Gemstones have held many special meanings through the centuries. Amethyst helps to boost the immune system, while pearls have a calming effect. During these challenging times we’re living in, its important to stay calm and centered. You may have gemstones in your jewelry box right now that represent healing, strength and soothing attributes. Read on as we take a look at a variety of gemstones and their empowering properties.
Pearls have been known for their healing properties for centuries. They bring a centering and calming affect to the wearer, helping them through the ebbs and flows of life’s events. Due to its watery and lunar elements, it is quite balancing for the emotions, especially to water signs. Necklace by Mikimoto.
Ancient civilizations considered this gemstone to have cooling properties as well as aiding in asthma, weak vision and insomnia. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit word tapas, meaning fire. Blue Topaz is the hardest of the silicate minerals and comes in a variety of colors including blue, pale green, red, yellow and pink. Earrings by Ippolita.
Agate is a translucent variety of microcrystalline quartz that comes in a wide range of colors, including, white, red, gray, pink, black, and yellow. Agate is known to enhance mental function, improving concentration, perception and analytical abilities. It soothes and calms, healing inner anger or tension and creates a sense of security and safety. Necklace From The Alson Signature Collection.
The name peridot comes from the Arabic word faridat, meaning gem. Peridot is a mineral that is found in a variety of greens ranging from a light yellow-green to a dark olive. This gem helps to increase our physical strength and vitality as well as helping us to stay strong emotionally by aiding in the reduction of stress and anxiety. Bracelet by Ippolita.
This gemstone derives its name from the Roman word aqua, meaning water and mare, meaning sea. Aquamarine varies in color from blue-green to a light sky blue. A gift of aquamarine symbolizes safety and security. This water-like stone washes away stress and fear, bringing in room for peace and tranquility. Aquamarine protects the psyche from taking on negative thoughts and behaviors, while gently rejuvenating and renewing the mind, body and spirit. Necklace by Penny Previle.
Amethyst is a member of the quartz family, occurring naturally as crystals within rocks. A gift of Amethyst is symbolic of protection and the power to overcome difficulty. Amethyst is known to help boost the immune system and combat insomnia by inducing a restful sleep. Ring by Marco Bicego.
Citrine is known to be invigorating and positive. This gemstone is believed to surround its wearer with its brilliant color, energizing every aspect of their life. It is also known to help us analyze events and steer them in a positive direction. Bracelet by John Hardy.
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