Amethyst: The properties of this purple coloured stone can be traced as far back as ancient Greece, they believed it protected them against the intoxicating effects of alcohol (Amethystus meaning not intoxicated) and it is often used today as a means of combating alcohol addiction. The calming qualities of amethyst is said to protect the mind, relieve depression, stress and emotional turmoil and can also be used to cure insomnia. It is also widely known for its beneficial effects on the 6th chakra (or third eye) again by releasing tension in this area. It aids meditation thus allowing deeper states of consciousness and is an invaluable aid to psychic visions.
Carnelian: Is a partially transparent orange coloured crystal that is used to dispell feelings of rage and put in place a renewed sense of peace and self confidence. When used for healing Carnelian gently energizes the sacral chakra where stress and emotions have a tendancy to lodge thus encouraging the body's own natural healing abilities. Carnelian was a prized gemstone in ancient cultures particularly in Egypt where it was used for amulets on which extracts from The Book of the Dead were carved.
Citrine takes its name from the French word citrin meaning yellow coloured and is a rare gemstone; it began its popularity with the Romans who because of its hardness and durability made elaborate carved jewellery with it. It is still used today in gemstone rings and bracelets etc but because of its rarity it is often heated amethyst which is used rather than naturally occurring citrine.
Garnet is the birthstone of January worn for centuries as a protection amulet for warriors it became very popular for jewellery in Victorian times and is said to be a stone for success in business the healing properties of garnet are blood, heart and fighting infection, a garnet is also a popular choice for centring and balancing the root chakra and is often the recommended gemstone to use to awaken the kundalini energy.
Hermatite comes from the Greek word haema meaning blood, apparently it was believed in ancient times that the gemstone could bleed because it could turn water red, consequently it was a stone used to stop bleeding and warriors would take it into battle with them to prevent injury. Hematite is still considered a stone of protection today and healers use it for the base chakra to ground and reconnect with the earth’s energy. Hematite is the stone of karma and can be used to help people find their true path and fulfil their destiny.
This gemstone with its long history tracing back as far as the Stone Age has long been connected with rituals and ceremonies concerning the deceased, used in South America and China it was often placed on the tongue of the dead to protect their spirit. Maoris believed the stone could connect the energy of the ancestors to their descendants. The rich green colour of Jade makes it a perfect choice for balancing the heart chakra and is used as a good overall stabilizing crystal. With its long connection to the spirits of the dead Jade is often used in modern times to promote fertility, thus showing the continuous cycle of death and rebirth. Spiritually this pale green crystal enhances connection to the earth and awareness of our surroundings it increases our ability to sense the truth and aids our dreams.