Gemstone therapy has a rich history, ever since the beginning of time gemstones and minerals have been used for healing, early on in history it was discovered that people felt better when they were at a certain location where stones were found, as opposed to when they were at home for example. Soon the link between health and (gem)stones and minerals was made.
The nature based tribes of the past used everything in their area to appease the Gods - herbs, animals and gemstones as well. From grave finds from the Stone Age we can tell that Amber, Jet and Garnets were used as jewellery even that far back in history. Spear points made out of flints were also found all over Europe.
According to legend (gem)stones and minerals were frequently used in the once so mighty empire of Atlantis, these crystals were not only used for healing but were also used to store information, energy supplies and even radio waves, they could send the human voice and images, like modern day television, over long distances. Atlantis was a highly developed civilization that came to an end in a disastrous manner 12.000 years ago, due to the misuse of knowledge and the powers of crystals. Unfortunately these high tech possibilities that crystals harbour in them, but thanks to the visions of certain psychics and seers a part of the possibilities of crystals and minerals have been obtained, as well as the lives of the Atlanteans.
The Ancient Greeks and Romans also made use of the healing powers of these little wonders of Mother Earth. The Ancient Greeks called gemstones and minerals the bones of Gaia, and to be perfectly honest I don't think that such a strange comparison because our earth's crust is built up out of so many minerals and gemstones. In Greek mythology stones also play a very important role, for instance think of the mythos of Kronos and Zeus, where Kronos is forced to eat a stone by his wife Rhea, she claimed the stone was their youngest son Zeus. When Zeus became of age, he freed his brothers and sisters from his father's stomach and the stone, which Kronos had thought was Zeus, was transported to Delphi where it was revered. The Ancient Greeks mostly used gemstones as a talisman or amulet.
For thousands of years before Common Era gemstones were cut and polished in Babylonia. The Egyptians have mentioned Emeralds in the second century BCE and of course Queen Cleopatra's Emerald mines were very well known. The Egyptians enjoyed the finer things in life and of course gemstones can be placed into this category. All gemstones found in the pyramids and other graves were very bright in colour; especially Malachite, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Amazonite and Azurite were found a lot in these sites. Often these stones were combined with the metals Copper and Gold, which must've been quite the display of abundance. A suitable example of this is the sarcophagus of the child pharaoh Tutanchamon, laid in with beautiful stones. The Eye of Horus, or the Utchat, was traditionally made of Lapis Lazuli or Turquoise although it is found made out of various materials.
In India gemstones were categorised according to caste, Ruby was classified as belonging to the highest caste, the one of the Brahmans. The Moonstone was also important to the Indians, this stone signified love and fertility and in the Indian culture the human's love life was very important - just think of the Kama Sutra.
In China Jade (Jadeite) was revered as the symbol of Buddha and the philosopher Confucius praised it as the symbol of beauty, justice and wisdom.
In North America the native tribes still use Turquoise today. In this culture Turquoise is considered an amulet and talisman, all rolled in one; the other stones that belong to this culture are Lapis Lazuli, Coral, Jet, Abalone Shell and Obsidian, mostly Apache Tears. The shamans used stones and minerals in magical rituals and also in laying out a medicine wheel gemstones and minerals can be used.
The Aztecs, Toltecs and Mayas of Central and South America also abundantly used the Turquoise. This stone is still considered one of the most powerful protective stones and it is still very popular today, like it was in the past.
The Incas adorned their temples and palaces with the most beautiful gemstones like Rubies, Emeralds and Topaz. Unfortunately the Spanish conquistadores stole many of the treasures of the Incas when they discovered the Americas. Only a small amount of the Inca treasures could be brought to safety and to this day their whereabouts are unknown. One of the places where these treasures were buried is known, but it is severely cursed and secured; everyone who dug for the treasures has not been able to tell the tale and died under suspicious circumstances.
Unfortunately the healing and magical properties of these wonders of Mother Nature were forgotten at a certain point in time. Luckily alternative medicine, among which gemstone therapy, is gaining ground again and the knowledge of the past is restored.
Chakra stones and crystals
There are seven chakras energy centers in the body, each one associated to different emotions, colors, thought processes and beliefs. Chakra crystals and stones can be used to help you to focus and connect with your energy centers. They can also help bring them back into balance. Here are a few crystals you could use for each energy center, but if you are unable to find the stone or crystal suggested, a clear quartz crystal can be used for any of the chakras. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a good place to start.
To work with the crystal or stone, one of the simplest things to do is to place it on your body in the location of your chakra center. If one energy center seems out of balance, start with that one. Or if you are new to working with chakras start at the base and work your way up to your crown.
Picture the energy center as a glowing ball of light. Then let the crystal you are using fill that orb with light making it stronger and brighter. This is done by visualization: you could imagine the crystal itself glowing and infusing the chakra center with light of the same color, or a brilliant white light, illuminating the entire center. What is most important is it be in tune with what you can easily imagine and feels right for you.
The base chakra is the lowest chakra on the body. It sits at the base of your spine. The color connected to this chakra is red. The base chakra is connected to your base needs like; security and stability. Crystals to use with this area are garnet or red jasper. Many people are happy with any crystal that has reddish or earthly tones. However you can also use, black stones, these can be very good for grounding - which is an important factor to the base chakra in particular.
The next center, the sacral chakra sits between your pelvic bowl and your navel. The color of the second chakra is orange. This energy center is connected to sexuality, desire, and reproduction. The stones or crystals that are best used with this chakra are also orange, so you could use orange calcite and carnelian.
Next is the third chakra, often called the solar plexus chakra, The color of the solar plexus chakra is yellow. This energy center is connected to your focus, to your will, personal power, and ambition. The chakra crystals or stones to use with this energy center are citrine, golden calcite or tiger's eye.
When you move up the body to the fourth chakra you will find it located around your heart level, but more towards the center of your body. The color of the heart chakra is green. This energy center is connected to love, compassion, and universal connection. The best stones or crystals to use with this center can be jade or malachite.
The next chakra is in the throat. This chakra is blue in color. This energy center controls communication, both with people and with the divine, as well as expression - in all its' forms. The best crystals for this spot are blue calcite and turquoise. This chakra can very often be out of balance and I personally find that to bring a better sense of balance here, I will use the opposite color, as this center also deals with our ability to accept and deal with change.
Above the throat chakra you move to the third eye. This is located on your forehead just above, and in-between your eyes. This energy center is purple or indigo in color. It is connected to psychic intuition and spiritual awareness. The most common crystals or stones for this chakra are azurite or amethyst.