Quick Beginners Guide to Crystals and Gemstones


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Lately, I’ve been on a bit of a kick, learning about all different kinds of crystals and gemstones and their supposed “healing powers.”  I’m still a bit skeptical, but the subject interests me, and I even bought a book to learn more on the subject:


So today, when we went to a local craft fair, I was really excited to see multiple vendors with crystal and gemstone jewelry.  Some of them were clearly handmade pieces (which I love), and others looked a little bit manufactured (AKA slightly less cool).


I left with a lot more pieces than I’d originally planned on buying, but I’m really happy with what I found, and thought it’d be fun to share here on the blog.

Crystal and Gemstone Jewelry From the Craft Fair

Jewelry from the craft fair, labeled A-G.


Everything in the photo above has some type of gemstone or crystal, except for the bracelet labeled “D”—that one’s just a pretty mixed-media piece I wanted to add to my collection.


Here’s a quick rundown of the other pieces, and some info about each of the different stones:


Necklace “A” & Bracelet “E” | Tiger Eye


These pieces are made with Tiger Eye (or, as I like to call it, Eye of the Tiger… I digress).  Here’s some more information about Tiger Eye, from Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahisan’s book1:


“Tiger Eye is a blood fortifier, supporting general vitality.  It is strengthening to the endocrine system and assists in bringing one’s hormones and biochemistry into balance.” (Simmons & Ahsian, 2015, p. 483).



There’s a ton of additional information about Tiger Eye in the book, including its link to the first and third chakras and how it helps maintain balance, helping you “find the harmonious center between all types of polarities.”


They also list out some “keywords” (or traits) that Tiger Eye is associated with:

  • Balance between extremes
  • Discernment
  • Vitality
  • Strength
  • Practicality
  • Fairness


It’s definitely interesting, and I think I may add a ew more Tiger Eye pieces to my collection in the future.

Necklace “B” & Bracelet “G” | Black Agate


Both of the vendors who sold me these items said they were made with black agate.  Unfortunately, while The Book Of Stones has a section about different examples of agates, there’s no information about black agates.


I did find a few crystal websites and blogs, though, and based on what I’ve read, it seems like black agate is useful for overcoming fears and bad luck, while attracting good fortune, independence, and wealth.


Bracelet “F” | Pyrite


According to the vendor, this bracelet is made of pyrite, but I’m starting to second-guess that, because it looks nothing like the photos I’ve looked up online (and the photo of pyrite in The Book Of Stones also looks pretty dissimilar).  I’d hate to think that I got duped, but I guess we’ll never really know…


Anyway, let’s give the vendor the benefit of the doubt and move forward under the impression that this bracelet is made of pyrite.


The Book Of Stones explains that “pyrite is excellent for increasing the power of the third chakra in both men and women.  It imparts an immediate increase in vitality and gives one a boost for accomplishing challenging tasks in the physical world.” (Simmons & Ahsian, 2015, p. 384).


Below are the keywords/ traits pyrite is associated with:


  • Masculine energy
  • Manifestation
  • Action
  • Vitality
  • Willpower
  • Creativity
  • Confidence

As someone who earns a living writing, I’m always excited to learn more about how to develop my creative side.

Necklace “C” | Dendritic Opal


So, fun fact… this necklace, the necklace labeled “A,” and the bracelet labeled “G” all came from the same vendor.


When we first stopped by her table, I bought the “G” bracelet and then walked away to look at other tables—but something just pulled me back to this vendor.  Almost every piece of jewelry she had out looked like something I could see myself wearing, and her prices were actually better than everyone else’s.


I love the look of large stone pendants that make a statement, and decided to go with a neutral-colored necklace so I could pair it with as many outfits as possible.


According to the vendor, this stone is Dendritic Opal.  Unfortunately, The Book Of Stones doesn’t have any information on this specifically, but here’s what it says about white opal:


“White Opal helps to clarify, calm and focus the mind so that more subtle spiritual signals can be received and processed.  It is a general enhancer of psychic information.” (Simmons & Ahsian, 2015, p. 357).


I’m still a little bit of a skeptic, but like I said, learning about gemstones is a lot of fun, and I’m also excited to have some new, interesting pieces to add to my jewelry collection.


Are You A Crystal Or Gemstone Enthusiast?


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Works Cited

1 Simmons, R. & Ahsian, N.  (2015).  The Book Of Stones.  Berkeley, CA: Heaven & Earth Publishing.