GEMSTONE INDEX

At The Gemstudio we pride ourselves in having a large variety of gemstones for you to choose from! Each stone has a unique background and meaning to them. We've compiled a list of common gems that we have in our studio!  Here we will provide you with the information that will help you find the stone just right for you! 

Note that we carry more than these types of stones, but these are just the most common and most popular.

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Turquoise

//Prized as a gemstone and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. 
//December birthstone.

//Stone of communication, self-acceptance, + forgiveness

 

Mohave Turquoise

//Crafted using only natural turquoise nuggets mined and processed at the Kingman Turquoise mine in Kingman Arizona.

//Stone of wholeness + communication

Check out our Mohave Turquoise blog post

Discover Mohave Turquoise pieces 

Sonoran Sunrise

//Named for the lovely and colorful sunsets over the Sonoran Desert, from which it is found.

//Stone of patience, peace, + tranquility

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Labradorite

//Named after Labrador in Canada, where it was found on the Isle of Paul.

//Optical effect is so unique to labradorite that it has been termed "labradorescence".

//Inuit legend believes the Northern Lights are captured in the minerals .

//Stone of guidance, protection, + health

 

Moonstone

//Moonstone’s phenomenon is called “adularescence” which gives the gems a whitish sheen or cloud that appears to float within the stone. This sheen, which appears to some to look like the moon shimmering in the sky, is the source of the name

//Stone of intuition, calmness, + acceptance of change

Mossy Agate

//Is a semi-precious gemstone formed from silicon dioxide.

//Does not contain organic matter and is usually formed from weathered volcanic rocks.

//Stone of self-esteem, new beginnings, + refreshes the soul

Rose Quartz

//Came to be known as the stone of love and reconciliation from the Greek myth about Aphrodite and Adonis

//Found in quantity in Brazil, Madagascar, Colorado, Scotland, and in the former USSR

//Stone of love + compassion

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Lapis Lazuli

//One of the oldest opaque gemstones in history--more than 6,500 years!

//Beloved by the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Minoans, Chinese, Greeks and up to the Romans, this deep blue stone has been used in the finest of art through the ages

//Found mainly in Afghanistan

//Stone of strength, courage, royalty, + wisdom

Citrine

//November birth stone

//Natural citrine is rare. Most citrine on the market is heat-treated amethyst or smoky quartz

//Deposits of natural-colored citrine have been mined in Brazil, the leading producer, as well as the United States, Madagascar, Argentina, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Russia, Scotland and Spain.

//Stone of prosperity + joy

Goldstone

//Goldstone is manmade! Modern goldstone can be created either with copper flecks or with other metallic compounds such as cobalt, manganese or chromium oxide

//The earliest written reference to the material we call goldstone is Vincenzo Miotti of Venice being granted exclusive license by the Venetian head of state (the Doge) to create this sparkling opaque glass

//Stone of ingenuity, ambition, and drive

Obsidian

//Obsidian is an igneous rock that forms above the Earth’s surface when molten rock cools very quickly

//Sagittarius birth stone

//Obsidian deposits are found in New Zealand, the US, PeruCanadaArgentina, Chile, Ecuador, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Guatemala, Iceland, Russia, and Italy

//Stone of protection, freedom, and peace

Chrysocolla

//Sometimes chrysocolla resembles turquoise, and is used as an alternate to the stone.

//Varieties of chrysocolla come from Arizona, California, New Jersey, Michigan, New Mexico, Utah, and Pennsylvania

//Stone of healing women, releases grief, + aids in attaining joy

Snowflake Obsidian

/This naturally occurring volcanic glass is formed when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools without crystal growth. This glass form later transmutes into a rock, with sunburst-shaped spherlite inclusions forming in the stone

/Snowflake obsidian is found all over the world including deposits in Italy, Scotland, the United States and other locations around the world with historic volcanic eruptions

//Stone of healing, protection, + reverance

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Buffalo Turquoise

//Technically not turquoise, is often referred to as turquoise due to its discovery in a turquoise mine.

//Very rare and coveted for its distinct qualities.

//Stone of tranquility + awareness

Green Turquoise

//Vast majority of green turquoise comes from Nevada mines.

//Is considered an investment due to the increasing rarity of the stones.

//Stone of protection + healing

Larimar

//Found only in one location: a mountainous, relatively inaccessible area in the province of Barahona in the Dominican Republic.

//Stone of  healing + communication

Rainbow Moonstone

//Is a variety of labradorite.

//Sheen is caused by light diffraction within layers of feldspa

//Stone of balance, harmony, + hope

Dendritic Agate

//Iron and manganese inclusions create fern, branches or fossilized tree designs.

//Stone of healthy + prosperous life

Amethyst

//February birthstone

//Worshipped stone in ancient Greece

//Stone of clarity + peacefulness

Sunstone

//When viewed from certain directions exhibits a spangled appearance.

//Has been found in Southern NorwaySweden and in various United States localities.

//Stone of good luck + fortune

Agatized Fossil Coral

//Prehistoric corals are fossilized through replacement with agate.

//Process can take over 20 million years and occurs only under very unique geological conditions.

//Found in either Indonesia or the United States.

//Stone of bringing about change

Malachite

//Has been described by poets as spring grass swaying in the wind for ages

//Layed an important role in European paintings during the Renaissance period of the 15th and 16th centuries as a pigment for paints and dyes

//Vivid green malachite kohl is believed to be Cleopatra's favorite cosmetic, and she was buried with a large vase of it for use in her afterlife

//Stone of change, intuition, + harmony

Pyrite

//Can be used to create sparks if it is struck against metal or another hard material

//Commonly found in Canada, Mexico, Namibia, Peru, Russia and Spain, pyrite can be found all over the world since it forms in all types of environments

//Stone of warding off bad
energy, strengthens mind, + willpower

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Coral

//Is formed through a biological process rather than being a mineral with a crystalline structure like most colored stones. Coral is slowly built by very small marine animals known as coral polyps. 

//Is harvested from the western Mediterranean Sea, especially in Sardinia. Notable deposits are found in the Red Sea, Bay of Biscay, Malaysian Archipelago, Midway Islands, Japan, Taiwan, Australia
and the Hawaiian Islands

//Stone of modesty, wisdom, happiness
and immortality

Azurite

//Was widely used in the ancient world and throughout the middle ages as a pigment and dye as it was valued for its beautiful range of blue colors

//Azurite is found particularly in copper mining areas such as Australia, Chile, the former USSR, Africa, and China

//Stone of strength, spiritual balance, + balance

Purple Aventurine

//Aventurine is a translucent form of quartz known for its bright inclusions that give it a shimmery look, which has been named “aventurescence""

//Most green and blue aventurine is found in India while the white, gray and orange aventurine is found in Russia, Spain, and Chile.

//Stone of luck, growth, + change

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Bumblebee Jasper

//Bumble Bee Jasper originates from Mount Papandayan in Indonesia

//Bumble Bee Jasper is resin coated to improve durability

//Stone of creativity, ease stress, + help heal allergies

Picture Jasper

//Is characterized by masterful “scenes” and landscape patterns formed by Nature, and is believed to contain hidden messages from the past.

//Revered in many cultures of the world for its deep connection to the Earth, its protection during shamanic journeying, and its ability to divine the land and the future

//Stone of creativity, ambition, + confidence

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Dalmatian Stone

//Dalmatian Stone, incorrectly called Dalmatian Jasper, is pale gray, cream or beige-brown stone made of feldspar and quartz.  with black or brown spots of iron oxide, tourmaline, or other mineral inclusions that resemble the coat of a Dalmatian breed of dog

//Found in Mexico

//Stone of positivity, luck, + happiness

Mookaite Jasper

//Mookaite is an earthy beauty a fiery fusion of red and yellow energies found only in the Kennedy Ranges of Western Australia

//The Aboriginal term “Mooka” means “running waters” and refers to the numerous springs that feed into this area

//Stone of self-confidence, self-worth, + potential

Rhodochrosite

//Name derives from the Greek words rhodon meaning ‘rose’, and chroma meaning ‘color’

//Argentina has been a key source for rhodochrosite since the 13th century, when Incas worked the silver mines and created beautiful pieces with the stone. These days primarily mined in the United States.

//Stone of compassion, understanding, + eases anxiety

Howlite

//Named after Henry How, a 19th century mineralogist, who found it first in Nova Scotia

//Famous for the other stone it's usually tapped to stand in for: turquoise. Alternative to luscious lapis lazuli, cherry red coral or tantalizing turquoise

//Stone of meditation, relieve stress, + serenity

Tiger's Eye

//Tiger’s Eye is a most ancient Egyptian talisman, mysterious and powerful, revered and feared - an “all-seeing all-knowing eye,” thought to grant a wearer the ability to observe everything, even through closed doors

//Is mined primarily in South Africa and Western Australia

//Stone of luck, good fortune, + balance

Tourmalinated Quartz

//Tourmalinated Quartz is clear rock crystal (crystal quartz) which has grown together with black tourmaline, and shows strands of the tourmaline running through the quartz, hence "tourmalinated." The earliest use of tourmalinated quartz was for tools made by hominds in Ethiopia over 2 million years ago

//Although it can be found in many parts of the world, tourmalinated quartz used for jewelry-making comes mostly from Brazil

//Stone of positivity + balance 

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