Happy Halloween JTV Blog Fans!
We all know that gemstones have always been appreciated for their beauty, but have you ever considered the myths and legends associated with them? For example, did you know that pirates used the gemstone peridot to drive away evil spirits, but not until the gem was pierced and strung on hair from a donkey?
As Halloween approaches, the mysterious legends associated with gemstones make for entertaining conversation. Beware the following spooky tales of mystical powers and warding off evil curses! And as a special "treat" we have included a couple of fun Halloween projects! Enjoy! --Codee, JTV.com Intern
In classical times, Amber was once believed to offer a magical light for the deceased as they progressed through the underworld. Given this association, Amber was once believed to provide magicians and sorcerers with special powers.
With the mythology surrounding the origin of Amethyst, it is perhaps fitting that it was once considered a talisman to prevent drunkenness, which explains why wine goblets were once made from this gem.
Ametrine is said to aid in meditation, relieve tension, disperse negativity and help eliminate prejudice.
Andalusite is considered by crystal healers to be a gemstone that enhances intellect, problem solving abilities and mental clarity. It is also mentioned as being conducive to the receipt of messages from the netherworld.
A deeply religious gem, Carnelian was used by the Egyptian goddess Isis to protect the dead on their journey through the afterlife.
In antiquity, Citrine was believed to be the gemstone of happiness and used as a protective talisman against evil thoughts. Citrine was believed to aid digestion, remove toxins from the body (commonly used as a charm against snakebites and venomous reptiles).
In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, when set in gold and worn on the left side, it was believed that Diamonds held the power to drive away nightmares, to ward off phantoms, and soothe savage beasts.
Diopside is also called the "crying gemstone," because it is believed by crystal healers to heal trauma by bringing forth cleansing tears.
Onyx is believed by some to encourage the growth of fingernails, hair and skin and is often associated with instincts and intuition. Believed to give one the power to deeply analyze a situation before reacting to it, some healers believe that it restores confidence in life and love.
Historically, Opal was considered a lucky charm that brought beauty, success and happiness to its wearer. The early Greeks believed that Opals embodied the powers of foresight and prophecy.
Pearls were loved in Roman society, the craze reaching is zenith during the 1st century BC when upper class Roman women (lower ranks were forbidden to wear them) wore their Pearls to bed so they could be reminded of their wealth immediately upon awakening.
Pirates believed that Peridot had the power to drive away evil spirits (and the night's terrors), especially if set in gold. But as protection from evil spirits they believed it must be pierced, strung on donkey hair and worn on the left arm.
Known as the "prediction stone" among spiritual healers, it is believed that Prehnite can enhance one's dreaming and rememberance. Some crystal healers also believe that Prehnite's color and unusual touch are ideal for stress release.
The ancients of India considered Quartz to have special properties as transformers as well as keepers of energy. To this day Quartz crystals are used universally in meditation, as they are believed to possess healing properties and other diverse metaphysical powers.
Rubies were believed to have mystical powers hidden within the intense red gemstone. The fiery crimson color of Rubies caused many civilizations to associate them with passion, love and romance. Rubies were also thought to bestow wisdom, health and luck in gambling
Sapphires symbolize truth, sincerity and faithfulness, and are thought to bring peace, joy and wisdom to their owners. In ancient times it was believed that when the wearer faced challenging obstacles, the gem's power enabled them to find the correct solution.
Spinels have a bizarre association with sorcerers and alchemists. One tale describes how Spinels could be used to work against their masters. Those thought to possess supernatural powers were found guilty if they began to shake when approached with a Spinel wrapped in paper!
Sunstone was thought to aid navigation both in reality and during one's journey to the afterlife. Crystal healers believe Sunstone to be useful for adding personal insight and alleviating depression. Historically, Sunstone has been linked with benevolent gods, luck and good fortune.
Roman soldiers wore Tiger's Eye for protection during battle. Due to its appearance, in the ancient world Tiger's Eye was thought to be all seeing, offering protection during travel, and strengthening of convictions and confidence.
The Egyptian's called Topaz the "gem of the sun," believing it was colored by the golden glow of their sun god Ra and thus a powerful protector from harm.
JTV's How To: Halloween Inspired Projects
In order to get into the spooky spirit of Halloween, JTVer Wendy helped us make BOO-tiful creations that are sure to send shivers down your spine. Using Jewel School items we made these easy and quick beaded spiders and pumpkin-inspired bracelets. These projects were designed so that even the kiddies can get in on the fun (with some adult help and supervision, of course.)
Next, take the pliers and curl the ends of the wire one full turn in order to secure the beads in place.
Then, voila! You have created a scary (yet sparkly) spider!
The pumpkin-inspired bracelets are simple to make as well. Just take the beading wire and use the pliers to rotate the wire once around to secure your beads. String Swarovski Element beads to the length desired. Use wire cutters to cut your wire, then use your pliers on the opposite end to rotate and close the beads in order to secure them.
Wendy and I had a lot of fun with these projects!