I have been diving into creating "Power Pieces" that support a woman's spiritual and emotional growth with meaningful gemstones and intentions. Whether through a one-of-a-kind Talisman piece or one found through the years, my jewelry is created to enhance our quest for self-expression, our desire for beauty, and the transformative path we take through life. Right now I am most interested in connecting women with adornments that enhance this journey. The guide below was created by Harmony and Crystal, our Gemologist, to help you choose gemstones that may speak to your personal needs. Click the gemstones below to see more information!
Enlightenment, Consciousness, Energy, Perfection
Amethyst is the zodiac stone of Pisces, February 20 - March 20. It is also the traditional birthstone for the month of February. One of the most popular of the colored gemstones, Amethyst comes in a variety of purple toned quartz, from pale translucent lavender to rich deep purple-red. Amethyst was believed by Greek and Romans to prevent the wearer from getting drunk, and was used in protection against poison. Amethyst is known as the Sobriety Stone. It promotes sincerity and brings peace of mind to its wearer.
Amethyst stimulates and supports the 7th Chakra or Crown Chakra, spiritual awareness, meditation, and sobriety.
Care Tips: Guard your amethyst from heat and direct sunshine as these will fade its rich purple color.
Topaz is one of the modern birthstones for November, and is also the zodiac stone of Sagittarius, November 23 - December 22. Topaz occurs not only in the transparent yellow, yellow brown, orange brown, and pinky brown, but also in a very light to medium red, very light to light blue, very light green, light greenish yellow, and colorless. Topaz is a hard, brilliant stone with a fine color range, and is very popular in jewelry. Topaz is exceptionally brilliant, known as "The Stone of the Sun", allowing its wearer to place their dreams and wishes into it to be reflected into the universe for fulfillment. True topaz, the symbol of love and affection, aids in sweetening ones disposition by balancing emotions, while helping to break up stagnant energy in the body. Topaz helps to attract good fortune, happiness, and hope. Topaz supports and increases the power of the 3rd or Solar Plexis Chakra, but influences the other Chakras based on stone's color.
Moonstone is the other well-loved modern birthstone for June, and is known by its enchanting play and "flash" of glowing light that seems to spring from inside the stone. It is a part of the feldspar family from a variety known as adularia and is typically found in white to milky blue, but can also come in other soft colors such as peach, tan, and green. Moonstone was regarded in many cultures as a holy, magical stone. It has been known as the "dream stone" which helps the wearer to have beautiful visions while asleep. Moonstone helps to bring all that is needed to fulfill your deepest wishes, balancing emotions and honing intuition. It represents nurturance, motherly love, support, and encouragement and has been credited with healing and regenerating tissues, organs, and the reproductive system. It is attuned to the feminine Goddess energy, the moon, and water. Moonstones support and attune the 4th Chakra or the "Heart" center.
Spiritual Awareness, Psychic Power, Intuition, Light
Iolite is a lovely blue to violet blue gemstone. The name comes from the Greek ios, which means violet. The Vikings probably mined iolite from deposits in Norway and Green land. Viking sailors used iolite as a polarizing filter to find the sun on cloudy days for a safe offshore navigation; it is known as the Viking Compass. Also called the Water Sapphire, its healing properties are said to bring harmony and well-being to personal relationships. Iolite is also said to help bring on visions.
Labradorite is a gorgeous grey gemstone known for it's "flash" of blue, yellow or green light. This gem was first found in 1770 on the Labrador Peninsula in Canada, and is said to be the "Northern Lights trapped in ice." There is a blue semi-transparent variety called spectrolite that is only found in Finland. Labradorite is a power stone, allowing you to see through illusions and determine the actual form of your dreams and goals. It is excellent for strengthening intuitions. It stimulates the imagination, helps to develop enthusiasm and thus inspires new ideas and allows you to see more clearly in meditation. Labradorite attunes to the 6th chakra, the “third eye” and is calming for the mind.
Sapphire has been the traditional birthstone of April since ancient times, including the Hebrew, Roman, and Arabic traditions and is also the zodiac stone for Taurus, April 21 – May 21. Sapphire is corundum, and comes in virtually any color of the rainbow including blue, pink, purple, orange, green, clear, black, and red (known as ruby). The sapphire's hardness, brilliance, and availability in a spectrum of beautiful colors make it an important and versatile gemstone. Sapphire is a stone that enhances creative expression, intuition, and meditation. Sapphires are believed to be "wise" stones with the ability to focus clear thinking, and loving, healing energy to those who need it most. The sapphire is said to draw protection and guidance to one's mission in life while bringing hope, faith, and joy in our journey. The sapphire is the symbol of the heavens, truth, and higher awareness. Sapphire is associated with the 6th or "Third Eye" Chakra.
Communication Center, Divine Guidance, Expression
Chalcedony is a variety of the mineral quartz that occurs in a great variety of colors including blue, lavender, white, buff, light tan, gray, yellow, pink, red or brown. Chalcedony is a common quartz found in United States, Austria, Czech Republic, Iceland, Mexico, Britain, New Zealand, Turkey, Russia, Brazil. Considered a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, chalcedony nurtures and promotes brotherhood and good will. Chalcedony harmonizes mind, body and spirit and instills generosity. Mothers use it to increase lactation, and it also fosters the maternal instinct. It increases physical energy. Healing for the eyes, gallbladder, bones, spleen, blood and circulatory system.
Sleeping Beauty and Persian are the most prized of the blue Turquoise. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise comes from the mine of the same name in Arizona, and is known for its robin egg blue color. The mine closed a few years ago, so find it while you can! The gem is believed to bathe the wearer with courage, balance, strength, and success and it guards against accidents, especially falls. It has also been used as a protective stone to pregnant mothers. Its versatility as a "power stone" made it one of the most honored gems in Native American culture.
Aquamarine is the gemstone for March! Its name, derived from water and the ocean, reflects it's beautiful range of colors and transparency. Since early times, Aquamarine has been believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage, clarity and happiness, while alleviating fears and phobias. It is said to increase intelligence and make one youthful. As a healing stone, keep this close as a treatment for anxiety and a means to extract poison and toxins from the body. Having the most influence on the throat chakra, Aquamarine is best worn on a short necklace to cleans and heal. Harmony uses raw-cut Aquamarine gemstones, keeping them closest to their most pure form, and ensuring each pair is unique.
Love , Compassion, Personal Balance, Consciousness
Rose Quartz is the pretty pink gemstone known as the love stone. The high energy of quartz gives rose quartz the property of enhancing love in virtually any situation. It adds positive energy to relationships and represents compassion, forgiveness and harmony. Rose Quartz is said to be calming and useful for clearing stored anger, resentment, jealousy and fears. It balance emotions and heal emotional wounds and traumas, even grief, bringing peace and calm. It can help with reconciliation with family and others. All in all it is a very soothing and happy stone. Rose quartz is also helpful and protective during pregnancy and with childbirth. It is also sometimes said that rose quartz is helpful for supporting brain functions and increasing intellect. Rose quartz is associated with the heart chakra.
Tourmaline, a modern birthstone for October, has only found popularity since the late 18th century, but it is easy to see why everyone loves it now. Tourmalines come in just about every color of the rainbow, and most stones exhibit more than one color at once! From lush greens and bright blues, to hot pink and deep red, Tourmaline is an amazing stone that is perfect for jewelry due to its beauty and durability. Tourmaline is prized for its ability to balance the right and left sides of the brain while inspiring and awakening its wearer. Tourmaline awakens objectivity, compassion and serenity. It also enhances tolerance, understanding, and discernment. Tourmaline is a very protective stone that is often helpful for channeling and healing work. Tourmaline is often associated with the 4th or Heart Chakra, particularly watermelon tourmaline, where it opens one to accept love. Other colors of tourmaline are associated with the chakra of the same color.
Emeralds are the modern birthstone for those born in May. Emeralds are part of the Beryl mineral family, along with Aquamarine and Golden Beryl. Emeralds are the stone of the goddess Venus, so they embody love, fertility and rebirth. They attract love and success and help to bring balance at all levels by healing and activating our hearts highest desire. Emeralds are also the traditional zodiac stone of Cancers who celebrate birthdays from June 23 - July 23. Emeralds stimulate and support the 4th or Heart Chakra.
Chrysoprase is an opalescent apple green colored variety of Chalcedony (quartz). Most green stones owe their color to chromium or vanadium, but chrysoprase derives its color from the nickel content. It is found in Australia, Brazil, the Ural Mountains, and the U.S. and is the rarest of the chalcedony group. This stone helps to make conscious what was unconscious. It strengthens the workings of insight and the higher consciousness. It encourages hope and joy and helps clarify problems. Chrysoprase has been used as a cure for restlessness and is said to provide protection on sea voyages. Chrysoprase attunes to the 4th Chakra, the Heart Chakra.
Intellect, Personal Power, Courage, Protection
Citrine is one of the modern birthstones for November, and is a very popular member of the quartz family. It can range in color from pale yellow to dark amber and golden brown. Citrine is excellent for jewelry because of its hardness and rich color range. Citrine is considered to be the stone of wealth, allowing personal power to manifest as great success. Citrine's rich warm color brings “sunlight” energy to its wearer, never absorbs negativity, and brings earthly pleasure, generosity, creativity, and endurance. Citrine supports and empowers the 2nd or Belly Chakra, and the 3rd or Solar Plexis Chakra.
Pyrite is an amazing gun-metal grey gemstone with a metallic luster, and is also known as "fools gold." The name derives from Greek, meaning "of fire" and creates sparks when struck against steel. Healers wear this gemstone in abundance, as it neutralizes negative energy.
Prehnite is an orthorhombic mineral found in association with volcanic rocks. Prehnite is typically pale green to yellowish green with a white streak. It is named after a Dutchman, Colonel H. von Prehn, who discovered the mineral at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, and brought the first specimens to Europe. Prehnite is a stone of unconditional love and the crystal to heal the healer. It alleviates nightmares, phobias, and deep fears, uncovering and healing the disease that creates them. It is healing for the kidneys and bladder, thymus gland, shoulders, chest, and lungs. It treats gout and blood disorders, repairs the connective tissue in the body and can stabilize malignancy.
Jade has long been considered a very lucky gemstone and has been worn for luck and fortune. It is a sacred stone to both the Chinese and the Mayans, widely used to carve sacred symbols as it is said to bless everything it touches. The Chinese word for jade means “most beautiful stone.” Later in history, jade was considered an esteemed royal gem representing wisdom and courage. Jade emanates energy of peace, harmony, wisdom, love, virtue, grounding, and devotion to a higher purpose. The Chinese especially associated Jade with occult wisdom, and it can be used as a “philosopher’s stone” to stimulate wisdom and help you achieve goals. Place a piece of jade under your pillow to induce lucid dreams. A stone of manifestation, jade can help you realize your dreams and find your life path, while helping to understand and heal karma. As a healing stone, Jade can be used in ailments of the kidneys, heart, larynx, liver, spleen and thyroid. It is also said to prevent sickness. Jade also promotes the healing of the Earth, compassion for animals, plants, and all living things.
Creativity, Healing, Desire, Intuition, Fertility
Carnelian is the Zodiac stone for Virgos, August 24 – September 23. Carnelian is from the quartz family, and is a variety of Chalcedony. Beloved for its rich color that ranges from brilliant orange to deep-red to red-brown, Carnelian is a wonderful stone for jewelry and has been used widely since before Roman times. Carnelian was often used in signet rings that were pressed into wax to seal letters and correspondence of great importance. A stone of ambition, energy, and drive – Carnelian helps you to find positive courage to achieve dreams. It stimulates and motivates energy flow while protecting the wearer from negative emotions. Carnelian is associated with the 1st and 2nd Chakras or the Root and Belly Chakras.
Turquoise is one of the modern birthstones for December, and has been used since ancient times for adornment. Turquoise is an opaque stone that exhibits a range of blue and green colors from sky-blue to dark blue-green to apple-green depending on the mineral composition. The finest color is an intense, seamless blue which can be found in Persia and from the Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona. Turquoise has been considered a lucky and protective stone in many cultures since ancient times. Used in rings, earrings, necklaces, head ornaments and amulets, it protects the wearer with courage, balance, strength, and success and guards against accidents, especially falls. It has also been used as a protective stone to pregnant mothers. Its versatility as a "power stone" made it one of the most honored gems in Native American culture. Turquoise helps to align all the Chakras, but is especially attuned to the 5th or Throat Chakra.
Care tip: All turquoises are susceptible to aging and may turn darker with age and from contact with skin oils and skin chemistry. Care must be taken when wearing turquoise, both to avoid contact with soap, grease, and other materials that may discolor it, and protect it from abuse, since turquoise scratches fairly easily, and should not be dropped.
Tiger's Eye is a variety of quartz, typically found in light brown to dark brown colors with lustrous yellow-to-brown parallel fibrous inclusions. Tiger’s Eye connects the rich browns of the earth to the golden energy of the sun, promoting a bridge between Earth and Sky and a balance between the physical and spiritual. It is said to enhance the “earth” qualities of the wearer which includes reliability, stability, practicality, safety, peacefulness and a feeling of being grounded. It provides vitality, physical strength, mental clarity and responsible judgment. Since it is so attuned to earth and solar energies, Tiger’s Eye is a stone of wealth and prosperity. Traditionally favored as a gift between lovers as it helps partners get more in tune with each other in a psychic or even telepathic way, given to a couple it ensures their steadfastness and loyalty to each other.
Stability, Physical Energy, Grounding, Will, Security
Black Tourmaline is an energized healing talisman. This stone is still revered as a premier talisman of protection, a psychic shield deflecting and dispelling negative energies, entities, or destructive forces. It guards against radiation and environmental pollutants, and is highly useful in purifying and neutralizing one’s own negative thoughts and internal conflicts, and turning them into positive, usable energy. Black Tourmaline is also a powerful grounding stone, electrical in nature, providing a connection between Earth and the human spirit. Its supportive energy aligns the energy centers of the body and channels healing light throughout the system. It promotes a sense of power and self-confidence, allowing for a clearer, more objective view of the world. It is empowering to those who must live or work in challenging environments or when facing difficult circumstances. (Crystalvaults.com)
Ruby is the zodiac stone of Capricorns, December 23 - January 20. and is the modern birthstone for July. Prized through the ages as the "queen" of all gemstones, Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum. Its color ranges from purplish or bluish red to a yellowish red. The ruby is a brilliant stone and is very hard, durable, and wearable.
The ruby is said to protect the wearer from negativity, harm, or illness while attracting stability, loyalty, and wealth. Historically, it has been symbolic of love and passion, considered to be an aid to firm friendship, and believed to enhance beauty. It is a stone of energy, passion and enthusiasm! Ruby stimulates and supports the 1st or Root Chakra, activating the kundalini energy in a balanced way.
Garnets are the modern birthstone for January, and the traditional zodiac stone of Aquarius, January 21 - February 19. A hard, durable, often very brilliant stone, Garnets are best known in deep red to red-purple shades but can also be found in rich greens, yellows, oranges, violet, and pink - basically all colors except blue. Traditionally, garnets were used to strengthen and protect against disorders of the blood. Garnets are gemstones that promote truth and clarity, creativity, regeneration, and balance. They are attractors of romantic love, passion, and sensuality. Garnets offer protection from toxins, depression, negativity, and anemia. Garnets help to awaken the "inner fire" of creativity. Garnets stimulate and support the 1st Chakra or Root Chakra.