Our beautiful summery and refreshing stone of the month is Tree Agate. It has green veins on a white background, giving it a cool, leafy-glade type of feeling. The green veins or dendrites, come from the Greek word “dendron” meaning “tree.” Tree agate is also associated with summer in that it is called a stone of abundance or plenitude. Wearing Tree Agate is said to guard against natural disasters and dispel sickness. Tree agate also encourages strength and perseverance, the ability to meet challenges, and the capacity to see the connections in life all around. Since the stone has a strong calming inﬂuence, it is helpful in the relief of many disorder, including those of the nervous system, including exhaustion, the skeletal and circulatory system, and relief from general pain. Wearing Tree Agate was thought to encourage the favor of the gods.
By the way, have you ever wondered why children’s marbles are called “aggies”? They’re named for the material they were made from—agate.
See some of our beautiful Tree Agate jewelry in person at one of our upcoming events!
African Jade is named for its point of origin. There are two main types of jade—jadeite and nephrite. This month’s jade is
the nephrite variety. Its name comes from the Greek word for “kidney”
because nephrite was thought to cure illnesses of the kidney
and spleen. African Jade is one of the oldest and most culturally influential gemstones, dating back thousands of years.
Nephrite jade is found mainly in its green shade, but it can be seen in
shades of white, grey, brown and yellow. The deep green color is the most sought after for its beauty and value.
In addition to being thought of as a healing stone for internal
organs, jade is also an imperial gemstone, meaning it represents
beauty, purity and grace. Today it is thought to be a stone of dreams
which blesses whatever it touches, as well as possessing restorative powers.
Finally, African Jade alleviates joint pain and fights viral and bacterial infections.
Cherry Quartz, unlike Rose Quartz, is human-made by melting glass in a furnace and combining it with swirls of pink to give it its distinct color and infusions or needles. Because of its soft color, it has long been regarded as a soothing, calming crystal that promotes love and healing. It is said to help clear negative emotions such as jealousy, anger and fear, and also alleviate heartache and psychic traumas. Wearing cherry quartz at night might promote peaceful sleep and creative inspiration. And, of course, it’s a lovely color for a gift for Mother’s Day.
Can’t sleep? Need an athletic boost? Suffering from dyspepsia? Maybe sodalite is what you need!
Most sodalite is royal or dark blue with white patterns, but it can occur as other colors. It is named for its sodium content. Because of the similarity of color, sodalite is sometimes confused with lapis lazuli; both have small specks of pyrite. Sodalite was first discovered in Greenland, then Canada, the Southern US and other places. The largest known deposit is in Brazil.
Many claims are made for sodalite. It has properties that would seem to benefit everyone. It is said to be good for a wide variety of ailments, especially those of the immune system and ailments of the throat, thyroid and digestion. So it is a perfect stone to wear as a necklace. You might want to wear that necklace to bed, since sodalite is also said to prevent insomnia.
In addition, sodalite is purported to bring inner peace, harmony and stimulate endurance. Athletes and parents could benefit from this. It also is said to bring calmness and encourage rational thought, a great boon for writers. Since it is associated with the neck area, it is also helpful in public speaking and communication.
Sodalite is also said to help with weight loss and lowering blood pressure. So no matter what you would like to improve, sodalite can probably help, and it looks beautiful, too. If you would like to see some pieces of jewelry made of sodalite click here.