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					                      CRYSTALS AND GEMSTONES

   Crystals and gemstones have captivated human interest for centuries.
They have been used in cultures throughout the ages for adornment,
used in healing practices, as well as in art. Throughout history,
gemstones and crystals played a part in culture. Certain stones were used
to adorn crowns, scepters, and swords. Royalty and noblemen used
crystals and gemstones to show their wealth.

   Crystals and gemstones still hold their mystical power over us today.
Crystals generate a vibration of their own. Color may first attract you or
the shape or size may catch your eye. Yet certain crystals and gemstones
seem to reach out to you on a different level. It is something you cannot
seem to explain. It is believed that the healing properties of these stones
aid in the balancing of emotions. They can promote an overall well being
of the person using the crystal. Various stones are used during
meditation. Many still use crystals and gemstones as talismans.
Pendulums are made from different types of stones. Even decorative
water fountains are made out of various crystals. Large gems make
beautiful bookends.

  Crystals and gemstones can be used during massages. Crystals can be
used on acupuncture, acupressure, and reflexology points. Stones are
used to help balance our chakras.

   Crystals and gemstones captivate us with their beauty. Twelve
gemstones symbolize the month we were born, called birthstones.
Jewelry is made using numerous crystal and gemstones. Wearing crystal
pendants or placing it on a key ring allows the individual to have that
stone with them at all times.

 Here is a list of some of the more popular crystals and gemstones and
some of their known qualities
Amethyst     Brings inner peace, spiritual awareness, and Divine
             Connection. Used for protection and in meditation. Helps
             with breaking bad habits. Promotes balance and healing.
             Releases mystic, spiritual, and psychic wisdom.

Aquamarine Stone of courage and strength, it calms fears and releases
           what is no longer needed. It brings serenity, inspiration,
           tranquility, peace, and cleansing.

Aventurine Enhances success, prosperity, and growth and is used for
           good luck. It heals the heart and emotions, bringing
           blessings of health, wealth, and happiness.

Clear Quartz Encourages protection, harmony of the body and mind,
             allowing clear thinking, positive thoughts.

Jade         Promotes health, wealth, longevity, practical wisdom,
             tranquility, and balance.

Rose Quartz Stone of Unconditional Love. It enhances all forms of love
            and promotes forgiveness

Quartz       Very grounding, it dissolves negative energy and provides

Turquoise    Stone of vision. It promotes honest communication and
             emotional sensitivity and brings wisdom