Gemstone Meanings :: Hematite

Hematite comes from the Greek word haima meaning blood. Hematite will cause red streaks on porcelain and color water red due to the iron in this gemstone. Hematite signifies an increase of courage, concentrated energy, and strengthening of the heart. The meaning of hematite symbolizes grounding energy. In my experience, it circulates energy (think of blood again) throughout the body and then grounds it. However…I’ve said this elsewhere on my site and I will say it again. Almost all hematite jewelry is made of imitation hematite beads. It is sometimes called hematine, but there is no requirement to say that hematite jewelry is actually imitation. In fact, many jewelry makers do not even know it is artificial. I searched for almost 3 years to find a supplier who would guarantee genuine hematite beads. The stone is not expensive (it’s just easier to make a cheap imitation.) So, if you’d like to experience the real stone yourself, contact me at mahala (at) CrystalLotusJewelry (dot) com and let me make something for you. Hematite can be used for the fourth, sixth, or eleventh year...

The Meaning of Jade :: Jade Jewelry

Most people associate the symbolism and meaning of jade with Chinese culture. According to the ancient Chinese, jade represented many of their most valued attributes: courage, wisdom, mercy, justice, emotional balance, love, and fidelity. It can also signify beauty, generosity, and purity. Jade also symbolizes love, health, wealth, and long life. Another meaning of jade signifies harmony and the concentrated essence of love. The word jade comes from the Spanish piedra de hijada which means “the stone of the loin.” When Spanish conquerors came to South America, they saw jade charms being worn around the waist on loincloths. There are two types of jade gemstones, jadeite and nephrite. Jadeite comes from Asia while nephrite comes from South America. Jadeite is harder and therefore more expensive than nephrite. I have also seen jade jewelry identified as Canadian jade, Wyoming jade and African jade, but I do not know if these stones have the same geological structure as jadeite or nephrite. In addition, you will often see beaded jade jewelry described as New Jade. This stone is, in fact, serpentine. Energetically, it’s a favorite stone of mine, but it’s not nearly as valuable (price wise) as true jade. Jade is one of the gemstones for the twelfth...

The Meaning of Jasper

Just as there are various kinds of jasper, there are various uses and symbolic meanings of jasper. People used to wear jasper to drive away evil spirits, and protect themselves from spiders and snakes. Jasper also had a reputation as a “rain bringer.” The meaning of jasper includes the courage to speak out and stand up for personal freedom. This relates to other meanings of jasper such as confidence, boldness, and assertiveness. Jasper is a stone of physical grounding. Associated meanings include grounding and balancing emotions. It is also considered a stone for fertility. Dreams of this gemstone signify longevity and healing. There are different types of jasper and the symbolism and energy are different for each one. Leopard skin jasper is a stone of attraction. Poppy jasper brings joy. The meaning of opalite jasper is to help one...

July Birthstones, Rubies :: King of Precious Stones

Charles IV, Chinese dragons, Book of Proverbs, July birthstones? What is the link between them? The fiery ruby, birth stones of July. Find out more about the magic and mystery of this king of precious stones. Ruby :: What Makes The July Birthstone Fire? July birthstones are made from aluminum oxide, just like sapphires. Next to the diamond, these birth stones are the hardest mineral known to man. They are usually found in areas that are rich in clay limestone. Pure corundum is colorless, but just add a few atoms of chromium and look, a ruby! Rubies are pliochromatic which means they appear to be different colors when viewed from different directions. Some of these birthstones have a red fluorescence about them. These particular rubies are called pigeon’s blood. Like sapphires, these birthstones are frequently enhanced to an even brighter color by heating. $225,000 Per Carat and A Value Far Above Rubies :: The Historic Value of July Birthstones Rubies comes from the Latin word ruber meaning “red,” and from Sanskrit ratnaraj meaning “king of precious stones.” In Majok, Burma, rubies have been mined since the fifteenth century. These are where some of the best rubies are mined. Currently, Thailand near the Cambodian border is a major source of these July birthstones. The largest ruby is in the crown of Charles IV, of Luxembourg, King of Bohemia. This birth stone is 250 carats and Charles placed this crown on the skull of Saint Wemaslas, duke of Bohemia, in 1346. One ancient Chinese tradition was to carve dragons and snakes into these birthstones to increase the flow of money and...

August Birthstones :: Peridot

If yours is the August birthstone, you have a stone for prosperity, a gem treasured by Sultans, and jewelry even a pirate could love. Read on to find out more about these August birthstones and their myths and legends. Peridot:: Properties of Light August birthstones, peridot, are made from magnesium silicate and are a type of fosterite, one of the olivine minerals. Pure fosterite is colorless but iron makes it green by replacing 10% of the magnesium with iron. This August gemstone is found in volcanic basalts. They are soft and therefore can be scratched pretty easily. Peridot has an oily appearance and a high birefringence. This is the name given to a particular property of light. When traveling through a crystal in a certain way, the light can split into two paths producing two images. In the case of peridot, light causes the edge of the back facets to appear doubled when viewed through the thickness of the stone. Topazios :: The origin of the August birth stone Peridot is a French word meaning unclean. This is probably due to inclusions in large peridot crystals which makes the stone appear cloudy. Like many other birthstones, the August peridot is listed in the Bible as one of the gemstones on Aaron’s breast plate. Biblically, peridots were called pitdah. There is an island in the Red Sea, fifty miles north of Egypt. It was originally called Topazios. This is where Egyptians first mined these birthstones and fashioned them into beads for jewelry. Now the island is called Zabargad. The peridot gems themselves were called “topaz.” Gemstone lore indicates that the...

Lapis Lazuli Jewelry :: The Meaning of Stones

One of the most popular stones for metaphysical jewelry, Lapis Lazuli is a combination of two languages and words: Latin lapis for stone and Arabic azul for blue. It is also from the Persian word lazhward meaning blue. Lapis has been used to for adornment for as long as humans have been decorating their bodies. It has a long history with the Egyptians as a cosmetic. The powdered stone was also used as a paint. It continued to be used for ultramarine blue paint until the eighteenth century. Ancient Egyptians believed that by meditating on the color of the lapis lazuli they could touch the robes of God. The meaning of lapis lazuli signifies deep power, wisdom, and inner strength. Another meaning of lapis signifies the development and use of psychic abilities, higher insight, and decision making. An alternate source describes this meaning of lapis as opening your mind for creative use, expanding your viewpoint, and getting in contact with your inner power. Lapis lazuli is one of the gemstones for the seventh and ninth anniversary jewelry. Lapis is wonderful jewelry to give as a gift as some traditions consider it one of the gemstones of friendship and...

The Meaning of Stones :: Gemstone Meanings

(This page will slowly be filled with the meaning of stones A through L. Stones M through Z are already written up, and you can click to read their gemstone meanings here.) Knowing the meaning of stones enrichs our connection to these gems and the jewelry made with them. They are a way of linking ourselves to the past — discovering their history and remembering that beautiful gems and jewelry have been prized for thousands of years. They amplify our appreciation in the present, as we give and wear jewelry. Gemstone meanings and their symbolism have been passed down throughout the years. Different cultures attached different meanings to the stones. Much of their significance has been lost to time. However, many stories and special meanings still remain. The infomation on this site provides a compilation of gemstone meanings from various sources. Once you learn what each gemstone signifies, the jewelry you wear will become even more special to...

Snow Lion

A special Tashi Delek! to all visitors from Snow Lion Publications. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Snow Lion, they publish a free quarterly newsletter and catalog– and are themselves publishers of some of the most valuable Buddhist teachings, art, music and literature available today. I’ve been reading the newsletter for years, so it’s exciting to have my first advertisement there. Unfortunately… I didn’t manage to post as many prayer bead malas as I would have liked to have on site for you. Please DO feel free to contact me with your needs and interests. Scroll past the photo and leave a message in the Comments Box, or contact me at: mahala (at) CrystalLotusJewelry (dot)...

Dalai Lama on Meditation (Part 2)

This is a continuation of H. H. Dalai Lama from “Meditation” (Chapter 8 of “The Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness”) The first part contained instructions on meditation with an external object. This section includes meditation on the mind itself, and a final post covers a brief question and answer period with the Dalai Lama. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Another type of meditation involves looking at the mind itself. Try to leave your mind vividly in a natural state, without thinking of what happened in the past or of what you are planning for the future, without generating any conceptuality. Where does it seem that your consciousness is? Is it with the eyes or where is it? Most likely you have a sense that it is associated with the eyes since we derive most of our awareness of the world through vision. This is due to having relied too much on our sense consciousness. However the existence of a separate mental consciousness can be ascertained; for example, when attention is diverted by sound, that which appears to the eye consciousness is not noticed. This indicates that a separate mental consciousness is paying more attention to sound heard by the ear consciousness than to the perceptions of the eye consciousness. With persistent practice, consciousness may eventually be perceived or felt as an entity of mere luminosity and knowing, to which anything is capable of appearing and which, when appropriate conditions arise, can be generated in the image of whatsoever object. As long as the mind does not encounter the external circumstance of conceptuality, it will abide empty without anything appearing in it, like...