What you need to know about healing crystals

What you need to know about healing crystals

Have you ever wondered about the benefits of healing crystals or which birthstone is associated with each month? Semi-precious gemstones have been used in jewellery and accessories for Millenia. But some people believe semi precious stones and gemstones have specific meanings and uses. Recently there has been a renewed interest in natural crystals and their potential healing qualities. They are thought to help balance energy and enhance wellbeing. Semi-precious gemstone beads can not only be used to make beautiful jewellery, but the stones themselves may have many benefits and properties.

Semi Precious Gemstone means  - chart by The Bead Shop Nottingham

Aquamarine – Throat Chakra – March Birthstone

Aquamarine harnesses the properties of water, bringing ease of movement and encouraging the flow of energy. Similarly, the stone also washes away negative energy, stresses and helps bring renewal and rejuvenation. Use these properties to help balance energy levels and bring a sense of tranquility. Ancient sailors regarded aquamarine as a good luck talisman when facing a treacherous journey by sea.

Amethyst – Third Eye Chakra – February Birthstone

Healing, calming and protecting, amethyst can bring a sense of contentment. It offers protection from negative energies.  Its is a great stone to keep in both the workplace and home, encouraging both clear thinking and effective communication. As an effective all round healer, if worn at night amethyst is great for insomnia. Amethyst is an ancient stone, having been used as far back as 25000 BC.

Black Onyx

A stone of protection and release, onyx is useful to help us break free from fear. It helps release us from anxiety and uncertainty and allow our intuition and spirituality to come forward. Black onyx draws on the power of night, offering restoration and protection.  

Carnelian – July Birthstone

Carnelian is a vibrant stone, stimulating creativity, joy and vitality. It is popular with performers and artists, helping to bring out confidence and passion. A stone of action, carnelian awakens inner talents and creative instincts. Known as a healing stone in the middle ages, using it to help relieve the stress and terror caused by the invading Vikings.

Citrine – Solar Plexus Chakra – November Birthstone

The bright and sunny nature of citrine stimulates positive energy, inner happiness and enhances joy. But citrine is also a stone of wealth and abundance, helping to manifest success and achieve goals. When combined with other gemstones, citrine can boost and amplify their benefits. Citrine is a form of yellow quartz and its name derives from the French ‘citron’, meaning yellow.

Garnet – Root Chakra – January Birthstone

Garnet is an energetic stone, helping to change old ideas and behaviours and open up new ideas, by clearing energy blockages. It is grounding and connects us to the present moment, allowing us to appreciate life more fully. It is energising, increasing vitality and both attracts and deepens love.

Hematite – Root Chakra

This metallic stone is centering and grounding. Hematite helps to neutralise worry and stress allowing natural joy and vitality. If you are feeling out of control or like things are spiraling, hematite aligns the chakras and connects you back to your body. The shimmering sheen of hematite brings brightness to an otherwise dark tone, just as the stone can help you see the positive in the negative. Hematite is named after the Latin word  ‘haima,’ meaning blood, for the red iron pigment it produces.

Lapis Lazuli – September Birthstone

Lapis Lazuli is a stone of wisdom and enlightenment and truth. It is a powerful stone for spiritual growth, intuitive perception and objectivity. It can promote self expression and self-awareness. Favoured by the Ancient Egyptians and ground into paint by Renaissance artists, Lapis Lazuli is a stone long renowned for its beauty and power.

Moonstone – June Birthstone

Moonstone is a sacred stone that empowers your inner spirit, encouraging growth and strength. It helps to clear obstacles on the path of destiny, encouraging positivity and creative inspiration. The healing powers of moonstone can help to clear your mind and balance the spirit. The pearly shimmer of moonstone is due to the phenomenon of labradorescence , causing light to refract within its structure.

Peridot – Heart Chakra- August Birthstone

Peridot is a stone of joy and light. Use peridot to help rid you of toxic emotions, replacing stress and jealousy with confidence and lightness. Linked with the sun, peridot brings a bright and cheery dose of happiness. Known as the study stone, peridot can help to bring mental clarity and focus, opening the mind to new ideas and learning.

Rose Quartz  – Heart Chakra – October Birthstone

Rose quartz is a stone of universal love, bringing compassion, happiness and peace and helping cultivate kindness and self-love. Enhances love through ridding you of negativity, toxic emotions and building trust and forgiveness. It helps to heal old emotional wounds and bring current emotions into balance. The Ancient Greeks and Romans were the first to see rose quartz as the stone of love, believing it was sent from Cupid to bring love to humans.

Tiger Eye

Tigers Eye is a powerful stone, renewing optimism, enthusiasm and motivation. If you are looking to learn a new skill or take on a new challenge, tigers eye can help bring courage and determination. Thanks to its perspective-shifting properties, tigers eye can help you to reach your full potential.

Clear Quartz – Crown Chakra – April Birthstone

Clear quartz is a powerful healing stone that balances, intensifies energy and clarity of thought. It is the ultimate manifestation stone, helping focus thoughts and intentions to bring about change. Quartz is a crucial element in many electronic devices, being able to store and flow power.

Sunstone – Sacral Chakra

Sunstone is a vital and energising stone, it’s sun-kissed appearance bringing brightness and cheer. It nourishes confidence and encourages creativity. If you are feeling blue and down, sunstone can lift you and bring a sense of hope and lightness. But sunstone also enhances power and leadership by strengthening self-worth and confidence.

References:
www.energymuse.com
Crystals: Harness the Power of Crystal Healing by Yulia Van Doren
The Crystal Bible, Vol.1 b Judy Hall
Cassandra Eason’s Illustrated Directory of Healing Crystals

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Debbie Bryan
07:50 30 Apr 20
I've been a customer at this creative haven since my days as a textile student 20 years ago! The staff are always so helpful and the online customer service is excellent too. Always an inspiring visit, reasonable prices too.
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12:01 17 Jan 20
This shop and the people who work there are absolutely amazing! I order both online and via phone when I have a bigger order and they are so helpful. Recently I placed an order and it meant that they had to order some bits in because it was a big order and one or two items weren't normally stocked... by them. Rather than send me to another bead shop to get the non stock items, they put in a special order for me and went out of their way to make sure that all was done in one stop. They ship things quickly and securely and the packages are always well wrapped without being wasteful. In all, The Bead Shop (Nottingham) is one of the best bead shops around and I wish I lived closer so I could spend more time browsing the actual shop!read more
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Jackie Harrison
15:29 24 Dec 19
I contacted The Bead Shop for some advice and now wish we lived nearer! The advice I was given was fantastic and the parcel even arrived with a little extra something for my daughter and a lovely hand written note. The delivery was quick and the package well packed. Looking forward to many more... purchases.read more
Siobhan Somers
Siobhan Somers
20:23 17 Dec 19
I recently attended a beginners jewellery workshop at The Bead Shop in Nottingham, after being given a voucher for my birthday last year. I have fancied picking up a little creative hobby for a while, but what I hadn’t anticipated was just how relaxing it would be. I completely switched off to... everything else for 3 hours and it was so refreshing. Honestly think these workshops should be offered to big companies as a way to reduce stress and get their staff feeling creative. Can’t wait to come back for another!read more
Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson
12:26 12 Dec 19
I have had great service from this shop. I only needed a few beads to complete a project. Their delivery price was by far the best for a small order. They were dispatched quickly and were exactly as described. Would highly recommend.
Janice Arnold
Janice Arnold
06:56 21 Nov 19
Really pleased with my purchase, excellent service and the price was great I hunted everywhere for letter beads to put on my handmade wreaths Just placed another little order.
Joanne Johnson
Joanne Johnson
16:14 18 Nov 19
I recently visited the Bead Shop in Nottingham and was very pleased to be served by extremely helpful young lady. I am very much a beginner at Jewellery making and she identified everything I needed to make some earrings. She was also courteous and cheerful. I later tried to order some more... items using the mail order website but due to my lack of technological skills, I soon ran into difficulties. I telephoned the shop and a very pleasant gentleman talked me through the whole process (which incidently was very straightforward). I am grateful to the Bead Shop not only for the professionalism, patience and courtesy of their staff but also for the quality of their merchandise. Thank you and I look forward to my next visit.read more
Sam Self
Sam Self
10:23 17 Nov 19
Absolutely brilliant service! I ordered a few things and they arrived very quickly. The items were packaged exexcellently too. I have since contacted the shop about future workshops and nothing is too much trouble for these lovely peeps! Will definitely use them again.
Joe Ling
Joe Ling
16:08 13 Nov 19
They had the most amazing beads! Every shape and size you could imagine! They even had vibrating ones! Those made me feel the best !
Alyson Larholm
Alyson Larholm
09:54 10 Nov 19
I have used this company a few times and they have always been helpful, accommodating and really lovely too! When I've needed advice, they've also been very quick to look at photo's to help me work out what I need etc. Can't recommend them enough.
Kim Mitchell
Kim Mitchell
09:39 04 Nov 19
Keep returning to this company. Best value for money, quality of items and fast delivery. Highly recommended.
David Austen
David Austen
11:56 28 Oct 19
When I ordered the breakaway beads for the lanyard I have been making I got confirmation of the order in minutes less than 24hrs had notification that my order had been packed and sent and I received it in 2 days absolutely brilliant thank you so much for speed and good packaging no worries I... will be back again.read more
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20:21 27 Oct 19
Beautiful products, excellent service, speedy delivery. .still loving The Bead Shop (Nottingham)! Great job everyone - Thank you!
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13:33 24 Oct 19
as always very impressed with delivery. Will be ordering again soon, plus hoping to call in at the shop for a good browse. Thank you and keep up the good work
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06:39 15 Oct 19
Really quick service and great prices! Really low postage costs too. My usual bead order shop closed, this was a light amongst many pricier alternatives!
Mo Beach-Morris
Mo Beach-Morris
14:42 01 Sep 19
I was recently trying to find a specific Beadalon item and discovered one version of it at the Bead Shop, one of the few places to sell these components at a competitive price. I mentioned on the site feedback that I would have liked this item in another colour, and much to my surprise, I... received a phone call regarding this item. The Bead Shop have now ordered this item for me, and I am beyond grateful. What superb customer service, certainly going above and beyond. Thank you Bead Shop.read more
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Mairi McInerney
14:17 30 Aug 19
First time I've ordered from them, and will definitely order from them again. They had the book I was looking for, and at a great price. Really speedy service too. It arrived the day after I ordered it, and I live in the Highlands.
Susan Horsman
Susan Horsman
18:44 27 Aug 19
They stock some unusual items, brooch to pendant converters, as well as a good range of beads and accessories. Service is always quick. A good place to shop.
Justyna Lewandowska
Justyna Lewandowska
06:27 09 Aug 19
Love this place! Such a nice atmosphere I love browsing through hundreds of beads. Great selection of jewellery making tools and findings.
Sue E
Sue E
14:24 06 Aug 19
Enjoyed an introduction to Jewelry making workshop this morning. Made a pair of earrings and a bracelet! Thank you Emma for a great workshop and your patience
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14:11 18 Jul 19
Lovely bead shop that I miss now that I'm back in Devon. Great selection of beads and findings and great online service too. Thank you :)
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21:21 20 Jun 19
Lovely quality flower beads. I’ve shopped here online a few times & I always find the process very easy, the service is very efficient too. I’ll definitely be back for more.
Frances McCarthy
Frances McCarthy
12:04 13 Jun 19
Great local shop with products for a wide range of skills. Knowledgable and friendly staff. Kits, beads, equipment and findings all easy to browse, lots of examples, and even workshops.
Nicole C
Nicole C
06:19 10 Jun 19
Stumbled across this wonderful site while I was shopping for some new delica beads and I was thrilled by the choice of colours and the different types of beads they offer at very reasonable prices. Their site is super easy to navigate and they have a very handy quick-add of various amounts of the... beads you want which makes it very quick to fill up your basket (much to the dismay of my bank balance!) Once I placed my order I chose 1st class post and they arrived within 2 days of placing it, I will DEFINITELY be buying from here againread more
Wendy Booth
Wendy Booth
23:26 01 Jun 19
I recently attended an 'Introduction to jewellery making' class here and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a nice,small group, which meant help was at hand when needed, and the instructor was really patient and knowledgeable. We left with a bracelet and a pair of earrings each that we had made... ourselves, which I am wearing with pride. Great value for money and a brilliant way to spend a Saturday morning -thank you.read more
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06:01 24 May 19
Only ordered by post so far and have ditched the Amazon link now. Excellent service, price and quality. I had to phone in to amend some details, it was all done quickly and followed up.
CAROL REID
CAROL REID
13:57 12 Apr 19
I am new to bead weaving and having bought seed beads ,needles and a book to start I realised storage was an issue. I bought bead tubes and a needle case to protect my tools. I then saw the beginners kit so that went in my basket. The delivery was quick and by Royal mail, wooden needle case take... my new beading needles(can't find them anywhere else). The kit is beautifully presented and has what appears to be comprehensive instructions.looking forward to starting it. Will certainly be back.read more
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09:05 12 Mar 18
Great little shop packed with everything you need to make gorgeous bead creations. We attended one of the bead jewellery workshops upstairs. There were 10 of us on a hen party day of celebrations. Our tutor, Emma was brilliant and we all made a pair of earrings and a bracelet to take home. With it... being a hen party she also allowed us to have cupcakes and champagne whilst we worked. It made for a very enjoyable afternoon.read more
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