What is it about shiny, sparkling things that turn some of us into magpies? We can’t help but reach for the item (or click on it, as the case may be). Some of us go beyond magpie and become like Gollum, the character first introduced in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit that obsessively loved his “precious” gold ring. A special gemstone, precious or just semi-precious, can become very dear to us.
It’s rarity, purity and hardness that determine just how precious a gemstone is. Poor amethyst was once a precious gem. Then a huge mine of amethyst was discovered in South America, soon to be followed by several more mine discoveries and, just like that, what has been called “extravagance in violet,” was relegated to “semi-“ status.
Since ancient times, gemstones have been purported to possess mystical powers or to draw or deflect certain energies. In the case of amethyst, its name comes from the ancient Greek belief that it protected its owner from drunkenness. In Greek “a” means not and “methystos” means intoxicated.
Little research exists that explains why gemstones and crystals have meaning (like an amethyst keeping its owner from drunkenness). It’s likely that the power of suggestion played a significant role. Alchemists and mystical practitioners were quite often storytellers that understood an enthralling story often equaled higher revenues or even long term patronage. The very best storytellers could convince customers that a gemstone offered protection, brought good luck or even promoted fertility. Add in the law of attraction (touching and gazing at the stone while thinking of its supposed mystical properties) and self-fulfilling prophecy and before you know it, a stone has a reputation.
One of the shiny objects Unique Batik customers are attracted to is the Nepalese Bead Bracelet from Thailand. There are seven versions of the three-strand combination of brass beads, semi-precious stones and a large Nepalese cylinder or bicone bead.
Our Temple Bracelet, also from Thailand combines faceted semi-precious stones or glass beads with brass beads and a coin and loop closures. The Temple bracelet may feature amethyst, fluorite, jade, jasper, ruby in zoisite, onyx, turquoise, unakite or quartz.
Of the semi-precious stones found in the Temple Bracelet, ruby in zoisite is one of the most interesting. It’s what’s known as a combination crystal because it contains small ruby crystals in zoisite, which is known for hosting a variety of precious gem crystals. Ruby in zoisite is believed to prevent the person wearing it from over-reacting in challenging situations, to prevent mood swings and to convert negative energy into positive energy.
The Om Bracelet goes one step further than most jewelry. It combines semi-precious stones with a large Tibetan om bead – a bead featuring the om symbol. When spoken, om is considered one of the most sacred sounds. It is often called the god sound because it can be found in a variety of religions and beliefs.
The natural attraction to glitter doesn’t have to be denied. Whether mystical properties are embedded in a gem or not, the joy you feel when gazing at something attractive is real.