An Introduction to Gemstones & Crystals

Let the stone choose you. What colors and gems do you resonate with?

Gathered from all corners of the Earth, gemstones are born of nature and evolve naturally into beautiful pieces of art. Gemstones are found in different hues, tones and saturations. Throughout history, a primary use of gemstones has been for healing and spiritual rituals, and today people continue to believe in the inherent power of gemstones. The power of gemstones are emitted through vibrations and frequencies which are said to have a strong influence on the mind and body.  More than just an adornment, gems have metaphysical properties that can assist in balancing moods, developing intuitive awareness or protection from negative energy.

Jacqueline Just, owner of Angel Blessings Jewelry in Honolulu is my go-to gem specialist. She characterizes gemstones as tools for your everyday, and the more tools you have in the toolbox the better! For Jacqueline, this means studying up on the meanings and properties of each gemstone. To learn more about the healing power of gemstones and to better understand the capabilities of each stone, she suggests The Book of Stones by Robert Simons & Naisha Ahsian.

Let the stone choose you. What colors and gems do you resonate with?
Let the stone choose you. What colors and gems do you resonate with?

So how do you know which stone is right for you?  Jacqueline suggests trusting your instinct and letting the stone pick you.  It’s common to find yourself drawn to a particular crystal whether by it’s color, shape or intuition. If you are in a store, physically pick up the crystal you find yourself attracted to and notice how it feels.  If you are looking for a crystal for a particular reason (meditation, grounding, etc) hold that intention in your mind and project it to the crystals in front of you. Close your eyes and take a few relaxed deep breaths and be open to receiving any visual or vibration.  Open your eyes and see if a crystal speaks to you.

More is better! Combine stones to enhance their energetic properties.
More is better! Combine stones to enhance their energetic properties.

As mentioned, each gemstone holds a different energetic property that will help attune the body, mind and soul.  Crystals and gemstones are a very personal possession and what works for you may not work for your best friend or mother.  There are a few stones that Jacqueline suggests are universal and can benefit anyone, so if you have no idea where to start, try exploring these stones.

Amethyst- Amethyst is a purple quartz and is said to be a meditative and calming stone.  It works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience and peace.  Amethyst has a gently sedative energy that can promote peace, happiness, and contentment. It also is said to bring emotional stability and inner strength. This stability and strength not only helps one hold firm in one’s life, but it can enhance flexibility and cooperation. Amethyst is associated with the third eye and crown chakras.

Citrine – Citrine is a yellow variety of quartz and is known as the stone of prosperity and success. It is said to promote and manifest success and abundance in all areas but particularly business.  In addition to manifesting abundance, citrine also brings energies of generosity so that the prosperity and success is shared. Citrine is also a solar plexus chakra stone used metaphysically to increase and clarify personal power and energy.

Rose Quartz- Rose quartz is often called the “Love Stone.” It’s energetic properties involve unconditional love that opens the heart chakra. This makes rose quartz suitable for every type of love: self-love, family, platonic, and romantic. As a variety of quartz, rose quartz has high energy that can enhance love in any situation. Emotionally, rose quartz is used to balance emotions and bring peace and calm. This calm emotional balance brings stress relief and eases of anxiety.  It also carries the energy of forgiveness, tolerance, and compassion, helping us to see the good in both ourselves and others.

For more questions on gemstones and crystals, you can contact Jacqueline Just at Jacquelinejust [at] yahoo [dot] com.  Jacqueline specializes in archangel and chakra bracelets.  A guide to programming and how to care for your bracelets comes with purchase to help keep your bracelets intentional and full of positive energy.

Citrine (top bracelet) is known as the "Stone of Success"
Citrine (top bracelet) is known as the “Stone of Success”

 

 


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About Leslie Schipper 21 Articles
Leslie is a free-spirited, wanderlusting yogini living a life of love and blessings. She feels extreme gratitude to call Hawaii home, surrounded by strong spirit and beauty. Her time is split between roaming the island's breathtaking mountain ranges, nurturing her healthy obsession with the sea and planning her next adventure. She completed her 200 hour teacher training from Open Space Yoga in Honolulu and is excited to share her passion and knowledge of the sacred tradition. Her ambition is to inspire, give thanks perpetually and continue globe trotting- sharing and spreading aloha and yoga wherever her feet find her.

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