Central Texas Hill Country"

Two Moons Hye Jewelry | Dottie Moon | P.O. Box 245 | Hye Texas 78635

 Copyright © 2008-2013 Dottie Moon, Two Moons Hye Jewelry. All Rights Reserved