Local Gemstones: 3 Gemstones Of the Adirondacks

I don't remember the precise moment when I discovered the world of magical or metaphysical gemstone properties, but it seems like I've known there was something special about gemstones and gemstone beads all my life. As an undergraduate in college, I loved studying geology and learning about the physical and chemical structures of some of gemstones. I was even more excited during my geology field trips in college when I discovered that three of my favorite gemstones occur naturally in this part of the Adirondacks!

This strand of labradorite beads was a treat for myself after a very long, and humorously disastrous, weekend at the Syracuse Gem & Mineral Show many years ago. While I sometimes feel guilt for buying beautiful strands of gemstone beads and then letting them languish in my stash, in this case, I felt it was more a case of being patient while I waited for the right design to pop into my head. It was well worth the wait, too — I purchased these Ethiopian silver spacers on a whim, and only realized when I had them in my hand that they were perfect for my labradorite beads.
Moonstone is another gem that's found locally in my part of northern New York. I found this rainbow moonstone pendant at a local gem shop, and decided that I wanted to make an earthy braided leather necklace for it. When used for meditation and healing, the energy of moonstone helps with the changing structures of life on the emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical levels. It's perfect for easing from endings into fruitful and successful new beginnings!
I've always had a thing for the rich, deep, dark colors of garnets, and I'm not alone: Native Americans, Aztecs, and African tribal elders all regarded this gemstone as sacred for use in healing rituals. These large gemstone nuggets came from The Beadin' Path many years ago, and they, too have been waiting patiently to be turned into something spectacular. What do you think of the organza ribbon and the Blooming Beaded Bead (designed by Carol Dean Sharpe) with these nuggets? Maybe all I need is a couple of wire-wrapped beads to make a new necklace today!

Do you love learning about gemstone beads and getting new ideas for how to use them? Stay up to date with all the great gemstones heading your way at local bead shops and bead shows when you subscribe to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine. Each issue features a different gemstone, with lots of great inspiration and information about where to find it, and how to use it! 

What are your favorite local gemstones? Do you know what kinds of gemstones can be found where you live? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and tell us where you are, and what gemstones you can find in your area!

Bead Happy,


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