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Stone Descriptions:

Carnelian: The Official Gemstone of Sweden

Carnelian is in the Quartz family and is sometimes referred to as Chalcedony which contains silica and iron oxide. The iron oxide gives the stone the orange to reddish orange color, but can also be a dark brownish orange shade.
It can be found in Sweden, Norway, India, Uruguay, Japan and the US.
It is believed that the stone relieves stress, protects against evil, and ensures hope and good luck.
Hot Wax does not stick to Carnelian so it has been used on sealing rings beginning in Roman times.

Hardness: 7

Eclogite: The Stone of the Fjords

Eclogite is a close grained metamorphic rock found in the Sunnfjord region of Norway which is north of Bergen. It is extremely dense. It consists of mainly garnet and pyroxene and often includes quartz, kyanite and rutile. It forms at pressures found deep within the earth.
It gets its name from the Greek word Ekloge meaning selection, because it contains minerals not usually found together.

Hardness: 7

Larvakite: Norwegian Moonstone

Larvakite is a member of the feldspar family and has flashes of silver and gray among blue and black streaks. It is the Scandinavian form of Labradorite and is found in Larvik, Norway.
It is said to stimulate intuition and develop enthusiasm and new ideas.

Hardness: 6-6.5

Sodalite

The name Sodalite reflects its sodium content. Its color ranges from medium to dark blue with flecks of white calcite. It is sometimes mistaken for Lapis; however Lapis does not have the white flecks. It is found in several parts of the world including Norway and Sweden with the largest deposits in Brazil and Bahia.
In folklore, it is said to have healing qualities that bring inner peace by filling doubts, fears and anxieties with white light and transformation.

Hardness: 5.5-6

Thulite: The National Gemstone of Norway

Thulite was first discovered in Norway in 1820 and it was given its name after “Ultima Thule” which is the old Greek name for Norway used more than 200 years ago.
As a gemstone, Thulite is only found in Norway. It is mined from a narrow vein in the Gudbrandsdal area of Norway. The color varies from a light pink to a dark wine, according to the amount of manganese in the stone. It takes an excellent polish and is quite hard because of the quartz content.

Hardness: 6.5-7