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Antimony

Antimony stone takes its name from two ancient Greek words. One is “anti” which can be translated as “opposite of”, and the other is, “monos” meaning “alone”. This origin is further confirmed by ancient beliefs that such a metal never occurs alone. However, purists of the ancient Greek language regularly point out that the term “anti” actually has various translations depending on the context (opposite, in exchange, in turn, equivalent to, against, and many other meanings!).
pierre obsidienne noire

Black Obsidian

In Prehistory, this volcanic stone was used for making weapons and cutting tools. Due to its hardness, black obsidian was fashioned into blades. This was particularly the case in pre-Columbian America. The pebbles that were tumbled were utilised to create jewellery. In the Neolithic period, a trade and transportation of stones were established from Italy, proving that they were found in abundance in southern Europe.

Cat’s Eye Chrysoberyl

Cat’s Eye Chrysoberyl, formerly known as « cymophane » meaning waving light, was first described by the German geologist and mineralogist Abraham Gottlob Werner in 1790 as krisoberil meaning golden beryl which comes from « berullos » (beryl) » and « khrusos » (gold).
pierre obsidienne oeil céleste

Celestial Eye Obsidian

Archaeological excavations have shown that celestial eye obsidian was used by ancient peoples. It is very sharp and hard, hard enough to scratch glass. This stone served as a natural material for fashioning antique weapons and tools for ceremonial purposes.

Epidote

Originally, epidote stone was discovered by René Just Haüt in 1801. It comes from the Greek name “episodis”, which means increase or addition. It was discovered in 1874 in the southern United States, in the Unaka Mountains from which its name is also derived.
pierre-oeil-de-sainte-lucie

Eye of Saint Lucia

The Eye of Saint Lucia stone’s history begins with a legend that appeared in the 4th century: Lucy, a young girl of nobility, thanks to her many prayers to the Virgin Mary, managed to procure the miraculous recovery of her mother who was suffering from an incurable disease. They prayed for healing at the tomb of St. Agatha.

Flint

This is the object that automatically comes to mind when we think about Prehistory! The reason is that it is an exceptional piece of our history. It gave birth to the first tools about 2.3 million years ago. It is an extremely weatherproof stone often found in the form of pebbles, slabs or very thick flags along streams and beaches.

Graphite

Better known in mining language as rock salt, halite stone has its etymological root in the Greek words hals and lithos, meaning respectively salt and stone. It is the result of the evaporation of salty seas and lakes during the geological periods of the Triassic, more than two hundred million years ago, and the Oligocene, thirty-three to twenty-three million years ago.

Halite

Better known in mining language as rock salt, halite stone has its etymological root in the Greek words hals and lithos, meaning respectively salt and stone. It is the result of the evaporation of salty seas and lakes during the geological periods of the Triassic, more than two hundred million years ago, and the Oligocene, thirty-three to twenty-three million years ago.
hawk's eye stone

Hawk’s Eye

Based on its symbol, falcon’s eye stone represents the omniscient guardian angel. In Ireland, Celtics believed that hawk eye was an amulet allowing the wearer to evolve methodically.

Hemimorphite

Originally from Baïta Bihorului, in Bihor County, Romania, hemimorphite stone is a zinc silicate. The main deposits of this crystal are located in the United States, Mexico, Congo, Madagascar, Australia, China and Europe (France, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy).
labradorite stone

Labradorite

From the Labrador region in Canada, Labradorite stone was discovered by Moravian missionaries in 1770 who were working with Aboriginal peoples, including the Inuit. They were tasked with evangelising them.
larvikite stone

Larvikite

Formed between 300 and 295 million years before Christ, that is, at the beginning of the Permian period, larvikite stone was at the origin of the Oslo region’s formation during the breakup of Pangea.
pierre marcassite

Marcasite

Dubbed “the gold of fools”, it has a metallic lustre reminiscent of gold. Its name comes from the word “marqachita” in ancient Arabic, a word later derived from “marchasita” (Medieval Latin), which at the time referred to all pyrite minerals. If it was once possible to confuse it with the precious metal, this is no longer the case today.

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.
obsidian stone

Obsidian

Throughout the prehistoric period, obsidian stone was used to craft tools and weapons. This igneous rock has existed for over 36,000 years. Still exploited by some Indian peoples, Obsidian is a stone that served the first peoples in their development.
pierre orgonite

Orgonite

In the early 1940s, Wilhelm Reich referred to the existence of a vital energy emitted by orgone that would be a real source of vitality. It was only after his death that various studies on this mysterious energy were carried out by a great number of scientists and supporters.
porphyry stone

Porphyry

Porphyry is available in different colours. Nevertheless, the purple one is mostly known and historically raised it to its actual prestige. During Pharaonic Egypt times, it would seem that it was unused and unknown. That said, other similar stones were used in Predynastic Egypt for making vases, but it would seem that this ceased afterwards.
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.

Red Jasper

There are many varieties of jasper that have been used throughout human history. This mineral has been used to decorate and ornament sculptures, vases, pavements, fireplaces, and many other objects. Once polished or cut, it is used as a gem to decorate jewellery such as bracelets or necklaces.

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.
serpentine stone

Serpentine

Also called ophite or ophiolite, serpentine stone is often difficult to identify as it comes in many colours and varieties: it is commonly found in olive but also exists in red, light green, forest green, yellow, black and white.
shungite stone

Shungite

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.

Spectrolite

Spectrolite stone is a rare variety of labradorite. It was discovered by Moravian missionaries in 1770 while travelling through the Labrador Region in Canada. They were responsible for the evangelization of certain peoples in the region, such as the Inuit. Local myths and legends tell of a great Inuit warrior who once speared a rock.

Spinel

This small stone with a pretty red hue, sometimes blue or pink, takes its name from the Latin “spina”, which means “thorn”. Spinel, a term originally created as an epithet for the word “ruby”, is in fact composed of multiple small crystals and has an atypical shape with sharp and sometimes prickly edges and points like thorns.

Staurolite

Jean-Claude Delamétherie, a French mineralogist, first described this stone in 1792 and gave it the name Staurolite, from the Greek σταυρός stauros (« torture stake »). This term even comes from the Indo-European root sta (« stand »). This name was kept as the main choice because of its anteriority when René Just Haüy tried to rename this stone as Staurotide stone.

Stibine

The first written record referring to stibine stone dates back to the year 77 in the writings of Pliny the Elder. It was only much later that François Sulpice Beudant introduced the term stibine, based on the Greek « Stibi ».
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.
turquoise stone

Turquoise

In 6000 BC, turquoise stone was exploited by the Egyptians for fashion and decoration. This stone was found in the form of bracelets, especially on the arms of mummies. It was also widely used in Persia as a currency for other objects.

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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