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SEMI-PRECIOUS STONE MEANINGS:

Gemstones are used for many purposes and each stone carries its own vibration. Gemstones are often affiliated with jewelry but can be used on their own for specific healing purposes. There are two categories of gemstones: precious and semi-precious. The category of semi-precious typically pertains to the availability of the stone, though some semi-precious stones are more rare. Each stone has its own meaning and carries a specific purpose for its intentional healing qualities. A gemstone can be used all by itself to facilitate transformation and healing or used with other stones to create a recipe, elixir, or amplification of particular properties within each stone to bring about very personalized and specific healing.

 

ROSE QUARTZ:

A pink stone often referred to as the “Love Stone” and affiliated with the Heart Chakra. Its purpose is to open the heart to receiving and giving more love: self-love, friendship love, family love, romantic love, and unconditional love. It provides nourishment and comfort allowing the heart to awaken to its own innate depth of love and infinite peace.

Interacting with this stone can bring about more feelings and experiences of calm and joy. By continuously bringing in more joy and calm, you are better prepared for dealing with difficult situations and people. This stone can help you with navigating and healing matters of the heart.

The “ancient worlds” prize and honor Rose Quartz for its powers of physical beautification -- facial masks of Rose Quartz have been recovered from Egyptian tombs, thought by the Egyptians and Romans to clear the complexion and prevent wrinkles. A stone honored by the Tibetan and Asian cultures, continues to be one of the major carving stones of China.

Rose Quartz is a silicon dioxide crystal, one of the most common varieties of the Quartz family. It is found in abundance around the world and occurs only in massive form, with no crystal faces, edges or terminations. It appears hazy to translucent and is usually found in the cores of granite pegmatites. Its name is derived from its soft rose color, which ranges from very pale pink to deep reddish-pink, this is due to trace amounts of titanium, iron, or manganese in the massive material.

This high vibrating stone can be combined with other stones for enhancement of meaning and provide more openness to receiving the combined energy within the heart.

 

CLEAR QUARTZ:

A clear stone often referred to as “Master Healer,” ultimate gift from Mother Earth, and the Divine incarnated. It is affiliated with the Third Eye, Crown, and Soul Star Chakras. Its purpose is to illuminate white rays and amplify awareness and connection. Clear Quartz is unique in that is does not carry a specific “direction” like other gemstones, its meaning is what you put into and what you give it. It transmits and translates the “higher realm,” bringing it into the physical world.

This stone is meant for manifesting, amplifying, “raising the vibration of,” and conducting light energy. Use this stone to amplify and connect awareness with your Third Eye, God/Spirit/Universe, and to bring in the high vibrating light to uplift your soul and aid in the processes of pure and deep healing and transformation.

Clear Quartz has been valued by nearly every civilization as far back as Atlantis and Lemuria. There is a fire and sun element to Clear Quartz. Ancient civilizations believed the sun's power could be harnessed through a crystal as a source of solar energy refraction. Indigenous American Peoples, African tribes, ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Romans, Scots and many other cultures used Clear Quartz in diagnostic healing, meditations and spiritual development, as religious objects, in funerary rites, and to dispel evil and magical enchantments.

Quartz crystals are the most common and abundant in the world. They comprise the largest and most diverse family in the mineral arena. Composed of silicon and oxygen (silicon dioxide), it is also an important mineral element in common rocks such as granite, quartzite and gneiss, and in sedimentary conglomerates like sandstone. Quartz crystals have been used in radios, watches, and other electronics.

This high vibrating stone can be combined with other stones for enhancement of meaning, providing higher vibration and divine energy, as well as more creation and a physical expression of that creation.

 

LAPIS LAZULI:

A deep blue stone with gold flecks and lines in it. This stone is affiliated with the third eye and throat chakra. The purpose of the stone is to stimulate and enhance personal power, spiritual power, and growth in these areas. It is meant to bridge the gap between the spiritual and physical worlds – helping to harmonize the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual, brining about deep inner self-knowledge. Think of connecting the heart with “source.”

A stone of wisdom. This stone helps with imbalances in the mind, body and spirit (soul). It can be used as a harmonizer, balancer, amplifier, and “alleviater.” Aiding one through journeys of self-exploration, communication with self and others, and truth in the transformation it brings. Alleviating negativity and pain while brining in awareness to be lived and shared.  

Lapis Lazuli were highly valued in ancient worlds like Egypt, ancient Persia, Greek and Roman times, and medieval Europe for the meaning of its blue color and gold accents.  The blue of stone is seen as the night and gold specks as the stars, the blue heavens, and a stone of protection and wisdom – a stone for the royal and spiritual. It was used in art, clothing, and furniture; it was also ground and put in water as a medicine (do not try this). Buddhists use the stone for bringing inner peace and freedom from negative thought.

Comprised of sodium, calcium, sodalite, and pyrite flecks, this is not a hard stone. It is found mostly in Afghanistan, but can also be found in Russia, Siberia, Pakistan, India, Burma, and Italy.  

When paired with other stones this stone will magnify the truthful, connective, spiritual and communicative aspects of any other stone. It is a stone of protection, navigation, wisdom, learning and growth.

 

AMETHYST:

A purple crystal with a high spiritual vibration. It is a stone of love and spiritual wisdom. This highly regarded stone is affiliated with the crown chakra and can also be used in balancing all the chakras. It is a stone revered for transmuting negative energy, within and around, bringing comfort. It is used for cleansing energy within the mind body, and spirit -- encouraging peace, calm, and clarity, and for protecting and balancing energy of self and space.

Use this stone in meditation for clearing the mind, calming the body, and gathering “scattered energy” for a more centered feeling. This stone is also placed in rooms or specific areas around the house to transmute negative energy, to protect the home from negative energy, and to provide more feelings of peace, calm, and love. This stone can be used to help bridge common sense and spiritual insights for more centered decision making.

This highly spiritual stone has been used by many ancient civilizations. It was used to bring in sobering thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The stone is thought to help with sobriety in alcohol and mystical intoxication. Worn over the belly button for alcohol sobriety and the third eye and crown for mystical and mental sobriety. It has been used on roseries for bringing more peace and calm and in Eastern religions and practices as an offering stone.

Amethyst is a member of the quartz family. There are different types and each type brings about a different energy and can be used for different types of healing. Types of amethyst: brandberg, chevron, cacoxenite, ametrine, and rutilated.

When paired with other stones, amethyst will accentuate the “Divine” properties of the stones while allowing more balance, mental clarity, and ease of navigation through the transformative properties.

 

AVENTURINE:

There are different colors of aventurine, we are using the green color. The green aventurine stone is a stone of manifesting prosperity and wealth. Think “opportunity” with this stone. It is affiliated with the heart chakra. This stone brings opportunity with love or the loving aspects of opportunity. A stone of optimism, love, creativity, and possibility. It is a stone of understanding and protection -- so that one may transform and heal.

This stone can be used in diffusing negative emotions to bring about more compassion and empathy. It helps to balance the feminine and masculine energy, stimulates emotional recovery -- encouraging and enabling living within one’s own heart. It brings together the emotional and intellectual bodies enabling perseverance and maneuvering life’s obstacles.

Aventurine is used in the metaphysical realm and in everyday items such as bowls, vases, figurines, and in gardens and landscaping.

Aventurine is in the Quartz family and has inclusions of mica or other minerals. It is most commonly green, and the other colors include: blue, red to reddish-brown, dusty purple, orange or peach, yellow, and silver gray. The color of green aventurine comes from fushite particles within the Quartz, while shades of red, brown and orange are attributed to hematite or goethite inclusions. Peach and yellow Aventurine have mica within their crystals, blue Aventurine contains dumortierite, and the purple variety is colored by lepidolite.

This stone will uplift and compliment other stones. It will enhance the creativity and possibility while protecting and guiding the heart with the other energy of other stones.

 

OBSIDIAN:

A dark glass-looking stone. Known as “nature’s glass,” “nature’s mirror”, and “Divine stone.” This stone is powerful and goes deep. It can help one to see or become aware of their past and present and how these experiences could play into their future. It is affiliated with the root chakra. It guides you to look deep within yourself possibly seeing the darkest areas of self and address your “shadow.” Think “truth enhancing” and deep soul healing.

Use this stone with a bit of caution and only when you are ready to delve into some deep self-work and self-reflection. While the stone helps you dig deep, it also provides great support and grounding. This stone can be used when “saging” and clearing spaces, as it provides protection from outside influences . This stone “brings up,” transmutes, encourages “dealing with,” and dispels – whether it’s emotional, energetic, or spiritual. It also promotes compassion and strength.

“The use of Obsidian dates to the Old Stone Age, and many cultures relied heavily on this material in their daily, ritual, and spiritual lives. Obsidian’s conchoidal fracture allows it to break into pieces with curved surfaces and very sharp edges, and it has been found around the world fashioned into arrowheads, spear points, knives, axe heads, scrapers and various other cutting instruments. Pre-Columbian Mesoamericans fashioned a sword with Obsidian blades mounted in a wooden body, called a macuahuitl, that was capable of inflicting horrific injuries, and Obsidian daggers were reputed to be used in bloodletting and human sacrifice. In the Middle East, it was esteemed for its sharpness and precision in ritual circumcision, ancient Melanesians honed pointed pieces for tattooing the skin, and peoples on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) made multipurpose tools called mata’a for food preparation and cultivation. They also chose Obsidian as the pupils of the eyes in their famous Moai (statues) to endow them with authority and a spiritual essence.” [Quoted from crystalvaults.com.]

The stone is formed from volcanic lava that hardened so quickly it formed no crystalline structure.

When paired with other stones, it can bring out the depths of other stones, amplify them, and can also speed up the “detoxification” and healing processes. Use sparingly at first and pay attention to the stones you mix it with.

 

CITRINE:

This yellow to yellowish/orange, yellowish/brown stone is a powerful cleanser and regenerator. Think “the power of the sun.” This stone absorbs, transmutes, dissipates, grounds, and protects. It is associate with the solar plexus chakra and enhances the crown chakra. It helps with enhancing and encouraging good feeling within and about self. The energy within it bring prosperity, higher mind (wisdom), optimism, and creativity.

Use this stone to place around the house to bring happiness, joy, and prosperity. This stone can be used with meditation to help the spiritual and physical and it is a good stone to gift to another. Due to citrine’s fiery nature, it can enhance a fiery state of being or fiery personality – this is not always pleasant, back off the stone if this happens.

The stone has been used in businesses, homes, and other dwellings to bring prosperity, protection, joy, and happiness. To use it for these purposes people have placed it in the center of the dwelling and/or the farthest back left corner.

Citrine is a member of the Quartz family.

When paired with other stones citrine can bring out and amplify other fiery natures, so use caution with similar natured stones. Citrine can also compliment other stones’ capabilities of protection, enhance more joy, prosperity, and happiness, as well as encourage transformation and healing.