Amazonite is a soothing stone. It calms the brain and nervous system and aids in maintaining optimum health. Balances the masculine and feminine energies. Amazonite helps you to see both sides of a problem or different points of view. It soothes emotional trauma, alleviating worry and fear. Dispels negative energy, aggravation and blockages within the nervous system. Amazonite assists in manifesting universal love. It protects against electromagnetic pollution and absorbs microwaves.
Which is better: a rough crystal, or one that’s been polished? We hear that question all the time at Mimosa. My own instinctive feeling has always been that rough stones have a purer energy and a more forceful presence than stones that have been cut or polished. But others with lots of experience say the form of the stone makes no difference.
Ethiopian opal rough and cut http://www.mayerandwatt.com/ :It is a hydrophane crystal, which means it absorbs moisture, when it comes into contact with it... Opals from Australia, Mexico and Brazil, for the most part, may lose liquid, dry out or craze... Ethiopian opal has the opposite reaction to water. It loses its crystal nature and play of color. If the stone is stable it will dry out and return to its earlier play of color.
Blue diamond before and after cutting. Few people realise that gem cutting is relatively new. Good faceting is less than 200 years old. Before that, most gems were cabochons or shown in their natural rough crystal shape.
I love opals! They have such a dream-like quality when not overpowered by excessive gold settings. They remind me of where the sea laps the shore, and of the refracted light as the waves break onto the sand.