Jades Creations Gemstone Beads Guide
For more information check our other helpful guide pages shown below.
Here you can learn more about the gemstones we have used in our designs.
We hope you find this information helpful.
Jade has been named for two different gem rocks - Jadeite and Nephrite. Jadeite is rare making it more precious than Nephrite type. There are several different colors of Jade. Jadeite can be found in varies colors, where nephrite is more a bold green, white and black.
We have only listed the most common Jade.
Mountain Jade Green Jade New Jade
Mountain Jade - Vibrant mountain "jade" beads are as strong, beautiful and fascinating as the stone they come from. They're actually a high-grade dolomite marble from Asia. Over the ages, mineral remains of shells and skeletons of millions of tiny sea animals were metamorphosed into this strong, beautiful marble used for centuries by sculptors. Mountain "jade" beads are that marble dyed vivid, gleaming colors
Green Jade -
This Jade has the most verdant green you can imagine and is also the most valuable jade. True jade is either jadeite or nephrite (nephrite is stronger).
New Jade - A very pale colored stone that is actually serpentine.
Meaning of Jade
The Chinese traditionally believed that the jade gemstone can increases energy levels and prolongs life. It also said to stimulates creativity. Since Ancient times in China, Jade “yu” has been regarded as the royal gemstone.
Today, this gemstone is regarded as the symbol of good, the beautiful and the precious.
*All Jade should be kept away from intense heat and acids.
This stone is named for Henry How, who was a 19th century mineralogist. He found this gemstone first in Nova Scotia. Its natural color is a white stone with either dark gray or black webs or streaks. It can be found dyed to imitate Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli.
Meaning of Howlite
It is the stone of memory, knowledge and progress. It is also said to eliminate pain, stress and anger.
*Howlite should be kept away from cleaning products, acids and strong sunlight.
Lapis Lazuli is composed largely of blue lazurite. It also will have some pyrite and mica throughout it. This is the stone of truth and friendship and can be found from a true blue to deep blue to purplish blue to blue-green. This is one of the first stones to be used for jewelry. It is found in Afghanistan, Egypt, Canada and Chile.
Denim Lapis - Lapis that resembles denim and found in Afghanistan and Chile. It can be less expensive then Lapis Lazuli but the color makes it perfect for casual outfits.
Meaning of Lapis
Lapis lazuli is said to be associated with strength and courage. Lapis Lazuli is worn in the belief that it will ward off evil
There are several Quartz. We have only listed the two most common
Rose Quartz -
"The love stone" is one of the most desirable quartzes. Quartz includes a large group of minerals based on silicon dioxide. Rose quartz is a macrocrystalline form. It is a milky pink in color and it is believed that the pink color is due to a small amounts of titanium.
Meaning of Rose Quartz
Rose quartz came to be known as the stone of love and reconciliation. It is said to bring forgiveness, compassion, and tolerance. It is also said to benefit the heart; relieve headaches, depression, and earaches.
Crystal Quartz - The word cystal is associated with everything pure. Crystal Quartz is the most common of all quartzes. From earliest of times, this quartz has attracted attention wherever it appeared. The Greeks once thought it was ice that was eternally frozen and called it krystallos.
Meaning of Crystal Quartz
It enhances the property of all other gemstones and is used to remove toxins and lessen negative thoughts.
Smoky Quartz - Smoky Quartz is a brown transparent quartz in color and is sometimes called smoky topaz.
Smoky quartz is formed when rock crystal is irradiated. That usually can occur at high altitudes which is why its most notable sources are Brazil or Colorado.
Meaning of Smoky Quartz
Calm and generally loving stone.
There are many types of agate found all over the world.
Agate is a type of chalcedony quartz that forms by filling a cavity in a rock. Varieties of agate are formed by the differences in shape and colors. The varieties in color can be anywhere in our color spectrum.We have only listed a few of the many different kinds of Agate.
Moss Agate Golden Agate Green Agate
Moss Agate Moss Agate is neither moss nor agate, but it can looks like both. This beautiful gemstone which has a mottled, moss-like inclusions is not regarded scientifically as agate at all. Though it has the same chemical composition, or have the intriguing patterns of agate, moss agate is found in fissures or as pebbles rather than in a layered form.
Golden agate is a member of the quartz family that really blends the beauty of both earth and moon. It contains the rich dark brown colors of the soil.
Green Agate -
A beautiful, almost translucent deep green stone. A very popular choice in agate gemstones.
Meaning of Agate
For centuries, agate has been used to quench thirst and protect from fevers.
Amber is a special kind of fossil resin that contains succinic acid. It is superior in quality to any other fossil
resins. Amber is a soft gemstone.
Meaning of Amber
It has been used for courage and self confidence.
Amethyst is found in a many different shades, from lavender to a deep purple. Amethyst is said to be one of the best selling gemstones in the world. Because amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, it played an important role in the ornamentation of Catholic and other churches in the Middle Ages. Amethysts are found in Brazil, Argentina, Namibia, Canada and the U.S., and is listed as the birthstone for February.
Meaning of Amethyst
Amethyst has been a symbol of peace and purity. It can aid in bringing serenity and calmness. It is said to be used to treat insomnia and promote peaceful and healing sleep. It is also commonly used to relieve headaches, sugar imbalances and general edginess, bringing an overall sense of spiritual balance.
Black onyx can be natural or dyed and has been valued by the Greeks and Romans. It is used in India to ward off the evil and used as a worry stone in the Middle East. Onyx can be found in Uruguay, Germany, Canada and the U.S.
Meaning of Onyx
It is said to eliminate stress, negative thoughts, and help with public speaking.
Snowflake obsidian is a beautiful black and white gemstone. This gemstone is actually volcanic glass that has formed as lava quickly cools. Its snowflake appearance is produced by internal crystallites. Also referred to as flowering obsidian, snowflake obsidian is found mainly in Utah.
Meaning of Obsidian, Snowflake
Can make one feel safe and protected.
Most people think that any type of coral can be used for jewelry, but, in fact, only two species (“Corallium rubrum” and “Corallium japonicum”) are used to make the familiar red jewelry. Pearls and coral are chemically similar (both are over 90% carbonic limes) Coral can grow up to 40cm tall with branches that are only 4cm thick. It is from this small part of the coral that materials are harvested to create jewelry. At first glance the coral is naturally dull with a matte finish to it. Only after polishing coral, does the glossy luster come out. It has a wide range of color from red to white, blue to black and brown.
Meaning of Coral
It teaches us to value life and our place in it. It shows us the importance of living so that we make the world a good place.
The name jasper comes from the Greek for "spotted stone.
Jasper comes in so many unique forms , we have only listed a few here.
Many are named from their locations.
Jasper is a rock composed of chalcedony, dense microcrystalline quartz and other minerals which make up the colorful bands or patterns throughout. It is found in Germany, India, France, Russia and the U.S. It is rare to find Jasper that is uniformly colored.
Brecciated Jasper Lepardskin Jasper Dalmatian Jasper
Dalmatian Jasper (aka. Dalmatiner- the German word for Dalmatian) - an off white jasper with scattered black spots. It is said to give protection from ones nightmares and increases ones’ patience.
Meaning of Jasper
A stone that is said to heal mental stress - help to make one happy.
Peridot is the birthstone of August and can be sometimes be confused with Emerald. Peridot is susceptible to acids and quick temperature changes. Peridot is found in China, Pakistan, Australia, Egypt, Norway and the U.S.
Meaning of Peridot
Peridot has been used to slow the aging process and can help with one’s speech.
*Do not clean Peridot jewelry with an ultrasonic cleaner.
Rhodonite comes in colors of rose to a deep pink color but has black dendrite inclusions throughout. Its name is derived from the Greek word rhodon (pink). It is a very durable stone. Rhodonite does not polish well so it will have a flat finish to it. Rhodonite comes from Sweden, Australia, and the island of Vancouver in Canada. Rhodonite can also be found in Oregon.
Meaning of Rhodonite
Rhodonite is the stone that is said to help the nervous system and the feminine reproductive system. It is also said to help one feel relaxed and revitalized.
Sapphire actually has a range of beautiful colors, from blue to yellow to green to orange-pink. Sapphires and rubies are closely related, they both have corundum as their base mineral. The iron pigment in the corundum makes sapphire blue, while the chrome element in rubies makes them red. These gemstones are the second hardest of the most precious of gemstones (diamond, sapphire and emerald). The name sapphire comes from the Greek (for blue), and as late as the Middle Ages, the word applied to lapis lazuli.
Meaning of Sapphire
Sapphire is said to enhance creativity and to focus purity of ones thought. It is known as the stone of new love and commitment and is claimed to be useful in encouraging faithfulness and loyalty
Beautiful deep blue-violet sodalite that is accented with white streaks of calcite. A wonderful lapis lazuli look-alike. This gemstone come from Brazil. Sodalite is the gemstone guardian for heroes and heroines
Meaning of Sodalite
The gemstone of courage
Turquoise has long been associated with gods and goddesses. Turquoise has been mined since the ancient days in Egypt. In ancient times, the Aztecs would use it to decorate ceremonial masks. It was used to ward off the “evil eye”. Turquoise is the French name for “Turkish stone”.
Meaning of Turquoise
Turquoise is said to attract prosperity and success. It is also said to have the power to influence creative powers and to enhance the ability to communicate. The stone has long been known to have healing properties and can help balance the throat chakra, increasing resistance to viruses and helping to relieve sore throats, lung infections and the affects of allergies.
Unakite (Epidotized Granite)
Unakite is a granite gemstone that is named after the Unaka Mountains from where it is mined in the Southwestern U.S. This is a relatively new gemstone howver is being used in many jewelry pieces today. Those who have seen this stone usually love it and want more.
Meaning of Unakite
Unakite is considered a balancing stone that releases mental or emotional blocks. It can stimulate the health of the heart and circulatory system.
Tiger Eye - It is so named because it resembles the eye of a tiger. Tiger-Eye is a microcrystalline quartz that pseudomorphs. It is golden to honey yellow in color. It is found in South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Western Australia and California.
Meaning of Tiger Eye
Tiger Eye helps to aid treatment of ulcers, stubornness and purifies the blood.
*Avoid temperature changes and don’t clean with alcohol.
Pearls have been used for personal ornament for thousands of years. They were probably one of the earliest gems found by prehistoric man, being naturally-perfect objects which required no additional craftsmanship. It is said that they were probably first found along the coastline of India. Pearls come fine-finished directly from nature. Because of their natural beauty, they are associated with the matrix of life and some say that the pearl helps balance one's bodily rhythms and hormonal levels with lunar cycles. Depending on the type of mollusk, pearls can be white, pinkish, brown or even black.
Meaning of Pearls
Pearls have always been a symbol of faith and innocence
Mother of Pearl
Mother of Pearl is the name given to the iridescent coating on the inside of mollusk shells. When an object gets inside the shell of a mollusk, it will protect itself by coating the invading object with the same material it uses to coat pearls. This is where the name creator (mother) of pearls comes from. Nacre is found in pearl oysters, freshwater mussels and abalone.
Meaning of Mother of Pearl
In China, mother of pearl was used to treat heart palpitations, high blood pressure, said to stimulate imagination and help with decision making. It is also used as a symbol of faith and innocence.
* As a rule, never use alcohol around mother of pearl because it will eat right through the coating, causing irreparable damage.
A form of Macrocrystalline quartz. It can be found in Brazil, India, China and Japan. Most Aventurine is reddish brown to yellow in color with shimmering metallic particles called mica throughout the stone. If there are any red or brown particles in Aventurine, it is caused by hematite platelets. Some specimens of true green have also been found naturally, but most green, blue and red gems on the market have been dyed.
Meaning of Aventurine
Aventurine is said to bring peace and promote positive attitude, confidence and tranquility.
Serpentine gets its name from the word 'serpent' because it does resembles the skin of a snake. It is sometimes called New Jade and occurs in a variety of colors including red, green, brown-red, brown-yellow and white.
Serpentine makes an exceptional meditation stone. Serpentine was carried in ancient Assyria to request the gods and goddesses to provide double blessings. Serpentine is found in New Zealand, China, Afghanistan, South Africa, USA, and England
Meaning of Serpentine
It has been used since ancient times to guard against disease and sorcery. It also helps balances mood swings and
encourages the ability to solve conflicts by peaceful means.
Healing properties of Serpentine can be placed directly on the skin. It is an aid to kidney and stomach complaints, relaxes cramps and menstrual pain.