Pink Gemstones

The gemstone most people think of first when you mention pink gemstones is Rose Quartz. This is probably because it is one of the most abundant stones in the world. The are however many stones which must be included in any article regarding pink gemstones. The actual number of pink gemstones has increased in recent years due to technology. It is now possible to dye many stones pink or any color you prefer.

Pink Gemstones - Tumbled Rose Quartz

Tumbled Rose Quartz

Some of the more commonly dyed stones you can easily find in a pink shades include:

  • quartz
  • agates
  • jadeite & nephrite
  • howlite
  • feldspar
  • dalmatian stone
  • granite
  • ruby
  • chrysoprase
  • alabaster
  • coral
  • calcite
  • marble
  • magnesite.

There is much debate on whether dying stones is acceptable or not. We leave that decision up to you but urge you to read our article Dyed Gemstones and how to spot them, for more information on the effects of dying.

Natural gemstones which come in pink shades include;

  • Pink Diamonds (very rare)
  • Coral
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Spinel
  • Tourmaline
  • Kunzite
  • Morganite
  • Rose Quartz
  • Rubellite
  • Topaz
  • Rhodolite Garnet
  • Rhodochrosite
  • Rhodonite
  • Apatite
  • Aragonite
  • Scapolite.

Pink is a combination of the colors white and red. The strength and tendencies of any individual pink gemstones depends upon where the stone falls between white and red. A light pink gemstone would lean closer to the purity aspects of white, whereas a deep pink gemstone would be more to the fiery side.

As an example, pink is well known for its love aspects. A light pink gemstone would attract a love which is more gentle and sweeter in nature. A darker pink gemstone would have a more energetic and fiery aspect.

Pink Gemstones - Tumbled Rhodonite

Tumbled Rhodonite

Other general metaphysical, magical and healing properties of pink gemstones are:

  • Spirit fulfilled within you.
  • Help with accepting who you are at this point in time, with all your faults and possibilities. This is without judgement and allows you to deal with each fault so the fullest aspects of your possibilities can shine.
  • Increases self-confidence, self-reliance and self-esteem. Be careful however because too much pink can lead to the negative aspects of each of these states.
  • Useful for anyone going through any type of grief or loss. It can soften the blow in a gentle way that allows you to move forward without pain.
  • Good for any type of workings for beauty, especially good at anti-aging and restoring youthfulness.
  • If you find yourself with too hard an edge to your emotions, trying bringing some pink gemstones into your life. It can help to soften the edges and bring a gentler side of yourself to the forefront.
  • When used to attract love, pink gemstones will attract a love that is more apt to be long term rather than a short term steamy love affair.
  • Pink is useful in areas where there is a lot of anger or hate. It can neutralize the negative emotions and help everyone within its range be more at peace.
  • Is used as a secondary stone for the 4th or heart chakra.

Pink Gemstone Correspondences

  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius, Leo, Libra
  • Planet: Venus, SunTumbled Rubies
  • Tarot Card: The Lovers
  • Element: Air
  • Essential Oils: Apple Blossom, Apricot, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Gardenia, Ginger, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Rose, Sandalwood, Strawberry, Sweetpea, Tuberose.
  • Herbs: Allspice,  Avocado, Aztec Lily, Basil, Beans, Bishops Weed, Coriander, Cotton Rose, Crocus, Dropwort, Feverfew, Ginseng, Kava-Kava, Ladies Mantle, Maidenhair,  Pennyroyal, Violets, Winter Cherry,  Yarrow, Yerba Santa.
  • Number: 0 & 1
  • Direction: South
  • Day: Friday

Bringing some Pink Gemstones into your life can have a positive effect on your mind, body and soul, if you will allow them to.

Dyed Gemstones and how to spot them

One of the most common forms of altering gemstones is to dye the stones to increase their appeal (and price) to the general public. Opinions differ greatly on this subject but I personally believe anyone who attempts to sell dyed gemstones without informing the customer ahead of time is literally stealing from their customer.

Some of the more commonly dyed gemstones includes quartz, agates, jadeite & nephrite, howlite, feldspar, dalmatian stone, granite, ruby, emerald, chrysoprase,  lapis lazuli, alabaster, coral, banded calcite, marble, and magnesite.

From a metaphysical standpoint, dyed gemstones can have some value, but in most cases it will not bring the results the stone was purchased to bring.

Examples of some dyed gemstones

Examples of some dyed gemstones

If you take a stone such as Lapis Lazuli and dye it to be a darker shade of blue, that is not a huge problem (except when they raise the price) because Lapis Lazuli is a naturally blue gemstone. In this case it is only enhancing the “look” of the stone and is not presenting a false metaphysical property.

On the other hand, if you take howlite which is a natural white stone, then dye it turquoise blue and sell it as turquoise rather than admitting they are dyed gemstones, there is a major problem. The stone would have some of the properties you could receive from a blue stone simply because of the color. However the properties of turquoise would not be present in the stone. Since you purchased it for the properties of turquoise, you in effect, had your money stolen for fake merchandize.

Sadly, it can be hard to tell which gemstones are dyed gemstones and which are natural, especially if you are reasonably new at working with them. This is why it is important to work with a reputable dealer you know you can trust rather than simply buying the cheapest item you can find on Ebay. While there are some tell tale signs (see below), the people altering stones are getting very good at their trade. New techniques are being developed on a regular basis making it hard to know with 100% certainty with some stones.

I do purchase some stones from Ebay, but I have been working with stones for over 40 years now. yet my experience does not guarantee I never get dyed gemstones. The fact I only have a photo to base my buying decision on has lead to my purchasing many dyed gemstones unknowingly.

The American Gem Trade Association expects its members to be honest with customers when a stone has been altered. They have developed a list of codes to be used when selling any sort of stone. In most cases, an altered stone will have a 1 letter code in parenthesis in the name of the stone, however the code can be up to 4 letters.

An (N) code is signifying the stone is natural. An (E) code signifies the stone is enhanced, however it does not tell the specific way the stone was enhanced. A (D) indicates the stone was dyed which is most often done to intensify the color or to make the color more uniform across the entire stone.

Keep in mind this is what the American Gem Trade Association expects. There are thousands of dealers around the world from countries that do not belong or adhere to the AGTA specifications and you could easily buy dyed gemstones from them, whether they use the codes or not.

How to Spot a Dyed Gemstone

While it can be hard to spot dyed gemstones with 100% accuracy, there are some key factors to look for.

  1. Extremely intense or unnatural colors: I’m sure you have seen brilliant blue, purple and yellows shades of stones in the past. These can often be found in those little tumbled stone boxes they have in gas stations in any tourist town. A large percentage of these stones have been dyed. In fact if the stone in question is a beautiful shade of dalmatian stone, crackle quartz or looks like turquoise except for its wild color, you can bet the stone has been dyed. This is also true for the wildly colors agate slabs in tourist areas. If nature makes an electric blue or brilliant royal purple in a gemstone, it would be too valuable to simply cut into slices and sell for $10 apiece.
  2. A second thing to look for is tiny fractures or depressions in the stones where the color is much darker or bolder than on the remainder of the stone. This happens because the dye puddles in the natural cracks and crevasses of the stone where is is much harder to remove of be worn away.
  3. The third way is a little harder to notice unless the stone happens to be cracked or broken. Please do not intentionally damage a stone if you do not see one that is already damaged. If one is damaged and the stone you see inside the damaged area is a much lighter color than the outside of the stone, rest assured it was dyed.
  4. When Lapis Lazuli, chrysocolla or malachite are dyed and you have the stone with you, put a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover on top of the stone and leave it for a little while. If the blue color comes off onto the cotton ball it is a dyed gemstone. This is not a 100% sure this method to return a positive result at all times. Sometimes the color is so well attached to the stone it will not bleed. But it happens often enough to make it a worthwhile test to try.
  5. If you find a very high priced stone being sold extremely cheap, there is a good chance it has been enhanced. For instance turquoise is a reasonably abundant gemstone and can be found fairly cheaply. However some shades of stones and some stones from specific mines cost much more than others. Stones from the Sleeping Beauty mine fit in this category. If you find a stone claiming to be from this mine at a very cheap price, there is a very good chance it is actually from a different mine and was dyed.

If you happen to find any other ways our readers can easily test for dyed gemstones, please submit the idea and the source it came from. If we can train everyone to spot the enhanced stones before they buy them the people making the fakes will lose interest in making so many of them.

Stabilized Gemstones? Good or Bad Metaphysically?

Stabilized gemstones are exactly what they sounds like. Stones that have an additional product added to it for stabilization purposes. Few people realize how many stones are stabilized on a regular basis.

Some stones are stabilized because it would be impossible to cut or shape the stone otherwise. Some are done to prevent the stone from cracking during or after the stone is cut. Some are done to improve the appearance of the stone. Almost always however, it increases the value of the stone and is usually in your best interest to purchase stabilized gemstones.

stabilized gemstones - azurite

Until it is stabilized azurite is very porous.

From a healing or metaphysical aspect, stabilized gemstones not necessary. At the same time however, it really does not affect the purpose we seek to use the stone for. I think of it like make-up. It might make me look a little better, but it in no way changes who or what I am. So I suggest you not turn down a stone simply because it is a stabilized gemstone.

What are the most commonly stabilized gemstones?

Here is a list of some of the more common stabilized gemstones and the reason for going through the process.

  • Amazonite: Is sometimes stabilized with a hardening agent to improve the appearance of the stone.
  • Azurite: Hardens the stone, giving it additional strength and improves the appearance of the finished stone.
  • Calcite: Increases both its durability and its look.
  • Coral: The process strengthen the stone and improves its look. Often they also fuse multiple smaller pieces into larger once by compressing and adding heat to the process.
  • Larimar: Because Larimar is a very soft stone, the stabilization process makes it better able to withstand being used in jewelry.
  • Magnesite: Almost all magnesite is stabilized to strengthen it, then it is dyed to look like any one of numerous other stones.
  • Opals: Some types of opals are stabilized to increase the strength of the stone so it can withstand being used in jewelry.
  • Prehnite: Occasionally this stone is stabilized to make it look better.
  • Shell: Almost all types of shell are stabilized to increase its strength enough to be used in jewelry.
  • Turquoise: Not all turquoise is stabilized but it is done fairly often to provide a stone more apt to withstand the rigors of jewelry use.
  • Variscite: Greatly increases the durability rating of the stone.

 How are gemstones stabilized?

Stabilized Gemstones - azurite

Stabilized azurite

The process varies depending on the stone, but usually involves some type of oil, polymer, resin or plastic which is either painted onto the stone or the stone is basically soaked in the material. In some cases this is done under pressure to ensure the the material gets as deeply into cracks and crevices as possible.

Special Care for Stabilized Gemstones

Sadly, unless you know exactly how your stone was stabilized and get into deep details on every stone you own, it is hard to remember the exact specialize care each stone needs. If your stone is on the list above, it is usually best to consider is has been stabilized unless you know differently.

To be as safe as possible, keep your stone away from heat or steam and household chemicals. Do not put them in an ultrasonic cleaner. Quick, extreme temperature changes can cause your stone to crack or cause the material used to stabilize the stone to break loose from the stone. If it is 70 degrees inside your house and below freezing outside, you might want to leave your stabilized gemstones inside.

How to identify Paraiba Tourmaline

This article is about the Paraiba Tourmaline, and learn more about it. As someone who is building their gem collection, you’ll likely come across a lot of terms you’re not familiar with. The world of gemology is filled with a lot of broad terminology. The world of gemology is larger than just diamonds. There are over 200 different types of gemstones in the world.

Paraiba tourmaline is one of the few gems that deserve your attention. This is a blue-green gemstone, which is making huge waves. Here’s everything you need to know about Paraiba tourmaline.

What is Paraiba Tourmaline

This is a type of tourmaline gemstone. It’s semi-precious, which was first discovered in Paraiba, Brazil. It was discovered in the 1980’s, and it has a blue-green hue. This intense color is derived from the copper in it. In some instances, Paraiba can fetch prices as high as 6 figures per carat.

Fun fact: Unlike other gemstones, Paraiba Tourmaline gets a lot of leeway when it comes to inclusions. Unlike other gems that are devalued for a large number of inclusions/flaws, Paraiba Tourmaline is valued only on its color. You may find that jewelers do not devalue a stone based on the inclusions in the Paraiba gem. 

This is a very rare gem, and it comes at a high valuation. This valuation is not because of the rarity alone. It’s because of the rich, deep colors, and the overall density of the gem.

How do you identify the Paraiba Tourmaline Gemstone?

These gemstones are usually on the smaller side. Most are green or blue. Some have been found in pink or purple hues(rare). In situations where the stone is violet or purple, a heating treatment can be done to change the color to the blue color everyone wants.

When you are trying to identify the paraiba tourmaline stone, you want to look for green hues within the gemstone. The green flashes, often found in the lighter, blue body, are proof of the copper content.

If you hold a paraiba tourmaline up to a bright light, you’ll see bright spots within the gemstone, because Paraiba is known for its brilliance – you’ll also be able to see it’s sparkles in dim light.

Is Paraiba Tourmaline Found Anywhere Else Other Than Brazil

This gem is named after a region in Brazil, where they were originally sourced. In 2000, a deposit of tourmalines was discovered in Nigeria, and then later in Mozambique. The stones from Africa are not known to have the same amount of saturation as those found in Brazil. The hues are similar enough in color that the Nigerian gemstones can also be called Paraiba Tourmaline – but it’s come with controversy.

According to the International Gem Society, many in the industry want to create a distinction between the Brazilian paraiba, and the ones discovered in Africa.

How does the Paraiba Tourmaline compare to other types of Tourmalines?

Paraiba tourmaline is more expensive than other types of Tourmaline. They are rare and unusual. They have higher color saturation than other types of tourmaline.  Typically these gemstones are custom cut. You’ll usually find them in brilliant cuts, including pear/oval cuts. They are usually cut into no larger a size than one carat usually. If you do find a larger cut gemstone, you may be surprised to know that the larger stone is more affordable than a smaller one. When it comes to Paraiba tourmaline pricing – color is the main factor.

How do you take care of a Paraiba Tourmaline

If you own this rare gem, you want to take care of it. Only work with a trusted jeweler who has experience in caring for it. If you clean it through heating or ultrasonic, you can permanently damage it.

The best way to clean it, is a mild detergent, warm water, etc.

 

Popular Gemstones

Gemstones
Gemstones are organic matters, rocks, or minerals that people have chosen due to their rarity, durability, and beauty. Humans then cut or facet these materials and polish them to make human adornments such as jewelry. Gemstones have different characteristics. Collectors use the hard ones to make jewelry. The collectors take the fragile or soft ones to museums, where they exhibit them. Some of the gemstones include:

Zircon
Zircon belongs to the Nesosilicates mineral family. You can find the gemstone in different colors such as green, blue, red, orange, yellow, and others. Some people recommend the colorless zircon as an astrological substitute for the diamond mineral. A section of people regards the gemstone as the December month birthstone. Some wear the gemstone for healing purposes, while others use it for jewelry purposes.

Amethyst Cabochon
The gemstone looks very attractive. Amethyst cabochon belongs to the cuttings of the natural Amethyst gemstone. Gemstone dealers subject the Amethyst cuttings to high polishing with convex, glossy tops. The tops don’t have facets and have a domed or flat base. People use amethyst cabochon for beading and jewelry purposes.

Alexandrite
Alexandrite belongs to the Chrysoberyl mineral family. The gemstone exhibits sharp color change. Gemstone dealers rarely find this gemstone. Some use alexandrite gemstones in crystal healing therapies. They believe that the gemstone gives them metaphysical powers.

Alexandrite Cat’s Eye
The gemstone belongs to the Chrysoberyl family. The gemstone displays the color-changing ability of the Alexandrite gemstone. It also displays the cat-eye effect of the Chrysoberyl Cats Eye gemstone. Jewelry designers and collectors covet the gemstone. Collectors rarely find the gemstone.

Amber
Collectors do not consider Amber as a mineral. Collectors consider Amber cuttings as organic semi-precious gemstones. The major colors that you can find Amber in include; green, brown, blue, and black. Amber contains plants and insect inclusions. The inclusions increase the value of the gemstone. People use Amber in healing therapies, decorative pieces, and jewelry.

Ametrine
Ametrine belongs to the Quartz family of minerals. Collectors consider it as a bi-color, semi-precious stone. The collectors regard the gemstone as a mixture of Citrine and Amethyst. Vedic astrology claims that people can use Ametrine as a substitute for Pitambari Neelam. Some people the gemstone for healing purposes.

Ammolite
Scholars claim that Ammolite forms from ammonite marine organisms crushed shells. The formation process takes a period of over 70 million years.

Andalusite
Most collectors use Andalusite gemstone for jewelry purposes. The gemstone has pleochroism, which exhibits brick red and olive green colors.

Australian Opal
Collectors consider Australian Opal as one of the finest opal gemstones. They collect the gemstone in the Australian Opal mines. The gemstone has long-lasting color effect play and a rich body tone.

Aventurine
Some use the gemstone for healing purposes. The gemstone exhibits aventurescence and has green color.

Azurite
The gemstone has a deep blue color. Collectors find Azurite in copper ore mines. Some refer to the gemstone as Chessylite. Some have a belief that the gemstone relieves stress and enhances creativity. Collectors find Azurite from copper ore mines in; China, Russia, Africa, Chile, and Australia.

Sang-E-Maryam

What is Sang-E-Maryam?
The Sang-E-Maryam is a rare, ancient Persian musical instrument made of a cross between two long pieces of wood with metal strings. This instrument dates back to before the age of Islam and is one of the oldest instruments in the world.

The most popular type of song sung using this instrument is called Sang-e Maryam. The lyrics are about God’s love for humans. The lyrics use metaphors like the moon or the cave to refer to humans to glorify God’s love for human beings.

What Makes Sang-E-Maryam Special?
Sang-E-Maryam is one of the rarest instruments in Iran. It is made from two pieces of wood and uses long horse hair to create its unique sound. Sang-E-Maryam has been passed down from generation to generation, and families in some areas are famous for their excellent skills in this instrument.

The Performance
Players begin by tightening the horsehair on the instrument, then put it up to their ear and play a note before playing a song. This way, they can adjust their instrument however they like until they get it right! The player holds the strings with his right hand while hitting them with his left hand. After that, he starts a song by singing along to his memorized lyrics.

Benefits of Sang-E-Maryam
1. It provides courage.
Sang-E-Maryam is a great way to build up the courage. To play the instrument, you have to get up and show yourself while playing, which allows you to forget your shyness and perform well.

2. It has therapeutic effects.
Sang-E-Maryam has been passed down for thousands of years and is still prevalent in some areas of Iran, like around the city of Garmeh in Western Azerbaijan province. This rare musical instrument is taken care of carefully by families who have been mastering its skills for generations.

3. It helps you release your emotions.
Sang-E-Maryam is played at weddings, parties, and other gatherings as long as the lyrics aren’t about love or anything. The lyrics of the songs sung with this instrument are about God’s love for people, which helps musicians focus on their emotions and feel better.

4. It improves self-confidence in musicians.
Sang-E-Maryam is one of the rarest instruments in Iran. It is made from two pieces of wood and uses long horse hair to create its unique sound. Sang-E-Maryam has been passed down from generation to generation, and families in some areas are famous for their excellent skills in this instrument.

5. It helps musicians to relax.
Sang-E-Maryam has been passed down for thousands of years, and as it has been perfected over the years, it is now used at parties and ceremonies as long as the lyrics aren’t about love or anything of the sort. The musicians can be more at ease by playing Sang-E-Maryam, making many people increase their confidence through them.

6. Since it is a rare instrument, it is kept in good condition.
Sang-E-Maryam is one of the rarest instruments in Iran. It is made from two pieces of wood and uses long horse hair to create its unique sound. Sang-E-Maryam has been passed down from generation to generation, and families in some areas are famous for their excellent skills in this instrument.

7. It makes interacting with others more straightforward than other instruments.
Sang-E-Maryam gives musicians a chance to interact with others more easily. It helps musicians learn more about their audiences and make them feel more comfortable, increasing their ability to perform.

Sang-E-Maryam is a rare, ancient Persian musical instrument made of a cross between two long pieces of wood with metal strings. This instrument dates back to before the age of Islam and is one of the oldest instruments in the world. It was initially used for religious purposes, but now it is played for entertainment and social gatherings.

Jewelry and Precious Metals

Jewelry is a decorative item that can be passed down through generations as an heirloom. The beauty of jewelry is that one can make it from different materials or precious metals depending on which country it was produced in, as well as what period it was created in. There are many different types of jewelry, such as bracelets, necklaces, rings & earrings – all possessing unique stories.

Jewelry & Precious Metals
1. Alexandrite
Highly prized by the world’s wealthiest due to its rarity and color, Alexandrite is a gemstone that has been cherished by lovers of beauty but also lovers of fashion. This gemstone was named after its discoverer, the Russian mineralogist Dr. A Alexander Von Hoesch, in 1869. The name comes from the Greek word “Alexandros” or “belonging to Alexander. Upon its discovery, it was mistakenly identified as a new species of the mineral beryl known as “cyan-beryl .”Alexandrite is not only confined to necklaces but has been incorporated into rings and other forms of jewelry.

2. Black opal
Black Opals are similar in color to Alexandrite but change colors between blue and black. The name “Black Opal” has been associated with this gemstone since the 18th century. However, the name “Common Opal” has been used interchangeably. Black opals hold significance in many cultures worldwide and have been worn by notable figures such as Napoleon III and Queen Victoria. This gemstone is known as “Coober Pedy Opal” and occurs naturally in Australia and Mexico. Its dark color contrasts with the red, green, and yellow colors commonly found in most other opal specimens.

3. Golden Sapphire
Golden Sapphire is a gemstone that changes colors between yellow and orange. Its name came from the fact that it is composed of corundum, which has a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale and is similar to the color of sapphire. Golden sapphires are often produced in Queensland, Australia, and Thailand. Despite its name, golden sapphire is not, in fact, an official member of the sapphire family but instead has more closely related chemistry to that of the ruby family.

4. Green garnet
It is a variety of the garnet family that is green in color. It is composed primarily of aluminum and iron, which account for its specific shade of green. Green garnet can be found in many regions worldwide, with Madagascar being its most prolific producer. Green Garnets can be cut into different shapes such as ovals, rectangles, or squares to maximize their beauty on a piece of jewelry.

5. Cultured pearls
Cultured Pearls are produced by using a mollusk’s egg for breeding instead of a pearl oyster. The mollusks used for this purpose can be found in the oyster family from the provinces of China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. You may want to use the words “cultured” or “uncultured” when referring to pearl jewelry. Uncultured pearls will come from natural pearls but can be much more affordable than cultured pearls.

6. Amber
Amber is made from tree resin. It can also be referred to as “resinite” and has a specific shade of yellow. Amber can be found in many places around the world, with the Baltic coast being one of the most prolific producers of amber. The most commonly known source of amber is in the Dominican Republic, which contains 90% of all world production. Amber has been used since the olden times, especially during the Greek and Roman Empires. It is known to be a protective and healing stone in many cultures.

7. Jade
Jade is thought to be a gemstone that has been passed down through multiple generations. This precious stone can be found in Asia but is most popularly produced in Myanmar. The term “jade” actually refers to two different gemstones: jadeite, which is a pyroxene mineral, and nephrite, which is an amphibole mineral.

Jewelry and precious metal go hand in hand, as both collectibles hold significant value. Jewelry is a decorative item that can be passed down through generations as an heirloom. The beauty of jewelry is that one can make it from different materials or precious metals depending on which country it was produced in, as well as what period it was created in.