Collecting gemstones can be a very satisfying and fun activity. There are literally many thousands of types of gemstones. One could spend a lifetime learning to recognize these and know their geological and metaphysical properties. New finds occur from time to time and these are always very exciting.
Here I have assembled twenty basic gemstones to get your collection started.
The stones included are: agate, amethyst, aventurine, bloodstone, carnelian, citrine, fluorite, hematite, howlite, rainbow jasper, lapis lazuli, malachite, moonstone, apache tear obsidian, peridot, petrified wood, clear crystal, rhodonite, sodalite, tiger eye. Also included is a large black velvet pouch to store your stones.
Each stone arrives in a labelled zip loc bag - Get to know your stones before discarding the bags. Hold each one, notice its color, its weight and feel so that you can identify the stone without looking at the label. Soon your stones will become as old friends to you, each with its own familiar personality!
You're in for an exciting adventure with Mother Earth's most prized treasures - have fun!
Read these articles to learn more about gemstones and their uses: