Often found near the gemstones apatite, lepidolite, and tourmaline, amblygonite can be found in shades of green, lilac, pink and yellow but is most often white. Weighing only a 5 on the Moh's scale, this soft gem needs to be taken well care of. It is not recommended that it is submersed in harsh chemicals or cleaned with ultra-sonic cleaners. The harsh chemicals can damage the gem and ultra-sonic cleaners may crack or break the gem. Amblygonite is sometimes referred to as "The Prophet Stone" as many believe it can bring the wearer clearer understanding. Some psychics even claim that the stone can strengthen their unique gifts.
Andalusite is named after the location where it was first discovered, Andalucia in southern Spain. Andalusite is often referred to as the seeing stone as it works to see the various sides of a person's character, or the various sides of a problem. Andalusite helps to bring balance and enhances memory. In addition, Andalusite is associated with the heart and solar plexus chakras and helps to cure eye problems, water retention and deficincies in calcium, iodone and oxygen.
Andalusite is a somewhat rare gemstone that is not commonly used in jewelry. This is very likely due to the fact that many jewelers are still not aware of this gemstone, let alone the consumer. Gem quality Andalusite is found in Australia, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and the United States.
From Sri Lanka, natural chrysoberyl ranges in color from pale yellow to green. The prefix "chryso" is Greek for "golden". It has a high refractive index and good luster. It is a hard stone, is resistant to chipping and scratches and has good to excellent toughness.
The great imposter of gemstone history, many famous rubies have been found to actually be spinels. Perhaps the most famous of which is the Black Prince’s Ruby. Once worn by Henry V on his battle helmet, this 170.00ct red spinel is now set in the British Imperial State Crown. Another famous misidentification is the Timur Ruby, a 352.00ct red spinel now owned by Queen Elizabeth. This particular stone is engraved with the names of the Mughal emperors who previously owned it.
Spinel carries a considerable amount of worth not only based on its history, but due to its brilliance and wide range of spectacular colors. When interpreted by the Greek, the word “spinel” means “spark” in reference to its beautiful sparkle. While a rich red is the most common color, spinel can be found in shades of pink, purple, green, brown or black. An exceptional color from Burma is a vivid hot pink with an orange undertone. Spinel can also come in a beautiful blue hue, sometimes called cobalt spinel, but this color is quite rare.