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Apophyllite

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).
pierre oeil de boeuf

Bull’s Eye

Bull’s eye derives its name from its special shimmering appearance. Already present in Ancient Greece, it was associated with the Minotaur’s gaze. This connection with the son of Minos, imprisoned in the labyrinth of Daedalus, confers the stone an aura of physical power, impetuosity and a certain ferocity. Roman legionaries took it with them to battle in the form of a talisman.
bull's eye stone

Bull’s Eye

According to Indian beliefs, bull’s eye stone offers success in trade and also longevity. It can treat asthma, sore throats and inflammation. Indians wore bull’s eye pendants to better communicate with the parallel world. This stone also represents the last flicker of hope when things fall apart.
carnelian stone

Carnelian

The origin of the word carnelian is rather unclear. For some, the word comes from the Greek ‘carneolus’ meaning of a flesh appearance. For others, the word refers to the fruits that grow on dogwoods, the cornel. The origin of the fruit’s name is itself derived from the Latin word ‘corneolus’ which refers to the hardness of the fruit’s stone.

Chalcopyrite

Identified in 1725 by Henckel, chalcopyrite stone takes its name from the Greek word “Chalco”, which describes pyrite and copper. However, if you study its structure, you can see that it looks rather like sphalerite. For large deposits, you should know that they come from a hydrothermal origin.
pierre corindon

Corundum

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.

Eclogite

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.

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.

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”.
garnet stone

Garnet

Used for millennia and over the centuries in jewellery, garnet stone once bore the name ‘Red gem’, from the Latin ‘malum granatum’, a grain fruit closely resembling the colour of pomegranate. The Romans named it ‘carbuncle’, meaning ‘little spark’. Its presence in various religious texts demonstrates the importance of the garnet Stone’s symbolism: in the Bible it is a lantern to enlighten Noah in the midst of darkness and the term ‘little spark’ is used in the evocation of the fourth heaven in the Koran.

Heliodore

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.

Hessonite

Hypersthene is a common name derived from ancient Greek. Etymologically, “hyper” means “over”. Sthenos refers to strength, power and endurance. Since 1988, the IMA (International Mineralogical Association) has discredited this name.
jasper stone

Jasper

From the Greek ‘iaspis’ and the Latin ‘jaspidem’, Jasper stone means speckled or spotted stone. In prehistoric times, this stone was used for crafting tools. In France, jasper tools are still being unearthed in Britanny and Fontmaure.

Meteorite

Muscovite is the most common natural stone of the mica family. Described in 1850 by the mineralogist James Wight Dana, it is composed mainly of potassium and aluminium. Its name comes from its use in Russia, where it was used instead of glass in certain fields, hence “Moscow glass” (translated from vitrum muscoviticum).
pyrite stone

Pyrite

Pyrite Stone takes its name from the Greek ‘pyr’ meaning fire. This designation alludes to the sparks it produces when iron is struck on itself. The Greek Dioscoride named it thus in year 50 AD.

Sapphire

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.
pierre stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a megalithic monument consisting of several groups of concentric circles. It was erected between 2800 and 1100 BC, from the Neolithic period (beginning of sedentary life, agriculture and cattle breeding) to the Bronze Age.
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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