Last month I started a series of studies on the elements and the gemstones that correlate. December’s element was Fire. This month, let’s explore Earth.
I did some research and found out that the Zodiac Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. As you might think, they have their feet firmly on the ground, are realistic, practical, and generally conservative.
Gemstones of Earth are generally opaque, as Air and Water signs are generally transparent or semi-transparent (we’ll talk more about those in future blog posts). If you believe in the power of gemstones to help the wearer, Earth gemstones are known to help the owner find firm ground, balance mentality, and erase lingering doubts.
Some of the Earth gemstones that I love to work with are Agate, Onyx, Malachite, Obsidian, Jasper, and Turquoise.
Yes, Turquoise comes in colors other than the most well-known, well, turquoise blue. And Onyx comes in colors and patterns other than the typical black … it’s actually black with white streaks and then it is dyed to produce a more uniform color. Who knew? Tube Onyx is created from the minerals that drip in caves. No really, go research it (or go here). Others include Aventurine, Jadeite and Nephrite.
Other stones that I haven’t yet worked with, but are still part of the Earth family are Black Tourmaline (which looks like black onyx) and Cacholong.
According to Wikipedia, Tourmalines were used by chemists in the 19th century to polarize light by shining rays onto a cut and polished surface of the gem.
Cacholong is a common form of opal, but since it’s so opaque, it’s often mistaken for Agate. It’s used quite often in cameos. So if you have one of your grandmother’s cameos, you probably have some Cacholong.
Perhaps you noticed how similar Aventurine, Nephrite and Jadeite look. They can often be confused for jade, as the colors are so well known. The true Jade that is considered rare and valuable is the Jadeite. Though similar in color, they differ in hardness and molecular structure.
Gemstones connected to the earth element are mostly opaque and connected with the Yin energy. They are at their best, energy-wise, when paired with complementary element stones, namely Water element stones such as emeralds, opals, moonstones, etc. You’ll hear more on the Water elements in March.
Next month, we’ll go airborne and fly away with gemstones that are connected to the Air element…I was going to say dive into, but I thought I’d save that analogy for March, when we’ll talk about the Water Element.
Until next month!