#WednesdayWonders – Lapis Lazuli

Time sure has a way of flying by, and it’s been WAY too long since I did a gemstone post.

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I’ve had a couple of small pieces of Lapis Lazuli for years, but on my recent trip to Missouri, I picked up two new ones, and I’m just loving them!

Photo by Jan Sikes

Lapis Lazuli stone meaning came from the Latin word Lapis means stone, and from the Persian word, Lazhward, meaning blue. It was used as the finest art through the ages, especially when it was used in ancient Egypt, beloved by the Babylonians, Minoans, Chinese, Greeks, and up to the Romans. It was historically used in the death mask of King Tutankhamen, where they inlaid it with turquoise and carnelian in bright gold. It was also a subject from a well-known writer Marco Polo way back in 1271. Michelangelo grounds up this stone to create blue paint called ultramarine that brings color and brings the robes of Mary of Nazareth painted on church walls.

Lapis Lazuli’s benefits consist of a powerful, intense royal blue stone used to open minds and give enlightenment. It is used to encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, self-knowledge, peace and harmony, compassion, and morality, putting the wearer in a good mood throughout the day.

Lapis Lazuli’s healing crystal was discovered to relieve anger and negative thoughts. It is a useful tool for those who suffer emotional breakdowns. It calms the senses and opens up the mind to produce knowledge and self-awareness. It is a stone of protection against anxiety and psychic attacks, allowing clearer thinking and enhancing the ability to be more creative. it stimulates clarity and objectivity and speaks one’s truth and emotions. It also brings to balance the male and female aspects of your personality, which vibrates with the energy of the inner king or queen, and are historically stones of royalty.

Lapis Lazuli’s emotional healing is not just with the inner issues, but it can help to generate goals and determination. It strengthens the mind to influence your body for being active at work, career, and in life, in general.

This stone can connect your heart and mind forcing it to create a good flow of blood and calms your emotions. It aids in the treatment of skin issues and respiratory ailments. It is good for the nervous system that controls brain disorders. It is also believed to boost the immune system, help the blood circulate normally, and soothe the areas of inflammation. Because of its intense blue color, it is related to the throat chakra, therefore being beneficial in helping regulate the thyroid gland.

This stone has a way of making you fearless with your choices or decisions throughout your journey, which lifts your spirit to become more motivated every day. It’s a highly spiritual crystal that expands your thinking, gives deeper connections to the spiritual world, and promotes awareness. 

**It is not uncommon to find Sodalite in stores being sold as Lapis Lazuli. The best way to tell the difference is the intense royal blue color and the specks of gold and pyrite found in Lapis, whereas Sodalite will have some gray and white, but not the other reflective minerals.**

I hope you enjoyed this!!

#WednesdayWonders – #gemstones – #Aventurine

Photo by Jan Sikes

One of the first stones I bought as I began collecting was an Aventurine. I bought it at a rock shop in Arkansas, drawn to the properties they had written on the small card attached to the bin.

When combined with Tiger’s Eye and Jade, it helps draw prosperity to you and hold it. But recently I found an Aventurine Merkaba and I just love it. I know the photo won’t do it justice, but here it is along with another small piece of the pretty light green stone.

Photo by Jan Sikes

I wanted to take a photo with the Merkaba on a mirror so you could see the multi-dimensional effect. So, what is a Merkaba?

The combination of two three-dimensional opposing triangles is called the Merkaba. It is considered Sacred Geometry and used widely in the metaphysical world.

To delve more deeply into this, it’s helpful to give an overview of sacred geometry in general. All of these symbols have some roots in ancient traditions or religions and are designs that are revered for different purposes. Each also has its own history and significance.

Overall, it can be said that these symbols focus on personal development, the achievement of enlightenment and well-being, and/or communication with higher forms of consciousness.

Combined with the properties of Aventurine, it is a powerful and beautiful little piece. This one is about one inch in diameter.

Green Aventurine is known as the “Stone of Opportunity,” thought to be the luckiest of all crystals, especially in manifesting prosperity and wealth, or for increasing favor in competitions or games of chance. Its winning energy makes it a great ally for boosting one’s chances in any situation – a first date, tax audit, even landing a promotion. One needs only to be near it to derive its benefits. This beautiful stone, however, is not merely an attractor of luck, but one that aligns conditions so “opportunity” is inevitable. Green Aventurine releases old patterns, habits, and disappointments so new growth can take place.

Aventurine is one of the stones that can be placed in water to create an elixir. It is also one of the stones that absorbs electromagnetic smog and guards against environmental pollution. Aventurine is ideal for soothing quick-tempers or brutal temperaments.

Have you heard of this stone, or do you have this one? Let me hear from you.

#WednesdayWonders – #gemstones #PinkTourmalineinQuartz

Hi, everyone. I love sharing these gemstone posts with you so much and the piece I’m highlighting today is one of my favorites!

My piece of Pink Tourmaline in Quartz is about 3″ long and 2″ wide and is just absolutely gorgeous! I photographed both sides of the stone because each is equally beautiful.

Pink Tourmaline encourages an influx of love, joy, and happiness to fill your life. It has a beautiful energy that vibrates within both the heart chakra and the higher heart chakra. The vibration of this lovely crystal will help to bring back your passion for living. This lovely pink crystal is high in lithium. This inclusion of lithium is known to help emotional and mood-related problems such as depression anxiety and stress.

Deposits of this color of Tourmaline have been found in Afghanistan, Africa, Brazil, and the United States, with some of the best stones coming from California.

Not only does the Pink Tourmaline promote emotional healing, but it also helps balance a dysfunctional endocrine system, treats the heart, lungs, and skin. Placed on the heart brings an immediate sense of relaxation and peace.

It carries a strong feminine or yin vibration and is known to kindle feelings of joy, hope, comfort, and support. Its vibration also encourages a more cheerful frame of mind and helps you to rise above feelings of misery and sorrow. When it is used in meditation it commonly makes a strong connection within the highest chakra in the body, located at the crown.

Mixed with the quartz, it is just an all-around beautiful stone and works exceptionally well when combined with Rhodocrosite, Rhodonite, and Rose Quartz.

Now, it’s your turn. Do you have this stone? If so, what do you think of it?

#WednesdayWonders – #Gemstones #Shungite

Welcome to a Wednesday Wonder! I am going to reduce these posts to every other week, for some time management, but I will continue to share the amazing world of minerals that come from our Mother Earth.

Today, I’m sharing a fairly new piece I acquired — Shungite.

I wanted to get more than one view of the pyramid, but there is no gold on it at all, that was a light reflection through the window blinds. Pretty cool, though, I so left it.

The origin of Shungite is a mystery. Typically, materials made of carbon come from decayed organic substances like old forests. But the stone is thought to be at least 2 billion years old. This is before organic life existed on the planet.

Some theories of Shungite’s origins include:

  • a large meteorite collided into Earth and deposited shungite into the ground
  • shungite formed due to microorganisms in nearby water
  • the composition of organic matter in sedimentary rocks changed over time

Although scientists are unsure of how Shungite was formed or where it came from, they attribute the stone’s potential benefits to its fullerene content.

Fullerenes, which are found in Shungite, are a type of carbon nanostructure (CNS). CNSs are different physical forms of carbon.

According to a 2017 review of studiesTrusted Source, CNSs can destroy harmful pathogens. They reportedly work by damaging the cell walls of bacteria and viruses. Additionally, when CNSs interact with microbes, the microbes lose electrons and die.

However, it’s unclear what this means for human disease. More studies are needed to understand how the fullerenes in Shungite can specifically affect pathogens.

Since I feel like I am getting sick, you can be assured I’m taking this piece to my bedroom tonight along with the Black Tourmaline. I DO NOT have time to be sick!

Since ancient times, Shungite has been used to purify water. This is due to its alleged activity against bacteria and viruses.

In the above-mentioned 2017 animal study, Shungite was found to reduce inflammation. The researchers measured lower levels of inflammatory markers, including cytokines, or proteins involved in inflammation.

Users of Shungite say the stone has the ability to shield you from EMF emissions. According to anecdotal reports, Shungite is helpful for relieving stress. It’s believed to soak up negative energy and balance emotions.

So, as I said, you can bet I will be taking my Shungite Pyramid to bed with me tonight along with the Black Tourmaline and hope they can draw whatever is trying to attack my body out!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the post!

#WednesdayWonders – Amazonite #Gemstones

Welcome back to another gemstone post!

Today, I want to share with you a common gemstone that packs quite a powerful punch. Amazonite is a feel-better stone.

Photo by Jan Sikes 12-13-21

These are just a few Amazonite pieces I have scattered throughout the house. My favorite is the gorgeous bracelets that I wear often.

Amazonite has always been prized for its beauty and healing power. This pale green mineral rock is believed to date back as far as the 10th century BC.

Amazonite stones are also thought to have tremendous healing abilities. Similar to jade, amazonite is associated with money, luck, and overall success. It’s known as the “gambler’s stone,” encouraging good luck and fortune, especially when combined with Tiger’s Eye.

Amazonite is said to have a soothing effect on the nervous system. Since the nervous system controls our emotions a great deal, this stone is said to soothe tense and aggravated situations and to enhance love, especially when combined with Rose Quartz.

Since this stone is associated with the throat and heart, it is best when worn as a necklace near these areas. Amazonite is said to bestow truth, honor, and integrity to its wearer.

Amazonite is used to treat fatigue, trauma, or anything else that may take energy away from a person. Amazonite is said to help with thyroid gland issues and also aids in treating alcoholism. It has a gentle healing quality that is useful to nearly everyone in a general manner.

I’d love to hear from you. Do you have this gorgeous stone?

#WednesdayWonders – #Gemstones – #Malachite

Welcome to another stroll through the amazing world of gemstones!

Photo by Jan Sikes

I only have a very small piece of the gemstone I am going to share with you today, but my sister, Linda Broday, sent me photos of her beautiful Malachite heart to show more of this stone’s beauty. Thank you, sister!

The first photo is my little piece and it is approximately 3/4″.

Photo by Jan Sikes 11-16-21

The next photo is my sister’s Malachite heart.

Malachite is an important protection stone. It absorbs negative energies and pollutants, picking them up from the atmosphere and from the body.

It can help guard against radiation and clear electromagnetic pollution (like the Sodalite we looked at last week).  It is recommended that anyone who lives near a nuclear power plant, have this stone in their home.

Malachite clears and activates the chakras, especially the heart chakra and third eye. It is a powerful tool to assist with spiritual guidance. It opens the heart to unconditional love, encourages risk-taking and change, breaks unwanted ties and outworn patterns, and teaches how to take responsibility for one’s actions, thoughts, and feelings.  Malachite releases inhibitions and develops empathy with others. It alleviates mental disturbances and combats dyslexia. 

It can aid in enabling you to absorb and process information. It can also stimulate dreams.

Physically, Malachite is an extremely versatile healing stone. It is particularly useful for menstrual cramps and has been called the midwife stone as it aids in childbirth. It resonates with the female sexual organs. This stone can help lower blood pressure, treat asthma, epilepsy, swollen joints, travel sickness, vertigo and the parathyroid. It aligns DNA and cellular structure to enhance the immune system.

It is recommended that you wear Malachite on your left hand, if a ring and left wrist, if a bracelet. You may place it on your solar plexus to absorb deep negative emotions.

Use ONLY polished Malachite. If used as an elixir, place the stone near, but not in the water.

I’d love to hear from you. Do you have a piece of Malachite? If so, how do you use it?