Healing Stories and Articles by Alannah
(Stone medicine interpretation by Alannah Hudis - Geological information geology.com)
"Garnet is the name used for a large group of rock-forming minerals."
"These minerals are found throughout the world in metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary rocks. Most garnet found near Earth's surface forms when a sedimentary rock with a high aluminum content, such as shale, is subjected to heat and pressure intense enough to produce schist or gneiss. Garnet is also found in the rocks of contact metamorphism, subsurface magma chambers, lava flows, deep-source volcanic eruptions, and the soils and sediments formed when garnet-bearing rocks are weathered and eroded.
Most people associate the word "garnet" with a red gemstone; however, they are often surprised to learn that garnet occurs in many other colors and has many other uses." (geology.com)
Garnet is a fire stone that resonates with the astrological sign of Leo. To cool, cleanse and be refreshed, this stone enjoys being placed out in the rain on the ground.
Garnet is a high energy stone, and is useful to get things moving. Garnet motivates us and helps us follow through with our intentions, fuels the "fire in the belly" and nurtures the third chakra, the Solar Plexus.
Physically, garnet is a blood strengthener and helps in red blood cell production. Garnet aids the major blood-rich organs such as the liver, heart and spleen. It is also beneficial to the lymph system. Garnet is a good stone to have on one's person during exercise, as it is energizing and facilitates muscle regeneration and repair and reduces lactic acid build-up in the muscle fibers after strenuous exertion.
"Jadeite and nephrite have distinctly different mineral compositions. Jadeite is an aluminum-rich pyroxene, while nephrite is a magnesium-rich amphibole. However, the two minerals have very similar physical properties in the eye of the average person. Only trained observers with significant experience are able to reliably differentiate them without mineral testing equipment. This is why jadeite and nephrite were not properly distinguished by scientists until 1863. (geology.com) It was not until a French mineralogist, Alexis Damour (1808-1902), determined that "jade" was in fact two different minerals." (Wikipedia)
"Nephrite can be found in a creamy white form (known in China as "mutton fat" jade) as well as in a variety of light green colors, whereas jadeite shows more color variations, including blue, lavender-mauve, pink, and emerald-green colors. Of the two, jadeite is rarer, documented in fewer than 12 places worldwide." (Wikipedia)
Our medicine interpretation today will focus on Nephrite rather than Jadeite. While the two share some commonalities, I have decided to separate them for the purpose of a metaphysical discussion.
Nephrite Jade is an earth stone that enjoys time in the garden to recharge. Nephrite brings us closer to the energies of the earth, acting as a conduit to communication with the natural world. With the deepened understanding of nature that Nephrite brings, it could be said to be food for the soul.
This stone reflects many of the colors found in the vegetal world, and as such, has excellent camouflage! Emulating this aspect of the stone can allow one to blend in to the natural world, immerse oneself in earth energies, and facilitate communion with the plant world. Jade has long been considered a good luck stone, and perhaps it is because of this capacity to bring one into tune with nature.
Nephrite Jade in one’s collection brings the blessings of abundance and attracts money. With its calming, soothing nature, nephrite is a nervine and is good for the health of the kidneys, liver and urinary tract. Heart health is enhanced in the presence of this stone as it amplifies healthy connections with nature.
"Carnelian (also spelled cornelian) is a brownish-red mineral commonly used as a semi-precious gemstone. Similar to carnelian is sard, which is generally harder and darker (the difference is not rigidly defined, and the two names are often used interchangeably). Both carnelian and sard are varieties of the silica mineral chalcedony colored by impurities of iron oxide. The color can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black coloration. It is most common in Brazil, India, Siberia and Germany." (Wikipedia)
"Carnelian agate has a hardness of seven on the Mohs Hardness Scale. It tumbles well with stones of similar hardness, such as agates, jaspers, and quartz materials. It is a good tumbling rough for people who are new to rock tumbling because it easily tumbles to a high polish." (geology.com)
A fire stone, carnelian also resonates with earth and water. It enjoys sitting in the sun, resting in soil and bathing in cool water. This stone has an active, energetic, sunny disposition and its presence can help us maintain a positive outlook.
Carnelian is a vision stone – staring into its depths and patterns can reveal stories of the Earth's history and give insight into one's own questions. Looking closely at this stone one can see in its array of colors from deep blood red to milky white, (often found together in the same stone), reflections of the fluids in our bodies.
Carnelian's associations are with the three lower chakras and it assists the organs of the abdomen and the entire alimentary canal. It helps to regulate colon, pancreas, gallbladder and spleen health; assist the stomach in processing food; and in general, promote good assimilation of nutrients. Carnelian reminds us to mind the quality and quantity of foods that we ingest and aids in regulating the appetite.
Carnelian is a good birthing stone, beneficial from pregnancy through young motherhood. It is an advantageous stone to have in the room during birth, helping to sustain a smooth transition for the child from the womb to the outside world and calming the mother's birthing process.
"Smoky quartz is a color-variety of crystalline quartz. It ranges from a light yellowish brown to a brown that is so dark that it appears to be black.
The color of smoky quartz is produced when natural radiation, emitted from the surrounding rock, activates color centers around aluminum impurities within the crystalline quartz.
Smoky quartz is mainly found in quartz veins and pegmatite dikes that cut across igneous and metamorphic rocks. Well-formed crystals are often found in cavities of igneous and metamorphic rocks along the margins of a pegmatite." (geology.com)
"Sunglasses, in the form of flat panes of smoky quartz, were used in China in the 12th century." (Wikipedia)
Smoky quartz, an earth stone, resonates with the light of the sun. The perfect resting, refreshing place for this stone is in the garden, on bare earth, under the light of the sky.
Smoky quartz is an overall tonic stone, assisting the body and its energy pathways in the release of toxic formations. It is good for the health of the organ systems of the mid-section of the body and is especially beneficial for the lymph system and organs of the abdomen: kidneys, adrenals, pancreas, stomach, gall bladder, liver, spleen, etc. Smoky quartz may often be turned to in times of great organic dis-ease.
This stone has a peaceful, harmonizing effect on the energy systems of the body, allowing for healing to initiate. Smoky quartz is an ally of body workers and healing practitioners; enhancing healing work. While associated with the base and second chakra, this stone is an effective helper when placed just above the crown chakra of the client during a healing session. Smoky quartz is appropriate for healing work with animals due to its calming, balancing nature.
(Geological information geology.com - Stone medicine interpretation by Alannah Hudis)
"Herkimer Diamonds" is the name given to the doubly terminated quartz crystals found in Herkimer County, New York and surrounding areas. These crystals have the typical hexagonal habit of quartz; however, instead of having a termination on one end they are doubly terminated. This is a result of the crystals growing with very little or no contact with their host rock. Such doubly terminated crystals are very rare, and this is part of what makes Herkimer Diamonds so popular with mineral collectors.
The host rock for Herkimer Diamonds is the Cambrian-age, Little Falls Dolostone. The Little Falls Dolostone was deposited about 500 million years ago, and the Herkimer Diamonds formed in cavities within the dolostone. These cavities are frequently lined with drusy quartz crystals and often are coated with a tarry hydrocarbon.
Although Herkimer County, New York is the location for which these crystals are named, similar doubly terminated quartz crystals have been found in a few other locations, including Arizona, Afghanistan, Norway, Ukraine, and China. They have the same appearance but cannot rightfully be called "Herkimers." (geology.com)
Forming in cavities or "vugs," in the dolostone, Herkimers correspond with the elements of air and water; in fact, they enjoy being refreshed in water. Being double terminated, Herkimers radiate energy from both points, forming an encompassing "cloud" or circle of energy, and can magnify the energy of other stones close to them, especially other members of the quartz family.
A stone of clarity, the Herkimer diamond supports focused thought and decision making. Herkimers are warming stones that aid in cleansing the physical body. These stones radiate positive energy and strategically placed, assist in keeping the energy of the home cleansed and bright.
The Herkimer diamond is a visionary stone that contributes to clarity of sight, both inner and outer. It is an ally of those who see into other realms.