Note- We are working on expanding the stones we have to offer, as well as providing guidance for the qualities and uses of each stone. A crystal blog (with personal experiences), written by Jessie is soon to be published on the website as well.
Agate- "The soothing stone of self acceptance"
Despite its availability, this stone, along with a few others, is one of my eldest daughter's favorites and is used on a near day-to-day basis at home.
Its name comes from the Acate River in Sicily, where these stones were first found. Usually banded in layers or stripes, some varieties have "eye" markings or specks of colour, some have fossilized inclusions, whilst others are solid. Upon seeing this techni-coloured stone, it is understandable that it is known as the earth rainbow because the concentric bands of Agate come in nearly every color the earth can produce, including a colorless form. In fact, the vast range of colour this stone has allows one to compare it to both a sand dune filled desert and an earthly, mossy landscape.
Metaphysically, Agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence. [Simmons, 6] Though the layered bands of microscopic quartz in Agate may appear delicate, they are actually very strong.
"The reason I love this stone isn't simply because of its appearance, but because of what it did for me and can hopefully do for others. As somebody recovering from mental anguish, it helped me stabilize my mental faculties more, thus gaining confidence in my own ability to succeed". -Jessie.
Agate is known to not only improve concentration and analytical ability, but soothes and calms the self as well as facilitating self acceptance. It does this slowly but surely, stimulating memories and encouraging truthfulness all the while.
It is excellent for balancing emotional, physical and intellectual energy, and in harmonizing yin and yang, the positive and negative forces of the universe. It stabilizes the aura, eliminates and transforms negative energies. Its cleansing effect is powerful at all levels.
Aventurine - “The stone of self reflection & opportunity”
This stone is speckled with glistening particles and comes in green, red blue and brown. It is said to greatly relieve anxiety and calm one’s emotions, to bring about opportunity and prosperity as well as give good luck in games of chance. It is said to have the ability to enhance one’s sense of humour and cheerfulness as well. While it makes a powerful good luck piece to draw opportunities your way, it is told that it may also draw unexpected adventures as well as give good luck in love.
Wearing this stone also protects against environmental pollution. (It does this by giving motivation to act upon the state of things in our universe). It diffuses negative situations and replaces them with positivism and a willingness to work.
Given the fact that it reinforces leadership qualities, promotes empathy and encourages sympathy in others, I would suggest keeping this stone to hand or wearing it in times or work related stress or when difficulties arise at work.Because it is calming and open to different views- both intellectual and emotional, it also promotes patience for the boss, something I know I sometimes need!
Amethyst- "The stone of spirituality and contentment"
This stone is well known among many due to it being easily available to us and its widely recognised glistening lavender coloured crystals. It is the stone of “Spirituality and Contentment.” Amethysts are known to have a wonderful soothing and relaxing effect on all people in its vicinity.
It calms fears, lifts spirits, raises hope, helps to control negative thoughts as well as soothing anger and impatience. With these properties it is a wonderful addition to a room or work area where one may have to deal with unhappy, awkward or unkind visitors. Known as the “change stone”, it holds trans mutational energies allowing and assisting with opening gateways into intense and transformational spiritual experiences. It is said to be able to bring about any type of change in your life or consciousness in a calm and soothing manner, breaking up old emotional thought processes, It even assists in grounding in your psychic health where major change is required. When worn, it will ward off guilt and self-deception, assisting in overcoming addictions, and curb overindulges.
Commonly used as jewellery, I think it's vital to be aware of all of the things this stone can do, so one may use it to its full potential. It guards against negative emotions, turning into love. It also allows one to explore a deeper, calm meditative state (both in actual meditation and in day to day life) which thus encourages patience and understanding.
used at a higher level, it opens unto another reality. It turns mundane thoughts into pure, tranquil states. It helps you feel less scattered and repairs fragmented thoughts, bringing you common sense as well as definite decisions.
When I lost my good friend, this stone allowed me to use its properties to dispel my fear, sadness and to come to term with the loss I, among others, had endured. It may also be a good idea to sleep with this stone because it encourages intuitive dreams and experiences.
Chakra Gemstone Properties Placed on the 7th, or Crown Chakra during meditation, the Amethyst increases concentration and confidence in life. Amethyst is considered the 7th, or Crown Chakra healing stone, as it cleanses the aura and it also balances the subtle physical, mental and emotional bodies by linking them to the spiritual body.
Malachite- "The adventure seeker's stone"
This stone needs to be handled with caution due to the toxicity in its raw form. Use only in its polished form.
With its pure energy rays of green, Malachite is dedicated to the Heart Chakra. Located near the center of the breastbone, it regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment. When the heart chakra is out of balance you may feel either controlling or controlled in a relationship, and become critical of the little foibles of others. You may well find yourself having inappropriately strong emotional responses to everyday external stimuli.
Green crystal energy is used to resolve blockages and to re-balance the heart chakra, helping us understand our own needs and emotions clearly. We can deal with the ebbs and flows of emotional relationships, understand their cyclic nature, and accept the changes.
Malachite is helpful to clear and activate other chakras. Placed on the Third Eye, it activates visualization and psychic vision. Placed on the solar plexus, it facilitates deep emotional healing, releasing negative experiences and old traumas. On the heart, it heals and brings us harmony.
This stone has a strong connection with nature. it picks up negative pollutant energy. It brings balance and harmony and reinforces or strengthens the connection we have with the earth. It also encourages risk taking and adventure as well as taking responsibility for our actions. It alleviates shyness and strengthens friendships. I gave the polished version of this stone to assist my younger daughter Natasha for her new school in Scotland. It does need to be supported by other stones in order for any positive transformations to occur however.
Red Jasper - “The Supreme Nurturer Stone”
Red Jasper is gently stimulating and is also an extremely protective stone. It supports in times of stress, bringing tranquility and a sense of being fulfilled. It also reminds us to help each other. It can neutralise radiation and other forms of environmental and electromagnetic pollution. The stone rectifies unjust situations and grounds energy. It brings problems to light and provides insight into difficult situations. An excellent “worry bead”, Red Jasper calms the emotions as well as aid in dream recall. It is a stone of health as it strengthens and detoxifies the circulatory system, blood and liver- cleaning and stabilising the aura.
When laid on therapeutically, the red version of this stone stimulates sexuality and fertility. Red-brown is particularly beneficial in the treatment of liver, spleen and pancreas issues.Psychologically, it allows us to sort out problems effectively and encourages honesty with one's self.
Red Jasper is associated with the 1st, Root/Base Chakra and the 2nd Sacral Chakra. Just like the Agate, it works to balance yin and yang.
Green Jade- "The stone of the heart"
Jade or “yu” (meaning precious stone) as it is called in China, is the family name for Jadeite and Nephrite. The stone is comprised of interlocking crystals of one or both of these minerals. Nephrites can go from a dark green colour (due to iron) to a creamy color (which would be high in magnesium) with many shades in between, but no other varying colors. Jade is usually translucent. It is said that in Chinese tradition, Jade symbolized all five virtues of humanity: Wisdom, Compassion, Justice, Modesty and Courage. Jade is most often considered a symbol of purity and serenity. It is believed to bring harmony, friendship, and to attract good luck. It also helps keep the wearer from harm. Mentally, it releases negative thoughts and soothes our minds. Spiritually, it helps us to be who we really are inside.
Green Jade is the most common Jade. It calms the nervous system and channels passion in positive ways.
Chakra Gemstone Properties Jade is known as the “Stone of the Heart” and therefore is directly related to the 4th Heart Chakra, as well as having a beneficial effect on any heart related issues.
Lapis Lazuli - The Stone Before Time & Total Awareness
Onyx -“Master of One’s Future Stone”
A very grounding stone, Onyx is beneficial for those to be thought flighty by nature, or one who is having difficulty concentrating or focusing one’s attention. A strengthening stone that may assist one in the approach to a lesson or task with greater self confidence and determination. A wonderful stone for anyone that is under extreme mental or emotional stress, bringing balance to body and strength and harmony to the mind. Thought to increase intuition, instinct, and happiness, as well as decreasing sexual desire when it comes with negative energy or habitual nature. Onyx is said to banish grief, enhance self-control, stimulate the power of wise decision making, as well as to assist one in absorbing the energies of the universe that one most requires. Known to be particularly helpful with skin ailments, fungal infections, and healing infected wounds. It is also helpful with inflammation, especially when one has been sunburned.
Opalite is a delicate clear or milky iridescent stone, which when placed on the Crown Chakra in meditation is said to enhance psychic abilities and induce visions. In healing Opalite is believed to stabilize mood swings and purify the blood and kidneys.
The ‘Stone of Eternity’ brings forth the understanding of the true-self, the true spirit, to free the spirit. The knowing that one can soar higher than expected, can reach unimaginable goals and join as one with the ultimate all, the whole of who we are and why we are.
Opalite teaches the being within, that freedom is not held back by the physical self, it is not held back by race, by language, by religion, by beliefs or by capabilities. This stone encourages one to explore within and all around to learn that even the most unimaginable life goals can be reached, they do not just have to be dreams.
Rose Quartz - “Stone of Self Love”
The universal stone of Quartz presents in a soft and lovely shade of pink called Rose Quartz. Regularly referred to as the “Love” or “Heart” Stone, Rose Quartz is a gem of unconditional love, whose energies help to open oneself to all forms of available love: self love, familial love, platonic love, romantic love, and more. Rose Quartz will give just the proper enhancement of love in virtually any situation. Additionally known to lower stress, bring happiness and soothing to the soul...as does love. It is also told to enhance one’s capacity to love others as well as oneself. Rose Quartz is said to bring inner peace and harmony though gentle forgiveness, compassion, kindness and tolerance while balancing one’s emotions.
Chakra Gemstone Properties. Rose quartz is associated with the 4th, Heart Chakra this is a comforting and healing stone, assisting one to forgive others as well as oneself. As a teaching stone Rose Quartz helps one to understand that love for oneself must be present before one can truly love another. Working with the Heart Chakra, Rose Quartz should help break up old memories that may be blocking one’s energy.
Tiger’s Eye is best used on the lower chakras to bring about a balance of energies between one’s emotional and physical health. On the 1st, Base/Root Chakra it will assist one in disciplining sexual and emotional lives, bringing grounding and illumination where one must be practical.
Told to contain both the power of the Sun and the Earth, the ancient Egyptians used Tiger’s Eye to transmit the power of the Sun God Ra, to create material success. As Tiger’s Eye combines the Sun energies and the Earth energies they help to create a high vibrational state that is grounding as well, which in turn draws spiritual energies down to the Earth. Tiger’s Eye is a wonderful power stone with a reputation for attracting luck and money...often resulting in wealth of all kinds. It is also said to be used to discern the truth in any given situation. Enhancing courage, physical strength, passion and vitality Tiger’s eye tempers these qualities with mental clarity and a joyful outlook on life to keep one grounded. Helping one to understand any cycle in life that one is living.
Unakite - “Stone of Higher Spiritual Forces”
Unakite or Epidote with feldspar as it is also known, consists of a combination of deformed feldspar, green epidote and quartz solidly bound together, thus creating the beautiful pistachio and pink coloring. The stone takes it’s name from the Greek word epidosis, meaning “growing together ”, and it is these materials bound together that conveys the meaning that what comes together, belongs together. Unakite is excellent at removing obstacles to one’s personal growth. Whether it is an issue from childhood or last month’s catastrophe that is draining energy and holding one back. Meditations with this Unakite will aid in releasing pain and anger that one may have been having trouble letting go of. Healers believe that Unakite’s ability to unleash buried emotional pain and to also aid in the body’s healing process. Since many illnesses began as an unhealed trauma to one’s psyche, letting go of emotions aids the body’s tissue in relaxing on a cellular level. Thus promotes healthier organs, muscles and soft tissue. Chakra Gemstone Properties Unakite primarily has affect the 4th, Heart Chakra, and the chakra of the hands as a secondary position. It protects the 3rd, Solar Plexus Chakra to aid in steady evolution of oneself.