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1/2 HOOP RUG PATTERN DESIGN EARRING BY NAVAJO ARTIST MARTY YAZZIE
Lapis Lazuli – Mines in northeast Afghanistan continue to be a major source of lapis lazuli. Important amounts are also produced from mines west of Lake Baikal in Russia, and in the Andes mountains in Chile. Smaller quantities are mined in Pakistan, Italy, Mongolia, the United States, and Canada.It is a stone prized for its intense blue color. The name Lapis Lazuli comes from the Arabic word lazward, from which the word azure comes, which means blue. Ancient Romans used to call it “sapphires,” which was subsequently applied to the blue variety of corundum we know today as sapphire.
Picture Jasper is an opaque, microcrystalline variety of Quartz with extraordinary color banding, veining and depositional flow patterns created by petrified or silicate mud and sometimes dendritic inclusions.
Jet – is a very lightweight stone comprised of fossilized coal/wood. It is grounding and balancing, and as it also carries a negative electrical charge, is good for drawing power and knowledge to the bearer. It is also helpful in stabilizing finances and is said to soothe migraines. A highly protective stone, feminine, good for mourning & healing of grief. Helps protect against illness, epilepsy, stomach pain, colds, glandular problems, and lymphatic problems. Combined
Cultured opals, often referred to as opalite, are created in laboratories. Pure opals that occur in nature take many years to develop. Mines of natural opals are found across the globe. In the Southwest United States, there are naturally occurring opal fields that are mined.