Crystals are a gift of nature for us all to enjoy. The colours and amazing appearance has each and everyone of us searching through baskets of tumblestones in craft shops and finding ourselves drawn to certain stones.
What many people do not realise is that these stones hold a ‘secret’ aside from looking good, gemstones can be a source of inner and physical healing. Crystals have been used for thousands of years for protection and good luck.
All living (and ‘non-living’) things vibrate to certain frequencies. Crystals have a pure energy and when an individual is out of balance the crystals’ pure vibration will change their vibration, and bring the imbalance closer to harmony.
AGATE: Agates foster love, abundance, wealth, good luck, acceptance, courage, protection, balance, harmony, generosity, strength, security and appreciation of nature. Agates are considered Power Stones. They are very grounding, solid and stable. All Agates have excellent protective and healing energy.
AMBER: Amber is said to enhance the beauty of the wearer. It is used to tap into the power of the Sun, and is good for success, abundance, healing, vitality and joy. A powerful stone for manifestation, Amber is also used for healing of the physical body. Said to calm the nerves.
AMETHYST: Regarded by many as a healing spiritual stone and a stone of great psychic power. Wearing it helps promote meditation, peace & tranquillity and can help in the achievement of the ultimate meditation state of mind - NIRVANA. Other qualities attributed to Amethyst are: it's ability to dispel fears, heighten intuition, aiding sound sleep and helping to embrace your own intuitive wisdom. Amethyst is a great stone for cleansing both crystals and yourself.
BLACK ONYX: This solid feeling stone is excellent for grounding negativity and letting go of stress. Onyx is soothing and helps to focus, banish grief and old habits, protecting the bearer and encouraging happiness and good fortune.
BLUE LACE AGATE: Especially suited to people of a gentle nature who do not want to be affected by the harsh effects of daily life . It is such a calming stone with a soft energy. It is a stone of wisdom, kindness and peace.
BLUE TOPAZ: A stone of communication, blue topaz helps stimulate creativity and aids the ability to verbalise thoughts and ideas. The stone also has a very calming energy.
CARNELIAN: This energetic stone activates the lower chakras and helps the wearer to take action. It and invokes joy, laughter and warmth as it opens the heart. It installs a feeling of well being and flowing energy stimulating change.
CHALCEDONY: Helps you to accept new situations without losing your own character. It provides a light-hearted, carefree, elated feeling for life and is also said to improve your memory. It also promotes generosity, responsiveness and receptiveness. Balances the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Helps you to understand the pleasure of contact with other human beings, plants, animals and contact with other worlds.
CITRINE: An energising stone, both physically and mentally, stimulating openness and accelerating the awakening of the mind. A stone of manifestation, Citrine brings our thoughts into being on the physical plane, helping us to realise our dreams. It is especially useful for desires involving happiness, wealth, success and communication. Helping to balance the solar plexus chakra and unblock subconscious fears. Said to help financial luck.
GARNET: A stone of vital power and energy, Garnet is also excellent for invoking and releasing creative ability and inner fire, good for depression, rheumatism and arthritis. Given as a gift garnet symbolises true and never-ending love and devotion.
HEMATITE: promotes sleep and brings a sense of calm reducing anxiety and stress. It helps to neutralise negative energy. A great grounding stone.
HOWLITE: Calming, loving; absorbs stress, tension and anxiety. Dispels selfishness and confrontations. Is thought helpful to those who procrastinate. Encourages tact and decency. Cleanses the aura and purifies the blood.
JADE: Has been used as a sacred stone for centuries. Used for serenity, wisdom, balance, all things associated with the best of spiritual practices. This gemstone is the ultimate symbol of calm and serenity. It helps bring serenity to the mind by releasing negative thoughts. A stone of balance and healing, it alleviates anxiety and fear based emotions. In china traditionally a stone of protection, inner strength and good luck.
JASPER: Jasper is a strong securing gemstone. It is a stability gemstone. It is a powerful protection against things that are not good for you and it eases emotional stresses, making it a wonderful gemstone to have in your home. Jasper gives one the courage to speak out and have personal independence.
JASPER (RED): Provides protective 'earth energy' its protective qualities helps survival and physical protection. Red Jasper is a powerful divination stone, and can be worn to protect the individual during out of body experiences and vision quests by providing a solid grounding. It also helps with conflict and aggression, promotes grace and perseverance.
LABRADORITE: 'Merlin's stone' a beautiful enchanting stone thought to symbolise the moon. This stone can clarify and stimulate the mind and thought as well as bringing emotional calm assisting us to accept change. Labradorite is often used to reduce stress and anxiety as well as working on disorders of the mind. As a protector this stone will deflect negative energies from entering the aura and body.
LAPIS LAZULI: Lapis provides mental clarity and objectivity; it assists in awaking the third eye and for tapping into your intuition and strengthens psychic abilities. Lapis is also connected with Jupiter and thus expand intellect, wisdom and leadership qualities as well as helping in legal matters. The stone works as a shield from psychic attack. It is used to relieve insomnia and let go of anxieties. It brings peace and general relaxation to the body and mind. It is said to bring success to relationships. Many believe it protects the holder against physical danger.
MALACHITE - powerful healing stone also aids to reduce tension and stress. Also good for travel sickness. A general all over balancing stone
MOTHER OF PEARL: Helps to stimulate intuition, sensitivity, imagination, and adaptability. It helps with clarity in decision making. Helps to produce an overall calming effect.
OBSIDIAN (snowflake & black): A very powerful healing stone that absorbs negativity and offers protection for sensitive people this releases many pent up feelings.
ONYX: Wise decision making, dispels grief, encourages happiness and good fortune. Onyx can help you break undesirable patterns or habits. Enhances self control and self confidence. Promotes personal strength, both mentally and physically. Protective.
OPAL: Opal is a stone that will soothe erratic emotions and enhance personal courage. It has a strong connection to the sea and creatures of the sea (dolphins, mermaids, etc.) The opal is said to be many things including the most powerful of healing stones. Opal is know as the stone of hope, the stone and stone of great achievement.
PERIDOT: The joyful and friendly energy of this stone helps to make and cement friendships. It clears the heart, releasing ego, jealousy and anger and bringing a sense of peace and quiet. A good tonic for the body and mind as it reduces stress yet stimulates the mind.
QUARTZ: (Also known as Rock Crystal, Clear Quartz, Crystal Quartz): Considered by many to be the best all purpose crystal or stone. It is particularly useful for meditation and when working to contact or align with one's higher self. Receives, transmits, stores and amplifies energy and information. Absorbs negativity; great near VDU’s etc. Can help all types of healing therapies and alternative work.
RHODONITE: It gives calm assurance, encourages generosity of spirit and helps to balance relationships and to understand new concepts and teaching on a heart level. Opens up the heart to give and receive love. Enables one to see through illusions.
ROSE QUARTZ: A soothing, calming stone that dispels stored anger, jealousy, fear, grief and resentment. Balancing the emotions and healing emotional wounds, it brings peace and calm. It is especially powerful in times of stress or loss, helping the wearer to slow down and take it easy. Its loving nurturing energy takes away fears, resentment and anger and gently replaces them with a feeling of higher self esteem and confidence. Rose Quartz is also a good stone for love, and to increase self love and feelings of self worth. It brings healing and clarity to the heart and allows the wearer to learn to trust again.
RUBY ZOISITE: Encourages recovery after illness or particularly intense levels of stress. Helps us to rediscover our suppressed feelings and to live through them and to express them. Helps us to avoid conforming to other peoples ways and ideas by making us aware of our own individuality.
SILVER: Considered a psychic metal, enhancing and empowering the psychic abilities and intuition of the bearer. It is protective, calming, and has money-drawing vibrations. This metal is associated with Lunar energies.
TIGERS EYE (GOLD): It is believed that the stone has great healing powers especially beneficial to the digestive system. It is also attributed such qualities as the development of courage and prosperity and inspires you to be brave. A grounding stone.which aids confidence, willpower, self-belief. Draws wealth & prosperity
TIGERS EYE (RED): Focuses energy to meet challenges. Symbol of inner strength aiding stability & therefore confidence reducing nervousness.
TOPAZ: A wonderful stone for individuality. It gives you the ability to trust the decisions that you have made. It replaces negativity with joy and love, allowing you to cut through uncertainty. A crystal of potency good for helping one to visualize and meditate. It allows the energies of the Universe to come to you and encourages a willingness to act in making the desired changes in your life. It can help speed up our spiritual development if we have felt blocked. It also brings with it a sense of appreciation for natural beauty.
TURQUOISE: It is helpful in expanding awareness while still maintaining practicality. Turquoise moves the wearer toward integration and wholeness. Used on the throat chakra, turquoise promotes communication and the ability to speak honestly, clearly and from the heart, and reminds us of our connection to Earth and Sky. Wearing turquoise can speed the healing process. A powerful protector against all pollutants. Inspires friendship and loyalty. Protective crystal for travelers, always keep a piece in your vehicle.
Birthstones are stones that are associated with each month. They can be precious stones such as the Diamond or semi precious such as the Moonstone.
They are considered lucky for their particular month and their healing powers are said to be heightened at that time. It is said that you will get the greatest benefit from wearing the stone in the month to which it is associated . For example you would get the most benefit from wearing Aquamarine if you wear it in March. Here are the modern and traditional birthstones
January - Garnet or Rose Quartz
February - Amethyst or Onyx
March - Bloodstone or Aquamarine
April - Diamond or Rock Crystal (quartz)
May - Emerald or Chrysoprase
June - Moonstone, Pearl or Alexandrite
July - Ruby or Carnelion
August - Peridot, Sardonyx, Jade
September - Sapphire or Lapis
October - Opal or Tourmaline
November - Topaz or Citrine
December - Zircon, Turquiose, Tanzanzite
These are the most commonly used stones based on the Astrological signs of the Zodiac along with famous people born under these signs.
Please note that there is no single authority to approve these choices however most sources agree with the following stones listed.
Aquarius - Garnet
(Charles Dickens, Christian Dior, Oprah Winfrey)
Pisces - Amethyst
(Albert Einstein, Elizabeth Taylor)
Aries - Bloodstone
(Victoria Beckham, Elton John, Leonardo Da Vinci)
Taurus - Sapphire
(William Shakespeare, Sigmund Freud)
Gemini - Agate
(Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Munroe)
Cancer - Emerald
(Nelson Mandela, Helen Keller, Princess Diana)
Leo - Onyx
(Napolean, Bill Clinton, Whitney Houston)
Virgo - Carnelian
(Mother Teresa, Sean Connery, Richard Gere)
Libra - Chrysolite (peridot)
(John Lennon, Julie Andrews)
Scorpio - Aquamarine
(Bill Gates, Matin Luther King, Demi Moore)
Sagittarius - Topaz
(Winston Churchill, Steven Spielberg)
Capricorn - Ruby
(Sir Isaac Newton, joan of Arc)