I have always loved rocks and minerals, and as a bead and jewelry enthusiast, I have used many awesome stone beads in jewelry.
I am happy to introduce Jessica Kane as my guest blogger for this post. Jessica is a professional writer who also shares a love of handmade jewelry. This informative article includes details about 5 particular minerals that are great to use when making jewelry.
5 Minerals that make beautiful jewelry
by Jessica Kane
Though gemstones can make breathtakingly beautiful jewelry, minerals create an intrigue all of their own.
A rainbow of color variations brings uniqueness to a piece of jewelry; and the healing properties of crystals and minerals have been utilized for centuries. In fact, gemstones are merely highly attractive—and pricey—variants of minerals. For example, the precious sapphire is actually composed of the mineral corundum. Both can be used in jewelry, but since sapphire is more spectacular, it is dubbed a ‘gem.’
What many people do not know is that there are many stones that make better friends than diamonds ever will.
Fluorite is known as the “Genius Stone” and the “most colorful mineral in the world.”
Loved by mineralogists and metaphysical healers, fluorite is a favorite when it comes to jewelry and spirituality.
No matter the color—blue, green, clear, yellow, pink, mixes—each crystal has the same stable energy. A perfect solid structure makes fluorite luminous; glassy yet soft in luster.
Staring into fluorite is said to bring order to chaos and fine tune concentration. For example, blue fluorite is a calming stone, due to the luminescent blue shade. Rational energy flows from the stone, tidying up a disordered mind and allowing for pursuit of purpose. Since blue fluorite connects to the Throat Chakra, it is said to promote smoother speaking skills.
Blue John fluorite (Derbyshire Spar) is famous for its striking appearance. The unique purplish-blue and creamy yellow hue makes it a decorative stone to wear, while it charges the Third Eye and Crown chakras and encourages adventure and personal growth.
2. Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)
There is nothing foolish about the positive powers of this brass-colored mineral!
The gorgeous metallic gold of pyrite is a stunning addition to rings, bracelets and pendants. In the 1800s, pyrite was a coveted addition to Victorian fashion and used in rosettes, buckles and rings.
Native American tribes value this stone for its magical properties. Pyrite lends strength to spiritual talismans by tapping into the wearer’s latent potential, unleashing a flow of ideas and increasing self-confidence. This stimulation of the Third Eye and Throat Chakras can also strengthen will power. Those suffering from psychosomatic and environmental diseases will find relief when wearing a pyrite amulet.
Probably the most utilized mineral, quartz is also the second most abundant mineral in Earth’s soil.
Since antiquity quartz has been used to make jewelry, used in carvings and even modern technology.
Spiritualists believe that quartz has energy-channeling properties, making these crystals an indispensable tool during meditation and Reiki healing.
The beauty of quartz creates a diamond-like highlight when added to jewelry. Variants of quartz include onyx, jasper, citrine, carnelian, agate and aventurine.
The beautiful green featured in malachite is undoubtedly alluring. The mesmerizing patterns are soothing to the viewer, and there is a healing quality that is said to represent the effects of nature on the human soul.
Malachite is also called a stone of transformation, for it promotes spiritual growth when worn. Much like nature, malachite draws out impurities from the body and cleanses one’s Life Force.
Malachite has been worn for centuries by the Egyptians, ancient Greeks and Romans to ward against the “Evil Eye.”
Deeply associated with the Heart Chakra, the green energies of malachite promote balance. Due to this connection, the stone is often used as a pendant on long chain necklaces. Wide-band bracelets and simplistic brooches are another way to show off malachite’s splendor.
Known as “the stone of the Northern Lights.” Inuit folklore states that this stone fell from the Aurora Borealis and emits a mystical glow that separates this world from the next.
A member of the feldspar family, Labradorite comes in a variety of cooler color shades—grays, greens, blues and blacks—intermingled with cyan, coppery red and gold.
The beauty of Labradorite makes it ideal for statement pieces, like chokers and bracelets.
It is believed that Labradorite brings out the best in people and for this reason it is often worn or carried to reduce anti-social or reckless behavior, and to aid in addiction rehabilitation.
Whichever way you decide to wear these visually appealing minerals you will obtain a host of benefits.
About the Author
Jessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in arts and crafts, DIY, and other handmade products. She currently writes for Indian Traders, a leading vendor of pendleton blankets and jewelry.