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Ten Stones With a Tale to Tell

Jun 29, 2013

by Bellflower Bay

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Whether they are rare or common, gemstones share one similarity: every stone has a story worth telling. Last week, we explored some of the more interesting historical and superstitious details associated with birthstones, but there’s still a whole world of gems that deserve some attention. Since we deal with a lot of jewelry, our favorites are constantly in flux, but this month we are really digging (gem pun!) the unique look of moss agate and the fascinating origin tale of glimmering labradorite, both included on our list of ten more amazing stones.

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The beautiful misty green and brown “moss” inclusions in this striking stone occur when trace elements such as manganese or iron interrupt the formation process of clear or milky quartz. Traditionally, moss agate is believed to encourage a green thumb in gardeners and help ground those who feel unstable.

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One of the more interesting “gemstones,” coral is formed in the ocean by living invertebrates that play an integral role in the marine ecosystem. Soft and porous, it is often naturally a peach shade; most other colors of coral are bleached (white) or dyed (red). From the Middle Ages to the Victorian era coral was thought to ward off evil, and tokens of the stone were often given to children to protect them from harm.

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Though many cultures believed the moonstone to be the actual solidified rays of the moon, the glowing flashes of color within the stone are created by refracted light bouncing off layers of two different types of feldspar. Apocryphally, it’s a gem that deals in matters of the heart; presenting a moonstone to your beloved on the night of a full moon is said to make your love eternal.

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Lovely lapis lazuli was the go-to blue stone before sapphire showed up on the scene. Ancient Egyptians valued the stone highly and used it for both adornment and sculpture. This is one of the few stones with multiple identities: Cleopatra reportedly used ground lapis as eye shadow, and during the Renaissance the stone was used to create a vibrant blue paint.

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Legend has it that an Inuit warrior walking along the water caught a glimpse of shimmering lights in some rocks on the coastline. Fearing that the aurora borealis had been trapped in the rock,  he quickly struck them with his spear, freeing most of the lights — but not all. The Inuit was actually seeing the glorious color-play called labradoressence within the labradorite stone, a beautiful side-effect caused by growths within the formation of the crystal. Labradorite is especially beloved by the natives of Labrador, Canada, where it was discovered in the late 1700s; some believe it can be used to enhance intuition.

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The red splatter across its vibrant green surface gave bloodstone its evocative name, and probably led to its traditional association with healing properties. It was once believed bloodstone could stop hemorrhaging, and  soldiers often carried a piece into battle. Until the 1940s, it was considered March’s official birthstone.

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Pyrite is often called fool’s gold because of its resemblance to true gold, but it is actually a form of iron whose name is derived from the Greek word for fire. In the 16th and 17th centuries, it was a key component in firearms — a file would strike against a lump of the stone, igniting a spark. Once everyone realized how unsafe that was, pyrite somehow became a symbol of good luck and was used in jewelry, especially in the Victorian era.

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Named for the upstate New York country where they were discovered, Herkimers are a double terminated crystal — a unique type of quartz with two naturally-faceted ends. This rarer version of the common quartz stone is believed by some to be a powerful amplifier of spiritual energy and used in metaphysical and occult practices.

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The inky depths of black onyx, a form of chalcedony, have been adored for centuries: the Romans used the stone for their carved cameos and intaglios; Persians and Indians believed that wearing onyx protected them from evil, and that it could lessen pains and ensure an easy labor when placed on the stomach of a pregnant woman. During the 1800s, Queen Victoria wore a great deal of the midnight-colored stone to represent her grief at the loss of for beloved husband Albert.

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The state gem of Maine, tourmaline can come in any variety and combination of colors or appear completely colorless. One of the most unusual color orientations is half pink/half green, which (for obvious reasons) is called watermelon tourmaline. An 18th century Dutch doctor advised placing a piece of tourmaline wrapped in silk on the cheek of a fevered child, while current day Aboriginal tribes in Australia wear the stone as a talisman.

What’s your favorite gemstone — and why?

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181 comments

  • FascinatingHobbies

    FascinatingHobbies from FascinatingHobbies said 6 years ago

    very interesting with the opportunity to discover new shops and beautiful items....I am waitting your next thread about opales ..... happy and successful day

  • NicolasKnitKnacks

    Nicola and Jessica Belton from CelticKnittingCo said 6 years ago

    Some beautiful items, the moon and bloodstone are beautiful! Such a fantastic shop to do an article on, if you hadn't it would have been a while before I stumbled upon the shops! Best of luck with your shops and great article!!

  • christineshmisteen

    CHRISTINE SHMISTEEN from TheArtOfFinerThings said 6 years ago

    Very cool post! I love the blurbs about each stone! I was surprised that my favorite non-gemstone wasn't there-- turquoise! (green turquoise ☺)

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    These are all such beautiful stones, all unique in their own way. It's hard to choose a favorite!

  • Sparkleandswirl

    Hillary from Sparkleandswirl said 6 years ago

    I love the descriptions. Since I recently used coral beads that description definitely stood out. Beautiful pictures!

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry said 6 years ago

    I have always found it fascinating to know what others and the history of stones. I know that my favorite is tourmaline. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing this amazing info.

  • MikiTillett

    Miki Tillett from MikiTillett said 6 years ago

    I hadn't heard many of these stories before, so thank you for sharing! I love how fascinated humans have always been with these beautiful stones, and how they have found a place in so many different cultures.

  • CuriousLemon

    Karine Fournier from CuriousLemon said 6 years ago

    Beautiful !

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous choices! Love the coral ring.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    Disappointed to Etsy plugging coral, it really should be left in the ocean where it belongs.

  • gardenjewels

    Julie DeGroot from JewelsInTheGarden said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous gemstones! Although not featured here, my favorite stone is the star sapphire. It evokes the sweet memories of my past. 34 years ago my husband gave me one when we became engaged. I've worn it everyday since then. Every time the light hits it just right the star appears and my thoughts turn to my sweet love.

  • claychic

    Jenn Duval from MoodiChic said 6 years ago

    Very interesting.

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage from DecadesOfVintage said 6 years ago

    One is more beautiful than the other.

  • milabeth

    Mila Bartos from FizzCandy said 6 years ago

    I love them all but watermelon tourmaline is my favorite! I would love to see a post on the many kinds of opals.

  • matildecanepagonzale

    Matilde Cánepa González from matildecanepaArtnow said 6 years ago

    the black onyx the old design. i love i love the mythology! congrats!

  • GemsOnTheRocks

    Randy Hatred, G.G., A.J.P. from GemsOnTheRocks said 6 years ago

    I love this blog! Gemstones have very special powers and can help people suffering from illness, or give people strength to get through tough situations in life. Tourmaline is one of my favorites... and for those who are going to have a very HAPPY 4th of July- Amethyst is believed to help avoid drunkenness! Cheers!

  • SaMTRoN666

    Nico Peralta from SkullDezign said 6 years ago

    beautiful items and stories

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 6 years ago

    Love gemstone! Thanks for sharing!

  • spacepearls

    kayla-marie from spacepearls said 6 years ago

    Thank you, this was quite interesting.

  • ASHYL

    Kerime Sevilen Mustafaoglu from ASHYL said 6 years ago

    All gemstones are beautiful, thank you.

  • montgomerycrystalco2

    montgomerycrystalco2 from MontgomeryCrystalCo said 6 years ago

    so well done! please note though that all quartz and rock crystals are amplifiers of energy: they carry a piezioelectric charge along their prism sides AND by their atomic arrangement refine and straighten out energy passing through them, thus amplifying it. this can be severely hampered by drilling though them [as opposed to wirewrapping, setting, or capping for jewelry etc] and by the current fad of boiling and/or super heating crystals for the fake looks of 'aqua aura' etc.

  • SandiLaneFineArt

    Sandi from SandiLaneFineArt said 6 years ago

    Great story line and some beautiful pieces of jewelry! So many gemstones - would love to see more!

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 6 years ago

    Wow, I feel like I just accomplished a college course for free and in 15 minutes. Very enlightening and informative post. I am discovering that Etsy is not only a venue to show my wares inexpensively but also an educational journey that has already enhanced my mind. Will buy an Agate for my garden. Sounds like a great eco friendly way to help my plants.

  • materialrat

    Margarita Rat from PackRatJewelry said 6 years ago

    This is so interesting! I make jewelry myself and I'm often inspired by gems with history. There are countless stories that they can tell...

  • cosmiksouls

    joan kelly from cosmiksouls said 6 years ago

    AWESOME share .. thanks :)

  • bgrkid64

    Arthur and Michelle Gonzalez from AMGCraftsandPhotos said 6 years ago

    So Interesting. I love learning about the history of each stone. Can't wait for another thread.

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame said 6 years ago

    I love all these pieces!So beautiful.I love hearing about what each stone represents and the history behind them.

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 6 years ago

    Ooooo SO beautiful! This is a pleasure to look at and read!

  • divinecartomancy

    Bren from PsychicBren said 6 years ago

    Very interesting Pieces...........I wish you the best........

  • YearsAfter

    Sharon from YearsAfter said 6 years ago

    Nature is Sensational. Haven't met a gemstone I didn't like :)

  • piccadillypastimes

    Ginger and Tim from PiccadillyPastimes said 6 years ago

    Thank you for such an interesting article. I was not familiar with several of these stones. The moss agate and labradorite are beautiful! Also love the herkimer.

  • KenLeeAna

    BriAnna Blake from KenLeeAna said 6 years ago

    Wonderfully informative! Beautiful work from all those lovely shops.

  • artlover2013

    Kay from ArtMeetsLove said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and diverse selections. Thank you for the information.

  • indigobjects

    indigobjects from indigobjects said 6 years ago

    Awesome! I collect gemstones! Come see old stock objects!

  • expressyourself

    Natalia Snemis from expressyourself said 6 years ago

    Nice collection!

  • limestone

    Rocket Ship said 6 years ago

    Coral is endangered/threatened. It's supposed to protect coastlines and marine life. Although it's a beautiful adornment, it has a more important job to do in the ocean. To my mind, Etsy, hawking coral in a blog post is akin to posting the benefits of ivory. Beauty should not come at the expense of a beautiful living organism.

  • PamelasDesertRocks

    Pamela Morris from PamelasDesertRocks said 6 years ago

    Love the rich history of gems - so much myth and intrigue. Thanks for brightening our day with the glow and sparkle of these wonders of nature!

  • misschristiana

    Christiana Odum from YarnDarlin said 6 years ago

    Now I feel smarter. :)

  • joliefemme

    Diana from joliefemme said 6 years ago

    Interesting and informative! Keep stuff like this coming!

  • Challand

    Sharon Challand from Challand said 6 years ago

    Interesting!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 6 years ago

    Love moonstone, lapis, and labradorite! Beautiful jewelry. So interesting...the legends and superstitions we humans developed in response to unusual things in nature. Early cultures were drawn to shiny and beautiful stones, so it must come naturally to us to love and wear such things. Thanks for sharing the stories!

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 6 years ago

    Lovely ! Good info - always educational - Thanks for sharing!

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 6 years ago

    So beautiful!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Very well done! Informative!

  • ballandchain

    Katrina Balling from ballandchain said 6 years ago

    delicious!

  • tyler126

    Wendy Tyler from StudioSeventyFour said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this, very interesting!

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 6 years ago

    Love seeing all these gems! The labradorite is stunning!

  • 86Vintage86

    86Vintage86 from 86Vintage86 said 6 years ago

    interesting info - love the lapis!

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    What wonderful examples. They are beautiful

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 6 years ago

    Wow. I love the history behind stones and gems. Thanks for sharing another informative post.

  • synestheticon

    Melissa from LIMINALIA said 6 years ago

    Thanks for this story!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 6 years ago

    Gogeous! I really like that labradorite !

  • Ghadah1

    Ghada Hassan from MyGDesigns said 6 years ago

    This is very interesting! I love Labradorite and Moonstone!

  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry said 6 years ago

    It is amazing how many of these stones are ground to be used as pigments in paint. Two of my favorites that I usually have in my watercolors are Black Tourmaline and Bloodstone. Often mineral/gemstone pigments will have a textural, grainy quality that is very beautiful.

  • VeronicaRStudio

    Veronica from VeronicaRussekJoyas said 6 years ago

    I love jewelry and love the more traditional gems, however, I loooooove tourmalines and labradorites! I can't get enough of them.

  • davkadeergirl

    davkadeergirl from DeerGirlDesigns said 6 years ago

    Love it. I am always more interested in historical information and time tested legends about stones rather than some of the intuited information offered by New Age manuals. The old legends are so interesting.

  • treecraftdiary

    Cindy K from TreeCraftDiary said 6 years ago

    I always love to read anything related to gemstones, as I use those natural stones as the main material for my jewelry collection too. Thank you for the post!

  • senoritasofia

    s o p h i a from MadrinaSofia said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article! As a jewelry maker who works with gemstones, I love to research the spiritual properties of the stones that I use in my work, so this was a lovely surprise to read this intriguing historical information on them this morning and to see such beautiful work here on Etsy! Thank you for sharing!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed reading this!

  • DarburyCottage

    Rosemary Wascher from DarburyCottage said 6 years ago

    I found the moss agate to be so interesting, and all are very beautiful. It's nice to learn about such wonderful stone's.

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 6 years ago

    Gives me the itch to start using stones again. Such a pleasure.....

  • gemmamclean13

    Gemma McLean from CelticShorelineGems said 6 years ago

    Well done on such a fantastic article. I loved reading the info about each gemstone and the labradorite story in particular was my favourite :) Thank you for sharing it!

  • CatherinesSupply

    Catherine Templeton from CatherinesSupply said 6 years ago

    Lovely article :-)

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 6 years ago

    I have always been interested in the different stones and their healing powers...Great post!

  • AMDsamplesale

    AMDsamplesale from AMDsamplesale said 6 years ago

    Great article!

  • AMD

    AMD from AMD said 6 years ago

    Great article! Love gemstones and their healing qualities.

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 6 years ago

    Beautiful gemstones! Interesting stories behind each one! Thanks for sharing!

  • SpaceMauve

    Caroline Bee from SpaceMauve said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous

  • susieq08

    Susan Ferreira from DowneastMaineDesigns said 6 years ago

    I have fallen in love with all forms of gemstones; I've even been lucky enough to find some specimens while looking for seaglass here on the coast in Maine! Needless to say, I enjoyed your list of the meanings behind some of the more beloved and on trend gems we're seeing much of this year.. It's truly fascinating that the passion for stones has been universal and meaningful since their discovery! Thank you for your informative article! A wonderful read!

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 6 years ago

    They are all so beautiful! Very interesting post!

  • aleshoujo

    Alejandra Herrera said 6 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 6 years ago

    Such beauties! Some of my favorite gem stones are included, and I also discovered some new ones :)! Wonderful post, thank you for sharing!

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 6 years ago

    Very cool selections!

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 6 years ago

    So interesting!

  • burnish

    Rebekah Hemmer from burnish said 6 years ago

    Great finds! Love this!

  • nicolesweavingart

    Nicole Neal from Dreamingacrestextile said 6 years ago

    I have three "pocket rocks", as I call them. A large hunk of hematite, a small citrine with gorgeous cracks inside it, and a lapis. These three smooth stones give my hands something to do when I'm not weaving.

  • Vitrine

    Vitrine from Vitrine said 6 years ago

    Such fun to know more about these gorgeous gemstones! My particular favorite is Labradorite, as I'm from Canada :) I love using them in my designs.

  • beachartz

    Mona Lisa from beachartz said 6 years ago

    Asking me which is my favorite here is like asking me what's my favorite chocolate... they are all wonderful!

  • DivineOrnaments

    Carrie Story from DivineOrnaments said 6 years ago

    Great article. I just love the labradorite. In fact, I'm making several pendants with it right now!

  • RigbyandFable

    Megan Moulos from RigbyAndFable said 6 years ago

    Great read, I love historical articles on here!

  • vcantabrana

    Veronica Guarneros from earluv said 6 years ago

    Love this article..

  • BerryTrifle

    Raffaella Berry from BerryTrifle said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry! I have some pieces with both moonstones and labradorite, and wear them very often because they are so beautiful and go with almost any outfit. I will definitely check out some of those shops - I especially love the moonstone ring set in gold!

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 6 years ago

    I learn so much from these Etsy articles. I am sorry I didn't start reading them years ago!

  • AscendedEarth

    AscendedEarth from AscendedEarth said 6 years ago

    Crystals are so versatile that they can also be made into vibrational essences :) I have over 70 in my shop :)

  • silverfrogdesign

    Ale Toevs from silverfrogdesign said 6 years ago

    Very beautiful stone and very interesting information. Thank you for sharing. One of my favorites to work with is Black Onyx. Ale

  • MollisMuse

    Molli Koltun from MollisMuse said 6 years ago

    Great post with interesting information. Love the jewelry chosen as well.

  • jiorji

    jiorji from jiorji said 6 years ago

    i love labradorite! but i think they should've used a better representation of the bloodstone. that ring looks nothing like it :\

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry from pinksnakejewelry said 6 years ago

    Wonderful informative Post!!!! Beautiful Collection!!

  • ZhenneWoodArtThings

    Zhenne Wood from ZhennelandTreasures said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous selection of exquisite gemstone jewelry...especially loved reading about shimmering labradorite. Excellent post!

  • glitterandstones

    glitterandstones from glitterandstones said 6 years ago

    Beautiful gemstones. Thank you for sharing.

  • makemesmilejewelry

    cheryl wagner from MakeMeSmileJewelry said 6 years ago

    Beautiful...I love all stones...there something about a herkimer Diamond though!!!

  • JuxoriJewels

    Jay Charles from JUXORI said 6 years ago

    I adore moonstone and pyrite. I'm just so attracted to that sheen and glow they both have. Great quality article on gemstones. Thanks.

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    So beautiful!! Loved the info on each one; some I knew, but others were new to me!

  • MegnificentCo

    Meg from MegnificentCo said 6 years ago

    The Herkmier ring pictured is simply striking!

  • MegnificentCo

    Meg from MegnificentCo said 6 years ago

    The Herkmier ring pictured is simply stunning!

  • MegnificentCo

    Meg from MegnificentCo said 6 years ago

    Simply stunning!

  • electriceyejewelry

    Ashley McGee from ElectricEyeJewelry said 6 years ago

    Lots of great stones here. Some of my favorites to work with are Moss Agate, Moonstone and Lapis.

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 6 years ago

    Thanks for informative post !

  • letemendia

    Victoria from LetemendiaJewelry said 6 years ago

    Fascinating! I'm in love with gemstones and metals.

  • DoDangle

    Rebecca from DoDangle said 6 years ago

    Ahhh, shiney things! Thank you - great post.

  • MANARIJEWELRY

    Marianna from ManariDesign said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for including my labradorite ring here. Lovely story and such a great companion. Many thanks :)

  • inesdavidovic

    Ines Davidovic from Beperceptible said 6 years ago

    I love gold:) beautiful !

  • cmartori

    cmartori said 6 years ago

    I love stones like this because I never got past the "Look! Shiny!" stage of life. They're all so gorgeous, and the lore behind them is fascinating.

  • emberair

    emberair from EmberandAir said 6 years ago

    Wonderful choice of stones!! I love the stories you put alongside them as well

  • kayratastaki

    PINAR AKPINAR MALKOC from kayratastaki said 6 years ago

    Beautiful gems.Great read

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad said 6 years ago

    So very beautiful!

  • melsumn1

    Melz Toyz from melsumn1 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful information, some that I had not hear before. Thank you I Love gemstones and metals.

  • TerriGarciaDesigns

    Terri Garcia from TerriGarciaDesigns said 6 years ago

    Thanks for educating people about gemstones. I love working with them, so much that my avatar to the left is a close up of labradorite. Visit my shop to see what I do with them.

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 6 years ago

    Every once in a while I'll dig up a crystal or bit of the sparkly in the garden Its a thrill to find though mining and the practices of really need to be taken into consideration when buying even the most earthy and natural looking stones. As for coral ...Lets leave the oceans out of needs for a while.

  • Lin222

    Lin222 from Lin222 said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed this article so much ...TXs for all the great information...Have a great 4th!...Lin

  • MelanieHollandArt

    Melanie Holland from NanabojoDesigns said 6 years ago

    Geology rocks! :)

  • SarahOfSweden

    Sarah Flood from SarahOfSweden said 6 years ago

    Beautiful finds and great post! I love gemstones! Last week I was in NY and bought many beautiful gemstones. I was surprised that there were many great shops on the same street.

  • JewelryByDeezines

    Denise Mierop from JewelryByDeezines said 6 years ago

    I love the way this article was written - kudos to the author! Not only did I learn more about gemstones (which I work with every day!) but I love that you featured multiple artists!! Nicely done Etsy!!

  • i4modernart

    Nandita Albright from ContemporaryArtDaily said 6 years ago

    WOW, your pictures are in such beautiful clarity!

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 6 years ago

    ♥ Best thing ever ♥ - that's the Nature. Love it, love every piece of it :)

  • sshoko

    Shoko from SwallowJewellery said 6 years ago

    I think my favourite stones are Labradorite, Watermelon Tourmaline and London Blue Topaz. They all have unique characteristics to them. But I really enjoyed the antique pieces that were featured in this blog. Cameos and seed pearls are beautiful set in rings yet hard to find ones that are in good condition. My obsession for jewelry really never ends!

  • Linderlu

    Lindsey Webster said 6 years ago

    Most educational and beautiful article. I've learned something new and also feel the urge to wear these beautiful stones.

  • AlpineGypsy

    Heidi from AlpineGypsy said 6 years ago

    Oh, just oh..... Absolutely some of my favourite stones featured here; labradorite, lapis....herkimer diamonds...marvelous article! Thanks for the glimpse of these lovelies, and the lore~ Heidi

  • Jashme

    Jen Tracy from JenTheTracy said 6 years ago

    Fantastic article. Thank you for sharing.

  • seule771

    Ainee Beland from seule771 said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed reading about the histories of these most precious elemental stones. My favorite has to be Lapis Lazulli since my stone of birth is Sapphire. I like all things similarly to Indigo blue, another rarest, used for many things; like cleaning/washing of clothing...the indigo could be used like bleach for whitening garments or keeping it white I should say. If rambling forgive. Stones are precious and this is noted from the content of this blog. Thank you for sharing!

  • lindab142

    Linda B. from lindab142 said 6 years ago

    Love all the gemstones - I blog about the birthstones every month. Love the agates, lapis, sapphire and moonstone. My all-time favorite is jasper.

  • catherinemaria

    Catherine Maria Charalambous from BouncyTree said 6 years ago

    So interesting. My friend's engagement ring is a labradorite set with diamonds. When her fiance proposed, I told her what the myth behind the stone was. She said it made it even more special as she is a geologist. The thought of light being trapped in the earth was so beautiful to her. Sometimes the meaning of a stone can mean so much more than its appearance.

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 6 years ago

    Fascinating beauty of stones. Thank you for sharing.

  • CoyoteRainbow

    CoyoteRainbow from CoyoteRainbow said 6 years ago

    thanks for posting this. as a shop completely centered around selling stones of all descriptions, i appreciate Etsy bringing attention to the fact that there is more out there than just Diamonds, Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 6 years ago

    The Feldspars are my favorite! I am such a sucker for Moonstones :-)

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 6 years ago

    I love the labradorite. It reminds me of the aurora borealis, so it's perfect that it comes from Canada.

  • SHM2013

    Silvia from MarinaBosettiDesigns said 6 years ago

    The labradorite is fascinating!! Love that appearance of colors.

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 6 years ago

    Having collected rocks as a child, I still can't seem to stop myself from picking up a beautiful stone in the road. Nor can I easily resist jewelry that highlights amazing stones made by nature. Holding these in your hand can be awe inspiring and understandably very magical.

  • eleanoragnelli

    Eleanor from EEEsGems said 6 years ago

    Thank You great info , interesting , will definitely quote when selling at my store. Do you have a next ten favorite?

  • bridalbliss1

    Tammy Haas from BridalBliss1 said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous gemstones. Love them all!

  • teacup11

    Kate Scan from NOCIstudios said 6 years ago

    It's always nice to learn something new and this is a great subject!

  • Simoessays

    Samantha Simoes from Simoessays said 6 years ago

    does anyone here know of any books related to gem and stone mythology?

  • kitandcaboodleshop

    Gayle Dowell from kitandcaboodleshop said 6 years ago

    I love gemstone, they are so natural. Labradorite and Moonstone have to be my favorites.

  • ateliermila

    mayumi from ateliermila said 6 years ago

    I love gemstone. Great article!!

  • BeautyPower

    Carol Collns from BeautyPower said 6 years ago

    I loved reading about the stones! Thank you

  • irenedesign2011

    Irene from IreneDesign2011 said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Very interesting. I love to create with gemstones and use them for healing too. Irene

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious said 6 years ago

    Labradorite and moonstone are among my favorites!

  • OnceUponAGem

    Madi from OnceUponAGem said 6 years ago

    Gosh! Love them all!

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow said 6 years ago

    I love this post! As jewelry makers, we should all be educated in these subjects. Thanks!

  • TrebirdBuffalo

    Katie McGinnis from TrebirdBuffalo said 6 years ago

    Very interesting. I love these kind of blogs.

  • philhoyt

    Phil Hoyt said 6 years ago

    Just bought that Herkimer ring for my girlfriend!

  • StarJewels

    Sarah Stettler from StarJewels said 6 years ago

    Love the article! I love all gemstones, but am currently quite infatuated with some of the gorgeous dyed agates available (such as those used for the petals of the flower necklace in my profile pic). Top quality labradorite and moonstone are irresistible as well, and of course the blue of lapis is so gorgeous...and I adore pink Tourmaline. Each stone has its own charms, and I love how so many are so unique...each individual stone has it's own special beauty.

  • SiggisVintageAttic

    Siggi Enderlein from SiggisVintageAttic said 6 years ago

    Beautiful stones and settings, but my personal most favorite is turquoise with a nice matrix which makes it more one of a kind and interesting to look at. I wear 5 S/S turquoise rings every time I go out - but then I am also a lover of anything Southwest.

  • CAStruck

    Carol Struck said 6 years ago

    has to be tanzanite! love that purpley blue!

  • Lola2020

    Jenn from BellflowerBay said 6 years ago

    Thank you all for your kind comments and for sharing your favorite stones with us! - Jenn & Joyce of Bellflower Bay

  • Furbelowdesigns

    Diana Furlong from Furbelowdesigns said 6 years ago

    It's the beautiful combination of light and colour (two of my favourite things) that makes these gems so alluring. Thank you.

  • SheEarth

    SheEarth Crystals & Creations from SheEarth said 6 years ago

    As a gemmologist and one of the many gem seller here on etsy I love that you have chosen some of the less famous stones to shine the spot light on - I am very impressed with the selections made as well And the gem puns love those too. Rock on wooo.

  • John8eight

    Michelle from SimplyJoiDesigns said 6 years ago

    I love the lesser known stones. Moonstone is one of my favorites. Thank you for this great post and the wonderful pictures of gem stones.

  • KeepitRetro

    Rebecca Bentley from KeepitRetro said 6 years ago

    This is fascinating, and it makes me want all of them!

  • FergusonsJewelry

    Thomas and Jo Ferguson from FergusonsFineJewelry said 6 years ago

    Really enjoyed reading about some of the lesser known stones- thanks etsy! Labradorite is probably one of my favorites, but agate is right close to it. The folklore is so interesting and I love learning a little bit more about pieces, especially handy in our line of work! :)

  • joonijewelry

    Jooni Jewelry from JooniJewelry said 6 years ago

    Great article for us gem lovers:) Labradorite attracts me the most.

  • FoxyGloves23

    Marie Cashin from MEmbroideries said 6 years ago

    Love stones, but I hate the thought of most mining operations! I like to keep rocks that I find in my travels, above the ground, that is.

  • NinaRaizel

    Nina from NinaRaizel said 6 years ago

    Labradorite has always caught my eye, as well as amethyst, jade, and sapphire. I love rough cut stones with inclusions and the stories they always seem to tell. Picture jasper is also a beauty - so much to see. Thanks for the stories, they're so inspiring!

  • terraingifts2818

    Terrarium Gifts from AGiftofNature said 6 years ago

    Beautiful article! Love minerals and stones too. They make excellent show and tell gems for the children at school :)

  • donnieleandro

    Donnie from DonniesDiscounts said 6 years ago

    do you sell the Kryptonite crystal ?

  • borage44

    Borage Noel from Sojeanscraftstore said 6 years ago

    beautiful~. welcome to my store http://www.aliexpress.com/store/607885

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 6 years ago

    This was an awesome article on gem stones and their metaphysical properties!

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 6 years ago

    Great article on gemstones and their metaphysical properties.

  • PriddysVintage

    Priddy Vintage from PriddysVintage said 6 years ago

    You have some really beautiful rings!

  • RuxSenMetaphysics

    RuxSen Metaphysics from RuxsenCrystals said 6 years ago

    Excellent article! Beautifully crafted jewelry and lovely little stones you got there!

  • CharlieErnestNErise

    Ashley from MasonRabbitHome said 6 years ago

    I'm obsessed with labradorite and lapis right now! Planing on buying a few of these stones for some jewelry making.

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 6 years ago

    My solitaire wedding ring is a Herkimer diamond and I love it.

  • auntsuesoldnewlovely

    auntsuesoldnewlovely from AuntSuesVintage said 6 years ago

    Swell collection here! Years ago my kids took a field trip with their school to get some Herkimer Diamonds!

  • perebags

    Sarah from perebags said 6 years ago

    Great article!

  • lowelowejewelry

    Lowe Jewelry from lowelowejewelry said 6 years ago

    Wonderful :)

  • theglittershop

    Albert Triolo from TheGlitterShop said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the blog on gemstones. I wire wrap mostly gemstones and it was great that you let people know just what gemstones mean and just how beautiful they truly are.

  • VStevens

    VStevens said 6 years ago

    Faves: moldavite, meteorite and Opal!

  • nadezdamakedon

    Nadezda Makedon from DreameResidence said 6 years ago

    I'm crazy about semiprecious stones! Love turquoise most of all )

  • rabbintherain

    Rabbi in the Rain said 6 years ago

    now I want a herkimer!

  • halliefranco

    Hallie Franco from HallieJohanna said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pictures and descriptions! I love the moonstone!

  • topvistama

    topvistama from KleponDesign said 6 years ago

    Beautiful collections! I love the moonstone. Thank you for sharing.

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 6 years ago

    this is so raw and naked. Those stones are amazing.

  • shauladesign

    Shaula Moreno from ShaulaDesign said 6 years ago

    The use of Crystals, Stones and gemstones in jewelry has been something that has fascinated me over the years. I could not picture my jewelry making career without it and I think it brings a real meaning behind any piece you are making. Thank you!!!

  • AHRGlass

    Alison Rosenzweig from AHRGlass said 6 years ago

    LOVE them, especially the agate

  • vintagestyleanddecor

    Edythe and Arlene from vintagestyleanddecor said 6 years ago

    the rarest form of tourmaline is bright sparkly turquoise in color and called 'paraiba' - per carat it is more expensive than emeralds!

  • highfarms

    highfarms said 6 years ago

    I learned so much - very interesting.

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious said 6 years ago

    I love unique stones, gorgeous jewelry featured here!

  • janeeroberti

    Jane E Roberti from janeeroberti said 6 years ago

    The iridescents are my favorites, labradorite, moonstone, and also sunstone. Minaeralized fossils are my hands-down favorite. For example, I have sliced ammonites mineralized by pyrite, they look like machine gears, but are the skeleton of an animal. Amazing.

  • luminatetheworld

    Jamie Whitlow from KapturingKarma said 5 years ago

    Love every single one of these stones. I have to say moonstone is my favorite, followed my herkimer. Love how herkimer has the same chemical structure as quartz, yet it reflects a diamond-like light through its dimensions. I loved learning these little bits of information about some of my favorite stones, thanks!

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 4 years ago

    lovely designs!

  • infinitlit

    Farideh Nouri from FlairPaintings said 3 years ago

    I love them all!!!

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