From the majestic mountain ranges to the great water-carved canyons, our Earth is adorned with colorful rocks, light capturing crystals, energy giving gems and healing stones. For thousands of years, these natural Earth elements have been used as decorations, therapeutic tools and natural medicinal fundamentals. Even the Egyptians Pharaohs were buried with an abundance of these precious stones, crystals and gems, not only for protection, but for a promising afterlife. There is no doubt that across all cultures, and into the modern era, healing stones were used and kept around. This is because different stones hold different healing qualities and energetic frequencies. Just by wearing them, or holding one in the hand can help align, calm, uplift or relive the wearer from pain. Stones, made from the Earth, has grounding and protective qualities. They can help the wearer gain mental insight, cultivate abundance, love, and gratitude, and keep the heart full and open. Keeping with the natural rhythms of your everyday and staying in tune with the environment, healing stones, gems and crystals are a fundamental accessory to optimal health and wellbeing.
Unakite is also called Epidote, from the Greek epidosis meaning “growing together.” Unakite is a combination of Red Jasper, pink Feldspar and green Epidote. All of these stones together symbolize “what comes together belongs together" supporting strong and harmonious relationships including love, compassion, and kindness. It promotes patience and persistence and supports anyone feeling lost, overwhelmed, or has trouble focusing on the here and now. It is a stone for healing and renewal balances the emotions.
The stone of passionate devotion: to your family, your friends, yourself, and your own purpose in life. Attracts profound love, gives persistence, cures depression. The Garnet is a stone of purity and truth as well as a symbol of love and compassion. Garnet is a powerful energizing and regenerative stone. It balances, strengthens and protects. Garnet sharpens your perceptions of yourself and other people. It dissolves ingrained behavior patterns that are no longer serving you and helps you let go of obsolete ideas. Garnet removes inhibitions and taboos, opening up the heart and bestowing self-confidence. It revitalizes feelings and enhances sexuality, bringing warmth, devotion, understanding, trust, sincerity and honesty to a relationship. Red Garnet controls anger, especially toward the self.
Coral has been called the ‘garden of the sea’. It has been known as the stone of regeneration and purification and is known to relax and quiet the emotions and bring peace within yourself. It has been known to facilitate intuition, imagination and visualization. It is also believed to prevent ill fortune and offer protection from ailments.
Coral is know to symbolize life and blood force energy. Dark red coral can be used for heating and stimulating the bloodstream. Pink shades (Angel Skin Coral) are believed to restore harmony to the heart and is used as an aid to depression, lethargy or deficient nutrition. Coral is also known for providing boundless growth in all areas of life, stimulating imagination, adaptability, and assisting with sensitivity. Coral has been used in jewelry since prehistoric times. It has been found in Celtic tombs and a symbol of wealth in China and also seen by Tibetan Lamas to this day as coal rosaries. Coral is one of the seven treasures in Buddhist scriptures.
Abalone shell has been used for centuries in jewelry and carvings. Nicknamed the sea ears, the Abalone’s flattened, oval shape with iridescent interior was used by the Native Northwest American Indians as a natural vessel for cleansing, offerings and prayers. Embracing the colors of the ocean, the shell displays iridescent colors in its blues, greens, purples and yellows. This unique shell embodies all the aspects of the water element, including love, beauty, gentleness, caring, comfort, peacefulness, delight and solace. Abalone is purported to be especially useful for handling and calming emotional situations, and be very soothing to the emotions. Having abalone nearby when working through an emotional situation with someone can be beneficial and may enhance cooperation. It represents the tides of emotion and harmony in relationships. The varieties of colors represent change as the beauty of existence. Represents sensitivities to others and an easy flow of feelings.
Pearls are closely connected to the moon and ocean, tides and transformation, love and beauty. They represent the purity of the soul, faith, truth, and wisdom. Pearls symbolize transformation because they start as sources of discomfort that are transformed into objects of great beauty and illumination. They are also associated with ocean tides and the cycles of the moon, both of which undergo a drastic change with grace, power and breathtaking beauty.
Rose quartz is a beautiful translucent pink stone that radiates the energy of unconditional love. It is the best crystal for healing anxiety because it replaces worries and fears and brings in feelings of calmness and reassurance. Rose quartz is often called the “Love Stone.” Its energetic hallmark is that of unconditional love that opens the heart chakra. This makes rose quartz a stone for every type of love: self-love, family, platonic, romantic, and unconditional. As a variety of quartz, rose quartz has high energy, and this strong energy can enhance love in virtually any situation.
Rose quartz is used to raise self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth. Its loving energies teach us to apply this love to ourselves and thereby find ourselves more worthy. Emotionally, rose quartz is used to balance emotions and bring peace and calm. This calm emotional balance brings stress relief and easing of anxiety. All these things carry energies of forgiveness, tolerance, and compassion to the fore, enabling us to see the good in both others and ourselves.
Sources: International Gem Society, www.shimmerlings.com, www.charmsoflight.com, www.crystalcure.com, Jewelry-Art, www.crystalvaults.com
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