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Argulite Wirework PendantArgulite Argulite cArgulite omes from Utah. It is closely related to rhyolite. Both are products of sediment being super heated by lava. Also called Earthquake Jasper, a name that it was given because it's patterns were created by cracks from earthquakes which were then fused again. 

Arizona Tiger Eye Gemstone CabochonArizona Tiger Eye is a type serpentine. Known for is brilliant chatoyancy and translucent amber color. Chatoyancy is the sheen or optical reflection in tiger eye. The high reflectivity of the stone when polished makes it difficult to photograph.  It is a soft stone and care must be taken when shaping and polishing.  It is really a stunning stone and difficult not to fall in love with once you’ve seen it or worked with it.   Healing Properties      Cabochons

Astrophyllite Gemstone CabochonAstrophylite crystallizes in the form of stars stretched into thin plate crystals. Named from the Greek words "aster" (star) and "filon" (leaf). From Chibine on the Kola peninsula in the far north of Russia.   Healing Properties    Cabochons

AventurineAventurine is a form of quartz translucent with platy mineral inclusions that give a shimmering effect called aventurescence. Most commonly green in color, it may also be orange, brown, yellow, blue, or gray.  Fuchsite is the typical inclusion, and gives a silvery green or blue sheen. The majority of green and blue-green aventurine originates in India.   Healing Properties  

Azurite Malachite Gemstone CabochonAzurite Malachite is a combination of two minerals azurite and malachite.  Azurite can undergo a chemical change that will cause it to become malachite, this results in stone with the properties and colors of both minerals.  Azurite is a brilliant blue and Malachite a brilliant green resulting is a beautiful stone.  This stone can also contain other minerals such as Cuprite, Calcite, Chrysocolla, and Copper.

 Tiffany Stone PendantBertrandite or Tiffany Stone is composed of many minerals, that vary from sample to sample. It is rare, because it comes from an area in the west desert of Utah where beryllium is mined and is crushed during the mining process. The name bertrandite is misleading as it is not the major mineral in the stone. The name tiffany stone came from the patterns in the stone resembling tiffany glass. It is an opalized stone that forms in nodules, composed mostly of opalized fluorite with other minerals such as quartz, chalcedony, dolomite, rhodonite, manganese oxides, bertrandite, beryl, opal, and others. Most commonly patterned in purple, blue, white and black it is an unusual and beautiful gemstone.     Healing Properties   Cabochons

Bloodstone Gemstone CabochonBloodstone is the mineral heliotrope and is a form of chalcedony. The "classic" bloodstone is green jasper with red inclusions. Sometimes other colors are also present, but these multi-colored gemstones are referred to as "fancy jasper".  The primary source of the stone is India. It is also found in Brazil, China, Australia, and the United States. In the Middle Ages the red spots were said to be the blood of Jesus, and the stone was believed to have miraculous powers.  Healing Properties  

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