“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle
What intention have you set for this moment in your life? Whatever it may be, did you know that there’s a stone for that?
Forged by nature, natural gemstones have a vast treasure of metaphysical and healing properties; from improving mental clarity, to navigating through grief, you don’t have to search far for a stone that you can connect to.
Whether in their natural rough state or polished into a beautiful bead for jewelry, stones can serve as a symbolic reminder and a source of energy and inspiration for anyone who enjoys living a mindful, reflective, and intentional life. Stones represent connection; you may be using a stone mala for meditation, connecting to your higher self, or giving a stone bracelet to a loved one that needs a little more of that “special something” in their life. The beauty of stones lies not just in their obvious aesthetic appeal, but also in those qualities that can’t be seen; what they symbolize through the acts of giving, wearing, and reflecting.
Below is an example of stones that are often found in jewelry, sculpture, and other designs.
Agate is an incredibly grounding stone, helping to balance the emotional, physical, and intellectual self. It builds both self-awareness and self-confidence, reminding its wearer about the oneness of life and enabling one to speak their own truth.
Amazonite was named for the woman warriors of the Amazon. This soothing stone also supports universal love by encouraging empathy and balancing masculine and feminine energies. It promotes the balance of being a strong warrior and a nurturing caregiver.
Amethyst, a powerful and protective stone, guards one from all forms of negative energy. With strong healing and cleansing properties, this stone also calms and stimulates the mind to provide mental focus, emotional centering, and spiritual awareness.
Calcite, known as the premier cleanser of negative energies, is a powerful stone for grounding and centering. It is also an amplifying stone, opening one to a life of creativity and prosperity.
Dumortierite is a great stone for those entering a new chapter of life, as it is helpful for individuals learning new things. Dumortierite enhances mental and emotional intelligence and assists one in overcoming difficult situations by increasing mental capabilities and strengthening mental discipline.
Feldspar is a stone of creativity, but not in the artistic sense. Instead, it helps one find unconventional and exciting ways to achieve goals and solve problems. It is a powerful stone for building self-awareness, as it helps one discover and understand previously overlooked messages.
Howlite is an exceptionally calming stone that can help one overcome anger and develop patience. As it aids in tranquility, this stone is especially helpful for sleep and meditation. Howlite is also beneficial for motivating one to learn and aids in improving memory.
Jade, a stone of abundance, promotes good luck while fostering new ideas and strengthening friendships. It is a protective stone that promotes purity, serenity, and harmony. It helps one to improve their self-image by encouraging self-sufficiency and dismissing negative thoughts.
Jasper is called the “supreme nurturer” because it promotes qualities that help to both nurture the self and others, providing protection and balance while instilling courage and honesty.
Lava Rock, a stone of mental strength, promotes clarity and guidance when one is faced with difficult situations. This porous stone is also exceptionally grounding, reducing stress during times of change or transition.
Magnesite is one of the most peaceful stones. It promotes serenity, love, and relaxation. This stone helps to quiet the mind and bring a deeper sense of peace to you during meditation and relaxation.
Onyx imparts great strength to its wearer and is an especially useful stone in difficult situations. It has the ability to center energy, improving self-confidence and helping one be at ease with their surroundings.
Rhodonite is a stone of reconciliation and helps one to let go of the past. A balancing stone, rhodonite calms the mind by both grounding one’s energy and steadying one’s emotions. It helps to clear emotional wounds, allowing one to recognize self-destructive patterns and reach a more peaceful balance.
Rose Quartz is known as the stone of the heart. With its ability to open and purify the heart, rose quartz is the most powerful stone for attracting love and peace. Rose quartz helps one to both give and receive love, as well as self-love, allowing one to perceive beauty of all kinds.
Tiger Eye is an incredibly powerful stone that promotes passion and determination, while increasing courage and physical strength. It is said to attract wealth, good luck, and positive thought.
Turquoise is a stone of healing, providing protection and promoting purification by releasing negative energy. This stone also promotes communication between the spiritual and physical, fostering a sense of inner tranquility by aligning all of the chakras.
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