Gemstone Properties, Myths & Legends
(From Norma Dee)
Amethyst has come to be known as a power crystal with prolific healing powers, which can be characterized as purifying, pacifying and transitional. Amethyst has the ability to transform lower energies into higher and acts as a healer at all levels of mind, body and spirit. The healing powers of Amethyst date back as far as the ancient Greeks who believed that Amethyst protected from the intoxicating effects of alcohol. The word "amethyst" is of Greek origin and is translated as- "amethystus" meaning not drunken, or intoxicated ("-methystos" from "methyein" or intoxicated, "methy" = wine).
The origin of amethyst name and even explanation for some of its healing properties has been founded in the Greek mythology surrounding this semi-precious stone. Amethyst's origin resides with the god Dionysus (Bacchus) and the goddess Diana. Dionysus, the god of wine, celebration, intoxication and joviality, found insult by a mortal who had refused him acknowledgement. Enraged with anger Dionysus vowed to unleash his fury upon all mortals who did not partake in his gifts of wine and drunkenness. He immediately spotted a young maiden named Amethyst who was pure and unfamiliar with being intoxicated. The wrathful god detained the unsuspecting young virgin, who was on her way to pay homage to the goddess Diana. Dionysus summoned two fiercely voracious tigers to devour the youth and sat back with his wine to watch. Amethyst cried out to Diana. When Diana saw what was about to transpire she quickly transformed the young mortal into a glimmering pure white stone (quartz) to protect her from the vicious wrath of Dionysus. Moved with pity Dionysus realized the ruthlessness of his actions and began to weep with sorrow. As the tears dripped into his goblet Dionysus collapsed and the tear-tainted wine ran out onto the stone from the tipped cup. The white stone then absorbed the color from the wine creating the stone now called amethyst.
It is the zodiacal stone for Aquarius.
Amazonite is found in the United States, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, Australia, Namibia. Amazonite is usually light green to blue-green, mottled and sometimes contains light striations. Enhances creative expression, aligns astral bodies, unity with life. Improves self worth. Amazonite is considered a soothing stone that offers confidence and works on the throat chakra. It is called the "hope stone" because it inspires confidence and hope. One source says it is useful to activate lazy teenagers.
Citrine is a beautiful golden/clear glassy variety of quartz. Citrine is invaluable as a healing crystal. It is also helpful for psychic awareness, self-confidence, security, dispelling fear & anxieties, promotes physical endurance and mental clarity. Therefore, Citrine increases a sense of direction in life. It is also known as a stone of the shopkeepers - placing citrine in a shop's cash register is said to increase shop revenue. Citrine is an alternate Zodiacal stone for Scorpio.
Coral is a stone of organic origin. Coral can be used to reconnect with nature and its variety of wonders. Coral also attracts love and prosperity, particularly red coral, which is a stone of passion. Creativity and optimism are also qualities that coral brings out. Emotionally, coral brings inner peace, strength, and understanding of purpose. Physically coral is used for general healing, blood and circulatory system issues, kidney, bladder, epilepsy, bone and bone marrow, eye problems, and the respiratory system.
Please see "Quartz".
Garnet comes in various colors of rich wine red and green. Garnet is associated with constancy and fidelity. It enhances body strength and endurance. It also strengths the aura and promotes an atmosphere of positive energy. Garnet lifts the spirits, warms the heart and energizes the body. The name garnet comes from the Latin word for grain or seed: "granatus." It took on this name for its similarity in looks to a pomegranate seed. Pomegranate's association and symbolism with garnet has been a long-standing one and has been referenced and related to in many works of literature up to and including those of Greek Mythology. Garnet has also been known to use as bullets (India rebellion of 1892) because of the belief of the severity of their effect on a victim. The Garnet family, in general mental healing, is a jewel of life, love and purity enhancing vitality (the life force), commitment in indecisiveness and sexuality. It's regenerating and warming attributes help it not only to cleanse and renew, but also help to comfort, protect and inspire.
Garnet is the zodiacal stone for Capricorn.
Jade's most popular color is a deep, imperial green. However, it is also mined in red and yellow and white. Jade is a very lucky stone that also promotes peace, serenity, improves the memory and increases vitality. Jade is considered a sacred stone that promotes love and altruism by aligning our subtle bodies (the distinctive energy fields about our body that uniquely characterizes ourselves and all living things).
Jade is an androgynous stone.
Labradorite is truly a fascinatingly beautiful mineral. It's a mineral whose charm is not fully noticed and may be overlooked if not viewed from the proper position. Generally a dull, dark looking mineral with no special virtue until the colorful shiller is observed glowing on the surface. Labradorite can produce a colorful play of light across cleavage planes and in sliced sections called labradorescence. The usually intense colors range from blues and violets through greens, yellows and oranges. Some rare specimens display all these colors simultaneously. The labradorescence is truly a one of a kind mineralogical experience and must be observed in person in order to truly appreciate its beauty. The deep blue shiller stones are of great value (2 to 3 times greater value than other colored Labradorite) and are known as "Blue Fire" since the stone's appearance is like a vibrant blue flame.
Labradorite is believed to enhance your alignment, spiritual connections and enhance clarity.
Lapis Lazuli is a deep blue or violet-blue stone that is sometimes flecked with gold-colored iron pyrite. Ancient Romans believed that lapis was a powerful aphrodisiac. Give jewelry made with Lapis Lazuli to your mate to strengthen your marital bond. In the Middle Ages, it was thought to keep the body healthy and the soul free from envy and fear. It represents creative expression, intellect, spiritual awakening and mental clarity. Lapis Lazuli is considered a stone of royalty. Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman leaders have all been depicted wearing lapis lazuli. They felt that wearing Lapis Lazuli attracted the beneficial power of their gods.
Larimar is a rare form of pectolite, which was discovered in the 1970's and is only found in the Dominican Republic. It has an extraordinary blue appearance similar to the color of the ocean in tropical areas. The name "Larimar" comes from a combination of Larissa and Mar and was given to the stone by a Dominican who named the stone after his daughter Larissa and Mar, the Spanish word for sea. Its powers are believed to help us to view events from a different perspective; it softens, enlightens and heals in a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual way.
Malachite is a green gemstone layered with different shades of green and found with copper. It is known as the stone of transformation and has wonderful healing properties. Because of the high copper content of this gemstone, it has a very steady pulsing electromagnetic energy field. Malachite is said to absorb negative energy and cleanse. This balances the wearer and protects the wearer from absorbing negative energy.
With its powers effective in all Chakras, Onyx is a very spiritual stone. Its primary function for spiritualists is as a grounding stone that strengthens the connection of the person with the earth during meditation and astral travel to provide guidance. They also say that it can make powerful memorial jewelry that can heal the spirit during mourning. It is in tune with the Earth's energies, balances Yin and Yang, but does not respond well to energy programming. The spiritualists believe it can protect against venomous snake and insect bites, divine the future through dreams and offer general protection in times of conflict.
Unlike gemstones produced deep inside the Earth, living creatures called mollusks create pearls. Any mollusk that produces a shell can produce a pearl. Nevertheless, naturally occurring pearls are rare, found in perhaps one of every 10,000 animals. The cultured pearl industry, which has flourished since the early 20th century, has developed techniques to greatly improve these odds. Indeed, more pearls are produced now than at any time in human history.
There are many types of pearls:
Natural pearls (made without human interference)
Cultured pearls (made when a foreign substance is intentionally inserted into a living oyster, a technique used since 1893)
Baroque pearls (pearls that have irregular shapes)
Biwa pearls (an irregular shaped pearl which forms in the freshwater of Lake Biwa, Japan)
Blister pearls (pearls which grow attached to the inside of the shell),
Black pearls (gray to black pearls)
Freshwater pearls (pearls which form in fresh water mollusks and resemble puffed rice),
Mabe pearls (cultivated blister pearls)
Seed pearls (small, tiny pearls used in Victorian jewelry and sewn on clothing)
Cultured or freshwater pearls are considered to offer the power of love, money, protection, and luck. Pearls are thought to give wisdom through experience, to quicken the laws of karma and to cement engagements and love relationships. They are thought to keep children safe.
It serves as tonic for the whole body. Peridot alleviates depression, anger fear and jealousy. Peridot also protects its wearer from negativity. In ancient Roman times those suffering from depression wore Peridot rings to raise their spirits. Ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, and Incas to heal the physical heart used Peridot. It is thought to bring the wearer good luck, peace, and success. Its powers include health, protection, and sleep. The advantages of Peridot are to attract love and calm anger while also soothing nerves and dispelling negative emotions. Legend says that Peridot was one of the favorite gemstones of Cleopatra and that some of the "emeralds" worn by her were actually Peridot.
Clear Quartz - One of the traditional healing stones believed to draw out pain and amplify healing energy. Crystal Healers use clear Quartz in rituals meant to treat convulsions, diarrhea, dizziness, and exposure to radiation, general pain, hemorrhages, headaches, hypochondria and kidney diseases.
For emotional healing, spiritualists believe this crystal to be an important self-esteem stone. They credit it with having the ability to treat the traumas of a neglectful or abusive childhood, to balance chaotic emotions and to increase emotional energy and motivate for action.
For the spiritualist, Clear Quartz is the ultimate energy manager, it has the ability to transmit and receive energy. In transmission, it can amplify, focus, and direct the energy. In receiving, it can store energy for later use, transform it into any usable condition, screen out unwanted vibrations and center one's own energy.
Though protection is not its primary use in spiritualism, Clear Quartz has very strong powers of protection. They believe it can use its powers of energy dissipation and transmutation to destroy or convert negative energies and evil psychic attacks on the person.
Rose Quartz - Rose Quartz is a beautiful pink love drawing gemstone. It's pink coloring is due to traces of mineral titanium. This is a feminine stone that restores balance to the female emotions.
They use Rose Quartz for treating cardiovascular health, fertility, headaches, kidney disease, migraines and sexual dysfunction, as well as those disorders occurring in the throat, ears, nose and sinuses.
For believers, Rose Quartz is the essential stone for increasing love and for times of extreme emotional turmoil, such as divorce, bereavement or career set backs because it helps to remind the wearer of the importance of self-love. The stone is also recommended for improving mental discipline and making one more responsible, and for meditation and mental tranquility. It also helps develop creativity. Therefore it is the favorite stone of artists.
Smoky Quartz - In the world of spiritual healing, this stone treats problems associated with the area of the lower torso including, the sexual organs, kidneys, abdomen, pancreas, where healers use it to treat everything from STDs to kidney disease, menstrual cramps and fertility. Further uses include strengthening the adrenal glands and regulating bodily fluids.
Crystal healers believe it will help the wearer reach personal and business goals, by bringing pure emotions of patience, perseverance and innocence. As a stone of purity, it can calm the mind, ease depression, and cure addiction and obsession, as well as removing negative feelings of jealousy, anger, burnout and fear. It also helps with prioritizing wants and needs, transitioning into new stages of the life cycle, and creativity.
Seraphinite is found ONLY in one place, the Bratsk region of Sibera Russia which is NE of Lake Baikal. Seraphinite is a powerful healing stone which is becoming increasingly popular. It is a form of the green mineral Chlorite, which often appears as inclusions in Quartz and other stones. It is an excellent healing stone, which boosts the energy of both the healer and the patient. Some people even say that it causes regeneration and miraculous healings. Seraphinite is among the most important stones yet discovered for connecting with the higher energies. It is a purifier, & cleanses the aura, chakras & energy meridians. Seraphinite is centering & energizing, integrates the heart & crown chakras, a powerful tool for developing compassion, & a premier healing stone. It brings the physical body in line with Light energy. Seraphinite is derived from the latin word "seraphin" referring to the first order of Angels. The allusion to Angels is due to the feathery wing patterns made by the silvery mica contained within the stone.
In general, Silver is believed to benefit circulation, help lungs and throat, and detoxify the blood, to aid in the treatment of degenerative brain diseases, balancing of hormones and chemicals and improvement of nerve impulse transmission. They also use it for treating hepatitis and detoxifying the body. Native Silver is very rare. Therefore, most new Silver supplies rely on ores such as argentine, cerargyrite, and stephanite or it is obtained as a bi-product of lead zinc, copper and gold ores. Scientists estimate the world's extractable resources of silver at current demand to be about 20 years of supply.
Cleaning - Most Silver can be cleaned with warm soapy water. However, never use a cleaner that contains Ammonia, which will turn Silver black. Should this occur, Vinegar will reverse the effects of Ammonia. There are also commercial cleaners available but should be used with caution, always read the label. Do not put Silver in your dishwasher.
Sodalite is a deep blue stone flecked with white. It resembles Lapis Lazuli but is much more common. It is an indigo colored gemstone so it has the attributes of healing. However, indigo gemstones should be worn with care with those suffering from depression. The color can serve to worsen the depressive feelings. Sodalite helps you make friends and eases the fear of the future. Sodalite is a great gemstone for meditation and is worn to still the mind and calm inner turmoil.
Topaz is a powerful magnetic stone that attracts love and fortune. The two most popular colors are blue and golden yellow although it is also mined in light green, violet and colorless. In some countries these colorless topaz are worn as diamonds although they lack the deep brilliance of an actual diamond. During the Middle Ages topaz was thought to heal both physical and mental disorders and prevent death. The Greeks believed it had power to increase strength and to make its wearer invisible while the Romans believed it had power to improve eyesight. The Egyptians wore it as an amulet to protect them from injury.
It is a gemstone of the planet Mercury.
As a healing stone, Turquoise is among the crystal healing master stones. According to followers of the New Age, its powers can benefit the whole body, with special strengths in healing ailments of the immune, respiratory, waste and skeletal systems. Crystal healers recommend it for detoxification of alcohol, poison, pollution or radiation in the body, treatment of high blood pressure, asthma, infections, TMJ and dental problems.
In the world of crystal healing, Turquoise is supposed to be a stone of communication. New Age healers recommend it for people who have a fear of public speaking. They believe it has the ability to make a speaker more eloquent, loving, creative and honest. But it is also improves the mental state overall by increasing all of the following positive mental characteristics: serenity, creativity, empathy, positive thinking, sensitivity, intuition, happiness, wisdom all of which result in a calmer state that leads to greater self-realization. It is also considered a stone of friendship. Further, they believe it has the power to strengthen convictions, courage and personal power. Turquoise attracts money, success and love. Its powers include protection, healing, courage, friendship, and luck. Relaxes the mind, and eases mental tension.
Turquoise is sacred to many Native American's and was carved in the shape of animals and birds. These carvings were placed in the Indians tombs to attract beneficial spirits and to guard the dead. Turquoise was also used by medicine men for healing and by warriors who fixed turquoise to the end of their bows to insure accurate shots.
Turquoise is androgynous with a good balance of yin and yang.