Welcome to the world of beautiful and powerful gemstones. Here you will find an alphabetical list from K-Z of the foundational gemstones are used within Miranda Sophia creations (find A-J and read about how gemstones work here).
Moonstone is a stone of mystery - gem of the High Priestess, keeper of the feminine mysteries. It has often been associated with the feminine because of its ability to enhance the intuitive side of the mind. Moonstone can help one sort through one's emotions and gain a higher perspective on their meaning and purpose. It enhances patience and helps one remain objective when receiving empathic information from others. It can aid in releasing frustration and surrendering to the natural cycles of life. Each cycle we complete takes us one level higher on the great spiral. With each cycle our wisdom, understanding and self knowledge are increased. Moonstone asks us to celebrate the milestones and rites of passage each new cycle brings. Just as the moon herself grows full and wanes, so, too, do the aspects of our lives.
Moonstone is a stone of mystery - gem of the High Priestess, keeper of the feminine mysteries. It has often been associated with the feminine because of its ability to enhance the intuitive side of the mind. Peach moonstone's gentle, loving energy supports the heart as it stimulates the mind. It allows one to perceive the positive, loving existence of the Divine in all situations. It can help soothe worry or anxiety while assisting one in celebrating the positive experiences in one's life. Moonstone has long been valued in helping one move closer to the Great Mother. When Moonstone is used by females, it initiates the kundalini energy and promotes the psychic ability of clairvoyance.
Black obsidian powerfully eliminates negative energies in oneself and one's environment. It acts as a vacuum cleaner, cleansing one's field of disharmony. It is a strong grounding stone, connecting the root chakra to the Earthstar chakra below the feet and deep into the core of the Earth. Obsidian's protective energy also extends to the level on the mind, illuminating negative thoughts and mental habits so action can be taken to clear their root causes. It helps uncover unconscious thoughts and patterns that inhibit one's spiritual and personal growth, including addiction, abusive behaviour (towards' oneself or others), negativity, scarcity and other undesirable traits). It assists those who are very psychically or emotionally sensitive to maintain the integrity of their energy fields.
Onyx is a stone of inner strength. It enhances one's endurance and persistence, enabling one to carry even difficult and dreary tasks through to completion. On a mental level, it increases one's ability to maintain focus allowing one to learn challenging new material and use well all that one has mastered. It is also a stone of physical strength. it assists one in containing one's energies rather than allowing them to dissipate. It helps to gradually build up one's vitality. Black onyx teaches the appropriate use of power and the focusing of energy into positive force.
An Earth element, pyrite also resonates with Fire energy, symbolizing the warmth and lasting presence of the sun and the ability to generate wealth by one’s own power. It is masculine in nature, a stone of action, vitality and will, and taps into one’s abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas. It brings confidence and the persistence to carry things through to completion. Pyrite can be a helpful tool for balancing polarities and creating harmony within the auric field. It helps one integrate high-frequency energy into the physical body. It is an ally in assisting one in taking action to create abundance in one's life. It's frequency is useful in stimulating creative energy and promoting healthy sexual expression.
Clear quartz is by far the most versatile and multidimensional stone in the mineral realm. Three of its key properties are energy amplification, programmability, and memory. Because of it's ability to amplify any frequency of energy, it makes an excellent ally in healing and prayer work. It can be programmed by one's focused intention to assist in achieving any goal in inner or outer life. Clear quartz encourages clarity on all levels. It can be used to enhance the communications of guides and amplify psychic abilities. It acts to stimulate and open all chakras and energy pathways in the body, allowing for a more enlightened and expansive auric field. Clear quartz is emotionally neutral, but will amplify any emotion with which it moves into resonance.
The stone of the heart, rose quartz carries the soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, nourishment and comfort and dissolves resentments held within the heart. It provides a deep sense of personal fulfillment and contentment, giving one the capacity to give and receive unconditionally. It supports connection within community and builds bonds between families. Rose Quartz is a calming and reassuring crystal, excellent for use in trauma or high-stress situations. It strengthens empathy, sensitivity, and aids in the acceptance of necessary change. It is affectionately known as one of the Master Healing Stones.
Rudraksha is not a gemstone, but a seed from a Rudraksha tree. Rudraksha trees are found mainly in Indonesia, Nepal, and India. According to the ancient Vedic scriptures, Rudraksha Beads were formed from the tears (Aksha) of Lord Shiva (Rudra). They have been used traditionally by Hindu, Buddhist, Japanese, Chinese, and Zen followers for controlling stress, overall healing, meditation, and engendering positive changes.
For thousands of years in India, yogis have worn Rudraksha Beads to experience the deep tranquility and concentration which are vital for meditation and control of mind and body. Under the power of Rudraksha's positive influence, vast amounts of Vedic literature were studied and memorized in ancient India by disciples of spiritual knowledge. In China, Rudraksha is used to enhance the flow of Chi life energy in the body and balance Yin & Yang. The Zen Buddhist sect in Japan uses Rudraksha beads to induce deeper states of meditation.
In recent years, the general populace in India has taken to wearing Rudraksha beads to combat the effects of stress: hypertension, depression, and high blood pressure. Without the harmful side-effects and addictive nature of tranquilizers, anti-depressants, and beta blockers, men and women experience heightened energy levels, stamina, and peace of mind within a few hours of placing Rudraksha beads in direct contact of their chest region. In the long term, Rudraksha beads reverse the effects of stress, alleviate depression, eliminate anxiety and other mood disorders, improve concentration, enhance relaxation, and exhibit anti-aging properties.
The benefits of Rudraksha beads have been known in Asia for ages and are well documented in traditional and contemporary literature. Due to increasing popularity of Rudraksha malas with the general populace in India, scientific studies have been undertaken in recent years to determine just how Rudraksha Healing works. One of the best known research papers was published by Dr. Suhas Roy of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Banaras, India.
Dr. Roy's research confirmed that the healing powers of Rudraksha beads flow from their electro-magnetic properties. When Rudraksha beads are placed over the heart, they act to stabilize the heart beat. Similar to magnets, the beads work on the principle of Dynamic Polarity. Blood circulation and heart beat automatically induce a magnetic field around the body and particularly the heart region. Depending on the polarity and intensity of this induced magnetic field, Rudraksha beads transmit subtle electrical and inductive impulses with opposing polarity and intensity. According, a proportionate balancing force is exerted on the heart to regulate it if it starts beating above or below normal rates. This action helps to ensure ideal blood circulation in the body.
The human body is a complex bio-electronic circuit comprised of the Central Nervous System and the organs and functions it regulates. Streamlined blood flow has a powerful rejuvenating impact on this circuit and serves to prevent stress-related disorders caused by the damaging effects of excess energy on neurons and neurotransmitters. In essence, Rudraksha beads help bring about the well-known "relaxation response" which is the ultimate goal of meditation, yoga, tai chi, biofeedback, and countless other Alternative Medicine methodologies. *[source: http://www.encounterkauai.com/Rudraksha.php]
Sandalwood is a sacred wood with a lovely aromatic scent. It is used extensively in modern times for incense, aromatherapy, carvings, malas, Ayurvedic medicine, perfumes, and essential oils, where it is said to bring one closer to the Divine. In ancient India, Egypt, Greece, and Rome it has been used for over 4000 years for purposes as diverse as building Hindu temples, and embalming. Sandalwood's scent is both excellent for staying present and alert during meditation, which makes it wonderful for ritual and spiritual practice. Its scent is said to transform desires, and also to bring emotional balance. In alternative healing, sandalwood is used in Ayurvedic medicine, and to treat anxiety, insomnia, neuralgia, sciatica, depression, urinary tract infections, coughs, nausea, dry skin, cardiac tonic, inflammations, fevers, antiseptic, and stress-related disorders. Sandalwood is also used as an aphrodisiac. Its cooling and soothing properties are said to direct a person's attention towards contemplation of the mystery of life. Today, sandalwood oil is one of the most valuable and expensive raw materials available in Western perfumery. The fragrance of the oil and heartwood are considered invaluable in meditation practice. Due to its precious nature, sandalwood essential oil is commonly referred to as "liquid gold."
Smoky Quartz is used to relieve stress, tension and anxiety. It assists in warding off negative thinking and eliminate worry or doubt when faced with chaos or confusion. It filters out bad moods, unspoken resentments, or discouraging remarks that drain one’s strength and enthusiasm. When one is stuck in the vortex of thinking constantly, smoky quartz takes the electrical energy from the thoughts and grounds it into the earth and transmuting the leftover into usable energy. It dissolves negative energy and replaces it with positive. It provides protection from psychic attack, emotional, environmental and electromagnetic stress/smog. Used extensively in healing and meditation. Allows one to attune to the light instead of being consumed by life.
Sodalite is a stone of insight, helping one penetrate paradox and contradiction in order to form a new synthesis of thought. It gives access to subconscious and intuitive abilities, as well as enhances insight and mental performance. It is a stone of the deep journey, providing insight into the self and a dispassionate assessment of one's motivations, strengths, weaknesses, desires, gifts and patterns of personal destiny. Sodalite helps one integrate all aspects of oneself into the now, so one may use all one's learning and experiences to deal with the lesson at hand. It helps one let go of the self-judgement that causes second guesses. Sodalite cultivates detachment from the concerns and worries of everyday life. It can reduce stress and anxiety by allowing one to see one's reality from a higher, more serene perspective.
Tigers eye is associated with the solar plexus and it aids in manifesting your ideas and dreams. It brings calm, balance, optimism, wealth and protects against psychic attack. It also balances the energies of the reproductive organs aiding in fertility and conception. It is a powerful stone that aids harmony and balance, and helpsma to release fear and anxiety. It moves its wearer into a vibration of warmth and stability. A supportive aid for resolving crisis by taking positive action and fulfilling one's intention.
Tourmaline transmutes and purifies negative energy, turning it into usable energy. It also regulates the electrical and other energeticsystems of the body, which is useful for those with high levels of stress at home or work. Tourmaline is one of the most effective grounding stones, acting like a vaccuum for negative energy and creating a grounding path for light to enter.
Pink tourmaline is a heart chakra stone that is of feminine or yin energy. It aids in healing old emotional wounds. It emanates a soft, soothing energy that encompasses feelings of comfort, safety and nurturing. Holding it close to the heart will encompass the body in a pink cloud or bubble, infusing the entire emotional body with love and can restore a sense of wholeness. It's high lithium content makes it a powerful calming stone.
*these beautiful photos do not belong to me and have been found throughout the web
*descriptions of properties are sourced from a combination of Crystal Vaults, Healing Crystals for You, Crystals and Jewelry, Healing Crystals, Charms of Light, The Book of Stones by Robert Simmons, as well as my own interpretations and experiences with the stones