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About the gemstones

Liri’s jewellery collections magnify the beauty of the world’s rich diversity of gemstones. Whether dainty and twinkling or bolder and striking, each piece is designed to ensure gemstones are the focal point. Each gemstone is said to have a range of healing properties. We would like to thank https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/ (unless otherwise stated) for providing the wealth of information and knowledge we have been able to bring to you below. 

Amethyst

Amethyst is the birthstone for February

Amethyst is one of the most precious and valuable stones belonging to the quartz group of minerals. It belongs to the macrocrystalline branch of quartz and owes its violet/purple colour to iron and aluminum impurities. Without such colouring agents, Amethyst would simply be a transparent, colourless quartz. 

Amethyst is said to be especially supportive of the emotional body, bringing those who are overworked, overstressed, or overwhelmed back to centre. It eases the mental anxieties that lead to physical tension and headaches, and is a great crystal to calm those who tend to be hot-headed and easily angered. 

Amethyst helps in identifying the root causes behind one’s negative behaviours, habits and emotional patterns that create imbalance and disease. It also helps one understand the reality of cause and effect in behaviour, and assists in better decision making. Amethyst is a marvellous aid in overcoming addictions by counteracting the effects of drugs and alcohol on brain function, while imparting its own peaceful sustaining energy.

Aquamarine

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March

Aquamarine is a powerful for cleansing the emotional body and opening communication. It brings emotional patterns to the surface and assists in understanding the reason for holding onto old thoughts or patterns that are limiting forward motion. It also identifies where ego is causing one to overreact, assume a victim/abuser role, manipulate others, or martyr oneself. By consciously releasing these patterns, it allows for better relationships, love and compassion. 

Aquamarine helps balance excessive anger or fear, and clears past emotional, physical or verbal abuse. It is an excellent stone for children who have been through traumatic situations and are acting out aggressively or who have disassociated from their emotional bodies. It heals the effects of over-judgmental parents who set impossible standards, and panic attacks lingering from guilt and inadequacy into adulthood. 

Aquamarine is useful for moving through transition and change, its cleansing energy removing resistance and helping one overcome fear of the unknown. It helps not only in the release of emotional baggage, but the clearing out of physical items and clutter.

Chalcedony

Chalcedony eases self-doubt and brings a helpful peace to inner reflection. It can remove hostility and encourage a light-hearted optimism.

Blue Chalcedony calms and centres the emotional energy field. It is an excellent crystal for those who tend to worry, by encouraging life in the present instead of projecting into an imaginary future. It also assists in calming those with bouts of irrational anger, fear, panic or anxiety, and helps those who speak too quickly before considering the impact their words have on others.

Diamond

Diamond is the birthstone for April and Talismanic stone for Leo

While Diamonds do not work directly on the emotional body, their intense energy can amplify the power of any emotional state, from bliss to despair, and should be worn with vigilance. It may even be necessary to remove them if one is in a particularly bad frame of mind. However, Diamonds infuse all levels of the energetic self with Light and may be used therapeutically to intensify and “burn through” underlying emotional issues, allowing one to feel lighter, more joyful, and more aligned with Spirit. 

Emerald

Emerald is the birthstone for May and Cancer

Emerald is a crystal of the heart, alleviating heaviness in the emotional field and nourishing the aura with an energy of hope, encouragement, gentleness and abundance. It heals heartbreak and gives the strength needed to overcome the misfortunes of life, clearing away negative patterns of victimization and loss of personal power by strengthening the physical and emotional heart centres. It is a stone of regeneration and recovery, bringing in freshness and vitality, love and compassion – for the self as well as for others.

Labradorite

Labradorite calms an overactive mind and energizes the imagination, bringing in new ideas. It is a wonderful tool for returning joy and spontaneity back to one’s life. It helps eliminate the emotional drain of daily routine or being weighed down by responsibility, and awakens a sense of adventure and change. 

As the matriarch of the subconscious mind, Labradorite brings forgotten memories to light and facilitates their understanding. It encourages contemplation and introspection, bringing the clarity of intellectual thought and intuitive wisdom to help dispel illusion, determine the root cause of an issue, and bring one to peace. It is an uplifting crystal, helping to banish fears and insecurities while enhancing faith and reliance in oneself and trust in the universe. 

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is one of the birthstones for September

Lapis lazuli has been used as a gemstone for thousands of years. It has been mined from Afghanistan since the early 7th millennium BC, and it was discovered in ancient burial sites throughout the Caucasus, the Mehrgarh and even as far as the Republic of Mauritania. The funeral mask for the ancient Egyptian pharaoh ‘King Tut’ was discovered to have been decorated with Lapis lazuli.

This historical stone has a name closely associated with its intense colour. Its name was derived from the Latin word ‘lapis’ meaning ‘stone’, and from the Arabic and Persian word ‘lazaward’. Lazaward was the Persian name for lapis stone, as well as the name of its mining location. Lapis lazuli is still considered to be one of the most important opaque blue gemstones available.

It is primarily composed of Lazurite, while the remaining composition is made up of Sodalite, Calcite, Pyrite and other various minor constituents. The varying composition is what influences its exact colouring.

Lapis Lazuli is the ayurvedic birthstone for December and is said to be a crystal of truth in all aspects. It reveals inner truth, and promotes self-awareness and the acceptance of that knowledge. It provides for the relief of things that may have been suppressed and allows for them to surface, helping to diminish dis-ease or repressed anger, and allows for self-expression without holding back or compromising.

Moonstone

Moonstone is one of the birthstones for June and an alternative birthstone for July

The ayurvedic birthstone for September, and the mystical birthstone of June, Moonstone has long been known for its calming, soothing qualities on the emotional body. Its energy is balancing and healing, assisting in the mastery of emotions by bringing them under the control of Higher Will, rather than expressing or repressing them. It also helps identify emotional patterns that are stored in the subconscious, and serves as a guardian to contain explosive passions, and to stimulate confidence and composure. 

Pearl

The pearl is one of the birthstones for June

Pearls are regarded as a stone of sincerity. Pearls are also said to soothe the negativity in our lives and heals negative thought patterns. Pearls are said to help with the search for higher wisdom and truth.

Peridot

Peridot is the birthstone for August

Peridot is a gem-quality variety of the mineral olivine. It belongs to the forsterite-fayalite mineral series. Peridot is an idiochromatic gem, meaning its colour comes from the basic chemical composition of the mineral itself and not from minor traces of impurities. Thus, Peridot is found only in green and is one of the few gemstones available that can be found only in one colour, although the shades of green may vary from light yellowish to dark brownish-green.

The name Peridot was derived from the Arabic word for gem – ‘faridat’. It is one of the oldest known gemstones, with records dating back as early as 1500 B.C. Historically, the volcanic island of Zabargad (St. John) in the Red Sea, east of Egypt, had the most important deposit that was exploited for over 3500 years. Today, the finest quality Peridot comes from Mogok in Burma, although Pakistani Peridot is now highly regarded as well. There are other very important deposits found in Arizona, China and Vietnam. Peridot has also been discovered in fallen meteors and it has also been discovered on Mars and the moon in olivine form

Peridot is said to be an extraordinary crystal for healing the emotional body and resolving matters of the heart. It cleanses and heals hurt feelings and “bruised egos,” lessening anger, jealousy, resentment and spite, while teaching one to understand that holding onto people, or the past, is counterproductive to one’s growth. It teaches one to examine the past for the gift of the experiences, admit mistakes and let go of guilt and blame, forgiving oneself, or others, in order to move forward.

Prehnite

Prehnite is a translucent to transparent gem-quality hydrated calcium aluminum silicate. It was the first mineral to be named after an individual, and it was also the first mineral to be described from South Africa, long before South Africa became one of the most important sources for precious and semi-precious gems. It was first described in 1788 after it was discovered in the Karoo dolerites of Cradock, South Africa. Prehnite was later named after its discoverer, Colonel Hendrik von Prehn (1733-1785), a Dutch mineralogist and an early governor of the Cape of Good Hope colony.

Until recently, Prehnite was a rare collector’s gemstone, but new deposits have made it more readily available. Its colour is usually a soft apple-green, which is quite unique to Prehnite, but it can also occur in rarer colours including yellow, orange and blue.

Rhodolite Garnet

Garnet is the birthstone for January

Rhodolite garnet is a raspberry-red, purplish-red coloured garnet. It is a mix of pyrope and almandine in composition. Rhodolite garnet gets its name from the Greek word, “rhodon”, meaning “rose coloured”, which refers to its pinkish hue.

The name Garnet comes from the Medieval Latin word, “granatum”, which is an adjective meaning “dark-red”. It is thought that this adjective could have been extracted from the word “pomegranate”, due to the colour of the seed coats or shape of the seeds. However, the word could also have come from another Medieval Latin word; “granum”, referring to red dye. The use of red garnet dates back thousands of years, when it was used by Egyptian pharaohs for both decorative and ceremonial purposes. The ancient Romans also wore garnet rings and traded garnet gemstones. The best rhodolite garnet gemstones are a vivid raspberry-red colour.

Rhodolite Garnet is said to be an excellent stone to help when feeling unhappy, worthless or unable to see a way forward. It soothes and heals the emotional body, unblocking the ability to receive love, and provides a loving reminder of one’s worthiness in the eyes of the Divine.

Rose Quartz

The soft pink emanations of Rose Quartz are said to comfort and heal any wounds the heart has suffered, penetrating the inner chambers of the Heart Chakra where emotional experiences are recorded and stored. It dissolves the sorrows, worries, fears and resentments suppressing the heart’s ability to give and receive love, and replaces it with healing, comfort and inner nourishment. 

Ruby

Ruby is the birthstone for July and one of the birthstones for Capricorn

Ruby allows the sharing of loving energy despite past hurts, bringing up anger or negative energy for transmutation. It gives the strength to rise from martyrdom and choose whether or not to dwell in anguish, distress, or suffering, and encourages a positive and more courageous state of mind. It brings out the protective aspects of one’s character, inspiring one to step forward and stand up for those who are threatened, be it friends or strangers, children, animals, or the environment.

Ruby also sustains and protects those with sensitive natures and distorted views of themselves or others. It overcomes fears of being “ugly” or unloved, and is particularly empowering for those who hold excess weight in the body in order to ground in the physical world. It releases destructive emotional holds, and is a powerful stone for developing a more loving attitude toward oneself and the physical body.

Sapphire

Sapphire is one of the birthstones for September

Sapphire frees us from our “inner prisons” and psychic suffering that can cause us to shut down emotionally. It can be an effective aid in treatments for neuroses or even psychosis. Sapphire releases depression and lightens the mood. It brings calm and focus to the mind, and restores balance within the body. 

Blue Sapphire assists those who are easily swayed by the opinions of others. It promotes a fuller understanding of the self, and assists one in becoming more secure in their own opinions and knowledge, and in expressing those truths to others. 

Star Sapphires of any hue are excellent healing crystals for those with an inferiority complex, are afraid of socializing or speaking out, or who have been told they were useless. They also lend support in following a childhood dream or ambition that seems almost impossible. 

Pink Sapphire brings a light, soothing energy to the heart while invigorating the emotions. It assists in overcoming depressive tendencies or the need to dwell on past emotional wounds, and encourages forgiveness and moving forward. 

Pink Sapphire embodies passion and strength of heart, helping one to overcome shyness and express emotions more easily. It can bring a loving, playful energy to any relationship, and renew one’s ability to be vulnerable and passionate with others. 

Yellow Sapphire is a vivacious stone, re-energizing the emotional system. It helps one feel more excited and joyful about the possibilities life has to offer, and encourages the expression of one’s ideas and feelings with more confidence. It aids in overcoming fear and procrastination, and lends the courage to take the risks needed for great creations to come about.

Tanzanite

Tanzanite is one of the birthstone sfor December

Tanzanite generates an energy of happiness and relief from worries, allowing insight into emotional issues without the need to dwell on them unnecessarily. It inspires one in feeling more compassionate, loving and centred. 

Tanzanite helps in overcoming experiences of fear and crises, and in re-building trust. It helps solve questions related to the meaning of life, and in coming to terms with oneself.

Tanzanite allows one to more easily speak the heart’s truth with all the resourcefulness and eloquence the mind can conjure, and makes the process consistently easier over time. 

Topaz

Topaz is the birthstone for November

Topaz is said to be an incredible tool for healing and stabilizing the emotional body. Its energy teaches forgiveness and truth, and replaces negativity, fear and doubt with all things crucial for the Self…confidence, esteem, acceptance, self-reliance and worth. It aligns with the true vibrancy of one’s soul, and brings joyfulness, love and abundance to one’s life. Topaz stirs creativity and promotes individuality and the expression of ideas. It helps one realize their own abilities and wealth of knowledge gained from learned experiences and hard work. It supports one in implementing great dreams, and makes one happy to share their joy and good fortune with others. 

Blue Topaz  is said to reflect the energy of the mind and knowledge, stimulating one’s self-confidence and ability to learn and think through complex concepts and ideas. It inspires creativity, increases attention span and helps one achieve perfection in various projects and aspirations. Placed on the Throat or Third-Eye Chakras, Blue Topaz helps one to more consciously and clearly articulate the thoughts and feelings one needs to communicate, and to make clear distinctions about what one does and does not want in one’s life. Blue Topaz is a stone of peacefulness, calming to the emotions, and ideal for meditation and connecting with spiritual beings. It is a natural magnifier of psychic abilities, assisting those who wish to attune to inner guidance, as well as those who serve others through readings or spiritual healing. While it may be difficult to acquire naturally occurring Blue Topaz stones or crystals, natural specimens are best suited for metaphysical work. These stones are resonant with the perfected pattern of the human body and energy system and are ideal for gemstone healing layouts. 

Turquoise

Turquoise is one of the birthstones for December

Turquoise is a sky-blue or green translucent to opaque basic aluminium phosphate that contains copper. It has been prized as a gemstone for millennia. The name “turquoise” comes from the French “turqueise”, meaning “Turkish stone”, because it was first transported to Europe via a Turkish nation. 

Turquoise was used by the ancient Egyptians and Aztecs as a jewellery gemstone and decorative stone. The ancient Egyptians believed the colour blue was a symbol of regeneration, so Turquoise was treasured for both decorative and superstitious purposes. The Mesoamericans created Turquoise mosaics and the Chinese carved Turquoise into ornaments. Turquoise was also used by Native Americans in works of art and jewellery, some of whom believed that it possessed protective properties. The Tibetans believe in the healing properties of Turquoise and have valued the gem in jewellery for centuries.

Turquoise is said to be a most efficient healer, providing solace for the spirit and well-being for the body. It benefits the overall mood and emotion by balancing and inducing a sense of serenity and peace. Holding or wearing Turquoise helps restore depleted vitality and lifts sagging spirits. It relieves stress and brings focus back to the centre heart. It is empathetic and balancing, helping one to recognize the causes of happiness and unhappiness, and to master them. 

As a stone of purification, Turquoise is said to dispel negative energy and clear electromagnetic smog from the environment. It promotes self-realization and aids in creative problem-solving, thus calming the nerves when speaking in public. It helps stabilize mood swings, and dissolves a martyred attitude of self-sabotage. It is also empowering if you feel bullied or suffer prejudice. Because it soothes the mind, Turquoise is good for jet lag and fears of flying.

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