Ruby


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Originthe place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts out, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.
Ruby is a variety of the aluminium oxide mineral, Corundum. The mineral tpically forms within metamorphic rocks however as mining in some cases is not economically viable from these primary deposits, they can be sourced from secondary deposits where they have settled away from their primary sedimentary source.

 

Only around 1% of natural rubies found are of gem quality. They are typically picked and separated from other minerals and gravel in river sediments. The hue of the ruby colour is generally determined by the location in which the crystal is sourced as it is defined by the impurities that form within the Corundum.

 

All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are 7 systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Ruby crystals belong to the Trigonal system.

 

Historythe past considered as a whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or sometihing, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.
The name ruby is derived from the Latin, ruber, which signifies red. It is said to be one of the twelve most precious stones created by God. The Ruby has also been hailed as the King of Precious Stones. This is what the ancient language of Sanskrit calls it as referred to by the name ratnaraj.

 

The stone was mentioned way back in the first Century AD by the philosopher and scholor Pliny who described it by its hardness and density. In ancient Hindu times the Ruby was offered to the God, Krishna in  the belief that they would then be destined to be re-born as emporers.

 

In the Western world the Ruby was considered to be a high class, Royal gem worn by the upper classes in the wish for love, wealth and wisdom.

 

One of the largest sources of rubies was Burma, now Myanmar where one of the largest rubies in the world was mined. This Burmese ruby was donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History by the philanthropist, Peter Buck, in memory of his late wife. The largest mined ruby though was the Liberty Bell Ruby which was stolen in a heist in 2011.

 

The Ruby is still a highly sought gem throughout the world, with many man-made synethtic variations in circulation.

Specificationthe act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
 

The ruby is one of the hardest natural gems, measuring 9 on the Mohs scale rating of hardness. Only diamond and moissanite are harder. It has a conchoidal, splintery fracture with a brittle tenacity and a subadamantine, vitreous, pearly luster.

 

The natural gem should have needle type, rutile inclusions (silk) and, if not, that indicates that the stone has been treated. The quality of the natural ruby is also defined by its colour shade with the most sought after being the brightest, pigeon blood red. Rubies can also display chatoyancy or a cats eye reflection.

 

 

Varietiesa number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.
Ruby is a variety of the mineral Conundrum, the other variety being Saphire.

 

Esoteric Attributesa quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.
Crystals by their very nature are able to receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy and hence crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world.

 

Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrational frequencies that can be harnesed and used for specific purposes. Each therefore have specific qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.

 

The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Ruby crystals.

 

Mental: The Ruby is an aid to the determination to commit to something. It also enhances performance.
Emotional: The Ruby is a promoter of courage and bravery , it also strengthens virtue and enhances the passion and joie de vivre for life.
Physical: The Ruby is a stimulator of the adrenal glands, sexual organs and circulation. It increases blood pressure and fever.

 

Crystal Chart – Ruby

 

Crystal: Ruby
Mineralogy: Corundum
Geometric form: Trigonal
Formation: Primary sometimes Tertiary
Family: Corundum
Birthstone: Ruby is associated with those born in the month of July. It is also associated with the astrological sign of Capricorn.
Appearance: Conchoidal, splintery fracture with a brittle tenacity. A hard stone that measures 9 on the Mohs Scale Rating.
Aura: Ruby shields the aura from negative and psychic attack. It is a stimulator of energy and allows for sharper energy communication.
Colour: Various hues of red.
Chakra: Ruby is primarily associated with the Root Chakra stimulating energy flow and fortifying the ability to manifest desires and dreams.

 

 

 

International Crystals – References and resources:

 

Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014

World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Crystal Healing, 2001

http://gemstone-dictionary.com/birthstones-by-month.php

New Oxford American Dictionary

 

 

 

 

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Sapphire


Sapphire – International Crystals Encyclopedia https://www.gemzworld.com/

 

 
 
Originthe place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts out, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.
Sapphire is an aluminium oxide and is a variety of the mineral, Corundum. The crystals are mined from alluvial deposits and are found naturally by searching through sediments and rock formations as sometimes they may be difficult to mine from their primary source.

 

Though typically of a startling blue hue, the colour of the Sapphire may vary due to the impurity traces that can form within the mineral. Iron, titanium, chromium, copper and magnesium can turn a saphire blue, yellow, purple, orange and green respectively.

 

Large Sapphire deposits are mainly found in Thailand, Eastern Australia, North America, Madagascar, Eastern Africa and Sri Lanka.

 

All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are 7 systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Sapphire crystals belong to the Trigonal system.

 

 
Historythe past considered as a whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or sometihing, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.
The term Sapphire is said to be derived from a variety of ancient word sources. Some say it comes from Sanskrit where it is reffered to as Shanipriya. Shani means Saturn and Priya means dear. Hence the meaning ‘dear to Saturn’.

 

Others say the word derives from the Hebrew Sappir, the Greek, Sappheiros or the Latin, Sapphirus.

 

It is known to be one of the twelve precious stones featured in the High Priest of Israel’s breastplate whilst serving in the Holy Temple.

 

The ancient Persians were convinced that the world lay against a giant crystal of Sapphire hence the reflective blue in the colour of the sky. The Royalty of ancient Rome and Greece wore the Sapphire as a protection from evil and jealousy whilst the religious elders of the Middle Ages wore the Sapphire as a symbol of heaven.

 

In recent jtimes, the Sapphire has consistently been popular with Royalty. In England, both Princess Anne and Diana received engagement rings of Sapphire and cite it as a representation of wise and pure leadership.

 

 

 
Specificationthe act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
Sapphire crystals have a conchoidal, splintery fracture with a vitreous luster. They are the third hardest mineral, after diamond and moissanite, and measures a resounding 9.0 on the Mohs scale rating of hardness.

 

Some Sapphires (typically known as Star Sapphires) can project a star like reflection when viewed from overhead light which is known as asterism and can be caused by rutile trace inclusions of titanium dioxide.

 

The colour types of Sapphires are determined by the trace impurities formed within, usually signified by the geographical location of the deposits.

 

Sapphires are widely used in jewellery from the past to the present day and are also used in a variety of infrared optical components.

 

 
Varietiesa number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.
There are many different varieties of Saphire mainly determined by colour, these include and are not limited to;

 

  • Padparadscha
  • Star Sapphire
  • Yellow Sapphire
  • Green Sapphire
  • Pink Sapphire

 

 

 
Esoteric Attributesa quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.
Crystals by their very nature are able to receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy and hence crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world.

 

Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrational frequencies that can be harnesed and used for specific purposes. Each therefore have specific qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.

 

The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Sapphire crystals.

 

Mental: Sapphire is a stone of wisdom that fortifies the ability to focus the thoughts on collective life goals.
 
Emotional: Sapphire brings an inner focus and calm that remains strong. It is a spiritual stone that brings the power of wisdom and astuteness.
 
Physical: Sapphire crystals reduce blood pressure and the onslaught of fever. It is also used to strengthen the nerves and provides relief from pain.
 

 

Crystal Chart – Sapphire

 

Crystal: Sapphire
Mineralogy: Aluminium Oxide | Corundum
Geometric form: Trigonal
Formation: Primary | Tertiary
Family: Corundum
Birthstone: Sapphire is the Birthstone of September and is primarily associated with the astrological sign of Virgo.
Appearance: Conchoidal, splintery fracture with a vitreous luster. The Saphire is the third hardest stone with a Mohs scale rating of 9.0.
Aura: Sapphire is used as a channel facilitator, channelling energies from the higher realms. It is used to boost spiritual and psychic energy and power.
Colour: Mainly a deep blue, vibrant hue, Sapphires can also be found in many other colours determined by the trace impurity within.
Chakra: Sapphires are primarily associated with the Throat Chakra and is also associated with the Third Eye and Crown Chakras. It is widely used for Chakra healing.

 

 

 

International Crystals – References and resources:

 

Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014

World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Crystal Healing, 2001

http://gemstone-dictionary.com/birthstones-by-month.php

New Oxford American Dictionary

 

 

 

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Jade


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Origin

Jade or Nephrite derives its name from the Greek word “nephros” meaning kidney. Jade was long considered an “imperial gem”. Jade has long been an esteemed majestic stone in the Chinese empire similar to diamonds and gold in western countries. Widely considered an elite stone it was presented to the Chinese imperial court where skilled artisans turned them into masterpieces. Jade was widely used in the making of Chinese scholars’ objects like calligraphy brushes, mouthpieces and opium pipes. Nephrite jade can be found in China for utilitarian and ceremonial purposes, from indoor and decorative items to jade burial sites.  Indigenous tribes in Mexico, central and South America and New Zealand carved jade into deity masks and ritual artefacts.

Jade is comprised of metamorphic rocks called silicate minerals called Nephrite and Jadeite. These are then classified into grades in the ABC Treatment System. Nephrite is a calcium magnesium silicate while jadeite is a sodium aluminium silicate. Each has different compositions, hardness, densities and crystal structures.

Nephrite is usually a creamy white form, mid to deep olive green, brown and black. It has a smooth surface polish and the most common form of jade.  Jadeite comes in blue, lavender mauve, pink and emerald green. Different colours were imported to Burma in 1800. It is hard and lustrous, rarer than Nephrite and more valuable. Imperial Jade is the rarest and most treasured form.

Physical

It is a powerful cleansing stone. It aids the spleen, kidneys and supra-adrenal glands, removing toxins and balancing fluids. It helps treats reproductive disorders. Imperial jade is most useful for the healing process after surgery.

 

Emotional

Jade is a dream stone it releases negative thoughts, irritability and soothes the mind it helps release ones limitation one has put on oneself. It helps access the spiritual world, encourages creativity and dream interpretation. It is the stone of serenity in the midst of a storm. It recharges energy and heals feelings of guilt. It is a crystal of love and supports new love. It provides confidence, self-assurance, self-reliance and self suffiency.

Other varieties include:

Brown Jade is grounding. It connects to the earth and provides comfort and reliability.

Lavender Jade alleviates emotional hurt and provides spiritual nourishment. Its energy is of the highest etheric spectrum.

Orange Jade brings joy and teaches the interconnectedness of all beings. It is energetic and quietly stimulating.

Purple Jade encourages mirth and happiness, and purifies one’s aura. It dispels the negative and increases one’s level of discernment.

Red Jade is a stone of life-force energy, dispelling fear that holds one back, and urges one to action.

White Jade filters distractions, pulls in relevant, constructive information and aids in decision making.

Yellow Jade is cheerful and energetic, a stone of assimilation and discrimination.

 

Attributes

It is most valued for its metaphysical properties. It is used widely as a protective talisman while traveling and an amulet of good luck and friendship.

 

Specifications

 

Mineral :  Silicate
Geometric Form :  Primary
Formation :  Monoclinic
Family:  Jade
Colour Ray:  Vary
Birthstone:  Leo Virgo August
Appearance:  Transluent to opaque
Aura:  Vary
Colour:  green lavender red yellow white black
Chakra:  Heart chakra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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