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A Guide To Different Kinds of Semi-Precious Stones

different kinds of gemstonesFind out about different kinds of semi-precious stones and how to choose the gemstone that’s right for you!

Most people have limited knowledge of the vast array of gemstones that are out there  (classic rubies, emeralds, diamonds etc). 

Meanwhile, there are so many more semi-precious gemstones out there that jewelry collectors will seek out. And these are equally as visually brilliant.

Plus many spiritual people seek out semi-precious stones because they believe these stones have properties which can help them feel emotional and physically to feel better.

As you might know, I am a bestselling wellness author. I founded a groundbreaking video course called The Anxiety Cure.

I love sharing insights and strategies to help people to live their healthiest, best life.

With this in mind I put together this quick guide about the different kinds of semi-precious stones- and the various ways they are reported to help you to feel better both emotionally and physically.

Different Kinds of Semi-Precious Stones

Coming up we’ll go through the variety of gemstones that you can find along with their properties and a little history too.

1. Topaz

Topaz is mostly well-recognized for being a blue hue. But it is not commonly known that topaz can come in brown, or pink, or green, and it can even come in red too. This semi-precious stone is used as the birthstone of December. It is thought that the word topaz is derived from the ancient Greek word ‘topazos’ which translates to meaning green gemstone. In fact, more recently a yellow topaz stone has become super popular in jewelry pieces and it is called citrine.

2. Amethyst

A member of the quartz family, amethyst is relatively inexpensive due to its widespread availability. When we talk about the amethyst meaning it is true that this semi-precious stone is one of the most powerful crystals that you can come across. It is used to help you to relax your mind, your body and also your spirit. This calming effect is meant to help you return to a state of calm and balance. Even if there are external factors which are disrupting your peace. The amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February. Most gemologists can work out where each amethyst stone originated from due to minor chemical elements which are found in each regional crystal.

3. Aquamarine

This is the birthstone for the month of March. This stone is a member of the beryl crystal family. In fact, aquamarine is also a traditional gift for the 16th. Plus it’s also for the 19th wedding anniversaries. The color of aquamarine ranges from pale blue right through to a teal shade. Additionally, in folklore it was said that sailors would carry aquamarine as a means of preventing seasickness.

4. Garnet

This semi-precious stone is typically recognized for being red. However, a garnet can range in color. This stone can be yellow. Or it can be green. Plus it can even be purple or orange. Red garnets are the most well-recognized. They are also the most sought after. The word garnet comes from the Greek word ‘garanatus’ which means ‘seedlike.’ This name is in reference to the pomegranate. In fact, garnets were one of the most popular stones used in Victorian jewelry. Garnets are extremely popular due to their healing properties and their supposed magic powers. 

5. Amber

This semi-precious stone belongs to a much smaller class of organic gems, and the amber is not a crystal nor is it a mineral. It is a biological product of nature, and it is a protective resin which has oozed from living trees in dense and prehistoric forests, and this resin has fossilized for over millions of years. Amber is said to have a unique energy which resonates with a range of different people, and is commonly worn as jewelry that sits against your skin to maximise its healing potential.

6. Jade

It is true that jade is a term which describes two different gemstones that actually look very similar to each other. These gemstones are jadeite and nephrite. Jade has a key place in cultures worldwide. It’s mostly associated with China. But other places around the world have incorporated jade into their culture. Jade is a stone of longevity. It is a tool that is used for long-term planning. Jade is also used to help alleviate self-doubt along with self-limiting beliefs which can actually create a negative mindset. Many semi-precious stone experts and sites including Zen and Stone agree that there are lots of benefits to jade stones.

7. Tiger Eye

This semi-precious stone is known to help healing in broken bones and it also facilitates quick recovery from the neck or from spinal problems. Tiger Eye is also used to clear toxins from the body and it is believed to be able to give you the strength to recover from whatever is ailing you. The possession of a Tiger Eye stone is an invite to be more mentally active and also more physically active. This gemstone is not so well-remembered, but it has the power to truly focus the mind, and it encourages mental clarity and it also helps us to be objective in resolving problems.

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