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.
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.
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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:-
|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.|
|(Click to see)||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.|
|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.|
|Strengthens the heart and bones. Balances sex drive.||Lifts creativity and helps finds new ideas.||Eases depressions and encourages positive thought.|
|Reduces headaches. Helps even eating disorders.||Encourages grounding and tolerance of others.||Enhances self esteem. Wards off negative energies of others.|
|Assists intestinal system and muscles.||Balances and provides confidence. Aids in restful sleep.||Reduces hostility and depression.|
|Affects the heart.||Great for breaking bad habits and establishing new patterns.||Aids in mending heart break and moving on from loss.|
|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!
'Crystals: It's your turn to heal' by Bryan Gardiner (1993)
'Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic' by Scott Cunninham (2002)