Our next meeting will be June 6th at 5:30 at Peebles, Mineral World Scratch Patch….We will have wine, appies and many surprises…Come and network and play with the gemstones…Lot of surprises in store for all of us…I thought I could never outdo the last meeting at DeVine and while I may not have outdone myself I have come up with an exciting venue that you will never forget
Amethyst has been prized for its beauty and its legendary energies for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks believed that amethyst would prevent intoxication, calm anger, and relieve frustrated passion. It is the provincial stone of Ontario, and is also found in chevron bands in Nova Scotia. The world’s major supplier is Brazil. The Feb. birthstone is the best known and most valuable form of quartz.ing them both valuable and historically interesting.
Green Amethyst is also known as green quartz, amegreen, vermarine, and prasiolite (from the Greek word for leek). The colour varies from pale grey green to a deep grass green. It is formed from the heating of amethysts in certain locations to a high temperature, either artificially (in an oven) or naturally (by volcanism). It is often found in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Brazil. Green Amethyst is believed to link the physical self to the spiritual self.
Aquamarine is a blue or blue-green variety of beryl, named for its similarity to the sea’s colour. It is found in pegmatites in Brazil, Malagasy and Russia. In legend aquamarine was believed to contain the power of the sea and so was dedicated to a number of sea goddesses, including the Greek love goddess, Aphrodite. Sailors used it as an amulet to keep them safe from storms and bring them securely home.
Topaz is an aluminum fluorosilicate that occurs in a variety of hues. This mineral is found in igneous rocks and high-temperature veins. Crystals up to 220 lbs have been found. The finest topaz is found in the Ural Mts. in the former USSR. Other sources include North America, Brazil and Sri Lanka. Its name is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit word tapas meaning fire. Blue, golden and colourless varieties enhance one’s communication, personal intention and mental clarity respectively.
Citrine is a variety of quartz with a yellow to smokey brown hue. This stone is found in nature, but much of the commercial Citrine is created from heat-treated amethyst. In general, deeper amber to orange varieties are heat treated. Natural deposits are widespread; Brazil is a major source. The name Citrine is derived from the French word citron meaning lemon. Citrine is thought to increase one’s creativity and clarity of thought as well as amplifying powers of one’s will and manifestation.
Quartz is composed of silicon dioxide and is a widely distributed mineral found in a variety of hues. Quartz Crystal is the pure, colourless form. In Canada, the province of Ontario is the major producer. It has valuable electrical and optical properties that result in its usage in radios, computers, microscopes and watches. Quartz has been considered to have healing powers since ancient times. Three of its key metaphysical properties are energy amplification, programmability and memory.
Jade a complex blend of silicates, found mostly in the NW corner of BC. Its great hardness and soft lustre have made it a favourite for thousands of years. Early Chinese cultures rewarded third place with silver, second with gold, and first place with jade! Jade is sacred to the Maori people of New Zealand, who call it greenstone. All forms of jade attract friendship, making it a good stone for shy people.
Jasper is a form of quartz that has tiny inclusions of other crystals in it, giving it a solid, waxy color. Jasper come in a very wide variety of forms, from plain red or yellow, through to varieties having images in them (picture jasper), spotted (leopard spot jasper), broken chips (brecciated jasper) and much more. It is believed to bring good health as well as courage and wisdom in undertakings.
Labradorite or spectrolite is famous for its iridescent blue and yellow shimmer. Named for Labrador where it was first found, it is a plagioclase feldspar. It is treasured for its remarkable play of color (labradorescence), which shows vivid flashes of green, blue, gold, orange, red, and sometimes violet. It is the gemstone of magic and it awakens in the wearer an awareness of innate magical powers.
Larimar is a unique translucent variation of the mineral pectolite with a hardness of 4.5 to 5. It is commonly blue or blue-green, sometimes with red hematite (iron) staining. Larimar is only found in one small area on the island of Hispaniola, Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean. This gemstone first surfaced in 1974, and was named by Miguel Mendez, who combined his daughter’s name LARIssa with MAR, the Spanish word for sea. A deal between the Dominican Bureau of Mines and the locals means only limited material is extracted (by hand), and therefore larimar is very rare.ns in the wearer an awareness of innate magical powers.
Moonstone is the gemstone variety of orthoclase feldspar, a common material found throughout the Earth’s crust. A rare variety known as adularia has a pale blue-white sheen, and when cut, is called moonstone in the jewelry trade. There are important deposits in Sri Lanka, Brazil, Australia, the USA and India. Moonstone has always been a sacred stone, believed to have a special significance for lovers.
Opal is a quartz containing 5-7% water. It is the only stone that splits sunlight (light diffraction) into the full rainbow of colours due to the regular formation of its tiny silica spheres. In Roman civilization Opal was linked with good luck and hope and was highly valued. Today, almost all opals come from Australia, although there has been a recent opal discovery in Vernon, B.C. Opal is not very hard and may scratch or crack; many opals are mounted on a hard backing and have a clear layer of quartz to protect them. The magical “fire” of opals make them popular in jewellery.
Rhodonite is a manganese silicate with a soft pink to deep raspberry colour, often with spider webs of black manganese oxide for contrast. Its name is derived from the Greek word rhodon, a rose. It is found on Salt Spring Island and in the Cowichan Valley, making it very much a Vancouver Island gemstone. Rhodonite helps the wearer to shine and to develop their unique talents.
Tiger Eye is a variety of quartz, having tiny fibres oriented in parallel. The result is a shimmer or lustre that moves when the stone is turned in bright light, creating a “cat’s eye” or chatoyant effect. The largest deposits of Tiger Eye are in South Africa and Western Australia. It is considered a stone of mental clarity, one that activates and whets the intellect and sharpens one’s logic.
Turquoise is a relatively soft, opaque gemstone admired for its beautiful sky-blue colour. This stone is composed of submicroscopic crystals and its blue and green colours are caused by the presence of copper and iron respectively. Turquoise has a long history; jewelry has been found dating back to 7500 BC in pre-Egyptian tombs. Also, Native Americans have fashioned turquoise and silver for at least a thousand years. Turquoise can assist in finding and communicating wholeness and truth.