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Serpentine: The Serpent Stone

Serpentine Cabachon by Marc Lapidary
Serpentine focal bead by Gabrielle Hampton and Marc Lapidary of Hampton’s Rock Shop

Serpentine: The Serpent Stone

 

Serpentine gets its name from the Greek word “serpens”, which means snake, because of the appearance of the stone resembles snake skin.  It is not just one stone but a group of minerals.  It belongs to the metamorphic rock type and is an important mineral in the rock forming process.  The mineral is made up of a basic silicate of magnesium, iron, aluminum, zinc, nickel, and manganese along with hydroxyl and in some rare cases water.   It comes in various colors including: green, yellow, white, gray, brown, black, purple and sometimes it is multicolored.  The multicolored varieties are most often found to be green, yellow and white.  It’s semitransparent to opaque.  Serpentine’s hardness on the Mohs scale ranges from between 2.5 to 6.  Its luster ranges from greasy to waxy to silky.  It can be found   in Australia, Britain, Russia, Norway, Italy, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil and the USA.  The Aztec culture highly prized the stone and there is a rare form found in Arizona, known as Arizona Lizard Stone.   The stone is also called New Jade in some circles.  The mineral was highly prized by the Aztec civilizations.  It is often used in jewelry and architecture.  In ancient times it was used as an offering to the gods when asking for blessings.

Serpentine Cabochon and necklace by Marc Lapidary
Serpentine focal bead and necklace by Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton

 

Metaphysical Uses

Serpentine is often used when communicating with the Devic Realm or the realm of the elementals. This is because it resonates with earth energy.  The mineral encourages contact with the elementals and may even help to contact the angelic realm for guidance.   This stone is most powerful when stimulating the crown chakra but is extremely useful in unblocking all of the chakras’ and clearing stagnant energy.   It is one of the safest stones to use when activating the kundalini energies.  It helps to raise the Kundalini up the spine.  This process can be dangerous and can also arouse sexual feelings.

Brown Serpentine Cabochon and necklace by Marc Lapidary
Brown Serpentine focal bead and necklace by Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton

 

Physical uses

Serpentine is believed to protect against diseases, snake bites, and the bites of venomous creatures.  It assists in the healing of the heart and lungs and in cellular regeneration.  It is also believed to help ease pain associated with the kidneys, stomach cramps, and tension.

Earrings featuring Serpentine by White Bear Jewely
Earrings featuring Serpentine by White Bear Jewelry

*White Bear Jewelry is not a qualified medical professional.  If you are experiencing any of the above issues please seek proper medical attention.

 

A special Thank You to Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton for the use of their beautiful pictures of Serpentine.  You can see more of their work at Hampton’s Rock Shop. Please see below for the shop’s contact information.

Source Links

“Serpentine: A Stone of Earth Energy and Kundalini Activation” by Healing-Crystals-for-You.com

“Serpentine Gemstone Information” by Gemselect.com

“The Serpentine Mineral Group” by Minerals.net

 

Hampton’s Rock Shop

194 Finch Rd ~ PO Box 3236

Kerby, OR 97531

541-592-2800

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Amethyst: The Royal Stone

Amethyst: The Royal StoneAmethyst: The Royal Stone

Amethyst is the purple member of the quartz family. Its color can range from a light lilac to a deep royal purple. It can also range from a more brownish purple to a very vivid purple. Amethyst also has color zoning, a phenomenon in this case that makes the color go from dark to light. Amethyst can be found in clusters or in single crystals in nature. It is often cut or tumbled to be used in jewelry.

Fine amethyst stones have been used in religious and royal jewelry since ancient times. The gem as described by Moses has been used as a symbol of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews. Empress Catherine the Great of Russia sent thousands of miners into the Ural Mountains in search of the stone. Amethyst has been worn on the fingers of bishops and is used in the coronation regalia for British royalty. The ancient Greeks associated the stone with Bacchus, the god of wine, because of its wine like color. The gem’s name comes from the Greek word, Amethystos, meaning not intoxicated. The ancient Greeks believed that wearing Amethyst would prevent you from becoming drunk and help you to keep a clear head during festival season, which is in February. The ancients also used the gem as the birthstone for Capricorn, Aquarius and Aries. In modern times the gem is the birthstone of February. It is used to celebrate the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

Amethyst: The Royal StoneMetaphysical Properties

Amethyst is known as one of the power stones. It has been used for many years to open the psychic and spiritual centers. The stone is associated with the Zodiac sign Pisces. Its planet is Saturn. It is also coupled with the Crown chakra. The stone has been used as a power, protection, and wisdom stone through the centuries. The Egyptians used the gem to protect against guilty and fearful feelings. It has also been used to protect against self-deception and witchcraft. It is also a great stone to use during meditation when worn as a necklace. It also symbolized piety, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom. It is also known as the Bishop’s stone and is still worn by Catholic Bishops.

Healing Properties

Amethyst is a stone that focuses a healer’s energy when worn by the healer and placed on the heart and lungs of the person to be healed. It is known to help with maladies of the heart and with breathing and lung issues. Crystal clusters help to purify the air and keep the life force of a home positive. Placing crystal clusters, single crystals or several tumbled stones in a window that receives sun for the majority of the day will help to healing the body and to heal negative energy in the home. Placing them in the moonlight helps to increase the feeling of calmness in your home. Rubbing the stone on your forehead will help to cure a headache. The gem also helps to increase positive spiritual feelings, reduce fear and anxiety and curb cravings.

*White Bear jewelry has gathered this information from sources found below.  If you have a medical condition please consult a medical professional.  White Bear Jewelry is not a medical professional.  Alternative healing sources can be consulted after traditional healing sources.  Please see a medical professional if you are experiencing any of the above medical issues.

amethyst raindrops necklace

 

Source Links

“Amethyst” by  Gemstone.org

“Amethyst” by GIA

“Amethyst” by Crystal-Cure.com

 

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Moonstone: The Balancing Stone

 

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Moonstone and Hematite Circlet by White Bear Jewelry

A ghostly sheen moves under the surface of this feldspar, like moonlight glowing in water.” GIA

Moonstone is a truly beautiful stone.  It comes in many colors including colorless, white, gray, blue, and peach.  This semi-precious stone has tiny layers of feldspar. These layers can be as small as a wavelength of light, about .5 microns.  Light bounces around between these layers and causes the stone’s signature glow.  This effect is known as adularescence.  The gem can also display a cat’s eye affect.  Moonstone can also have small tension cracks called centipedes.  Its Mohs hardness is between 6.0 and 6.5.   This jewel is found in Madagascar,  Sri Lanka, India, and Tanzania.  The moonstone is most commonly cut into a cabochon.

MoonstoneMoonstone Associations

Moonstone was sacred to the ancient Romans as a symbol of the goddess, Diana, goddess of the moon. The jewel continues to have this association with its namesake.   It is a sacred stone in India with special importance to lovers and is a traditional wedding gift.

Zodiologically, the gem, is a affiliated with Cancer and Sagittarius.  It is aligned with the Third Eye and Crown Chakras. It is also linked with the element wind.  Moonstone is the traditional birthstone for June but was also paired with April, August, and October in ancient times.  This treasure is the gift for the 13th anniversary.

 

Metaphysical Properties moonstone

One of Moonstones biggest metaphysical properties is tied to love.  It is said in folk lore that if you give your beloved a moonstone on the full moon there will always be passion between you.  It is also believed to reunite lovers who have been fighting.  When worn the stone gives protection to travelers on land and sea especially at night.  Using moonstone during quiet contemplation helps in inner growth and strength.   The gem is also great for artists or for those who have to work creatively because it provides inspiration.  It also bring success in business and gives a person good fortune.  This treasure is also used to enhance psychic ability and intuition.

 

 

moonstone

Healing Properties

Moonstone stimulated the pineal gland and balances the hormonal system of the body.  It aids in fertility.  The jewel also balances emotions and mental health issues.

This website provides information only.  Stones can not take the place of actual medical treatment.  If you are experiencing health issues please see a qualified medical practitioner.  Stones should only be used in conjunction with medical treatment.

 

Source Links

Crystal-Cure.com

Crystalvaults.com

 

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Spirals: Spiritual Symbolism

Sprials, spiral

 

The spiral is not only a beautiful element in White Bear Jewelry.  It has been used since ancient times in art and in spirituality.  It is the oldest symbol used in human spirituality.  The symbol has been found on every continent in the world.  It is even found in nature!

Spirals Found in Nature

In mathematics, a spiral is something that starts at a middle point.  It then moves farther and farther away as it revolves around that point.  All spirals found in nature are based on the golden ratio and the Fibonacci sequence, also known as the golden number. Both the ratio and the number are found in a multitude of places.  It is very commonly found in plants. A few examples would be the pattern of sunflower seeds, the arrangement of rose petals, and the pattern in the leaves of some succulents.

spirals, symbolism,

The Spiral is also found in animals!  Snail shells and seashells are simple examples.  A goat’s horns and the eye’s on butterfly wings also follow the golden spiral.  You can even find it in the human body. The inner ear, outer ear, and fingerprints all have the golden spiral.

Spirals in Spirituality

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The spiral is considered to be one of the oldest religious or spiritual symbols.   It symbolized the cycle of growth ad the ever evolving cycle of life and death.  It is a feminine symbol that stands for fertility, the womb and mothers.  It also symbolizes the connection between all people.  It is this that White Bear Jewelry celebrates!

Kai Red Agate Earrings, spirals

 

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