and Their Meanings
A stone encyclopedia brought to you by Leslie Francesca Designs
Those of us who love crystals and stones, and strongly believe in the characteristics they carry and the benefits they offer, find it absolutely necessary to surround ourselves with the natural and positive energies they give off. Leslie Francesca jewelry does just that.
Listed below are a variety of stones found in collections made by Leslie Francesca Designs. Each piece of jewelry embraces natural elements and diffuses the healing properties of each unique stone.
Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. Usually banded in layers, or stripes, some varieties have "eye" markings, or specks of color, some have fossilized inclusions, and others are solid. Called the earth rainbow, the concentric bands of Agate form in nearly every color the earth can produce, including a colorless form.
Stability, Balance, Clarity
Metaphysically, Agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence. The layered bands of microscopic quartz in Agate may appear delicate, they are actually very strong. Agate is excellent for balancing emotional, physical and intellectual energy, and in harmonizing yin and yang, the positive and negative forces of the universe.
Chrysocolla is a carbonate copper gemstone. It has an alluring, vivid blue-green color and is often mistaken for turquoise because they share many visual similarities. It can often be found intermingled with malachite, turquoise and azurite, creating a wonderful mixed gemstone known as Eilat stone. The rich, vibrant blue and green colors of chrysocolla are reminiscent of looking down upon the Earth's surface from space.
Wisdom, Harmony, Clarity
Chrysocolla is the gentlest of stones. It's not a high-energy stone like quartz, rutilated quartz or smoky quartz, and unlike malachite, azurite and lapis, it doesn't bring buried emotions to the surface. Its main role is to soothe, calm and inspire. It has the ability to bring harmony, increase wisdom and guide you toward discretion. It promotes level-headedness, encouraging clarity of thought and a neutral, calm attitude during turbulence by purifying the home, environment and the mind. Use it to decrease nervousness and irritability.
Citrine is a transparent, yellow variety of Quartz, ranging in color from pale to golden yellow, honey or almost brown. Many have come to know and love this stone under the name gold topaz, or Madeira or Spanish topaz, although in actual fact it has very little in common with the higher-quality gemstone topaz except for a few nuances of color. It is called The Merchant's Stone for its properties of increase in the cashbox. Citrine not only assists in acquiring wealth, but helps in maintaining it.
Intelligence, Wealth, Curiosity
Natural Citrine is a premier stone of manifestation, imagination, and personal will. Carrying the power of the sun, it is warm and comforting, energizing and life-giving. It stimulates the chakras like the sunlight of spring, clearing the mind and stirring the soul to action. Its frequency awakens creativity and imagination, and sustains the process of transforming dreams and wishes into tangible form. With its pure yellow energy, Citrine encourages fullness of life, fresh beginnings, and new pursuits.
Crystal Quartz is the most recognized type of crystal. In fact, many people envision quartz crystals when they think of crystals, even though there are many different types of crystal. Quartz can be icy clear or have inclusions, veils, bubbles, and various colors. Visual clarity normally isn't important to a quartz's energetic quality and ability to amplify subtle energies.
Healing, Calmness, Energy
Crystal quartz enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing, and transmitting. It channels universal energy. Crystal Quartz also enhances thoughts, as they are a form of energy. Because it directs and amplifies energy, it is extremely beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection, and channeling. It is also beneficial for storing and retrieving information of all types, as information is a form of energy pattern also.
Druzy's appearance can vary in regards to shape and size, but collectively, they look like thousands of tiny diamonds shimmering on a gemstone. Druzy is the geological term for quartz formed over a million years of crystallization through dissolved silica forced into porous areas of rocks by ground water causing its rapid cooling which then forms tiny crystals on the surfaces or in the cavities of the rocks.
Sensitivity, Harmony, Creativity
Druzy has a positive impact on the wearer, as its calming and soothing effect can relieve stress from the mind. It dispels negative energy and cleanses the aura of the wearer. It amplifies clear, creative, and pragmatic thinking. It is said to aid the metaphysics of the wearer and balance any impurities within the body by promoting good health, meditation, and positive thinking.
Kyanite is an aluminum silicate mineral, often occurring as long, striated bladed crystals that may be transparent or translucent with a pearly sheen. It's most identifiable feature is its anisotropism, the ability to cleave perfectly in two directions with two distinctly different hardnesses on the perpendicular axes.
Communication, High Vibration, Dreaming
Kyanite inspires loyalty and fair treatment to others. It assists in working through disagreements and disputes, and can aid in repairing damaged relationships. It is beneficial in negotiations, diplomatic missions, arbitration and other forms of communication between disharmonious people, allowing disparate energies to move into resonance and find a common frequency.
Labradorite is an extraordinary stone that shimmers in a mystical light which separates the waking world from unseen realms. It is usually gray-green, dark gray, black or grayish-white, and is composed in aggregate layers that refract light as iridescent flashes of peacock blue, gold, pale green, or coppery red. In every sense it is known as the Stone of Magic, a crystal of shamans, diviners, healers, and all who travel and embrace the universe seeking knowledge and guidance. For self-discovery, it is excellent for awakening one's own awareness of inner spirit and intuition.
Strength, Protection, Intuition
Labradorite is the most powerful protector of the mineral kingdom, creating a shielding force strengthening natural energies from within. It protects against the negativity and misfortunes of this world, and provides safe exploration into alternate levels of consciousness and visionary experiences from the past or the future.
Pyrite is often called “Fool’s Gold,” though there is nothing foolish about this mineral. Within its gleaming beauty is a stone of hidden fire, one that can be sparked to life by striking it against metal or stone. An Earth element, it also resonates with Fire energy, symbolizing the warmth and lasting presence of the sun and the ability to generate wealth by one’s own power. It is masculine in nature, a stone of action, vitality and will, and taps into one’s abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas. It brings confidence and the persistence to carry things through to completion
Prosperity, Protection, Strength
Pyrite is a crystal of positive energy, and is extremely helpful for melancholy and thoughts fixed on misfortune and despair. It relieves anxiety and frustration, and as a mirror to the self, reveals the causes behind these emotions and promotes a search for solutions. Pyrite also allows one to see beyond pretense, to what truly lies behind words and actions. It provides the insight that often things that disturb us in others are also present in us.
Tourmaline is a stone that occurs as prismatic crystals in granitic and other rocks. It has an endless number of colors and faces, and for that reason it suits all moods. It is a semi-precious mineral stone well known for its incredible ability to cleanse and aid in the detoxification process of the human body. It is known to have the uncanny ability to become its own source of electric charge.
Cleansing, Purifying, Transformation
Tourmaline is one of only a handful of minerals that have the ability to emit negative ions and far-infrared rays. Tourmaline promotes self-confidence and diminishes fear. It attracts inspiration, compassion, tolerance and prosperity. It balances the right-left sides of the brain and prevents blockages. Basic talents the tourmaline possesses (regardless of its color) include promoting inspiration and happiness by cleansing and purifying, and transformation that reduces fear and builds self-confidence.