As travellers ourselves, it’s our ultimate Violet Gray dream to source with integrity from all over the world and bring these precious stones (and tales of evolution) to you.
To make dreams become a reality, one must begin the journey. One step at a time…
In honour of this desire and in honour of our newest collection, Cherish, allow us to share with you a few facts about 5 x of the unique stones / shells (and their countries of origin) that you are about to find on the Violet Gray website for the first time.
Jump on the magic carpet with us, let’s go travelling….
Stone: Moon Quartz
Appearance: Milky white or silver blue-gray. Ours are quite clear.
Geography: The Himalayas are a mountain range in Asia, located between Nepal and Bhutan.
Famous for: The Himalayas have many of the Earths highest peaks, including the highest mountain on Earth – Mount Everest.
Official Language of the Himalayas: The official language of Nepal is Nepali, while in Bhutan it is Dzongkha.
Stone: Green Jade
Appearance: The most common colour is pale green.
Meaning of ‘Jade’: Considered a healer of kidneys, the word ‘jade‘ comes from the French word ‘l’ejade‘ and Latin word ‘ilia‘ meaning ‘flanks‘ or ‘kidney area‘.
Geography: Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar is located in Southeast Asia near Thailand and Bangladesh.
Official Language of Myanmar: The official language spoken in Myanmar is Burmese.
Stone, or rather, Shell: Conch Shell
Appearance: White and blush (light) pink.
Special Features of the Conch shell: Have you ever held a conch shell to your ear? You can hear the ocean! You won’t hear the ocean from our design but may it remind you of the interconnection of all in nature. And just how blissed out the ocean can (does?) make you feel.
Geography: The Conch shell (and our beads) are from the Bahamas, a coral-based archipelago (group of islands) in the Atlantic Ocean.
Official Language of the Bahamas: English.
Stones: Pink Opal (left image) & Gem Silica (right image).
Appearance: Pink Peruvian opal has been described as looking at light pink clouds, with tiny raindrops of colour. Gem Silica is a blueish-green / greenish-blue.
Random facts: Pink Opal is formed by bubbling water near volcanic ash and can only be found in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Gem Silica, or Gem Chrysocolla is the rarest form of the chalcedony stones.
Geography: Home to Machu Picchu, the famous ancient Incan city high in the Andes Mountains, Peru is located on the west coast of South America.
Official Language: Peru has 3 official languages – Spanish, Quechua (an indigenous language family spoken primarily by people in the Andes), & Aymara (spoken by the Aymara people of the Andes).
May we always cherish the phenomenal creation of our world.
Violet Gray x
Stone Photo Sources (left to right):Wikipedia / Atlas Obscura / Pic Query / anupkumarchaturvedi