Nephrite jade is one of two different mineral species called jade. The other, jadeite which is much rarer may contain a wider variety of hues. Nephrite jade is mainly composed of grays and greens and occasionally yellows, whites and browns. Nephrite also has a number of other synonyms and varieties that often refer to the location it comes from including: BC jade, Canadian jade, Lushan jade, beilstein, kidney stone, lapis nephriticus, nephrit and spinach jade.\012
\012\013Jade is a stone with a long history. Ancient Chinese symbolized it with courage, wisdom, justice and mercy. The soothing green colour of jade makes it a wonderful healing stone, which increases fertility and longevity. It is an emotional balancer that gives the feeling of peace, steadiness and nurturing.
These polished and tumbled agate stones from Brazil have been dyed a variety of bright colours to enhance the natural beauty of the stone.\012
\012Agate is also known as chalcedony quartz and comes in many colours and varieties. It is used to harmonize Yin and Yang, help build self-confidence, enhance mental function and strengthen the body/mind. Agate is a good protective energy stone, and also helps the body's connection to the earth. It is considered a good luck stone, and enhances creativity and stimulates the intellect. \013
AMAZONITE - the most popular gemstone of the potassium aluminum silicates. Generally pale aqua, others in the same family range from clear and white to pale yellow. Recent studies suggest that its blue-green color results from small quantities of lead and water in the feldspar.
Amazonite is used in jewellery and as an ingredient in ceramics. As a healing stone it is considered to be a calming stone believed to dispel negative energy and improve confidence.
This amethyst from India is mainly of the darker variety and the stones are smaller than regular amethyst stones. Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz crystal composed of silicon dioxide with traces of iron. Helpful in ridding nightmares. Just hold the Amethyst crystal on the forehead for a minute and ask it to guide you through a peaceful sleep, then place it under your pillow. Also helpful to calm an overworked and overstressed mind.