Author: Suz O’Dell
I have always been curious about rocks. Gemstones and minerals fall into this category. Many cultures, modern and ancient believe in the magical and healing qualities of these materials. I have attempted to describe many of the stones I use in my work and added the folklore if available.
Fact: Variety of Chrysoberyl. Is named for the former czar of Russia, Alexander II, and was first discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia, supposedly on the day of his birth. The mineral exhibits the color green by sunlight and red-violet by artificial light.
Lore: Enhances the rebirth of both the inner and outer self, providing impetus to expedite the changing of one’s world while producing the qualities of expansiveness, creativity and awareness.
Fact: Amber is a fossilized resin and is usually golden to yellow-grown in color. Some amber has been found to contain red, blue or green hues, and well as a milky butterscotch color.
Lore: Amber cleans and purifies the system of the wearer. It is believed to be beneficial against fatigue and depression. Amber brings joy to life. Amber warms the heart in literal and figurative sense and is believed to be a good remedy for colds and flu. Amber was also believed to provide magicians and sorcerers with special enhanced powers.
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