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In 1806, the mineralogist René Just Hauy first called this group of minerals « apophyllite », which comes from the Greek word apophyllos (« which disintegrates into strips »). This means that the stone, once heated, rubbed, or brought into contact with acid, dries out and separates into strips.
pierre saphir bleu

Blue Sapphire

Blue sapphire is a precious stone like ruby, diamond and emerald. The stone can take on almost any shade such as yellow, green, transparent, white or pink, but it is mainly known for its blue hues. Similar to ruby and diamond, the price of blue sapphire is determined by the 4 Cs (Carat, Cut, Clarity and Colour).
citrine stone


Rocks are not only useful for geologists or architects. They can also be very useful in medicine. Lithotherapy is the branch that consists of treating health issues using the vibrations of rocks. Chrysolite is a rock with a very exciting history. Its origins go back several centuries before Christ. It has a special reputation that gives it a special place in the treatment of many ills.
pierre corindon


The famous mineralogist John Woodward first described this mineral in 1725 as corinvindum. This name is derived from kurund, the Hindi name for the mineral, which in turn originates from the Tamil term kuruntam, meaning red stone. Throughout history, many personalities have been fascinated by the beauty of these minerals. Louis XIV, who had an undisguised taste for anything blue, chose one as one of the main pieces for the crown jewels.
dolomite stone


This stone is of a glassy appearance, and usually consists of a beautiful mix of colours that gives it its unique patterns. It can be found in grey, white, red, light pink and even yellow-brown.


Eclogite stone is a metamorphic rock formed in facies having undergone certain temperatures and pressure conditions. Its name was given by Abbot Haüy in 1822 and comes from the Greek word « eklogê ». Eskola is defined as metamorphic facies on rocks from basic protoliths.
pierre fluorine


Since Antiquity, the important reference is Georgius Agricola who managed to describe fluorite accurately. The term “fluorite” appeared later with the naturalist Napione. Its Latin origin is “fluere” which means melting. It is common to see it called fluorite, calcium fluorite and fluorine. Popular throughout the world, the stone gave rise to the word “fluorescence” that we all know.
fluorite stone


Fluorite stone is a very ancient crystal that is reputed to be the most colourful of all. It reflects the entire colour spectrum. It is certainly for this reason that it has always been attributed numerous virtues. It’s powerful effects on physical and psychological well-being have been noted.


Fuchsite stone belongs to the Muscovite family, which derives from the Latin translation of “vitrum muscoviticum” (Moscow glass). This name was used as early as 1794 by Johann Gottfried Schmeisser (1767-1837), a German pharmacist and mineralogist, in his book “Mineralogical System”.


It takes its name from the Greek “helios”, which means sun, with respect to its beautiful golden-yellow colour, for the prettiest specimens, the others being rather orange and even having a green glow. It was discovered in Namibia in 1910 in the same rocks (pegmatites) where aquamarines were found.


Since the dawn of time, people have been fascinated and feared by volcanic manifestations. They symbolise the power of the world, the fragility of the human condition in the face of the elements.
opal stone


Its history goes beyond that of Man and extends throughout our planet. From the Sanskrit ‘Upala’ meaning precious stone, the Latin ‘Opalus’, and the Greek ‘Opallios’, its name means ‘of changing colour’
ruby stone


Its name comes from the Latin ‘Ruber’, the etymological root of ‘Red’. Before the development of scientific gemology in the 18th century, many reddish gems were incorrectly identified.

Rutile Quartz

In 1803, Abraham Gottlob Werner, a German mineralogist and geologist, first described Rutile, whose name is derived from the Latin « Rutilus », meaning red. Indeed, some specimens are characterized by an intense red colour due to the titanium that composes it.


The word sapphire comes from the Greek “sappheiros” meaning “blue.” Greeks and Romans used sapphires from Sri Lanka in fifth century B.C. Egyptians worshipped and regarded sapphire stone as sacred and as a bearer of justice and truth whilst Persians believed that the blue of the sky was the result of its reflections.


Steatite stone eis a mixture of several minerals. It is also called soapstone or saponite. Its etymology comes from the Latin “steato”, meaning “fat”, and “ite”, meaning mineral. Pliny the Elder is said to have named it during the first century AD for its resemblance to animal fat.
tiger's eye stone

Tiger’s Eye

Under the Roman Empire, tiger’s eye stone was used by warriors and soldiers to protect themselves in battle. Later in the Middle Ages, tiger’s eye was worn as a pendant to break spells and ward off evil spirits.

Find the stone that really suits you !

As you may have noticed by browsing through the different pages of France Minéraux, there are hundreds of different stones, each with its own aspects and virtues. To help you make your choice, here is a guide that lists the main characteristics of the 213 stones available at France Minéraux. To go further in your learning of lithotherapy, do not hesitate to go to the "Books" category of our shop. You will find encyclopedias, guides, dictionaries and small paperbacks to help you discover the meaning of stones.

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