A gemstone is a piece of mineral crystal (a single mineral with a visible faceted, three-dimensional, geometric form) or certain rocks (generally formed from multiple minerals fused together) that are strong enough to be cut and shaped (lapis lazuli, jade).

Since early times, mankind has been fascinated with the beauty and power of gemstones. Druids used them for healing as well as for religious rituals. Medieval Europeans ground them into powders for medicinal purposes. The Tibetans regarded Quartz Crystals as one of the precious substances of Buddha. Today, gemstones form the building blocks of our modern technological age: Rubies for lasers, diamonds for cutting tools and quartz crystals for electronics are just a few examples.

Gemstones represent energy in its most solid form. Each gemstone has its own energetic characteristics that allow us to distinguish one from another as do each of us have our own electro-magnetic fields that are in turn impacted by the energetic quality of each gemstone. When selecting gemstones, the most important guideline is that the stone is appealing to you. The body has a way of being attracted to a gemstone that is appropriate for use at the time, whether you consciously realize it or not.

Currently our planet contains over 5500 identified minerals and growing. As inventor Nikola Tesla said, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”

Recommended Reading:

Crystals: The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing by Yulia Van Doren
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall

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