After the beautiful sun this weekend, yet another rainy day makes the scenery all that more bleak. So, why not introduce a little extra color into the day?
I equate water to the color blue, so here are my three favorite blue semiprecious stones!
|Sodalite pendant and tumbled stone. The rune carved into the pendant is “jara”, which roughly translates into “harvest”.|
I featured this stone last September, but looking back, I realize that I’d left out one of sodalite’s meanings. In many cultures, sodalite is seen as a stone for new beginnings and cycles, which is why whoever made the above pendant matched it with the Germanic rune for harvest.
It’s also associated with creativity and writing, which makes it great for artists who also carry metaphysical beliefs with them.
As you can see in the two examples above, it comes in all sorts of colors, but almost always has a bit of blue scattered throughout.
|Kyanite, both polished and raw.|
Next up is kyanite. In the world of metaphysics, it’s renowned as an energetic cleanser. This may be because of its blue and white coloring, which makes it reminiscent of water as it runs down a surface.
This mineral is a metamorphic rock, meaning it’s formed under great pressure within the earth’s crust. Even though it’s most often various shades of blue, orange kyanite has been found in Tanzania. The interesting orange coloration comes from manganese within its structure.
In addition to its role as a gemstone, it’s also used in ceramics for the interesting way it refracts light, as an abrasive and in insulators for electrics.
|Labradorite from one angle.|
|Same stone from a slightly different angle.|
Last, but certainly not least, is labradorite. I only discovered this gemstone a couple of years ago, and fell in love with the way light refracts within it. Often confused with ammolite, this stone is a type of feldspar, not a fossil. It wasn’t named after a dog, either. Labradorite gets its name from Labrador Island in Canada, where it was found centuries ago.
When it comes to metaphysical meaning and healing properties, labradorite doesn’t disappoint. It’s said this stone can encourage a person’s creativity, bolster their self esteem and encourage calmness in otherwise chaotic environments. It’s also reputed to be connected to the Archangel Raphael, the angel of healing.
It’s been popular in jewelry making since the 18th century, but it’s also used in glass and road creation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s also used in ceramics. As for the pictured stone? That stays by my bedside, so I can have something pretty to wake up to every morning.
The stories behind these stones are part of what makes them so unique and fun to work with. What are your favorite stones?