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In addition to plants, animals, and geographic features and phenomena, the natural world is home to a vast array of materials and substances that all carry symbolic meaning. This meaning may be rather esoteric or very straightforward, depending on the material in question and what type of angle it is being examined from; cultural, religious or personal are just a few examples.

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Like many gemstones, malachite possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Like many gemstones, the moonstone possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Obsidian is one of nature’s more curious products. Smooth to the touch, it can hold a razor sharp edge, but cracks and flakes under less pressure than most other stones. Nonetheless, it has a very long history of use by humans, and possesses a number of symbolic meanings.

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Opal is one of the “oddballs” of the gemstone family. Composed primarily of hardened silica, its water content is much higher than most crystalline gems (around 10% of the total mass of many specimens). This makes opals fairly fragile and can cause them to crack easily. On the other hand, opals' high water content and delicate silica structure- which causes their characteristic rainbow coloring- are both key contributors to the stone's symbolic meaning.

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Although pearls are not technically 'stones' in the way many other gems are, they still carry a wealth of symbolic meaning. In certain cultures, these beauties are accorded particularly high status, on par with and occasionally surpassing their crystalline brethren.

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Like many gemstones, the peridot possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Quartz (rock crystal)

Compared to most of its gemstone cousins, quartz is not particularly valuable. Rarity is a significant factor in the monetary worth of many gemstones, and as one of the most abundant materials in the Earth’s crust, quartz doesn’t quite measure up in this regard. On the other hand, quartz is still a rather fascinating stone in its own right, both in terms of physical nature and symbolic importance.

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Like many gemstones, the ruby possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Sandalwood is famous for its highly fragrant aroma, and its symbolic meanings largely stem from this quality. Both the wood itself and products made from it have occupied a significant place in many circles.

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Like many gemstones, the sapphire possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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The strength lies inside of this symbol. Taureans mostly have it in them. The strength inside of this artictectrialrayitik (ar-tik-tect-ree-ahL-ruh-yiht-ick-) has more that you can imagine.

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Like many gemstones, turquoise possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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