Gemstones have long been attributed with healing powers. Gemstones were used for healing in ancient Persia, India and Greece. Ancient Indian scriptures contain descriptions of gemstones complete with prescriptions for their use.

The western system of birthstones traces its origin to the Bible, where Moses set rules regarding the “Breastplate of Judgement” which was set with 12 gems. To this day gems adorn the mitre of the Pope and Bishops of the Christian churches.

During the renaissance period in Europe, the great physician Paracelsus used medicines made from crushed gems. Kings and Queens from around the world wore gems on their crowns, originally as a means of expanding their influence throughout the kingdom. Most crowns sat upon the head so that the main gem in the centre would touch the middle of the forehead (third eye).

Gemstones have had little place in modern medicine, although in recent times they have enjoyed a revival in popularity. Whether you wear gemstones for their sparkle, colours and beauty, or for their healing properties, they remain as popular as ever.

In gemstone healing, the greatest benefit is generally achieved by holding the stones close to the skin. What better way then to take advantage of any energies they may hold, than to use gemstones in jewellery. Below is a guide to the healing properties of many gemstones, which may aid the jewellery designer in deciding which combinations of gemstones to use to gain the maximum beneficial effects for the wearer. Combine the beauty of colour with the mystical properties and you can both heal and sparkle!

The healing properties of gemstones

African Turquoise / Chrysocola – Strengthens and aligns all chakras & subtle bodies, Brings any & all energies to a higher level, Stimulates Throat & Navel Chakras. Grounding, healer of the spirit. Calms & soothes the mind. Dissipates negativity.

Agate – A cooling stone, it reduces fever, quenches thirst, beneficial in Opal stomach area. It quiets the pulse and heart palpitations and insures good health and a long and prosperous life. Botswana Agate: Use with high-pressure oxygen therapy. Fire Agate: Master healer with colour therapy, enhances all essences. It grounds and balances, binds sexual & heart chakra, burns energy. Moss Agate: Emotional priorities, mental priorities; circulatory, pancreas & pulses, blood sugar balance. Agate guards against danger. Wearers become temperate, continent and cautious. It helps one view oneself with more clarity, and see the world through a broader viewpoint. Wearing Agate is believed to cure insomnia and to ensure pleasant dreams.

Alexandrite – Helps fight low self-esteem. Improves central nervous system disorders. Alexandrite relieves spleen & pancreas problems. Alexandrite is a stone of good omen. Alexandrite can assist one in centering the self, reinforcing self-esteem, and increases ones ability to experience joy.

Amazonite – Improves your skin. Releases fear and anxiety. Amazonite makes your married life happier.

Amber – Excellent for eyes, and for glandular swellings of the throat and lungs. Amber balances endocrine and digestive network. Amber brings good luck. It is associated with time, cycles and longevity. Amber is also regarded as being highly sensual and magnetic. Amber has long been associated with healing energy and mental stimulation, and is said to balance aggressive traits.

Amethyst – Magnifies psychic abilities and right-brain activity. It strengthens immunity, while energizing and purifying the blood. Amethyst relieves headaches, improves blood sugar imbalance. Named from the Greek word “amethystos” which can be translated as “not drunken”, amethyst was believed to protect its owner against drunkenness. As the myth goes, drinking wine from an Amethyst goblet would prevent one from becoming inebriated. The gemstone still symbolizes sobriety. Amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy. Because of that, amethyst was very important in the ornamentation of churches in the Middle Ages. Bishops still often wear amethyst rings. Amethyst is associated with a number of superstitions, being regarded as a love charm, and as a protection against thieves. In Tibet, amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha and rosaries are often fashioned from it. Placed under the pillow at night, the beautiful amethyst is believed to produce a calm and peaceful sleep. Amethyst is given as a symbol of sincerity, security, and peace of mind.



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