SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES are the majority of minerals that can be used as gems but are considered – in commerce – to be less valuable than precious stones. Professional gemologist can define each stone according to the chemical arrangements. They also speak in terms of hardness, specific gravity, refractive index, luster, dispersion, and so on…
For me each and every stone is the unique colour, shape and energy associated with this stone through thousands of years of tradition. I am used to working with the following semi precious stones:
- Agate (various colours) – is associated with physical and emotional strength. It enhances creativity, strengthens the intellect (a beneficial stone for both students and artists). It boosts self-confidence and dispels fears. It is also known as a good luck stone and a stone of harmony.
- Amber (various colours) – technically it is not a gemstone or mineral but it has been extensively used in jewellery for thousands of years. It is a fossilized sap from prehistoric trees that has aged over the course of millions of years. Amber brings a sunny disposition, care free attitude, brings good luck and success. To top it off the bearer has upper hand in the discussion as amber dissolves oppositions.
- Amethyst – soothes and stimulates emotions and the mind. It is linked with spirituality and resourcefulness. It is considered the birthstone for February.
- Coral – is the result of accumulated skeletal masses from living animals – polyps. When the coral polyps die, the hardened skeleton remains, and this material is what is used as a gemstone. It is useful for enhancing physical strength, self-confidence, administrative capability. It enhances stability in one’s life. It is a stone for 35th anniversary.
- Carnelian – this is a stone of creativity, individuality and courage. It brings good luck and can help ease or remove sorrows.
- Garnet – is attracting thoughtfulness and commitment. (In the past, adorns of garnet were set in the engagement ring.) It is believed that garnet is a giver of happiness and an energy enhancer. It is considered the birthstone for January.
- Hematite – brings mental organization and is very grounding and calming. It can help with original thinking, logical thinking, and mathematics. It decreases negativity.
- Howlite – it is a stone of awareness. Howlite decreases an overly critical state of mind, selfishness, stress, and anxiety, bringing calm and relaxation. It can calm difficult communications and ease confrontations as it is supports tact.
- Jasper – is a gemstone of security, cheerfulness, and physical energy. It is valuable for extra protection when kept home or at work.
- Lapis lazuli (various shades of blue) -was traditionally considered a stone of royalty. It is a stone of communication that can bring truthfulness, openness, and mental clarity. (You just say the right thing, as if by magic.) Helps with writing, enhances creativity and (mental) organization.
- Malachite – is contemplated as a stone of protection from physical damage. It connects its bearer with Mother Earth.
- Nephrite -is considered to be good for stability and emotional balance and ranges from creamy white to green to almost black in color.
- Rose quartz -is attracting dedication and love. It is a stone to bring new romance, love and relationships to your life or strengthen the existing one.
- Serpentine – is associated with attracting love and money.
- Turquoise – in ancient cultures was used an amulet for protection from harm and negative energy. It was a symbol of wealth but also of friendship.
- Topaz (various colours) -It is a sympathetic and comforting stone, that swells your mindfulness of actions and judgments. It cleanses commitments as well as feelings.