From the very heart of the wintery windswept mountains and the pine-clad forests of the northern hemisphere come these stunning wintery gemstones.
From the surface of a smoky grey-copper stone, comes a kaleidoscope of colors: light dances across its surface in gorgeous blues and violets, forest greens, golden yellows, and sunset oranges, it mimics the appearance of the Northern Lights. The gem has a gorgeous iridescence and is named after the location where it was found on the island of St. Paul, in Labrador, Canada.
Imagine the rich color of the sun locked into a natural organic gemstone. Ranging from opaque cream to rich shades of transparent honey, this Polish sourced gem is a must-have. Amber is the fossilized resin from prehistoric trees that once formed ancient forests. Only recently has Amber been proven to be a minimum of 40-45 million years old.
From the vast wintery landscapes of Siberia, comes Dendrite Quartz – a rare and unique fingerprint from Mother Nature. The whitish-grey Quartz base is flecked with delicate, dark patches, like branches of a fir tree poking through a snowy blanket – creating a fascinating one-of-a-kind pattern, captured forever in a gemstone.
During the winter, when it seems like daylight hours are preciously short, wearing sunstone is said to help inspire joy, helping one to nurture oneself, and to increase physical energy — all useful qualities when we find ourselves slogging through the wet, cold dreary days of February. Sunstone is also believed by some to help with metabolism and digestion, which doesn’t mean that you should cheat on your New Year’s diet.
This soft blue stone, similar chemically to gypsum, reminds me of the intense blue skies that often appear the day after a winter snowstorm or blizzard. Some people believe that it can relieve anxiety when you find yourself in a stressful situation, which makes it perfect to carry or wear during winter travel when flights and trains are often delayed due to weather.
Representing the purity of winter, Snow Quartz is believed to bring good fortune. Known for its ability to foster soothing energy and bring about calm, Snow Quartz is often used to help with purification on a spiritual level.
Known as the Angel stone (from the word Seraphim) Seraphinite has a feathery appearance – like Angel wings. Found in Siberia, the beautiful snow-capped peaks of this region are the perfect background to this beautiful picturesque gemstone. It is formed by the movement of water across existing minerals – called Hydrothermal Metamorphism and is reminiscent of the pattern water creates as it freezes.
A variety of mica, this gemstone is used metaphysically to bring hope in dark times (like the long dark Adirondack winters!) by providing a sense of balance and calm. Ranging in color from pink to purple, I can see why this gemstone would create a soothing, calming effect on the wearer!
During this time of reflection, Black Onyx helps you to deepen your connection with self – allowing you to understand what motivates you and choose wisely for the upcoming year. Black Onyx is also a grounding stone, which you to release any negativity you may be carrying.
Muonionalusta is named after the Muonio River near where it was found, in northern Scandinavia, west of the border between Sweden and Finland. It has a fine crisscross pattern across a lustrous metallic surface, which cannot be replicated in a lab. Each gemstone is a fragment of the oldest known Meteorite, which impacted at about one million years BC, but was not discovered until 1906.
So do you have a favorite gemstone for winter jewelry? We are interested in knowing your favorite winter stones!