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Emaz Beadz

Handmade Jewellery and Crafts

Gemstones

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

Garnet

Aventurine

Carnelian

Clear Quartz

Hematite

Peridot

Peach Moonstone

Moonstone

Cultured Pearls

Peruvian Opal

Mother of Pearl

Labradorite

Amethyst

Tigers Eye

Emerald

Lapis Lazuli

Agate

Amber

Citrine

Blue Goldstone

Abalone / Paua Shell

Aquamarine

Turquoise

Gemstones Associated With

Birthstones

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

Star Signs

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

Planets

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

Clear Quartz

Rose Quartz

Citrine

Amethyst

Taking Care of Crystals and Gemstones

Storing

On a shelf or windowsill Printers tray Velvet pouches Gemstone jars Glass cabinet 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!!!

Cleansing

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. Amethyst x2* Merlinite Red Jasper * Aventurine * Rose Quartz x2 Blue John Lapis Lazuli – as a pendulum Black Tourmaline – raw Abalone shell Sodalite * Aquamarine * Tigers Eye * Carnelian * Angelite *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.

PDF: LIST OF GEMSTONE AND CRYSTAL MEANINGS MENTIONED ON THIS PAGE

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.