Gemology & Lithotherapy

“Each and every stone tells us a story, an oddissey where we could be the hero.
I like that idea.
But I have to admit that some of them have such a strong nature, that they influence, even guide my creative process.”

Marc-Arnaud PAVAGEAU

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Aquamarine

From the Latin ‘aqua marina’ sea water, this crystalline gem transports us from the very pale blue to the ‘peaceful’ blue, to the deep blue of the ‘Santa Maria’, the most popular Aquamarine. The Aquamarine symbolizes ‘the sea and the mother’ as well as purity. In litho therapy it is said that it combats allergies and sore throat as well as dental pains and promotes hearing abilities.

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Amber

Amber is a fossil plant resin, the authentic ‘Amber’ is a matter of more than a million years and is called ‘true amber’, while the name ‘Natural Amber’ is used for more recent resins. The most popular Amber are those that contain at least one insect. It is this sweet yellow-honey color which characterizes it going from clear to red-brown. In lithotherapy it is still used today, in the form of a rosary, for young children to protect their airways and soften dental pain.

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Amethyst

Gem of the family Quartz, its color navigates in all shades ranging from light purple to very deep purple. In Greek mythology it is said that Dionysos (god of wine and ecstasy), one day when he was drunk pursued his assiduities a pretty nymph called “Amethys”. In lithotherapy it would help fight poisoning (alcohol, tobacco, coffee …) and provide relaxation and peace.

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Ametrine

Originally from Bolivia, Ametrine belongs to the family of Quartz, mixing the colors of Amethyst and Citrine from the same family. For Amerindian civilizations it symbolizes divine power and spiritual impetus. In lithotherapy Ametrine combines the qualities of Amethyst and Citrine.

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Citrine

As part of the Quartz family, Citrine, from the Latin ‘citrus’ by allusion to its acid yellow, is the little sister of the Amethyst. Indeed the natural Citrine is rarefied, its shades of colors are melted from a light yellow to a deep brown yellow called ‘Madeira’. In lithotherapy, it is considered a solar stone, it is also said that it radiates joy, good humor and away fatigue.

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Diamond

The ‘eternal’ Diamond is no longer to be presented, it is the most precious and hardest gem in the world. The Diamond is born in the chimney of volcanoes in a rock called ‘kimberlite’ in homage to the city of Kimberley (one of the first cities dedicating his life to the diamond). Its chemical composition is pure carbon crystallized at high pressure and high temperature, hence its extreme resistance. In lithotherapy the Diamond would be a divine protector.

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Emerald

The most popular of the ‘Beryl’ family, the Emerald illuminates with a green that seems to come straight from the ‘Garden of Eden’, moreover we call the inclusion that characterizes it: ‘The garden of the Emerald ‘. Legend has it that Saint Michael snatched a gigantic Emerald from Lucifer’s forehead when he rebelled against God. In lithotherapy it would improve eyesight and contribute to the healing of ocular diseases.

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Grenat

The ‘Grenats’ family is quite large and each of its colors has a specific name. For example, for the best known, the dark red will be ‘Almandin’, the red-blood will be called ‘the pyrope’, the orange will be called ‘Spessartite’, the pink ‘Rhodolite’, the green-pepper ‘ Demantoid ‘(rarer) and bright green will answer to the name’ Tsavorite ‘. In lithotherapy it fights infections and has many other applications depending on its colors.

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Lapis-Lazuli

Ornamental stone ranging from intense ultramarine blue to light blue, often speckled with white, sometimes giving us small golden-looking bursts due to the presence of Pyrite. In lithotherapy it is said that it helps to heal skin diseases, respiratory allergies and acts on sight.

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Opal

True treasures of nature by the unique side of each stone extracted from the ground and by the extremely rich color panel offered by its flamboyant sequins that characterized it. The opal symbolizes the spiritual ascent and the passage from earth to heaven. In lithotherapy it would have beneficial effects on the whole body and promote sleep.

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Peridot

Also called ‘Olivine’ or ‘Chrysolite’, Peridot is a very lively stone, with a characteristic oily shine. Its color ranges from a green-yellow to brownish passing by the olive-green so much appreciated. In lithotherapy Peridot is considered a stone of peace, energizing and purifying. It would be life-giving for the body and the mind.

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Pearl

Fruit of the alliance of the animal and the mineral, the pearls are one of the most beautiful gifts that the submarine world could offer us. Tahitian pearls for example, meet a strict classification according to their size ranging from 8mm to 16mm and sometimes more, their round shape, pear, button, baroque, or rimmed, their surface quality ranging from A to the quality D, and finally their luster. In lithotherapy it would help gynecological problems and would pledge fertility.

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Ruby

Also coming from the family of ‘Corindons’, the Ruby, apart from its color, is the perfect chemical copy of Sapphire. There are also many shades of red belonging to it, but the most popular of all is the Ruby ‘pigeon blood’, which equal weight can be as or more expensive than diamond, this sparkling red makes it an exceptional gem . In lithotherapy Rubis, as well as all red stones, are not recommended for authoritarian, angry or hypertensive persons. On the other hand, it could give confidence to shy or introverted people.

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Sapphire

From the family of ‘Corindons’, the Saphir sports absolutely all the colors, the blue remaining to this day the most known of the general public, the nuances of the blue sapphire vary according to its origin. The darkest blues often come from Australia, Vietnam or Thailand. While most pastels can come to us from Sri Lanka. In lithotherapy it is said that blue sapphire soothes all types of tensions and develops the imagination as well as spirituality.

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Star sapphire

From the family of ‘Corindons’, the Saphir sports absolutely all the colors, the blue remaining to this day the most known of the general public, the nuances of the blue sapphire vary according to its origin. The darkest blues often come from Australia, Vietnam or Thailand. While most pastels can come to us from Sri Lanka. In lithotherapy it is said that blue sapphire soothes all types of tensions and develops the imagination as well as spirituality.

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Tanzanite

Stone of the family ‘Zo Zosites’, it is said that a long time ago, in the shadow of Kilimanjaro, a huge fire devastated the territories of big cats. Following this Masai warriors came to notice the damage, they saw then that the calcined soil was studded with stones of a fascinating blue nuanced with mauve. This gem of extreme liveliness was later named “the blue treasure of Africa” ​​its nuances and brilliance would make forget the Sapphire. In lithotherapy it would stimulate the imagination and act on the brain.

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Imperial topaz

Matter of extreme brilliance the topaz comes in several colors, the most common being the blue which is a pale blue in the natural, we also meet a soft blue called ‘London’ but the blue very electric that we The habit of seeing is due to non-natural irradiations. The ‘Imperial’ Topaz with its flaming orange is the most popular and the most radiant. In lithotherapy it would fight trauma and promote blood circulation.

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Indigenous tourmaline

The Tourmaline, once considered a precious stone in its own right, was unfortunately unmarked because of its exceptionally complete color panel, because indeed the Tourmaline comes in all the colors from colorless white to black passing through all the tones of the spectrum. the rainbow and so by all the nuances that accompanies it. In lithotherapy it would be generative of harmony and highly protective.

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Rubellite red tourmaline

The Tourmaline, once considered a precious stone in its own right, was unfortunately unmarked because of its exceptionally complete color panel, because indeed the Tourmaline comes in all the colors from colorless white to black passing through all the tones of the spectrum. the rainbow and so by all the nuances that accompanies it. In lithotherapy it would be generative of harmony and highly protective.

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Turquoise

A blue ornamental stone of the ‘Phosphates’ family, turquoise was highly appreciated by many civilizations, such as the Egyptians who associated it with their Amon and Isis gods, or the Aztecs, who were called the God of Fire. the Turquoise ‘. For Tibetans, it was a material and spiritual wealth. In lithotherapy she would drive out the evil eye and negative thoughts.

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Blue zircon

Zircon is a natural stone in its own right, little used, and yet a treasure of liveliness and brightness. Its rich color panel gives us colorless and blue (often heated), but also from golden yellow to brown through red and green (called ‘Metamicte’). Zircon symbolizes the inner fire. In lithotherapy, it would strengthen immune defenses and help fight cancer.