Goshenite - The Gemstone of Truth
Goshenite - The White and Colorless Beryl Stone
Goshenite Stone is a member of the Beryl family. It is the purest beryl variety without the chemical impurities which normally gives gemstones its color. This clear and colorless stone was first discovered in Goshen of Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA. This stone is therefore named after the place it was found first. Goshenite is associated with the Moon and is also referred to as Colorless Beryl, White Beryl or Lucid Beryl. Goshenite gemstone is not a traditional birthstone for any month. This stone has a hardness rating of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale with a hexagonal crystal structure. The base elements found in this stone are Beryllium, Aluminum and Silicon. The chemical formula of Goshenite is indicated by Be3Al2Si6O18 or Beryllium Aluminum Silicate. It is said that the ancient Greeks used this colorless beryl stone was to make spectacle lenses because of its clarity and transparency. Goshenite is also mentioned in ancient texts that it was very popular as a divining tool amongst numerous older traditions in Ireland. But in recent times, imitation jewelry stones resembling the precious and costly emerald and diamond gemstones are made by placing silver or green foil behind the faceted colorless beryl (or using a colored glue behind the stone) and then by mounting them in a closed setting. However, this stone can also be given colors like yellow, green, pink, blue etc by irradiating it with high-energy particles. Goshenite is often seen confused with other similar looking colorless gemstones like Quartz, White Topaz, White Sapphire and White Zircon. It is the Gemstone associated with the Zodiac Sign of Cancer and the Crown Chakra.
Goshenite is found in most of localities where the other Beryl Stones are found like Canada, Mexico, China, Pakistan, Brazil, Russia and the United States of America.
Healing and Metaphysical Properties of Goshenite
Goshenite has the reputation of a memory Stone. It is known to promote practical wisdom and assist those who have difficulty with the decision making process. It helps in tuning a person’s action and thoughts to their deepest desires and needs. It is said to bring the physical body into balance with the mental. This Stone is also renowned for its ability in healing both emotional and physical pains. It has the reputation of the Stone of truthfulness that encourages truth in all actions and particularly in keeping up promises. It is said to bring self-control, creativity and originality to the wearer. It makes communication between couples easier and helps in stabilizing relationships. This stone is also said to encourage fidelity in relationships. It helps in clearing, aligning and expanding the chakras in the human body. Goshenite has been used to treat disorders and injuries with regard to the legs, especially the leg muscles. This stone is useful in past-life healing regression. It is said to be helpful in improving eyesight and treating conditions like dust allergies, mood swings, hormonal imbalances, depression, premenstrualsyndrome etc. It the perfect stone for those in business fields where one has to keep secrets or protect confidential information.
The hardness, toughness and resistance of this colorless beryl to corrosive substances makes it a perfect choice for making different types of jewelry like pins, pendants, necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. Goshenite stones jewelry can be used as daily wear jewelry which does not require any special care on a daily basis as the stone is quite tough. However, keep this stone away from hot temperatures as the stones mostly have small liquid filled inclusions in it which may expand and crack the stone. It is also advisable not to clean it on ultrasonic and steam cleaners. To remove grime and dirt from the stone soak it in warm soapy water for 5 minutes and scrub with a soft brush. Thoroughly rinse the jewelry in plain water and wipe it dry using a soft towel.
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