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The 'Petrified Forest National Park' in Arizona, has 100s of acres of agatized wood in a multitude of colour
An 'emerald' by day a 'ruby' by night
Believed to bring prosperity to new businesses when hung over a doorway
"It is like looking into the heart of creation with an amber spyglass"
Victoria Finlay, Jewels
"Amethyst dissipates evil thoughts and quickens the intelligence"
Leonardo da Vinci
An important source of phosphorous, one of the chemicals used in matches
Around 500-300BC, Greek sailors wore engraved aquamarine amulets to protect them at sea
Believed to be the first gemstone that was man-made before its natural counterpart was discovered
Ancient Egyptians carried carnelian on their bodies as a source of constant renewal and vitality
Believed to promote charity and improve relationships
In the 1800s thieves believed that placing chrysoprase in their mouth would render them invisible
First used in jewellery in Greece during the Hellenistic period (4th-1st century BC)
Once thought to be a plant, coral has been called the 'garden of the sea'
Pure carbon, diamond is one of the oldest minerals in the universe
Said to promote domestic bliss, loyalty and sensitivity in couples
'The passion stone', garnet is available in every colour but blue
Beneficial to wear when working around computers, it is thought to protect against unionized radiation
Exhibiting strong pleochroism, it appears different colours when viewed from different angles
Known to the native Indians as chalchihuitil, it was regarded as more precious than gold
Named after G.F Kunz, the American gemmologist who first described it in detail in 1902
Known to induce tranquillity and calm, as well as enhancing communication
According to Eskimo lore, the Northern Lights used to be trapped within rocks along the coast of Labrador
Called the 'stone of rulers,' in some ancient kingdoms, lapis was forbidden to commoners, and worn only by royalty
The oldest malachite decoration on record is estimated to be 10,500 years old
Considered to be an energy balancer
Sacred in ancient India, it was thought that if placed in lover's mouths during a full moon, futures would be revealed
Named after the banker tycoon and gem enthusiast, J. P. Morgan
Around one in 10,000 oysters collected for mother-of-pearl contains a natural pearl
Composed of a mat of tightly interlocking fibres, nephrite is stronger than steel
In India, it is thought to help concentration levels in absentminded people and calm a chaotic life
Fossil bones and seashells have been unearthed in Australia, replaced by opal
This unusual name is derived from the Sinhalese word meaning 'lotus blossom'
Cartier's 5th Avenue store was bought in 1917 with $100 and a two-strand natural pearl necklace
'Emerald of the crusaders', it is one of the few gemstones to only occur in one colour
Thought to stimulate inner knowing of oneself, and encourage analytical thinking
Has been discovered in prehistoric burial mounds
Crystal balls are typically made of rock crystal
Ranging in colour from peach to milky pink to clear rose, this soft beautiful colour is completely unique
In Sanskrit, rubies are known as ratnaraj, ‘king of precious stone'
Thought by some to be captured sunlight, rutilated quartz has been described as 'Cupid's darts'
Part of the garnet family, Rhodolite is a beautiful mix of purple and red
The ancient Persians believed that the Earth rested on an enormous sapphire
One of the few brown gemstones to be used in jewellery
'The great imposter of the gemstone world' plays a starring role in the British Crown Jewels
Unearthed in 1944, it was named after its co-discoverer, the Japanese petrologist Ken-ici Sugi
'The most beautiful blue stone discovered in over 2000 years' Tiffany's marketing tagline in 1968
Exhibits a stunning changeable silky luster as light is reflected within thin parallel fibrous bands
The 1,640 carats Braganza diamond, once set in the Portuguese crown, is believed now to have been a topaz
As a gemstone, the tourmaline surpass all others with its range of colour
One of the oldest protection amulets, it is thought to provide strength and peace
Jewish legends say that zircon was the name of the guardian angel sent to watch over Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden