#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 – #BlackTourmaline

This will be my last Wednesday Wonders post for 2021 and I wanted to share a super special stone with you that I spent several years searching out to find the right one. My piece is about 6″ long and maybe 3″ in diameter. Black Tourmaline is most known for its protective properties.

Black Tourmaline Photo by Jan Sikes 12-28-21
Black Tourmaline Photo by Jan Sikes 12-28-21

This is such a gorgeous piece with the tinges of gold and clusters of quartz crystals. Black Tourmaline, also known as Schorl, is a silicate mineral containing boron and a member of the Tourmaline family. It was first named in 1400 A.D. by a small village in Saxony, Germany after their village’s original name, Schorl.

Black Tourmaline protects against cell phones, electromagnetic smog, radiation, psychic attacks, spells, and ill-wishing negative energies of all kinds. When your root chakras are beautifully balanced and in check, this grants you that deep-seated self-confidence to embrace who you are, speak your truth, and set upon your own path to spiritual healing. And Black Tourmaline can pave the way.

It’s recommended to have Black Tourmaline on or around you while using electronics for extended periods of time. Most people don’t realize that our electronics weigh on us energetically more than we think. Black Tourmaline can assist in mitigating those effects.

There are many shades of Tourmaline, but none that hold the protective powers associated with Black Tourmaline. Formed where steamy waters and minerals move through pockets of the earth, this stone is deeply enriched with iron and manganese, both of which help grant Black Tourmaline the charging and magnetic properties that make it such a vital tool in your grounding box.

If you want to cleanse your aura, clear out worries, and fall into the wonderful bliss of a good night’s sleep, then take a piece of Black Tourmaline and place it beneath your pillow. Having it close will help its nature to soothe aches and pains that plague your sleep, meaning you will wake up refreshed and ready to face another day.

Because Black Tourmaline works like a sponge, soaking up all those negative energies whizzing around, it’s important to keep your stone emotionally cleansed on a regular basis.

Black Tourmaline has an appetite and while it will easily digest toxic vibes, you do want to keep it purified to stop its potent powers from getting blocked. You can opt to smudge the stone to clear away the bad juju.

Another way of ensuring your Black Tourmaline piece is clear is by soaking it. Simply place it in a bowl of bright and clear spring water and let it soak for 24 hours to ensure that every ripple of doubt has flowed away.

What do you think? Do you have a piece of Black Tourmaline?

#WednesdayWonders – #Gemstones – #Seraphinite #Celestite

The two stones I want to feature today are appropriate for the beautiful Christmas season, as they are both referred to as Angel Stones.

Seraphinite Photo taken by Jan Sikes 12-21-21

Seraphinite was named after Seraphim, the highest order of angels, due to the feather-like appearance of the chatoyant fibers in the stone.  Seraphinite is also known as Serafina.

It is associated with the heart chakra and is a gorgeous mixture of shades of green with bluish tints. It is a stone of spiritual enlightenment and is excellent for accessing self-healing. It is one of the crystals that assist in making an angelic connection and opening the crown chakra. This stone promotes living from the heart, and has a gently cleansing effect on the heart chakra, opening to love. Its feathery wings whisk you up to a higher spiritual vibration and is excellent for making journeys outside the body, protecting the physical body while you are gone. The physical healing aspects of this stone are related to the spinal column, especially behind the heart, and can release muscle tension up into the neck. It is also useful in overcoming chills and promoting weight loss.

Celestite stone photo taken by Jan Sikes 12-21-21

Coming from the Latin word Caelestis which means Celestial, it’s no surprise to hear that this shimmering crystal is soaked in rich mystical properties. Celestite is all about inner peace, quiet space, and elevating the spirit. It’s a stone that whispers of deep connection with other realms. With its ethereal energy and distinct heavenly hues, Celestite is one of the loveliest sky-blue gemstones in the world. My photo does not do it justice. Serving as an intuitive guide for those who are ever ready to embrace the new age, Celestite is radiant with spiritual healing and can help you on the path to peace. 

If Celestite was a song it’s sure to be a choir of angels singing. One glance at its hazy blue glimmer and you can’t help but feel as though you have been lifted to a higher plane of being. Celestite does a great job when it comes to chakra cleansing and grounding. This stone is like popping a chill pill, it instantly mellows the mind and douses hot heads.

This gentle and gorgeous stone is known more for its spiritual powers, but as the physical and celestial body are connected, there is certainly some knock-on effect. Celestite can help the body flush out toxins and is particularly useful in helping the body heal from stress-related disorders. Whether digestion issues or acne breakouts, Celestites touch is like an organic balm to the body. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the two Angel stones. This is my last post until after Christmas. I will be spending time with my daughters and grandchildren.

I wish each of you a joyous Christmas holiday!

#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?

#WednesdayWonders – #Gemstones #Sodalite

Welcome to another stroll through the world of Gemstones!

Today’s spotlight is on a beautiful blue stone, Sodalite.

Photo by Jan Sikes 11-7-21

I absolutely love this stone and have the three shown above. I keep one by my bedside and often will slip one under my pillow. I also keep one next to my computer.

Sodalite was first discovered by Europeans in 1811 in Greenland but has been traced as far back as 2000 B.C. near Lima where it was used for trade among the Caral people.

It is associated with the throat chakra and brings order and calmness to the mind. It unites logic with intuition and opens spiritual perception, allowing for downloads from the higher mind to the physical level. It stimulates the pineal gland and third eye which deepens meditation. Sodalite clears electromagnetic pollution which is why I keep one next to my computer.

This stone is particularly helpful with group work, as it brings harmony and solidarity of purpose. It can help bring about emotional balance and ward off panic attacks.

On a physical level, Sodalite balances the metabolism, overcomes calcium deficiencies and cleanses the lymphatic system and organs which boosts the immune system.

It’s easy to find different jewelry pieces made from Sodalite and it is an inexpensive stone. It is not recommended that Sodalite be used to make an elixir as it contains traces of aluminum and is potentially toxic if taken internally.

Sodalite is often confused with or sold as Lapis Lazuli. But there are several distinct differences and qualities between the two, including the price. It’s always best to buy from a reputable dealer.

Do you have any Sodalite? If so, how do you use it? I’d love to know.

#WednesdayWonders – #Gemstones #Moldavite

Welcome to another stroll through the fascinating world of gemstones and their fabulous properties!

Today, I’d like to introduce a specimen that I’ve had for many years and just love it (of course, I love all of my rocks.) 🙂

There are many theories about how and when Moldavite was created, but the most likely theory is it formed from the heat from an asteroid impact around 15 million years ago. After this event, the hot glass was sent flying across Europe where it is mined today. 

It is a dark green color and parts of it are translucent. Moldavite is a good stone that is used for those who want to magnify the vibrations of their other types of crystals.

It is good for protection, healing, and cleansing. It is also believed to help awaken the Chakras and prevent negativity.

Moldavite possesses powerful metaphysical properties and if you gaze into a more translucent piece of the gemstone while you’re meditating you will find that it is far simpler to connect with the higher powers in the universe and in your higher self.

It is believed that moldavite has the ability to enable you to surpass linear time. For that reason, many individuals find the stone useful when they would like to engage in a past life or explore the path that their soul is taking in any direction of time. Healers use moldavite to assist with removing emotions and clear the aura of any undesirable baggage from a past life.

Finally, moldavite is believed to raise a sense of self-awareness and assist people who are looking to uncover emotions or feelings which keep them stuck in unhappy situations in the present. Those people will be able to uncover those things that are trapping them in an unhappy present and move forward.

It is good for the crown, third eye, and heart chakras.

When someone picks up a moldavite crystal, the most common reaction – which most people feel first – is a tingling in their hand, which then spreads out into the body. Frequently, the reaction is then felt in the chest, in the vicinity of the heart chakra, and then your face as an intense heat flush. 

I have a small piece of Moldavite in a bottle of essential oils and use a tiny dab often.

What do you think? Is this a stone that you own? When I bought mine many years ago, I paid around $30 for it and that, to me, is expensive. I have no idea what they sell for nowadays.

#WednesdayWonders – #Gemstones – Snowflake Obsidian

Snowflake Obsidian is such an incredibly beautiful stone. You can see it in the lower right of the photo above but here’s a clearer photo of it.

Snowflake Obsidian photo by Jan Sikes

Black Obsidian is a very powerful and creative stone. It grounds the soul and spiritual forces into the physical plane.

However, Snowflake Obsidian has some different properties. The white inclusions in the black obsidian do indeed look like snowflakes.

It is known to calm and soothe, putting you in a positive frame of mind to be receptive before bringing to your attention certain ingrained patterns of behavior. It teaches you to value mistakes as well as successes.

It is a stone of purity, providing a balance for the mind, body, and soul. It can also help you recognize and release ways of thinking that do not serve your highest good, or that are stressful ways of thinking. Snowflake Obsidian keeps us grounded and balanced during chaotic times, and encourages us to be present and in the moment.

It aids with isolation and loneliness. I think we all could have used this beautiful stone through last year’s lockdown.

It is empowering and can aid in meditation.

As far as physical healing, the Snowflake Obsidian can treat vein issues and the skeletal structure. It improves circulation and can be beneficial for the skin and eyes.

A common use is to place this stone in water and drink as an elixir.

I’d love to hear from you. Do any of you have or use this stone? It makes gorgeous jewelry!

#WednesdayWonders – Rose Quartz #gemstones

Welcome back to another Wednesday Wonder! Today, I am featuring another very common gemstone, the Rose Quartz.

Rose Quartz is well-known for its pink lustrous color and is often used in jewelry making. I have lots of pieces of it and use it in different ways.

Rose Quartz is the Universal stone of love and is also called The Heart Stone.

It restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love.  Rose Quartz purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing, and feelings of peace.  Calming and reassuring, it helps to comfort in times of grief.  Rose Quartz dispels negativity and protects against environmental pollution, replacing it with loving vibes.  It encourages self forgiveness and acceptance invoking self-trust and self-worth.

Rose Quartz strengthens and balances the physical heart and circulatory system, and releases impurities from body fluids.  It hastens recovery, reduces high blood pressure, aids chest and lung problems, heals the kidneys and adrenals, and alleviates vertigo. Rose Quartz has the power to increase fertility and to protect both mother and unborn fetus from miscarriage.

The Rose Quartz stone is strongly attached to both the heart chakra and the throat chakra. It can range in color. Some Rose Quartz crystals can be as pale as a new dawn and others can be almost violet in color. Boasting an earthly element and vibrating at the spiritual number of seven, Rose Quartz manages to occupy that space between being a thing of pure mystery while also being a comforting and gloriously grounding force. 

One of the ways I use this stone daily is to put it in my water purifier container in the refrigerator. And I always take it out of the water and recharge it under the full moon.

If you want to bring Rose Quartz into your beauty routine, then soak a polished crystal in a bowl or jar with fresh spring water and a handful of rose petals. Put the jar out into the sun for several hours so the water can become infused with the power of the Rose Quartz. Strain the water and add to a spritz bottle to mist your face morning and eve.

I’d love to hear from you. Do you have Rose Quartz among your gemstones, or in jewelry?

#WednesdayWonders – Tiger’s Eye #Gemstones

I am super excited to share another favorite stone with you today!

Photo by Jan Sikes

This is a stone I have loved all my life — even before I knew its name.

In my humble opinion, the Tiger’s Eye is one of the most gorgeous stones on earth. Rick made himself a ring with it about 40 years ago and I have a bracelet that I wear often. It is so versatile and has such amazing properties.

There are several varieties of Tiger’s Eye but the most common is brown. There is also yellow, red, and blue Tiger’s Eye.

This stone brings courage, calmness, dispels negativity, balances yin and yang in the brain, and increases intuition. It is a stone of the mind, not the body.

It encourages new beginnings (courage) which can lead to success and possibly wealth. I combine this stone in a grouping with jade, citrine, and aventurine to draw creativity and help channel it.

Tiger’s Eye has been nicknamed the Shapeshifter and invites the wearer to embrace their inner strength, personal willpower, and to call on the powers of protection. Traditionally the Tiger Eye Gemstone was carried as a protective amulet against the forces of evil. It was said to ward off curses and to keep the wearer safe from ill-wishes. But beyond the powers of protection, the Tiger Eye comes with a whole host of healing properties.

The root chakra, sacral and solar plexus chakras all work in harmony with this stone to balance and recharge. Tiger’s Eye is an amazing amulet for dispelling fear, weaving in higher levels of protection, and bringing positive powers of transformation into everyday life.

I would be willing that most of you have at least one Tiger’s Eye either in a piece of jewelry or as a single stone. Give me your thoughts!