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Chalcedony is any form of microcrystalline or cryptocrystalline quartz (which is any form of quartz whose crystals are too small to be seen without high magnification.) Chalcedony is a precious stone that occurs in many forms, colours, and shapes. Chalcedony, agates, jaspers, bloodstone, cornelian, onyx, and chrysoprase all make up the chalcedony gemstones.

Healing ability:

This stone is believed to banish fear, hysteria, depression, mental illness and sadness. Chalcedony reduces fever and wearing the gemstone is believed to increase your eyesight.

Spiritual power:

Chalcedony prevents from touchiness and melancholy. Worn by many to promote calm and peace. Chalcedony also stimulates creativity.


The colours in each piece of Charoite range from bright lavender, violet and lilac to dark purple with white, grey and black veining. Charoite is an unusual mineral and of rare occurrence.

Healing ability:

If you are prone to nightmares or disturbed sleep, place the Charoite stone underneath your pillow.

Spiritual power:

Charoite is said to be useful for cleansing and purification of your body’s energy as well as reducing any negative energies within yourself. It transmutes negativity and cleanses the aura.


Chrysolite commonly known as a Peridot is a stone with a sparkling pale green colour. Peridot, is also called a olivine. Peridot ranges in colour from light yellow-green to bright green, to olive. Because of the way peridot splits and bends the rays of light passing through it, it has a velvety appearance, a rich glow, and a slightly greasy luster. The purer green a peridot is the higher the value. Any tinges of brown or visible flaws greatly diminish the price.


Peridots along with sardonyx are birthstones of Leo (Lion): July. 23 – Aug 22.

Wedding anniversary:

Peridot is the anniversary gemstone for the 16th year of marriage.

Healing ability:

This stone is worn or carried for general healing purposes. Peridot increases strength and physical vitality. It also protects against nervousness and aids in healing hurt feelings. It helps liver, adrenal function, protect lungs, sinuses, and wrists from illness and injury.

Spiritual power:

Peridot is used to help dreams become a reality. This stone is believed to attract love. It is also useful to dispel negative emotions, and it is believed to promote sleep when worn to bed.


Citrine is any quartz crystal or cluster that is yellow or orange in colour. It is a semiprecious gem that is valued for its yellow to brownish colour and its resemblance to the rarer topaz.


Citrines along with topaz are birthstones of (Scorpion): Oct. 24 – Nov. 21.

Wedding anniversary:

Citrine is the anniversary gemstone for the 17th year of marriage.

Healing ability:

Citrine is valuable in the treatment of depression and is said to stimulate the memory. It aids digestion, and removes toxins from the body. Citrine is a good healing stone, especially for the heart, kidney and liver, it also helps to fight diabetes.

Spiritual power:

Citrine symbolizes light-heartedness, joy and happiness. Citrine is the signature of wisdom and peace. This stone is said to stimulate the body.


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