By Rev Tamera Crosby
Welcome to all. As you can see from the list, there is a large price range in one’s gemstone choices. Please remember to trust your instinct but be aware of your budget when acquiring that special stone. The raw gem may not be as pretty but the energies remain the same and they are usually a fraction of the cost of a finished piece. Perhaps I will go into the lengthy process of cutting, polishing and finishing a gemstone at a later date. Most do not realize the process and length of time it takes to get a fine gemstone finished into the beautiful jewelry which appeals to us.
AQUAMARINE--The traditional birthstone for March…this crystal will also substitute as one of the stones compatible with October. It is very peaceful, calming, and good for the throat. Works with swollen glands, to balance glands, excellent for the eyes and vision as well as working with bones and teeth.
BLOODSTONE--This form of Jasper is good for balancing, blood and liver problems, prosperity, and stopping bleeding. Generally good for whole body cleansing and also helps one deal with and remove old anger. Word of caution-this stone will amplify PMS problems with some females so if it seems to do that at those ‘times of the month’, it would be wise NOT to carry or wear it. There is also a legend/myth associated with Bloodstone. The red spots which look like drops of blood are suppose to be the blood of Christ which is why it is suppose to work with healing blood/circulation problems.
AMETHYST--Works with the Crown Chakra, gentle allover healer. This opens for intuition and messages through the Crown chakra but may be used wherever it is needed for bringing in the Violet healing light. It aids soothing in times of distress; connects one to the angelic realm as well as with the devic realm. It is excellent for meditation and used to protect against psychic attacks by sending said attacks out into the Universe where they are transformed into a positive, loving energy. Ancients used the Amethyst to help support sobriety and is a good aide to help resist addictions. Also may be used to help repel fleas from cats by placing a few small crystals or one mid-sized crystal into the cat's water dish. (I have a friend who swears by this and is constantly getting more to have on hand...it's good to change the stones out now and again to give the immersed ones a chance to re-energize.)
CORAL--Is a living stone, having once been alive as a sea creature, thus it contains cycling energies as well as the energies of the ocean. The colors will determine which chakra point to which it will attune but it is said to have an overall ability to quiet the emotions and bring peace within the self. It is also often used with enhancing the remembrance of dreams and heighten the intuitive senses bringing a better communication with past spiritual masters and ease the transfer of needed knowledge.
TURQUOISE--Turquoise is said to help tone and strengthen the entire body; tissue regeneration; circulation; lungs; respiratory system; aid in vitalizing the blood and the nervous system. It also is said to aid with meditation; creative expression; peace of mind; emotional balance; communication by working with the throat Chakra; friendship; and loyalty. It is a special stone to those of Native American descent and enhances luck to those who are drawn to this stone. It is a softer stone and is often stabilized. It is also one of the stones which gets imitated by dying Howlite to the turquoise color
FIRE OPAL--The Fire Opal embodies the energies of mystery, variety, progress and change. It aids in seeing from different points of view and understanding the different aspects in ones life as when going through major changes. It is said to aid in surviving through stressful times and ease the ‘burn-out’ feelings by bringing hope for the future and faith in the self.
AMBER--Amber does come in a few colors but is mostly noted for the golden to yellow-brown color. The other colors it may contain are red, blue, or green hues. Matching the color to the chakra point helps with opening and cleansing of that point. This is another stone/crystal which was once part of a living thing…it is the sap of trees and is a fossilized resin. It speaks from the past and aids with past life recall as well a ancient knowledge. It also transmutes the energy of physical vitality toward the activation of unconditional love. It has been used for a symbol of renewing marriage vows and has been said to bring good luck to warriors. It is said to act as a purifier for ones body, mind and spirit when worn or carried.
CHALCEDONY--This is a member of the Quartz family and can be translucent, transparent, or opaque and may occasionally contain small amount of Opal. Agate, Bloodstone, Chrysoprase, Carnelian, Chert, Flint, Jasper, Onyx, Sardonyx, Touchstone and Petrified Wood are all specific varieties of Chalcedony. It is said to promote stability and open the pathways for thought communications. It encourages a oneness for the ‘brotherhood of all’, good will, nurturing, and is also said to ease hostilities, irritability and melancholy while enhancing generosity, and receptiveness. Certain types of Chalcedony may also aid with connecting to lost civilizations like Atlantis, Lemuria, and Muu.
JASPER--Traditional protective stone, especially the red Jasper. There are a large number of types of Jasper...too many to go into in this article. Most Jaspers seem to work with the lower three Chakra points which are those of survival, energy, grounding and protection. Some will also work with the Heart but the Heart chakra is the bridge between the Earth/Physical Chakra points and the Spiritual Chakra points so that is to be expected.