A Look At Healing Gemstones – Amazonite

We love crystals and gemstones here at Wish Knots and thought it was about time we took a closer look at these beautiful pieces of nature. So, over the next few months we are devoting a post to each of our favourite gemstones, starting with one I have a particular soft spot for…

Amazonite

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Colour: Mainly blue or green, with some cream and brown.

Appearance: Opalescent with veins of cream or brown

Source: Austria, Brazil, Canada, India, Mozambique, Namibia, Russia, USA.

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Amazonite Wrap Bracelet

Properties of Amazonite

Amazonite is a wonderful filter against environmetal stress. It absorbs microwaves and protects against electromagnetic pollution.

Amazonite is known to aid and increase intuition and calm and soothe the brain. Amazonite is especially helpful in aligning the physical body with the Aura for balance and well being. This stone helps alleviate anxiety and aids clear thinking, particularly during conflict, balancing energies and manifesting love.

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Amazonite Hand Knotted 108 Mala Necklace

Chakras & Healing

Amazonite is an incredibly useful gemstone for healing purposes, opening both the Heart and Throat Chakras to aid loving communication. A great stone for boosting intuition, Amazonite opens the Third Eye, clearing negative energies and blockages in the nervous system.

Use Amazonite to eleviate muscle spasms and calcium deficiency.

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Amazonite Wrist Mala

How to Use Amazonite

Amazonite is beautiful to wear and useful to have around the house. Place Amazonite near your computer to protect against harmful electromagnetic smog.

Amazonite jewellery will calm the wearer, offer protection from negative energy, aid communication, clarity and intuition and help balance the chakras.

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Beautiful Amazonite focal bead pendant.

Please come back in a little while to find out which or our favourite gemstones we will be featuring and remember to visit our shop to view our range of healing gemstone jewellery.

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Further Reading…

Caring For Your Gemstone Jewellery

What Is A Mala?

What Is A Birthstone?

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Caring For Your Gemstone Jewellery

Amethyst & Garnet Oxidized Sterling Silver Earrings

We all love to add gemstones to our jewellery collection and gemstone pieces can last a lifetime, or even longer. However, we probably all have gemstone jewellery that we have loved to pieces, literally. There are a few things to bear in mind when wearing and storing your gemstone and sterling silver pieces. Here are some handy do’s, don’t’s and tips that will ensure you can go on wearing your favourite jewellery for longer.

General Care Tips

  • Avoid stretching your jewellery or putting it under too much force or strain.
  • Do not spray perfume or hairspray onto or near your jewellery. Keep it away from strong detergents, bleach or chlorine. Remove jewellery before swimming or cleaning.
  • Protect your jewellery from moisture. Do not soak your jewellery, don’t leave it in the bathroom, or store in damp conditions.
  • Most gemstones can be cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft brush or cloth, then carefully dried. Never soak them.
  • Ideally, jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.
  • Where possible, store your jewellery in the box or pouch it came in. Chains are best stored hanging or draped around card.

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For most gemstone jewellery this is all you need to keep in mind but there are some special care gems…

Opals

Opals have magic hidden right inside them. Sure, there is some sciencey explanation for all that colour and sparkly but it sure looks like magic to me. To keep this magic alive it is best not to soak opals. You can clean them, as described above, but avoid prolonged contact with moisture.

Pearls

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Pearls are probably the most delicate material used in precious jewellery. Unlike other gems, they are not a stone but are made up of layers of a natural substance called Nacre.

Pearls look better when they are worn frequently. The oils from your skin nourish the pearls and enhance their lustre. Wear them and enjoy them to keep them beautiful.

Avoid scratching pearls and try not to get them wet. They may come from the sea but pearls are porous and can be damaged by moisture. Avoid all contact with perfume and hairspray.

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Just like opals, abalone shell also contains magic, putting on a flashy show of colour and shine. Similar care should be taken to avoid getting abalone wet as it will dull its sheen and could cause delamination and that would be such a shame.

 

Treated Gemstones

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Most gemstone treatments are hardy and will not effect how you care for the gemstone. Try to avoid scratching treated gemstones and follow the general care tips above and your treated gem should remain looking as good as new (even the ancient ones).

 

Caring For Sterling Silver

  • Silver may tarnish over time – use a soft silver cleaning cloth to clean it. Avoid soaking in silver cleaner, use a cloth instead.
  • Wearing silver will help prevent tarnishing.
  • Sterling silver is a relatively soft metal and can weaken or break if the necessary care isn’t taken.
  • Modern sterling silver can usually be identified by a .925 stamp, often on the clasp, which refers to the purity (92.5%) of the silver. Fine Silver (usually 99% purity) is often softer and should be cared for in the same way.

Untangling Chain

Place the tangled chain in the palm of your hand (or other flat surface) and use your fingers to gently loosen any knots or tangles. You may find this easier if the clasp is undone. Do not pull too hard and do not hold the chain up until it is untangled as gravity will worsen knots and tangles.

Further Reading…

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What are Aura Crystals?

What Is A Mala?

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What Is A Mala?

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What Are Mala Beads?

A Japa Mala or Mala in (Sanskrit:माला) Mālā, means garland. Malas are strings of beads, similar to rosaries but commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists to aid counting when reciting or chanting mantras, a practice known as Japa. The beads aid concentration and focus whilst meditating.

Malas can be worn around the neck as a necklace, or wrapped around the wrist. A standard Mala has 108 beads, with a joining “guru” bead and a tassel or pendant to weight the Mala while it is being worn. However, Malas can also be made with 18, 27, 54 beads as multiples of these numbers add up to 108.

Why 108 Beads?

There are many explanations as why the number 108 is significant. Opinions vary.

  • One of my favourite theories is that there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra, one of which is said to be the path to self realization.
  • The number 108 is considered sacred for many reasons and it is said to be the number of the wholeness of existence.
  • It is said that there are 108 earthly desires in humans.

How Are Malas Made?

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Hand Knotting Moonstone & Jade Quartzite Malas

Careful consideration is given when choosing materials for our Malas at Wish Knots. I prefer to use genuine gemstone beads rather than wood or beads made from seeds. Using gemstones means that the recipient of the Mala will benefit from the properties of the gemstone while using the Mala.

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I also choose to hand knot my Malas on a strong nylon cord. Placing a knot between each bead creates space between each bead, which makes using the Mala easier. It also adds strength and security to the Mala. We want your Mala to last you many years and if the thread were to break your beads will not be lost and your mala can be repaired.

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Aura Crystal Jewellery

It has been a busy few weeks here at Wish Knots. I have been busy planning our new range of Aura Crystal Jewellery.

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Aura Crystal Necklace

What Is An Aura Crystal?

Aura Crystals are natural gems, usually quartz, which are heated in a vacuum. Real gold vapour is added to the vacuum and gold atoms fuse to the quartz, giving it an iridescent sheen. Although they are “man-altered” they are also natural as they are natural crystals, modified using natural materials. Other metals can also be added to the vacuum chamber, such as silver, titanium and copper.

Why Wear An Aura Crystal?

Aside from their beauty, Aura Crystals are worn for their beneficial properties. Aura quartz crystals are known as the’ master healer’ they amplify energy and thought and enhance other crystals if worn together.

Aura Crystals draw off negative energy, neutralising background radiation. They balance and revitalise, cleanse and enhance and can aid psychic ability.  Different colours of Aura Crystal are believed to have additional individual benefits.

Wish Knots Aura Crystal Jewellery

I have decided to launch our range in stages, starting with the simple Aura Crystal necklaces, which are available in our shop now. A range of Wiccan style Aura Crystal jewellery, which will include other gemstones and charms is planned for later in the year.

I took some pictures of the various stages of production of our new necklaces, from the arrival of the crystals to the completed necklaces.

Carefully Packed Aura Crystals
Carefully Packed Aura Crystals
Our Aura Crystals In All Their Glory
Our Aura Crystals In All Their Glory
Sorting The Crystals By Colour
Sorting The Crystals By Colour
Choosing Which Crystals To Work With First
Choosing Which Crystals To Work With First
Wiring The Crystals Into Pendants & Earrings
Wiring The Crystals Into Pendants & Earrings
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Wiring Nearly Completed

Each crystal is carefully wire-wrapped for added security. We have a wide range of chains to choose from, including Sterling Silver – available at Wish Knots

 

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What Is A Birthstone?

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Emerald Wish Bracelet – Birthstone For May

Ever wondered why some gemstones are called birthstones?

Humans have been attaching significance to gemstones since ancient times. In many cases this relates to the known healing properties of the gemstones. Information that has passed through many generations.

This is not pure superstition. Gemstones come directly from the Earth. They each have different energy frequencies and properties that can be beneficial to humans and animals. Gemstones are still being used to help keep time accurately, ancient technology that hasn’t been beaten. In fact, gemstones are commonly used in science and technology.

Since early biblical times, people have been wearing gemstones to protect from illness and evil spirits.

Birthstones are gemstones that are connected to a specific month of the year and these stones and their properties are believed to be particularly beneficial to a person born within that month.

Peridot Wish Bracelet - Birthstone For August
Peridot Wish Bracelet – Birthstone For August

Which Gemstone Is YOUR Birthstone?

Some months have more than one birthstone to choose from.

The UK Recognised Birthstones Are:

  • January – Garnet
  • February – Amethyst
  • March – Aquamarine, Bloodstone
  • April – Diamond, Rock Crystal
  • May – Emerald, Chrysoprase
  • June – Pearl, Moonstone
  • July – Ruby, Carnelian, Onyx
  • August – Peridot, Sardonyx
  • September – Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli
  • October – Opal, Tourmaline
  • November – Topaz, Citrine
  • December – Turquoise

The US Recognised Birthstones Are:

  • January – Garnet
  • February – Amethyst
  • March – Aquamarine, Bloodstone
  • April – Diamond, Rock Crystal
  • May – Emerald
  • June – Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite
  • July – Ruby
  • August – Peridot, Sardonyx
  • September – Sapphire
  • October – Opal, Tourmaline
  • November – Topaz, Citrine
  • December – Turquoise, Tanzanite, Zircon

We will cover some of the properties of these wonderful gemstones in more depth in later posts.

If you would like to get hold of your own birthstone, we have a range of very affordable birthstone wish bracelets and other jewellery in the Wish Knots online store – Wish Knots

Carnelian Wish Bracelet - Birthstone For July
Carnelian Wish Bracelet – Birthstone For July

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