8 beautiful gemstones to discover
Here at Véronique Roy Jwls, we love to work with gemstones to design our original handmade natural stone jewellery. We chose each of these gems for their colours, nuances, shapes and details in the stone. They each have their history, characteristics and spiritual meanings that make them unique. We want to share our love for gems with you. In this article, we present to you the stones we love to work with in detail, so you get to know them better.
The Carnelian stone has been used in jewelry since Antiquity. Archaeologists have found these red and orange stones on a queen's headdress in Mesopotamia.
In addition to its beauty, Carnelian is known to reduce bleeding and menstrual symptoms. Furthermore, it is supposed to bring confidence and courage to those who wear it. It was therefore ideal as the natural stone used for the LIBRE collection.
Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious stone of deep-blue colour.
Symbol of serenity, this stone is supposed to protect from stress and negative thoughts. It helps to fight anxiety and fears. It has been used in jewelry since the time of ancient Egypt. Its blue colour was so appreciated that the jewels of the pharaohs were almost all decorated with lapis lazuli.
A lapis lazuli jewelry is a perfect gift to give to your lover, partner, mother or sister, and all the strong women around you.
The Amazonite gemstone takes the Amazon River's name because researchers believed it was discovered there. But, studies show that it does not exist in this region and has been confused with another mineral. It is a part of the feldspar mineral family. Amazonite can be found in Brazil, Peru, China, Colorado and Virginia in the United States, Australia and Madagascar. When polished, Amazonite turns green or blue. Its beautiful colour makes Amazonite popular in jewelry!
This blue gemstone is also a healing stone. Its colour ranges from green to turquoise, reminiscent of the sea, vibrates an aura of relaxation. Its energy helps to repair inner wounds.
Aventurine is a variety of quartz and belongs to the group of oxides. Its name comes from the Italian word ''a ventura'', which means "by luck." It got this name because an Italian from Murano came across the stone by accident. Aventurine can be found in many colours: green, blue, peach, brown or white. For the Celts, this stone symbolizes spiritual knowledge.
In lithotherapy, this gemstone is known to help you to get to know yourself better. In addition to absorbing negative energy, it clears up ideas and stimulates creativity.
Blue lace agate
The Agate stones take their name from the Achates River, where it was discovered. The Celts and the Egyptians exploited this stone for its virtues but also its natural beauty. It was not uncommon to see this stone worn as a piece of jewelry in this period, as it comes in a range of beautiful colours and patterns!
Agates are protective stones. They repel bad external influences and reduces the effects of stress. It also facilitates social interactions by soothing both body and mind.
Several pieces from our Luna collection highlight the blue agate lace, one of our favourite agate types. We love it for its soft colour and delicate lace patterns.
Jade takes its name from ''la piedra de ijada'', which means stone of the flank, owes its name to the Spanish conquistadors. Its name refers to the healing powers of this stone. It is a very durable and tough stone. It has been used to makes tools, weapons, sculptures, bangles and jewelry since the stone age. There are two types of Jade, nephrite and jadeite. Jadeite is the most precious type of Jade and is the one usually used to make jewellery. Jadeite is found in many different colours, green, red, pink, black, brown, white, and even violet.
When in contact, it helps the wearer to harmonize relationships by nourishing compassion and acceptance.
At Véronique Roy Jwls, we love to use white Jade. You will find it in the minimalist and sophisticated jewellery of the Halo collection.
The Onyx gemstone takes its name from the Greek ''onux'', which means "nail." Legend says that Venus was asleep, and Eros cut her fingernails with an arrowhead before flying away. Onyx is a variety of Agate that is part of the chalcedony family. This stone can be translucent or opaque. In its opaque form, you can find it black with white stripes or solid black. Onyx is a durable stone with a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, meaning that it can resist scratching from common hazards of everyday wear.
It is often used in jewelry because it is an easy stone to work with and maintain and is very appreciated for its dark colour. Onyx is known to bring stability and strength to the wearer. It provides support during times of mental and physical stress.
At Véronique Roy Jwls, we love to work with onyx! You will find it in many of our pieces because we love its versatility and distinctive colour.
The word ''Quartz'' means a group of minerals with the same chemical composition and similar physical properties. Its name origins come from the Saxon word Querklufterz which means "transverse ore vein." Quartz is a crystalline mineral composed of silica. It is divided into two groups, macrocrystalline and microcrystalline quartz. There are 18 different types of quartz, and it comes in many colours, from translucid to white, brown, black, purple, blue, pink, green and yellow. This crystal has been used in jewelry making for thousands of years, and it still is today!
When worn, quartz brings peace, love, calm and tenderness. It strengthens the feeling of love and heals both physical and emotional wounds.
We love rose quartz for its soft, vibrant colour. You will find it in the Selene, Rhea and Venus designs who highlight this stone in simplicity.