A sample bracelet from the class. This bracelet has the stones smoky quartz, bronzite, unakite, carnelian, leopard jasper, tiger eye and aventurine (from left to right).
Like most children, I used to collect stones. I would bring home my treasures to my family certain I had found something truly special. Somehow I just knew that there was something about those stones. As children I think we are so much closer to the metaphysical world. We have an innocence and openness that we often lose as adults.
As an adult, the beauty and history of stones still fascinate me. It wasn't until I started walking on my spiritual path that I looked at stones differently. Initially, the scientist in me struggled with believing that stones had very specific properties. I started my research with clear quartz, a common enough stone in the world. What I discovered was that quartz has electronic and heat resistance properties that have made it popular for decades as a component of many electronics. Quartz is able to vibrate at a very precise frequency which is important in precision electronics. Optical grade quartz used to be harvested from the earth, but now it is usually grown in the lab. This got me thinking. If science embraced the properties of quartz, a stone, maybe other stones had properties too.
Some stones we all treasure like diamonds, rubies, sapphires and amethyst. Others seem like just pretty rocks, like rose quartz or sodalite. What I have learned is that almost every stone, even a few man made ones, have metaphysical properties. Some people are lucky enough to feel the stones energy when they are around them. Whether you can feel them or not, the stones are still there to help you. One way I have found to have these stones around with me everyday is to make jewelry out of them such as a simple bracelet.