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 Nephrite: Nephrite is quite similar to Jadeite in its healing abilities, but its colors are creamier and less translucent than Jadeite; Nephrite is the more commonly found variety. Jade may come in a variety of colors, green, blue, black, violet, white, yellow and a reddish and brownish variety. Each with its own slightly different use. Green: Health, wealth, longevity stone. Ancient Chinese used also for courage, wisdom, justice, mercy, emotional balance, stamina, love, fidelity, humility, generosity, peace, harmony. Lungs, heart, thymus, immune, kidney and blood detoxification, nervous system. Androgynous. A gentle, steady energy. Properties include its ability to mellow one's existence. Helps one rid themselves of negative thoughts and energy. Strengthens the body's filtration and cleansing systems and assists in teh removal of toxins. Very beneficial to the heart in both physical and spiritual senses. It is a very protective stone and will keep its wearer out of harm's way.

 Obsidian:
Properties:Obsidian is actually natural glass that is formed when hot lava is submerged in water. This is a strong grounding stone and is known as "the protector". It is said to "mirror one's soul. This stone brings about objectivity, dis-attachment and is grounding. It reduces fantasy and escapism. Absorbs and dissolves anger, criticism, fear, and therefore is protective. This unusual black stone absorbs darkness and converts it to white light energy. It is a warm and friendly stone, which is used at the Root Chakra, encouraging ones survival instincts and is grounding. Black obsidian brings higher Chakra light into lower ones; cleanses and uplifts. Changes fear into flexibility with the advent of change. Obsidian is used in scrying for divination purposes and often found in mirrors and crystal balls. Obsidian is used for transformation.

Folk Remedies: Obsidian is believed to draw imbalances to the surface and helps to release them. Problems or issues that are hard to face can be brought to light with obsidian. It is said to reveal half truths.

Feng Shui: Obsidian is used in the area of North for personal journeys and in the Center area for grounding and protection.

History: Obsidian is Igneous rock with inclusion. Solid/translucent black to smoky, this stone takes on many characteristics due to its unique formation. Bubbles of air can get trapped in molten rock, which, when densely packed, can produce effects that look like rainbows. When clusters of small cristobalite or feldspar get trapped in the stone, it creates snowflake effects. Apache tears are the results of wind and water smoothing out the rock. When iron is introduced into the formation, mahogany obsidian is formed. Obsidian has been used by many cultures for jewelry and tools. Obsidian arrowheads are often found, dating back centuries.
 Apache Tears/Navaho: Represents the tears of Native American women, mourning the death of their warriors driven over the cliffs by the cavalry. Therefore, this "volcanic glass" has been used to comfort in times of grief. This stone allows us to see the true meaning of a situation and can provide us with insight and the understanding to accept it.
Snowflake: This obsidian stone, which has inclusions of phynocryst, gives it the snowflake pattern on it's surface, and allows us to recognize unnecessary patterns in our lives. Promotes self-esteem and confidence. Clairaudience and owning our lower aspects for growth; Healthy balance. Allows us to be more sensitive and aware of the beauty and love that is around us.
Blue: Stimulates Throat Chakra, communication, helps in astral travel, Tarot reading. Helps keep away negativity and is an extremely protective stone when traveling. Helps with directional knowledge, as well, particularly for sensitive people.
Green: Heals broken crystals and charges them. Balances Heart Chakra. Assists in energy healing during Reiki. This beautiful stone allows for a connection with nature and the self-realizations of love, tenderness and the significance of nuturing.
Obsidian Balls: help to see truths by initially amplifying beliefs, patterns, fears, blocking our growth. The power of the sphere represents the Universe and everything contained in it. Spheres are synonymous with the "whole" person. Including consciousness, mobility, non attachment, self containment and a powerful mind. Tied to our spiritual nature, these spheres allow for our purity, clear mind and flexibilty to emerge.
Rainbow: brings light and love to one's life. Allows for the spiritual side in one's nature to be recognized. Known as the "stone of pleasure", it can bring enjoyment and gratification to one's life. It is also used for "gazing" especially in matters of love, relationship and the development of one's etheric and physical bodies.
Strawberry:This rare stone is a luscious red with the fire of the volcano still in its appearence! Stimulates the Root Chakra and therefore, our physical energy and validates our self-worth. Grounds us and allows us to stand up to fear and face anxiety. This red obsidian allows for our dominate qualites to awake as it balances our male and female energies.
Violet: This rare stone has the cooling properties of the Third Eye, Crown and Transendental Chakra energies. This is a stone that shows us the power of spirituality and the endless possibilites through Universal attraction, love and growth. This stones connects us to our intuition, our auric fields and is one of the most powerful gazing stones for it comes from the earth, yet has the properties of the heavens.

 Onyx: Balances and grounds. Reduces sex drive. Promotes fidelity. Absorbs and flattens emotional intensity. Androgynous. Excellent for centering/aligning total person with higher powers. Banish grief, enhance self control, wise decision-making, encourages happiness and good fortune. Can be used to provide a "peek" into the future, helps one to follow the path alone, promotes personal strength, understand the reality of the moment, become the master of one's own future. Helps with disorders of soft tissue, bone marrow and the feet. Black: Root Chakra. Grounding. Green: Heart Chakra. Yellow: 3rd Seriousness, logic. Blue: 5th Chakra. Found in Italy, US, and in Mexico. The shapes or patterns that Onyx holds inside it have led some to suggest that Onyx has a picture in it that tells a story or carries a lesson. An Onyx will retain memory of the physical occurrences surrounding a person. A strong stone to use in psychometry because it tells the story of the wearer. A strength-giving stone. A good stone for athletes or people under extreme mental and emotional stress. It brings balance to mind or body as well as strength of mind. Good stone for those who are flighty by nature. A strengthening stone that can help you approach a lesson or task with greater self-confidence. Said to be good for the teeth and bones. It is highly recommended that Onyx be used in conjunction with Pearl and Diamond.

 Opal: A silicate. Contains water, correlating with our emotions. Clarifies by amplifying and mirroring feelings, buried emotions, desires (including love and passion). Less inhibition, more spontaneity. Crown and Brow Chakra. Visualization, imagination, dreams, healing. Easily absorbs, stores emotions and thoughts. Fragile. Fades/cracks in sun, heat, salt, acidic foods. Moisten frequently with water or oil. Some cancel/negate other gems. (backfires if not used for good of all) May change color with high energy/intensity people.
White: Balances Left and Right. Brain. Opals are extremely sensitive and must be treated with great care. Rarely used in crystal layouts except by someone who wishes to intensify his or her emotional state. They easily diversify and scatter energy. Some literature states frankly that many who wear this stone have a fickle nature. Anytime the wearer feels uncomfortable with an Opal, the stone should be removed.
Black/Dark Blue: One of the most potent. Although Opal was regarded as a stone of misfortune, black Opal is considered an exceptionally lucky stone. It is said that if you dream of Opals, you will receive great possessions.
Fire Opals: May stimulate passion, temper, energy. Opals, particularly Fire Opals, are good for business, though they can adversely affect the solar plexus.

 Pearl:
Properties: In tune with emotions, water, and women, especially pregnant women, pearls are a symbol of pure heart and mind; innocence and faith. Because it is from the sea, it has watery and lunar elements, therefore it is used for balancing emotions, especially for water signs. Absorbing by nature, this mineral absorbs thoughts and emotions and because of this, must be used with caution. If you feel excessively negative while wearing a pearl, it will hold that energy until it is cleansed. Remember, Pearl is the result of layer upon layer of substance produced to combat irritation. Pearl can cool and soothe. It is very nurturing. If using pearls in conjunction with other gemstones, consider Diamonds to amplify and purify, or Emeralds to bring negative energy out and disperse it. Recommended for occupations as varied as artists, chiropractors, and farmers. Pearl is a cold and independent mineral, which is used, ironically at the Heart, Solar Plexus and Sacral/Spleen Chakra, to stimulate the heart, liver and emotional issues, digestion, immunity weakness and emotional stress. Pearls are mentally stabilizing, generate beautiful skin and clear toxins. Divers wear pearls for shark protection.
Black: pearls are used for stability, protection and grounding.
Gold: pearls are used for prosperity, ethereal connections and aura cleansing.
Pink: Works especially with the Heart Chakra.
White and cream: pearls represent purity, spiritual balance and can be used to engage the Crown Chakra, (as well as the other Chakra listed above.)

Folk Remedies: Pearl is a very special "herbal substance" used in Traditional Chinese Medicine since ancient times. Chinese medical texts credit pearl with the ability to relieve uneasiness of the heart and mind, to benefit reproduction, to relieve "wandering arthritis," to relieve internal fever, to clear sputum, to remove visual obstacles and improve eyesight, to promote muscle development and to invigorate blood circulation. Powdered Pearl is used as a Shen tonic to stabilize the emotions, resolves fright, ease frustration and anger, brighten the eyes and help regenerate tissue. Pearls can relieve uneasiness, nervousness, anxiety and tension. Pearls promotes sound sleep, prevents nerve-disorders and nerve weakness, and are commonly used to prevent or overcome fatigue. Pearls are also used as a major beauty tonic, because it is believed that oral consumption of Pearl powder results in lustrous, pure, beautiful skin. Pearls are in the medical arsenal of every acupuncturist and herbalist, even today. Other common names for pearl include Mother of Pearl. Its pharmaceutical latin name is "Margarita" and the Pinyin name is Zhen Zhu. Pearl is not just a mineral. It contains dozens of amino acid (eight of the amino acids are "essential," in other words, cannot be produced in the body but are required for health), and dozens of minerals, including: calcium, magnesium zinc, iron, strontium, copper, selenium, silicon, titanium. Pearl contains calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, calcium phosphate, ferric oxide, silica. Various components in pearl participate in DNA and RNA metabolic activities, and thus can promote and accelerate cell renewal. Mucopolysaccharides in Margarita have been shown to prevent wrinkling and to increase libido and sexual potency in humans.
As a beauty tonic pearl powder is used topically in skin creams to purify the skin. The best pearls, for herbal purposes, are sea water pearls that come from cold northern waters. The smaller the pearls, the more powerful their effect. The components in pearl powder help heal blemishes and maintain the health of the skin by participating in the metabolic activities of the skin. Pearls promote the regeneration of new cells and makes the skin smooth, fine, elastic and naturally beautiful. High quality pearl powder can promote the activities of the important natural antioxidant enzyme, SOD, and can help prevent the development of melanin, which causes freckles and dark patches on the skin. It can help prevent the skin from becoming old looking, wrinkled and sagging. This is partly due to its stimulation of SOD activity and partly due to other capacities and nutrients. Consistent use of pearl powder can eliminate blemishes such as colored spots and even pimples and boils. Constant use can help assure that the skin will age much more slowly and that it will not be easily harmed by either time or the elements. Pearl is one of the great secrets of the most beautiful women of the Orient.
As a tonic simply place a little of the pearl powder on your tongue and swallow with a drink. If you buy hydrolyzed pearl powder, consuming between 500 mg. (1/2 gram) and 1 gram per day is usually sufficient to achieve the best results. Be consistent and the results will amaze you.
Pearl is extremely safe. Safety studies on hydrolyzed pearl have shown it to be absolutely harmless. It can be taken by anybody for the course of a lifetime without side effects.

Feng Shui: Pearls are used in the Northeast for self cultivation, in the North area for personal journeys and also when a stone is needed for the water element.

History: Basically there are two types of pearls: natural and cultivated. Natural pearls are much more expensive and are considered to be superior to cultivated pearls for both external, cosmetic use, and for internal, nutritional use. The natural pearls used in herbalism are very small. The smaller the pearl, the more potent and effective the pearl is as an herb. Some pearls are not much larger than a grain of salt. These very small pearls, which are softer, can be easily crushed and ground into very fine powder which can be absorbed with relatively high efficiency by the digestive tract. Natural pearls have more magnesium carbonate than cultured pearls.
Cultivated pearls are not considered to be of the same herbal quality as natural pearls. They tend to be large and difficult to grind into fine powder. However, over the last decade a new technology has been developed in China whereby the cultivated pearls are "hydrolyzed." Through modern advanced biochemical technology, pearl can now be made virtually totally water soluble. Cultured pearls have more calcium carbonate than natural pearls.
Hydrolyzed pearl powder, which is pearl that has been broken down for easy and complete absorption, has been shown in China to help the growth of children's teeth and bones and to improve children's intelligence. Hydrolyzed pearl has also been shown to be beneficial for habitual constipation, acting quickly, gently and effectively. Studies indicate that hydrolyzed pearl can lower blood pressure, increase endurance, and can prevent osteoporosis and various cardiovascular diseases. Recent studies indicate that hydrolyzed pearl is effective in healing inflammation of the uterus. The solubility rate of this hydrolyzed pearl is 98%, and of this, studies have shown that 95% is absorbed into the blood stream through the digestive tract. This ability to absorb is approximately four times the bio-availability of normal ground pearl, and double that of the finest ground natural pearl. This increased bio-availability and the enormous reduction in cost makes the hydrolyzed pearl an extraordinary value.

 Pecos Diamonds: Pecos diamonds also known as Pecos valley diamonds are colorful quartz crystals that occur in scattered outcrops of the Permian Seven Rivers Formation along the Pecos River valley in southeastern New Mexico. Pecos diamonds are formed inside gypsum. Now and then the gypsum crumbles away, exposing the "diamonds" which are a variety of double-terminated quartz crystals. Pecos diamonds stabilizes unsettled emotions. one way of doing this is to by holding them in your hand and rotate or stroke them with the fingers of the same hand. Another method is to place them in an area near you and meditate on them. Pecos diamonds will bring joyful feelings to you and your surroundings. These light hearted gems work on the entire Chakra system since they belong to the silica family and bring a sense of calmness and peace of mind. They are also said to assist in creativity and initiation. Motivating us to new ventures, new ideas or to play out an existing plan or goal.

 Peridot:
Properties: This stone is traditionally used for health, wealth, and protection. Helps understand relationships and other realities. Alleviates depression, anger, fear, jealousy, anxiety. A visionary stone. Helps connect us to our destinies and to an understanding of the purpose of existence. Can help us visualize not only the ultimate peak of physical, but of spiritual continuation as well. However, if you are confused or fearful, Peridot should be used in a limited way. Peridot is a warm and friendly stone. The more green the stone, it is used at the Heart Chakra, to clear a pathway, strengthening the breath of life, and the ideals of prosperity, growth, and openness. The more yellow the stone, it is used on the Solar Plexus Chakra.

Folk Remedies: Used by Egyptians, Aztecs, and Incas to gently cleanse and heal the physical heart, when green. (lungs, lymph, breast) and the physical solar plexus when yellow (stomach, liver, adrenal...). It releases toxins and brings them to the surface, thus neutralizing them. Helps with mental cleansing by highlighting problems. The stomach and other digestive tract organs may benefit from Peridot. Stimulates tissue regeneration.

Feng Shui: Use in the wealth and health areas of your house.
History: Peridot varies from clear bright green/green-yellow.

 Petalite: Petalite is highly spiritual. It has been called the “stone of the Angels “ and will help one connect with one’s guides. It is also said to dissolve negativity and black magic spells. Petalite has been used on vision quests for strength, protection, and peace. It will balance one’s yin/yang qualities as well as one’s mind, body, and spirit. It also enhances one’s ability to feel energy in stones.

 Petrified Wood:
Properties: This "stone" is most noted in helping us to investigate past-life experiences. Makes the user more aware of nature. It is a warm earthy stone, which is used at the Root Chakra, encouraging ones survival instincts and is grounding. Petrified Wood is also believed to energize the Heart Chakra. In mythological times, petrified wood was believed to possess divine power and to this day, stands as a symbol of man's true connection to the natural world. This stone helps with mental longevity, helping to sooth emotions, generating calm and relieves stress.

Folk Remedies: Sympathetic to the maladies of the skin, muscle tissue, and circulatory system. Athletes are well-advised to carry petrified wood with them and use it in healing layouts. Benefits people with arterial sclerosis, arthritis, rheumatism, senility, and blood clots.

Feng Shui: Petrified Wood is used in the area of North for personal journeys and in the Center area for grounding and protection.

Crystal Cleansing: This stone can be cleansed and discharged of negative energy by running it under warm water and charging it in the sun for 30 minutes. It can also be charged on a crystal cluster, preferably quartz or bowl of tumbled quartz.

History: Petrified Wood SiO2 (C,Fe,OH) is formed from the petrifaction of ancient trees that have remained airtight for millions of years. These trees then fossilize as the organic material is replaced by mineral growth taking over the tree. The mineralized stone is often made up of agate, chelcedony, opal or quartz. Usually comes in shades of brown but can also have stripes of black or gray in it. Found worldwide. Throughout history, these stones have been used as touch stones, pendants and as elixirs for generating the memories of former lives.

 Phenacite: Milky white to clear crystal. A powerfully loving, healing, spiritual stone. Clearer stones intensely opens 3rd eye, Crown and Transpersonal Chakra as a white light channel. Clairvoyance/spiritual communication, meditation, astral travel, journeys. Helps one to map out a pathway within the dimensions. Energizes meridians and healing of other stones. It is a powerful stone for clearing and activating the chakras, in particular, the Third Eye and Crown chakras. It helps one to go further in meditation, and gives a deep awareness of one’s inner structures, the chakras in particular. Phenacite in general can be used to amplify the energies of other stones used for healing, and to balance energy within one. It can also alleviate despair and fear of change, and lead one to live in love. Russian phenacite in particular raises group and environmental energies. Some pieces also contain Seraphinite, which is an excellent stone for healing and bringing positive change to one’s life. It may also help one to contact Angels.

 Platinum: A silvery gray metal found in North America, Brazil, and Germany. An expensive and rare metal, used by medical science as a replacement for bone, since it is in harmony with the body and will not react chemically with it. Generally considered beneficial for people who experience excess in their lives. Slows things down and allows you to take greater control. Helps keep hormonal and chemical levels balanced, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, and may make the heart and circulatory system more efficient.

 Prehnite:
Properties:Prehnite is considered the stone for dreaming and remembering. It is a wonderful stone, which brings calmness and balance to the Heart Chakra (green) and therefore is a perfect stone for meditation. The more white the stone is, the more it works on the higher Chakra. It is stone that is also used to enhance our Aura, by creating a strong field of energy around us. It multiplies and increases energy and strengthens our protective fields. Due to its mineral make up, Prehnite is a wonderful stone for divination. It enhances the ability to make contact with unseen entities, increases our ability for prophesy and allows for inner knowing. This powerful stone increases accuracy with predictions.

Folk Remedies: Prehnite is often used in healing remedies such as crystal elixirs or solarized water, in meditation or laying of stones in a web around you. For reiki grids, this stone brings calm and peacefulness to any room, in which a grid is created. They are used to strengthen the aura and balance chakra energies. Because of this peace, this stone is often used for those with ADD, ADHD or any type of hyperactivity, which needs calming or centering. Because of its effect on the Heart Chakra, it works well on the thymus gland, helps alleviates deep fears, phobias and nightmares and has been used historically as a prescription for kidney, bladder issues, as well as, gout and blood related disorders.

Feng Shui: Prehnite is a fantastic stone used in Feng Shui as it allows us to"let go" of things we hoard in our lives. This is a great decluttering stone, which can be used anywhere that balance or cleansing is needed. Use prehnite in the Center area for grounding, balance, good health, spirituality and protection.
History: Pehnite (Ca2Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)2) is in the silicate family and is a phyllo-silicate of calcium and aluminum. Named after its discoverer, Colonel Hendrik von Prehn, it was found in a cavity of igneous rocks. Ranging from colors of white, green to a light green-yellow, this stone is often mistaken for jadeite.

 Pyrite/Fool's Gold: (with iron) One of the most grounding stones in use today. Conducting, Energizing, Increases Wealth. Used for focus, practicality, logic, memory, clearing fuzzy thinking/scatteredness etc. like Hematite. Helps Yellow Chakra: Stomach, intestines, ulcers; sulfur and mineral assimilation, circulation, body acidity imbalances, depression, illusions/lack of clarity about situations/people. Great for grounding spiciness after meditation/psychic readings. Represents Sun's golden energy. A mineralized crystal that forms in clusters of metallic like cubes. Color varies from a bright gold or brass to shades of copper or green. Found in most of North America as well as in Chile and Peru. "Fool's Gold". Beneficial to the respiratory and circulatory systems. Connected to the transfer of oxygen from the lungs to the bloodstream. Helps the skin protect itself from the elements, and also aids the digestive tract, lessening irritation by ingested toxins. The most important gift of Pyrite, though, is its ability to aid mental capacity. Helps to balance creative and intuitive impulses with scientific and practical ones. communication skills can also improve with the help of Pyrite, which eases anxiety and frustration. Strongly suggested for people who tackle large conceptual ideas in business, the arts, or education. Effective in attracting money to its owner. The stimulation of the mind can be enhanced by using Pyrite in conjunction with Fluorite and Calcite.

 Quartz: "Rock Crystal"
Properties:Quartz is the Master Healer and the "stone of power"! Probably the most versatile multipurpose healing stone. Easy to cleanse, store information/energy in, program or amplify energy and is used as a healing instrument. The natural tendency for quartz is for harmony. Quartz can both draw and send energy therefore it is effective for sending/receiving guidance. Quartz is used for transformation in healing and in all levels of change (mentally/emotionally, physically and spiritually). Quartz stimulates the natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency. Quartz works with All Chakra and master gland for balancing, cleansing and healing. It is the perfect stone for complete Aura balancing.

Folk Remedies: Quartz can be used to facilitate both speaking and receiving information from the spiritual world, masters, teachers and healers. Stimulates positive thought and healing. Quartz is considered Yin or Androgynous. Quartz is often used in healing remedies such as crystal elixirs or solarized water, in clusters during meditation, in reiki grids or laying of stones in a web around you. They are used to clean the aura and balance chakra energies.

Feng Shui: Quartz can be used anywhere that balance or cleansing is needed. Use quartz in the Center area for grounding, balance, good health, spirituality and protection. Use in the West area for projects and creativity.
History: Quartz (SiO2) is considered solidified light and oxygen. Quartz encompasses a large family of stones and crystals, all of which are made up primarily of silicon dioxide, one of the most common and most important substances in the world. Crystals of pure quartz, generally six-sided, can be found in all shades and colors. Quartz crystals grow singularly or in groups and take on different shapes according to the temperature at the time of their formation. Quartz crystals can also contain other minerals "frozen" within, as in Rutilated Quartz. Quartz can form a huge variety of aggregates, clusters, gravel, sand and single stones. Quartz can be smoky, milky white to clear as water. Quartz was used as tools and weapons early in history and are now used worldwide in watches, appliances and technology!

Quartz can be formed of microscopic crystals and take on entirely different appearances and qualities. Other members of the Quartz family include Chalcedony, Agate, Amethyst, Aventurine, Carnelian, Citrine, Herkimer Diamonds, Jasper, Onyx, Sardonyx and Tiger's Eye. These are treated separately because their healing qualities are very different from crystal or "rock" quartz.

Blue Quartz: is a fairly rare stone, found in the US and Brazil. Varies in color from pale blue to lavender or gray. Beneficial effects for the upper torso and related organs. Helps purify the bloodstream and heighten the body's immunity to disease. Helps you discover or increase your understanding of your spiritual nature. Has a calming effect upon the mind and stimulates hope. A good healing stone for linking heart with Throat and Brow Chakra to expand self expression and creativity, plus refining communication skill to new levels. Eases throat tension. Immune system, thyroid, iodine and B Vitamin use. Some say shining light through Blue Quartz can help reduce need for glasses. Still evolving. Yin.

Clear Quartz: is thought to amplify both body energy and thoughts. It can assist in the creation of power, clarity of thinking, meditation, cleansing, clearing the aura, spiritual development and healing. Clear Quartz is considered the "stone of power". A dedicated healer. Pure white light passes through it easily, leaving all the colors of the spectrum unaltered and giving substance to the argument that Clear Quartz crystals can help balance all the elements needed to make us whole and fulfilled. Amplify whatever influences are present in an individual or location. Acts as a purifier and tunes into the frequency of each individual. Will unblock specific areas or organs blocked from transmitting or receiving the flow of energy throughout the body. Helpful in guiding our search for the meaning and importance of existence. Aids in meditation. Can be used in conjunction with any other stone or gem for specific physical problems. It will amplify the effects of individual stones and attune the treatment to the energy of an individual person.

Dendritic Quartz: is another variation that, much like Moss Agate, has pictures on its surface. These shapes often resemble plants or animals. Elestial crystals are crystals that generally have fewer side planes and blunt ends. These crystals are young and usually much smaller than most other Quartz crystals.
Harlequin Quartz: is a unique blend of two minerals on either end of the light spectrum and is used for balance, energy and vitality. They provide a beautiful "dancing" energy, which, when activated, stimulates energy flow on all levels. Harlequins contain red dots or strands of hematite or lepidocrocite. They combine the properties of quartz with hematite or lepidocrocite, which being red, stimulates physical energy and circulation. It can be used to stimulate the Root chakra and to provide for a direct pathway between the base chakra and the heart chakra. It activates all the qualities of the Root chakra, the heart chakra, and the crown chakra, and provides physical energy to the physical body. It further stimulates the healing qualities of the heart.
 Kundalini Quartz: Kundalini Quartz comes from the Congo in Africa. It is a quartz crystal with a smoky quartz phantom with hematite inclusions. Kundalini can be defined as the potential energy stored in the nerve center at the base of the spine. It is also said to be an individual’s experience of the universal creative energy. These Black Phantom Quartz are called Kundalini Quartz because of their ability to raise one’s energy level from the base chakra (1st) through the crown chakra (7th) and above. The hematite grounds, the smoky quartz balances and moves primal energies in the body, and the quartz transmits and amplifies energy. Raising the Kundalini will lead one to a more spiritual, less ego-centered life.
Metamorphosis Quartz: brings change and transformation. This crystal allows for change to occur because you are ready and helps ease the discomfort that change can bring. Good for mental awareness, stamina and oxygenation of the blood. This wonderful stone combats negative, judgemental attitudes and allows for positive thinking and helps for seeing the aura.
Metamorphosis Quartz Necklace
Phantom Crystals: are crystals that at one point finished their growth cycle, then began growing again later. When looking inside these crystals, you can see a striation that indicates where the original tip was. For someone drawn to this type of stone, a need for growth is indicated.
Purple Quartz: This stone should not be confused with Amethyst. It has a dark violet color and may have inclusions or clouding within it. Beneficial to the cleansing organs. Capable of stimulating thoughts and helping you learn to contemplate and analyze data.
Rose Quartz: (See Rose Quartz under R)
Single and Double-Terminated Clear Quartz: Single-terminated Clear Quartz crystals are six-sided with a flat bottom and point at the top. These crystals teach us to focus energy on a concentrated point. Especially useful for people who have a specific area or organ in the body that needs lots of attention. For mental states, it will help you to focus on the best path to travel in breaking old habits or establishing new ones. Double-terminated Clear Quartz crystals are a special occurrence in nature. Most terminated crystals grow out of rock, often in clusters with other crystals. Double-terminated Clear Quartz crystals grow in clay or other soft materials. It has a point on both ends. They can draw energy as well as direct it. The center of the crystal works like a neutralizing chamber. One of the points draws negative energy inside, where it is transformed and purified. The energy then passes out of the crystal through both points. It shows us that most efficient energy comes from our own center.
Smoky Quartz: (See Smoky Quartz under S)
Tangerine Quartz: comes from Madagascar and are quartz crystals with a transparent coating of bright orange over them. Orange is the color of the second, or Navel Chakra, which has to do with the reproductive organs, and life-giving/creative energy. The energy of Tangerine quartz is bright and giving - these are very lively stones. Most stones from Madagascar are unusual and highly energetic, and this is no exception. Anyone needing to open or activate a blocked or sluggish Navel Chakra would benefit from working with this stone. As they are long crystals, they could be used like wands to open the chakra and direct the energy through it.
Window Crystals and Other Esoteric Variations: Even though each crystal has the basic six-sided crystal shape and may be terminated, there is an additional flat plane, usually diamond-shaped, that give a view of the inner chamber of the crystal. It teaches the importance of looking within ourselves, even if the view into our own soul is clouded and imperfect.

 Rose Quartz:
Properties: Rose Quartz represents love, beauty, peacefulness, forgiving, lovingness, self-love and emotional balance! Rose Quartz works with the Heart Chakra. It is a soft, gentle, soothing stone that warms the heart center. Its value as a nurturing friend cannot be overstated. Neither can it's soothing influence. Helps diffuse negative stimuli and uncomfortable memories. Helps us discover the ability to love ourselves and makes us more open to other people. It is of particular value in helping us to forgive ourselves, hastening self-acceptance. Helps us realize that all change is important, even difficult change. Stimulates love and tender appreciation of all things.

Folk Remedies: Rose Quartz can be used to facilitate emotional healing, ease loss, calm stress, relieve hurt, dissolve fear, help strengthen low confidence, resolves resentment and quells anger. Slowly eases childhood traumas/neglect/lack of love and low self-esteem. Rose quartz aligns mental, emotional, and astral bodies. It is deeply in tune with emotional states. Advantageous for the heart and circulatory systems. Also helps the cleansing organs. The reproductive organs may become healthier. Said to help increase fertility. Recommended for artists, acupuncturists, lecturers, and those suffering from low self-esteem. Cleanse and recharge this stone often. Especially if it fades.

Feng Shui: Rose Quartz can be used to balance both Yin and Yang. Use rose quartz in the Southwest area for relationships (be sure and use two). Use in the Center area for emotional balance or in any other area where emotional healing is needed.

History: Rose Quartz (SiO2) can be translucent to clear pink. Found in the US, Brazil, and Japan. It has been used throughout history in almost every great culture for jewelry, crowns and as decorative objects.

 Rhodochrosite:
Properties: Gentle and yet probably the most vibrant loving stone to heal the Heart Chakra, especially for giving/receiving love. Rhodochrosite is the "Stone of Love and Balance". Also for loneliness, loss, heartache, fear, insecurities, inner-child issues, abuse and incest. Helps self-forgiveness, deservingness and trust issues, spiritual and self-love, desire to live and purpose. Best worn 24 hrs. a day. Most effective for opening the hand healing Chakra. It is used in times of transition by providing comfort and support. Helps you alleviate irrational fears and paranoia. Will enhance the dream state.

Folk Remedies: This crystal is recommended for the Solar plexus, stomach (anxiety and emotional issues), food addictions, anorexia, asthma, eyesight (especially emotional not-seeing, to avoid pain) and thymus. Specifically used to detox/heal blood, liver, cancer. Works in the bathtub to de-stress the body. A very beneficial stone for those with asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Helps you filter out the irritants that trigger respiratory difficulty. Also purifies the circulatory system and the cleansing organs, especially the kidneys. Suggested to be used in conjunction with Malachite or Copper. Rhodochrosite is used for clearing and balancing.

Feng Shui: Rhodochrosite is used in the Southwest direction for love, relationships and partners and any area where there needs to be a shift or transition.

History: Electromagnetic, Rhodochrosite (MnCO3) is a fairly recent discovery in the mineral kingdom it was discovered in Argentina just before World War II. Also found in rare shades of orange and pink. Has stripes of various width in shades of white. Most come from the US or USSR. Because remnants of this stone were also discovered during the time of the Incas, it is sometimes called "Inca Rose". Today, rhodochrosite is used as an industrial mineral in the production of alloy steel and for floor and wall tiles.

 Rhodonite:
Properties: Rhodonite is the "Stone of Love"! This stone symbolizes "self realization". Rhodonite works with the Heart Chakra by soothing the heart center as well as the Root Chakra for grounding and balancing, due to the presence of black oxides in this stone. This balance of colors allows for a powerful and vibration for caring for one's self. Rhodonite allows for confidence and self worth. Helps us express confidence and lovingness on physical plane in day-to-day ways. Calms and feeds the soul through the heart; love and service. It helps us with confusion and allows us to focus. This stone helps to strengthen mantras, chanting, affirmations, singing and toning.

Folk Remedies: Rhodonite is considered the "first aid stone". It is one of the best stone for anxieties and phobias. It has been used to facilitate stress, heartache, loss and reflection. Rhodonite is believed to improve cardiac deficiencies at an early stage and toned up the respiratory tract and lungs. The Ancients use it also for speech/hearing problems, growth, fear, illness (emphysema, asthma...) and for soothing nightmares. Use for trauma, confusion, and confidence. This stone is believed to work on the muscular skeletal system and therefore is beneficial for degenerative disorders and autoimmune disorders such as lupus, chronic fatigue and multiple sclerosis. Very beneficial for the growth of bones.

Feng Shui: Rhodonite can be used to balance both Yin and Yang. Use rhodonite in the Center area for emotional, spiritual balance, in the Southwest area for love, in the Northwest area for helpful people or in any other area where emotional healing is needed.

Crystal Cleansing: Rhodonite can be cleared of negative energy by running it under water. Energize the stone by placing it in the sun for 24 hours.
History: Rhodonite (Mn+2Fe+2MgCa[SiO3] is red to pink with black inclusions. Given to traveler's as a protective stone, it was believed to make the traveler's heart start beating faster if danger was approaching. Rhodonite is derived from the Greek word, rhodon, meaning rose.

 Rhyolite: Rhyolite was named "streaming rock" because of its beautiful bands, bubbles and crystal-rich layers that form as lava flows onto the surface of stone and moves forward. Rhyolite can look very different, depending on how it erupts. Rhyolite has a composition similar to granite but has a smaller grain size. It is composed of the light-colored silicates and is usually buff to pink in color. Because of its varied formational traits it represents change, variety and progress. It sparks creativity in individuals who are ready to move forward and make things happen in their life. It allows us to reach out and beyond our capabilities of what we think we can achieve by helping us to break through the mental barriers and to reach a profound and joyous state of knowing. Rhyolite shows us how to relish in the vast potential within ourselves. This is a stone used for meditation, progression in life, focusing on the present moment and resolving issues not yet complete.

Rubellite/Red Tourmaline: see "Red Tourmaline"

 Ruby: Red Corundum. Contains chromium (blood sugar balance). Wealth, Joy, Love, Sexual Energy and Power. Warms, energizes after exhaustion. Strengthens physical and emotional heart (4th chakra), love, courage, confidence, vitality, stamina, strength, leadership, success over challenges. Intensifies all emotions (passion, jealousy, impatience, love...) Attempted use for pressure/control (for love) backfires onto user. Used for reproductive/root Chakra; infections, cholesterol, clots, blood detox (alcohol, caffeine), sexual blocks. Stimulates circulation, menses, pituitary healing the earth. This gemstone must be carefully scrutinized before choosing it for healing purposes. Classic stone is usually a deep, brilliant red, but can be found shades of pink or lavender. Found in the US, India, and Sri Lanka. A powerful stone whose stimulating energy can bring startling things to light. An amplifier of energy-both positive and negative. Can bring anger or negativity to the surface quickly. Should be used with a knowledge of how to gain from the experience. Otherwise you are likely to be overcome by the passion it stirs up. Can also amplify positive energy. Helps us in all matters of love, including love of ourselves. Benefits the heart and circulatory system, and can assist in the filtration and detoxification of the body. Also suggested for the eyes. Stimulates motivation and visualization.

 Rutilated/Rutile Quartz: Clear Quartz with metallic, golden rutile, copper, or blue/gray titanium fibers that powerfully electrically conduct and amplify energy/thoughts/programming for healing. Intensifies/deepens altered states. Opens Crown/Brown Chakra for meditation, clairvoyance, telepathy, insight. Some make one too spacey or scattered to wear. (Induces Alpha) Stimulates immunity, strength, blue corona, imagery, dreams. Golden fibers may increase radiation protection and health rejuvenation. Each stone's energy/qualities are unique. Androgynous. Helpful with Lung disorders. Contains Rutile in needle-like mineral inclusions. One can find Rutilated versions of most of the types of Quartz discussed thus far. It heightens whatever energetic influence the regular Quartz posses and helps direct that boosted energy to problematic areas.
 Sapphire: Corundum. Blue, green, pink, purple, clear. Related to Ruby. Blue: Communication, insight, intuition, clairaudience, inspiration, spiritual prayer/devotion, peacefulness. Pituitary and Thyroid. Detoxing skin, body. Antidepressant. Cools, contracts, soothes, thus reducing inflammation, fevers, nosebleeds. Hearing problems, TB, burns, etc. Nervous system (& Epilepsy) and meridians. Strongest if next to skin. Especially Throat Chakra. Also: wisdom, will, centering, cheerfulness, luck. Reduces radiation effects, anxiety, procrastination. Some effects subtle. Black: more grounding. Protection. May strengthen by posing challenges to overcome. Found in the US, Australia, and India. Lessens tension and aligns the mental, physical, and spiritual planes. Can be an important stone for people with spiritual confusion or depression, those involved in situatations out of their control, and anyone with concentration problems. Black Sapphires are the most protective of all Sapphire colors.
Star Sapphire: Similar to the Blue Sapphire, differs in that it has an aqueous inclusion in its makeup that creates a refracted five-pointed star on the stone's surface. This star is a focus point in the gem. Recommended for people who wish to awaken or heighten their psychic abilities. Works as a relaxing agent during times of extreme physical exertion. Healers of the spirit and and body are often drawn to this stone.

 Sardonyx: Sard: is a porous brick-red stone. Found in the US and India. Not generally considered to be a strong healer, though it does possess limited properties similar to Carnelians. Suggested for open wounds and conditions of the blood. Can be beneficial to the cleansing organs and in strengthening to the mind.
Sardonyx is a layered combination of Sard and Onyx. It can include shades of red, brown, black or white. Found in Brazil and India. Best known for its effect upon the bones and lungs. Recommends its use for depression and in matters of love. Take care to consider the color combination of the stone. Red stimulates, brown is grounding, black is absorbing, and white is purifying. The colors do not cancel each other out. They do, however, buffer each other and maintain a median balance that allows you to affect change. Recommended for explorers, those engaged in combat, and executives.

 Selenite: A Gypsum. White/clear striated crystals. Has been used to work against cancer and is known to stabalize epileptic disorders. Mental focus, growth, luck, immunity, kundalini. Centuries-old recordkeepers of events/information. Smoothes emotions. Holding crystal,visualize it bringing white light/energy (higher ideas/consciousness) from transpersonal point above head down through body, out through feet into earth/physical plane. Place on 3rd eye for stored info. May help physical and emotional letting go. Repro; spine and nerve system, emotional and athletic flexibility. Sends healing to the earth. Expands sensitivity, field of awareness.

 Desert Rose: (Selenite) has rose-like flower buds. Known to help new moms increase breast milk.This beautiful form of selenite forms clusters like rose buds. Very healing and powerful "tool". Works on all the Chakra, especially the Heart Chakra and brings a sense of calmness and tranquility the longer it is with you.

 Serpentine:
Properties: This stone is an excellent stone for meditation. It can be used to clear clouded areas of all the Chakra and especially to assist in opening the Heart Chakra. It is also believed to help activate the kundalini, or 'serpent fire' energies. By placing this stone on the Crown Chakra, it initiates the movement of kundilini energy up the spine. Relaxes one's overall nature.

Folk Remedies: Serpentine emits a profound healing vibration and facilitates the energetic activation of cellular regeneration. Renders assistance to disorders in all areas of the body, the emotional system, and mental structure. Works on the heart and lungs by helping to withdraw toxins and activates the absorption of nutrients and oxygen. It is used in the treatment of diabetes and hypoglycemia, eliminates parasites and used to increase the absorption of magnesium and calcium.

Feng Shui: Used in the North area for personal journeys and in the Center area to increase spirituality and find balance.

History: This stone is light to dark green to whitish green in color and displays what appears to look of skin from a snake, due to its inclusions and variations in color. Worn as an amulet to protect those from snakebite during ancient times, this stone is especially used as a decorative object and is used a sculptor stone in Zimbabwe.

 Shiva Lingham:
Properties: Lingam is the sacred Sanskrit word for phallus. In Tantra, the shape embodies the masculine energy; dynamic expression and knowledge. The markings or Yoni depicts female energy; wisdom and intuition. The Tantric Shiva Lingam unifies the dualistic female/male world into harmonious balance. This Sacred Stone relates to the Heart Chakra, and represents the harmony and balance of the soul that is maintained within the hearts of all of us. Shiva Lingham stones are used for spiritual detox, allowing us to see the higher knowledge within ourselves. The stone gives us the capacity for hanging on to the beliefs which work the best for us and letting go of those beliefs which no longer serve us. When used during meditation, lingam shows us how to connect with our physical and spiritual energies and therefore, our higher selves.

Folk Remedies: This fertility stone is a powerful second Spleen/Sexual Chakra healer and has been used traditionally for births and conception assistance. It is also helpful for those who have second Chakra related illness due to uncommon rearing and lack of nurturing as infant/child. This stone is used on the spine, especially on the sacrum for fertility issues, anywhere on the back for pain issues, prostate issues and menopause. This is also a very powerful male energy connector.

Feng Shui: Use this stone in the Center area for grounding, in the West for children, East for community and family and Southwest for relationships (use two stones).

Crystal Cleansing: This stone can be cleansed and discharged of negative energy by running it under warm water and charging it in the sun for 30 minutes. It can also be charged on a crystal cluster, preferably quartz or bowl of tumbled quartz.

History: This stone is a variety of jasper. Shiva Lingams originate at the Narmada River in the central western part of India, which is one of India's seven holy sites. Accessible only during the dry season, these stones are collected from the river bed. Lord Shiva is the supreme being revered by Hindus, and this fertility stone is often worshipped as his embodiment. Lingam describes the egg-like shape that is hand-polished to balanced proportions.

Silica: "Gem Silica" The highest, purest form of gem quality Chrysocolla. One of the highest evolved blue-green stones. (Also see: Chrysocolla.)

 Silver: Excellent for mental, emotional, and physical releasing and cleansing. Works on mind/emotions to see overview, emotional balance, patience. Like the moon's energy, it has gentle, cool, smoothing effect. Thus it reduces inflammation, fever, nervous system stress. Best with the gentler, cooler-colored gems. Works with pituitary and upper energy centers. Generally Yin. Wear the metal that you feel attracted to. Works best as a communicator. Should be worn only when it feels right. Benefits the circulation and detoxifies the blood. Helps the body recognize imbalances or high levels of hormone and chemicals more readily, enabling them to be naturally corrected. Helps the lungs and throat and reduces irritation by pollutants and other impurities in the air. Improves the transmission of nerve impulses. Aids those with degenerative brain disease, poor memory, irrational fears, and emotional imbalance. Also aids in verbal and representational communication. Helps balance the functions of both sides of the brain. Can be worn as a belt buckle to improve fertility. Can help resolve sexual problems that result from dysfunction or impotence. Mental activity is clarified. An increase in your ability to approach intellectual problems. Also known to lessen anxiety over problem-solving. Suggested use in conjunction with Agate, Jet, Moonstone, and Turquoise. Silver Settings: Silver is ruled by the Moon a feminine planet, and therefore imparts a softened less assertive emotional energy to crystals & minerals that are mounted in it.

 Smithsonite: Light blue, pink, or lavender fuzzy bubbles. Harmonizes and aligns Heart, Throat, and Brow Chakra for smoother communications, leadership, perceptiveness and depth in relationships, and expansion into new areas. Meditation clarity, and receptiveness. Insight via dreams, dream recall. Versatile; Historically works well in many areas, especially Throat Chakra, nose, lymph, immunity; tissue elasticity. Chakra corresponds with stone color. Suggested for security and a balanced life. Also helps you deal with difficult relationships.

 Smoky Quartz:
Properties: Smoky Quartz is a grounding stone. It is used most often to overcome depression, nightmares and stress. Quartz stimulates the natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency. The clearest smoky quartz are the most intense, powerfully opening the Crown Chakra emanating light down to the Root Chakra, therefore, inducing Alpha/deep meditation. Because of this situation, it's benefits also include channeling higher guidance, deep relaxation and helping with unconditional love. Heightens your understanding of nature and concerns for the environment. Smoky Quartz helps store information well for easier recall. Because it is associated with the Root Chakra, it helps to alleviate fear, anxiety and associated emotional depression. When placed opposite other smokies in a crystal grid these stone vibrate at a high energy level. It is the perfect stone for grounding the Etheric Layer of the Aura. This makes smoky quartz a great stone for detoxing, clears ambivalence and fortifies resolve.

Folk Remedies: Smoky Quartz crystals' dark color is caused by impurities, usually carbon, iron, or titanium. The color of some Smoky Quartz is caused by the effects of minute amounts of decaying radium, within the crystal itself. Because of the presence of this natural low-grade radiation, Smoky Quartz is good for people with radiation-related illness or those in chemotherapy. It is best to avoid the heavily irradiated crystals. Natural Smoky Quartz crystals, like other brown stones, are closely in tune with the anchoring energy of the earth. Often suited for ailments of the lower torso. The reproductive organs, muscle tissue, heart, and nervous system all profit.
Its power over reproductive imbalance can be useful for situations such as helping to correct infertility and PMS. A gem essence tincture is recommended for fertility for both men and woman to drink over a long period of time.

Feng Shui: Quartz can be used anywhere that balance or cleansing is needed. Use quartz in the Center area for grounding, balance, good health, spirituality and protection. Use in the West area for projects and creativity.

Crystal Cleansing: This stone can be cleansed and discharged of negative energy by running it under warm water and charging it over night on a crystal cluster, preferably quartz.
History: Smoky Quartz (SiO2 + Al, Li, Na) is considered solidified light and oxygen. Quartz encompasses a large family of stones and crystals, all of which are made up primarily of silicon dioxide, one of the most common and most important substances in the world. Crystals of pure quartz, generally six-sided, can be found in all shades and colors. Quartz crystals grow singularly or in groups and take on different shapes according to the temperature at the time of their formation. Smoky, root beer, or chocolate-colored quartz, gets its hue from natural sources of radioactivity that is close to where quartz crystals are formed. The Chinese culture used smoky quartz to stimulate the meridians, and India's yogis to raise kundalini. The Romans saw smoky quartz as a mourning stone, allowing those who carried it to overcome their grief. Naturally irritated smoky quartz is still transparent and the best form of healing stone. Quart can also be artificially treated with radiation. These stones have less natural healing properties and are often much darker or nontransparent.

 Sodalite:
Properties: This stone is most recognized for healing, meditation and wisdom. This a good stone for general communication for self and writing. It is used for expressing logic and ideas due to its connection with the Throat Chakra. It is also used at the Brow Chakradue to the fact that it can access fine levels of intuitive information and promote the understanding of these concepts. It is also known to enhance community relationships. Considered a stone that is still evolving, sodalite can strongly affect changes in your attitude about yourself. It helps you be more objective and less critical about ways of dealing with existence. It is a stone associated with studying.

Folk Remedies: Known for balancing body energy levels via thyroid, pituitary, lymph, and other glands. Helps insomnia, as well as neck, mouth, hearing, and blood sugar issues. This stone is cooling and is used for drawing out infections, cooling burns, sinus inflammation and high blood pressure. Suggested for balancing the metabolism. Beneficial for the cleansing organs and can boost the immune system. Effective in combating the effects of natural and artificial radiation and is recommended for those who work around X-ray equipment or are involved with radioactive material. This stone's Latin name, sodanum is said to mean "a cure for headaches". Too much of this stone can be exacerbating to anyone who is already in a long termed depressed state.

Feng Shui: Used in the East area for community, in the Southwest for relationships, Northeast for wisdom, North for career and South for success.

History: Sodalite (Na4Al3Si3O12Cl) is found in North America, as well as in Brazil and France. The mineral structure of Sodaite often makes it confused with Lapis Lazuli. Sodalite is named for its high sodium content and often has veins of white.

Spectrolite: See: Labradorite

 Spinel: Red, Blue, Green. Calms alleviates stress, depression. mental rejuvenation. Most commonly used to aid in detox (together with fasting, enemas, and alcohol/chemical detox of blood and organs, including skin). Red: Also for strength, kundalini. Many of the larger ''rubies" in the world are actually spinel. Found in the US, USSR, Sri Lanka, Italy, and Germany. Encourages moderation of all excesses and aids in the detoxification of both the blood and the mind. Helps lessen anxieties. Benefits the skin. Said to be an aid in fasting.

 Star Ruby: Known as the "star of purity", "star fire" or "ruby crystal" is said to promote dreaming and tends to stimulate connection between the self and your spirit guides. Used as a rod-like conductor, it provides the pathway from the user to the electrical and magnetic forces. It assists in purifying, and correcting disoriented energy which leads to atrophy. It helps to align the auric and physical bodies as one. It is an excellent stone for releasing blocks which keep you from a spiritual path. Star Ruby is a stone of great energy, development and protection. It releases negative energy and serves as a tool of empowerment. It helps in the focus of healing energies and chosen pathways.

 Staurolite: "Fairy Cross"
Properties: This mineral is a talisman of good luck! Historically, this stone is said to be formed from the tears of fairies when they were brought the news of the death of Christ. Formed in the shape of a cross, this amazing stone is beautiful and powerful on your alter or meditation space, around your neck or in your pocket. Represents four elements and joining of spirit with earth/matter. Spirituality, compassion, allowing, dis-attachment. Focus centered on the here and now. This stone provides protection and grounding energy and therefore, is most often used at the Root Chakra.

Folk Remedies: This stone is said to provide a connection between the physical, astral and extra-terrestrial planes. It can provide an overpowering "release" in stressful situations and provides support, initiation and incentive in dealing with detrimental habits. Used for addiction, especially for those who wish to stop smoking, this stone helps to transform ones' healing experience. This stone provides grounding energy. For this reason, it is a great stone for reducing fever and has historically been used to treat depression.

Feng Shui: Use staurolite in the Center area for grounding or Northwest area to insure safe travel. Carry with you as a talisman of safety, grounding and good luck.

History: This beautiful and rare stone crystallizes in the form of flat and short prismatic crystals with cruciform crossing or cross-like extrusions. This twinning of crystals occur frequently at right angles to create a cross shape. Taking it's name from the Greek word, 'stauros" meaning cross, this stone has been carried in processions of faith and worn as a talisman for centuries.

 Stichtite: Stichtite is usually found as a deposit on another mineral, for instance, serpentine. It is rarely found in veins from which half inch or inch thick pieces of the pure mineral can be taken. Stichtite is formed when continental plates collide. It brings one higher awareness of one’s emotions. In the home, it creates a tranquil environment, and can be useful in adapting children’s behavior so that it is more acceptable. It also encourages one to be true to one’s word, to keep an open mind, and to treat all ( including oneself ) with gentleness. Stichtite eases the passage of Kundalini energy through the Heart chakra.

 Stilbite: Pale pink/gray/white. Pink is especially helpful with loving, creative energy, accepting, allowing, letting go, manifesting May vivify/heighten physical senses, esp. taste. Detoxifies. Gentle self-expression.

 Sugilite: "Lavulite/Royal Azele"
Properties: This stone enhances psychic abilities. Gets you in touch with your Spiritual Guides. Protects, absorbs and dissolves anger, hurt, unwanted energies. Sugilite brings spirit/light into the physical body and heart for healing, especially when placed on the Brow Chakra. This stone helps to alleviate depression/despair, stress. This stone brings peace of mind, well being, spiritual love and is considered androgynous. It is one of the purple stones, which help to balance right and left brain function. Used to help anyone "integrate" into the world or new surroundings.

Folk Remedies: This crystal is an important healer's stone used to gently draw out pain (headaches too),
inflammation, stress, dis-ease, toxins, emotional blocks. Balances adrenal, pineal, pituitary, and Lt/Rt brain.

Feng Shui: Sugilite is used in the Center direction for balance and any area where there needs to be a shift or transition.

History: Sugilite (KNa2 [Fe2Mn2Al] 2 Li3Si12O30) is also called "Lavulite/Royal Azele" It can be solid, violet pink to purple. Found only in the first half of the 20th century, first in Japan then in South Africa, this stone has been commonly used in the making of jewelry.

 Sulphur: Protection, Willpower, Healing Energy. Solid/clear yellow. Rejuvenating, especially if one does a great deal of thinking/mental wk and little physical exercise. Mental clarity, focus, analysis, understanding, willpower, discipline, confidence. Used in Egypt and modern hot springs/baths for arthritis, pain, rheumatism, swelling, lymph, cysts, hemorrhoids. Traditionally very healing for wounds, cleansing and healing skin, sinus, pancreas, liver, syphilis, appendix, indigestion, insomnia, depression; Strengthens endocrine glands. Found in garlic, mustard, chives, onions, horseradish, etc. Repels garden bugs.

 Sunstone:
Properties: This stone is a kiss of sunshine, crystallized. Honors the God, brings good luck and fortune. Energizes and empowers one's self. Warms the heart and lifts/rejuvenates the spirit. Sunstone is used for protection, life force, and grounding. Sunstone is a great stone to use with "energy vampires", or those who drain your energy from you. This includes parents, children, lovers, patients, bosses or anyone who is possessive, aggressive or overbearing. Sunstone breaks these bonds and allows light, separation and clarity from these energies. This stone clears and brightens both the entire Chakra and unbounds the Aura. Sunstone does great justice when placed on our power center or Solar Plexus Chakra. Sunstone is a great stone to relieve stress and overcome fear. This stone is so brilliant that it can bring optimism, happiness and joy to anyone! Use this stone to help bring awareness to your spiritual realm and encourage the priorities of life. This is one of my favorite stones for depression. A good stone to strengthen the psyche as it promotes cheerfulness, good humor and a benevolent temper.

Folk Remedies: Sunstone has been used for centuries for the health of the throat, feet, bones, cartilage and spine. It is used for ulcers, body odor, food poisoning and rheumatism. Since it has such a great affect on both the Chakra energies and the aura, it is used to regulate the autonomic nervous system. This stone invigorates the diaphragm and heart and improves circulation. This stone has been used in ancient Greece for depression. Use this stone for gridding around the physical body to help with the above issues. Use also as an elixir or a gem essence.

Feng Shui: Sunstone can be used in the Center for spirituality, good health, balance and stability. Use it in the Northeast for self cultivation and in the North for your own personal journeys.

Crystal Cleansing: Sunstone can be cleansed and discharged once a month under lukewarm water. It can be recharged by then placing it in the sun for the day.

History: Sunstone is considered an Oligoclase Na(AlSi3O8) + Fe, a variety of feldspar with gold-orange metallic sheen created from the inclusions of Goethite and hematite. Allow though most notably known for its sunny orange yellow color, there is a green version of this stone known as aventurine feldspar from the quartz family. This triclinic crystal has been a symbol of healing through centuries. It most notably found in India and used in sun healing rituals as it was also used in ancient Greece for depression and for treatments of gout with sunstone water. Sunstone was dedicated to the sun god Helios because of its amazing gold sparkle. This belief was further perpetuated by its people who thought this stone kept the sun on course and protected the earth from disaster. It was also a stone offered for protection from "evil spirits" by the Native American Indians.

 Tanzanite: Rare, Clear, blue-purple-violet Zoisite crystal. (Use clear ones for healing meditation.) Placed on brow, it powerfully opens brow plus Crown centers for clairaudience, visions, spiritual connectedness, protection, manifesting. Helps expand our physical and mental seeing, hearing, hair, skin. It was first discovered in Tanzania, which is how it got its name. This stone stimulates both the Throat chakra and the Third Eye chakra, and bring together all aspects of communication and psychic power. Tanzanite is a “stone of magic” that facilitates spiritual awareness and stimulates insight. It is also said to relieve depression. Tanzanite is known to both dispel and transmute negativity. See also Zoisite

 Tektite:
Properties: Tektite is a type of natural glass, chemically and structurally unique, is created from the meteoric impact with the earth. The heat is so intense that both the meteorite and the earth's surface melt on impact. As this mixture of space material and earth material cool together, this unbelievable crystal is created!
Tektite assists one in attaining knowledge, abundance, reasoning and learning lessons throughout the travels of life. Balances the feminine/masculine (Yin/Yang), provides insight, strengthens one's energy field. Can stimulate thought transmissions. Use this for astral travel, meditation and mental communication, especially with our higher, spiritual self. This stone promotes deep insight into ourselves and helps us to grow spiritually. Tektite is used on all the Chakra points, balancing each area in a different way and bringing about the best from each energy center! As it can strengthen a person's bio-sheath, it makes an excellent stone for cleansing the Aura.

Folk Remedies: Tektite has been used to reduce fever, stimulate oxygenation of blood and improve circulation and flow. It is one of the best stones for infertility and was believed to be used for psychic surgery.

Feng Shui: Use in the Center area for balance, Northeast for self cultivation, Southwest for fertility or any direction for creating change.

Crystal Cleansing: This stone can be cleansed and discharged of negative energy by running it under warm water and charging it over night on a crystal cluster, preferably quartz or hematite.
History: Tektites are found on earth within a narrow equatorial belt 80 degrees wide. They have been found in Thailand, Australia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Tektites usually have a heavily pitted surface. Many have the appearance of being stretched while in a molten state. They appear black, but when held up to the light, you can sometimes see a golden tint in translucent areas around the edges.

 Tiger's Eye:
Properties: This stone is most recognized for bringing money, psychic protection, courage, luck confidence, willpower, clear thinking and speaking to show us the personal power in life that we have. Very versatile for the Yellow/Solar Plexus and Crown Chakra. Tiger's Eye works on our mental plane by amplifying thinking and manifesting what you think about. Helps separate thoughts from feelings, more centered, less emotional. Tiger's Eye allows us to recognize both our talents and our faults. It can reveal your true needs without our self-serving or rigid mental attitudes getting in the way. Use Tiger's Eye with malachite or pearl to benefit from their synergy for mental/emotional balance and true understanding. This stone helps change anxiety, fear and obsessiveness into practicality and logic. Has the grounding energy of the earth, but is embellished with a glowing warmth. A stone for people who need more confidence to accomplish their goals. Draws helpful people and material things to the wearer. Centers energy and mental focus. This stone helps us to find our closest version of perfectionism without obsessive behavior.

Folk Remedies: Known for treating digestion and stomach disorders such as diverticular disease, anxiety and ulcers. Helps with the mending of broken bones and the alignment of bones in the spinal column. It has been used for disorders of the eyes such as night blindness. Rub with essential oil on front and bottom of stone before placing it at your solar plexus for detoxification. Tiger eye relieves high blood pressure. The Chinese categorize this stone as a true balancer of Yin and Yang. Therefore, it balances both sides of the brain, bringing awareness to perception.

Feng Shui: Used in the Center area for balancing and grounding. The Chinese categorize this stone as a true balancer of Yin and Yang.

Crystal Cleansing: This stone should only be worn as jewelry for a few days at a time, as it decreases the flow of energy. When used for healing purposes, this stone should be cleansed under luke warm water then recharged by placing it in the sun as the sun will increase its energy. Crystals react and energize by the light of the moon. The fuller the moon the more energized your crystal becomes. I would recommend your cleansing to be on or near the full moon so that the light can absorb into your crystal.
History: A member of the Quartz family, (SiO2 + FeOOH) Tiger's Eye is often confused with Cat's Eye. The difference is in the fibers of crocidolite that have been replaced by silica in Tiger's Eye, which are twisted. (The fibers in Cat's Eye are straight). Tiger's eye is mined in Western Australia, South Africa, USA, Canada, India, Namibia, and Burma. Roman soldiers wore tiger's-eye for protection in battle. Tiger Eye was thought to be all seeing due to its appearance. The bands in Tiger's Eye display chatoyancy, which resembles an eye of a tiger, receiving its name due to its similarity.
Red: Strengthens your body force/energy, is grounding and is used at the Root Chakra.
Green or Blue: See Hawk's Eye.

 Topaz: The stone of "true love and success in all endeavors". It can be used to manifest health and correct disorders within the body. They promote understanding, compassion, kindness and empathy. They open and heal the hearts of those who have closed them while also protecting the open-hearted from too much pain. Instrumental in visualizations for healing and attracting in meditation and projection. Helps one to creatively change personal world, enhance awareness, expansiveness and manifestation.
Most common Topaz has a radiant yellow color, but can also be found in shades of green, blue, and brown. Mined in the US, Mexico, Brazil, and Sri Lanka. Sends out positive energy to all who need it. For those in crisis or in need of motivation. Recharges and increases the user's energy level. Benefits those who are problem solvers, such as those involved with the arts or science. An excellent stone for relaxation and comfort. Calms the nervous system and lessens tension. Also benefits the blood. Sheds light on the path to your goals. Those in tune with Topaz's positive energy will feel limitless and philanthropic. They will experience an increase in their personal abilities.
Golden or pink/"Champagne" Crystal. Golden: The most powerful, electromagnetic of yellow/solar plexus gems. A strong, steady, high level gem for mental clarity, focus, perceptivity, high level concepts, confidence, personal power, stamina. Helps mood swings, insomnia, worries, fears, depression, exhaustion, nervous system stress, stomach anxiety. Also works somewhat with the Crown Chakra. Liver/pancreas detoxification, bloodsugar balance, tissue and backbone strengthener (physically and emotionally). Radiates warmth,sun/light energy, protection. Excellent for water signs, teachers, excess work stress, manifesting, higher-self connection. Brings emotions and thinking into balance.
Pink and Champagne: Works also especially with the heart for love, spiritual compassion.
Blue: Alignment with our higher self, creative expression, writing, focus on your path. An empathetic stone. Gives out its warm glow quite readily.

 Tourmaline: A powerful, electromagnetic, striated gem. Strengthens body and spirit (and meridians), transmutes lower frequency thought/energy to a higher frequency of light and brings light/spirit into the physical. Radiates light protection for wearer. Clears higher frequency, effectiveness. Especially for nervous system; blood/lymph toxins.
Black: Does not absorb negative energy. It repels it. It is suggested to carry this stone when you feel surrounded by negativity. A valuable stone for crises and for periods of extreme stress. Helps you defend against debilitating diseases. Strongly suggested for persons with weakened immune systems.
Cat's Eye Tourmaline: Little information exists. It is suggested that it is a lesser healer because of its inclusions. Further suggested that derived benefits take place over a long period of time. Use this stone only if you are very drawn to it. Clear Tourmaline: Has many of the qualities of the other Tourmalines but in a more low-key manner. Beneficial for the immune system and for detoxification of the entire body. Suggested it is for the eyes and for nervous disorders such as epilepsy.
Brown Tourmaline: (Dravite) : is said to bring a realization of the “God-within”. It protects one from the effects of bad karma, and is very gentle for use in grounding. Dravite balances the chakras, cleanses the aura, and brings a warm sense of Earth and peace to the Higher Self. It also is used to treat intestinal tract disorders.
Opalized Tourmaline: Almost the reverse of Cat's Eye Tourmaline. The inclusion, resulting from water, heightens the effects of the stone. The additional refraction of light helps intensify the healing energy, accelerating its benefits. It is rare. A valuable addition to one's collection of healing stones. Forcefield, Protection Stone. Powerfully deflects/shields against unwanted or dark energies, especially for sensitive people. Grounds spiritual/light energy into Root Chakra, for centeredness amid chaos. Neutralizes fears, resentment, neurosis, obsessions, intestinal or spine energy blocks, toxins, constipation. Place at feet, knees, or base of spine for groundedness during/after healing. Radiation protection.
Blue Tourmaline (Indocolite): Same basic qualities as Green, Red, or Watermelon Tourmaline. Especially benefits the upper torso, the pulmonary system, and the immune system. Some believe it has a religious nature and that its purpose is to teach spiritual oneness.
Green Tourmaline: A healing stone that some gem healers consider the strongest of all green stones. Helps achieve balance in all areas. Extremely beneficial for the nervous system, brain, and immunological system. Stimulates creativity and communication. Helps you recognize and avoid negative energies before they become damaging. Recommended for people who wish to better understand their own spirituality. Business, Success. Taking heart, will to live, life-force, prosperity, compassion. Energizes Central Nervous System (for neuralgia, migraine, burns, etc.) Opens/heals physical and emotional Heart Chakra. Lungs, asthma. Cleanses meridians and blocks, stimulates new growth, rejuvenates heart, lymph, immune system. Thymus and entire body health. Yang.
Pink: Emotional and spiritual love, healing loss, emotional pain, fear, self-gentleness (especially with severe illness like cancer, emphysema). Best in combination with counseling. Most powerful together with Kunzite or Rhodocrosite. Self-love, compassion, release of old hurt. Trust. See Rubellite.
Red (Rubellite): Strengthens, grounds/rejuvenates, warms. Unites heart and body for love, courage, passion, energy, stamina, steadiness. High Lithium content (thus pink/red color) brings emotional balance, lovingness, devotion in a down-to-earth way. Balances body's electrochemistry. Heart and Root Chakra. Helps detach from personal pain. Releases reproductive, blocks; stimulates fertility. Used to strengthen and detox blood and immune system and to ease radiation effects. Yang.

Watermelon: (Red/pink and green) Draws Love. Brings together compassion, passion, depth of heart with life-force and grounding Red). Emotional and spiritual love (light pink) expressed in the physical heart (Green) Excels for immune system and life-threatening illnesses. Balances metabolism, endocrine system; harmonizing. Empowers other tourmalines. Yin/yang balance. This stone is believed to work on the muscular skeletal system and therefore is beneficial for degenerative disorders and autoimmune disorders such as lupus, chronic fatigue and multiple sclerosis.

Tourmalinated Quartz: Sometimes found embedded in Clear Quartz, Tourmalinated Quartz provides an energy or " solving atmosphere". Used to actualize an innate strength in the body. It helps eliminating "crystalized " patterns in the body which have been destructive in a physical and mental manner in one's life. It also helps in adjusting imbalances throughout the body.

 Turquoise: Lt blue/blue-green. A good general healer for all illnesses and excellent conductor (high copper). Speech enhancer, Friendship, Communication, Healing. This gentle, cool, soothing stone is a Native American classic. It opens the Throat Chakra, for open communication, creativity, serenity, spiritual bonding, upliftment; Opens the Heart Chakra for giving/receiving. Symbolizes our source (spirit/sky) and spiritual love for healing, help. On brow: Psychic connection to great spirit. Strengthens and aligns all meridians, chakras, and energy fields. Like amethyst, it protects and detoxes from alcohol, poison, pollution, x-ray/sun radiation. Ancient absorber of "negativity"; protection from "evil eye." Brings wisdom. Helps anorexia, headache, fear, etc. Throat, lungs, asthma, infections, teeth, TMJ, hearing, high blood pressure, creativity block, depression. Dull, paler, weaker. Works well with Chrysocolla, best with Silver. Used for healing on every continent! Androgynous, balances yin/yang. Fades in sunlight, sweat, oil, dishwater...Avoid bleach/chlorine!

Found in the US, France, and Tibet. Truly reflects the individual carrying or holding it. Tunes into the energies of the person and transmits them back into the world. Can also help you get more in tune with others. A popular stone with creative problem solvers. Meant for those who wish to communicate. Beneficial for the entire body. Has special applications for the respiratory and immune systems. If you are sick, Turquoise helps to put you at peace. Recommended for healers, those involved in negotiations, optometrists, veterinarians, and those who must rely on communications skills to get complex ideas across.

 Ulexite: "TV Stone" White/Translucent. Insight into self and others; seeing solutions to difficulties. Somewhat 3rd eye opening. Some find it helpful for amplifying dreams, imagination, imagery, fantasy states for creativity (not recommended if addictive or escapism tendency). May fall apart if soaked in water.

 Unakite: We often think of the emotions as originating and residing in the heart, and Unakite can soothe Heart Chakra issue, but another place where they live, often imprisoned, is in the solar plexus. As young children, discouraged away from the full expression of our emotions, we learn that shallow breathing helps us not to feel as much. The repression of feeling can become automatic, and life, while perhaps less painful, also has less joy.
Unakite can be very helpful in the steady release of feelings long held in. An opaque coral and olive-green stone (two colors associated with the solar plexus), it consists of three minerals: feldspar, epidote, and quartz. When one is supported by deepened self-esteem and self-awareness, it is easier to allow old feelings to arise so that they may be released. Unakite lends another element to self-awareness. In working with this stone people have noticed that they were able to go deeper than the physical symptoms of an illness and understanding the mental and emotional sources for it. It is also believed to help release conditions which have been inhibiting personal growth.

 Variscite: Solid cool, pale green. eases depression, fear, worry, anxiety, impatience, stress of a hectic/pressured day by bringing calm and stillness to even the most busy/talkative mind, thus a good meditation stone. Works on astral and etheric level for healing via the nervous system (Central Nervous System) and at DNA level. Centers the Solar Plexus and Heart Chakra; also slightly helpful for intuition center. Skin and blood vessel elasticity, impotence/male reproductive healing.

 Worry/Stress Stones: This is not one particular kind of stone, but usually any crystal that is sliced into a thin piece and often have a groove carved into the stone for the thumb. Worry stones are great to use in a stressful situation. You simply rub the flat stone with thumb and forefinger. It is said that the stone will absorb the stress from your body the more you gently rub the stone. Stones that are easily cut, such as agate, onyx, and quartz, make great Worry stones.

 Wulfenite: Translucent yellow to red, mostly orange crystal. Invigorates and harmonizes emotions, passion, appetite. Warms and grounds. Helps us get in touch with feelings. Used for healing and warming reproductive (especially women's). Spleen and yellow chakras, and digestion/nutrition assimilation. Cleanses and uplifts emotions, muddiness, stuckness or imbalance in spleen

 Zebra Stone: With black stripes to match it's name sake animal, Zebra stone is one of the best stones for pain management.

 Zircon: All colors. Clear, colorless, natural form: Works with the Crown Chakra and transpersonal point (and pituitary and pineal) for Universal Truth, intuition, durability, steadiness, integrity and connection with "All That Is." Eases depression, insomnia. Also historical poison detoxifier. Man-made (cubic Zirconia or "CZ") is not nearly as strong/effective as natural. "Pink Ice" is pink CZ.

 Zoisite: Green and black, often with red streaks of ruby. For trust in the universe, releasing fears. Strengthens heart, energy/adrenals and reproductive Chakra. General health. This stone can be used to dispel laziness and idleness. It is often used in treating disorders of the middle and upper jaios in Chinese Medicine, considered the heart, spleen, stomach, pancreas and lungs. When Zoisite is shared with ruby in it's matrix, it shares the same metaphysical properties of both stones. When this stone is found in the colors of the upper Chakra, clear, blue, purple, violet, it is considered the rare stone, Tanzanite.