All about Amethysts….

The name Amethyst derives from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated,” and comes from an ancient legend. The wine god Bacchus, angry over an insult and determined to avenge himself decreed the first person he should meet would be devoured by his tigers. The unfortunate mortal happened to be a beautiful maiden named Amethyst on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana. As the ferocious beasts sprang, she sought the protection of the goddess and was saved by being turned into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus, regretting his cruelty, poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering, giving the gem its lovely purple hue.

Throughout history the special virtue of Amethyst has been that of preventing drunkenness and overindulgence. Ancient Greeks and Romans routinely studded their goblets with Amethyst believing wine drunk from an Amethyst cup was powerless to intoxicate, and a stone worn on the body, especially at the navel, had a sobering effect, not only for inebriation but in over-zealousness in passion. Catholic bishops also wore Amethyst in a ring to protect from mystical intoxication. Kissing the ring kept others from similar mystical intoxication and kept them grounded in spiritual thought.

Amethyst was also reputed to control evil thoughts, increase intelligence and render men shrewd in business matters. For travellers it was worn as a protection from treachery and surprise attacks, kept soldiers from harm and gave them victory over their enemies. It lent assistance to hunters in the capture of wild beasts and fowl, and was considered to be a powerful psychic stone of protection against witchcraft and black magic. Like other royal stones it protected its wearer from disease and contagion.

In the spiritual world, Amethyst provided a connection to the Divine. To the Hebrews, it was Ahlamah, the ninth stone in the breastplate of the High Priest, engraved with the tribe of Dan, as well as the twelfth foundation stone for the New Jerusalem. To the Egyptians, it was Hemag, listed in the Book of the Dead to be carved into heart-shaped amulets for burial. In Eastern cultures, it was listed in descriptions of sacred “gem-cities,” “trees of life,” and used in temple offerings for worship, and to align planetary and astrological influences. It was popular in rosaries and prayer beads, credited with creating an atmosphere of pious calm, imbuing a sense of mental peace and quietude.

In today’s world, Amethyst is still a remarkable stone of spirituality and contentment, known for its metaphysical abilities to still the mind and inspire an enhanced meditative state. Its inherent high frequency purifies the aura of any negative energy or attachments, and creates a protective shield of Light around the body, allowing one to remain clear and centred while opening to spiritual direction. Amethyst stimulates the Third Eye, Crown and Etheric Chakras enhancing cognitive perception as well as accelerating the development of intuitive and psychic ability. It initiates wisdom and greater understanding, and is a stone of comfort for those grieving the loss of a loved one.

Amethyst’s ability to expand the higher mind also enhances one’s creativity and passion. It strengthens the imagination and intuition, and refines the thinking processes. It helps in the assimilation of new ideas, putting thought into action, and brings projects to fruition. It is a talisman of focus and success.

In nature, Amethyst at times forms in combination with other minerals.

Here are just a few different types of amethysts available:

Brandberg Amethyst is a unique and extraordinary blend of Amethyst, Clear and Smoky Quartz together in one exceedingly high-vibrational crystal. It is found only in Namibia, Africa, and is imbued with remarkable phantoms, enhydros, and other rare formations and inclusions. It attunes to pure consciousness and is a potent talisman of healing and perfection with the capacity to restore one back to their etheric blueprint in order to realign with the Divine Source.

Chevron Amethyst displays v-shaped chevrons of deep purple and white Quartz that “seep” into beautiful layers. It is one of the finest Third-Eye stones for stimulating vision within the self as well as the physical world, filtering the life force from the cosmos via the Crown in its white layers and opening up spiritual and psychic channels through the purple. It has a strong, focused energy for dissipating and repelling negativity, and is the perfect crystal for learning any form of spiritual healing. Hold one in each hand for powerful but safe out-of-body travel, shamanic journeying or pathworking, and between the hands while praying or reciting mantras.

Cacoxenite in Amethyst mingles dark brown to yellow tufts of Cacoxenite, a phosphate mineral and major component in the Super Seven crystal, with the host crystal Amethyst. This combination brings a high level of creativity and new ideas to humanity by fostering thoughts that have never been thought of before. It is a calming stone, good in times of upheaval, and raises spiritual awareness of the creator essence in the beauty of nature and the kindness in people. Carry on the night of the crescent and full moon to transfer healing energy to the Earth and create an ethereal connection between the entire universe.

Ametrine is a combination of Amethyst and Citrine within the same crystal, a harmonious blend of the two energies. It brings spirituality into harmony with the intellect and inspires a profound flow of creativity, new ideas and insights. It is a remarkable healing stone, removing pain and tension while bringing energy and a sense of well-being to the mind and body. It brings greater focus in meditation, protection in astral travel and is a gateway crystal for opening angelic or spirit guide contact. Leave in natural light from noon on the day of a full moon and through the night to catch lunar rays then carry on the person to bring luck in money ventures.

 “Rutilated” Amethyst is a rare form of Amethyst which appears to contain Rutile, but actually contains brownish crystals of Goethite, an iron hydroxide mineral also found in the Super Seven crystal. Goethite is a stone for finding the link between the deep self and Earth, and together with Amethyst clears the Earth and Base Chakras, aligning the whole chakra system to the higher mind. It purifies the emotional body and is particularly helpful in grief work. It facilitates clairaudience, communion with angels, and connections with other worlds. To program as a wishing stone or with intentions, messages, and prayers, simply hold the stone with the intent in mind.

Amethyst is an exceptional crystal for wearing on the body, for use in healing rituals, and for enhancing one’s environment. It has been known to fade in direct sunlight and care should be taken. It is also good to clear its energies from time to time by holding the stone under running water for a short period while affirming that the stone be cleared. Keep unpolished Amethyst near other crystals to recharge them.

Where to look for gemstones in South Africa…

WHERE TO LOOK FOR MINERALS

Minerals can be collected at commercial collecting areas. In addition to the commercial collecting areas good places to look for mineral specimens are active and abandoned mines and quarries, mine dumps, highway cuts, excavations for construction sites, and stream beds and banks. In addition specimens have been found in recently plowed fields, especially after a rain.

It is suggested that the beginning collector might accompany an experienced collector on a first collecting trip, as it may be difficult to know what one is looking for without guidance. Always obtain permission of the landowner before entering a property to collect minerals. Entering private property without permission is punishable under trespass.

Take a look at the South African Locations page for information on South African locations and share your locations you have found with others.

COLLECTING

Mineral collecting is a exciting and increasingly popular hobby. This brochure presents an overview of mineral collecting and provides additional information and references useful to the beginning and experienced collector. Mineral collecting is a relatively inexpensive hobby that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It offers the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and learn about nature. Collecting trips can also be exciting, especially when there is the chance of finding minerals and gemstones of value.

South Africa contains a great variety of minerals with thousands of individual species being reported. With diligence and a little luck, rare and unusual minerals can be found.

Take a look at the South African Locations page for information on South African locations and share your locations you have found with others.

IDENTIFYING MINERALS

Identification of minerals can best be determined by noting the physical characteristics.

A hardness scale in which a mineral of greater hardness (higher number) can scratch a mineral of the lower hardness but not be scratched by it. The scale is 1-talc; 2-gypsum; 3-calcite; 4-fluofite; 5-apatite; 6-orthoclase; 7-quartz; 8-topaz; 9-corundum; 10-diamond. This is known as the Mohs scale of hardness. When on a collecting trip, remember that a fingenail has a hardness of 2.5; a penny, 3; a knife blade, 5.5; and a steel file, 6.5. Use these examples to scratch a sample to get an approximate hardness.

Other tests for identifying minerals include: specific gravity (weight of mineral compared to the weight of an equal volume of water), optical properties, crystal form, color, and luster. Minerals differ in other properties such as cleavage, fracture, parting planes, and the distinctive streak on a piece of unglazed porcelain. Some minerals are magnetic, some have electrical properties, some glow under ultraviolet or black light, some are radioactive, and some fuse under a low flame while others are unaffected. Chemical or X-ray analyses generally can identify a mineral.

Many tests too complicated for the beginner or require special equipment are also available.

A novice collector should read about minerals, look at photographs and samples, and talk with experienced mineral collectors in order to gain experience in identifying minerals. Also, geologists trained in mineralogy and petrology, are available to assist mineral collectors in identifying minerals and rocks.

HOW TO GET STARTED

The beginning mineral collector needs two pieces of somewhat specialized equipment – a geologist’s hammer and a hand lens. The hammer is used to dislodge rock or mineral specimens and trim them to display size. It can be purchased through hardware stores, scientific supply houses, and rock shops. A hand lens, also called a pocket magnifier, is useful to identify small mineral grains and crystals. A hand lens can be purchased at a jewelry store, hobby shop, or scientific supply house. Other useful pieces of equipment are: a knapsack to carry specimens, equipment, and food; paper sacks and wrapping paper (newspaper) to wrap individual specimens; a notebook for keeping field notes; and a pocket knife. It is a good idea to mark your locality on a topographic map as accurately as possible so that you can return on future field trips or direct others to the site. Permission must always be obtained to collect on private property. The following safety equipment is strongly recommended and is required for collecting in a mine or quarry area: hard hats, steel-toed boots, and safety glasses.

WHERE TO GET HELP

Mineral collecting can be much more enjoy able if you have a basic knowledge of geology and mineralogy. Ways of obtaining information on minerals and geology are listed below:

Visit The Geological Society of South Africa (www.gssa.org.za).

  • Books on rocks and minerals are available in most book stores. Public and university libraries are also good sources of reading material. A good reference to the geology of the Southern Africa are Bruce Cairncross’ books.
  • Take a basic course in geology or mineralogy at a university or community college. A general knowledge of geology and mineralogy will make one’s hobby more enjoyable and meaningful. Also, universities may have displays of local rocks, fossils, and minerals, which are open to the public.
  • Join a mineral club if there is one in your area. These clubs offer educational programs and organized collecting trips. Many clubs have their own liability insurance, which makes it possible for club members to obtain permission to visit quarries, whereas an individual collector could not. Clubs may put on shows and swap meets that are educational and offer the opportunity to upgrade a mineral collection. You can find Southern African mineral clubs at (www.fosagams.org.za)
  • Rockhounds has regular outings and also has a sister company, called Mineral Adventures so join them and see what exclusive finds you can join and become a part of.

Excerpt:  South African Rock Hounds.

Toxic Gemstones Not To Use In Gem Elixirs ….

Not all gemstones, but some contain toxic metals that can react with water when you use it. I have compiled a list of toxic gemstones you must not use to make gem elixirs or gemstone infusions of any kind. I’ve also added the toxic substance in each gemstone so that you can decide which gemstone rituals best fits it.

Toxic Gemstones Not to Use in Gem Elixirs

Which gemstones contain toxic elements? Is ruby toxic? Is garnet toxic? Why is moldavite not recommended for gem elixirs? Why not use selenite in water? Get all your answers cleared right now.

  1. Alexandrite

As Aluminum is a toxic mineral present in alexandrite gemstone, it is toxic for making gemstone elixirs.

  1. Amazonite

Traces of copper are opulently present in Amazonite making it too dangerous when dissolved in water.

  1. Aragonite

You will find Calcium Carbonate in aragonite and hence using it for elixirs is not recommended.

  1. Aventurine

As Aluminum is prominently present in aventurine, red, green, white and all varieties of aventurine are incompatible for using in elixirs.

  1. Azurite

Never use azurite to make gem elixir as it contains trace amounts of copper inside.

  1. Beryllium

It is important to avoid making elixirs with beryl group of healing gemstones as it contains carcinogen that can affect you.

  1. Blue Sapphire

You must not use blue sapphire gemstones to make gem elixirs because it contains Aluminum.

  1. Boji Stones

The prominent stones for prayers, boji stones are filled with sulphur and hence not recommended for use in elixirs.

  1. Chalcopyrite

Presence of Copper Sulphide in chalcopyrite makes it unworthy for using in gem elixir or any water infusions.

10. Chrysocolla

Another gemstone that is toxic with Copper Sulphide is the teal blue chrysocolla. It is toxic in water.

11. Cinnabar

The source of Mercury, cinnabar must be worn with care. It contains high amounts of mercury and must be kept away from water and skin.

12. Dalmatian Jasper

As Dalmatian jasper contains the toxic element aluminum, it must not be infused or used with water.

13. Dioptase

A unique stone, dioptase is toxic as it contains the substance Copper Cyclosilicate.

14. Emerald

It is best to avoid using emeralds in gemstone baths or elixirs as it contains traces of aluminum.

15. Feldspar

You must not use feldspar group of gemstones in water because it contains the toxic substance Aluminum.

16. Fluorite

One of the corrosive gemstones, Fluorite must never be soaked or even touched in water as reuse can cause infections.

17. Garnet

The stone of sacral and heart chakra, Garnet contains the toxic element Aluminum and are hence toxic in water.

18. Gem Silica

You must not use gem silica for creating infusions as elixirs as it contains Copper.

19. Hematite

The earthy stone of truth, Hematite easily rusts even though it is not a toxic gemstone. Avoid using hematite in water!

20. Iolite

Iolite is another gemstone that contains toxic traces of aluminum. Hence, you must not touch water on iolite.

21. Kunzite

It is best to keep the gemstone kunzite away from gem elixirs as it contains the toxic substance Aluminum.

22. Labradorite

Due to the presence of aluminum, Labradorite is not a good choice of gemstone for bathing or gem elixirs.

23. Lapis Lazuli

The beautiful indigo stone of night is toxic in water as it contains pyrite with traces of sulphur in it.

24. Lepidolite

Aluminum is the chief cause of toxicity in gemstone Lepidolite. Keep away from all gemstone rituals involving Lepidolite and water.

25. Malachite

It is best to keep malachite away from rusting factors including moisture as it is toxic due to the presence of copper.

26. Moldavite

The spectacular natural glass stone, green stone or moldavite contains miscellaneous toxic substances and must not be used for gem elixirs.

27. Moonstone

You must not use moonstone gemstone for making gem elixir as it is a toxic stone with traces of Aluminum in it.

28. Morganite

Another stone with Aluminum, morganite must never be used to make gem elixirs.

29. Prehnite

Aluminum is the culprit behind the toxicity of the gemstone prehnite too.

30. Pyrite

A gentle grounding stone, pyrite contains Iron sulphide and hence, it is considered highly toxic for gem elixirs.

31. Ruby

Due to the presence of Aluminum in ruby gemstones, it is best to stay away from ruby gemstone infusions.

32. Selenite

As selenite tends to break off into tiny parts in water, it is best not to use selenite infusions or yoni eggs.

33. Serpentine

Another toxic gemstone to avoid making gemstone infusions is serpentine because it contains Asbestos.

34. Smithsonite

You must not use smithsonite for gemstone infusions or baths as it contains traces of zinc and copper in it.

35. Sodalite

It is wrong to use sodalite elixirs as it contains toxic substance aluminum which can cause severe deformities when dissolved in water.

36. Spinel

Stay away from spine infused cosmetics and elixirs as it contains the dangerous element Aluminum in it.

37. Sugilite

As the crown chakra stone sugilite is observed to contain Aluminum, it is toxic to make infusions and gem elixirs.

38. Sunstone

Stay away from goldstone or sunstone as it contains Aluminum, which is toxic in gem elixirs.

39. Tanzanite

The rare and precious indigo stone of light, Tanzanite is highly toxic in water as it contains Aluminum.

40. Topaz

Due to the presence of Aluminum in topaz, it is best recommended to stay away when you’re making gem infusions.

41. Tourmaline

Aluminum is the silent killer in tourmaline and hence, considered a bad choice to infuse in water.

42. Turquoise

Both Aluminum and copper are found in the teal blue stellar stone of truth turquoise. Stay away from infusions of turquoise for throat chakra.

43. Unakite

As both the toxic substances Aluminum and Zirconium are present in the gemstone unakite, it is unfit to be used for gem elixirs.

44. Zircon

It is best to stay away from zirconium in zircon due to the high toxicity of the substance.

45. Zoisite

Another toxic gemstone that contains Aluminum is zoisite. Hence, never use it to make gem elixirs.

What can You Do with Toxic Gemstones?

Not all gemstone react with the skin, water, oil or oxygen in the air and can be worn freely. However, in case of doubts, check the list above for the list of toxic healing gemstones before using it for gem elixirs.

You can use these toxic gemstones

Jewellery

Wearing gemstones with aluminum does not expose you to toxins. Just ensure you do not splitter-splatter water on it.

Feng Shui

You can avoid toxins due to direct contact such as touching by using toxic gemstones for feng shui around different parts of the house.

Placement

For many gemstone rituals, all you need to do with gemstones is keep them around you. That’s zero contact with you physically, right?

Décor

You can also use gemstones for interior designing to enhance the looks of your home or cabin.

Every gemstone is different. The doses of toxic elements in healing gemstones vary from gemstone t gemstone.

 

Emotional, and Spiritual Effects Of Healing Gemstones: How Gemstones Make You Feel

 

From dizziness to falling into earth and premonitions, gemstones make you feel weird things. With millions vouching to the healing effects of gemstones, it is impossible to avoid it. So, let me jot down the complete Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Effects of Healing Gemstones so that you can refer to this gemstone bible when in confusion handling gemstones. Get started already!

What Do Gemstones Make You Feel?

We feel what we feel due to our brain deciphering the things going around.

You see that’s why you know the paint of your shoes from the colour of your sheets. You hear that’s why you know the sound of rain from your pet dog. I could go on about each sense you have, such as vision, touch, taste, sound and so on.

But, what about things around you that you don’t see or feel. Why don’t you realize the fading colour of your sheets or the tree hit by thunder in the other country? Just as the wind knows when it will rain or water when it will evaporate, there are gemstones to give you insight about your 6th sense, 7th sense or 10th.

We will explore how the effects of the gemstone can direct you on healing, enlightenment and empowering benefits.

Physical Effects Of Healing Gemstones

What do gemstones make you feel physically? Can I feel the power of gemstones through touch? Why do I feel dizzy when I touch gemstones? Find the secrets to physical effects of gemstones!

  • Pins and Needle effect of healing gemstones

This is the commonest effect of people using healing gemstones for the first time. You will feel as if there are pins under the area touched by the gemstones. A physical effect felt by people with misaligned chakras, needles effect can also numb you for a while.

  • Dizziness effect of gemstones

Another notable effect of using gemstones is the dizziness. You might suddenly feel dizzy when using a root chakra stone. Or the same can happen to you with an unbalanced root chakra. It can make you stable or unstable, depending on your own instability. Dizziness can also be a sign of healing chakra therapy.

  • Diarrhoea from healing stones

Considered a side effect to poor solar plexus chakra power, diarrhoea happens when you’re plain unwell. However, healing gemstones can induce diarrhoea, stomach pain or issues too. It can be a sign of detoxing your stomach in case your solar plexus or root chakra is blocked.

  • Heightened Senses with Gemstones

Your sense of vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell will significantly improve with gemstones. You will notice hidden sounds and even the odd presence felt with healing gemstones. It can make you sharp, alert and completely aware of your surroundings.

  • Heated up Feeling with Healing Rocks

Another physical effect of healing gemstones people often ignore is the heating up. If you feel as if your body is quickly heating up or head is becoming too hot, it might be the result of higher gemstones. When your third eye or crown chakra is disturbed, heating up can happen.

Physical Healing Effects of Healing Gemstones

When you use gemstones, your body undergoes many changes. It is impossible to list all the physical healing powers of gemstones, so we summarized it.

–          Cure

From ancient scriptures to modern vogues, gemstones are recommended as the ultimate cure for many diseases. People use gemstones for seasonal illnesses to terminal diseases. It can cure you by penetrating and empowering your chakra points.

–          Immunity

Gemstones can nourish your dejected chakra points to dispel the negativity. It will cleanse your insides and power the white blood cells for a speedy recovery too. Healing stones give you the extra power you need.

–          Health

It is not easy to get pink of health. But, no matter what age or disease you’re caught up in, healing gemstones can show you ways to strengthen your chakras to find the pink of health. It is a holistic healing method that takes time.

Emotional Effects of Healing Gemstones

What do gemstones make you feel Emotionally Can I feel the power of gemstones through vibe or aura? Why do I feel like I’m falling when I touch gemstones? Find the secrets to Emotional effects of gemstones!

  • Shaky

If you feel overwhelmed with stress, shakiness happens. The same shakiness is observed when handling overpowering gemstones. For example, if you’re sad or troubled while holding a twin rose quartz stone might tremble and quiver with its higher heart powers.

  • Irritated

When you’re suddenly pissed off when you walk by a gemstone in the gemstone shop, it must be clashing with your aura or astral chart energies. While malachite can drive you insane if you’re a criminal or heavy sinner, it is merely part of healing.

  • Angry

Another emotional effect of healing gemstones on the psyche is anger. When you use a red jasper stone and feel angry, your basal chakra in unbalanced. You need to eject the negativity curdled within you with a gemstone pendulum for efficient removal. Target the sacral chakra.

  • Falling into Earth

A grounding effect of root and crown chakra stones, if you feel as if you’re falling into the earth, it can be good at most times. Often, grounding your excess energies also mean draining them into the earth. If you feel puzzled, be careful when handling grounding stones.

  • Floating

You might also feel as if you’re floating due to the dissociative effects of the gemstones. It does not happen with every healing stone, but mostly with highest or lowest chakra stones. Floating sensation can be a signal of your disorientation.

Emotional Healing Effects of Healing Gemstones

When you’re undergoing emotional healing from gemstones, you turn a new leaf. It is impossible to list all the Emotional healing powers of gemstones, so we summarized it.

–          Calm

Using gemstones can empower your underlying problems. It can help you find closure and relieve your hatred or revenge within the heart. Healing gemstones for anger and anxiety work magically on your nerves.

–          Happy

If you’re discontent with your life or choices in it, happiness can seem tough. That’s why you need happy healing stones that give you peace of mind. It will help you find your destiny and purpose in life.

–          Positive

When you use gemstones for emotional healing, it is typical to feel uplifted. This is because of the renewing energy flowing through your chakra veins. It will find where your happiness is and help you achieve your dreams.

Spiritual Effects of Healing Gemstones

What do gemstones make you feel spiritually? Can I feel the power of gemstones through mental power? Why do I hear voices of angels when I touch gemstones? Find the secrets to Spiritual effects of gemstones beyond our senses!

  • Frequency/ Presence

A supernatural effect of gemstones, sometimes you can feel as though you’re enveloped by a strange presence when handling new gemstones. The new energy can come in waves of frequency or auric presence too. This is typical when you use higher chakra healing gemstones.

  • Astral Projection

A little know supernatural phenomenon, astral projection is a dissociative effect when you can feel outside your body. It can take you to new dimensions when you can astrally project your spiritual self through astral travel. It is a powerful spiritual effect of ethereal healing gemstones.

  • Telepathy

Sometimes, healing gemstones can open your mind to other voices than your own. Telepathy refers to communicating and interacting with those voices. You can use gemstones of the heart chakra and throat chakra for telepathy as well as spiritual teleportation.

  • Angelic Communication

When you feel embraced by guardian angels you know of a bright light in your periphery that protects you, you’ve met the angel. You can witness angelic communication and messages from the divine when you use a gemstone that vibrates with your zodiac signs.

  • Clair vision/ Clairvoyance

A divine intervention where you see or hear the messages of the divine and communicate it to others is referred to as clairvision or clairvoyance, respectively. It can be due to the higher or lower chakra energies in the gemstone.

Typically, you can hear the gemstone talk to you when you’ve bonded with it completely.

Spiritual Healing Effects Of Healing Gemstones

When you’re touched by the spiritual power of gemstones, your soul undergoes the change. It is impossible to list all the Spiritual healing powers of gemstones, so we summarized it. Find your fit!

–          Awakened

When you’re using gemstone for higher chakras such as crown or third eye, you become enlightened too. This because destiny leaps when you activate the higher chakras. It will show you the purpose and meaning of your life.

–          Peaceful

If you’re tired of hunting for peace, spiritual gemstones can take you there. By communicating with your subconscious as well as the higher powers to direct your reality. It will keep you rested, stable and at peace. Spiritual peace also comes with karmic therapy from past life mistakes.

–          Divine

When gemstones are rare and filled with mystic powers, you can grow premonition and powers of prophecy. Besides fortune telling, these virtues can strengthen your intuitive powers. They can change your reality by showing your future and the right moves to hack it.

 

25 Facts about gemstones….

Did you know…..

  1. Each specific gem’s name characterized the scarcity or monetary value in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and even Rome.
  2. Gems were divided into two categories in ancient India – the major gems and the minor gems, resulting to the category of divine gems.
  3. Divine gems are known to be tied to astrological signs, such as pearl (Moon), blue sapphire (Saturn), red coral (Mars), and diamond (Venus), to name a few.
  4. There are now three separate categories of Gems: Precious Gemstones, Semiprecious Gemstones, and Organic Gemstones.
  5. Diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires are all examples of Precious Gemstones, as seen below.
  6. Less than 20% of the gems worldwide are of true gem quality.
  7. Emerald is one of the most difficult gems to cut due to its rough crystals and inclusions, as see below.
  8. The ancient Greeks and Romans thought that diamonds were made of tears from the Gods and splinters from twinkling stars.
  9. Turquoise is an example of a Semiprecious Gemstone.
  10. Turquoise coined its name from the Greek word “Turkois”, meaning “Turkish”, because it was first brought from Turkey.
  11. Turquoise is the wedding anniversary gemstone and is traditionally given on the 5th and 11th years of marriage.
  12. Amethyst was once considered a precious gem, but when scientists found large reserves of it in Brazil, its value decreased and became a semiprecious gem.
  13. Organic gems are gems that were created by living organisms and have been mineralized.
  14. Natural pearls, cultured pearls, and conch pearls are some of the most popular and commonly known organic gems.
  15. In the United States there are pearl farms in Hawaii (2) and Tennessee (1), among many others worldwide. Below, an example of a farm in Hawaii:
  16. Moonstone, a Semiprecious Gemstone, is considered to be of good fortune and success in India.
  17. Crystal healing is a type of alternative medical technique where gemstones are used to cure certain illnesses
  18. Aquamarine has been said to stop toothaches while Rose Quartz is used to assist in weight loss, to clear acne and protect against wrinkles.
  19. In Ancient Egypt, Lapis Lazuli was used as an eyeshadow after crushing it to its powdered form.
  20. Also used by artists such as Da Vinci and for paintings in the Sistine Chapel, Lapis Lazuli was ground up and mixed with oils in the 14th century and was only allowed to be in the possession of royalty.
  21. Amazonite is called the “Prosperity Stone” and is said to bring in new business, whether it be hung over a doorway of a store or worn around the neck of a gambler to attract money.
  22. To enrich color, almost all amethyst are heat treated before being sold to obtain its highest quality.
  23. The largest loose diamond in the world is the Paragon Diamond, weighing in at 137.82 carats.
  24. Sold for $83 million, the Pink Star Diamond is the most expensive gemstone to ever be sold.
  25. The red color in rubies are caused by traces of chromium, and is known to be a symbol of life and love.

Gemstones by Element: Air Healing Gems…

What are Air Healing Gemstones? Are they excellent for connecting with nature? How different are they from fire or ether element healing gemstones? Explore the complete guide on Element Air Healing Gemstones from chakra to the zodiac and metaphysical healing and mantras. This is all you need to activate Air Healing Gemstone powers. We’ve added the quirks for each gemstone to help you activate the Air Element Gemstones quickly!

Colour Meaning of Air Element Healing Gemstones

Air surrounds us and without which the world as we see it will cease to exist. Representing wisdom, health, and determination, air element healing gemstones signify motion.

Chakra of Air Element Healing Gemstones

Solar Plexus and Root

Zodiac of Air Element Healing Gemstones

Scorpio and Taurus

Best Healing Gemstone Combinations for Air Element Healing Gemstones

Imperial Topaz when combined with Black Onyx, makes you invincible against danger.

Rhodonite is the stone of love that makes you sensible when mixed with the air healing gemstone Howlite.

Lores say if you use Picture Jasper with lapis lazuli, you will find a new dimension of wisdom.

Blue Chalcedony is considered the talisman to keep you grounded amongst enemies when you use it with amethyst.

When you connect the energy of White Fire Opal with Garnet, you get pure commitment, honesty and passion.

Healing Properties of Air Element Healing Gemstones

How can Air Healing Gemstones heal your body? What deity powers do you awaken when you use Air Gemstones? How can cure root chakra with Air gems? Get all your questions answered now!

  • Physical Healing of Air Element Healing Gemstones

When you use gemstones with air element, your respiratory troubles end forever. You can cure Asthma to the oldest Smoking habit using these gemstones. Bronchitis and similar breathing trouble are taken but a few weeks to heal with gemstones of the air element.

  • Emotional Healing of Air Element Healing Gemstones

Using healing stones that signify the power of air elements makes you more truthful and honest. It opens your mind and helps you trust other more too. Air gemstones are peace stones!

  • Spiritual Healing of Air Element Healing Gemstones

If you apply the power of air element healing stones for spiritual purposes, you can attract many virtues. From getting wiser to making a sizeable fortune, air stones make you prosperous too!

12 Air Element Healing Gemstones to Use in Everyday Life

If you don’t know the powers of Air Healing Gemstones, it might lead you to physical and spiritual problems. Hence, it is best to know which Air gemstones to use for activating the right chakra powers you want in life. If you’ve been wondering which the best healing gemstones are in Air element for use in daily life, we’ve got the complete list.

  1. Yellow Topaz

A creative stone that empowered by the air element healing, yellow topaz combines the power of throat and third eye chakras. It is noble stone to speed up your action. Yellow Topaz quickens your wit and actions. You can wear it or place it on the chakra you want to activate. Throat chakra will empower communication skills while third eye increases foresight.

How to Program your Third Eye or Throat Chakra with Yellow Topaz

  • Take a Yellow Topaz
  • Point it at the Third Eye or Throat Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m knowledge. Everything around me makes me wiser”.
  1. Citrine

The stone of prophecy and Clair vision, citrine empowers your spiritual eye. It can cure your physical disorders and psychological agonies. It makes the user brave and self-confident. Use it when taking important decisions, you’re unsure about. Citrine also helps you stay calm in sensitive situations.

How to Program your Solar Plexus Chakra with Citrine

  • Take a Citrine
  • Point it at the Solar Plexus Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m strong. Everything around me makes healthier”.
  1. Picture Jasper

One of the unique gemstones that empower your intuition and inspiration, picture jasper also promotes stability. It shows you the future and clears your path. The gemstone is renowned to open doors of destiny and put an end to confusions. Use it on your base chakra for stability in life.

How to Program your Root Chakra with Picture Jasper

  • Take a Yellow Jasper
  • Point it at the Root Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m stable. Everything around me helps me balance”.
  1. Rhodonite

Love is part of the cure and when you use rhodonite, you get the total packages. It melts and prepares you for destiny. It brings love, care and comfort to your life.
Rhodonite powers the air of love. It also pulls your true love closer. When you use it to power your heart chakra, you become an empath too.

How to Program your Heart Chakra with Rhodonite

  • Take a Rhodonite
  • Point it at the Heart Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m a kindness. Everything around me makes me softer”.
  1. Lapis Lazuli

Nothing sharpens your mental eye better than lapis lazuli gemstones for air element powers. It will make you dedicated to studies if you’re a student. The divine stone clears guilt and hatred from the mind. The healing powers of lapis stones are potent and hence quick.

How to Program your Third Eye or Throat Chakra with Lapis Lazuli

  • Take a Lapis Lazuli
  • Point it at the Third Eye or Throat Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m the truth. Everything around me makes me wise”.
  1. Peridot

Another good fortune stone for attracting the charm, peridot can make your wishes come true. We promise it will be quicker than the bat. You can also use peridot as a talisman to bless your space using Feng shui directions. Peridot gemstones can attract luck and prosperity into your life.

How to Program your Heart Chakra with Peridot

  • Take a Peridot
  • Point it at the Heart Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m good fortune. Everything around me attracts luck”.
  1. Carnelian

Keeping your enthusiasm can seem hard and that’s when you must use the healing stone of carnelian to attract the powers of the air element. The stone of wellbeing and fidelity helps you stay rooted in your oath. It is the best gemstone for showing your strength in an exam.

How to Program your Heart Chakra with Carnelian

  • Take a Carnelian
  • Point it at the Sacral or Solar Plexus Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m commitment. Everything around me determined”.
  1. Smoky Quartz

From putting you in the right place to clearing your path, smoky quartz can be a guardian stone. Clearing your thoughts is the supreme power of smoky quartz. It clears the clutter and promotes understanding. Use it as a talisman if you’re traveling.

How to Program your Heart Chakra with Smoky Quartz

  • Take a Smoky Quartz
  • Point it at the Crown Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m clarity. Everything around me makes transparent”.
  1. Blue Chalcedony

The stone of peace and calmness, blue chalcedony beads are excellent for meditating and clearing your mind chatter. It will help you stay amiable in crucial situations where you’re hurt.

How to Program your Throat or Third Eye Chakra with Blue Chalcedony

  • Take a Blue Chalcedony
  • Point it at the Throat or Third Eye Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m calmth. Everything around me makes me peaceful”.
  1. Yellow Fluorite

One of the stones that teach you the hardest lessons of life, yellow fluorite is an air element gemstone that lights the right way. You can use it as a guardian stone for making the right choices in life.

How to Program your Sola

The stone of passion and new beginnings, using white fire opal changes the wind in your direction. It is a must-have for existentialists as it helps you find answers to your questions. The seeker gemstone is blessed with luck too!

How to Program your Sacral Chakra with White Fire Opal

  • Take a White Fire Opal
  • Point it at the Sacral Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m enlightenment. Everything around pulls my destiny”.
  1. Tiger Eye

Power and faith help tiger eye to make a courageous soul out of you. Grab your tiger eye and walk into any battler and prepare to win. It empowers your heart and body to stay strong through the hardships life presents with. Use it as a talisman gemstone to protect you.

How to Program your Solar Plexus Chakra with Tiger Eye

  • Take a Tiger Eye
  • Point it at the Solar Plexus Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m courage. Everything around me makes me valiant”.

Purple and Violet Colour Energy….

When you’re working with Purple and Violet Colour Energy, you must know that you are dealing with the energy of your own spiritual awakening!

This colour energy will bring passionate feelings to the fore. It will also awaken the magic in your life.

It has a variety of effects on your body, heart, mind, and spirit.

Purple and Violet have long been associated with feminine grace, elegance, royalty, and beauty.

This colour energy also suggests magic, mystery, uniqueness, and strength.

It’s a colour that has very strong calming effects, and it can trigger your creativity and imagination.

If you’re always drawn to this colour and it has become your favourite colour, here are some important things that you should know about how it can make an impact on you!

Why Would You Use Purple and Violet Colour Energy?

Purple and Violet Colour Energy signifies creativity, awareness, integrity, and sensibility.

This colour energy is about being deeply influenced by inner knowing.

It’s about being someone dynamic who will assert their morality to promote and teach respect for all life.

When you have a Purple and Violet Colour Energy, it means that you are guided by your mind’s eye and you are led by your heart.

This colour works primarily from the third eye. It’s highly intuitive and can impart a wide range of arcane knowledge!

The insights that you will get from this colour will help you see the pathways of limitless potentials and possibilities.

It is not uncommon to know that Purple and Violet Colour Energy may hold the important answers to life’s mysteries!

This colour energy can absorb and process new pieces of information quickly, like in Lepidolite.

If you possess Purple and Violet Colour Energy, you may have a tendency to be overwhelmed by the vibrations in your environment.

When it comes to this colour energy, everything will be experiential that your way of relating to others is through the use of similes and metaphors.

But your channelled prophecies and revelations will be delivered on point!

When you possess a Purple and Violet Colour Energy, you are brave and bold with your honesty.

You wish to serve as an example of testing your limits and breaking down your barriers.

You are very outspoken when it comes to correcting social injustices, doing your part as a functioning member of society, and quickly setting the record straight.

Having this particular colour energy means that you are clear with your convictions, and you know the right thing to do.

People with this colour energy sometimes have trouble understanding the reason why other people don’t understand the same knowledge the way you do.

You may also feel alienated or ostracized from society, and you just want to disappear for a while so that you can regain your balance.

A Purple and Violet Colour Energy indicates that you are very intuitive and aware.

You harness your vision, wisdom, and leadership qualities and harmonize them with different kinds of healing arts.

You feel a sense of obligation to elevate your spiritual vibrations of humanity so that you can heal and nourish the planet.

This colour energy is fascinated with collective consciousness, cosmic connection, and overall cooperation.

When you have a Purple and Violet Colour Energy, your approach to almost everything in your life is holistic.

You possess an intimate understanding that everything can be interdependent and connected.

As someone with a Purple and Violet Colour Energy, you believe in the proper alignment of energies between body, mind, and spirit.

You believe that this is a catalyst for powerful change.

It will encourage you to participate in pursuits that will keep all three balanced, and to facilitate your personal and spiritual growth.

Purple and Violet Colour Energy carries both physical and spiritual presence. It represents your well-being and your sense of oneness and unity.

How Will Purple and Violet Colour Energy Help You?

When the energy in and around your body becomes blocked or out of balance, it can manifest as physical ailments and mental stresses.

Purple and Violet Colour Energy will make sure that everything is working as it should, and that your energies are enjoying a healthy and continuous flow.

Purple and Violet Colour Energy and Wealth

Purple and Violet Colour Energy has always been associated with the good life. It symbolizes power, luxury, ambition, and elegance.

When you work with this colour energy on a regular basis, you will also be inspired to achieve more with your God-given talents.

You will be motivated to make your dreams come true, and you will not let a little hiccup on the road stop you from trying!

Purple and Violet Colour Energy, Love and Relationships

When it comes to love and relationships, Purple and Violet Colour Energy signifies good judgment.

It’s the colour that represents your desire to achieve fulfilment in all aspects of your life.

It is said that if you surround yourself with this colour energy, you will achieve peace of mind and happiness in your heart.

This colour energy also represents your purpose.

When you work and embrace this colour energy, challenges will not seem as difficult, and even the simplest things can give the best kind of happiness.

Purple and Violet Colour Energy will make you more focused.

When it comes to the things that happen between you, your significant other, and your relationship, you will be more active and dynamic.

It will inspire and motivate you to be the best kind of partner and to impart the best kind of love.

This colour energy also has a very strong grounding effect, like in Tiffany Stone.

How to Use Purple and Violet Colour Energy for the Best Results

Harness your Purple and Violet Colour Energy when you want to use your creativity and imagination to the fullest, or when you need to calm your over activity.

If you’re going through a difficult phase in your life, performing a gemstone therapy with a purple and violet gemstone can help you deal with your current situation.

Use it when you need to regain the balance in your life and remove the obstacles in your path.

Wear anything purple when you want to establish an air of mystery about you, or when you want to live in a fantasy world for a while!

Just remember that too much purple and violet is also not good. Too much of this colour can aggravate depression in some people.

If you’re vulnerable to depression or depressive moods, use Purple and Violet Colour Energy in small amounts only.

The Best Combination to Use with Purple and Violet Colour Energy

Purple and Violet Colour Energy symbolizes power, leadership, wealth, passion, respect, and spiritual goals. It’s calming, refreshing, and pacifying.

It has also come to symbolize independence, success, wisdom, and psychic ability.

It is suggested that wearing or carrying purple and violet gemstones will strengthen your generosity and inspire inner strength and creativity

This colour energy will also grow your wisdom and enhance your artistic talents.

You can wear violet gemstones as a standalone, or you can combine them to amplify their energies.

Try wearing Stichtite, Purpurite, Charoite, Lepidolite, Sugilite, Fluorite, or Amethyst.

You can also wear Rubellite, Tourmaline, Spinel, Lavender Chalcedony, Purple Agate, Purple Topaz, Purple Garnet, Purple Sapphire, Tanzanite, Jasper, or Tiffany Stone.

My Final Thoughts on the Power of Purple and Violet Colour Energy

Purple and Violet Colour Energy relates to your imagination and your spirituality. This energy will stimulate your imagination and inspire high ideals.

It’s a reflective colour that will allow you to get in touch with your inner self and your deepest thoughts.

Purple and Violet Colour Energy will guide you as you seek the meaning of life and achieve spiritual fulfilment. It will expand your awareness and connect you to a higher consciousness.

This colour energy is associated with your soul’s transformation!

It represents your future, your dreams and your imagination. It will also inspire you and enhance your psychic abilities.

It will give you spiritual enlightenment while also keeping you grounded.

This colour energy is also associated with the fantasy world and your need to escape from the hustle and bustle of life.

When it comes to this colour energy, you’re the daydreamer escaping reality!

Purple and Violet Colour Energy will promote harmony between your mind and your emotions.

Achieving this kind of balance will contribute to your peace of mind, and to your thoughts and activities.

It will inspire a selfless and unconditional love that’s devoid of ego. It will encourage you to be more compassionate and sensitive.

It will encourage creative pursuits, inspiration, and originality.

Violet and Purple Colour Energy will remind you to be unique and independent because there are just so many copies in the world.

This colour has power. It possesses a rich quality to it that demands attention and respect.

Purple and Violet Colour Energy will make you reach for your dreams, and it will show you how you can be more confident in your own skin!

 

Gemstones by Color: Colorless Healing Gemstones….

 

What are Colourless gemstones? Are they good for enlightenment just like silver gemstones? How different are they from white or silver healing gemstones? Explore the complete guide on Colourless Gemstones from chakra to the zodiac and metaphysical healing and mantras. This is the ultimate guide to activate Colourless healing gemstone powers. We’ve added the positive affirmations for each gemstone to help you activate the Colourless gemstones quickly!

What is the Meaning of Colourless Healing Gemstones?

Transparency is the star feature of colourless healing gemstones. It offers the benefit of clarifying your doubts through enlightenment such that you’re clear.

What is the Chakra of Colourless Healing Gemstones?

Crown or Third Eye

Zodiac of Colourless Healing Gemstones

Capricorn

How to Understand the Healing Properties of Colourless Healing Gemstones

How can Colourless gemstones heal your body? What deity powers do you awaken when you use Colourless healing gemstones? How can cure heart with Colourless healing gemstones? Get all your questions answered now!

  • What are the Physical Healing Powers of Colourless Healing Gemstones?

Colourless gemstones are the best tool to remedy memory loss in aging patients. These gemstones can focus the chakra energy on brain disorders to cure it quickly too. Besides biological, colourless healing gemstones are also used widely since the beginning of time for schizophrenia, bipolarity and anger issues.

  • What are the Emotional Healing Powers of Colourless Healing Gemstones?

For people always haunted by doubt and confusions, the only way to resolve your lack of faith is a colourless healing gemstone. It will teach you how and why to believe in yourself. In addition, colourless healing gemstones can also boost if you low self-esteem. Another bonus to choosing colourless gemstones is the goal-setting discipline and ambition it teaches.

  • What are the Spiritual Healing Powers of Colourless Healing Gemstones?

Colourless gemstones are the best for surreal connection. It is often empowering for the crown chakra, located outside the body, on top of your head. Hence, colourless healing gemstones can attract wisdom, knowledge and sense to the wearer and his or her surroundings. Besides that, angelic communication and dream recall are the additional powers of colourless healing gemstones.

How can I use Colourless Healing Gemstones in Everyday Life?

If you don’t understand how to use Colourless gemstones, it might lead you to chaos. Hence, it is best to know which Colourless gemstones to use for activating the right chakra powers you want in life. If you’ve been wondering about the best healing gemstones are in Colourless colour for use in everyday life, we’ve got the complete list.

Use these Colourless healing gemstones for programming, elixir or massages to enhance their activation powers. Explore the true healing powers of Colourless healing gemstones right away.

  1. How to Use Colourless Clear Quartz

The best and most powerful variety of clear quartz is in the clear shade. It is seen in transparent and silver shades of reflection. Colourless Clear Quartz uplifts your crown chakra. That’s why you feel enlightened, purified and rejuvenated when you wear jewellery made with colourless clear quartz. Clear Quartz must be used as a gemstone programming tool at the start of the day to make your mind as clear as the colourless healing gemstone itself.

How to Program your Crown Chakra with Clear Quartz

  • Take a Clear Quartz
  • Point it at the Heart Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m purity. Everything around me makes me pure”.
  1. How to Use Colourless Fluorite

Another powerful gemstone that must be used for healing gemstone wand massages, colourless fluorite raises the crown chakra too. It is excellent for foresight and getting a peek on your destiny. Fluorite wands in other colours with the transparent and clear surface can also awaken your ethereal eye if you massage the crown chakra with colourless fluorite wand.

How to Program your Crown Chakra with Fluorite

  • Take a Fluorite
  • Point it at the Crown Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m enlightenment. Everything around me makes me new”.
  1. How to Use Colourless Selenite

A unique gemstone from the Gypsum family, selenite is often renowned as liquid light. Gemstone users believe the colourless healing gemstone contains the first light made by God to complete creation. Whoever uses selenite finds his or her destiny. Your life changes as the colourless selenite gemstone attract fresh, attractive and progressive opportunities for the wearer.

How to Program your Crown Chakra with Selenite

  • Take a Selenite
  • Point it at the Crown Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m clarity. Everything around me makes me clear”.
  1. How to Use Colourless Tourmaline or Achroite

The rarest of the rare type of tourmaline called achroite is a colourless healing gemstone. It is infamous for warding off evil forces from the wearer and its surroundings. Colourless Tourmaline helps to divert from the path of confusion and wrongs easily as it is a protective type of healing gemstone.

How to Program your Crown Chakra with Colourless Tourmaline

  • Take a Tourmaline or Achroite
  • Point it at the Crown Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m power. Everything around me makes me powerful”.
  1. How to Use Colourless Leuco Garnet

Showing a cloudy clarity that is neither white nor beige or ivory, colourless variety of garnet called leuco garnet is very rare too. It is used to rekindle the fire of passion in a person through logic and sense. Colourless type of garnet awakens the crown chakra to stabilize your life.

How to Program your Crown Chakra with Leuco Garnet

  • Take a Leuco Garnet
  • Point it at the Crown Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m balance. Everything around me makes me neutralize”.
  1. How to Use Colourless Goshenite

A variety of Beryl without any cloudiness or colour grading, Goshenite is a colourless gemstone. It attracts power and quick-decision making skills once you bond. Colourless beryl helps in sharpening memory and levelling up in your skills.

How to Program your Crown Chakra with Goshenite

  • Take a Goshenite
  • Point it at the Crown Chakra
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m speed. Everything around me makes me grow faster”.
  1. How to Use Colourless Diamond

Awakening Third Eye chakra of fortune telling and divination, colourless diamonds are pricey and powerful. They can also awaken the crown chakra to make your mind and mental power steady. Colourless diamonds were often used as a medium for angelic and extra-terrestrial communication in ancient folklores.

To make the best use of a colourless diamond for its metaphysical powers, you must wear it on the third eye or crown chakra, based on your intention.

How to Program your Third Eye and Crown Chakras with Diamond

  • Take a Diamond
  • Point it at the Third Eye and Crown Chakras
  • Vocalize the affirmation “I’m foresight. Everything around me makes me see ahead”.

 

Interesting Facts about gemstones

Historical Uses

-The healing uses of gemstones are documented as far back as 1500 B.C. in the Ebers Papyrus from Egypt. This Egyptian medicinal text documented the many ways in which gemstones were used for healing.

-The ancient Egyptians strongly believed in the healing and protective power of gemstones. Many pharaohs wore gemstones on their headdresses and many gemstone amulets have been found in their tombs. The pharaohs often had their masks lined with gemstones in the belief that gemstones helped them be better rulers. Many objects of Amazonite and Lapis were found in King Tut’s tomb and Amazonite was one of the stones on his famous gold mask.

-Gemstones are also used for healing in Chinese Medicine, which dates back to at least 5000 years. Gemstone needles are also often used in modern day Chinese acupuncture and in Pranic Healing.

-Gemstones have also been recognized for healing by Tibetan Buddhists and the Ayurvedic healing system for hundreds of years. The use of gemstones is popular in both Hinduism and Buddhism.

-The Vedas, sacred texts in Hinduism that are over 5,000 years old, thoroughly discuss the power of gemstones and their uses for healing. The Vedas prescribe specific gemstones for certain ailments and describe the properties and powers of different gemstones. For example, in the Vedas it is written that Emeralds bring good luck and well-being.

-Gemstones are referred to over 200 times in the Bible.

-As an example, in the Old Testament, the High Priests were required to dress in “holy garments,” which were centred around the Breastplate of the High Priests. God instructed Moses to build the Breastplate of the High Priests and gave him step by step directions as to the twelve gemstones he was to include on the Breastplate.

-In the New Testament, God’s heavenly city, New Jerusalem, is said to be built on foundations of gemstones. “And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.”

-In 1150, Saint Hildegard wrote two medical treatises where she documented the healing properties of gemstones and their uses. She described how the vibrational energy in gemstones strengthened the weak and healed illnesses. Saint Hildegard was highly regarded for her many accomplishments. In the 1100’s she wrote poems, books on medicine and theology, plays, and composed music, on top of being a nun, physician, orator, scientist, preacher, consultant to popes and kings, and a philosopher. She also founded two monasteries. These accomplishments would be amazing for a woman today, let alone a woman living in the 1100s.

-In Muslim culture, using the power of gemstones has also been very popular. The Muslim prophet, Muhammad, himself wore a Carnelian ring and it was believed by many that wearing a Carnelian ring guaranteed Allah granting all your desires, which made Carnelian a very popular gemstone amongst Muslims.

-Excerpt from Jameel Kermalli’s book, “Islam: The Absolute Truth”:
“In Islam, a tradition states that Ali used to wear four rings on his hand – Opal (Yaqut) for beauty and dignity; Turquoise (Feruz) for obtaining divine help and victory; Hadid Thin for strength, and Carnelian (Aqiq) to protect himself from enemies and all types of misfortunes. The religion Islam has strongly recommended its followers to wear rings made from different stones, as a way to increase faith, piety, and endurance. The stones of Aqiq, Feruz and so forth have been specifically recommended by the Prophet (S) himself to wear them at all times, and especially during prayer. Stones have unlimited practical and medicinal properties.

….’Aqiq protects Shia from unjust rulers and from everything else, which causes fear.’ (Amali of Tusi – Volume 1, Page 36)

This means that the stone recognizes a Shia of Ali and produces strong energy fields that block adulterated nearby sources of energy. This is why Muslims have been advised to keep their rings in one place at all times when they are not wearing the stones – this way the energy that is absorbed and released from such stones surround themselves within the stone.”

-The use of gemstones for healing was very popular amongst indigenous tribes across the world.

-The Mayans used the power of gemstones for healing on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. They also used gemstones to diagnose diseases.

-The Incas also used gemstones for their power and healing. They particularly regarded the Emerald as a very powerful, holy stone and it is said that many Incas chose to die rather than give the conquerors the location of their Emerald mines.

-The medicine men in many Native American tribes and indigenous tribes in Australia also used (and still use) gemstones to diagnose illnesses, as well as to heal people.

-“For the Middle Ages and even into the 17th century, the talismanic values of precious stones were believed in by high and low, by princes and peasants, by the learned as well as the ignorant.” (George Frederick Kunz, in his book “The Curious Lore of Precious Stones”)

Random History Tidbits on Specific Gemstones:

– Tibetan monks considered quartz gemstone spheres to be holy objects of great powers.

-Taoists called quartz the “gem of enlightenment.”

-In Japan, quartz gemstone spheres were considered to represent the heart of dragons and in Japanese culture, dragons symbolize power and wisdom.

-Cleopatra’s favourite piece of jewellery was said to be an Amethyst ring, engraved with the figure of the Persian Sun god, Mithras. Since she seduced two powerful Roman generals, Mark Antony and Julius Caesar, it was believed by Roman wives that wearing Amethyst would ensure the devotion and faithfulness of their husbands.

-St. Valentine was said to wear an Amethyst ring carved with a picture of Cupid.

-Alexander the Great was said to wear a large Emerald during battles to ensure victory.

-The Moguls of India, including Shah Jahan (who built the Taj Mahal), took Emeralds, inscribed them with sacred text and wore them as talismans.

-In Buddhism, the Medicine Buddha is called “Healing Master of Lapis Lazuli Radiance,” and rituals involving the Medicine Buddha include meditating on Lapis Lazuli.

– The ancient Sumerians valued Lapis as the most sacred stone. The ancient Sumerian Priests had a popular saying, “He who carries with him into battle an amulet of Lapis carries with him the presence of his God.”

 

Coloured Gemstone Jewellery – add some pizzazz to your wardrobe

Coloured gemstone jewellery is an excellent way to add a beautiful splash of bright colour to any wardrobe or overall look. A sapphire necklace, ruby pendant or understated emerald bracelet is ideal way to bring a subtle and elegant touch to even the most mundane outfit.

When choosing gemstone jewellery, there are several factors someone should take into account. Such factors include the amount of money you want to spend as well as your colouring and clothing sense of fashion. Good quality emeralds, sapphires and rubies are available for all budgets and in many varied styles that can fit into any personal clothing preferences.

One of the primary considerations in choosing pieces of coloured gemstones are whether or not you want to buy individual pieces or a set of pieces. A set of jewellery means each individual piece matches the type of the other pieces in the set. Many companies sell matching sets that consist of a matching ring, necklace, bracelet and earrings all using the same type of stone and other metals settings as well such as gold, silver or platinum.

This type of matching jewellery works well for a formal occasion when you want a highly put together look. Pieces that do not match are ideal for everyday wear. A plain brown suit benefits from an emerald bracelet that catches attention as you walk. A classic little black dress needs only a ruby and silver necklace to bring it from ordinary to sublime.

Another factor to take into consideration is your natural colouring as well as your hair. Certain types of coloured gemstones look better with certain skin tones and hair colours. Blond hair and blue eyes can be set off quite nicely with a deep sapphire necklace. A person with dark brown hair and equally dark eyes might find that rubies work better with her colouration as they can be seen more vividly against her skin.

Look for quality coloured gemstones. Certain gemstones, like rubies, are associated with certain countries such as Thailand and Myanmar. A ruby from either country is most likely one that will last a long time.

By adhering to these basic rules, anyone can easily find the right gemstones to suit their style, taste and budget.