Crystals, Gemstones & Beads
Crystals, Gemstones & Beads
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Gemstones are a product of the earth and gem deposits are classified according to the geological environment in which they formed.
Gemstones are formed below the Earth's surface and can sometimes show traces of other minerals, called inclusions.
Gemstones are a product of the earth. Some, like diamond and zircon, were formed deep in the earth and brought to the surface by explosions of molten rock. Many, like topaz, tourmaline and aquamarine, crystallised slowly from hot fluids and gases as they cooled and solidified, far below the surface of the earth. Others formed from liquids filtered into cracks and pockets in rock, like Australian opal. Some, like garnet and jade, formed when rocks were heated and pressurised by earth movements, and recombined to form new, different minerals.
Most minerals contain visible traces of their genesis - perhaps tiny crystals of other minerals that were caught up in the growth of the larger host crystal, or formed simultaneously as it grew, internal fractures that have been partially healed during growth, or traces of earlier growth stages, marked by zoning. Gemmologists use the word inclusions to describe these and other internal phenomena. Inclusions in a gemstone, viewed through a microscope or a 10x loupe, can give information about the geological environment in which the mineral was formed. Inclusions can sometimes identify gemstones and they can prove whether the stone is natural or synthetic. Inclusions can also tell us where a gemstone comes from. For example, the hairs in an amber bead blew into the sticky resin from an oak tree flower in Spring or early Summer, in the Baltic Sea region, 20 - 40 million years ago. Gemstone inclusions are beautiful and interesting.
Some gemstones rely on their inclusions for their effect, like aventurine quartz, or star sapphires. Green aventurine quartz is actually colourless quartzite, filled with tiny flakes of green fuchsite mica that lend it colour. Star sapphires are filled with elongated crystals of rutile (often called 'silk') arranged in three directions parallel to the faces of the hexagonal prism. When such a stone is cut in a dome shape, with its base parallel to the basal plane of the crystal, a six-pointed star (or sometimes a twelve-pointed one) is seen in the reflected light of the sun or a spotlight
Crystals and healing properties
"Crystal healing has been used in many different cultures throughout history, including the Hopi Indians of Arizona & the Hawaiian islanders, some of whom still use them to this day . In Egypt, jade amulets were found in the tombs and burial chambers because of their supposed power to guide souls in the afterworld. The Chinese still attribute extensive healing powers to jade, and some Asians believe that emerald will strengthen the memory and increase intelligence." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_healing
The meanings for the properties of each crystal or gemstone lead the user into the area of healing whether it be emotional or physical. Clear the source of the problem and the end result is beneficial to the one afflicted with a problem. Our culture is a science based one, and so, if it can't be proven scientifically it doesn't exist. However, we all know of many circumstances where science just could not explain how a particular person become 'well' free of dis-ease. If something make you feel good then it must be of benefit to the state of mind and well being.
Have you noticed how different colours make you feel?
Does the colour of a flower make you feel different?
How do you feel when the sky is grey and dreary as opposed to a bright blue sky with a shining sun?
We all know that feelings affect how our day progresses. Allow yourself some fun by just looking at and maybe holding a crystal or gemstone before you discard them as a tool without value.
Like all material possessions the crystal and gemstone needs our care. It too likes to experience now and again the sun, the rain, the moon and stars or the breeze upon its 'face'. Being shut in a cupboard is a prison. Our best performances are not given inside a prison.
This page is not meant to suggest how you use your crystal or gemstone, it's simply to add some intellectual knowledge to the beauty and colour of each piece.
Carnelian Tree -Smithsonian Intitute
Amethyst: noble, elegant, gorgeous, quiet, noble, dignified and powerful, serenity, peace of mind.
The name "amethyst" comes from the Greek and means "not drunken".
Amethyst is usually purple, but can range in color from pale lavender to a very deep, reddish purple to a milky color to green. The pale colours are sometimes called "Rose de France" and can be seen set in Victorian jewelry. The deep colours are the most valuable, particularly a rich purple with rose flashes Amethyst’s shades of violet to purple have served as a symbol of royalty throughout history. Pharaohs, kings and queens, as well as leading lights in religious sects have long treasured it because of its rich, royal colour.
It is said to prevent homesickness. Emotionally, amethyst can help heal personal loss and grief. Amethyst helps you attain wisdom. It can help you let go of all that is old and all that holds you back - on every level and in every aspect of life - so that you may fully embrace your spiritual destiny. It stirs the intuition
Birth Stone: February Wedding anniversary: stone for 6th year of marriage
Astrological: Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius and Capricorn Crown Chakra
Aventurine: is the stone of the heart.
Aventurine allows for connection between people, things, places removong negative energy so that your heart may sing in response to the Universal energy
The name Aventurine comes from its quality of "aventurescence"... which means the amount of reflective ability of the stone.
The most common variety of this crystal is the Green Aventurine. Its colors may also be red and blue ... and some lesser known colors such as brown, preachy-orange and grey that are really just shades of the other colors.
Aventurine assists you to handle those situations which may be life changing
It is known to also be a stone of prosperity. We are all looking for abundance and prosperity in our lives so it is excellent to know there are stones that will aid us with this area. It is known as a stone of luck and will help you to manifest money if that is what you want.
Astrological sign: Aries Vibrates to number: 5
The name Citrine comes from an old French word, citron, meaning "yellow".
It is also called "the success stone," and "the merchant stone"
Citrine does not hold negative energy, instead it transmutes the physical and ethericical energy
as it passes through the stone. Citrine never needs cleansing.
Known as a stone of abundance and prosperity, citrine can help you to acquire wealth, as well as to keep it. It raises self-esteem and enhances the body's healing energy. An energising stone that makes people feel good, citrine is ideal for those who are drained and tired and are in need of an energy boost. It can also assist in dissolving emotional blocks. It is used to clean toxicity, both mental and physical, from the body. It is the stone of the Solar Plexus which represents 'Will" and the path you take in life. Citrine vibrates to the number: 6
Increases loyalty and has positive effect on long-term relationships. Dalmation Jasper is a stone that lessens or removes disillusionment. It helps one to see their strengths and weaknesses, encouraging grounding both with the Earth and in reality. Dalmatian Jasper increases loyalty and is beneficial for long term relationships. It brings a sense of fun to one's life. Physically it can help purify the blood. It is a stone of protection from nightmares, depression, and negative thinking. It is also particularly beneficial for healing people who have trouble relaxing and having fun.
Rainbow Moonstone (Opalite): Moonstone is a representation of the Moon
Mooonstone is considered a good luck stone and will bring abundance to its owner.
Moonstone is translucent, and softens the light shining through it to give a pearly moon-like glow. This distinctive shimmering affect called adularescence, is caused by the way the stone reflects light. Moonstone comes in colorless, white, grey, and subtle yellow or peach, but always has a blue or white sheen.
Moonstone is thought to grow stronger or weaker with the moons cycle. During full-moon it’s a very powerful stone for the reconciling of love, and as the moon decreases, is said to allow person to foretell the future. A feminine stone for the inner-child, female issues and nurturing - but also used by men who want to reach their female side. it aids in the intrepretation of dreams. Moonstone brings confidence and calms the emotions, easing an understanding of spirituality, intuition, and clairvoyance.
Moonstone enhances introspection and judgment, yielding easier decision making. Moonstone helps us to remember parts of ourselves that are still connected to the Divine.
Gemstones, associated with the signs of the Zodiac
January or CAPRICORN (December 23 - January 20) Snowflake Obsidian, Garnet, Rose quartz, Smoky quartz, Ruby, Onyx and black jet.
February or AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) Agate, Amethyst, Onyx, Turquoise, Malachite, Aquamarine and Moonstone.
March or PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Amethyst, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Opal and Bloodstone.
April or ARIES (March 21 - April 20 ) Red Jasper, Quartz crystal, Ruby and Diamond.
May or TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Rose quartz, Emerald, Chrysoprase, Carnelian, Sapphire and Lapis lazuli.
June or GEMINI (May 22- June 21) Black Onyx, Citrine, Tigers eye, Moonstone and Rock crystal.
July or Cancer (June 22 - Jul 22) Moonstone, Carnelian, olivine, Ruby and Emerald.
August or LEO (July23 - August 21) Tigers eye, Peridot, agate, Quartz crystal and Sardonyx.
September or Virgo (August 22 -September 23) Carnelian, Jasper, Sapphire, agate and Lapis lazuli.
October or Libra (September 24 - October 23) Green Adventurine, Tourmaline, Opal, Jade, Sapphire and Emerald.
November or SCORPIO (October 24- November 22) Rhodonite, Citrine, Topaz, Garnet, Ruby, Jasper, Beryl and Bloodstone.
December or SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 22) Sodalite, Turquoise, Zircon, Topaz and Snowflake Obsidian
Howlite - The Tranquility stone - eliminating pain, stress and rage.
It’s white color holds energies of strength as well as innocence. White Howlite is quietly a Loving and Calming Stone. It works with the heart center, bringing greater gentleness. Howlite absorbs anger - either your own anger or anger directed at you by others. Howlite encourages calm awareness, patience, prudence, as well as positive emotional expression
Malachite - "The Mirror of the Soul"
Malachite is the equaliser and the balancer, a stone of transformation. It reaches the inner feelings of the person and reflects what is there, negative or positive. Caution must be used when wearing Malachite as it will always reflect how you feel. If you feel negative don't wear Malachite. It reminds us that we have a dual nature and it is up to each person to know and rule his own person. this stone is believed to be a strong protector of children. It is said to protect the wearer from accidents and protects travelers. Malachite assists success in business and guides to protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in all relationships
Rhodonite the "Rescue stone - a "Stone of Grace"
The colour is pink with black or green inclusions. Its all about focusing on the present moment, showing love in practical ways, and healing relationships. Rhodonite soothes the nervous system. It promotes relaxation and brings a sense of well-being.
Strengthens feminine energy This is a balance gemstone and is used to clear the psychic centers.
Assists us in expressing love and conficence on physical plane in day to day ways. Calms and feeds the soul through the heart. It can awaken 'the dreamer' within us shifting from the mind state into a place where we allow ourselves to be in truth with who we really are, both on a soul and physical level.
Sodalite - a stone of logic, rationality, and efficiency Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra
It has been said that the longest distance you will ever travel is the journey from your head to your heart. This is the gift of Sodalite.
The name sodalite is derived form two Greek words soda (salt) and lithos (stone) because it is a stone that contains a lot of salt. Historically it has been a stone of artists, writers and singers because it is believed to promote inspiration and creativity. It was also used as a protective stone
The deep blue color of sodalite enhances deep meditation and draws in a deep relaxation and inner peace. Offering support for those who consistently engage in long distance communication, sodalite encourages understanding, clarity, and truth. Removes mental confusion, fears and phobias aids us to think rationally, brings emotional balance, enhances our self-esteem, self- acceptance and also helps us to trust ourselves.
Sodalite helps one to speak their truth in a way others can understand. It is recommended you use this stone if doing presentations in a business environment.
Sunstone - a 'Stone of Freedom" sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras
Sunstone is a plagioclase feldspar, which when viewed from certain directions exhibits a brilliant spangled appearance; this has led to its use as a gemstone. Sunstone was associated with the Sun during the Rennaissance because of its sparkling orange-gold hue.
Symbolically, sunstone is linked to moonstone. Carry the two stones together to bring the influences of the Sun (Healing, Protection, Success) into harmony with those of the Moon (Love, Peace, Spirituality).
Sunstone is linked to luck and good fortune. It clears and energises all the chakras. Sunstone instills good nature, heightens intuition and allows the real self to shine through happily. It dissipates fearfulness, alleviates stress and increases vitality. Encourages independence and originality. Especially helpful to those who have difficulty saying “No” to others. Sunstone facilitates self-empowerment, independence and vitality. It acts as an antidepressant. Increases self-worth and confidence. Encourages optimism and enthusiasm. Stimulates self-healing powers.
This is the character for Tiger.
It is pronounced as ‘Fu’ in Cantonese, ‘Hu’ in Mandarin, and ‘Tora’ in Japanese.
The first six strokes represent the stripes of a tiger’s coat
and the last two strokes represent the tiger crouched on its legs.
William Blake - (28 November 1757–12 August 1827)
Mostly unknown during his lifetime.
His words and art live on as a testimony to both his philosphical and phrophetic imagery.
The Tyger (published 1794)
Tyger, Tyger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?
And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
Tyger, Tyger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
It is here to teach us to be inter-dimensional. Used to advance the mind from one mental reality to the next. It aids in fighting mental disorder and gaining spiritual awakening. Fluorite balances positive and negative aspects of the mind. A cleaner, it grounds excess energies and helps one work with large amounts of energy. A gemstone for focusing and in increasing the assimilation of Life Force energy into the body.
Fluorite is a projective stone of the New Age. It increases the mental powers. Some people use fluorite to strengthen the effects of other stones.
Fluorite is excellent for the advancement of mind, for greater concentration, and meditation. It helps one-grasp higher, more abstract concepts, and facilitates inter dimensional communication. The energy of Fluorite works with the chakras and our own attitudes according to the colour of the stone
Rainbow Quartz: also known as the Angel Aura Quartz
A natural rainbow found within many Quartz crystals, stimulates an awareness of universal love, draws off negativity, and disperses healing energy to the body and to the environment.
Rainbow Quartz cleanses the aura and can facilitate deeper and higher levels of meditation. A peaceful and tranquil stone, Rainbow Quartz is useful for communication with Angels, Spirit Guides, and other Teachers. Having such a fine vibration, Rainbow Crystals also allow the user to clear away negativity that has previously been resistant, and helps to gently raise energy levels in those who are feeling depleted. It both opens and activates the crown chakra, and assists one to channel desire toward the "proper" goals, assisting one to adjust and to be comfortable in all situations. Again, it tends to remove "fear." because the rainbow produces the full spectrum of colour wihtin the stone it may be used on all chakras
Everything, animate and inanimate in the Universe has an energetic vibration. We can see and/or feel the energy around us. You would have noticed this yourself when you walk into a room and notice the 'atmosphere' as happy, sad, angry or peaceful. This feeling of yours is the energy of that space. We each react to energy in different ways. Cyrstals and gemstones allow us the opportunity to use their energy to change the dynamics of place, situation or person. The only rule is that you may never use the energy without the express permission of the recipient.
There are many energy points in the human body. This article is only a very short synopsis of those points as we learn to utilise the energy of crystals and gemstones. The 7 main energy points are commonly known as Chakras. Red is the base Chakra; Orange the Sacral Chakra, Yellow the Solar Plexus; Green for the Heart Chakra; Blue for the Throat Chakra, Indigo for the Brow (or Third Eye) Chakra and Violet for the Crown Chakra.
When these energy points are all in balance we are grounded through the Earth Chakra (beneath the feet) and aligned to The Star Chakra (above the Crown). There are many techniques for keeping our energies aligned and ourselves in balance. The first step in any energy work is understanding your own body and how you react to any given situation. As you experiment with different crystals and gemstones you begin to notice a change within the energy around you. As you change the energy so do you change circunstances within your life. You begin to renew purpose, confidence and dreams.
Crystals, Gemstones & The Soul Journey
We implanted from the stars our knowledge
to assist you with your growth.
We floated over the aeons of time
in many different ways.
We came on the soles of visitors to your galaxy
and stayed within the souls of your angels.
Our memory is a reflection of all
that you have learned
on your own Soul Journey.
We are the hidden recorder of history.
Like pages within a well-loved book
we gift to you all the learning you require
for past, present and future life
on the earth planet within this galaxy.
We are the holders of all the music and colour.
Listen to our sound as we speak the words in colour to you.
We hold the key to the codes for which you search.
We are the gem in your crown.
Gaele Arnott (c)– March 1998
William Blake in an 1807 portrait by
Aqua Aura frees you from limitation and creates space for something new. This crystal heals, cleanses and calms the aura, releasing any stress and healing holes. It activates the chakras, especially at the throat where it encourages communication from the heart. Aqua Aura releases negativity from the subtle energetic bodies and from the
connections the spiritual body makes to univeral energies. The expression of soul energy is then activated, fulfilling your highest potential. Aqua Aura stimulates
channeling and self expression, and deepens spiritual attunement and communication.
It is a protectve stone that safeguards against psychic and psychological attack. It bestows profound peace during meditation. Used in conjunction with other crystals, Aqua Aura enhances their healing properties. Aqua Aura has an intense energy reflecting the alchemical process
Aqua Aura is natural, clear quartz that has a permanent transparent, somewhat iridescent blue surface treatment. The exact process is a trade secret, but is said to be a combination of heat, pressure and exposure to vaporized pure gold. The gold is permanently bonded to the crystal structure of the quartz, creating the surface color. Since this is a surface treatment, care should be taken not to scratch the surface.
Danubrite: encourages you to "let your light shine".
Danburite crystallizes in the form of prismatic crystals resembling topaz in configuration. The colour range includes colourless, yellow-white, yellow-brown, pale wine-yellow, pink and dark wine-yellow.
Clear crystal. Powerfully radiates bright, pure, white light, filling our body, mind, and spirit (and relationships) with loving light. Excellent to cleanse, purify, or debrief. Fills Crown Chakra with joy and illumination. Brings truth, honesty, and a smile to the heart and open receptivity to mind and spirit. Strengthens mind, nervous system, life force, and awareness.
Vibrates to the number 4
Carnelian: Gemstone of Mars - A stone of Ambition and Drive
Carnelian is available in colors ranging from orange to reddish brown. The color variation in the stone is because of the difference in Iron content. The word carnelian seems to have derived its name from the Latin word caro or carnis meaning flesh because of its color.
Considered to be the Master Communicator, carnelian gives you courage to stand up in front of an audience or meeting, to take charge. It helps you to focus on where you are in life and gives you the confidence to proceed. Carnelian shows you how to step out into the world and meet your Destiny!
Morganite: - "an angel holding my heart"
The colour is a beautiful pale peachy-pink to a deeper rosy-pink. Opaque to translucent with clearer sections which shows the sparkle and internal "Rainbows".
Morganite also brings compassion and patience, is very gentle and love, and contains a vibration of the angels.
Morganite activates the heart chakra and connects us to Divine Unconditional Love. Holding a piece of Morganite brings a sense of deep peace and joy, both within ourselves and with the world. Morganite's clear and pure heart energy eases the pain of old emotional wounds and forgotten traumas. Unfulfilled emotional needs and unexpressed emotions are brought forth by Morganite as it nurtures the emotional body. Encouraging patience and reverence for life and all living things, Morganite brings forth loving thoughts and actions, keeping the user centered in love.
Smokey Quartz: a 'stone of co-operation"
Smokey Quartz is a wonderful stone for grounding and deflecting negative energy. Many Shamans around the world keep one in their medicine pouches for use on a daily basis.
Smokey quartz works with the sub-conscious mind assisting to relieve any barriers between the alpha and beta states. It brings a clarity of thought, allowing for the balancing of the body between the physical and ethereal planes. it has been used to regulate the creativity in business, allowing for and encouraging an astuteness in purchasing.
It has been used as a stone of the "other worlds", allowing for connection as well as protection and discrimination with communication from 'other' sources.
Smokey Quartz allows for a barrier of protective enregy around the user of the stone
Vibrates to the numbers 2 and 8
Red Jasper: "The Guard"
Red Jasper is known to promote beauty and grace. It is believed to ease the pain of childbirth!!! This stone may be used to send negativity which was directed at you back to the original sender. It increases the ability of mental processes and forms a barrier against dangerous desires and whims. Also a great all-around good luck stone. Red Jasper is a projective stone and was used to protect and guard.
Onyx the "Stabilising Stone"
Onyx comes in a variety of colours, predominately black but also may be black and white, red and white, orangey-brown, honey white.
This stone helps one with all aspects of grief and to enhance self-control. It allows for the return of happiness and self-control. It helps at those times when it's necessary to detach and make the right choice for ourselves. It allows for instinct to be the ruler in guiding us to follow our heart.. It allows for us to see the duality of our nature and the situation in which we are placed., assisting to stand alone and in our own strength. It is the stone of truth
Black Onyx vibrates to the number 6.
Rhodochrosite, sometimes spelled rhodochrocite "the stone of love and balance".
It is a wonderful healer to the heart chakra and will gently open and purify your base, sacral and solar plexus chakras as well. It vibrates a strong loving energy that it is hard to feel negativity in its presence. It also acts as a wonderful healer to the emotional body Allowing one face the truth about oneself and others, but with a loving and positive awareness, not a negative one. Rhodochrosite is an excellent stone for love and relationships. It is also wonderful for those that don't feel love or loved. It is said to attract a soul mate to the holder, but not necessarily a soul mate that is full of passions, and happiness, but rather one that is what is needed for the individual on a soul level. Sometimes our soul mates are not what we perceive to be the most joyful of relationships we have, but they are necessary for the growth of our souls. This stone opens us to healing joy and karmic release
Black with white, gray snowflake patterns. Snowflake Obsidian relates to the root chakra. The blackness of this stone enhances the ability to reach your inner self. It is one of the earliest known stones to be used for scrying (seeing into the future). Obsidian draws hidden imbalances to the surface and releases them. Snowflake obsidian will calm and soothe and allow you to view unhealthy patterns in your own behaviour, thus opening the door to change. Snowflake Obsidian heightens courage and promotes enjoyment of life.
Snowflake Obsidian helps with the inner reflection needed to bring real change in difficult areas of our lives
Obsidian is considered a gemstone of Aquarius, but Snowflake Obsidian is sometimes associated with Virgo.
Tiger's Eye: "To Be The best You Can Be"
The Tiger's Eye stone encourages a passion for life and enhances your willpower and drives your will for success. It promotes not only clarity of intention, boosts self esteem, and gives courage, determination, and strength. It has all the attributes of the Tiger - Focus, patience and determination. To achieve success in business and in daily life these qualities bring forth the best aspects of your soul and physical personality. You are then really "The Best You Can Be". Tigers Eye suggest you do your research. Those who rush headlong into any project are apt to fail. Listen carefully to your own heart and then focus on the goal for as long as it takes, however long that may be. Don't give up for the quality of patience and determination will allow you to attain that which you most need. Tiger eye allows you to see clealy while learning not to abuse the power which will come to you with success. It allows the lessons to be learned gradually so that the success which brings money will be handled wisely and with care.
This stone is a strong aid for manifestation and for re-energising depleted energies.
Zincite is a strong base chakra stone. Those who feel that they only want to work with the higher chakras will one day find they need the energy of this crystal. It will ground you... then after stimulating the base, sacral and solar plexus chakras... it will move the energy up through the Kundalini line linking to the higher chakras, enhancing intuition. Then Zincite will bring the higher energy back down, grounding you once again. For the best results it should be used in shorter. It increases energy, passion and enhances creativity
The name means "Turkish stone" as it came to Europe by way of Turkey. Turquoise is the color of communication, self awareness and initiative. Turquoise is one of the oldest protection amulets, and was also known as a symbol of wealth in many ancient cultures. Turquoise is tbelieved o attract money, love, and happiness. Turquoise carries great wisdom of basic truth within it.
Turquoise: indicates dynamic quality of being, highly energized personality, capable of projection, influencing other people. People with turquoise strong point in their Aura can do many things simultaneously and are good organizers. They feel bored when forced to concentrate on one thing. People love bosses with turquoise Auras, because such bosses explain their goals and influence their team rather than demand executing their commands. Turquoise thought is a thought about organizing and influencing others.