Natural stones - natural beauty

Posted by Zoe Hodgson on

Semi precious stones hold a beauty which has attracted humans from the moment our ancestors found them on river banks, inside rocks and laying in the grass.  Adored and treasured throughout our history there are beautiful examples of colourful rocks, stones, crystals being used both decoratively and practically in museums all over the world.

      

I love to bring the natual beauty of stones into some of my pieces, sometimes on their own and other times in groups to compliment with each other.  The stone stacking sets are a lovely example of this so I'm going to share with you some of these beautiful stones from one particular set, the five stack of silver rings set with Lapiz Lazuli, Garnet and Nephrite Jade.

      

Lapis Lazuli   Dark blue in colour with flecks of pyrite, also known as fools gold, which beautifully catches the light.  The main mines of Lapis can be found in Afganistan, Russia and Chilie.  Lapis was historically ground down to be used as the paint pigment ultramarine in the Renaissance and Baroque eras.  Lapis Lazuli is one of the birthstones of September.  Holistic importance - confidence, creativity and protection.

Jade   Nephrite Jade is one of two minerals known as Jade, Imperial being the other.  Mainly found in China, Canada and Russia.  Jade is very revered in China as a good luck stone, and because of this many deities and objects are carved from it. Holistic importance - peace, balance, strength.

Garnet   Known for its beautiful deep red colour, it can also be found in greens, yellows, pinks, oranges and on the rare find in blue.  This stone is found in many countries, the main mines being in Tanzania, Madagascar and India.  Romans used to adorn themselves with Garnets as a protective stone, and shields and swords from this time have been found decorated with beautiful red Garnets.  Garnet is the main birthstone of January.  Holistic importance - protection on journeys, friendship, energy.

 


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