| Love Stones? Learn More...
Last week’s blog was all about the reputed power of specific stones
to help bring peace. This week, love’s been in the air as we featured
some of the stone types associated with love. Before we begin, I want to
throw out there that love doesn’t just need to be about romance or
family. It can be in the way we feel towards humanity or ourselves.
Cultivating a sense of love allows us to feel more empathy and to speak
and act with more kindness and generosity.
know that attributing properties to rocks may not be everyone’s thing.
This blog is meant to inform and entertain, not preach.*
Quartz has a long history as a symbolic stone of love. It’s thought
that it may have been used as a love token as early as 600 BC. Rose
Quartz is most commonly known as a stone to beckon or strengthen
romantic love. It’s even known as “The Stone of the Heart.” However,
it’s also said to inspire love of beauty, nature, art, and the self. It
is also said to help comfort the hearts of those who were deprived of
love and nurture during formative years. Not enough for you? It’s also
said to bring strength to the bonds of family and friendship. Garnet
is a stone attached to strong, intense feelings, as well as physical
attraction. Throughout history, it’s enjoyed worldwide popularity for a
variety of purposes. (An interesting, although not loving fact? Garnets
have been weaponized. The idea was that a blood colored stone would
inflict more damage to an enemy. They were used as bullets in 1892 by
Hanzas rebelling against the British in Kashmir.) Garnet is strongly
associated with physical acts of love and stimulating desire. It’s also
thought to help widowed spouses through their journey of grief and to
seek and find a new relationship. Ruby is
similar to Garnet, at least, energetically. It’s said to stimulate
sensual and sexual energy. Ruby is also said to help deepen commitment
and connection between couples. It’s also thought to help us communicate
more lovingly with those who may have hurt us, and enhances our innate
protective feelings of those around us. Ruby is also reputed to help
those who feel unloved or unlovable and cultivate their personal power. Kunzite
is thought to help bring down our emotional walls and make us more
receptive to love, and allow us to open our minds and hearts to
unconditional, abundant love. It’s also called “The Stone of Joy.”
Kunzite is thought help heal the heart after the loss of a relationship
by allowing us to let go of past and inspiring us to be present. (Given
current events, it’s worth adding that Kunzite is said to be a stone of
mental and emotional protection and healing for pain caused by bullying,
inappropriate flirtation, or harassment. It’s also said to promote acts
of self-protection and free expression.) You
can find love-related properties attributed to almost any stone.
Amazonite is reputed to make married life happier. All Opal varieties
are said to inspire love, hope, and passion. Personally, this may
explain why I always emerge from my basement bead cave with boundless
love and a joyful energy.
you 100% know that you don’t care or want to know about it - that’s
totally OK. I’ve noticed that the metaphysical concept is like Cilantro
or Black Licorice. It’s either something you like or something that
makes your face go “eeew,” involuntarily. Since energy work and rocks
are becoming more mainstream, we do want to take the time to offer some
stones have an historic and/or contemporary reputation for various
physical, mental, emotional and spiritual qualities. For our purposes,
we’ll steer away from the physical healing aspect. As an artisan, you
can certainly choose to provide that information to your customers. However, it’s extremely important not to offer your jewelry or stone lore as an alternative to care from a medical provider.
Erin, Dakota Stones
Quality Control: The Struggle is Real
Featured Bead Stores
News & Events
Curating Color: Bringing A Collection Together
Pome-GARNET: Mining the Facts
Tiger Iron: What's in a Name?
dsSchool of ROCKS: Tiger Iron (Video)
Difference in the Details: Carved Beads
Getting Real: Quartz
Always the Designer...
Art in the Stone: Hand-Cut Focal Pieces
Apatite: Mining the Facts
ds School of ROCKS: Apatite