Do You Choose the Stone or Does the Stone Choose You?

How to Choose the Right Stone or Crystal for You!

newwebflouriteSo you have decided you love stones–perhaps you love some of the colors and patterns
and see them as works of art.  Or maybe you love the crystals, and the possibilities they have to help you with your mood, to heal, or to feel good.  Some of you might just love to hold and feel a tumbled stone, experiencing the warmth or coolness of that stone.

Throughout time, many cultures have used stones in many ways to enhance their lives, through home décor (stone countertops), art (sculpture), Medical healing (metaphysical) and for jewelry (from beads, to cabochons, to faceted stones).serape jasper earrings

Some folks love to collect them–learning all the names of the different stones, and a fascination on how they are created by Mother Nature.

In today’s blog, I want to concentrate on the fun reasons you might use stones, and how you would choose a stone for your everyday lives.

I did some research into this, and found many authors who suggest that the best way for you to find out what stones you are drawn to and will work for you is to go to a rock shop, and look around.  What grabs you?  Are you drawn to the colors of the stones?  The feel, the textures, the sparkles, the patterns?

webcobaltonew2Do some stones “call you?”  Do you somehow feel connected to the earth when you see or hold a particular stone?  Do you prefer the rough natural stone, or one that has been cut and faceted by a lapidary artist?

Most of us will never know why we like certain stones, or why we are drawn to them.  If you talk to the New Age Healers, Metaphysical properties are very real and there is a strong belief that stones will help in healing from physical and emotional illness. If this is of interest to you, there are many guides available on the internet from respected sources to help you.  I am listing some of these links at the end of this post.

If you are drawn to stones because they are beautiful, then you might consider looking at them as pieces of art, either to be sculpted, or to place around your home as a way to feel grounded and part of nature.  Or perhaps you are drawn to the possibility that stones can be worn as an accessory to your wardrobe–as another way of connecting with webchrysoprase2nature.
There is something about a natural stone that just can’t be duplicated.  Perhaps there is a “vibration” as some suggest that reaches out to us humans.  I don’t know–but I DO know that I have always been drawn to their lovliness, and fascinated by the fact that such beauty exists in nature.  And unlike plants, stones don’t die, and almost never go bad.  The fact that they are older than most of us can ever know, and will live on long after we pass is also an indication of how powerful they are…Just think about it!

newwebgemstones-2So how do you select your perfect stone?  One author, Phyllis Galde, in her book Crystal Healing, offers one suggestion that resonates with me:

“Pick a stone by attraction, by being drawn to touch it, and then hold it in the left hand loosely. Let it rest against the palm chakra and notice the impressions, colors, sounds and mood feelings that accompany the stone. No two crystals are the same. They are like snowflakes. Each crystal has its own particular vibration, and each will resonate differently. Look for one that will resonate with your being—regardless of size, shape, color, or jeweler’s quality. It’s the intuitive impression which is important.”

And so I do….

Resources:

Metaphysical and Healing:

http://www.healingcrystals.com

http://www.bestcrystals.com/metaphysical.html

http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/a-to-z-list-of-crystal-meanings/

http://www.crystal-cure.com/gem-healing.html

How Gemstones are formed:

How gemstones are formed

https://www.gemsociety.org/article/gem-formation/

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  • This is such a great post Lynne! Okay,…I think I love stones like drusys because of their texture and their sparkle. I think, for me, I am drawn to stones because of their beauty– their color, their shape, texture, and the settings they are placed in. I’d like to learn more about the significance behind the stones: what their healing qualities are or what they represent. That is interesting about holding the stone in your left hand when looking / feeling it. Do you know why it is your left hand? I like the concept of “feeling grounded” when wearing stones. That makes sense. I love the purple drusy ring above. I love the color, shape, texture and setting. It’s just beautiful. Exactly,…you have absolutely taken a piece of nature / the earth and created something even more beautiful!

    • It is funny, Gigi. When I make a stone piece of jewelry I think of a certain person because it it reminds me of their personality! Then I picture who might buy it and it is usually pretty close to the person who actually buys it! So I think the stones do attract a certain person!

  • Rev Crouse

    I usually am drawn to stones by their unique color or if I see some kind of unusual shape in them. This is really fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

    • Free form stones reflect a person who enjoys change, adventure and freedom! Is that you? 🙂

  • Tourmaline and opal call to me. I wear little jewelry but the pieces I do wear are meaningful and spoke to me as I was choosing them.

    • Hi Robin! There is a lot of tourmaline in Maine so that makes complete sense! Tourmaline is also one of my favorites. Opals are also incredible with their beautiful chatoyancy…

  • Great post, Lynne! I never considered why I might be drawn to a particular stone. When I was little, I was obsessed with my birthstone, but now I guess I do look for the healing properties of the stone. The last piece of jewelry I bought was a delicate amethyst necklace. I chose it because of it’s beauty, but also for its protective and healing properties.

  • I love how easy it is for you to talk about your art. There ARE certain stones that draw me in.

  • Stones do have a certain power, even to pragmatists like me. 🙂 They don’t even have to be fancy. Someone once brought me a red stone with a green line running through it—it came from my favorite river—and it calms me whenever I hold it.

  • I totally agree that we are drawn to certain stones for a purpose. For some reason, I always like hematite. Not quite sure why. Really interesting post!