In ancient times, it was widely accepted that stones had many healing benefits, but today many researchers have begun to examine the actual effects of stones, chakras, and other alternative healing methods on the body. With studies out of the University of Louisville, George Washington University Medical Center, and the Department of Psychopharmacology in Bangalore, there is now conclusive evidence that links the energy of stones to healing. Here are some of the most powerful stones below and the many benefits and healing effects they have on the body.
Rose quartz is an incredibly popular stone found in high-end jewelry stores and back-alley artisan shops alike. This affordable stone is incorporated into jewelry in both its raw and water tumbled state.
One of the reasons for rose quartz’s popularity is the belief that it will bring the wearer love. Not only will it encourage romantic love in a person’s life, but it enhances all other kinds of love including your perception of personal worth and nurturing, familial ties. This light pink stone is supposed to have a gentle, soothing energy, ideal when trying to calm an agitated mind.
Rose quartz, and all other stones associated with love are best worn near the heart. The heart is where the fourth chakra, the energy center associated with love, resides. Wearing it near the fourth chakra will compound its power and make it more effective.
Amethyst is another commonly seen semi-precious gemstone in it’s raw, cut, and tumbled state. It has a rich history that dates back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and several European societies. The stone was often engraved and worn by those who believed it could prevent intoxication and heal soldiers in battle. Priests also wore amethyst as a symbol of their purity.
Today, amethyst is worn by recovering addicts or those who wish to control their temper and remain level headed. The stone has a tranquil quality that helps anyone suffering from anxiety, insomnia, or stress.
Amethyst is also one of the most common stones found in geodes, a naturally occurring, hollow rock, usually lined with raw semi-precious stones. You can find decorative geodes in many shapes and sizes, from rocks only a few inches long to the largest amethyst geode in the world, which weighs 2.5 tons. If you do procure an amethyst geode or piece of jewelry, be careful to prevent long exposure to light, as the stone is very photosensitive and sunlight will cause it to fade.
Citrine, often mistaken for topaz, is a bright yellow stone that looks best as a faceted gem. When left raw or tumbled, the stone often looks pale and washed out. Citrine is also a stone that will lose its color if improperly treated. If you have citrine, keep it away from heat.
Sometimes citrine can be found naturally growing with amethyst to create a purple and yellow mixture. This rare Bolivian stone is called ametrine.
The effects of citrine are often associated with success and wealth, part of the reason why so many people want to wear the stone. Yet citrine isn’t just associated with material prosperity, it’s also connected to physical strength and emotional stability. Since this stone enhances positive energies, it will amplify anything that a person feels enthusiastic about.
If you have your heart set on acquiring a true citrine stone, beware heat treated citrine. These stones are actually amethyst that have been exposed to heat and have turned yellow. The molecular structure of the stone doesn’t change in any way, it just becomes yellow amethyst. Yellow amethyst has the same healing properties as purple amethyst.
Labradorite is a lesser known stone that’s still popular due to the iridescence common with this mineral. Composed of cobalt, jade, and amber colors, the stone shines like an abalone shell when exposed to light. Due to the stone’s iridescent glow, it is the subject of many Inuit legends involving the Northern Lights.
Because of its association with a certain Inuit legend that claims the labradorite transformed from an ordinary stone to its current extraordinary state due to the light of the Aurora Borealis, many consider this stone one of self discovery and transformation. Labradorites are also usually associated with intuition and mental clarity. It’s a stone that helps with communication and congeniality, suppressing the darker aspects of many personalities.
First found in Labrador, Canada, there are three known types of labradorite: spectrolite, rainbow moonstone (Madagascar Moonstone), and andesine-labradorite. Spectrolite labradorite is usually found in Finland, its spectral play of colors inherent in the name. Rainbow moonstone, from Madagascar, is known for its intense blue color and bronze glow. Andesine-labradorite is an enhanced labradorite stone, created in a lab. Because of its inner glow, labradorite is rarely faceted, instead, it’s usually cut into a smooth cabochon shape.
Jade is a stone that was deeply significant for the ancient Chinese, Mayan, and Aztec cultures. For the Chinese, animals carved out of jade represented happiness (bat), long life (butterfly), prosperity (dragon), and in its most recognizable shape, a disk with a hole in the center, represented heaven. For Aztecs and Mayans, the jade stone was used in religious ceremonies and healing.
Today jade is still associated with healing. According to a study published in the Photonics Lasers Medical Journal, jade emits infrared radiation shown to have significant biological healing effects. The study suggested that infrared radiating fabrics could be used to speed healing and work as performance enhancers. Additionally, powdered jade is also used in many beauty products, including Estee Lauder’s Nephria brand soaps and refinishing treatments.
There are many black stones available in jewelry, from black tourmaline and obsidian to onyx and hematite, these stones are found tumbled and polished, bezel set in rings and necklaces. Whether the stone is volcanic glass, like obsidian, or a space rock found on Mars, like hematite, many of these stones are believed to have the same metaphysical qualities.
While some of these black stones have healing and de-stressing properties, every single one is believed to deflect negative energy. Black stones are known to protect the body and mind from overwhelming stress and overwork.
Wear It or Decorate With It
While many of these stones work best when worn, that’s not a requirement to benefit from their healing properties. Some people like to place them around the house as decoration, while others like to keep little pouches with their favorite stones near their beds or on their desks at work. Many jewelry makers also like to use semi-precious stones for their healing benefits. Explore the options of loose stones and decorative geodes at specialty stores like Stonebridge Imports.