Gem of The Month
Each month in The Shops at Nature’s Art Village we select one of our unique varieties of “gems” to showcase as the Gem of the Month. The Gem of the Month is then marked down 20% throughout all six shops for the entire month! This includes all raw minerals, sculptures, jewelry, beads, gifts and more made from the selected gem of the month. These “gems” can range from agate to amethyst, fluorite to obsidian – nothing is off limits!
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For more information on The Gem of the Month please call 860.443.4367 or visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut.
April: Coral 20% OFF
Save 20% off Coral throughout April 2018 in The Shops at Nature’s Art Village!
Fossil coral is a natural type of gemstone formed by ancient corals. The proper name for fossil coral is ‘agatized coral’ or ‘agatized fossil coral’, because during formation, the coral remains are gradually replaced with agate, a variety of naturally occurring chalcedony, or microcrystalline quartz. When prehistoric corals are fossilized through replacement with agate, the fossil coral forms through hardened deposits left by silica-rich waters. The entire process can take over 20 million years and occurs only under very unique geological conditions. Corals are marine animals and it is their skeletons that are fossilized and preserved, often leaving flower-like patterns in the stone. Agatized fossil coral can exhibit a wide range of natural colors, ranging from white and pink, to brown, gray, black, yellow and red. Coral color may vary widely within a single stone, depending on weathering, oxidation and the original mineral content.
Fossil coral is coral which has been replaced by cryptocrystalline quartz and is no longer ‘coral’ at all. Coral gemstones belong to a small, but important group of gemstones which technically are not ‘stones’ at all. They are formed through a biological process and belong to an elite class of ‘organic gems’. Other organic gemstones include fossilized amber, fossilized ammolite, ivory, pearl and jet. Since fossil coral’s calcium carbonate composition has long been replaced by SiO2 (silicon dioxide), it is considered to be a type of quartz, which is one of the most abundant minerals on earth, second only to feldspar. There are numerous varieties of quartz gemstones and only a few types of organic gemstones that are closely related to agatized fossil coral.
Metaphysical and Healing Properties:
Since fossil coral is a combination of coral and agate, it carries many strong metaphysical beliefs. Agate is associated with the zodiacal signs Scorpio and Gemini, and agate is said to be ruled by the moon. It is a grounding stone and is supposedly good for bringing about change. Physically, agate is thought to be able to help heal pancreatic disorders and improve blood and air circulation. It is used for healing illnesses of the eyes, skin and stomach, is even believed to enhance longevity.
Since the beginning of the 1st millennium, coral has been highly prized as a gem because it was believed to have mysterious, powerful and sacred properties. The Gauls often used coral gems as ornamentation for their helmets and weapons, believing that it was a protective stone. Ancient Egyptians also placed coral in tombs of the deceased to protect against evil spirits because they believed each coral gem actually contained divine blood.
The Romans hung branches of coral around the necks of their children to protect them from danger. In the early 20th century, the people of Italy used coral for protection from the ‘evil eye’ and many Italians used it for infertility. Among the Hopi and Zuni tribes, the ‘road of life’ is symbolized by coral, jet, abalone and turquoise (the four elements). Although coral is not a traditional birthstone for any month, it is a non-traditional zodiac stone for Taurus. Reddish and orange colored coral stones are thought to benefit the root and spleen chakras by providing energy and warmth.
Metaphysical and healing properties of crystals and minerals are not to be taken as fact. Metaphysical and healing information is collected from various resources as well as gemstone lore, and the information should not replace any advice given to you by your doctor. Nature’s Art Village does not guarantee any claims or statements, both made in our store or on our website, of the metaphysical or healing properties of crystals and minerals and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.