As you can see, I use gemstones in my work. My preference is to use chip beads; I can use the same design, but the end results will always have a different look.
The types of stones that I use are common when it comes to jewellery making. Did you know that there are gemstones that can also be classed as a crystal, but there are some crystals that won’t be classed as a gemstone?
The difference between the two are that gemstones can be a mineral or organic base, whilst the make up of crystals have molecules that are arranged in a regular geometric pattern.
Both crystals and gemstones have been used not just in jewellery, but for their properties for thousands of years.
Click here for further information about crystals, including their history, terminology, links to civilisations, chakras and other crystals and gemstones that we can use in our everyday life.
Gemstones I use in jewellery making
Mother of Pearl
Abalone / Paua Shell
Gemstones Associated With
This is a list of the gemstones that are usually used in jewellery making and are most commonly known to be associated with.
January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – Diamond/Clear Quartz
May – Emerald
June – Moonstone
July – Carnelian/Ruby
August – Peridot
September – Sapphire/Lapis Lazuli
October – Opal
November – Citrine
December – Turquoise
Capricorn – Garnet
Aquarius – Amethyst
Pisces – Aquamarine
Aries – Red Jasper
Taurus – Rose Quartz
Gemini – Citrine
Cancer – Moonstone
Leo – Carnelian
Virgo – Peridot
Libra – Kyanite
Scorpio – Malachite
Sagittarius – Sodalite
Moon – Selenite
Mercury – Agate
Venus – Emerald
Mars – Ruby
Jupiter – Zircon
Saturn – Sapphire
Sun – Diamond
(Uranus, Neptune and Pluto had yet to be discovered at this point.)
Many gemstones and crystals have properties associated with calming, grounding, protecting and repelling negative energies. Below is a list of the more common emotions and situations many people would like their crystals and gemstones to work for.
Job interview – Citrine, Aventurine and Ruby
Anxiety – Labradorite, Green Aventurine or Lepidolite
Calming – Blue Lace Agate, Amethyst, Rose Quartz or Lepidolite
Stress – Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Labradorite, Lepidolite
Depression – Smoky Quartz, Jet, Lapis Lazuli
Memory – Pyrite, Clear Quartz, Rhodonite or Fluorite
Love – Rose Quartz, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite
Protection – Black Tourmaline, Onyx, Amethyst, Prehnite
Luck – Citrine, Aventurine, Jade, Sunstone, Gypsum, Chrysoprase
Self-esteem – Lapis Lazuli, Pyrite, Gypsum, Citrine, Larimar
Sleep – Amethyst, Smoky Quartz, Moonstone, Obsidian, Rose Quartz
Happiness – Amber, Smoky Quartz, Lepidolite, Rose Quartz
Bereavement – Jet, Angelite, Smoky Quartz, Celesite
Gemstones For Beginners
Taking Care of Crystals and Gemstones
On a shelf or windowsill
There may come a point where your collection is wide and varied, so you’ll have to remember to label certain stones due to many being the same colour!!!
There are many ways you can clean crystals/gemstones, some are easier than others due to practicability:
Hold under running water – not to be done with softer crystals like Selenite, as they can flake
Singing bowls, bells or cymbals
Crystal cluster – place a crystal on top of the cluster and leave for as long as you feel necessary
Bury in the Earth at a Full Moon and unearth them at the New Moon
Incense – waft the crystal through the smoke, it can be Frankincense, Sandalwood or an incense of your choice
Smudging – light a smudge stick and waft the smoke over the crystal
Breath – breathe in deeply, then as you exhale, focus your mind on cleansing the crystal of any negativity
There is no right or wrong when cleansing your crystals, do what you feel is right.
I have cleaned crystals in running water (holding them gently in my hands for a few minutes whilst in the shower), placing them on a small amethyst cluster or by placing them in front of my portable speaker whilst playing my favourite songs.
My Gemstone Collection
For practicality, I would like to keep my own collection of gemstones and crystals small. Maybe the size of one baby bookcase shelf, which is what it currently is.
In reality I know that this won’t happen AT ALL!
I will keep going to Health and Well-being events, Rock and Gem Shows and anywhere else where they sell gemstones and crystals and I will buy more.
So far in my collection I have:
Clear Quartz x2 tumbled & x2 points – the points are great for meditation.
Red Jasper *
Rose Quartz x2
Lapis Lazuli – as a pendulum
Black Tourmaline – raw
Tigers Eye *
*these gemstones are my Chakra stones and are in a separate box.
Gemstone and Crystal Meanings
I did think of writing all the gemstone and crystal meanings and definitions, but then I realised that it would be a lot for people to read.
With that in mind, please feel free to click on the link below for a full list* (in alphabetical order) of all the gemstones and crystals I have mentioned.
You can even print it off if you so wish!
And yes, it took a very long time to complete it.
*The PDF will be updated whenever I have purchased or have been gifted a new gemstone or crystal for my own collection or when I have bought a new gemstone to use in my jewellery making.
More Information on Gemstones
Below is a list of resources that I use in order to find information on gemstones, crystals and crystal healing:
The Internet! Google (obviously) and Pinterest are my two favourite starting points.
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall – A staple for anyone interested in gemstones and crystals. There are multiple volumes, as new crystals and gemstones are being discovered.
Crystal Tips and Cures by Philip Permutt – A guidebook to the meanings of around 100 gemstones and crystals. He has also written the best selling book ‘The Crystal Healer’.
The Centre of Excellence – An online learning centre. I started off with a Crystal Healing Audio Course to help get me started and to get a better understanding to how crystals and gemstone help in our everyday lives.
Sunstone Crystal Healing workshops via The Crystal Bear in Garstang –
I have attended: An Introduction to Crystals, Dowsing with Pendulums and a Crystals and the Chakras workshops. They were all really interesting and in some cases made a lot of sense to me. Sunstone Crystal Healing is a crystal healer and Reiki Master and someone who knows her stuff on how crystals and gemstones works.