I use a variety of gemstones (semi-precious stones) in my work. The gemstones used are based on birthstones, popularity or the fact that I like the colour. They can be in a round bead form or my personal favourite, in chip bead form.
Using gemstone chip beads means that I can use the same designs/colours in my work but I know that the look will be different – chip beads come in various shapes and sizes unlike the uniformed look of the round bead.
Below is a list of just some of the gemstones that I have/do use in my work.
January birthstone. Thought to keep the wearer safe during travel.
July birthstone. Capable of boosting energy and passion.
Commonly used to ground, stabilise and protect the wearer.
Mother of Pearl
Said that it attracts prosperity.
February birthstone. Said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage.
August birthstone. Symbolises strength. When set in gold, said to protect the wearer from nightmares.
Symbolises protection and calm. Protects against negative energies.
A deflector of unwanted energies.
March birthstone. Thought to cure heart, liver and stomach diseases by drinking the water the gem has been soaking in.
September birthstone. A universal symbol of wisdom and truth.
Cultured meaning farmed, but still a symbol of purity.
Maintains energy and optimism in challenging times.
April birthstone. Can be also called Rock Crystal. Known as the ‘master healer’ and will amplify energy and thought.
October birthstone. Symbolises faithfulness and confidence. When worn it protects eyesight and repels evil.
A stone of transformation and magic.
Provides willpower and self-motivation to the wearer.
May birthstone. Associated with fertility, rebirth and love. Today it signifies wisdom, growth and patience.
November birthstone. Symbolises trust, quality, essentialness and vitality.
Useful for handling and calming emotional situations.
June birthstone. Brings good fortune and protection.
December birthstone. Believed to relax the mind and protect the wearer from harm.
There are so many variations!!
Crazy Lace, Holly Blue, Snakeskin, Blue Lace, Moss, Fire, Botswana, Bumblebee, Dalmation and Poppy to name a few.