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.

We know that attributing properties to rocks may not be everyone’s thing. This blog is meant to inform and entertain, not preach.*

Rose 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.

*If 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 basic information.

All 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

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