Updated: Aug 15, 2018
My love affair with gemstones started at a very early age. My birthstone and that of my siblings were something I came to acknowledge very early on via my mother’s jewelry. My Mom had several pendants and necklaces that showcased the stones of our family members. I'm pretty sure your own mother or someone in your family had a version of this accessory. I even received a few gem laced necklaces and a changeable stone watch for my own special day. Although I had passively come across stones my entire life, it wasn't until adulthood that I began examining stone structure or began exploring the intrinsic and mystical values of stones.
In today’s society its understood that "diamonds are girl's best friend" but little is said about other naturally occurring stones. What about the dozen of “less perfect” gems found in the Earth's crust as close as three miles from surface and as far as 30 miles deep? I get it, diamonds are the only stone composed of pure carbon in which the carbon molecules are bound symmetrically. This arrangement makes diamonds the holders of the highest refraction rate of any stone and makes them 140x harder than sapphire. Diamonds are a pretty big deal but are far from being the only stone of my affection!
There are so many other beautiful stones gracing the earth that deserve insurmountable appreciation as well. Every crystal mineral undergoes a unique process, which includes particular mineral ingredients, exact pressures, time, space and unique temperatures. It is only when all of these conditions are in synch that a beautiful stone develops.
This process is beautiful, transformative and awe-inspiring; however,
I didn’t bring you guys here to talk rock formation but more so to explore the power of belief.
Gem lore, or tales and testimony of the power of different gems in the mystical sense date back to around 13th Century BC. In the ancient manuscript Codex Latinus Vindobonensis 5311- “The 15 stars, the 15 gemstones, the 15 herbs, and 15 symbols”, Hermes, the God of trade and herds explains how exactly to make use of the right gemstone by aligning it with its correct planet, herb and symbol all effort to bring about good health, prosperity, power, love, abundance etc. This multifaceted approach suggested that one could bring or manifest a certain destiny by employing many different worldly facets simultaneously. ?!Ok?? I'll admit that sounds a bit like witchcraft! But how far fetched is it really?
The cosmos and astrology are perplexing no doubt... The mystic and benefits surrounding stones, chakras, meditation and other practices are consider nonexistent to many, amazing for some and evil to others. Is there a correlation between the stars and what is found in the earths crust? I can’t be sure; however, I do know that everything in the universe is a part of God’s creation. I believe that all of God's creations deserves attention and appreciation.
So, if you’re wondering if I am a modern day witch... the answer is no. Gemstones are simply reminders and conduits for my personal affirmations. I collect these stones to keep me mindful and intentional. When I wear, hold or carry my stones I am reminded of my own reflections, power, desires, attitudes, potential, self-worth, consciousness, intentions, and goals. Gemstones help me manifest my own reality.
Gem lore is extensive and ever-changing and for this reason, I don't rely solely on the stone's historical healing properties for guidance. Instead, when I connect with the stone- I bring my own energy to it - I define the meaning. This happens by first taking a look at a beautiful stone and focusing on my own intentions for good and higher resolve. If it has been smoothed, I carry that stone around with me in my pocket or bag to be reminder of that intention. If it is rough, I leave it in a meditation space in my home. I pray, meditate and play with my stones.
If you're interested in getting into crystal work, rock collecting or stone meditating lets talk a few must have stones for beginners. My first stones were solely from the Quartz family and I have listed some must haves from this group below. I have also listed a few Bible verses that are awesome to combine with the stones. .
1. Malachite: I personally think Malachite is one of the most unique stones on the planet. This soft quartz (Moh’s hardness 3 ½ -4) gets it coloring from copper and can vary from in size and shape. The DR of Congo hosts the majority of malachite deposits; however, the stone can be found all over the world. Malachite is associated with the heart chakra, which is located near the sternum and representative of higher consciousness and love. Healing properties of malachite are rooted in the circulatory system and are believed to help with immune support and nervous system functioning.
I employ Malachite during transformative periods of life or when I am being mindful of personal change. Malachite is very much my accountability stone. I keep it around when I want to overcome stagnation, outgrow patterns and overcome blockages and ties. Romans 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
2. Clear Quartz Made up of purse silicone dioxide, clear quartz gets its name from the Greek word “krystallos”, meaning “ice”. In ancient times it was believed to be frozen water that would never unthaw. My sister who at the time used it as an amplifier and clarifier in her own crystal work introduced clear quartz to me as the stone of stones. Clear quartz varies in shapes with many different points, clusters, and cloudiness. Lore shares that quartz is great for the crown chakra and helps to neutralize all sorts of bad energy and vibes including that radiation and electromagnetic smog.
I am mindful of clarity, focus & concentration when I use my own clear quartz. I combine this stone with all other stones if I am looking for amplified results during meditation or want to remain hyper focused in my thought process or solitude. Psalm 119:130 "The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple" To me this means God's word is the light of the world has and continues to impart the light of civilization and holiness- the ultimate clarity. 3. Amethyst Amethyst is the most beautiful of the quartz family hands down. The beautiful stone ranges in colors of light purple to dark purple but can sometimes be transparent or opaque also. Amethyst gets its color from manganese and iron and can be found on almost every planet. Amethyst has historically been thought to provide wearers and carriers protection against overindulgence and purification. This protection is thought to be facilitated by the stones ability to clear the energy field of negative attachments and bad influences.
I generally think of protection when Amethyst comes to mind. This stone is most instrumental for me when praying and meditating over wellness for mind, body and soul. I carry this stone to be mindful of my gratitude for God’s grace and protection over my life and my loved ones. Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” 4. Chrysocolla Chrysocolla is a vibrant blue copper rich crystal found around the world. It is said to support emotional healing and releases the carrier from the baggage of spoiled relationships and interactions. Chrysocolla is mainly associated with the throat chakra or 5th chakra. The throat chakra is located at the center of the neck at the level of the throat and shoulders and is believed to be the passage of the energy between the lower parts of the body and the head. My Chrysocolla came from Brazil and was explained to me to be great for oral communication and signing abilities.
I keep chrysocolla around when I am preparing for a presentation or need to have a critical talk.
This stone reminds me that I owe to myself and those I communicate with, the utmost openness, honesty and compassion. This stone is perfect when preparing for that difficult talk or big speech and keeps me calm. 5. Tiger’s Eye I consider Tiger’s Eye to be my power stone! This beautiful quartz is primarily used to balance the lower base, sacral and solar plexus chakras. Balance and harmony are thought to be emitted from the stone and many believe it is instrumental in self-empowerment, reigniting of passion, and success. Its golden glow is believed to attract success, fortune and prosperity. I meditate with this stone often, especially when I am in need of an emotional pick me up, preparing for an interview or strategizing a boss move. It reminds me that I am capable of my wildest ambitions and deserving of abundance.
6. Rose Quartz Rose Quartz has been seen as a symbol of love for thousands of years. The Greek Myth tells us that Aphrodite’s blood was spilled onto White Quartz while rushing to the aide of her lover Adonis. They’re blood is said to have mixed to create the pink tone of rose quartz. In Ancient Egypt, Isis used rose quartz to maintain her divine youth and beauty and has been reported to have been found in many tombs. Many other ancient civilizations also have their tale of the stone. For me, Rose Quartz brings about a gentle energy of the nurturing sort.
Rose Quartz reminds me of the importance of self-love and unconditional love for others. This stone keeps me mindful of the importance of inner beauty above all else.
2 Corinthians 4:16 "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day" God's love is the most renewing source available as we journey through life. To be consumed with our outward flesh and worldly desires is to be distracted away from our sole purpose and soul fulfillment.
That's it for now folks! I hope this information has helped. I will be sharing more information about my stone collection futuristically! In the meantime grab Gemstones of The World by Walter Schumann (shots in this post are taken with my stones lying on the book). This book is amazing and is a great read to learn more about stones in their rough and polished states.
Until next time...