Gemstone Properties/Folklore

Stones and metals have been used for centuries in healing, divination and emotional well-being.

Note:  Information on Lampwork beads can be found at the bottom of this list.

  • AGATE - fosters love, abundance, wealth, good luck, longevity, acceptance, courage, protection, balance, harmony, generosity, strength, security and appreciation of nature.

  • AFRICAN TRADE BEADS - Trade beads are usually associated with West Africa where they are most often found, but they were originally created in Venice, Bohemia, and Holland. From the end of the fifteenth century, beads were a major component of the currency exchanged along the trade routes. Over the next four centuries, European bead makers were producing a wide variety of designs specially for the African trade: millefiore, chevrons, striped melons, feather, and eye beads.

  • AMAZONITE - Enhances creative expression, aligns astral bodies, unity with life. Improves self worth. One source says it is useful to activate lazy teenagers.

    A semi-opaque stone that was used extensively by the Egyptians it is called the stone of courage and is said to be named after the Amazon women warriors. There is some archaeological evidence that suggests the Amazonians were a matriarchal society during the Bronze Age.

    Another legend says the name Amazonite comes from the belief that it was found in the Amazon River.

  • AMBER - healing, good fortune, love spells, memory, the higher mind, the throat and glands, mouth problems such as toothache and ulcers, the head, the womb, bladder problems.

  • AMETRINE - Ametrine is a rare and unusual stone which occurs in quartz when amethyst and citrine reside in the same crystal. Because the color zoning effect is natural, no two ametrines will ever be exactly alike.  Ametrine is very helpful in getting rid of depression. This leads to inner peace and tranquility.  Many believe that it contains the powers of amethyst and citrine in one stone, making it a very powerful money stone as well as an excellent via to higher psychic awareness and spiritual enlightenment.

  • AMETHYST - peace, happiness, joy, protection, sleep, divination, love, calm, low self-esteem, getting things in perspective, blood disorders.

  • AQUAMARINE - calm, tranquility, divination, sadness, grief, stress.

  • AVENTURINE - calm, meditation, relaxation, clear thought, money, success, luck, eyesight, hearing.

  • BAUXITE - an ore from which aluminum is extracted. Bauxite is a terra cotta colored brown stone, and one of the principle exports of Ghana, West Afrika. In addition to being a mineral resource, Bauxite is also carved into beads and used for ornamental purposes.

  • BLACKSTONE (Obsidian) - Protection, grounding, divination, peace, repelling negativity.

  • BLOODSTONE - health and well-being, opportunity, freedom, success, blood disorders.

  • BLUE LACE AGATE - is a great choice for self-expression; it makes it much easier to express oneself.  It is also a great choice if you do a lot of public speaking, it helps one to speak their truth and makes it easier to convey your thoughts while speaking.  Blue Lace agate clears the throat charka and programs the etheric body for creative work.  Physically, it eases a sore throat and takes away the hoarseness associated with your voice.  This stone also works directly with the nervous system to alleviate physical tension, it is very calming and people who are agitated are drawn to its energy.

  • CALCITE - has an unusual property. Gemologists call it a bi-refringent gemstone. What it means is that anything viewed through a clear crystal will appear doubled. Because of this bi-refringent properties, Calcite is mystically thought to double the intention of its wearer. In other words, calcite serves as a psychic amplifier. Because of this amplifying ability, and because calcium carbonate is excreted by living creatures, many religious structures have been composed of marble and limestone (forms of calcite) and believed to mystically increase the power of prayer.  Along with its perceived spiritual powers, calcite is also often described as a mental stone. It enhances the intellect of the wearer. Gem therapists recommend it as a study aid and to improve wisdom and mental harmony. Different colors of calcite has different healing and health effects.

  •  Red Calcite - affects the 1st Chakra. It boosts energy and increases the life force.  Red Calcite is often used to open a closed Heart Chakra. A closed Heart Chakra means the person resists giving or receiving love.  Pink Calciteconsidered to be a gemstone of hope through difficult times. It also improves your diplomatic skills.  Golden/Yellow Calcite - has beneficial effects on intellect and wisdom because of its influence on the 4th Chakra.  Orange Calcite - has an important effect on the 2nd Chakra. It is useful in all new beginnings, including birthing, new projects or changes. Orange calcite is also a gemstone of wisdom, especially for those in charge of other's fates.  Green Calcite - influences the 4th Chakra. It is often considered to be a gemstone of joy and emotional balance.  Green calcite is an important gemstone for people who work very hard, or those in drudgery jobs, such as cleaning, garbage collection, etc. as this stone is thought to bring a sense of equality of all people.  Green Calcite is also said to heal mental problems, infections and aids the lungs/heart.  Blue Calcite - influences the 5th/7th Chakra. It helps those in authority come into their power in a rightful and meaningful way. Opens the knowledge of the ancients on an intuitive level. It is thought to have calming properties.

  • CARNELIAN - intelligence, wisdom, health, focus, protection, libido, hypnotic regression, happiness, easing depression, tiredness, skin diseases and disorders.

  • CHALCEDONY - protection, courage, dealing with authority, calm.

  • CHERRY QUARTZ - is a healer for emotional wounds, dissipates anger & tension.

  • CHEVRON - a multi-layered bead with red/terra cotta, white and green or blue glass. These layers vary from four to seven. Those with more layers of glass are most valued. This bead was originally made in Italy and exported for trade in both African and in North America through the Hudson Bay Trading Company.

  • CHRYSOPRASE - The name chrysoprase comes from "chrysos prason" (Greek) for gold leek. Like so many very ancient or even old names for stones used for ornamentation, it was apparently applied to several yellowish green gemstones, including beryl, but gradually it became limited to the apple-green colored microcrystalline variety of quartz (or chalcedony): chrysoprase.  Chrysoprase is considered the most valuable stone in the chalcedony group.  It is believed to encourage maximum physical outcomes to situations and helps to heal the "broken heart". It encourages fidelity in business and personal affairs. It is considered useful in treating disorders of the heart, in increasing dexterity and for treating the reproductive organs, including an increase in fertility and other sexual imbalances.  It is a soothing stone for those suffering from the pangs of love. It helps to release emotional tension and stress. This is a healing stone: it works well with other stones, increasing the other stone's healing properties.  Green is also the color of abundance, whether in a material sense or in terms of healing. Traditionally chrysoprase is believed to attract abundance and to help in success in new ventures. As another example of the widespread applications of the word "abundance," this stone is also considered useful in attracting new friends.  Chrysoprase is a stone that can help us to peacefully absorb spiritual energies, and to make transformation a natural part of our daily lives. Chrysoprase is protective. It is protective against bad influences, nightmares, and anguish.  Chrysoprase is said to help with weight loss. That is only because chrysoprase balances neurotic patterns, eases depression and sexual imbalance. It is calming, balancing, and healing for physical/emotional/mental bodies. It helps one see clearly into personal problems.

  • COPPER - This metal promotes channeling, cleansing, luck, prosperity, purification, self-esteem, communication and energy. Copper is often used as the shaft of crystal wands because it facilitates the flow of energy.

  • CORAL - love, wisdom, banishing fear and depression.

  • CRYSTAL - Quartz crystals have been used extensively by many cultures for diagnostic healing. During the days of the "old ways", people as widely dispersed as Native Americans, African tribes, Egyptians, Mayans, Aztecs, Australian Aborigines, Romans, Celts, Scots and Tibetan Buddhists relied on quartz crystals to recognize the origin of disease. Romans used crystals to reduce fevers and to relieve pain...in medieval times they were held against the tongue to alleviate fever as well as diminish thirst. Numerous healing properties have been ascribed to quartz in general and rock crystal in particular since ancient times and it is, in fact, used more frequently today for healing and diagnosis than any other stone ...naturopaths, faith healers, clairvoyants and psychic healers commonly use crystal. Clear quartz crystals facilitate wisdom, clarity of thought, general healing, memory, meditation, communication, transformation, awakening, cleansing, pureness of heart, intention, higher consciousness, positive thoughts, harmony and love. This stone amplifies prayers, wishes and positive visualizations.

  • DIAMOND - love, peace, joy, nightmares, sadness, mental illness, strength.

  • DUMORTIERITE - A stone of patience, can reduce excitability and eliminate stubbornness. Provides grounding in love matches while clearing away unsettled areas in relationships.

  • EMERALD - harmony, protection, memory, money spells, emotional luck, banishing anger and worry.

  • GARNET - Red Garnet inspires  positive thoughts, inspiration, energy, past life recall, career success, social popularity and self- confidence. It helps us become more productive and achievement oriented. Green Garnet augments peace, serenity, meditation, creativity, healing, purification, patience and clarity of thought. The stone has been used in the treatment of toxicity , mental depression, heart trouble, inflammation and under active thyroid.  Hessonite Garnet is referred to as a 'stone of creativity'.  Used on the third chakra, Hessonite will stimulate creativity on all levels.  Some like to use this stone to encourage self-respect, respect of others, and spiritual growth.  Hessonite also allows us to say good-bye to outworn or unusable ideas, views, agreements, and behavioral patterns which we have out grown.  On the physical level, Hessonite is used to regulate hormone production, stimulates metabolism, fortifies the immune system, and encourages absorption of nutrients.  Hessonite vibrates to the number 6.  It is about home and family, creating a loving environment.

  • GOLD - associated with virtue, moral excellence, nobility of mind, purification, happiness, honor, wealth, strength of will, generosity, positive thoughts, energy, good humor, courage, stability, luck and opportunity. This metal stimulates action and ennobles the character.

  • HEMATITE - grounding and centering concentration, healing, banishing negativity.

  • JADE - common sense, intelligence, love, well-being, bladder problems

  • JASPER - courage, luck, healing, money spells, epilepsy and fevers.  Jasper was considered a sacred stone by the Native Americans . The jasper containing a yellow color was used to assist and protect during times of travel (spiritual and physical), that containing the red color was thought to induce health and rebirth, bringing fresh ideas to the holder and that containing the blue color was used to connect one with the "after" worlds.

  • JET - health and healing, prophecy, magic, nightmares, bladder and bowel disorders.

  • LAPIS LAZULI - love, compassion, empathy, prophecy, divination, banishing fears, sadness, depression, fever, skin conditions, prevent miscarriage.

  • LABRADORITE - is thought by some to symbolize the moon and the sun and has, in fact, been found to be a constituent of moon rock.  Labradorite promotes psychic abilities, occult powers, strength of will and a feeling of inner worth.  Labradorite strengthens and protects our aura and teaches us to use Mystical power wisely and well.  This stone also aids us in communicating with our highest self.

  • LEMON CHRYSOPRASE - The name chrysoprase comes from "chrysos prason" (Greek) for gold leek. Like so many very ancient or even old names for stones used for ornamentation, it was apparently applied to several yellowish green gemstones, including beryl, but gradually it became limited to the apple-green colored microcrystalline variety of quartz (or chalcedony): chrysoprase.  Chrysoprase is considered the most valuable stone in the chalcedony group.  It is believed to encourage maximum physical outcomes to situations and helps to heal the "broken heart". It encourages fidelity in business and personal affairs. It is considered useful in treating disorders of the heart, in increasing dexterity and for treating the reproductive organs, including an increase in fertility and other sexual imbalances.  It is a soothing stone for those suffering from the pangs of love. It helps to release emotional tension and stress. This is a healing stone: it works well with other stones, increasing the other stone's healing properties.  Green is also the color of abundance, whether in a material sense or in terms of healing. Traditionally chrysoprase is believed to attract abundance and to help in success in new ventures. As another example of the widespread applications of the word "abundance," this stone is also considered useful in attracting new friends.  Chrysoprase is a stone that can help us to peacefully absorb spiritual energies, and to make transformation a natural part of our daily lives. Chrysoprase is protective. It is protective against bad influences, nightmares, and anguish.  Chrysoprase is said to help with weight loss. That is only because chrysoprase balances neurotic patterns, eases depression and sexual imbalance. It is calming, balancing, and healing for physical/emotional/mental bodies. It helps one see clearly into personal problems.

  • MALACHITE - luck, love, balance, cholera and colic prevention.

  • MOONSTONE - peace, reunion, protection, divination, passion, treats female hormones and obesity.

  • MOUKAITE - a type of jasper found in Australia. (The broad patterns of red-browns and golds that sweep through it are actually finely-divided minerals such as clay and iron oxide.)  Sumptuous, voluptuous, and sensual-all are words we usually associate with physical pleasure rather than with spiritual values. Moukaite blends the two. Because it makes us more comfortable with our bodies, our physical activities elevate our spirits. 

  • OBSIDIAN - grounding, divination, binding spells.

  • ONYX - It has been used to alleviate grief, promote self control and wise decision making and to bring happiness and good fortune. This stone promotes increased vigor, strength, stamina, constancy, steadfastness, permanence, tenacity, firmness and durability. Valuable in difficult or confusing times of our lives.

  • PEARL - Because the pearl is formed as the direct result of irritation, it is thought to hold the key to how we can overcome oppression and pain, an example of how to turn the insignificant into the sublime and beautiful. The pearl is thought to signify faith, charity and innocence and to enhance personal integrity. Pearls inspire purity,  concentration, focus, meditation, serenity, tranquility and wisdom. Pearls help us get in touch with the simple honest things in life. It has been used in the treatment of digestive disorders and is thought to increase fertility and ease childbirth.

  • PERIDOT - It is thought to reduce stress, accelerate personal growth stimulate the mind and open new doors of opportunity and abundance while banishing lethargy and laziness. It can also help to heal a "bruised" ego by controlling anger or jealousy. Peridot inspires healing, renewal, purification, rebirth and growth and is especially good for healing the healers. It is a good antitoxin stone, cleaning most organs and glands, and an excellent healing stone, acting as a "tonic" to strengthen and regenerate the body. Peridot has been used in the treatment of ulcers and disorders of the heart, lungs, spleen and intestinal tract. It has also been used in the birthing process, thought to stimulate contractions and facilitate the opening of the birth canal.

  • QUARTZ - purification, psychic work, protection, negativity.

  • RHODONITE - Endows it's wearer with patience and promotes a calming effect when worn. Fosters love and understanding in relationships.

  • ROSE QUARTZ - love, friendship, dealing with authority and the law, harmony. One of the most versatile stones.

  • RUBY - joy, happiness, sympathy, empathy, understanding, material gain, power, success, ambition, averting danger, sadness.

  • SAPPHIRE - divination, meditation, luck, prosperity, concentration, money spells, working with animal spirits, healing.

  • SILVER - An elemental metal. Fosters hope, meditation, unconditional love, mothering, nurturance, grounding, appreciation of women and nature, mystic visions, spiritual and romantic love, tenderness, kindness, sensitivity and psychic abilities. The metal is sacred to the Moon Goddess.

  • TIGERS EYE - luck, fortune, energy, prophecy, money spells, beauty, depression.

  • TOPAZ - love spells, treating grief, anger and greed, lust.

  • TURQUOISE - opportunity, friendship, money spells, love spells, happiness, preventing accidents. Many people believe it should only be given as a gift.

What Are Lampwork Beads? 

Unlike seed beads and pressed glass beads, which are made by machines, all lampwork beads are handmade by artists one at a time. Due to the nature of their creation, lampwork beads, posses a quality that only hand made things have: the mark of the hand.
Their beauty and uniqueness makes them a frequent choice for use as the focal point of a piece of jewelry or simply as an additional accent.


How Lampwork Glass Beads Are Produced?

The  artist works with a gas burner (called the lamp), which produces a narrow, steady and powerful flame. The  artist, holding a glass rod in one hand, melts the tip of the rod in the flame into a honey-like state, while holding a special metal wire in the other hand, and winding the melted glass on the wire by constantly turning it.

Lampwork beads are one of a kind.  The artist makes each piece individually and can only replicate a design to be similar but not exact.

 

 

Disclaimer:  The information provided on stone and metal healing properties is for informational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for seeking advice from a medical professional.

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