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Pearls

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pearlsMost pearls today are cultured.  Marine and freshwater mollusks (oysters and mussels) are collected and a small shell bead placed inside.  The mollusks are then returned to the water where they make the pearl.  Layers of calcium carbonate are secreted, coating the piece of shell, to form a spherical, oblong, or irregular-shaped pearl. 

It takes roughly 3 to 7 years for mollusks to produce a single pearl. The color of the pearl varies depending on the type of mollusk.  (The oysters and mussels that make the pearls are not related to the edible varieties of oysters and mussels.)

Most natural and cultured freshwater pearls are found in the waters of Japan, China, and the South Seas, however many are harvested along the coasts of Australia and the rivers of Austria, France, Scotland, and Ireland. Cultured freshwater pearls are also grown along the Mississippi River in the United States.

 Healing Properties of Pearls

Some healers use pearls to help balance body rhythms and hormone levels with lunar cycles, and to harmonize human beings with the natural world.  The inner glow of pearls is thought to tap inner-wisdom and nurture love.  Pearls are also believed to signify innocence and faith, stimulate spiritual transformation, and encloses you with an aura of calm and beauty.

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Jasper

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jasperJasper is an opaque rock of virtually any color stemming from the mineral content of the original sediments or ash. Patterns arise during the consolidation process forming flow and depositional patterns in the original silica rich sediment or volcanic ash.

Jasper exhibits combinations of patterns, such as banding from flow or depositional patterns (from water or wind), dendritic, or color variations resulting in what appear to be scenes or images, on a cut section.  Diffusion from a center produces a distinctive appearance, for example, Leopard Skin jasper, or linear banding from a fracture, as seen in Leisegang jasper.  Healed, fragmented rock produces brecciated (broken) jasper.

The classification and naming of jasper presents an enormous challenge. Terms attributed to various well-defined materials includes the geographic locality where it is found, sometimes quite restricted such as “Bruneau” (a canyon), “Lahontan” (a lake), rivers, and even individual mountains.  Many are fanciful such as “Forest Fire” or “Rainbow,” while others are descriptive such as “Autumn,” “Porcelain,” or “Dalmatian.”  A few are designated by the country of origin, such as a Brown Egyptian or Red African.

Healing Properties of Jasper

Each variety of jasper has unique properties, although jasper as a whole is always regarded as a stone that gives a sense of well-being. 

Fancy jasper is a jasper of fairly scrumptious colors: mauves, lilacs, creams, and greens.  Fancy jasper is related to whims, visions, and fantasies, especially those related to romance. 

Rainbow jasper helps us focus without overanalyzing things, such as the focused attention needed for target shooting or archery. 

Silver-leaf jasper is natural sophistication and encourages willpower.

Jasper gives one the courage to speak out and have personal independence.  Jasper helps balance the emotional energy in the body.

Leopard Skin Jasper is said to bring one what they need.  Poppy Jasper is said to help bring joy into life.

It also protects from fears in the night.  Jasper was thought to drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites.  Opalite Jasper is said to help one sleep.

Jasper is common and widely distributed, occurring chiefly as veinlets, concretions, and replacements in sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, as in the Urals, North Africa, Sicily, France, India, Venezula, and Germany.  Some varieties are color-banded, and beautiful examples of jasperized fossil wood are found in Arizona.  Jasper is also found in California, Utah, and Wyoming.

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Garnet

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garnetGarnets are a related group of minerals.  Members of this group include  almandine (red to violet red); spessartite (yellow, rose, or orange to reddish-brown);  pyrope (deep red);  grossular (white, yellow, yellow-green, brownish-red, orange or black);  and andradite (colorless, yellow-green, or brown to black).  The most prized garnet is an emerald green variety called demantoid and is a member of the adradite group.  Most well-known garnets are red.

The garnet is known as the stone for a successful business  and for stimulating success in business.  If your business is not as good as it should be, just put three or more garnets on your desk.

It is believed that if a garnet is put under a pillow, it will cure depression.  Garnets can be used to make a person popular and have self-esteem when worn as jewelry.  It helps protect one on trips.  Garnets bring constancy to friendships.

Healing Properties of Garnet

Garnet comes in many colors, but now we will speak only about red garnet.  The garnet is associated with the thyroid and spleen.

It helps cleanse and purify both when held over the area.  The garnet is usually held in the hand or placed on top of the head when searching or meditating on past lives.  Information that is beneficial and helpful will usually be released for the searcher.

The garnet is a stone of purity and truth, as well as a symbol of love and compassion. The information released in a search may be painful, but it will always be what the searcher needs.  The garnet will help everyone’s security level and spiritual awareness. It can also help increase the sex drive.

Currently, the world’s largest supply of garnets is the continent of Africa. In December 1996, a student in Central Australia discovered what is thought to be the largest single garnet ever found, measuring nearly one hundred feet across!  Other sources of garnet include India, Soviet Union, Brazil, and the United States.

Emerald

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emeraldThe proper name for the emerald is beryl, but there are different colors of beryl.  Emerald green is the color as well as the stone.  Most emeralds have inclusions (bubbles) in them.  If the stone has too much blue in it, it is then an aquamarine. Pink beryl is morganite, yellow beryl is golden beryl, yellow-green beryl is heliodor.  There is also a rare red beryl.

An emerald of the right shade of green can be more valuable than a diamond.

The emerald is the sacred stone of the goddess Venus.  It was thought to preserve love.  The emerald has long been the symbol of hope.  It is considered by many to be the stone of prophecy.  For some, the emerald acts as a tranquilizer for a troubled mind. The emerald is said to bring the wearer reason and wisdom. 

Healing Properties of Emerald

Emerald is used by healers to help heal the heart. 

Emerald is a stone of great harmony, wisdom, and love. Giving your lover an emerald will bring the lover closer if the giver’s motives are pure love.  The emerald can be a bridge between two people. The emerald vibrates with love.

The best emerald comes from Colombia and Brazil.  Emeralds can also be found in India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe.

Turquoise

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turquoiseTurquoise is a stone that has been prized for many years.  Turquoise is one of the oldest protection amulets, and it was also known as a symbol of wealth in many ancient cultures.  The ancient Egyptians used turquoise in jewelry. 

Turquoise is greenish-blue or pale sky blue.  The name means “Turkish stone” as it came to Europe by way of Turkey.

Strength, protection from harm, psychic sensitivity, and connection to the spirit world are its major focus.

If given a turquoise by a loving friend, that stone would protect the wearer from negative energy and bring good fortune.  The turquoise is the symbol of friendship.  It also brings peace to the home.

This stone is a very personal and meaningful stone to one who wears it.  Turquoise takes on the characteristics of the owner.

Healing Properties of Turquoise

Neutralizes overacidity, alleviates rheumatism, gout, stomach problems, viral infections, increases growth and muscular strength, alleviates pain,  and relaxes cramps.  It contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects. 

Wear on or near the solar plexus.  Use with copper to increase the power of turquoise.

Turquoise was mined more than 6,000 years ago in Sinai.  The best turquoise comes from Iran, but not much is exported now.  Much of the turquoise comes from Mexico and the United States today.

Quartz

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quartzQuartz crystal is a clear variety of quartz that was first found high in the frozen mountains of the Alps. Ancient people believed it was a form of ice crystals that would never melt.  It is said to have cooling powers and is a romantic stone. 

Sources of quartz crystal include Brazil, Madagascar, Switzerland, France, and parts of the Soviet Union.

Healing Properties of Quartz Crystal

Crystal is a common stone, but a powerful one.  It is mainly used in healing as amplification for the energies of the other working stones.  In healing, the crystal point is best, and the size can be important.

For meditating, the crystal ball or point can be used.  As it is a powerful stone, you should experiment with each to find what works best.

The quartz crystal has a similar vibration as humans.  This is why using crystals to meditate and keeping a crystal helps you to know yourself.  It will sometimes not work for a negative person.

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is known as the love stone.  It helps the user feel a strong sense of self-worth, therefore being worth love.  Rose quartz is the stone of universal love.  It is also the stone of love in marriage.

When worn in jewelry the wearer feels a sense of self-worth.

Healing Properties of Rose Quartz

Rose quartz has a gentle vibration of love for the owner.  It gives inner peace and helps in all matters pertaining to love in all its forms.  Rose quartz opens the heart to love.  It also helps as a rejuvenator to the skin.  It is a lovely stone for a young person.

It is said washing the face in water charged by rose quartz will help fade winkles and keep the skin young.

Smokey Quartz

Smokey quartz is nature’s stone of endurance.  If you need an extra boost, carry a smokey quartz gemstone with you. 

It promotes personal pride and joy in living, creativity in business, and opens the path for perception and learning.

Smokey quartz is a protection stone that cleanses and clears negative energy

Smokey quartz is a grounding stone that transmutes negative energies and facilitates your ability to get things done in the practical world.  It enhances organizational skills and is good to have around in the workplace or home office.

Healing Properties of Smokey Quartz

Smokey quartz is connected with the sounds of the universe.  It makes you more aware of sounds including telepathic sounds.

Smokey quartz helps relieve depression.

Tiger’s Eye

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tiger-eyeTiger Eye lets you see everything. Use it for insight, and you can be a very lucky person.  When used in jewelry, the tiger eye may bring good luck and protection from the evil eye to the wearer. 

It also known to bring clear thinking and insight.

Healing Properties of Tiger Eye

Tiger’s Eye or Cat’s-Eye is a stone for the mind, not the body.  Tiger Eye is used to focus the mind.  It will cause the mind to have feeling of oneness and feel more direct in all thoughts.  It makes one aware of one’s own needs in relation to the needs of others.

A personal symbol carved in Tiger eye is excellent for the spiritually advanced to use in meditation.

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Diamond

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diamondThe diamond is the hardest gemstone and one of the most valued. 

Diamond has remarkable optical characteristics.  Because of its extremely rigid lattice, it can be contaminated by very few types of impurities, such as boron and nitrogen.  Combined with the wide transparency, this results in the clear, colorless appearance of most natural diamonds.

Small amounts of defects or impurities (about one per million of lattice atoms) color diamond blue (boron), yellow (nitrogen), brown (lattice defects), green, purple, pink, orange, or red.  Diamond also has relatively high optical dispersion, that is ability to disperse light of different colors, which results in its characteristic luster.  Excellent optical and mechanical properties, combined with efficient marketing, make diamond the most popular gemstone.

Diamonds are the symbol of innocence and constancy.  They are used today as engagement rings, symbolizing the purity of love.

Healing Properties of Diamond

Diamond does not have a specific healing nature.  It does supplement the energy of other gemstones. The diamond will increase the power of the emerald and the amethyst to a higher level.  Healers often have rings or necklaces set with diamonds surrounding the amethyst.

It is said diamonds are good for coughs and mucus problems.

Care must be used when wearing a diamond necklace as it can block the energy flow if the wearer has negative thoughts or feelings.

Most diamonds come from South Africa.

Ruby

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rubyThe ruby is considered to be the most powerful gem in the universe and is associated with many astral signs.  To own a ruby is said to have contentment and peace.  Placed under a pillow, the ruby may ward off bad dreams.  Ruby rings should be worn on the left hand so as to receive the life force and have protection.

Given as a gift, the ruby is a symbol of friendship and love.  The ruby is also the symbol of vitality and royalty.

Love Stone

The ruby is filled with love.  It also helps sexual love to be more passionate. People lacking in self-love should have and meditate with a ruby.  It also gives the courage to be the best potential that a person has.

Healing Properties of Ruby

Ruby works with bloodflow as an aid to circulation.  It aids the cleansing and removal of infection or germs in the blood.  The ruby may be worn in jewelry, but never close to the solar plexus, as the ruby has a disquieting effect upon it.  In a ring, wear it on your left hand.

The color of rubies varies from vermilion to red.  The most desired color is “pigeon’s blood,” which is pure red with a hint of blue.  If the color is too pink, the stone is a pink sapphire.  The same is true if it is too violet – it is then a violet sapphire.  The best rubies and star rubies are bright red.  Most rubies come from Burma and Thailand.

Jade

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jadeJade is an ancient stone that has historically been used to attract love. 

Jade also can be used to bring money into your life.  Create a positive attitude towards money and visualize yourself using money creatively and productively while holding the stone in your power hand.  When making an important business decision, use the prosperous energies of jade by holding it while contemplating your course of action. 

Jade strengthens your mental faculties and assists in clear reasoning.

Jade is also a protective stone, guarding against accidents and misfortune. 

Symbol of Successful Love

A butterfly carved from jade holds a special romantic significance.  Ancient Chinese legend tells of a youth who wandered into the garden of a wealthy Mandarin in pursuit of a multi-colored butterfly. Instead of being punished for trespassing, his visit led to marriage with the mandarin’s daughter.

Today, a jade butterfly symbolizes successful love.

Healing Properties of Jade

The soothing green color of jade makes it a wonderful healing stone.  It helps the body in self-healing while working through underlying, non-physical reasons for a precipitation for disease.  It is particularly helpful for kidney, heart, and stomach complaints.