Yes I know that is a very bold statement and many of you are probably freaking out and hating me at the moment, but hear me out.
Crystals are tools used in metaphysical healing. They are said to be helpful for every manner of ailments possible and they have a long history in ancient and modern healing practices. I have an enormous book dedicated to the study of crystal healing that I love and refer to often. I even have a blog series about many gemstones and their metaphysical and scientific properties. So I am no stranger to both.
So what the heck do I mean when I say they do not heal you? Well here it is, science has done many, many studies and they have found that although all gems and all natural materials do vibrate, the frequency is far to low to create healing within our bodies on their own.
What science has also found however, is that they are marvelous tools, conduits for the body to heal itself. You see we have energy too and we have the proven ability to heal ourselves in many ways. If we believe or have faith that something will work and that we will get better, we often do. We call this the placebo effect. It might be because we see a clear path on how to do all the right things to make our bodies heal. It might be because we seek out the right methods and medicines to help us. It may even be because we change our level of stress by focusing with intent, allowing our bodies to regenerate and heal.
Gemstones help us to create all of these fields of energy, which in the end can heal us. They are a beautiful tool in our tool box to help us on a path to a happy and healthy place. They do this by creating focused energy in the right direction.
In conclusion it is my hope that you know it is possible to use crystals to help you heal along with modern medicine and even to have faith in both without contradiction. It is also possible to simply enjoy the beauty of gemstones without the weight or need of metaphysical reasons. For is it not true that enjoying beauty and feeling beautiful can in and of itself be healing.
May you have a healthy beautiful day!
Mook Jasper, or Moukaite Jasper is a variety of Quartz, silicon dioxide mineral with a hexagonal system. Jasper is derived from the Greek work meaning "spotted stone" and can include up to 20% foreign materials, which accounts for the wide variety in colors and patterns. Mook jasper is found in Australia. The color of Mook jasper ranges from creamy white, mustard yellow and deep red to pink with black inclusions. It is a stunning display of color. This jasper hits the MOHS scale at 6.5-7 making it a harder stone.
Mook jasper covers all Chakra and represents the element of Earth like most jasper. Said to support liver health and detoxification. Encourages renewed hope, invigoration and energy. Helps overcome grief or depression. Facilitates deep connection to earth and nature. Reawakens ability to "know" which direction to go or travel in the physical and spiritual realm. Helps align the third and solar plexus to the root Chakra., allowing for intuitive perception.
Honestly I fell in love with this stone for it's truly unique colors and how they almost seem to make me feel soft and relaxed, but has a very dramatic appearance. It's bold and yet calming and inviting.
Wishing you a reawakening this week,
Information gathered from Book of Stones, Wikipedia, Smithsonian Rock and Gem book.
Sun stone called the sacred stone of the sun because of it's inner glow. The sun stone is actually an orange Labradorite. It is found in Oregon, United States, as well as India, Canada, Norway and Russia. The tiny plate like inclusion of hematite give it the shimmer making it look like a fire trapped inside.It comes in at a hardness of 6-6.5 on the MOHS scale.
Sun stone represents the 2nd Sexual/Creative and 3rd Solar plexus Chakra. Element is Fire of course. Said to warm the body increasing the metabolism,digestion and vitality and supporting the endocrine and reproductive systems. Encourages positive attitude and overcomes self doubt. Inspires responsibility, conviction and aids in prosperity. Sun stone is also great for those in leadership roles to feel confident and have mental clarity. It melts away feelings of unworthiness and helps manifest prosperity.
Wishing you a positive week,
Information gathered from Wikipedia, Rock and gem Smithsonian book, Book of stones
Named after Nicholas Covelli who discovered it in 1832. Covellite is a Copper Sulfide stone. This stone occurs in massive sizes but it is extremely rare. It occurs in thin plates which can be flexible It's color is indigo blue often tinged with purple iridescence. It often has gold flex mixed into it as well. Covellite has been found in Germany, Italy, Australia, and the United States.
Covellite is quite soft coming in at a 1.5-2 on the MOHS scale. It represents all Chakra and the element Storm. Considered to heighten psychic ability and inner vision, transformation, bridging the higher and lower worlds. Although it vibrates in higher planes it is called a grounding stone for it's ability to connect strongly with the physical reality and earth energies., creating a bridge between the two. Facilitates the deep journey into self and bringing out the unconscious shadow side. Allows for a true awakening for a frozen traumas and helps to facilitate healing.
Covellite is such a dramatic looking stone and draws you into it's deep blue. I love the natural shine and the overall presence of the stone.
Wishing you a healing and grounded week,
Information gathered from Book of stones, wikipedia
Dendritic agate is part of the Quartz family and is recognizable by it's plant like branch style inclusions of iron and magnesium. Moss agate is also form of dendritic agate. This stones hardness is a 7 on the MOHS scale making it a durable stone. The color can vary from bright white to a lavender color into dark black. I love the drama of the variation in this stone and how it often has a landscape like design. It often feels like nature paintings inside the stone.
Dendritic agate covers all chakra, is represented as an earth element and known for inner growth and wisdom. Aids in keeping a positive attitude while going through a needed transformation. Brings one out of tier inner thoughts to keep one grounded in the physical world, allowing for reduced stress and quieting harsh inner voices. Purple variations are exceptional at purifying the energy field and working towards spiritual transformation.
Truly a stone worth having in your collection for the beauty as well as for it's grounding qualities.
Wishing you a week of inner peace,
Information gathered from the Book of stone and Wikipedia, Photo of raw stone by Angeleyeshop , Jewelry by Dawn Rosell Designs
Pietersite also known as Riebeckite or Brecciatted Tiger's eye is absolutely gorgeous and also very dangerous in it's raw form. This gorgeous stone like Tiger's eye and Hawks eye(the blue version) is made from a mineral called Blue crocidolite asbestos and is consider to be toxic to humans in it's raw form. However once it has been cut, polished and made for jewelry it is no longer a threat and is actually quite beneficial. This is actually true of many shells and gemstones in our world. Hope I didn't scare you,lol
Pietersite is basically a naturally occuring mix of both tiger's eye and hawks eye and it can look like a layer like in the raw stone above or in a manner which is more mixed ad swirled together like in the pendant example. It is a part of the quartz family and comes in at a 7 on the MOHS scale. A silicon dioxide mineral, it is mainly found in South Africa and China. Both the deep navy blue/grey and the golden brown have flash and it makes this stone just gorgeous.
Pietersite represent the Solar plexis and the third eye chakra as well as the element of storm. Helps with insight, increases will power, precognition and self transformation. Also increases mental and physical energies. Brings about confidence and fearlessness. A highly spiritual stone that expands ones vision and awareness. Enhances clarity of thought and enlightenment. Seriously this is a very powerful stone, perhaps it can be a bit dangerous after all :) .
I love the boldness of this stone in color and I am so drawn to the darkness and light that happen within it's variations. It feels like a push and pull of the two sides of each and everyone of us. The dark and light dancing into a beautiful being.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about Pietersite and that you have a beautiful week.
Information sources: Book of Stones, Smithsonian Rock and Gem Book, Raw Stone photo from Amazon.com
Blue lace agate is an agate that is layers of blue chalcedony and white or clear agate with some inclusions of brown sometime occurring within the layers. It has a hardness of 7 on the MOHS scale. The banding can create stripes and or swirling within the stone. It is a soft blue color and is reminiscent of the blue sky and clouds. It can have a light lavender appearance in some lighting. The best quality of Blue lace agate comes from South Africa.
Blue lace agate represents the throat chakra, the element of water and helps with communication, clarity and confidence. Not a protection stone but a healing stone or helper stone. Calms the emotions and helps support confidence. Releases negative habits and helps one communicate one's deepest truth. Helps one to be heard by others, by adding in finding the right words to communicate clearly.
I love how much it takes me to a time when I would look up at the sky as a child, or with my own child and relaxing in the grass Trying to find the shapes in the clouds and watching them float by. This stone reminds me of calmer days of daydreaming and just simply being. Blue lace agate is not a bold or brightly colored stone, but that is what gives it it's charm. It is quiet and calm and beautiful.
I hope you enjoyed learning about Blue lace agate. Wishing you a place of calm and confidence.
Information sources: Book of stones and The Rock and Gem book from the Smithsonian.
Gold, the metal of wealth and status. It has been seen as these two symbols for millennia and has been used to adorn everything under the sun. Gold is extremely malleable making it perfect to use for numerous creations from jewelry to statues and leafing onto walls and objects. It is tarnish resistant and doesn't react to most chemicals.
Gold is a pure metal most commonly found in dendrite growths. Crystals 1" across have been found in California and masses over 200 lbs have been found in Australia. Ancient sources were Southern Egypt and Nubia. Major sources in Europe in the middle ages were in Saxony and Austria. The largest single ore body known in modern times is in South Africa's Witwatersrand. Today half of the planets gold resources are from Africa with smaller contributions from Russia, Brazil, Canada, Australia and the United States.
Gold is golden yellow in hue, but because it is so soft it needs to be combined with other metals to make it usable. It is made into an allow using silver, platinum, nickle, and zinc making it a whiter or lighter shade. Copper for a rose gold and iron gives it a blueish tint.
Gold has been used in modern times for medical and technology uses. It is a wonderful and versatile metal.
Gold is the astrological sign of Leo. The symbolic of Spirituality and the development of understanding. Allows beauty to come forth from the inner being as you travel through your world experiences. Helps to improve ones character through learning, and lessening trauma while gaining knowledge. Assists in activating, motivating and actualizing your potential. Helps to balance energy and eliminate ego conflicts as well as feelings of futility. Called the master healer, purifies the physical body. Opens the third eye and crown chakra.
Gold is said to bring honors, wealth, and happiness. To alleviate tension and stress and amplify positive feelings.
Gold is a beautiful mineral all around. It is a happy metal. I hope you enjoyed this information. Wishing you a positive, happy week!
Information gathered from Love is the earth book , Smithsonian Rock and Gem book.
Stone of pure Love. Rose quartz is part of the quartz family, made of silicon dioxide. It's color is it's name, Rose and it comes in soft shades which are from trace amounts of titanium, iron, or manganese. It has a hardness of 7 and is found in Brazil, Madagascar and South Dakota in the United States. Beads have been found that date back to 7000bc in Mesopotamia.
Element for Rose quartz is water and it represents the heart charka. The rose quartz is a soothing stone emotionally and physically. It brings calm release of stress and aids in matters of the heart. It helps one be loving to oneself and others. It is hope and, faith and joy. Rose quartz is a stone that harmonizes perfectly with other stones, complimenting them. An all around great stone of the divine, health and spirituality.
Information compiled from Book of Stones, wikipedia
Malachite is a copper carbonate mineral. It's name comes from the Greek work Malache (mallow) which is the name of a leaf that represents the same colors. It is found in Russia and Africa and has a hardness of 3.5 - 4. The first culture to use malachite for adornment was ancient Egypt around 4,000 BC. The Egyptians used malachite as an ornamental stone in jewelry and art. The natural banding is incredible ranging from light green to incredibly dark green.
Represents the Solar plexus and heart chakras and element is fire. Important stone for protection against negative energy. Helps increase vitality and tissue repair. Malachite helps build self confidence and emotional clarity. Enhances will power.
I hope you enjoyed learning about Malachite and have a positive day!
Information compiled from Firemountain gems, The pocket book of Stones.
I am a self taught jewelry artist and designer. My blog is the door to all the new things I learn, the stones I use and love, the pieces I created and the events I participate in as well as my thoughts and ramblings along this journey. I hope you enjoy the ride with me.