Key words: protection, strength, well-being
Agate is another name for banded Chalcedony, a cryptocrystalline member of the Quartz family. It is usually commonly cut into thin slices and dyed different colours to shows the distinctive bands more clearly. It is found filling rock cavities as a secondary mineral which has been deposited by silica-rich water and is often formed in metamorphic zones and also in sediments.
Historically, the wearing of agate was said to bring God's favour and make one agreeable and persuasive, giving victory and strength to the wearer and protection from danger. It works slowly and steadily to bring strength and build self-confidence and improve one’s general well-being. It is thought to overcome feelings of anger, bitterness and negativity.
Agate is said to enhance one's perceptiveness and to provide balance between physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual states. Agate is reputed to help treat disorders of the pancreas and cleanse the lymphatic system, relieve gastritis and heal skin disorders.
Affirmation: “I have the inner strength to overcome all obstacles.”
Key words: protection, purification, spiritual awareness
Chakras: Third Eye, Crown
Zodiac: Aquarius, Pisces, Virgo, Capricorn
Amethyst is a member of the Quartz mineral family and is commonly found lining hollow cavities in volcanic rocks. Its hardness means that it is often left behind when other minerals weather away and this also makes it ideal for jewellery and displays. Amethyst changes colour with heat and its colour may fade if left in direct sunlight for prolonged periods. Its name comes from the Greek words for ‘not drunken’ as they believed it would prevent intoxication.
This purple stone is said to aid creative thinking and spiritual awareness and as such is a useful aid to meditation and Divine communication. A highly protective stone, Amethyst is a crystal for everyone and when carried or placed in an environment gives one a sense of balance and well-being. The protective ability also makes Amethyst a good stone to keep beside one’s bed to reduce nightmares and aid peaceful sleep.
Amethyst is believed to ease headaches, release tension, relieve physical and emotional pain and to combat addictions of all types. It is also reputed to reduce swelling and bruises.
Affirmation: “I am protected as I grow to my Divine potential.”
Key words: nurture, practicality, abundance
Chakras: Base/Root, Sacral
Zodiac: Pisces, Cancer
Asteroid Jasper, a member of the Orbicular Jasper family, is a microcrystalline variety of Quartz. The word Jasper derived from the Greek for ‘spotted stone’ and occurs worldwide. Varieties are classified by their colour and pattern, usually the result of the type of foreign materials - sometimes up to 20% - included in their structure.
Asteroid Jasper can help one to learn problem solving skills in order to advance and create one’s own abundance without letting small blessings be forgotten. It is a methodical worker of practical ‘down to earth’ solutions, promoting one’s organisational abilities. As with all forms of Jasper, it is also a nurturing stone and its energy is useful for grounding and protecting one’s energy thus providing support during any stressful times. It is considered to work more effectively if worn for long periods of time as it works slowly but steadily.
Physically, Asteroid Jasper is reputed to help improve digestion and assist in detoxification as well as being a good companion for general healing.
Affirmation: “I learn and grow to bring abundance into my life.”
BLACK BANDED ONYX (AGATE)
Key words: inner strength, willpower, clear focus
Zodiac: Leo, Capricorn
Onyx is a variety of Chalcedony with parallel layers and is a cryptocrystalline member of the Quartz family. Natural Black Onyx is extremely rare and so is produced by chemically treating Agate. Onyx was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans in cameo jewellery and carvings and remains a sought after mineral for both its optical and healing properties.
Onyx, like Agate is a slow and steady worker and can be worn over long periods of time to fully gain the benefit of its healing properties. It can help to reinforce one’s inner strength and willpower to overcome difficult and trying circumstances. Onyx is also a strong grounding stone helping those who are naturally dreamy or flighty to stay focused and attentive.
Onyx is believed to help one remove excessive energy, to calm nervousness and anxiety and maintain a level head. It is also reputed to benefit the feet, teeth and bones.
Affirmation: “I have the strength and focus to overcome all obstacles.”
BLUE LACE AGATE
Key words: free expression, support, confidence
Chakras: Throat, Crown
Zodiac: Pisces, Sagittarius
Agate is another name for banded Chalcedony, a cryptocrystalline member of the Quartz family. It is found filling rock cavities as a secondary mineral which has been deposited by silica-rich water and is often formed in metamorphic zones and also in sediments. One of the best sources of Blue Lace Agate is South Africa, where it was first discovered.
Blue Lace Agate has a wonderful soft and calming energy bringing tranquillity and peace of mind to the wearer. It is considered to be a stone of communication and can help those who find it difficult to be heard by others as well as those who talk too much to be calm and only express that which needs to be said. Worn as a pendant at the Throat chakra brings the power of this crystal to the fore and allows free expression with the support and confidence that one will be listened to.
Blue Lace Agate is believed to provide relief from sore throats and laryngitis as well as calm arthritis and lower fevers.
Affirmation: “I speak my truth with confidence and support.”
Key words: psychic awareness, mental clarity, trust
Chakras: Throat, Third Eye
Zodiac: Scorpio, Sagittarius
Topaz occurs naturally within igneous rocks, such as granite, and comes in a range of pale colours including yellow, blue, green and pink. The darker Blue Topaz on the market is usually White Topaz which has been irradiated to make it more appealing.
Blue Topaz can help one rise above daily stresses and problems to concentrate on one’s goals in life. When placed or worn on the Throat chakra, it allows clear communication of ideas and aspirations and works with the Third Eye chakra to bring clarity and an awakening of psychic ability. It is an excellent stone for meditation and regaining your true path in life.
Blue Topaz is reputedly a useful crystal for sore throats and sore necks as well as easing migraines.
Affirmation: “I trust my inner guidance as it leads me on my true life path.”
Key words: Goddess, tranquillity, wisdom
Chakras: Heart, Throat
Zodiac: Taurus, Gemini, Virgo
This very soft silicatemineral is found in large deposits alongside Quartz and Azurite in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere. It is often stabilised using other minerals before being made in to jewellery to ensure its longevity.
When used with the Throat chakra, Chrysocolla aids one’s ability to communicate truth and inner wisdom. It is a teaching stone that may help one to gently express their advice and support from the heart. This link between the Heart and Throat chakras enables one to tenderly convey messages with the best intentions to those who need it. It is also said to help us show our feminine power - whether or not we are female.
Physically, Chrysocolla is said to relieve pre-menstrual tension and cramps as well as release stress and anxiety. It is also believed to aid throat problems such as laryngitis.
Affirmation: “I express my inner wisdom with conviction and power”
Key words: Prosperity, health, growth
Dendritic Agate does not contain the bands common in most other Agates, but instead includes fern-like branches called ‘dendrites’ within its structure. The dendrites are formed when iron or manganese seeps into fine fractures within the Agate and then crystallises.
Sometimes known as a stone of prosperity, Dendritic Agate is believed to bring abundance of all kinds into one’s life. Its organic branching forms connect one to the Earth and may help one to improve oneself and grow both spiritually and mentally. This can be especially true of those involved in therapy of any kind.
It is also associated with good health and is reputed to treat problems with blood vessels and nerves as well as providing pain relief if placed on the affected area.
Affirmation: “I allow prosperity and good health to fill my life”
Key words: Protection, grounding, practicality
Flint occurs as concretions within marine sedimentary rocks and is widely known for its use by our primitive ancestors to make arrowheads, axes and other tools. This hard stone is usually black or dark brown in colour and can be recognised by its conchoidal fractures - characterised by smooth, shell-like surfaces.
From ancient times Flint was believed to help protect its bearer from negative energies. It is also a stone that helps keep us well and truly grounded in the physical world, improving one’s practicality, focus and attention on the here and now. It also helps link one’s more spiritual and Divine connection with the physical.
It is reputed to aid healing in all senses by replenishing one’s physical body with life force, or Qi.
Affirmation: “I am protected and grounded as I follow my Divine intuition”
Key words: destiny, magic, enchantment
Chakras: Throat, Third Eye
Zodiac: Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius
Crystal system: Triclinic
Labradorite is a beautiful blue crystal prized for the way light is reflected and refracted from the crystal’s pearly surface giving glimpses of a rainbow of vivid colours. This almost magical property is often hidden from view in their natural state but is revealed in sliced sections, thus making it ideal for jewellery. It works in harmony with other feldspar minerals including Moonstone and Sunstone.
Labradorite is often referred to as the ‘Stone of Destiny’ and is believed to help you find your true path in life. It is said to invoke one’s magical powers and awareness of the Divine using one’s sixth sense. This may include clairvoyance, past-life recall and communication with higher beings. It is a stone very much connected to mystery and sensing your place within the universe.
Physically, Labradorite is reputed to aid kidney and all fluid functions of the body. It is believed to balance the hormones, regulate the metabolism, relieve stress and menstrual tension and fend off colds.
Affirmation: “I see the magic as my true life path is revealed.”
Key words: Protection, good luck, safe travel
Chakras: Solar Plexus, Heart
Zodiac: Taurus, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn
This soft but stunning stone owes its deep green colour to the copper within its carbonate structure and has been used in jewellery, ornaments and large display pieces since ancient Egypt.
Malachite is a highly protective crystal and is believed to help shield one from those who may wish to harm - physically, psychologically or spiritually. It works with the Heart chakra to sustain emotional balance and with the Solar Plexus to improve one’s willpower. It is also believed to be an excellent stone to protect those who travel and an amplifier of good luck.
Physically, Malachite is reputed to those who recovering from illness or surgery and reduce inflammation, strains and sprains.
Affirmation: “I am protected as I travel safely through life.”
Key words: Protection, discipline, self-confidence
Chakras: Root/Base, Solar Plexus, Third Eye/Brow
Onyx is a variety of Chalcedony, a banded cryptocrystalline member of the Quartz family. The bands within Onyx are parallel to each other and allow the stone to be carved into intricate cameos with the relief standing out from the colour background.
Black Onyx is a wonderful stone for bringing one’s inner strength, self-confidence, willpower and determination to bear. It is believed to help one ground one’s energy and focus on the task ahead. It can also be used as a protective stone, deflecting the negative influence of other people or enviroments.
Onyx is reputed to be beneficial for the bones and feet and so may help those who have weakness in the legs and feet.
Affirmation: “I believe in myself and have the ability to accomplish anything I set my mind to.”
Key words: Mystery, magic, insight
Chakras: Third Eye/Brow, Crown
Zodiac: Pisces, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio
Moonstone is a feldspar mineral occurring in a number of stunning different varieties, each prized for different visual and healing properties. It has been used worldwide since ancient times, most notably in China and the Roman empire.
Rainbow Moonstone seems to shimmer as it catches the light, producing rainbows within its milky surface and is believed to work more strongly than other forms of Moonstone in the areas of psychic protection, balancing the emotions and bringing inner peace. It also brings a sense of optimism and to the bearer.
Physically Moonstones are believed to help stablise the hormones as it is attuned to the energy and cycles of the Moon.
Affirmation: “I honour my inner radiance and know that I am at peace”
Key words: nurture, practicality, long life
Chakras: Base/Root, Sacral
Zodiac: Pisces, Cancer
Turtella Jasper is created by the concretion of fossilized seashells. All varieties of Jasper are microcrystalline varieties of Quartz and are classified by their colour and pattern, usually the result of the type of foreign materials - sometimes up to 20% - included in their structure.
As with all Jaspers, Turtella Jasper is a wonderfully nurturing stone. It helps ground one’s energies to focus on practical matters when required. With its fossil inclusions, Turtella Jasper is also believed to increase life span and reduce anxiety and stress. The energy of Jasper works more slowly and steadily than some other crystals and may be worn for extended periods of time to fully receive the benefits of this stone.
Jaspers in general are reputed to support the circulatory and digestive systems and Turtella Jasper may also to assist in reducing tiredness and fatigue.
Affirmation: “I am nurtured and supported throughout my life”
Key words: Good fortune, healing, protection
Zodiac: Pisces, Capricorn, Aquarius
Turquoise is a highly prized mineral used by ancient cultures as a symbol of wealth and protection. Its distinctive blue-green colour is derived from copper within its structure. It has been mined for more than 6000 years and can be found in the jewellery and adornments of ancient Egyptians and Aztecs, and in the ornate Taj Mahal in India.
Thought of as a stone of luck or good fortune since ancient times, Turquoise can work in harmony with the Throat chakra to help one communicate one’s ideas and wisdom. It is an all-round healer, bringing calmness and serenity and can improve one’s well-being and vitality.
Turquoise is believed to help alleviate cramps and pain and act as an anti-inflammatory. It is also reputed to be useful against viral infections.
Affirmation: “I honour and deliver the wisdom of the ancients.”
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BIRTHSTONE AND DATES:
ARIES: 21st March-19th April (Amethyst)
TAURUS: 20th April- 20th May (Malachite, Tigers Eye, Malachite)
GEMINI: 21st May- 20th June (Agate, Chrysocolla, Dentritic Agate, Pearl)
CANCER: 21st June- 22nd July (Moonstone, Amber, Moss Agate)
LEO: 23rd July- 22nd August (Tiger Eye, Chrysocolla, Onyx, Turquoise)
VIRGO: 23rd August- 22nd September (Amber, Moonstone, Moss Agate)
LIBRA: 23rd September- 22nd October (Moonstone, Jade, Lapis Lazuli)
SCORPIO: 23rd October- 21st November (Malachite, Turquoise, Moonstone, Topaz)
SAGITTARIUS: 22nd November- 21st December (Amethyst, Blue Lace Agate, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Turquoise)
CAPRICORN: 22nd December- 19th January (Labradorite, Onyx, Amber, Turquoise)
AQAURIUS: 20th January- 18th February (Amethyst, Amber, Labradorite, Moonstone)
PISCES: 19th February- 20th March (Moonstone, Blue Lace Agate, Turquoise, Labradorite)
The stones listed are the ones I have relating to my jewellery