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Spring Awakening – Our gemstone favourites this season

Spring awakening - Discover Rainbow Fluorite, Rose Quartz and Yellow jade this season and make beautiful jewellery pieces with these beautiful gemstones.
Fluorite is a translucent stone and consists of different layers with different colourings. These can range from pale green, over cool blue, to a saturated violet, giving this stone its unique shimmer. In ancient Egypt the fluorite was used to depict the holy scarab and statues, and in China it is still used today for stone engravings.

Other names for fluorite are fluorspar and calcium fluoride (due to its chemical designation). Fluorite crystallizes in the cubic crystal system and develops cubic crystals with predominantly cubic or rare octahedral crystals. However, even granular, massive aggregates can be found. Pure fluorite is colourless and transparent, sometimes also grey. Through external influences the fluorite can assume almost any colour, usually in weak intensity. Green, violet to black-violet and yellow crystals are diffused, but also blue, red and brown fluorites are found. So can fluorites with layered colours. The break colour is always white.

The rainbow fluorite is considered to be one of the most important healing stones. It is said the stone combines the effects of almost all healing stones in itself, helping to achieve inner harmony. It gives mental freedom, vitality and creativity. Like other fluorites, it is useful as a healing stone, especially in the case of problems of concentration and learning, since the rainbow fluorite is said to increase absorption capacity, understanding, clarity and to sharpen the sense of organisation. It helps against anxiety or depression and promotes intuition. In the 18th century, fluorite was added as ground powder to water and to combat renal insufficiency. In modern esotericism it is assigned to the solar plexus Chakra.

Rose Quartz is a rare variety of quartz and recognizable by its pale pink colouring for which led titanium and manganese oxides are responsible. Rose Quartz can be found in different places and these include mainly Madagascar, Brazil, India and Namibia. The extent of the sources can vary depending on the area.  Rose Quartz is less common that other quartz and clear pink quartz, obtained from crystals with a regularly developed surface, is extremely rare. Most other specimen are milky-opaque. Due to its high value, rose quartz is almost exclusively used in jewellery making and decoration of ornaments. It is perfect for feminine jewellery and goes beautifully with freshwater pearls or other bright semi-precious gemstones.

Rose Quartz is one of the most commonly used gemstones ​​in esotericism. It stands as a symbol for fertility and love and its effect is to heal physical and mental weaknesses of the love life. It is therefore no wonder that it is assigned to the heart chakra. It is used to strengthen organs in the heart area and also to relieve headaches and absorb radiation.

But beware, Rose Quartz should not be used as an infusion stone in the sauna. Quartz is generally sensitive to intense changing temperatures. Since the stone is brittle, sharp chips can fly off and cause serious injuries. In addition, Rose Quartz rapidly loses its pink colour and decays when used as an infusion stone for too long.

Jade is a mix of Jadeite or Nephrite which must occur in a very special quantity and structure in order to be regarded as the gemstone Jade. In China, Jade has been used for at least 8000 years and obtained cult status. Also in Europe, the Pacific, the Eastern Mediterranean and Central America Jade has been processed for many centuries. Towards the end of the 19th century Jade became increasingly part of the jewellery world of the West after the Spaniards had "rediscovered" it in Europe during the colonization of Central America. In the 1920s Jade was a sought-after fashion accessory and in the '60s /' 70s it became a magical attribute and a "stone of the wise" in esotericism.

So it comes as no surprise that Jade is regarded as a special case among gemstones. Not only the mineral itself is important, but also its history and historical relevance; what it has symbolized over the past centuries and millennia. This ranges from the archaic notions of life, death and order, the power of rituals and ceremonies, the charms of art work to the magic of its healing powers.

In China and South America it is believed that Jade brings health, success and a long life in harmony with nature. Because of this meaning Jade was more expensive than gold in ancient China. And even today a life without Jade jewellery is unthinkable amongst most of the Chinese population. Jade is supposed to bring balance, harmony, beauty and happiness to its wearer. And a flat piece of Jade is placed on the forehead to stimulate dreaming. In esotericism, jade belongs to the heart chakra.

Yellow Jade is a rarer variety of the mostly green Jade whose colouring can also go into black. Each piece of gemstone is unique and the colours can range from a bright to pale yellow. In the USA Jade is particularly popular in emerald green, spinach green and apple green. In the Far East, on the other hand, Jade pure white or fine yellow with a slightly pinkish undertone is also popular. The most valuable jade is Imperial Jade. The hue is a deep emerald green with an even surface and translucence. In terms of price, there are no limits for jewellery made from/with Imperial Jade.
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