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The Treasures of the Earth - Discover The Healing Qualities Of Gemstones

A gemstone is a precious stone. It is formed from a piece of mineral crystal cut and polished to make jewellery and other adornments. Gemstones need not be minerals only. There are certain rocks such as lapis lazuli and opal which are considered gemstones. They are used in making jewellery as well. Generally, gemstones are hard but some soft minerals are used in jewellery because of their aesthetic value. Indeed, gemstones are treasures of the earth.

Today, the most precious stones are diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Precious stones are rare, have high quality, very hard and are translucent with fine colors in their purest form.

Gemstones are not only used in jewellery and antiques, they have far more significant value.

Gemstones and Their Magical Healing Properties

Gemstones have metaphysical symbolism, healing properties and spiritual meaning. A gemstone can exhibit more than one healing property. These properties include:

1. Physical Health

Some gemstones can help with specific physical ailments by boosting your physical vitality, energy and healthy physical habits. E.g. amber, jade, jasper, onyx etc. The pink-hued rose quartz has heartache healing properties. It is associated with love and a soothing feeling for those who wear it. Furthermore, their quiet energy can promote healing for sufferers of anxiety and mood disorders and addictions. Some gemstones such as pearls have been used to treat digestive problems, fertility issues and heart problems. Moreover, it is believed to treat skin disorders such as rosacea.

Amber is used to treat headaches and stress.

Generally, gemstones can be used to treat a variety of ailments from heart problems to sleep disorders. Their calming properties makes them even more effective in treating anxiety disorders.

2. Emotional Healing

Emotional wounds from neglect, abuse or trauma can be treated by gemstones. They help you release feelings of guilt and shame and help you remember your self-worth. E.g. aragonite, chrysoprase, garnet etc. When worn around the neck, gemstones allow your heart to close up emotional wounds. They can be used as a message for someone going through divorce or a break up. More than closing wounds, gemstones boost self-confidence and protection from bad karma.

However, this doesn’t mean that they are a replacement for psychotherapy.

3. Purification

Gemstones help clear your aura when it is cluttered with thought. These thoughts may be no longer useful or yours in the first place. E.g. amber, amethyst, opal, obsidian, quartz etc. amber is known to promote cleanliness and purification to help bring illnesses out of the body. As a result, it alleviates pain enabling the wearer to heal.

Gemstones have shown promise in treating both physical and mental ailments. However, they should not be used as a complete substitute for medical forms of treatment and therapy.

When you have your healing gemstone:

  • wear it as a necklace or carry it in your pocket
  • place it in your environment
  • meditate while holding it

Gemstones do much more than give you a refined look. They heal your emotional and physical life to some extent. When the opportunity presents itself, get yourself a gemstone of some kind. It will uplift your moods and bring more joy and love into your life.


Browse our entire Collection of Gemstones to find your perfect match.

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A Guide to Birthstones - Birthstones by Month & Their Powerful Properties

Birthstones are associated with every month of the year often indicating the astrological sign of a person’s birth. There are a myriad of myths and legends concerning birthstones, some even suggesting that wearing a gemstone during its assigned month heightened its powers.

We may not know the full extent of the possibilities of Gemstones but here are the gemstones according to their designated months and astrological signs.


January is assigned the birthstone garnet. It is a symbol of physical love and relationships between loving partners, making it popular among aristocrats. Garnet also represents the zodiac sign Aquarius (21Jan- 21Feb).


The birthstone amethyst is assigned to February. Amethyst is associated with luxury. It was used as a highlight for crowns. It is a protective stone with the attributes of purifying the month and clearing negative thoughts. Amethyst also represents the Pisces (22Feb-21Mar) zodiac sign.


March is assigned the birthstone aquamarine. Aquamarine stones are associated harnessing the naturally soothing power of the sea. It provides a cool and refreshing energy to reawaken a sluggish soul. Furthermore, it heightens a person’s senses and restores the beauty of youth with its anti-aging properties.


April is assigned the gemstones quartz and diamond. Diamond is a spiritual stone which symbolizes perfection and illumination. Quartz is known as the master healer and an amplifier of energy and thoughts. It symbolizes purity and patience.


May is associated with emerald and chrysoprase. Emerald embodies inspiration, infinite patience, unity, compassion and unconditional love. Chrysoprase embodies optimism, joy and happiness.


June is assigned pearl and moonstone. Pearls symbolize truth, faith and love. They enhance personal integrity. Moonstone symbolizes new beginnings, inner growth and strength, success and good fortune in love and business.


July is associated with ruby and carnelian. Ruby is a symbol of good fortune, creativity, pure love and loyalty. Carnelian symbolizes motivation, endurance, leadership and courage. 


August is associated with peridot and onyx. Peridot symbolizes a feel-good feeling, abundance and prosperity. Onyx is a symbol of protection defense-wise and from negativity. 


September is associated with lapis lazuli and sapphire. Lapis lazuli symbolizes spiritual enlightenment, prosperity and abundance. Sapphire symbolizes wisdom and royalty. 


October is associated with tourmaline and opal. Tourmaline symbolizes enlightenment and insight. Opal symbolizes hope, innocence and purity.


November is associated with citrine and topaz. Citrine symbolizes wealth and abundance. Topaz is a symbol of love and affection. Topaz represents Sagittarius (22Nov-21Dec).


December is associated with turquoise and tanzanite. Turquoise symbolises good luck and protection. Tanzanite symbolizes wisdom, truth, dignity and spiritual mastery.

Other astrological gemstones are:

  • Chalcedony represents Aries (22Mar-20April). It symbolises positivity and optimism.
  • Agate represents Gemini (22May-21June). It symbolises harmony of the body, mind and spirit.

Birthstones can either represent a month and an astrological sign simultaneously or one of the two. Reflect and discover whether you reflect any of the properties of your birthstone or zodiac stone. Perhaps you could benefit from some of the positive properties mentioned above. We have some of the most beautiful gemstones from all over the world in our collection.

Browse our gemstone jewellery collection now and find out the benefits for yourself!

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7 Therapeutic Properties of Gemstones For Improved Quality of Life

When we hear about gemstones, the first thought that crosses our mind is of the jewels around our necks or beautiful diamond rings on our fingers. Our idea of gemstones is to show a kind of pedigree and class. However, have you ever imagined that gemstones could be more than just stones you wear on your neck or finger? Did you know that gemstones have a vast amount of therapeutic properties?

Here are seven therapeutic properties of gemstones that you probably never knew about. 

1. Calmness

Gemstones have a calming and relaxation effect, even cooling down emotions like anger. Examples: amazonite, apatite, aquamarine, aragonite etc. These gemstones are useful in treating mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Furthermore, gemstones like amethyst are effective in treating neurosis.

2. Clarity

Gemstones can aid your mental focus, discernment and wise decision making. They help you ground confusion and see the best of who you are and where best to use your energy. Examples:  azurite, charoite, diamond etc.

3. Empowerment

Gemstones help you find a place of power within yourself and to know where you are as a person. They give you awareness and wisdom. Examples: alexandrite, ruby, diamond etc. Gemstones help get rid of fears and phobias by initiating a believe-in-self attitude.

4. Inner Work

Inner work is about examining habits and patterns. It goes beyond your emotions or wounds. Gemstones help navigate dark waters in your life so that you uncover the deeper story of your life and find purpose. Moreover, they keep you connected to your heart and goodness. Navigating through these dark waters help you uncover the underlying issues that may cause your lack of well-being. Examples: amazonite, apache tears, lapis lazuli, tanzanite etc.

5. Abundance

Gemstones can help you become aware of the bounty of the universe (abundance) around you. They encourage you to open your heart to receive and shift your mind focus to the fact that the universe wants you to be happy and succeed. Examples: alexandrite, amber, aventurine, emerald, jade, pearl and peridot. Gemstones create an appetite for passionate pursuits and exhilarating energy to chase after your ambitions. Positive vibes are all you need for quick healing in therapy.

6. Positivity

Gemstones have a way of getting rid of all negativity contained in the mind. Life can be overwhelming and negative thoughts begin to creep in. Gemstones bring instant happiness especially when placed close to the heart. Sometimes, doing away with all negativity is enough healing in itself. Gemstones also create positive thoughts towards closure, major life changes and a higher consciousness. If you find yourself feeling anxious, uptight and harboring negativity, consider placing amethyst under your pillow and see the difference in the morning.

7. Tranquility

Even when used as an ornament, gemstones emanate a feeling of peace. Lack of peace is detrimental to both your physical and mental health. Gemstones wash away fear, anxiety and negativity, leaving peace and tranquility behind. If you struggle with fear and insecurity, gemstones are there to help you find some peace.

Gemstones have countless therapeutic properties that increase positivity and quality of life. Use them as a necklace or other jewel, or under your pillow. The method does not matter as much as their benefits do.

Here at The Family Jewels, we have an array of carefully selected, hand-crafted gemstones. Browse our gemstone collection online to find the perfect one for you or a loved one:

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The Crystal Healer - Physical, emotional and mental wellbeing through the power of gems.

The Age Old Power of Gems

For thousands of years many cultures have recognised the power of minerals (crystals and gemstones) to affect the physical, emotional and metal state of individuals and communities. The native American peoples use turquoise to aid in healing and general vitality while Hindu people have long associated gems with the seven Chakras represented as Ruby (crown), Carnelian (brow), Citrine (throat), emerald (heart), sapphire (solar plexus), indicolite (sacral or spleen and amethyst (root). Even in our modern western society, one simply has to see the effect a gem on any newly engaged woman's finger has to her overall demeanour to appreciate the power of gemstones on our feelings of wellbeing.


So what are some gems that can be used to enhance our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing in everyday life?

Here are a few 'super gems' that have been known to have positive affects on on various aspects of the physical, emotional and mental spheres. This is by no means and exhaustive list but rather a good starting point of some of the most widely accepted gems available:-


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Known to positively affect the glands, eyes, kidneys and liver. Calms the nerves and provides clear thinking. Will bring a creative boost to problem solving. Grief may be reduced by wearing Aquamarine.


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Reduced toxicity in the body, aiding the blood system. Stimulates greater concentration and motivation to achieve one's goals. Dispels envious thoughts and anger, focusing  the being on contented feelings.


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Assisted the repair of the kidneys and liver. Brings muscular relaxation. Encourages rational, grounded thinking. Helps closed individuals open up and embrace closer, more fulfilling  relationships with others.


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Strengthens the heart and bones. Balances sex drive.  Lifts creativity and helps finds new ideas. Eases depressions and encourages positive thought.


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Reduces headaches. Helps even eating disorders.   Encourages grounding and tolerance of others. Enhances self esteem. Wards off negative energies of others.


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 Assists intestinal system and muscles.  Balances and provides confidence. Aids in restful sleep.  Reduces hostility and depression.


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Affects the heart.  Great for breaking bad habits and establishing new patterns. Aids in mending heart break and moving on from loss.


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 Aids glandular system and purifies the body. Connects logical thoughts and initiative feelings more effectively.   Balances emotions and heightens spiritual awareness. 


Embrace the Journey!

Beyond considering the traditional uses listing above, its important when selecting a gem for you that you trust your instincts and attraction to certain types of gems and to even individual pieces. It's a journey of discovery and like all other such journeys sometimes you just have to trust your gut!



Reference Material

'Crystals: It's your turn to heal' by Bryan Gardiner (1993)

'Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic' by Scott Cunninham (2002)

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