Long have people relied on stones for healing, protection, and emotional support. Crystals and stones all have different vibrations, and our vibration is a reflection of our energy. We want to raise our vibration in life, becoming vital, connected beings. In times of stress or uncertainty, stones can serve as great comfort. The physical weight of the stone itself in our hands can pacify tensions and bolster confidence.
Lisa Gastineau, jewelry designer and spiritual healing gemstone expert, gave us the lowdown on one of her favorite stones for healing and protection—turquoise. Gastineau refers to turquoise as an “efficient healer, good for the spirit and well-being of the body.” It’s also her birthstone, but that doesn’t have any sway on her. “It instills inner calm and well-being and enhances intuition. It’s great for the tissues and eyes.”
Jewelry itself is very powerful. “When you get an energy reading, a good one, they will ask you to bring a piece of jewelry, because jewelry contains a lot of energy; it has a very high vibration. Certain stones are more cleansing, some are great for your heart, some attract love, some prosperity. They give you karmic patterns.”
While science shows us that vibrations have healing power (and can even heal broken bones!), we would never say that crystals and stones should replace crucial medicine in times of need. However, Gastineau says we should definitely use them in tandem with other modes of healing. After all, stones do hold their own vibrational energy. In this study, it is shown that stones are used effectively for both electronic gem therapy and color/radiation gem therapy. Both light projection and energy frequencies of gemstones are used to induce energy into diseased or injured tissues.
Gastineau notes the history of gemstone use for healing. “Going back many generations, people believed that stones could heal the body and help with physical and psychic immune systems. They were antiviral, antimicrobial, mood-boosting, and confidence-building. There is a reason I call my practice of jewelry making ‘Spiritual Rx.’”
She explains that turquoise is very healing not only to the physical body but mentally, as well. It’s an excellent stone for public speaking, to help calm nerves and help us define our sense of purpose and confidence. “Stones don’t give you things. They don’t suddenly bestow upon us wealth, or self-love, or passion, or focus. They help us to block what doesn’t serve us, like angst, nervousness, low self-esteem, and grief.”
Because turquoise is so calming and protective, it’s amazing for times of uncertainty. “Many people use turquoise for panic attacks and depression—you wear it close to your body or you meditate with it in your hands,” Gastineau explains.
But Gastineau warns that many turquoise jewelry pieces are fake, so beware. “If it’s really inexpensive, it’s fake. It’s often dyed agate and does not have the same properties.” So invest in a genuine piece, and you can keep it forever or pass it along. Also, Gastineau explains that “different attributes in the stone itself are a result of where it is from.” We are so used to the Southwestern look of Arizona turquoise, which is very veined.
However, Gastineau’s favorite is Persian turquoise. “It’s a very biblical stone, which I feel has historical power. It doesn’t have as many veins through it. It’s a more solid color.” So if you’re looking for a little more organic nature in your jewelry collection, or simply want to add a powerfully healing stone to your repertoire, turquoise is an abundantly vibrational addition. In these uncertain and fraught times, we need something solid to hold on to.
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