Happy New Year! I like to kick off every new year thinking about how I can contribute to peace in the world. To quote Michael Jackson, I’m starting with the (wo)man in the mirror. And because I do what I do, that often starts in my studio, surrounded by gemstones and wire. Other than that, you might just see me resorting to driving around with a giant peace sign on my car!
Energetically speaking, gemstones are more than just a pretty face. Whether you believe in the “woo-woo” aspect of energetic healing, even science skeptics have to admit that everything is made up of energy, and the different vibrations of gemstones based on their color, density, etc, can also correlate to energy of emotions and our bodies, among other things. Periodically, a client will find themselves drawn to a particular stone. Once we look into the energetic properties of the stone, more often than not, it turns out that that stone is known to have a quality that that person needs at that moment. So, in 2018, in addition to providing education on different stones, I’ll delve a little deeper into the energetic healing aspects of the stones as well. So let’s get started.
The first thing that comes to mind is Amethyst. Not only is the color beautiful, and when it’s cut in facets, it is so pretty to look at, but also it’s vibration promotes calm, balance, and peace. I picked this one to go first because it’s also the closest to the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet. That, and I’m kind of an alphabetical girl, so I had to start there.
Amethysts range in color from pale violet to deep, dark purple. They are pretty whether they are polished into smooth stones, carved, or faceted. Each is beautiful in its own way. And for me, each will get showcased differently to highlight the stone.
The birthstone of March, aquamarine is a stone of courage and fortitude. It also promotes peace and is said to be an effective treatment of anxiety. Aquamarines range in color from pale blue (almost no color) to a lovely aqua color, and from transparent to quite opaque like the one below. This beauty has long since found it’s forever home, but I still think about it.
I’m including Larimar in the list because it radiates peace and tranquility, and encourages “going with the flow”, which is a must when you’re looking for peace in your life. Deeper in color than Aquamarine, I think the peaceful feeling might just come from the feeling that you’re looking at a piece of sky with puffy white clouds. It’s hard to feel stressed looking at that, right?
Magnasite stimulates love for the self and compassion for others. It also is known to have a calming effect, so it’s particularly useful if you’re trying to meditate. Naturally white, magnasite is often dyed and can be mistaken for such stones as turquoise or coral. These are a few that are destined for greatness in my studio.
Peace of mind, peace in your heart, peace in the world…it all starts here with moonstone. Moonstone is generally a pale stone, but these blackened Mystic moonstone earrings just make me happy. The “mystic” part refers to the coating that gives the stone an almost aurora-borealis effect.
So that’s my list of peace-enhancing gemstones. May you have a peaceful and prosperous New Year!
Love (and Peace),