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SemiPrecious Stones


Semiprecious stones have been crafted into beads since early civilization.  Formed when minerals were caught in cooling rocks and created veins, they are  extracted from the rock by mining. The human need for beauty and self-adornment is as old as civilization itself. The belief in the magical properties of the stones used in adornment –attributes of peace, protection, and healing–is also ancient.

Semiprecious stones have been assigned to birth months, used as amulets and traded as currency as well as adornment in jewelry; and many are believed to have therapeutic properties which pass to the wearer.  Gemstones such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires are rarely drilled to make beads as this detracts from there worth.  

The stones and clays from which our beads are formed come from the mysterious depths of the earth all over the world. But whatever the varied geographical or geological origin of these beautiful, tactile objects—they bring a common delight to our eyes, our minds —and our souls.


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 The information regarding the metaphysical and other properties and purposes of  minerals are provided for entertainment and inspirational  purposes only. In no way is it intended for diagnosing illness, prescription, or advice and should not replace proper medical attention. Consult your Doctor or other health care practitioner regarding health issues. Creative Bead Designs is not liable for any use or misuse of this information.  
 Calcite
The carbonate mineral calcite is a calcium carbonate corresponding to the formula CaCO3 and is one of the most widely distributed minerals on the Earth's surface. It is a common constituent of sedimentary rocks, limestone in particular. It is also the primary mineral in metamorphic marble. It also occurs as a vein mineral in deposits from hot springs, and also occurs in caverns as stalactites and stalagmites. Calcite is often the primary constituent of the shells of marine organisms (e.g. plankton, bivalves, etc.). Calcite represents the stable form of calcium carbonate; aragonite will change to calcite at 470°C.

Calcite increases and amplifies energy. Calcite is a protecting, purifying, grounding and centering stone, and can help bring inner peace. It also increases creativity, imagination, and prosperity.

 Calcite, Pink Magnesium (Pink Manganocalcite)
Pink Manganocalcite (Pink Magnesium Calcite) is sometimes called the "Reiki Stone". It has a gentle but powerful energy, and is an excellent complement to energy healing modalities such as Reiki and Seichim because of its excellent properties of energy magnification.

 Carnelian
Carnelian is a red or reddish-brown variant of chalcedony. The word is derived from the Latin word meaning flesh, in reference to the flesh color sometimes exhibited.
Carnelian also describes a particular shade of the color red. The alternate spelling "cornelian" is sometimes used, perhaps evolving from the adoption of the color as one of the official colors of Cornell University.

Carnelian is an agate class of chalcedony that is a stone of creativity, individuality and courage. Like all agates, it has protection energies. It can aid memory, including recall of past lives. It can assist one in finding the right mate. It is also a stone of protection in general and from anger, jealousy and fear. In addition it can help with manifestation of one's desires, and brings good luck. Carnelian can help ease or remove sorrows. It also helps stabilize energies in the home. It is sometimes called the "actor's stone". Carnelian is associated with the root and sacral chakras. Physically, carnelian has been used to heal open sores, rejuvenate tissues and cells, rheumatism, kidney stones and other kidney problems, gall stones, colds, pollen allergies, and neuralgia.


 Carribbean Blue Chalcedony
Carribbean blue chalcedony is a stone related to the element of water. Although it is dyed to give it such a bright blue color, the coloring fits is basic "watery" nature.


 Cat's Eye (Natural, Chrysoberyl)
Natural Cat's Eye(chrysoberyl) is a stone of good fortune and good luck. It is said to bring serenity and happiness, along with optimism and generosity.


 Catlinite
Catlinite (also Pipestone) is a type of red, metamorphosed mudstone (argillite) rock occurring in a matrix of Sioux quartzite. The stone is quarried by Native Americans for use as sacred pipes called calumets (Fr: "hollow reed"). The quarries are found and preserved in the Pipestone National Monument outside of Pipestone, Minnesota, in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, and at the Pipestone River in Manitoba, Canada.

Catlinite has the quality of connecting the spiritual and the physical. It can be used to ground prayer and ritual into the physical, everyday life. It is also a very protective stone. Catlinite is also used for communication with spirits and the ancestors.

 Cavansite
Cavansite is a deep blue hydrous calcium vanadium phyllosilicate mineral with formula: Ca(VO)Si4O10·4(H2O). It forms vitreous to pearly translucent orthorhombic crystals which may be acicular in radiating clusters. It has a Mohs hardness of 3 - 4 and a specific gravity of 2.33. Cavansite occurs as a secondary mineral in basaltic rocks along with a variety of zeolite minerals. Occurances include Poona, India; Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; North Island, New Zealand; and Columbia and Malheur County, Oregon, USA. It was discovered in 1967 in Malheur Co., Oregon and named for its calcium vanadium silicate composition

Cavansite is a stone that aids in many psychic areas. It can stimulate intuition greatly, heightens psychic awareness, stimulates the third eye, and enhances channeling abilities.

 Celestite
Celestite (SrSO4) is a mineral consisting of strontium sulfate. The mineral is also known as celestine and is named for its occasional delicate blue color.
Celestite occurs as crystals, and also in compact massive and fibrous forms. It is mostly found in sedimentary rocks, often associated with the minerals gypsum, anhydrite, and halite.
The mineral is found worldwide, usually in small quantities. Pale blue crystal specimens are found in Madagascar.

Celestite is said to be an angelic stone. It can connect you to all aspects of the angelic realm, and to angels themselves. It is said that celestite was given powers by angels to raise consciousness, and to bring guidance from the angels.

 Charoite
Charoite is rare mineral found only close to the Chary River at Aldanin the siberian region of Russia. looks like a purple granite or purple marble. charoite has a hardness of 5 and a specific gravity around 2.6. charoite is used as an ornamental stone and sometimes a gem stone.

Charoite is called a "Stone of Transformation" and is a stone of power. In particular it transforms negative emotions such as anger and fear into positive feelings. As part of the transformation process it allows release of those negative emotions

 Chevron Amethyst
Chevron amethyst combines the strengthening and enhancing qualities of quartz with the stress relieving qualities of amethyst.

 Chiastolite
The mineral chiastolite is a variety of Andalusite with the chemical composition Al2OSiO4. It contains cross-shaped inclusions of carbon.

Chiastolite is a variety of andalusite, also knows as the "Cross Stone" because of its cross pattern of different colors that occurrs naturally. Chiastolite is a stone of balance and harmony.

 Chlorite
Chlorite is considered one of the most powerful healing stones. It cleanses and purifies the aura, chakras and other energy centers.

 Chrysacolla (Chrysocolla)
Cuprite is a copper-based mineral characterized by a deep red color and is most frequently requested by healers. It is often found with Chrysacolla, a blue-green copper-based gemstone. It is believed to be a powerful source of life-force energized, and a stone for feminine empowerment. This stone is excellent for stone layouts or set in jewelry. Psychic impressions suggest that this stone is a master in healing through emotion expression. It is useful to one for expressing those emotions which are fire bases such as anger, fear, passion or excitement. It is also an excellent ally to use in the treatment of inflammatory dis-ease caused by an excess of anger, resentment or fear.

 Chrysoprase
Chrysoprase (also chrysophrase) is a gemstone variety of chalcedony (fibrous form of quartz) that contains small quantities of nickel. Its color is normally apple-green, but varies to deep green. It is cryptocrystalline, which means that it is composed of crystals so fine that they cannot be seen as distinct particles under normal magnification.

Chrysoprase is powerful stone. It brings good fortune and prosperity, as well as business success.


 Citrine
Citrine, also called citrine quartz or citrine topaz, is an amber-coloured gemstone. It is a form of quartz with ferric iron impurities, and is rarely found naturally. Most commercial citrine is in fact artificially heated amethyst or smoky quartz. Brazil is the leading producer of naturally mined citrine, with much of its production coming from the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Citrine is known as a "success" stone because it is said in folklore to promote success and abundance, especially in business and commerce.

 Copper
In Greek times, the metal was known by the name chalkos (?a????). Copper was a very important resource for the Romans and Greeks. In Roman times, it became known as aes Cyprium (aes being the generic Latin term for copper alloys such as bronze and other metals, and Cyprium because so much of it was mined in Cyprus). From this, the phrase was simplified to cuprum and then eventually Anglicized into the English copper.

Copper was known to some of the oldest civilizations on record, and has a history of use that is at least 10,000 years old. A copper pendant was found in what is now northern Iraq that dates to 8700 BC. By 5000 BC there are signs of copper smelting, the refining of copper from simple copper oxides such as malachite or azurite. The earliest signs of gold use, by contrast, appear around 4000 BC.

Copper is considered a mineral of energy and mental agility. In legend, copper is said to be the metal of the God Hermes, who facilitates that mental agility, and quick wit. Copper is an excellent conductor of energy, from electricity to the mystical subtle energies emanating from higher planes, etc. Thus, copper is said to enhance and transmit thoughts, even over long distances. Physically, copper is used in traditional folk remedy and crystal healing lore to bring in additional energies for all types of healing, treatment of arthritis, relieving pain of broken bones, sexual instability, and low energy.

 Coral
Corals are gastrovascular marine cnidarians (phylum Cnidaria; class Anthozoa) existing as small sea anemone-like polyps, typically forming colonies of many individuals. The group includes the important reef builders known as hermatypic corals, found in tropical oceans, and belonging to the subclass Zoantharia of order Scleractinia (formerly Madreporaria). The latter are also known as stony corals in as much as the living tissue thinly covers a skeleton composed of calcium carbonate.

A coral "head" is formed of many individual polyps, each polyp only a few millimetres in diameter. The colony of polyps functions essentially as a single organism by sharing nutrients via a well developed gastrovascular network, and the polyps are clones, each having the same genetic structure. Each polyp generation grows on the skeletal remains of previous generations, forming a structure that has a shape characteristic of the species, but subject to environmental influences.

Coral is a stone of organic origin. Coral can be used to reconnect with nature and its variety of wonders. Coral also attracts love and prosperity, particularly red coral, which is a stone of passion.

 Covellite
Covellite (also know as covelline) is a crystalline form of copper(II) sulfide (CuS). In appearance it is an enchanting indigo blue. It is associated with chalcosite in zones of secondary enrichment (supergene) of copper sulfide deposits. Commonly found with and as coatings on chalcocite, chalcopyrite, bornite, enargite, pyrite, and other sulfides. Often occurs as pseudomorphic replacements after other minerals. Very rare occurrence as a volcanic sublimate at Mount Vesuvius the site of its discovery or first description by N. Covelli (1790 - 1829).

Covellite is high energy stone that is excellent for psychic and intuitive work of many kinds. It can enhance intuitive and psychic abilities, and is a very good meditation stone. It strengthens the connection to the higher self.

 Crazy Lace Agate
Crazy Lace Agate is a balancing and protecting stone. It brings laughter and absorbs emotional pain. Crazy Lace Agate is used to help with decision making by balancing the physical, emotional, and mental so that it is easy to make decisions. It also helps one stay focused.

 Cuprite
Cuprite is a mineral composed of copper(I) oxide Cu2O, and is an important ore of copper. Its dark crystals with red internal reflections are in the isometric system, appearing as cubic, octahedral, or dodecahedral forms, or in combinations, with a deep red color. In spite of its nice color it is rarely used for jewelry because of its low hardness of 3.5 -4

Cuprite has been a major ore of copper and is still mined in many places around the world. Of all the copper ores except for native copper, cuprite gives the greatest yield of copper per molecule since there is only one oxygen atom to every two copper atoms. As a mineral specimen, cuprite shows fine examples of well-developed cubic crystal forms. Cuprite's dark crystals show internal reflections of the true deep red inside the almost black crystal. Other varieties, such as chalcotrichite, show tufts of needle-like crystals that have a beautiful red color and a special sparkle that make them popular display cabinet specimens.

Mystically it is used to recall and examine past life experiences. It has been historically said to help heal one's relationship with their father. Traditional folklore and crystal healing lore purport that cuprite is helpful for healing problems with the thymus, heart, blood metabolism (especially imbalances), muscle tissue, skeletal system, oxygenation of the blood, stamina, kidneys, menstrual cramps, certigo, water retention, vitamin absorption, addictions and alcoholism.

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