This month, we’re exploring the Element of Air. Having covered earth and fire, I figure it’s time to talk about something a little lighter…and how much lighter can you get than air?
The element of air is vital to survival…obviously. We see evidence in the wind, seeing the leaves on the trees move, watching birds glide, the air we breath. You are an air sign if you are a Gemini, a Libra (that’s my sign), or an Aquarius, and you are probably a good communicator, innovative and outspoken. You are creative and really good at telling stories, able to spice up any tale.
In the gemstone world, the air element is represented by Sapphires, Citrine, Topaz, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, and Carnelian, to name a few. Most of these stones are transparent or semi-transparent in usually a white, goldish, pink or blue color. Air element gemstones are known to encourage a change in mentality, fight inertia and help a person to be more flexible. So let’s look at a few of the air gemstones that I love to work with.
Sapphire is probably the most precious of the blue gemstones. It is known for it’s durability, hardness, and luster.
Citrine is a variety of quartz and named for its yellow color, deriving from the French word citron, meaning lemon.
Smoky quartz draws light into shades of black and brown. This photo does not do the stone justice, but the pendant has been sold, so I can’t re-take the picture. While smoky quartz ranges from pale and lightly tinted to dark brown and translucent, this one is quite pale.
Lapis lazuli is one of the few air gemstones that is not transparent or translucent, but it is one of my favorite stones to wrap. They look great next to any metal I choose, silver, gold, copper. This pair of earrings combines lapis with my new obsession, chain maille (future post in the works).
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: green.(Wikipedia). I know the shade of green varies, but my favorite is the lovely lime-green. I made this snake ring with a peridot accent.
Next month, get your wetsuit on. We’ll dive into the element of water and the gemstones of that element.
Until next time,