Get Your Gemstones On!
If you love gemstones you may be wondering which ones to take with you when traveling, and which ones to use on a daily basis. With the assistance of my angel guides, I’ve compiled a list for you of the best, most-empowering gemstones to have. It goes as follows:
This beautiful stone has such a long, multicultural history, and has come to mean so much to so many. In eastern philosophical thought, amethyst connects with the seventh chakra, and therefore impacts the seat of intelligence. Buddha loved this stone and considered it to be sacred. In the Christian religion, amethyst was associated with piety. The stone is still worn today by Catholic bishops. Leonardo da Vinci was moved to say, “ Amethyst dissipates evil thoughts and quickens the intelligence.” Amethyst is a stone for connecting with the higher self, and with past lives. Another great use is for absorbing negativity around you. Get personalized advice, contact a psychic today!
Amber is unique in that it has an organic (rather than mineral) nature. In other words, it does not possess a crystalline structure. Although this beautiful stone is found all over the world, the best deposits come from Dominica, and the Baltic Sea areas. Many myths surround the origin of amber. One of which tells about Apollo, who after being cast from Mount Olympus, wept tears of pure amber. This unique stone exudes a coupling of both personal and cosmic energies. Amber points toward future potential. It is a wonderful stone for health and healing and spirituality.
Fluorite has the widest range of colors of any mineral, flowing from blue-violet to almost colorless. The stone’s name comes from a phenomenon called “fluorescence.” Fluorescence was first documented by George Stokes in 1852. Fluorite was widely used to help with the symptoms of kidney disease and for strengthening teeth, in the 18th century. In Ancient Egypt, gorgeous scarabs were carved from fluorite. Statues made from fluorite have been found in Pompei and China as well. Some claim that wearing fluorite help with concentration. Others feel fluorite helps with calm and peaceful feelings. Another lesser-known feeling is that of gaining the ability to see things as they actually are.
Turquoise is one of the most well-known stones, having been mined and used in jewelry-making for at least 5,000 years. Persian turquoise is well-loved and well-known, and has been a good source of the stone for the western world for many centuries. The tomb of Tutankhamen revealed many objects made from turquoise including his famous funeral mask.
Many Native American tribes use this beautiful stone for ceremonial as well as adornment tasks. For instance, ancient Aztecs believed turquoise was sacred to their gods. Apaches believed the stone was a gift from Father Sky. By placing turquoise on their bows, they thought they would always have a perfect aim. Pueblo Indians became wealthy from the trade of beautiful turquoise objects as well as from mining the stone. During the Victorian era, turquoise found favor among the upper class.
Turquoise is a good stone for obtaining comfort within oneself, and one’s surroundings. It is a good all-around stone that can aid in courage, healing, protection and prosperity.
There is a beautiful legend surrounding this very unique stone. The story tells that an Intuit warrior on the Newfoundland coast of Canada released the Northern Lights with a strike of his sword. The Northern Lights had become trapped in the coastal rocks, but because of the warrior, the lights are now in the sky for all to see. Good uses for this gorgeous stone are the clearing of the mind from all types of mental confusion and distress. Labradorite also clears and protects the aura quite nicely.
Hematite is one of the heaviest minerals and has a long and varied history. In its powdered form it is used as a pigment in paint. It is also used as a polishing powder for jewelry. Hematite has been found on Mars, which undoubtedly helped to give the “red planet” its nickname. Hematite is an excellent grounding stone, and earrings made from this stone are a good way to accomplish this task.
This stone contains traces of iron oxide which give it it’s reddish-brown coloring. Carnelian was discovered in the tombs of Egypt where it was used to help reach the afterlife. Ancient Greeks used carnelian in the creation of jewelry. It is believed that Hindus and Muslims used the stone to endear themselves to Allah. Carnelian is a great stone for strength and courage during extremely stressful times. Carnelian also strengthens the first (root) Chakra, and as such is a stone of passion as well.
The word “kyanite” comes from the Greek word for “blue.” Kyanite also comes in shades of green. Industrial uses for kyanite include heat-resistant ceramic cookware, electrical insulators and even spark plugs. The crystals in this stone tend to be long, this and blade-like. This is a tremendous stone for protection when connecting with the other side through channeling, telepathic travel, mediumship or even in visualizations. Kyanite can cut through chaos and help to create calm.
Tiger’s eye comes in beautiful combinations of dark and light bands that actually switch when you reverse the stone in your palm. In other words, what was dark now becomes light, and vice versa. Tiger’s eye comes in several interesting combinations including the well-known yellow-brown. There is a red version, as well as a blue (called Hawk’s eye). This is a stone of strength and protection, which Roman soldiers used to carry with them into battle. Tiger’s eye only became popular for jewelry in the 19th century. This is a great stone for protection and courage. Take it with you during those times when you are unsure of yourself, and need help in proceeding.
Aquamarine is a distant cousin of the beryl (a gemstone mineral) family. The beautiful colors of this stone range from transparent blue to sea-green. Aquamarine has played a prominent role in Jewish history. There are records of aquamarine being found in ancient Palestine. Interesting finds include the crowns of King David and King Solomon which included aquamarine. This gemstone promotes clarity in seeing both with the eyes and the soul. Aquamarine will help with disorientation and confusion. It will help you to attune to your higher self, and get on the right path.