We use a variety of gemstones in our Jewellery A gemstone is defined as a gem, fine gem, jewel, precious stone, or semi-precious stone) is a piece of mineral crystal which, in cut and polished form, is used to make Jewellery or other decorative objects However, certain rocks (such as lapis lazuli and opal) and occasionally organic materials that are not minerals (such as amber, jet, and pearl) are also used for Jewellery and are therefore often considered to be gemstones as well. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in Jewellery because of their lustre or other physical properties that have aesthetic value. Rarity is another characteristic that lends value to a gemstone. My love for Gemstones started at the young age of six when I started collecting rock specimens and learning the properties of each one. In Galanta Jewellery we pride ourselves on ensuring we use only genuine semi-Precious stones from a variety of sources. I have spent the last decade building up relationships with reliable suppliers supplying only natural semi-precious beads & cabochons of various grades. In all of our pieces you will get the cold earthly & nourishing feel of real gemstone when you go to wear you chosen piece.
Below I have covered the majority of the gemstones that are featured in our range much of which were carefully selected to be colour co-ordinated with our national gem Connemara Marble which I covered in my section Connemara Marble. We are constantly adding to our collection every week so watch this space! Our beautiful landscape in Ireland has been the source of much of my inspiration for my range.
Amethyst – Birthstone – February
Amethyst is the most popular variety of quartz crystals that is considered the most powerful and protective stone. It is a semiprecious violet stone that is often used in Jewelry and for healing purposes which can be found in many regions in the world including Ireland. Amethyst is a powerful and protective stone that has a wide range of benefits. It is said that some of the healing properties and powers of Amethyst are:
- Natural tranquilizer: Amethyst relieves an individual from stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety.
- Amethyst activates spiritual awareness: This precious stone has outstanding healing and cleansing powers. It does this by opening intuition and enhancing psychic abilities of a person.
- Enhances sobriety: It makes a person have a sober mind in cases of over drinking or overindulgence in other activities that may lead to addictions. Amethyst does this by producing a calming effect to the mind and stimulating the body hence keeping people focused and aware of occurrence in their surroundings.
- Insomnia relief: With Amethyst in place, you can be assured of plentiful amounts of sleep at night. It further helps in remembering and understanding of dreams.
Rose Quartz – Birthstone – October
Rose Quartz is one of the most common varieties of the Quartz family. It is found in abundance around the world and occurs only in massive form, with no crystal faces, edges or terminations. It is hazy to translucent, and is usually found in the cores of granite pegmatites. Its name is derived from its soft rose color, which ranges from very pale pink to deep reddish-pink and is due to trace amounts of titanium, iron, or manganese in the massive material. Rose Quartz is said to be a stone universal love. It restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love. Rose Quartz purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace. Calming and reassuring, it helps to comfort in times of grief. Rose Quartz dispels negativity and protects against environmental pollution, replacing it with loving vibes. It encourages self-forgiveness and acceptance invoking self trust and self-worth.
Rose Quartz strengthens and balances the physical heart and circulatory system, and releases impurities from body fluids. It hastens recovery, reduces high blood pressure, aids chest and lung problems, heals the kidneys and adrenals, and alleviates vertigo.
Lapis – Lazuli – December
Lapis is a metamorphic Rock that has been used in Jewellery Ornaments & Sculptures for thousands of years. Egyptian started mining it over 3000 years ago. It has been associated with royalty since that period. Pyrite (Fools Gold) can be found within in the stone which makes this a very unique stone.
The world’s main source for the material is Afghanistan but deposits can be found across the North & South America. It is said that it is a stone of protection that may be worn to guard against psychic attacks, Lapis Lazuli quickly releases stress, bringing deep peace. It brings harmony and deep inner self-knowledge. Encourages self-awareness, allows self-expression and reveals inner truth, providing qualities of honesty, compassion and morality to the personality. Stimulates objectivity, clarity and encourages creativity. Lapis Lazuli assists to confront and speak one’s truth and inspires confidence. It bonds relationships, aiding in expression of feelings and emotions
Amazonite – Birthstone – March
Amazonite, also known as “Amazon stone,” is a semi opaque blue-green variety of microcline feldspar. Amazonite is a mineral of limited occurrence and is present in parts of Brazil, Colorado and Virginia in the United States, Australia and Madagascar.
Amazonite is a mostly opaque stone textured with pale milky-white cloudiness or streaking ranging from light green to greenish blue to deep green/blue. Amazonite’s soft and attractive colour closely resembles nephrite and jadeite. Amazonite’s appearance is very distinctive with its grid-like, mottled, green and white pattern. The colour of amazonite is due to the presence of lead within the stone and colour variation may exist within a single stone.
It is said that Amazonite helps you to see both sides of a problem or different point of view. It soothes emotional trauma, alleviating worry and fear. Dispels negative energy, aggravation and blockages within the nervous system. Amazonite assists in manifesting universal love.
Tree Agate – Birthstone – September
Tree agate is also known as dendritic agate. Dendrites are crystal inclusions that develop in foliage or tree branch-like patterns. In tree agate, these dendrites create a beautiful green dappling effect on a white base. This beautiful green and white stone has long been seen as having a deep connection to nature and was therefore viewed as the stone of plentitude by many civilizations. The ancient Greeks associated tree agate with dryads and the stone was sometimes buried in agricultural fields to promote a plentiful harvest.
The name agate itself harkens back to antiquity and the Achates River in Sicily where agates are thought to have been found. At least 3000 years ago, the Egyptians were making seals, rings and vessels from agate stones. Agate was not just a decorative stone and was long used as talismans in Egypt, Greece and India.
Just as a dappled forest may bring calmness, so it’s said tree agate brings a sense of peace and inner tranquillity to wearers. This gemstone helps individuals look inside for self-examination, which also may result in a calm demeanour. Agate in general is said to be a stone that promotes inner stability, making tree agate an amplified version. Tree agate is also believed to boost the immune system and balance water in the body.
Freshwater Pearl – Birthstone – June
Pearls are one of the earliest gemstones found by prehistoric peoples, most likely along the coastline of India. They’ve been used for personal adornment and coveted by humans throughout the globe for hundreds of thousands of years.
Ancient myths tell of pearls being formed when oysters opened their shells, rose to the water’s surface and were seeded by the early morning rays of sunlight and drops of dew. Legends tell of Cleopatra dissolving a pearl in wine or vinegar, and then drinking it, to flaunt her wealth. Western cultures speak of “pearls of great price” and that “the acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls.” In India, the god Krishna plucked the first pearl from the sea for his daughter’s wedding jewelry.
The Roman Emperor Vitellius financed an entire military campaign by selling his mother’s earrings (hopefully with her permission). Pearls were found clutched in the hands, or hanging from the ears and necks, of the dead at Pompeii and Herculaneum. In Japan, traditional Ama pearl hunters dive 30 feet without breathing equipment–as they have for the past 2,000 years!
Pearls are the gemstone for the western Zodiac sign Cancer, the month of June, and the third wedding anniversary.
Some healers use pearls to help balance body rhythms and hormone levels with lunar cycles, and to harmonize human beings with the natural world. The inner glow (orient) of pearls is thought to tap inner wisdom and nurture love. Pearls are also believed to signify innocence and faith.
Practitioners use pearls to enhance personal integrity, bring truth forward, grow sincerity, inhibit immodest behaviour and advance in wisdom.
Natural pearls are still ground up and used in medicine and beauty treatments, as they are a source of pharmaceutical calcium and natural iridescence. They are thought to relieve bloating, increase fertility and ease childbirth.
Rhodonite – Birthstone – November
The Rhodonite crystal stone meaning is cherished in the gemstone world for its stunning appearance that resembles pink marble. Its intense shade of pink contains shadowy inclusions of manganese oxide, giving it synergistic properties that combine the heart energizing power of the pink color ray with the grounding and centering effects of earth elements.
Rhodonite is said to be a stone of compassion, an emotional balancer that clears away emotional wounds and scars from the past, and that nurtures love. It stimulates, clears and activates the heart. Rhodonite grounds energy, balances yin-yang, and aids in achieving one’s highest potential. It heals emotional shock and panic. Rhodonite aids in cases of emotional self-destruction, codependency and abuse. It encourages unselfish self-love and forgiveness. Promotes remaining calm in dangerous or upsetting situations. Builds confidence and alleviates confusion.
Rhodonite relieves insect bites and can reduce scarring. It aids bone growth and the hearing organs. Rhodonite stimulates fertility. It treats emphysema, auto-immune diseases and stomach ulcers. Eases inflammation of joints and arthritis.
Aventurine – Birthstone – May
Aventurine is a form of quartz, characterised by its translucency and the presence of platy mineral inclusions that give a shimmering or glistening effect termed aventurescence. The most common colour of aventurine is green, but it may also be orange, brown, yellow colours
Green Aventurine has a particularly soothing energy behind it and is recommended for working through unresolved emotional issues. You can also use Green Aventurine for gridding a home or workspace. Green Aventurine is commonly known as a “stone of personal growth”, and offers opportunities for learning about oneself and one’s place in the universe
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