Gemstones Defined

Agate Stone Beads

agate-stone-beads.jpgAgate is a type of quartz that is found in a variety of rocks, most commonly volcanic rock or lava. Agate comes in many colors and is usually characterized by banding or stripes. Agate is mined all over the world including: Africa, Brazil, India, Italy, Mexico, and the United States. Agate’s metaphysical properties include balancing yin/yang energy, and inspiring courage. Agate is also said to boost healing and intellect. The Agate Stone beads most noticeable properties overall are balancing yin/yang energy, courage, protection, healing, and calming. The metaphysical and healing properties of any specific type of Agate Semi Precious Stone depends to some extent on the color of the agate from a Moss Agate Bead to a Botswana Agate Bead. But all agate gem stone beads have certain things in common. Agate Semi-precious Stones enhance creativity and strengthen the intellect, making them a beneficial stone for both students and artists. It is also known as a good luck stone. As a stone of harmony, one of the things Agate Stone Beads do is balance yin/yang energy. Agate Semi Precious Stones increase energy. However, because it is a grounding stone, it does not increase energy at all times, but rather it enables bursts of energy as needed. In this way, agate from Blue Ice Agate and Moss Agate to Botswana Agate and Golden Agate is a conservation stone, and enhances longevity. Take a look at all the Agate Beads available on the website here


Amazonite Stone Beads

amazonite-stone-beads.jpgAmazonite stone is green, or blue-green, in color with white striations. It is mined in Russia, Madagascar, and in Pikes Peak, Colorado. Amazonite is known as the "hope stone" because it inspires confidence and hope. Amazonite’s healing properties include healing the nervous system and the brain. 


Amber Beads

amber-beads.jpgAmber is fossilized resin from ancient trees. It is estimated that most Amber is 40-60 million years old! It ranges in color from yellow to brownish orange. Amber can be found on all continents however most of the Amber which is used in the commercial production of jewelry comes from the Baltic region or the Dominican Republic. In the more valuable pieces of amber you will see insects that have been trapped in the sticky sap before the amber hardened. 


Amethyst Stone Beads

amethyst-stone-beads.jpgAmethyst is a purple colored variety of quartz. It is the most valued form of quartz and is mined all around the world. Amethyst has long been called the "sobriety stone." In ancient Rome, crushed amethyst gem stone beads were added to wine cups to prevent drunkenness. Amethyst semi-precious gem stones can assist with healing alcoholism, compulsive behaviors, and addictions of all kinds. 


Ametrine Stone Beads

ametrine-stone-beads.jpgAmetrine is a type of quartz that contains both amethyst and citrine within the same crystal. The natural colors of Ametrine are the result of iron impurities within the stone. These impurities are what make this quartz crystal so amazing. The largest source of Ametrine comes from the Anahi mine in Bolivia. Ametrine is said to contain the metaphysical properties of both amethyst and citrine combined, as well as its own unique properties, making it a very powerful stone. Ametrine is helpful in relieving tension, dispersing negativity, and aiding in meditation. 


Apatite Stone Beads

apatite-stone-beads.jpgThis transparent mineral can be found in a wide range of colors including: yellow, green, and blue. The healing properties of Apatite stones includes increasing learning abilities and creativity, as well as boosting one’s self-confidence. Apatite is mined in Brazil, Canada, India, and Madagascar. 


Aquamarine Stone Beads

aquamarine-stone-beads.jpgAquamarine is a beryl ranging in color from pale, almost transparent, blue to dark teal. It is mined in Brazil, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Kenya and Nigeria. Its metaphysical properties include relieving anxiety, quickening intellectual responses, and protecting those who travel by water. 


Aventurine Stone Beads

adventurine-stone-beads.jpgAventurine is a type of quartz. It is translucent to opaque and has tiny inclusions of shiny minerals. These shiny minerals give this stone a sparkling effect. Green is the most common color of Aventurine though it can be orange, brown, yellow, blue or gray. The majority of Aventurine is mined in India. Aventurine can help relieve stress, improve self confidence, and increase one’s creativity. 


Black Onyx Stone Beads

black-onyx-stone-beads.jpgOnyx is a form of quartz. Onyx is often banded and can be found in a range of colors, most commonly, white, tan and brown. Onyx can be found worldwide in areas such as, Mexico, Brazil, India, and Algeria. Black Onyx is perhaps the most famous variety of onyx. Black onyx is considered to be one of the most powerful protective stones. It is said to be helpful with relieving stress and increasing emotional stability. 


Blue Goldstone Beads

blue-goldstone-beads.jpgBlue goldstone is actually glass infused with fragments of copper. The process by which this bead is made was invented in 17th century Venice. Blue Goldstone is said to relieve fear and anxiety. The copper flecks within are said to be a powerful energy generator. 


Carnelian Stone Beads

carnelian-stone-beads.jpgCarnelian is a reddish-brown form of Chalcedony. It is mined mostly in India, Brazil, Uruguay, and Japan. Carnelian can help relieve sorrows, improve memory, increase creativity, and bring good luck. 


Chalcedony Stone Beads

chalcedony-stone-beads.jpgChalcedony is finely fibrous, or crystallized, quartz that can be found in India, Burma, Brazil, Mexico, and the United Staes. It has a wax-like luster and is most commonly found in shades of pale blue, yellow, brown, or gray. It can be semitransparent or translucent. Its healing abilities include the banishment of fear and sadness, and the reduction of fever. When worn, Chalcedony is believed to be excellent for the eyes. 


Charoite Stone Beads

charoite-stone-beads.jpgCharoite stone is an unusual mineral of rare occurrence that is only found in the Chara River area of Siberia. It has shades of violet and deep purple with veins of black, gray, and white. It is said that putting Charoite stone under your pillow at night will chase away the fears that appear in your dreams. 


Chrysoprase Stone Beads

chrysoprase-stone-beads.jpgChrysoprase gets its apple-green color from the small quantities of nickel present in it. It is a form of Chalcedony (Quartz) and is composed of very fine crystals that cannot be seen under normal magnification. Chrysoprase is mined in Australia, Brazil, and the United States. Chrysoprase can be used to increase grace and equilibrium. It is also said to increase fertility. 


Citrine Stone Beads

citrine-stone-beads.jpgCitrine is a yellow, or golden yellow, variety of quartz. Most Citrine is mined in Brazil, Spain, Madagascar and the former USSR. Citrine stones were a prized stone among the Celtic and Scottish people. Known for its energizing, invigorating, and positive effects Citrine also encourages kindness , creativity, and wisdom. 


Coral Beads

coral-beads.jpgCoral is an organic material that as it grows creates formations that resemble tree branches. Coral can be found in a range of colors including white, red and black. Most coral is found in the Mediterranean Sea or the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Japan and Taiwan. Coral is considered to be one of the seven treasures in the Buddhist scriptures. It is believed that Coral beads can stop bleeding, protect one from evil spirits, and ward off hurricanes. We have a nice selection of fair trade and eco-friendly genuine coral beads. There are very strict rules set in place regarding the importation of coral into the United States. International law protects the rarest and endangered coral in all parts of the world. Many varieties of coral are considered sustainable and in reality grow faster than they are being harvested. Our Coral beads are hand cut so please keep in mind that since they are natural, you will have size and color variations within the strands of coral beads. We bring to you a selection of natural coral beads that are either natural or dyed beads.  Take a look at our wonderful selection of coral beads


Dumorterite Stone Beads

durorterite-stone-beads.jpgDumorterite, also known as blue quartz, can range in color from grayish blue to greenish blue, and also violet to reddish purple to brown. Dumorterite’s metaphysical properties include the ability to bring one patience and organization, and to allow one to see things differently in life. 


Flourite Stone Beads

flourite-stone-beads.jpgFluorite is a mineral with a glassy luster that comes in a wide variety of brilliant colors, purple being the most common. This stone can be transparent and translucent. Mineral collectors consider Fluorite to be the most popular mineral in the world. Flourite is mined in many parts of the world including: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Norway, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Fluorite stones are said to reduce stress, stimulate the imagination, and protect against nightmares. 


Garnet is the birthstone for January!

garnet-stone-beads.jpgPerhaps the strongest virtue of the garnet, is its ability to help one overcome depression. This gemstone has been known to dissolve ingrained behavior patterns that are no longer positive, and bypasses resistance or self-induced unconscious sabotage. It aids in letting go of useless or old ideas. Garnet revitalizes, purifies and balances energy, bringing serenity or passionate as appropriate. It removes inhibitions, taboos, anger and discord. It alleviates emotional disharmony, brings on a calming influence,and protects the wearer from being affected by the unwanted energy of others. Garnets are thought to be very helpful for those battling addictions. It strengthens the survival instinct in a crisis, or in extremely traumatic situations, bringing courage and hope where it seems like there is no way out. All in all, the stone keeps depression at bay. It promotes self-confidence and allows one’s inner spirit to radiate. Garnets are also said to balance the sex drive.


Garnet Stone Beads-Red and Green

garnet-stone-beads.jpgUsed since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives, the garnet mineral is most often red, but can be found in many colors including orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless. Garnets are mined in the United States, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar, Scotland, Switzerland and Tanzania. Red Garnet stones are said to evoke passion and are known for making commitments last. 


Herkimer Diamond Stone Beads

herkimer-diamon-stone-beads.jpgHerkimer Diamonds are a quartz formation. They have been given the name of “Diamonds” because of their natural brilliance and natural diamond shape. There is only one mine for these beauties, it is in Herkimer, N.Y. Herkimer Diamond beads can help release energy blockages and also enhance dream recall. 


Jade Stone Beads

jade-stone-beads.jpgJade is a name that is applied to two different type rocks, nephrite and jadeite. Jade stone beads come in a range of colors from translucent to dark green, gold, yellow, and pink. Jade is thought to help reduce fears and do away with negative feelings. Jade is often used in rosary beads and can be used as a worry stone. Jade mines can be found in British Columbia, Guatemala, and Burma. 


Jasper Stone Beads

jasper-beads.jpgUsually found in red, yellow or brown, Jasper stone is a fine grained, opaque variety of Chalcedony. Jasper gets its interesting patterns, bands, and colors from the organic minerals and oxides that it contains. Jasper is found in Germany, India, Russia, Pakistan, France, and the United States. Gentleness, relaxation, and tranquility are some of Jasper’s metaphysical properties. Jasper is sometimes referred to as the nurturing stone. 


Labradorite Stone Beads

labradorite-beads.jpgLabradorite stone is mined in India, Madagascar, Newfoundland, and Russia. Labradorite is a beautiful stone that displays rainbow-like colors, called iridescence, when it is viewed from different angles. It is sometimes referred to as Spectrolite. Labradorite’s metaphysical properties include the ability to reduce anxiety and stress. 


Lapis Stone Beads

lapis-beads.jpgLapis is considered to be a rock, not a minerals, because it is made up of more than one component. Lapis’ color is an intense blue, and you can usually see small flecks of Pyrite within the stone. Lapis is mined in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. This stone’s metaphysical properties include bringing truthfulness, inner power, and openness. 


Larimar Stone Beads

larimar-beads.jpgThe only place Larimar is mined is the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. Larimar beads are actually made up of volcanic material. This stone’s color varies from white, light blue, green-blue to deep blue. Larimar stone beads are said to help us view events from many different perspectives. Larimar also represents peace, clarity, healing and love. 


Mangano Calcite Stone Beads

mangano-beads.jpgMangano Calcite is a type of calcite that derives its soft pink color from the presence of manganese in the stone. Mangano Calcite beads are calming and help to heal the heart and fill it with self-love. 


Mookite Stone Beads

mookite-beads.jpgMookite is a type of jasper, with varying shades of cream, yellow, gold, brown, red or burgundy,and other colors. This stone is mined in Western Australia as well as China. Mookite’s healing properties include relieving depression and fear as well as healing wounds and maintaining a healthy thyroid gland. 


Moonstone Stone Beads

moonstone-bead.jpgMoonstone is an opalescent stone with a white and bluish sheen resembling the glow of moonshine. Its color can range from clear to blue, brown, gray, pink, yellow, green, and peach. Moonstone is mined in Brazil, Germany, India, Madagascar, Tanzania, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, the United States and Mexico. Known as the “lover’s stone”, moonstone is said to evoke tender feelings as well as strengthen ones capacity to understand. Some cultures believe this stone to be a symbol of fertility. 


Mother of Pearl/Abalone Beads

mother-of-pearl-beads.jpgAlso known as Nacre, Mother of Pearl is a highly iridescent coating found on the shell of some mollusks. Mother of Pearl beads are said to foster motherly love. Mother of Pearl is believed to be protective as well as being able to inspire purity, innocence and tranquility. 


Obsidian Stone Beads

obsidian-beads.jpgObsidian is a natural occurring glass that forms when lava cools without crystal growth. This stone is usually dark in color, dark green to brown to black however, it can also be red, yellow, pink, or colorless. Obsidian is found in areas of volcanic eruptions, including the Western United States, Armenia, Italy, Turkey, Iceland, New Zealand, Mexico, Kenya, Greece and Scotland. Obsidian beads are believed to dispel negativity and to have both healing and protective powers. 


Opal Stone Beads

opal-beads.jpgAlthough there are many different types of Opal beads, they all share certain characteristics. Opals are a stone made up of many layers. The order of the layering often produces a rainbow sparkling effect. Their color can range from clear through white, to red, yellow, orange, blue, green, pink, brown, and black. Opals can be found in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Turkey, Indonesia, Brazil, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia. Opals are said to aid in inner beauty, eyesight and faithfulness. 


Orange Sunstone Stone Beads

orange-sunstone0beads.jpgOrange Sunstone ranges in color from pale yellow to brick red. It has a metallic quality due to the presence of red, orange and green crystals. Mined in Northern Mexico, India, and Oregon, the Orange Sunstone from Oregon is said to be the most colorful and beautiful. Its metaphysical properties include generating energy and improving overall health.It is also said to calm nerves and alleviate negative feelings. 


Peridot Stone Beads

peridot-beads.jpgPeridot is a gem variety of Olivine. Peridot stones can be found in Arizona, Norway, Burma, Hawaii, Islands in the Red Sea, and even meteorites. Peridot beads are associated with stress reduction, relaxation, healthy vigor, recuperative abilities, comfort and intuition. Peridot is said to have been the favorite stone of Cleopatra. 


Pietersite Stone Beads

pietersite-beads.jpgPietersite was discovered in 1962 in Namibia, Africa by Sid Pieters and named in 1964. The infusion of quartz by nature creates bands of gold, red and blue throughout the stone. Blue is the rarest color followed by red. Pietersite is reputed to contain the “key to the kingdom of heaven” and thought to dispel illusion. 


Quartz Stone Beads

quartz-beads.jpgQuartz is the most common mineral found on Earth. It has the most variety of colors and forms of any stone. Thus, quartz can be found in some form in every country. Quartz is the symbol of wholeness, promoting meditation and freeing one’s mind of the mundane and trivial. 


Rock Crystal Stone Beads

rock-crystal-beads.jpgRock Crystal occurs in quartz veins where it crystallizes inside rock cavities. Rock crystal, being transparent and colorless, has been popularly used for crystal balls. Rock Crystal beads are said to enhance one’s psychic abilities. This stone is also known as the “master healer”, cleansing the organs and soul. 


Rose Quartz Stone Beads

rose-quartz-bead.jpgRose quartz is believed to get its pink to rose color from microscopic mineral fibers in the stone. Though widespread, rose quartz comes in large quantities from Brazil. This stone is most powerful for learning to love one’s self and accepting the love of others. Also, it is good for mending broken hearts. 


Smokey Quartz Stone Beads

smokey-quartz-bead.jpgSmokey Quartz gets its grey to warm black/brown colors from natural radiation occurrences. It can also derive its smokey color from the presence of sodium in the stone. Smokey Quartz is mined in parts of the United States, Brazil, Switzerland, the Himalayas, and Mexico. This stone is known to instill balance, harmony and peace. 


Sodalite Stone Beads

sodalite-beads.jpgRich royal blue in color, sodalite was discovered in vast quantities in Ontario Canada. Brazil is also another main source for this stone. The name sodalite refers to its sodium content. Known for being royal blue, it also is found in grey, yellow, green or pink. This stone stimulates endurance and promotes peace and harmony. 


Tourmaline Stone Beads

tourmaline-beads.jpgThe name Touramline comes from the Singhalese expression "tura mali" meaning stone of mixed colors.Tourmaline can be found in a wide variety of colors including green, pink, red, blue, yellow, brown, and black. This stone can also be bicolored (pink on the inside and green on the outside) which is aptly named watermelon or rainbow Tourmaline. Chiefly mined in Brazil and Africa, some deposits of Tourmaline have been discovered in the United States. This stone is said to enhance understanding and self confidence. 


Turquoise Stone Beads

turquoise-beads.jpgTurquoise is an opaque, blue to green mineral. Though the name possibly came from the color of the Mediterranean Sea on Turkey’s southern coast, it can also be found in Iran, the Sinai Peninsula and the United States. This stone is said to be the stone of communication, helping those who have a fear of public speaking. In the same vein, it is considered to be a stone of friendship, strengthening the bond between friends.