Gemstones have been valued and treasured throughout history. Some varieties are shrouded in legends and myths, and people have ever since believed them to have special powers and healing qualities. Gemstones come in every color of the rainbow and are mined in countries all around the world. They may be categorized based on their physical and optical properties, their geographic origin, their association with astrologic signs and elements, their role in different human cultures, and of course their significance in jewelry making. Regardless of their formal attributes, each gemstone is uniquely beautiful, and personally I love every single gemstone I have the pleasure to process into jewelry.
This first part of my little gemstone series will be focused on varieties that start with the first letter of the alphabet: A.
Amazonite got its name from the lush jungle region around the Amazon river where it was first discovered. It is a stone for adventurers and travellers and promotes open-mindedness, intuition, creativity and communication. It is believed to align body and mind, to soothe the spirit and to calm the soul. When worn in daily life, it protects against negative energies and unfairness and clears the way for new opportunities and experiences. Amazonite is also associated with the mythological female warrior tribe of amazons. It encourages you to step into your power, and motivates you to discover your own truth and integrity and to freely express your opinions, thoughts and feelings. Amazonite is related to the heart and throat chakras.
Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which brings balance, patience and peace for body, mind and soul. Amethyst is the stone of spirituality, intuition and creativity. It promotes happiness and contentment and helps you let go of bad habits and bring difficult times to a good closure. It is also highly useful for relieving stress, balancing mood swings and alleviating sadness and depression by directing the thoughts on the endless possibilities life has to offer. Interestingly, the word amethyst means “without drunkenness” in Old Greek language, because the stone was believed to protect its wearer from poison. On a more practicable level, amethyst helps to clear the mind from chaotic thoughts and instills a feeling of peace and serenity.
Angelite is a stone of awareness and mindfulness. It is thought to connect the realms of humans and spirits, and probably got its name from the belief that it permitted communication with angels. It is often associated with psychic abilities and helps to hear your inner voice and understand the signs of nature and dreams. It raises conscious awareness and gives the wearer inner guidance and confidence for moving forward in life. Angelite is an excellent relaxation aid when you need to calm down from feelings of stress and overwhelm. It dispels worries, fear and anger, and promotes understanding, structured thinking and forgiveness instead. It is one of the most powerful helpers for emotional healing.
Apatite is a deeply spiritual stone with a cleansing effect on the aura that promotes openness and eases emotional imbalances. It is one of the most powerful manifestation gemstones, and is an excellent stone to promote personal growth and development by enhancing your motivation and ambitiousness. It also aids the realization of your goals and intentions by clearing confusion, apathy and indecisiveness. It helps you find the best way to move forward and walk it with trust and confidence. It is also a stone of service that supports humanitarian work and projects done for the collective good. Apatite is also great for creative problem-solving and self-awareness.
Aventurine improves your focus, mental clarity and imagination. It gives a sense of balance and calm, promoting meditation and creative visualization. It is some-times called the “Whisper Stone” because it quiets the chatter of everyday thoughts and connects you to your inner voice. Aventurine is known to help release old habits and patterns to make room for new growth. It enhances motivation and optimism. Whatever intention you set, aventurine boosts the chances of succeeding by aligning the conditions to attract opportunities and serendipity. Aventurine is known to help release old habits and patterns to make room for new growth.