Rocks, gems, minerals. Precious, semi-precious, just a rock. Do they have healing qualities? Can they fix things? Or... are they just cool, pretty, decorative, Bling!
They are some of the softest materials on earth (think crumbly chalks) to the hardest - diamond* - and the whole range in between. Legends and stories have grown around some of them - like the curse of the Hope Diamond - and there are mysteries abounding with thefts and disappearances throughout history. *(There are minerals formed in labs that are very much harder than diamonds these days).
Diamonds, some of the most precious, are actually very common. But the market is tightly controlled to keep the price up. Sapphires and Rubies are pretty much the same stone with different flaws (to make the colors), and are rarer than diamonds, but for some reason don't cost as much.
In China, Jade (nephrite) is still more valuable than diamonds, and certain colors and clarity of nephrite is astoundingly beautiful. Even here in the USA through the mid 20th century, semi-precious stones used to be more sought after - Jasper, quality Agates and so forth. Jet, which is fossilized (vs. petrified) wood is still considered a remarkably beautiful "stone", though it isn't a stone at all. There is a resurgence these days as people are 'rediscovering' the vast variety and beauty of semi-precious stones, including Tiger Eye, Amethyst and Ametrine, Citrine and several of the "new" stones such as Pietersite.
Along with the beauty, many are discovering, or re-discovering what our ancestors have known - that many of these stones give off a certain vibration, or energy, and that we can attune ourselves to that energy for various reasons. Healing(1), strength, emotional consolation, etc... After all, we too are energy, and as such when we align ourselves with the energy of the things of the earth around us - stones, herbs, other things that the earth and nature has provided - we can use them for our betterment, or detriment if used advisedly.
As I write this blog, I hope to share some of the wonders and beauties of the stones and crystals that nature has provided. If you would like to subscribe and keep up with it, that is great! I will try to write on a regular basis, but no promises. If you have a question about a stone or crystal that you would like included here, please let me know, and I will do my best to include it.
Otherwise, stay tuned - and perhaps we'll see you at our next show!
(1) No advice given in this blog is meant to replace competent medical advice given from a medical professional. If you are ill, seek professional medical advice. Crystal/mineral therapies are meant as a supplement to, not a replacement for, licensed medical practices.