Welcome to not only my latest blog which is all about crystals and gemstones, but an extension to my ‘Gemstone’ page on my website.
I decided to write this blog, as I felt that the content on the web-page was too much for people to read in one go. But I hope that you have already read that page and clicked the link to here or maybe, you’ve come across this blog and wish to read everything else later. There will be a link to the ‘Gemstone’ page at the end of the blog.
Where it began for me…
Whilst making jewellery I developed an interest in the gemstones that I use, mainly the properties and their meanings. In order to find out more, last year I decided to try something new. My first thought was crystal healing, and as a result I bought an audio course via The Centre of Excellence to teach me the basics. I also attended a couple of crystal workshops at a gemstone and crystal themed shop called The Crystal Bear which is located in the market town of Garstang.
My Crystal Learning
Whilst listening to the audio course, I quickly realised that I didn’t want to become a crystal healer as such. It became more about the understanding of crystals and gemstones, for the reason that I can now discuss with people at craft fairs and other places about the various properties and to hopefully point them in the right direction. For example: a customer asked me about the crystal tumble stones I sell. She was wanting to know if there was a particular stone that could help her friend through a difficult time. I referred to my gemstone meaning sheet (which can be found as a PDF file on my gemstone page) and was able to find a stone that could help.
Crystal healing isn’t for everyone. Which I completely understand, but doesn’t everyone have a bit of faith in something/someone, etc? I own clear quartz points that help me with my meditating, a pendulum to help with decision making as well as a selection of crystals to help me through the day if I so need it; the gemstone Angelite really helps me keep calm.
So I hope you may find this blog interesting, whether you already know about crystals and gemstones or that you are just curious as to how this age-old healing works.
Crystals are formed by a natural alignment of minerals over a period of time. They’re arranged in an organised fashion whilst they are slowly being built up. A crystal formation is structured in such a way that an energy field is created in and around it. This is energy field is also referred to as the piezoelectric effect.
When coming into contact with a crystal, it can build up a charge and in some cases it can sometimes create a ‘tingle effect’ especially to more sensitive people. This usually happens when a person is meditating. This is a usually common sensation when using Clear Quartz.
Gemstones and crystals can be used in a variety of ways and have been throughout history. You can place them in a room, wear them as jewellery or you can carry a piece in your pocket to help you in everyday life. Like I sometimes do with Angelite or Clear Quartz.
The Wonder of Clear Quartz
If you are wanting to bring crystals into your life, first of all it’s best to start with what I believe to be seen as one of the most important crystals.
Clear quartz also goes by another name ‘the master healer’, because it is said to amplify both energy and thought. It was once (and possibly still is) used in time pieces and other technical equipment, such as computers and MRI scanners. This is due to its ability to regulate an electronic isolator that’s used to keep perfect time.
It’s discovery and the harnessing of using clear quartz in time keeping has changed the way we tell the time forever.
Crystals and Civilisations
Many past civilisations have used crystals and gemstones for various reasons that include decoration or for medicinal purposes. Below are three examples of civilisations and how they used crystals.
The term crystal is came from the Greek word ‘krustallo‘; which means ice. The Ancient Greeks believed that Clear Quartz was eternally frozen ice, therefore they created items that were designed to incorporate their Gods – Zeus and Athena being the most popular. By wearing crystal/gemstone jewellery the Greeks believed that the crystals were gifts from the Gods and felt that they, as mere mortals, were closer to the heavens when they wore such adornments.
The Ancient Egyptians left a vast record of their history with many examples of crystals and gemstones left. There are pieces of carnelian, malachite, turquoise, obsidian, quartz and lapis lazuli within King Tutankhamen’s death-mask alone. It is thought that Cleopatra had her servants ground up and mix the gemstone lapis lazuli with wax. This was in order to create the distinctive eye shadow make up because of its ‘royal blue colouring’. Cleopatra was also thought to have said that lapis lazuli was to be only used by the Kings and Queens of Egypt.
The Native Americans used gemstones and crystals as talismans and carved images of their myths into them. They also shaped gemstones and crystals into beads and then weaved them into dream-catchers, this was in order to ward off bad dreams. Something that is still done today. They also believed that the crystals and gemstones will help heal the sick and protect their community.
Regarding the terminology of crystals and gemstones, there can be a lot of jargon, which can get very confusing. You may already know or have come across some of the terms when you have been looking for a piece of jewellery.
Below is a table of just a few, which I believe to be the most popular ‘jargon words’, for when you are looking to purchase a crystal and/or gemstone.
|Facet||The flat side/face of a gem/crystal. |
Facets are often parallel on both sides of the gem and it’s
what we see and that look is typical of a crystal.
|Geode||A naturally formed cavity within a rock. It’s often lined |
with crystals that have grown towards the centre over a
period of time.
|Hardness||Measured on the Mohs hardness scale and named after |
the German mineralogist Frederick Mohs. There are
degrees of hardness from 1 to 10; from talc (1) to diamond (10).
|Inclusion||A microscopic piece of dust/air that’s trapped inside the |
crystal when it was forming.
|Iridescence||A play of colour with its effects coming from the |
interference of light on the crystal’s thin layers. It can make
a crystal look attractive.
|Lustre||It describes the way that light is reflected off the |
Gemstones and Chakras
Gemstones and Chakras have become quite a popular combination over the last few years, this is due to an increase in popularity of positive well-being and mental health. It’s something that you can do at home; having the crystals that correspond to the Chakra and placing it on you and meditating for a few minutes. I do recommend that you are lying down though!
Chakra means wheel in Sanskrit or ‘Wheel of Light‘, as the colours represent the seven main colours in the spectrum, rainbow and the seven centres of spiritual power of the human body.
When Chakras are clean and free, they can help to promote a person’s spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional well-being.
When a person is feeling unwell or experiencing negative emotions it can mean that any or even all of their Chakras are ‘blocked’. Blocked Chakras can affect our ability to function properly in certain areas of our lives.
I think I might have some blocked Chakras…
Crown – Just above the top of the head. It means spirituality, with connection to the universe, imagination and awareness. Amethyst and Clear Quartz are commonly used for the 7th Chakra.
Brow – Also known as the Third Eye, which is located at the centre of the forehead. It can help with a person’s mind, ideas, thoughts, dreams and psychic abilities. Lapis Lazuli and Sodalite are common for the 6th Chakra.
Throat – Located at the base of the throat, its main meaning is communication and Blue Lace Agate or Aquamarine can help with the 5th Chakra.
Heart – At the centre of the chest, the 4th Chakra helps with safety, trust adventure and love. The gemstones most commonly associated with this Chakra are Malachite, Aventurine and the most popular Rose Quartz.
Solar Plexus – Located between the bottom of the ribcage and the navel. It helps with personal power, emotions and a person’s physical centre. The gemstones used for the 3rd Chakra are Citrine and Tigers Eye.
Sacral – Found in the lower abdomen between the navel and the pubic bone. It is the 2nd Chakra that connects to other people, creativity and energy. Carnelian and Orange Calcite are common with this Chakra.
Base/Root – Located at the base of the spine, it relates to survival, health, abundance, connection to the Earth and moving forward in life. The gemstones for the 1st Chakra are Red Jasper and Garnet.
Himalayan Salt Lamps
I have had my small salt lamp for a few months now and I can tell a difference. I don’t just use mine as a decorative light, I have it as my bedside table. It’s a softer light in comparison to my old light and I have noticed that I sleep better.
Salt lamps are believed to create negatively charged ions in the air, as modern day pollution and other electrical equipment creates positive ions in the air. These ions can be potentially harmful and cause the air quality in these areas to deteriorate.
By using a salt lamp, you are replacing the negatively charged ions to help avoid the alleged physical and mental harm that an ‘electric smog’ creates. Most Himalayan salt lamps are for indoor use only and are mainly a decorative piece not to be left switched on if it’s unattended for long periods of time. But I still use mine as a bed-side lamp, no issues yet!
It’s important when taking care of the lamp to try and keep it away from excessive moisture or humidity, as it might show signs of ‘sweating’ on the surface. The moisture that’s absorbed by the salt is driven off again by the warmth of the bulb. It’s a normal process that helps to drive the air purification effect.
The best way to clean a salt lamp is to use a damp cloth, don’t apply cleaning products or immerse it in water. It is salt and it dissolves in water. There are occasions when the moisture from the lamp may mark the surface that it’s resting on; leave it in strong sunlight for around 4-5 hours and then brush off any excess crystals. I have mine near a small radiator and a window which gets quite a bit of sunlight through, so at the moment, I have not encountered this ‘sweating’ effect.
Benefits of using a Himalayan Salt Lamp
- Attracts humidity
- Removes moisture and therefore pollutants from the air
- Neutralises the ‘electronic pollution’ in the air
- Reduces allergens and irritants
- Creates and soothing effect
- Aids sleep
- Improves mood
I hope this sparks an interest in crystals and their benefits, as I have already said this is just an extension of my ‘Gemstones‘ page on my website as I felt it would be too long for people to read.