Different crystals have different properties – some are hard, some are soft, some are porous, some are not. Bear in mind the particular qualities of your stone when taking care of it. Some of the softer crystals can be scratched or otherwise damaged from a simple knock, something you should pay particular attention to if wearing your gemstone as a piece of jewellery.
Even the harder varieties of gemstone can be damaged by a more serious blow, and can be particularly vulnerable if there are small flaws or inclusions in the gem. Take care when storing your jewellery as well, as hard stones may scratch softer ones if kept in a box together, or may even damage the metal the other stones are set in.
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What does ‘charging’ a gemstone mean?
To charge a gemstone is to infuse it with positive natural energies, and dispel any negative energies that may be clinging to it. If you are able to sense energies in your crystals, you may find that after a while the energy feels dampened or dull. You can cleanse and refresh the energy in your crystal by using one of the following methods;
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So you’ve found the right gemstone for you – now what do you do with it? Depending on the size of the stone there are lots of different ways to use it.
Large stones, or crystal clusters can be placed at strategic points around your house. For example, keep a rose quartz in the room your family uses most to foster loving relationships, or keep an amethyst on your bedside table to ward off nightmares.
Smaller gemstones can be taken to be set in jewellery, or simply worn about your person in a small pouch or draw-string bag. They can be placed under your pillow to help you sleep and dream, or kept in your wallet to attract riches.
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Welcome to the encyclopedia of gemstones. You can view detailed information for each gemstone, including associations with elements, deities, Sabbats and more, different names for the stone, a description of its physical characteristics, a general overview of it and lengthy descriptions of its magical and medicinal properties as well as any lore and legend surrounding it.
To view this information, simply click on a gemstone name which has a picture below. Any names without pictures are works in progress, and you can check back soon to view more information on those gemstones.
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