Strength and Power stones
It is a mineral of hydrothermal and magmatic origin. It is formed in iron oxide rich veins, which give it its characteristic purple at temperatures below 300 Celsius degrees. Usually the amethyst is found covering the inside of agate geodes. It can also be found as a druse (crystals lining the surface of a stone) or in veins, accompanied by other minerals. The name amethyst comes from the Greek amethystos (not drunk), as this stone was considered a powerful antidote against drunkenness. According to Greek mythology, Dionysus, god of wine and excess, wooed a maiden named Amethystos, who wished to remain chaste. The goddess Artemis heard his prayers, and transformed the woman in a white rock. Dionysus, humiliated, poured wine on the rock as an apology, dying the crystals purple. Amethyst has been known for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt was used in jewelry, personal seals and other goods. In the Middle Ages, Christianity adopted Amethyst as symbol of renunciation of worldly goods, and chastity. Amethyst also symbolizes divine wisdom. Amethyst is a crystal of the quartz family, so it has its powers, especially the capacity to polarize the positive energy. Also it is considered the balance stone in the physical, mental and spiritual world. Amethyst provides energy, balance and spirituality.
Ruby is a precious gemstone; its name comes from "ruber", Latin for red. It is the second hardest known material, the first being the Diamond. It is a variety of the mineral corundum, like the sapphire; the only difference between a Ruby and a Sapphire is the colour. Deposits have been found in different continents around the world, and the different cultures that have found rubies have given them different properties. It is believed that ruby facilitates spiritual and sentimental development. It attracts honour and intelligence. It is considered the third eye of Buddha, foreseer of the future. It is called the stone of confidence. It brings good luck in love and in gambling. It also dispels bad thoughts, keeping away sadness and containing lust, and prevents lack of control and aggressiveness.
Coral was already used in the Middle Ages to protect the carrier against evil eye. In the XVIIIth century, Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies, King of Naples, carried a coral amulet. When facing someone who he suspected had bad intentions against him, he would place the amulet of coral in their face, nullifying the power of the gaze...
Jasper gives protection against spells, magic and the evil eye. It has been used since the ancient times to attract love and as an aphrodisiac. Egyptians associated this stone to the blood of Isis, and used it to protect against wounds and to prevent haemorrhage. It is the stone of strong feelings: love, passion and all the big emotions. A highly energetic stone, it is useful for persons suffering from shyness and lack of resolution. It is a great talisman for anything related to work.
Carnelian, also known as Cornelian, owes its name to its color since it is derived from the Latin word caro, carnis i.e.flesh. The carnelian agate is very powerful energetically, and it is very suitable for depression and decay. It brings peace and spiritual balance. When adversities arise, the Carnelian provides good energies to confront them. It is also pacifying and soothing. It facilitates happy dreams by preventing nightmares.
Basalt is a common volcanic rock.