Welcome to the home of The Gemstone Chronicles! The Gemstone Chronicles is a four book series of middle grades/young adult fantasy adventure novels. Although written for a younger audience, they appeal to adults, too. I invite you to join the adventures of Aidan, Maggie, and their grandparents Nana and Beebop as they venture into the world of Celahir.
The first book of the series is The Carnelian. Carnelians are reddish-orange semi-precious gemstones mostly used for making cabochons today. Historically, carnelians were used to make signet rings for sealing official documents since the hot wax didn’t stick to the stone. In addition, the stones make excellent cameos, beads, and other pieces of jewelry.
The carnelian was one of the twelve stones in the Breastplate of Aaron in the Bible. Good luck, courage, peace, and happiness are characteristics of the stone.
The Gemstone Chronicles series is expanding!! The second book of the series, The Gemstone Chronicles Book Two: The Amethyst makes its debut in early December 2012. Below is the cover!!
The Amethyst follows Aidan, Maggie, Nana, Beebop and the children’s mother, Laura, as they return to Celahir to fight a giant and rescue Mike (Aidan and Maggie’s father). Despite Laura’s opposition, Aidan becomes the companions’ champion. He faces Brendan (the giant) in a series of challenges to determine their fate and the fate of his father!
Amethysts are among my favorite gemstones. I find a fair amount of amethysts during my frequent rock hunting trips and have tumbled a few in my rock tumbler. Mostly, though, I collect them for faceting. The specimens I have vary in color from a pale lavender to a deep purple. They are simply gorgeous stones!
Historically, people believed amethysts could ward off drunkenness and protect the wearer from poison. Catholic bishops often wear the stone. For them, it symbolizes humility, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom. As with the carnelian (from Book One: The Carnelian), the amethyst was part of the Breastplate of Aaron. In The Gemstone Chronicles Book Two: The Amethyst the stone represents happiness and joy.
Today, we find amethysts in rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings – virtually any kind of jewelry. They vary in color from pale lavender to the deepest purple. Exposure to high heat or natural radiation changes the color.
Read an excerpt from The Gemstone Chronicles Book Two: The Amethyst in the Sneak Peeks tab of the website!
The Gemstone Chronicles Book Three: The Emerald is now officially part of the family! Released as an ebook on June 6, 2013 and as a paperback on July 27, 2013, it joins the first two books of the series! The books follow the adventures of Aidan, Maggie, Nana, and Beebop and their elven friends in the magical land of Celahir!!
The Emerald follows our intrepid crew as they continue their adventures in Celahir. After defeating Brendan and recovering the Amethyst, they now head deeper into Celahir to rescue Mike from the clutches of Maeva. After a fateful encounter with the witch, Aidan and Maggie have to muster all of their courage and skills to rescue their friends and family. If they can do that, they may just have a hope of recovering the Emerald!
Emeralds are my favorite gemstones. Perhaps it’s my Irish ancestry as the green reminds me of that fair green island. Maybe it’s because they are my lovely wife’s favorite gems. I don’t know, but the deep green of the stone is mesmerizing.
I’m not the only one who thinks about emeralds this way. Historically, emeralds are the traditional birthstone for May. Emeralds are believed to hold many different magical and mystical properties. Emeralds are thought to help with love, bring success in sales, and neutralize negative influences. In different religions, emeralds play a large role. Green is the holy color of Islam. In the Catholic Church, green is considered the most natural and elementary color in liturgy. Emeralds have long been used for healing such ailments as colic, burns, headaches, and many others. In ancient times, the stones were ground into fine powder and used as an eye lotion.
The Gemstone Chronicles Book Three: The Emerald can be found at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Gemstone-Chronicles-Book-Three-ebook/dp/B00D8RH54Q)
The book, like the first two of the series, is also available in paperback from Amazon.com, Createspace.com, and BarnesandNoble.com.
The cycle is complete! The Gemstone Chronicles Book Four: The Ruby is now available! The final book of the series finds our heroes returning to Celahir for the final gemstone, the Ruby! Held by the terrifying cherufe, Aidan, Maggie, Nana, and Beebop must retrieve the gemstone and restore the balance between good and evil in Celahir.
Rubies are my second favorite gemstone. The red version of sapphires, the gems are extremely hard (9 on the Mohs scale). With the beautiful deep red color of the most prized specimens, it’s easy to understand the stone’s appeal!
Our friends over at Wikipedia tell us the ruby is aluminum oxide and the red coloration comes from chromium. All natural rubies have some imperfections, but if the stone has rutile inclusions, the ruby can be cabbed (made into a cabochon) that highlights the rutile in a star pattern.
Over the centuries, rubies have been associated with passion and prosperity. Rubies have always been connected with love. The red stones July’s traditional birthstones, but make for wonderful gifts at any occasion! Rubies are thought to sharpen focus, reduce the fear of evil, and guard against physical and psychic attacks. Along with emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds, rubies are considered the precious gemstones known for their rarity, color, and monetary value. For this and many other reasons, it seemed an appropriate stone with which to end the series!
Find The Gemstone Chronicles Book Four: The Ruby at the following links:
The book, like the others in the series, is also available at Createspace.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and many other retailers!
Lastly, I want to thank each and every reader, reviewer, and friend who helped make this series an incredible success!!