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aquamarine stone

Aquamarine

Aquamarine stone, renowned for its marvellous beauty and beautiful blue colour, has been used in litho therapy for several centuries by a large number of different civilisations. It offers numerous virtues and has a positive impact on our health as much as on our mood and brain, both physically, intellectually and psychologically.

Auralite 23

The formation of auralite 23 is believed to date back about 1.2 billion years ago, when oxygen appeared in the atmosphere and multicellular species began to develop. The appearance of this stone would be the result of the collision of meteorites, when they struck amethyst deposits during the Meso-proterozoic period.
aventurine stone

Aventurine

Although this natural mineral has been around for a long time, the name “aventurine stone” has only recently been attributed to it, in reference to “Murano glass”. It is a synthetic crystal, which resembles the natural stone. The most known story comes from around the year 1700, when the glassmakers of Venice, Italy, experienced a mass exodus to the small island of Murano.
bismuth-rough-stone

Bismuth

Bismuth was identified and described by the chemist Claude Geoffroy Le Jeune, in 1753. However, the stone was already known in some European regions and in France. In 1814, It was attributed its chemical symbol, Bi, by the Swedish chemist Berzelius. Bi has always been considered as a stable element, deprived from toxic properties.
pierre calcite bleue

Blue Calcite

Calcite takes its name from the Latin and Greek words “Calcis” and “Khalx”, both meaning “lime”. The stone has been used since the ancient times according to experts. The Egyptians used it to make small decorative objects such as figurines and statuettes. Throughout the eras, the stone has been known as “limestone spath”, “androdamas”, “drewite”, or “aphrite”. Legends associated it with magical practices and witchcraft as it was believed to be used by spellcasters.
pierre calcédoine bleue

Blue Chalcedony

Blue chalcedony has been exploited since Neolithic times for the crafting of tools. Some of these creations were discovered in France, in Quimperlé, in Brittany. Since 4000 B.C., the Babylonians and the Assyrians made seals out of the stone to protect their precious documents and belongings. Moreover, the mineral was known to make its owner benefit from its powerful energy.
calcite stone

Calcite

Existing since antiquity, calcite stone is a mineral species that has been thoroughly researched since the 17th century. However, it was not studied as an economic mineral, but rather for its optical qualities. It began with the discovery of birefringent Iceland Spar (a transparent variety of calcite crystals) by Danish Rasmus Bartholin in 1669.
celestine stone

Celestine

Celestine has its origins in Madagascar. This stone was discovered in 1797 by Martin Heinrich Klaproth, a German chemist and mineralogist. The following year, in 1798, the stone was christened Celestine by Abraham Gottlob Werner, a German geologist and mineralogist. Notably, he established a classification system and an inventory of all minerals and stones.
chalcedony stone

Chalcedony

Discovered in Asia Minor (Turkey) in 4000 BC, chalcedony stone takes its name from the ancient port of the city of Kalkêdôn (Chalcedon), due to its numerous deposits. During this period, Babylonians and Assyrians used this stone for crafting tools or to create cylinder seals for protecting texts.
charoite stone

Charoite

Found in a single region of Russia, charoite is deemed a rare stone. It takes its name from the Chara River, located in the Aldan massif in Russia, a range of peaks that are 800 to 1,000 m high on average. The word ‘chary’ means ‘charm’ or ‘magic’ in Russian.
chrysocolla stone

Chrysocolla

It is written that Cleopatra wore chrysocolla stone in her travels for its calming virtues. This mineral was actually discovered in Antiquity and was described by Theophrastus, Greek philosopher and a disciple of Aristotle, in his treatise ‘On Stones’ published in 315 BC.
copper stone

Copper

Copper has been appreciated and widely used since its discovery. Its name, Aes Cyprium, comes from Cyprus as this island is one of the major sources. Copper is particularly renowned for its durability. The ancients represented it with a symbol meaning “for life,” due to its anti-corrosion abilities and for its ability to alloy with other metals, creating brass, a mixture of copper and zinc, and bronze, a mixture of copper and tin.

Cyanite

As most stones, cyanite stone has different names, the most famous being cyanite (or kyanite) and disthène. The first was given by Abraham Gottlob in 1789. It comes from the Greek “kyanos” (meaning blue, from which the word “cyan” is also derived).

Diopside

Tashmarin is a light green chromiferous stone that originally comes from the Uyghur region in Xinjiang province, more precisely from the Tien-Shan Mountains (literally meaning : « Celestial Mountains »). Tashmarin has a less saturated colouration because of its lower chromium concentration.

Fuchsite

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”.

Galena

Galena stone eis exploited in several localities of La Calestienne, which have become very famous over the years. This is the case of Matagne-La-Grande, Matagne-La-Petite, Treignes, Villers-en-Fagne. Some early miners spent a lifetime of hard work in shafts to extract them.
pierre aventurine verte

Green Aventurine

The stone takes its name from the Latin word “adventura” which is used to talk about a future event. It also refers to the word “advenire”, literally meaning “to happen”. Green aventurine is therefore associated with new adventures and new discoveries. The stone also has a rich history, worth knowing.
howlite stone

Howlite

Discovered by Henry How (1828–1879) in 1868, howlite stone is a semi-precious stone that was found in a gypsum quarry near Windsor, Canada. During drilling and extraction, the miners reported this unknown stone to chemist, mineralogist and geologist Henry How.

Kunzite

George Frederick Kunz will discover in 1902 a stone hitherto unknown that he decided to name Kunzite. It was during his research in California that he made this incredible discovery. Kunz was passionate about gems at a very young age. He carried out a lot of work leading to the discovery of a new gem, Kunzite stone.

Kyanite

Lepidolite stone is highly valued in lithotherapy. It is highly recommended to learn about its origin and history to better understand the importance people attach to it. Symbolising calmness, serenity and concentration, it offers physical and psychological advantages.
larimar stone

Larimar

Larimar stone, or Atlantis rock, is one of the most sought-after pectolites around the globe. It was first noted in the Dominican Republic in 1916 by Father Domingo Fuertes of Loren. It was he who, without success, suggested the extraction of the mine that contained it.
pierre lingam

Lingam

Its name comes from the old English word “slinkan”. According to the philosopher Jozef Schmidt, these words makes an appeal to variation in size. That is to say, the shrinking and swelling found in slugs or snails, but also in the human genitalia. Moreover, in Slavic languages, the word lingam is often used in expressions involving slugs.

Mokaïte

In Aboriginal language, the word “mookaïte” means “white water”. Mokaite stone was named after Mooka Creek, the place where it was discovered. This mineral is known by various names such as: Windalia radiolarite, mookite, mookalite, mookerite, moakite, moukalite and Moukaite.
opal stone

Opal

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’
Pierre Préhnite

Prehnite

White quartz, also known as “milky quartz”, has always been particularly appreciated by jewellers. Since the 19th century, there has been a great demand for this stone. For instance, fortune-tellers used crystal balls. In addition, white quartz symbolised eternity throughout Antiquity.
rhodonite stone

Rhodonite

In 1500 BC, Mycenaeans (An Aegean Civilisation of the Helladic period in Greece) were already beginning to carve and sculpt rock crystal stone. Indeed, a rock crystal stone cup is housed at Athens museum from this period.
rose quartz stone

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz stone holds an intimate relationship with love and with the heart. During the Bronze Age, Middle Eastern civilisations advocated the goddess of fertility, war and love Asherah, with rose quartz.

Selenite

This beautiful translucent stone takes its softly pronounced name from Greek mythology. Daughter of the two titans Hyperion, the light god, and his sister Theia, the goddess Selene was the lunar goddess and embodied kindness, goodness and benevolence.
sodalite stone

Sodalite

Sunstone has always fascinated throughout the ages. It has been appreciated for many properties related to its warm orange colour. In ancient times, this shiny orange quartz was considered to have magical virtues.

Steatite

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.

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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