Crystal Work: The Magic of Nature’s Gems

Coral has been popular since Ancient Rome, when twigs of red coral were tied to cradles and coral pendants made for children. It was believed to ward off illness and the Evil Eye, keeping children in good health; this belief persists in some Arab countries and in the Mediterranean, where fresh coral is tied to … Read moreCrystal Work: The Magic of Nature’s Gems

Crystal Work: How to use Created Crystals

Scientific developments in the last century have led to the production of flawless gems, such as are rarely found in nature. These gems have many commercial uses, for example flawless rubies are used in scientific lasers and diamonds in watches and drills. Some gems, including emeralds, are created using methods that reproduce the natural formation … Read moreCrystal Work: How to use Created Crystals

Crystal Work: The Magic of Precious Stones

It is interesting that all the crystals classified as ‘precious’ are also the hardest stones. On the Mohs Scale of hardness diamond has a hardness of 10, ruby and sapphire score 9 and emerald scores 8. Pearl, which has only been classified as a precious stone in recent times, is not a crystal and not … Read moreCrystal Work: The Magic of Precious Stones

Crystal Work: Stones of Mixed Colours

Many crystals come in a variety of colours and sometimes the colour varies in a single piece of stone. This may occur for a number of reasons. Some stones, such as lapis lazuli and unakite, contain more than one mineral. Others, such as ametrine and flourite, have had different levels of heat applied to parts … Read moreCrystal Work: Stones of Mixed Colours

Crystal Work: The Magic of Metallic Crystals

Stones with a metallic lustre have a unique appeal and stand out due to their shiny colours. Their glittering and reflective surface draws them to the eye and visibly separates these gems from their surroundings. The main crystals that fall into this unusual colour grouping are bornite (peacock ore), hematite, magnetite, marcasite (silver pyrites) and … Read moreCrystal Work: The Magic of Metallic Crystals

Crystal Work: The Magic of Black Crystals

Black is associated with both the elements of spirit and earth, and is connected to the energies of Saturn. Black is the colour you get when all colours are absorbed, and so it is ideal for soaking up negativity, it has protective powers. Due to its tendency to absorb, black tends to make things look … Read moreCrystal Work: The Magic of Black Crystals

Crystal Work: The Magic of Red Crystals

Red is associated with fire, energy, dynamism, will-power, success and courage. The colour also has strong links with passion and sexual love, which makes red crystals perfect for creating love energy. Stimulating colour Red has also come to represent anger and lust. These are considered by some to be negative emotions, but you can use … Read moreCrystal Work: The Magic of Red Crystals

Crystal Work: The Magic of Orange Crystals

Orange is an equal mix of red and yellow, two of the primary colours, and as such it combines the energising qualities of red with the focusing qualities of yellow. Orange is associated with creativity, prosperity and developing self-esteem, being the colour attributed to Mercury, the god of information and communication. Flow of energy Orange … Read moreCrystal Work: The Magic of Orange Crystals

Crystal Work: The Magic of Yellow Crystals

Yellow is a cheerful and uplifting colour. It catches the eye easily, being the most reflective of colours, and its all-encompassing quality gives the illusion that it is ever expanding towards the observer. Yellow is the colour of the Sun and, therefore, it is often linked with enlightenment. This is why Buddhists and Hindus wear … Read moreCrystal Work: The Magic of Yellow Crystals

Crystal Work: The Magic of Green Crystals

Green is the colour of nature, and of the pigment chlorophyll used by plants to promote photosynthesis. Therefore, green crystals have special associations with nature, life and growth. Such beliefs are reflected in the Peruvian legend that the colour of an emerald is ripened from achromatic to its distinctive green by the Sun’s rays. The … Read moreCrystal Work: The Magic of Green Crystals