What Is The Stock Market, And How Does It Work?

What Is The Stock Market, And How Does It Work?

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First things first. The phrase “the stock market” is inherently incorrect because implies that there is only one such market, where in fact, there are many. And before getting into what stock markets are, let’s define what a stock is.

If you own a stock, you actually own a piece of that company. For example, if you own a share of Starbucks stock, congratulations, you are a part-owner of Starbucks. But how do you buy that stock in the first place? You have to go to the stock market to do that.

A stock market is a place where people buy and sell stocks. Those happen on any one of many sites, both physical and virtual, that are known as exchanges. The two best known exchanges in the U.S. are the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq, but there are also fourteen others that handle stocks.

When people say things like, “the stock market was up/down today,” they are referring to the “stock market” as a single entity. They are talking about how all of the stocks are doing.

In that context, what most people are referring to are what are known as “indexes,” such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq Composite, and the S&P 500. In each case, the index comprises of a basket of stocks that are averaged to give a sense of the overall performance of the market. Obviously, if you hold stock in only one or two companies, the performance of an index tells you nothing about how your stocks did, but it does give a sense of the general mood among traders and investors.


The nature of the indexes varies, but the Dow contains only 30 of the largest, most significant U.S. stocks, while the S&P 500, with 500 components as its name implies, represents a much broader selection of large companies. The Nasdaq is more oriented towards tech names and includes some slightly smaller companies. The mainstream media, and therefore the public, is most aware of the Dow, but market insiders tend to pay more attention to the S&P 500, where its broader base makes it more representative.

How Does the Stock Market Work?

The exchanges I mentioned above, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq, are where the price of the stocks that make up the indexes are set, or rather arrived at. Those looking to buy place an order through an intermediary known as a “broker,” stating what they are prepared to pay per share and how many shares they wish to buy. That order is known, in market jargon, as a “bid.”

Similarly, those that own stock that they are looking to sell place an order stating how many shares they are looking to sell and at what price, which is known as an “offer” or “ask” price.

When buyers and sellers agree on a price, the exchange matches them and that is posted as the price of the stock. The prices you see, therefore, are simply the last price at which a sale occurred.

Influences on the Stock Market

There are many factors that go into the decisions of traders and investors about where to buy and sell individual stocks. The most important are the profitability of the company, and/or its prospects for profits in the future.

Fluctuations in “the market” in a more general sense are simply the sum of all those individual stock decisions, but there are things that dictate the direction of the market in general. To understand them you must understand one thing: the market is a forward-discounting mechanism.

In layman’s terms, traders are always looking forwards. They use past price action in the form of charts to inform their decisions to sell or buy, but what decides whether they make the right decision or not is what will happen in the future.

Obviously, the future isn’t known, but some things are used to determine the likelihood of a stock’s price moving up or down. Many of those things, such as economic strength and political stability affect all stocks, so changes in things like economic conditions, political stability, and geopolitical stability can cause widespread buying or selling, and thus broad market moves.

How do You Buy Stocks?

You need two things to participate in the stock market, money and a broker. For most people, those two things are combined in a retirement account. They, and often their employer, contribute to an account at a brokerage that is then invested, usually at least partly in stocks, for their retirement.

If you want to participate more actively in the market though, your retirement account is not the best place to do it, nor are your retirement funds the best thing to do it with, because losses, sometimes substantial losses, are always a possibility.

To get started you will need a brokerage account. Not that long ago, that meant using, and paying for, a person at a brokerage firm to give you information and advice and, more importantly, to place trade orders on your behalf.

Now, though, information is freely available online, as is a brokerage account with relatively low trade fees. It is easy to open one, but that doesn’t mean that it should be done without thought. Not only do fees vary considerably, the available tools and advice and speed and closeness to your order of execution can also do so. Researching and asking questions before you open and fund an account is therefore essential.


The stock market is not a place. It is many places and many computer systems that make up a network to facilitate the buying and selling of shares in public companies. Investing can be confusing, with a lot of jargon, and stocks can make moves that seem to defy logic and explanation, but taking part in a disciplined, limited way can be both fun and profitable. Hopefully, if you are looking to do that, you now know a little more about what the market is and how it works.


What Is the Rarest Metal?

What Is the Rarest Metal?

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Platinum may be rare and precious, but there are metals that are much, much rarer.At the beginning of the universe, almost all matter was made up of hydrogen and helium. Those elements still make up most of the universe, but the heat and gravity at the center of stars causes thermonuclear reactions that form the more common heavy elements. To create the rarest elements, you need a laboratory or a dying star, a slowly smoldering red giant or a cataclysmic supernova. The energy released in these events fuses elements together into heavier elements, generally the heavier, the rarer.

What are Metals?

Most of the elements on the periodic table are classified as metals, almost all if you define metal as anything heavier than hydrogen or helium, as astronomers do. As defined in chemistry, the metal group includes all of the elements on the left side of the periodic table and continues across the center of the periodic table, transitioning into metalloids and nonmetals. There are exceptions, but metals tend to be hard, malleable, have high melting points and conduct heat and electricity well. Many metals, such as aluminum and iron, are common, but others are very rare.

The Rarest Stable Metal

The rarest of the stable metals in the universe is tantalum at 0.00055 atoms per billion. In other words, there are 181 billion atoms of other elements for every atom of tantalum in the universe. Stable elements have isotopes that are not radioactive and do not decay over time. Elements that are rarer than tantalum tend to be transitory. Tantalum is one of the refractory metals, meaning it is very resistant to heat and wear. In industry it is used in capacitors and resistors, as an addition to alloys, and as a component of dental instruments.

The Rarest Metal on Earth

The rarest metal on Earth is francium, at less than 30 grams (1 ounce) on the whole planet at any given time. It was the last naturally occurring element to be discovered because it is both rare and unstable. It is made when actinium decays, but it doesn’t hang around for long. Francium’s half life is 22 minutes. If you had some francium, after 22 minutes, half of it would have decayed to another element, such as astatine or radium.

The Rarest Lab-Created Metal

Elements with atomic numbers above 93 are unstable and humans have only been able to study those we have been able to create in a lab. None of these elements have been observed in nature, but there is one that is arguably the rarest because it has only been documented twice. Element 115 is so rare that it doesn’t even have a name at time of publication. It was originally created in a laboratory in 2003, existed for about a second and was not detected again for a decade. Element 115 is especially unstable and you can only tell that it existed at all by measuring the byproducts of its disintegration.


10 Inventive Hiding Places To Store Your Gold, Silver & Valuables

10 Inventive Hiding Places To Store Your Gold, Silver & Valuables


10 Inventive Hiding Places To Store Your Gold, Silver & Valuables

A common question amongst gold and silver buyers is how to keep them safe once you own them?

We reckon if you buy gold or silver as “financial insurance” you should take delivery of it personally.

So where do you store gold and silver to keep it safe?

First up you could consider a home safe.

Private (Non Bank) Vaults are also an option.

There are a number of these across New Zealand. These too have their pro’s and cons. If you’d like more information on Vaults in New Zealand, get in touch with us, let us know your location and we can point you in the right direction.

Do you live outside of New Zealand?

Here are 12 reasons to consider New Zealand as a safe secure and geographically isolated country to store some gold and silver bullion: Offshore Gold and Silver Bullion Storage – Why You Need It

Inventive hiding places around your home are another option.

While it’s a good idea to have some gold and silver at home in case you need some “instant cash” one day, it’s definitely not a good idea to advertise the fact.

Any hiding place also needs to be somewhere that would be thieves simply won’t consider looking. So here’s a bunch of hiding places to consider. Some are quite small so might suit the compactness of a gold coin, bar or ingot, more than a 1kg bar of silver.


1. Fake Electrical Outlet


You can purchase a fake electrical outlet that pulls out from the wall, to hide valuables including gold, silver or jewellery in. Via The Survival Camp

2. Fake Air Vent


A similar option to the electrical outlet but would let you store larger bars is a fake air vent. Via The Survival Camp

3. Fake Head of Lettuce


Here’s one we’ve never heard of before. A fake head of lettuce you keep in your fridge that has a secret compartment in the bottom of it.  Via The Survival Camp

4. Picture With a Hidden Medicine Cabinet Behind It


Install a medicine cabinet anywhere in your house you’d like a picture on the wall. Then replace the door with a piece of artwork.  Via The Survival Camp

5. An Old Vacuum Cleaner


Instead of throwing away an old vacuum cleaner you could hide gold, silver and other valuables in the bag compartment. Via The Survival Camp

6. Between Upper Cabinets in Your Kitchen


The gap between the upper cabinets in your kitchen might not fit gold or silver bar but you could fit a coin in an envelope and then tape it to it. Regardless of what you think about fiat currency it’s still a good idea to hide some at home too and this would be a good place to hide that too. Via The Survival Camp

7. Underneath the Fridge


Your fridge may have a removable cover on the front that has quite a lot of space to store valuable items. Via The Survival Camp

8. Old Paint Tins in Your Garage


Empty and clean out an old tin of paint from your garage. You can store gold or silver bars inside it and it’ll remain hidden amongst all the other old tins. Via The Survival Camp

9. Fake Electrical Box


We may not use this one for precious metals storage, but still a nifty trick for hiding a spare key in case you ever get locked out. Via The Survival Camp

10. Tennis Ball


Now here’s a really novel one we’ve not thought of before. A slit cut in a tennis ball would allow you to store small gold bars, coins or jewellery inside it. Via The Survival Camp

With any of these hiding places what’s the golden rule?

Remember where you put them of course! You shouldn’t be the only one who knows where your gold and silver is stored. But of course you should keep those who know to the absolute minimum as well.

10 Inventive Hiding Places To Store Your Gold, Silver & Valuables

Ruby-Zoisite Gemstone Information

Ruby-Zoisite Gemstone Information

About Ruby-Zoisite – History and Introduction

Ruby-zoisite is the natural combination of both ruby and zoisite crystals in a single specimen. It is also known as ‘anyolite‘, a name derived from the Masai word for ‘green’ (anyoli). Other name variations include “ruby-in-zoisite” and “Tanganyika artstone”. Ruby-zoisite was discovered at the Longido mining district in northeast Tanzania by Tom Blevins, an English prospector. To this day, Tanzania remains the only source for ruby-zoisite. Blevins had initially thought that he had found vast ruby deposits in 1949, but it later turned out to be a green zoisite matrix with large inclusions of mostly opaque ruby. Ruby-zoisite is also heavily included with black hornblende minerals.

Depending on its primary constituents, ruby-in-zoisite can vary tremendously in color, pattern and hardness. Zoisite provides an earthy green color, while ruby inclusions give it pink and red highlights. Zoisite’s hardness ranges from 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, whereas ruby has a hardness of 9. Although ruby-zoisite is not fine ruby, it eventually found a purpose in carvings and cabochons. Today, it is one of the most colorful ornamental gemstones available, and the abundance of gemstone material makes it very affordable even in larger sizes.

Ruby-Zoisite Gemstone

Ruby-zoisite can often be identified by its distinctive mottled colors and appearance. Rocks are primarily composed of green zoisite and large inclusions of black hornblende and red ruby, which create interesting patterns with its matrix rock. It has a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale. Like tanzanite, ruby-zoisite is only found in Tanzania, thus origin can often be a clear distinguishing factor. It can sometimes be confused with chloromelanite(jade-albite or maw-sit-sit from Burma) but ruby-zoisite tends to exhibit more red and pink colors.

Ruby-zoisite was first discovered in 1954 in the Longido mining district of Tanzania. To this day, it is still the world’s only source for ruby-in-zoisite.

Ruby-Zoisite Color

Ruby-zoisite typically exhibits three different colors: green, black and pink to red. The green is owed to its zoisite composition; pink and red hues are owed to the presence of ruby (corundum) and hornblende is the cause of its black colors. Cutters will generally try to achieve more red colors by maximizing ruby portions, but in many cases, gem materials are cut to simply show the most attractive color contrasts.

Ruby-Zoisite Clarity and Luster

Owing to the large presence of inclusions, ruby-zoisite is an opaque stone. When polished, top-grade material exhibits a vitreous luster.

Ruby-Zoisite Cut and Shape

Ruby-zoisite is typically cut en cabochon. Large stones are rather affordable. Ruby-zoisite is also very popular as an ornamental stone, which is often carved into animals and other ornate decorative objects. On rare occasion, fine materials may be faceted. Tumbled and drilled ruby-zoisite beads are quite popular. Large oval shapes are most popular.

Ruby-Zoisite Treatment

Ruby-zoisite is not known to be treated or enhanced in any way.

Chemical Formula: Ca2Al3(Sio4)3(OH) Calcium aluminum silicate
Crystal Structure: Orthorhombic, multifaced prisms, mostly striated
Color: Green with black and opaque ruby inclusions
Hardness: 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale
Refractive Index: 1.691 to 1.700
Density: 3.35
Cleavage: Perfect
Transparency: Opaque
Double Refraction or Birefringence: 0.009
Luster: Vitreous
Fluorescence: None
Ruby Cabochon
Ruby Cabochon

Ruby-zoisite is mixture of zoisite, corundum and hornblende. The gemstone varieties of zoisite, include violet-blue tanzanite and thulite, an opaque pink zoisite.

Varieties of corundum include red ruby and white, blue and fancy-colored sapphire. Most related materials are almost always faceted, although some rare rubies and sapphire stones may be cut en cabochon, particularly star ruby and star sapphire.

Ruby-zoisite is a gemstone which combines the properties of hornblende, ruby and zoisite. Rubies are symbolic of fire, while zoisite is an earthly crystal. Thus, ruby-in-zoisite is an ideal gemstone for balancing the fire and earth elements and energies. Ruby-zoisite is thought to enhance psychic ability and spirituality. It is sometimes used to help deal with issues related to patience and mood-swings. Physically, ruby-in-zoisite is thought to be helpful for healing bacterial infections. It is also used to help enhance fertility for both men and women. Ruby-zoisite is associated with the crown and heart chakras. It is also used as an astrological gemstone for both the signs of Aries and Aquarius.

Disclaimer: Metaphysical and Alternative Crystal Healing Powers and Properties are not to be taken as confirmed advice. Traditional, Ceremonial and Mythological Gemstone Lore is collected from various resources and does not represent the sole opinion of SETT Co., Ltd. This information is not to replace the advice of your doctor. Should you have any medical conditions, please see a licensed medical practitioner. GemSelect does not guarantee any claims or statements of healing or astrological birthstone powers and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.

Ruby-zoisite has a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, and is thus moderately hard and suitable for most types of jewelry. It is a popular ornamental material that is often carved into figures such as birds and other animals. Large cabochons are available, which are ideal for use as pendants. Rings are also suitable for ruby-zoisite, but care should be taken while wearing them.

Note: Buy colored gemstones by size and not by carat weight. Colored stones vary in size-to-weight ratio. Some stones are larger and others are smaller than diamonds by weight in comparison.

How to clean your gemstonesRuby-zoisite exhibits perfect cleavage, so gemstones and jewellery should be protected from hard knocks or blows that can cause stones to split and fracture. It is a relatively hard material, but it is still much softer than many other ‘more popular’ jewelry gemstones, including sapphire, spinel and topaz. Avoid prolonged exposure to strong heat, direct light or sudden temperature changes. Ruby-zoisite should not be exposed to acid, bleach or other harsh chemicals and cleaners. Avoid the use of ultrasonic and steam cleaners. The best way to clean ruby-zoisite is by using plain soapy water and a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse well to remove any soapy residue.

Always remove ruby-zoisite gemstones before exercising, playing sports or when engaging in vigorous household chores such as dishwashing. Store ruby-zoisite away from other gemstones to avoid scratches. It is best to wrap stones using a soft cloth or place them inside a fabric-lined jewelry box.



Zircon Gemstones Information….. Did you know?

Zircon Information

Zircon is one of the oldest stones on the planet and the significance of their name reflects with the earliest Persian word. In fact, it became major component of the Germanic languages, and then was part of the English term “Zircon.” This mineral embodies a tough healing energy and has a helpful spiritual grounding vibration. They are well-known as a “mineral of virtue”, as they assist to equalize the righteous aspects within you.

Zircon Gemstone Information

These crystals are considered both ordinary and rare at the same time. While they actually fairly common stones, not all precious stone shops take them, as well. This is due that these stones are quite beautiful. In addition to, this stone has the tendency to be snapped from the jewellery shop, while the rest may be disregarded, as several do not have the appearance that some individuals relate with such attractive crystal. Yet, once you choose Zircon crystals of any class, you will notice their strong spiritual feature.

Zircon Colours:

The colour of Zircon Stones varies from orange, yellow, red, brown and green, but most of these stones have been treated with heat to obtain those colours. The most ordinary untreated gemstones are brown-red to brown-yellow. The most fine-looking and valuable gem quality gemstones are usually heat treated. This is to produce a lovely sparkling stones with a strong fiery intensity. These are frequently green, blue yellow, and colourless.

Zircon Sources:

The optimum and the finest deposits of Zircon stones came from the Canada and Madagascar, as well. Also, it has also been originated from Ukraine, Sri Lanka, USA, and Australia.

Zircon Specifications:

Zircon Gemstone Information


Zircon is believed to convey all power resources into an intelligent focus and providing its user both force and self-reliance. It also assists and individual to reveal lies and dishonesty. In the Eastern part, it was thought that Zircon improves psychological faculties, cultivates desire for sciences and awareness of truth, help memory and logical abilities. These are exceptional stones for gemstone healers to use in body outline, as they will stimulate detailed points in the enteric body as well as, chakra system. Using them in a body is considered valuable to avoid slothful power moving again. It also enhances your thinking capability, especially when used within the third eye chakra and crown chakra. In order to use them specifically, set them for your body layout with at least ten Zircon stones. Each body chakra must put at the earth and soul star chakras. If you do not have these stones, combine them with other stones and select the area you feel you most need it. From these, it helps to dispel any excess unenthusiastic force within any chakra.

Holistic Aspect:

Zircons of any colour possess an optimistic effect with different chakras. They are tough stones to assist your holiness, as they assist to eliminate blockages and negative energies from the physical body that may be preventing you from moving religiously into a high-level. It is well-known to assist and combine the energy from the base, solar plexus and heart chakra. It also creates a more strong vibration within them. Use these crystals at the third eye to find an answer more rapidly and to assist you to find a way in configuration with what strength you really need. Moreover, these crystals are useful to help you to conquer narrow-mindedness of any kind. This includes discrimination and other kinds of it that disconnected you from any part of such community, including homophobia. Other Features: Zircon crystals[Picture] are considered as sacred stones that consist of a well-built and powerful grounding action because it functions with all the chakras. They improve sluggish power to go down from the top chakras down to the earth for grounding, clearing and revitalizing as it goes. As it eliminates blockages of listless power, it will assist to hook up with your higher spiritual attributes with Mother Gaia. This may create an active effect for your health. It is identified to help muscle issues, faintness and may assist you to discharge the feelings of despair and nervousness. Lastly, Zircon fortifies your heart, also facilitates the pregnant women to give birth promptly and effortlessly. It is also considered that Zircon improves loss of appetite as well as, effective cure for liver and lung diseases.


Zebra Rock

Zebra Rock

With black stripes to complement its name sake animal, Zebra Rock is one of the best gemstones for dealing the pain within your body. It is also a gemstone that can help the individuals to hook up with the mother earth and to the countless power and love in the world. By such connections, it can illustrate us to perceive their own exact natures and assist us to see false impression. Moreover, it is mostly helpful in shielding one’s aura. Zebra Rock entails as a stone with metrical pattern, which is similar with zebra. By means of its specific figure, this stone is all about sense of balance.

It resembles with the yin/yang of Chinese beliefs, Zebra Rock also owns balanced attributes of opposing, yet flattering forces. In fact, it is also refers as “Zebra Jasper”, “Zebra Marble”, and “Zebra Agate”, as well. Zebra Rock Information Colours: Zebra Rock has unique white-banded and red-brown, grey and yellow.

Zebra Rock Information


Zebra Rock is discovered from Kunnanurra, Eastern Kimberley’s in Western Australia.


Zebra Rock acts to motivate individual’s physical force. It is magnificent to give determination and staying power. It further educates that it is not feasible to grant away all of one’s force or love. It also conveys sympathy and perception for others. In fact, it is best stone for contemplation and when performing religious work into a higher-realm. Moreover, it assists you to discover stability between polarities in life. It also facilitated to encourage the change from the material surface to the astral one, especially when considering the soul. It assists you to look the external attributes of others and motivates you to perceive the higher good and sacred nature of all aspects. It is also considered as a grounding stone, particularly with Aboriginal forces. Wearing such kind of jewellery is considered to keep centralized with the mother earth. The energy of this Zebra Rock can uplift humour, energy, and motivation. It always reminds the user that it is viable to provide all individual’s energy and affection.

Zebra Rock Pair

Holistic Aspects:

Zebra Rock is a mineral that can assist us attach to mother earth and to the boundless energy and love in the world. Physically, Zebra Rock increases power, and it is helpful for staying power, fortitude, bone issues, gums, osteoporosis, teeth, muscle tremor, and heart tremble.

Other Features:

The shade banding of zebra rock possibly is produced by the rhythmic rainfall of iron oxide during the variation of the stone by penetrating fluids. It has been used widely, as a decorative stone for statues, costume ornaments, parquets, paper weights and small sculptures. Some exclusive items of hollow ware, such as attractive vases and covered pots have been generated from zebra rock, sometimes combined with Kimberley woods.


Verdite Information

Verdite Information

Verdite is the term used for a Fuchsite based rock discovered in South Africa. Fuchsite is an ordinary phyllosilicate stone, which belongs to the Mica group that are usually multifaceted hydrous potassium-aluminium silicate stones. It is also a chromium rich type of Muscovite, which provides its rich green shade with a spotless shine from the small crystals. Verdite also consists of a minor Albite, Chlorite and Corundum Group, Quartz, Diaspore, Rutile, Margarite, and Talc minerals.

Verdite Gemstone Information

It is related with Serpentine from the eastern part of Zimbabwe and South Africa. These Serpentine groups compared with the most common occurring. It used to get and achieve information from the earliest ones, amplifies ones strength and fidelity, facilitates to fight the harsh character attributes, and increases the energy, which centralizes the first four Chakras as well as, motivates the Kundalini for such areas.


Glow to shady green, blue, yellow, and red.

Verdite Gemstone Information


Verdite is restricted into specific regions, first in eastern Zimbabwe, and secondly in South Africa.


Verdite is a gemstone that increases the power. Regularly, Verdite is used to access and incorporate prehistoric knowledge. Emotionally, Verdite conveys reliability, solidity, and strength. In addition to, it is used for cleansing the blood, eliminating toxins, and genital disarrays.

Chemical Composition:

Verdite Chemical Information

Holistic Aspects:

Verdite improves the condition of the solar plexus, heart, sacral, and root chakra, as well. In fact, it motivates the improvement of one hearts desires with an energy and passion for life. Reflection with Verdite can give perceptions and visions from prehistoric civilizations. It can also stimulate the Kundalini, and must be used with vigilance when meditating for this reason. Other Features: Verdite has an exclusive emerald looking value with green and brown striations and it is well-known as “green gold” because it is a semi-precious gemstone that is unluckily becoming unusual and therefore, gradually more priceless. It is a solid stone where more skilled sculptor will urge to carve it. Verdite can be useful to disclose both dishonesty and precision of a relationship, especially for trust or mistrust issue. It has also use in the healing of mess of the reproductive system. It can fight vertigo. Also, it can be functional in respiratory as well as, circulatory systems.




VarisciteLast updated : January 26, 2018 12:21 PM

The gem of Virtue, Variscite is avowed as a stone of prosperity. It is too identified as Utahlite, a stone that enhance self-reliance and the raise moral standard of a person. It is often regarded to proffer success along with the calming energy in the surrounding. It is a soothing gem whose vibrational number is 7 and speculated the best stone for the zodiac sign Scorpio, Virgo and Taurus along with Gemini. The color of Variscite ranges from light to dark green that is reckoned to soothe the mind to attain the desired meditative state. Further, it is used to maintain the connection with the energies of the cleric. The powers of the stone too serve the soul to think of the situation with clear perspective as well as enhance the perception. It is a stone that likewise helps to express self and communicate the thoughts clearly. Variscite too holds the propensity to promote hope in addition to the courage to handle the distressing situation of the life. It fuels up the heart chakra and bring the unconditional love in the life. It too bestows the understanding to know the present scenario clearly and work accordingly. Utahlite too assists in exploring the past life along with the memories of the past. The vivacity of this enthralling stone works to heal the physical torso on the astral as well as etheric level. The energies of the stone cure the CNS as well as the DNA structure of the body to maintain the balance within the internal soul and the external environment. The energies of the stone treat the abdominal issues, including abdominal distension as well as matters related to the flow of blood. On the physical plane, it aside from mending the intestinal and blood-related issues, it too provides relief from cramps by reinstituting suppleness of veins and skin. The healing potential of the stone too mends the troubles related to the reproductive system of the male such as impotency. A rare gem nugget Variscite that is also known as Utahlite is extracted from the regions of Utah and Australia along with Nevada and Queensland. The eminent properties of this captivating stone are appraised for yielding soothing vibes all around. It is likewise predisposed to furnish ability to support, balance as well as align betwixt cosmic and physical plane. The green hues of the stone endorse serenity in the surrounding aura by encouraging universal love as well as balance in the life. The stone is assessed as a gem of opulence and prosperity, thus speculated to help the soul to attain financial stability. Moreover, a stone of simplicity contributes to root out the old bad habits that disturb the peaceful living. Variscite charismatic greenish tints release stress from the intellectual and emotional torso to improve the functioning of the brain. The enhanced functioning of the rational mind helps to learn things faster, enhances the logical thinking in addition to the reasoning ability. The vibrant energies of the stone too contribute to finding the self-acceptance and root out fear along with the feeling of anxiety from the mind. A potent stone also releases worry, stress as well as impatience and depression from the emotional heart along with the intellectual mind. It too grants the soul, inner strength in addition to the provoke self-reliance. It keeps the mind still to meditate properly as well as achieve the desired meditative state. Further, the energies of the stone too enhance the psychic and intuitive capabilities to recall the past life. On the physical ground, the eminence of the stone is utilized to strengthen the cell along with the cell tissues. It cures the troubles related to blood, CNS, muscles as well as the kidneys and bones. A stone of affluence, it is believed to hold the energies of the earth that help the spirit and soul to stay grounded and centered. Variscite is a gem nugget that heartens the heart to attract peace and concord in life. Furthermore,  uphold quietness in the life through gaining balance and magnetizing universal love. It likewise aids the soul to understand the significance of peace in life in addition to the love encountered. Variscite, a possessor of the green energies of the color, helps to align the subtle bodies in order to assist the soul to find self-acceptance. The resonant vibes of this magnificent gem nugget appease the intellect and pacify the heart to imbibe the unlearnt to lead a tranquil life ahead.

Healing Properties

The reverberating energies of this alluring gem nugget, Utahlite trigger the higher heart and heart chakra along with the Solar Plexus chakra to maintain the balance within and the outside body. Earth and water element holder, Variscite (7) high energy vibrations aligns the subtle bodies and maintain an equilibrium with the surrounding. It is a stone who enhances the personal power and magnetize love in life. Aside from stimulating psychic vision, it evokes the communication skill that helps the soul to come out of the emotional despair and learn to live a life of hope. It calms the intellectual mind, spirit, and soul to free self from the traumas and recall the moments of the past life. It too assists in enhancing the brain power in addition to the learning ability to find financial stability and gain all the riches of life. It endorses the serenity in the present life by promoting universal love as well as balance. Furthermore, the positive vibes of the stone aid in releasing the superfluous or redundant habits. The vivacity of this enthralling gemstone too allow the soul to express self as well as expose self to the world around. It brings the heart to rest and calms down the nervousness, also thwart the soul from becoming too serious by restoring the vitality. Variscite holds the propensity to re-create the situation again in the mind to understand it and get over it. The alluring vibes of this stone enhance the intuitive level along with the psychic perception. It too heartens self-expression along with the communication of ideas that too attracts love in life. It is acknowledged to bring unconditional love in addition to the understanding of all the situations to attain equilibrium. It maintains the physical health by healing the CNS and DNA troubles. It too treats abdominal distension by regulating the flow of blood in a torso. Further, it is predisposed to restore the youthfulness by reviving the elasticity of the skin. It neutralizes the acid in the body as well as treats gout. The healing energies of the stone likewise root out the pain from the body, including the issue of cramps, ulcer, Rheumatism, and Gastritis. Apart from treating male impotency, it too releases depression and anxiety from the emotional heart as well as intellect.

Physical Healing:

Often regarded as Utahlite, Variscite is a gem nugget that magnetizes opulence in life. Further, it is looked upon to attain finances by obliterating the complications. On the physical ground, the energies of the stone heal the physical health by treating the troubles related to CNS and DNA. It is a gem that too keeps the physique intact by mending the concerns of abdominal distension and flow of blood. The vibrant colors of the stone hold the propensity to restore the beauty of the skin by reviving its elasticity. It reduces the effect of the acid present in the body to maintain the health as well as treat disorders like gout and Rheumatism. The mending vibes of this charismatic stone release pain along with the issues of cramps. Moreover, handle the issues of gastritis, male impotency, and ulcer. It too roots out depression and anxiety from the heart and mind to maintain the overall balance of the body. It enhances the functioning of the brain as well as the vibrant energies of the stone help to cure the troubles related to the brain.

Emotional Healing:

The energies of the stone are acknowledged to relieve gratuitous and needless complications as well as emotional obsessions from the emotional heart. Further, the powers of the stone help to come out of the self-destructive habits by rooting out the stress, anxiety and depression from the intellectual and emotional body. It is too noted for its abilities provide relief from fear by proffering peace to the mind and building the inner strength. The eminence of the stone, Variscite is too regarded as a calming gem that aside from catering stillness in the intellect and emotional heart too assists the soul to achieve the desired meditative state. The quietness of the stone likewise aids in peaceful sleep. Habitually, assessed as a stone of love the vibrant energies of this fascinating gem nugget caters love in addition to the understanding of all circumstances of the life span. Moreover, regarded as a stone of Virgo, it helps to recall the past life and boost the memory to augment intuitive and psychic abilities. The pale and soothing green color of this riveting stone helps to soothe the restless mind by alleviating fear, worry, stress, depression as well as anxiety and impatience. The eminence of Variscite made it the best option for attaining the desired meditative state. It too calms down the fickle mind and bring you out of the despairing state. Further, it is acknowledged as “true worry stone” as it by releasing stress brings love in life in addition to courage and inner strength.

Spiritual Healing:

Variscite, a stone holding a combination of two colors blue and green is known to stimulate the knowledge of the emotional heart. Further, it allows the soul to understand the emotions along with the emotional nature to stabilize the emotional heart of the self. It releases the past emotional wounds and make the soul realize that life experiences are based on the karmic basis. A joyous gem nugget, this beautiful stone Variscite encourages the inner soul to be happy and enjoy the moments of the present life. It aids to trigger up clairvoyance and bring the state of clairaudience. Furthermore, it brings the awareness of the cleric, his powers as well as his angels present in the cosmos. It increases the ability to use telepathy and access the past life insights.

Heals and Balances chakra:

A holder of the reverberating vibes, Variscite is speculated to trigger the heart along with the Solar Plexus Chakra. It holds the energies that balance the yin/yang to raise the kundalini energy and release blockages. Moreover, it too arouses the heart chakra to regulate the interaction of the soul to the external world and the cosmos. It likewise helps to control what the heart and mind embraces and what he resist. The charismatic hues of the stone yield the balancing ability and contributes to being and show the real self while handling relationships. On the other hand, the energies of the stone too stabilize the Solar Plexus Chakra that serve to enhance self-confidence in addition to self-esteem, self-worth, and personal power. It is a stone that too obliterates ego from the emotional and intellectual body to lead a life of serenity. It caters creativity and clarity in the thoughts.

Variscite Facts

•    One of the rarest, Variscite is reviewed as a lesser-known gemstone in the market of gemstone collectors.

•    Generally, it looks like a turquoise, but its tone is inclined more towards the green shades.

•    It is too identified as ‘variquoise’ a merger of two names ‘turquoise’ and ‘variscite.’

•    Variscite is a rare hydrated aluminum phosphate mineral

•    The perfect quality of this gem is hard to find, as its quality deposits in addition to occurrences are significantly limited.

•    The polish of Variscite is better than turquoise due to its mineral presence and cuts.

•    It is cut and polished into leveled slabs as well as in halved nodules.

•    It was first discovered in 1983.

•    It got its name after ‘Variscia’ a beautiful district, in Saxony, Germany.

•    Variscite has a density of 2.42 to 2.58 and is slightly softer than turquoise.

Metaphysical Properties

•    A stone of simplicity, Variscite helps to root out the old bad habits that disturb the peaceful living.

•    Variscite charismatic greenish tints release stress from the intellectual and emotional torso to improve the functioning of the brain. The enhanced functioning of the rational mind helps to learn things faster, enhances the logical thinking in addition to the reasoning ability.

•    The refractive index of this captivating Variscite ranges from 1.563 to 1.594.

•    Variscite is opaque and holds a vitreous or a waxy luster. Some of these stones are slightly around the edges.

•    Variscite is softer than Chrysocolla and is more vitreous. many.


•    Variscite has a density of 2.42 to 2.58 and is slightly softer than turquoise.

Variscite Color

Renowned for its alluring green color, Variscite hues may range from light green to dark green. It may too vary from apple green to turquoise-green. Variscite is multicolored that exhibits splotches as well as black or white veins. The mint color of the stone with a little bit of slight translucency accredited a desirable stone. The presence of Chromium in the stone mineral bestows the green color. Aside from green, it too comes in purple, pink and red along with orange, yellow and brown. If the iron content in the mineral is less than aluminum, then the colors that vary from red to violet will dominate. On the contrary, if iron content is high, then brown tones will lead.

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All You Need To Know About the Turquoises

All You Need To Know About the Turquoises

Turquoise Historical and Cultural Facts

Turquoise is perhaps the oldest gemstone in human history, it’s the talisman of power, success and protection. People have all heard about turquoise but may not know its cultural facts cross different cultures in human history. This page is dedicated to gather all the interesting turquoise historical and cultural facts.

Fact #1: Turquoise is the Birthstone of December

If cold December gave you birth,

The month of snow and ice and mirth,

Place on your hand a turquoise blue;

Success will bless whate’er you do.

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Fact #2: Turquoise is the oldest gemstones in human history

Steeped with history and mystery turquoise is truly a captivating stone. Turquoise is called a gemstone of the life, and is esteemed for thousands of years as a holy stone, a bringer of good and fortune It is believed to have healing property, truly captivating power and considered as protection against evil and ill health to ward off the influence of dark and evil powers. Formerly it was thought to protect riders and horses from accidental falls; nowadays considered the ideal good-luck stones with great Healing Powers. In many cultures of the Old and New Worlds, this gemstone has been esteemed as a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune or a talisman.

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Fact #3: Turquoise brought together various culture

From ancient Egypt, Persian Empire, Shang Dynasty of China, to most of Native Americans, turquoise is regarded as a good-luck-charm or a talisman. It can be found on the most important antiques in all of these human civilizations. It is on King Tutankhamun’s golden mask (~1330BC), it on sword of Goujian as decoration (~500BC), which is renowned for its sharpness and resistance to tarish.

One of the oldest evidence for this claim was found in Ancient Egypt, where grave furnishings with turquoise inlay were discovered, dating from approximately 3000 BC.

Another oldest evidence is found in 2005, a 3700-year-old antique in the shape of a dragon, made up of over 2,000 pieces of turquoise, is believed by many Chinese scholars as the oldest Chinese dragon totem. The antique was discovered in the Erlitou relics site in Yanshi City of central China’s Henan Province. Many Chinese scholars believe that Erlitou is the site of the capital of the Xia Dynasty (2,100 BC-1,600 BC), China’s first dynasty.

Despite being one of the oldest gems, turquoise was probably first introduced to Europe with other Silk Road novelties through Turkey, turquoise did not become important as an ornamental stone in the West until the 14th century, following a decline in the Roman Catholic Church’s influence which allowed the use of turquoise in-secular jewelry.

1. The Persian Turquoise Tiara,
2. The Teck Turquoise Tiara,
3. King Tut,
4. Tibetan turquoise on gold
5. The oldest Chinese turquoise dragon totem,
6. Sword of Goujian
7. Sword of Goujian (closer look) 

In the ancient Persian Empire, the sky-blue gemstone was earlier worn round the neck or wrist as protection against unnatural death.  Turquoise was the national stone for millennia, extensively used to decorate objects, mosques, and other important buildings both inside and out.

The Egyptian use of turquoise stretches back as far as the First Dynasty and possibly earlier; however, probably the most well-known pieces incorporating the gem are those recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb, most notably the Pharaoh’s iconic burial mask which was liberally inlaid with the stone.

After the 4th or 5th century A.D., explorers such as Marco Polo started writing about the stone.

It is also worth mention the history of over 1000 years with Native Americans tribes like Navajo, Apache and Zuni who have used it extensively in jewelries for protection and healing.

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Fact #4: Turquoise is gemstone for 11th anniversary of marriage

Have you ever imagined your wedding themed with classic white bridal dress with turquoise green jewelries? Turquoise jewelries matches the snow white theme in the wedding perfectly. Simply do a google search of ‘turquoise wedding’ you will find out.


Fact #5: Turquoise basics Q/As

Turquoise Formation

Turquoise forms when water percolates through rocks that contain copper, aluminum and other minerals. A chemical reaction takes place that results in deposits of what we know as turquoise. That’s a simplified way of describing a process that takes millions of years and only happens when a complex set of conditions come together.

Why is Turquoise Different Colors?

The blue in turquoise is enhanced when copper is present. If the area where turquoise is formed contains more aluminum, the turquoise will shade to green. When zinc is present, the deposits are a yellow-green color, a rare combination that so far has been found in only a few areas, including the Carico Lake and Blue Ridge mines in Nevada.

Why Are There Dark Markings in Turquoise?

That’s the matrix, the rock that the turquoise formed in. When stones are cut, some of the matrix remains bound to the turquoise. Matrix color varies because turquoise can form in different types of rock.

  • Black matrix may be iron pyrite
  • Yellow matrix could be rhyolite
  • Brown is probably iron oxide
  • The term spider webbing refers to stones with thin lines of matrix distributed throughout them

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Is Turquoise a Hard Stone?

Hardness of turquoise used for jewelry usually varies from 5-6 on the Mohs scale. The hardest turquoise is usually found nearest the surface of the earth, where it’s had a chance to dry, or cure. Softer turquoise is chalk-like — too soft and porous to be used unless it’s enhanced.

What is Natural Turquoise?

Natural turquoise may have been cut and polished, but no artificial changes have been made to the gems. Color may change over time as body oils and other sources of moisture are absorbed into the stones. Only high quality turquoise can be used in its natural state.

How To Care for Your Turquoise?

Handle your turquoise jewelry carefully to avoid scratching it. Don’t store turquoise with harder gemstones or other materials that might rub against it and cause damage.

Keep turquoise away from high heat and chemicals such as oils, perfumes, and household cleaners. Even stabilized turquoise can be affected by a constant bombardment of chemicals.

Clean your turquoise in warm, sudsy water and dry it immediately with a soft cloth. Avoid commercial jewelry cleansers.


About Turkiyenite

About Turkiyenite

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Turkiyenite buy Turkish jade direct from cutter.This stone is only found in Western turkey

it has jadiete and other minerals including quartz, orthoclase, epidote, chloritoid and phlogopite which give the stone that purple look.This stone is also known as Turkish lavender jade as shade purple colour do vary from deep purple to lavender and is only relatively new gemstone in that mining did not start till 1980 in Turkey

Commercial markets have greatly enjoyed this new gemstone and some Gemmologists do discuss if it is an actual jadeite a s concentration is appro 40-60%

This is important to inform buyers a s purple jadeite is one of the rarest forms of jade.

So whether it is jadeite or a rock ,it is undoubtable a popular gemstone for those who appreciate purple colours in a gemstone

Turkish purple jade does not have the luminesces or jadeite but the cost factor is the greatest advantage of this gemstone a s buyers do love the purple hues of this stone

The actual area of mining in turkey is actually small and reports are that the mine has had the majority already mined and only small deposits are found now

Many Turkish antiques and antique jewelry do display the stone with purple hues and is considered to have come from the same region.

This stone has hardness between 6 and 7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness and polishes or carvers really good but needs plenty of water while cutting and not to use dry polish methods

Many jewellers use this stone with other gemstones in jewelry to make this stone the backing with gemstone or opal in front of the design

Designs are creative or simple wire wrap the stone if it is in a freeform shape