While certain crystals and minerals have been used for alternative medicinal purposes for centuries, there has been a recent increase in interest and demand for these unique stones. To meet demand, we have begun to carry a few varieties of our favorites in-store, and outlined some of their purported properties below:
Aragonite is formed by biological and physical processes, including precipitation
from marine and freshwater environments. Aragonite is said to increase energy, and boost self-confidence and feelings of self-worth as you learn to place trust in yourself. It is considered a wonderful stone for parents and people in tense relationships that test the nerves, because aragonite relieves stress, emotional fatigue and anger, bringing patience when it is needed most!
Because of their grape-like color, the Greeks associated these gems with the wine god, Bacchus. They believed that wearing an amethyst could protect you from drunkenness—in fact the word amethystos meant “not drunk” in ancient Greek. According to gemstone lore, amethyst jewelry keeps its wearer clear-headed and clever. -brilliantearth.com
Often viewed as a stone of peace, some believe amethyst's calming presence produces soothing dreams by bringing the dreamer more in tune with the Divine. This clarity and peacefulness also extends to the waking mind. Amethysts are said to help the mind flow freely in both mental and metaphysical dimensions.- gemsociety.org
Greek mythology and legends are bountiful with tales of love, lust, passion and despair. One such tale of tragedy speaks of Adonis, the god of plants and rebirth. He was the mortal lover of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. One day Adonis, an accomplished hunter, decided to enter a forest to hunt. Aphrodite begged Adonis to give up such a dangerous sport because she could not bear to lose him. Aphrodite's jealous ex-lover, Ares, the god of war, saw his chance to seek revenge upon Adonis for taking Aphrodite from him. He turned himself into a wild, ferocious boar and attacked Adonis, fatally wounding him. Hearing Adonis' screams, Aphrodite rushed to save him, tearing her clothes and flesh on a thorny briar bush. It is said that Aphrodite's blood mixed with Adonis' blood and fell onto nearby Quartz, staining it a dusky pink, signifying the symbolic hues of Rose Quartz. -gemporia.com
Rose quartz is commonly praised for its romantic properties. It is considered to be beneficial for the heart and throat chakra, as well as heal communication and provide deeper bonds among loved ones. -Tiny Rituals
Clear quartz can be traced back to ancient Greece, where these water-clear crystals where referred to as krystallos. These translucent crystals are created from siicon and oxygen, and can be found as a mineral element in other various rocks.
Known for its properties of clarity and purity, clear quartz is said to have the power to clear the mind, bring balance, and amplify lightness. -Tiny Rituals
Known for its energy, yellow calcite has traditionally been used to amplify hope and provide energetic happiness for the soul. While there are several different varieties of calcite, the yellow calcite, in particular, is considered to improve mood and attitude to "shine from within." -Tiny Rituals
The fiery, iron hues of Carnelian was regarded by Ancient Egyptians as a stone of alchemy, providing healing and protective powers and longevity of life. Its deep red color is a symbol of flesh and blood, and is said to have the powers to heal and prevent illness. This stone has traditionally been used to treat lower back problems, rheumatism, muscle soreness and tension and sluggishness by providing a boost of bright energy. -Tiny Rituals
Fluorite is a form of calcium fluoride is a transparent mineral that comes in a variety of colors. Green, in particular, is thought to provide a cleansing energy that is good for the heart chakra. - Tiny Rituals