Stones of the Sea

Although these are not an official mineral category, they are a very popular one! Crystal, stones and organic matter (such as shells, pearls and coral) bring together the blend of earth and sea, sun and fun!  These stones, crystals and shells are associated with water and relaxation, mermaids and sea goddesses, sailors and journeys. Rich in history, metaphysical energy and mystery, this crystal menagerie incorporate some of the best jewels of the sea!

Crystals are not always thought of as being associated with the sea, yet the sea has many gems that it gives up, like treasures from a treasure chest!

Abalone

Although not a crystal, abalone shell has been used for centuries in jewelry and carvings. Nicknamed the sea ears, the Abalone’s flattened, oval shape with iridescent interior was used by the Native Northwest American Indians as a natural vessel for cleansing, offerings and prayers. Embracing the colors of the ocean, the shell displays iridescent colors in its blues, greens, purples and yellows.

Beach Stones

Piled high or rolling up to your wet, sandy feet, beach stones can be any class of stone that has been embraces by the water, moved and nurtured tumbled and tossed through a long journey from its beginnings until it finds you! we tend to be drawn towards symmetrical, smooth and energetic things, and beach stones offer us a vision of gratitude and kindness, gently energy and subtle approach.

Colorful Coral

Living, breathing stone, coral is not a crystal but has been used for centuries for its healing properties like shells, pearls and resins. Coral is a blend of calcium and calcite. in various languages, the word for coral often translate as “small stone“. Since ancient times, coral has been used as a divination tool for casting. This stone was said to tap into your intuitive nature to help with psychic and energy work.

Ocean Jasper

This stone helps one to accept responsibilities, develop patience and help with circular breathing during meditation. Technically considered “Orbicular Jasper in reference to its colorful orbs, some have adopted the name “Moon Jewel Jasper.”it  allows for nutritional stabilization, and assists in detoxification and elimination from toxic emotions. Strong connection to the moon and water.

Pearl

In tune with emotions, water, and women, especially pregnant women, pearls are a symbol of pure heart and mind; innocence and faith. Because it is from the sea, it has watery and lunar elements, therefore it is used for balancing emotions, especially for water signs. Remember, Pearl is the result of layer upon layer of substance produced to combat irritation. Pearl is cooling, soothing and nurturing.

Shells & Sea Salt

Seashells are natural vessels that can be used for cleansing and make a great carrier for sage or incense. They can be placed on your personal altar as a reminder of good times or as a tribute to nature and all her powers.  Salt is one of the easiest most effective remedies on the planet! Sea salt, a salt obtained by evaporating seawater is used for cleansing negative energy and life’s impurities.

Other Stones of the Sea

There are many stones and crystals associated with the sea in some way. Agate stone can be called “companions of the shore” as they are often found on beaches or in sand dunes. “Water-washed” agates are a special surprise for beachcombers on ocean and lake beaches.  Amazonite brings unique adventures in self-discovery. This stone represents prosperity.  Aquamarine offers the calming, soothing energy of the sea. This is the stone of courage. Aqua Aura is actually quartz that is infused with other minerals such as titanium. This gives it a spectrum of color and light.  Chrysocolla is considered the “wise stone” or “sage stone“, as it offers up its wisdom and sagely advice to those who pay attention.

Larimar is described as when sky meets sea. A gentle, soft, sky-blue Caribbean healer. Larimar brings tranquility of sea and air to heart and mind. Moonstone, for instance is the stone used by sailors for safe travels on the sea.  And Opal, is called the rainbow of the sea. This mysterious stone. contains water, metaphysically, correlating with our emotions. Opals help by clarifying, amplifying and mirroring our feelings. Shells, although not crystals, are considered the real treasure of the oceans!

The Metaphysics of Sea Glass

Sea glass can be found in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes! Worn by sun and sand and broken down by the natural chemical reactions of sea water, it is naturally tumbled in the soft surf and sand, losing it’s hard edges and glossy sheen. It has become a gemstone of sorts, helped by man, but ultimately affected most by the acts of nature that surround it. Sea glass has lost some of its minerals and silica, from being physically worn away.

So metaphysically, our relationship to sea glass Shows us how, we too, lose some of our “selves”, when we work through our adversities. We lose our jagged edges and wash away some of our impurities. As minerals return to the sea and earth, so too should we offer our losses of selfish behavior, prejudices, ill will and mental strife. We are shaped by our experiences and the lessons from mankind. We are groomed by our relationships and our families. Disciplined and formed by our interactions with spiritual experiences and unforeseen guidance. Like sea glass, we are often lead on a trajectory we do not plan, even after the best laid plans. The lesson here is how well do you learn to cope, adjust and make every opportunity to your advantage?

Sea Shells are natural, organic and have an energy frequency all their own. Each shell has its own energy and healing properties. This energy, along with the healing intention from the client and therapist, create a wonderful environment of relaxation. The “vibrational feel” of sea shells offers a light, uplifting and relaxing feel.

The Metaphysics of Sea Shells

*Sea shells have been thought for centuries to have a positive uplifting energy to them and have been utilized in many different ways.

 *They have been important in many cultures over the centuries for a number of reasons.

*For a long time in a number of Indian and Pacific Ocean islands they were the main form of currency, being traded for food and other items. The cowrie shell in particular was seen to be very valuable as currency.

 *The Dutch East India  Trading Company gained a large part of its fortune in trading shell money in exchange for spices and gemstones all of which were valuable in Europe at the time.

*Sea shells have also been used as tools, with the large clam shells being used to shovel dirt, and also used as bowls and carrying instruments.

*Some such as oyster shells, when ground down, have been used to condition and raise the PH in the soil.

*Sea shells have also been used as part of cultures and religions for thousands of years.

*Hindus see the left handed chank shell as sacred to Vishnu.

*Cowrie shells are often linked to female fertility with the idea that the dome of the shell resembles a pregnant belly.

*In Kerala, the home of Ayurvedic medicine, cowries are often used to make astrological predictions. 

Abalone

Properties: Although not a crystal, abalone shell has been used for centuries in jewelry and carvings. Nicknamed the sea ears, the Abalone’s flattened, oval shape with iridescent interior was used by the Native Northwest American Indians as a natural vessel for cleansing, offerings and prayers. Embracing the colors of the ocean, the shell displays iridescent colors in its blues, greens, purples and yellows. This unique shell embodies all the aspects of the water element including love, beauty, gentleness, caring, comfort, peacefulness, delight and solace It is soft to the touch from repeated tumbling in the sand and water. Abalone is useful for handling and calming emotional situations and is very soothing to the mind/body. When working through any emotional situation, have abalone nearby as it is believed to be beneficial and promotes cooperation. Abalone is associated with all the Chakra energies. In particular, it seems to work the best on the Solar Plexus Chakra, stimulating that gut feeling. Abalone is especially good for the Heart Chakra, as it gently clears the heart of fear, sorrow and negative emotions. Abalone allows your intuitive resources to stimulate psychic development and intuition through the Third Eye Chakra .

Folk Remedies: Abalone has been used for arthritis and other joint disorders, muscle problems, the heart, and digestion.

Feng Shui: Use in the Center area for grounding, balance, good health, spirituality and a sense of peace.

Crystal Cleansing: method 1 – 8

History: Abalone are actually small to very large edible sea snails. The shell of abalones has a convex, rounded to oval shape, and the shell may be highly arched or very flattened. The shell is ear shaped and characterized by several open respiratory pores in a row near the shell’s outer edge. The last one is aeriform such that the shell resembles an “ear”. Common names for abalones also include ear-shells, sea-ears and Venus’s-ears. For thousands of years the abalone existed with its natural marine predators. Native Americans harvested abalone from the intertidal zone. Asians harvested abalone in California during the 1800s and early 1900s. Shells are part of a living ecosystem, made up from calcium carbonate and grow in the ocean. Many types of shell have been used instead of gemstones for centuries. Abalone shell has been used for centuries in jewelry and carvings. In the Apache tradition a disc of abalone shell is worn on the forehead of Apache girls, on the morning of their initiation into womanhood. Native Northwest American Indians as a natural vessel for cleansing, offerings and prayers.

Pearl

Properties: In tune with emotions, water, and women, especially pregnant women, pearls are a symbol of pure heart and mind; innocence and faith. Because it is from the sea, it has watery and lunar elements, therefore it is used for balancing emotions, especially for water signs. Absorbing by nature, this mineral absorbs thoughts and emotions and because of this, must be used with caution. If you feel excessively negative while wearing a pearl, it will hold that energy until it is cleansed. Remember, Pearl is the result of layer upon layer of substance produced to combat irritation.

Pearl can cool and soothe. It is very nurturing. If using pearls in conjunction with other gemstones, consider Diamonds to amplify and purify, or Emeralds to bring negative energy out and disperse it. Recommended for occupations as varied as artists, chiropractors, and farmers. Pearl is a cold and independent mineral, which is used, ironically at the Heart, Solar Plexus and Sacral/Spleen Chakra, to stimulate the heart, liver and emotional issues, digestion, immunity weakness and emotional stress. Pearls are mentally stabilizing, generate beautiful skin and clear toxins. Divers wear pearls for shark protection. Pearl attunes to cancer and is one of the 9 sacred Vedic stones associated with the moon.

Black: pearls are used for stability, protection and grounding.

Gold: pearls are used for prosperity, ethereal connections and aura cleansing.

Pink: Works especially with the Heart Chakra.

White and cream: pearls represent purity, spiritual balance and can be used to engage the Crown Chakra, (as well as the other Chakra listed above.)

Folk Remedies: Pearl is a very special “herbal substance” used in Traditional Chinese Medicine since ancient times. Chinese medical texts credit pearl with the ability to relieve uneasiness of the heart and mind, to benefit reproduction, to relieve “wandering arthritis,” to relieve internal fever, to clear sputum, to remove visual obstacles and improve eyesight, to promote muscle development and to invigorate blood circulation. Powdered Pearl is used as a Shen tonic to stabilize the emotions, resolves fright, ease frustration and anger, brighten the eyes and help regenerate tissue. Pearls can relieve uneasiness, nervousness, anxiety and tension. Pearls promotes sound sleep, prevents nerve-disorders and nerve weakness, and are commonly used to prevent or overcome fatigue. Pearls are also used as a major beauty tonic, because it is believed that oral consumption of Pearl powder results in lustrous, pure, beautiful skin. Pearls are in the medical arsenal of every acupuncturist and herbalist, even today.

Other common names for pearl include Mother of Pearl. Its pharmaceutical latin name is “Margarita” and the Pinyin name is Zhen Zhu. Pearl is not just a mineral. It contains dozens of amino acid (eight of the amino acids are “essential,” in other words, cannot be produced in the body but are required for health), and dozens of minerals, including: calcium, magnesium zinc, iron, strontium, copper, selenium, silicon, titanium. Pearl contains calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, calcium phosphate, ferric oxide, silica. Various components in pearl participate in DNA and RNA metabolic activities, and thus can promote and accelerate cell renewal. Mucopolysaccharides in Margarita have been shown to prevent wrinkling and to increase libido and sexual potency in humans.

As a beauty tonic pearl powder is used topically in skin creams to purify the skin. The best pearls, for herbal purposes, are sea water pearls that come from cold northern waters. The smaller the pearls, the more powerful their effect. The components in pearl powder help heal blemishes and maintain the health of the skin by participating in the metabolic activities of the skin. Pearls promote the regeneration of new cells and makes the skin smooth, fine, elastic and naturally beautiful. High quality pearl powder can promote the activities of the important natural antioxidant enzyme, SOD, and can help prevent the development of melanin, which causes freckles and dark patches on the skin. It can help prevent the skin from becoming old looking, wrinkled and sagging. This is partly due to its stimulation of SOD activity and partly due to other capacities and nutrients. Consistent use of pearl powder can eliminate blemishes such as colored spots and even pimples and boils. Constant use can help assure that the skin will age much more slowly and that it will not be easily harmed by either time or the elements. Pearl is one of the great secrets of the most beautiful women of the Orient.

As a tonic simply place a little of the pearl powder on your tongue and swallow with a drink. If you buy hydrolyzed pearl powder, consuming between 500 mg. (1/2 gram) and 1 gram per day is usually sufficient to achieve the best results. Be consistent and the results will amaze you.

Pearl is extremely safe. Safety studies on hydrolyzed pearl have shown it to be absolutely harmless. It can be taken by anybody for the course of a lifetime without side effects.

Feng Shui: Pearls are used in the Northeast for self cultivation, in the North area for personal journeys and also when a stone is needed for the water element.

Crystal Cleansing: Pearl loves to be cleansed in sea salt. You can also recharge its energy in a shell (abalone, oyster, catacole…) Use method 1 – 8

History: Basically there are two types of pearls: natural and cultivated. Natural pearls are much more expensive and are considered to be superior to cultivated pearls for both external, cosmetic use, and for internal, nutritional use. The natural pearls used in herbalism are very small. The smaller the pearl, the more potent and effective the pearl is as an herb. Some pearls are not much larger than a grain of salt. These very small pearls, which are softer, can be easily crushed and ground into very fine powder which can be absorbed with relatively high efficiency by the digestive tract. Natural pearls have more magnesium carbonate than cultured pearls.

Cultivated pearls are not considered to be of the same herbal quality as natural pearls. They tend to be large and difficult to grind into fine powder. However, over the last decade a new technology has been developed in China whereby the cultivated pearls are “hydrolyzed.” Through modern advanced biochemical technology, pearl can now be made virtually totally water soluble. Cultured pearls have more calcium carbonate than natural pearls.

Hydrolyzed pearl powder, which is pearl that has been broken down for easy and complete absorption, has been shown in China to help the growth of children’s teeth and bones and to improve children’s intelligence. Hydrolyzed pearl has also been shown to be beneficial for habitual constipation, acting quickly, gently and effectively. Studies indicate that hydrolyzed pearl can lower blood pressure, increase endurance, and can prevent osteoporosis and various cardiovascular diseases. Recent studies indicate that hydrolyzed pearl is effective in healing inflammation of the uterus. The solubility rate of this hydrolyzed pearl is 98%, and of this, studies have shown that 95% is absorbed into the blood stream through the digestive tract. This ability to absorb is approximately four times the bio-availability of normal ground pearl, and double that of the finest ground natural pearl. This increased bio-availability and the enormous reduction in cost makes the hydrolyzed pearl an extraordinary value.

Scallop Shell

Properties: The scallop shell is the traditional emblem of Saint James the Greater and is popular with pilgrims on the Way of St James to the apostle’s shrine at Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Medieval Christians making the pilgrimage to his shrine often wore a scallop shell symbol on their hats or clothes. The pilgrim also carried a scallop shell with him and would present himself at churches, castles, abbeys etc. where he could expect to be given as much sustenance as he could pick up with one scoop.

One legend of the Way of St James holds that the route was seen as a sort of fertility pilgrimage, undertaken when a young couple desired to bear offspring; the scallop shell is believed to have originally been carried therefore by pagans as a symbol of fertility. Many paintings of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and fertility, included a scallop shell in the painting to identify her; this is evident in Botticelli’s classically inspired The Birth of Venus (which has even been nicknamed “Venus on the half-shell“. Alternatively, the scallop resembles the Setting Sun, which was the focus of the pre-Christian Celtic rituals of the area.

Folk Remedies: Abalone has been used for heartache and fertility

Feng Shui: Use in the Center area for grounding, balance, good health, spirituality and a sense of peace.

Crystal Cleansing: method 1 – 8

History: Abalone are actually small to very large edible sea snails. The shell of abalones has a convex, rounded to oval shape, and the shell may be highly arched or very flattened. The shell is ear shaped and characterized by several open respiratory pores in a row near the shell’s outer edge. The last one is aeriform such that the shell resembles an “ear”. Common names for abalones also include ear-shells, sea-ears and Venus’s-ears. For thousands of years the abalone existed with its natural marine predators. Native Americans harvested abalone from the intertidal zone. Asians harvested abalone in California during the 1800s and early 1900s. Shells are part of a living ecosystem, made up from calcium carbonate and grow in the ocean. Many types of shell have been used instead of gemstones for centuries. Abalone shell has been used for centuries in jewelry and carvings. In the Apache tradition a disc of abalone shell is worn on the forehead of Apache girls, on the morning of their initiation into womanhood. Native Northwest American Indians as a natural vessel for cleansing, offerings and prayers.

Tiger Cowry Shell

Properties:  Cypraea tigris, commonly known as the tiger cowrie, is a species of cowry, a large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Cypraeidae, the cowries. Despite the fact that this species does not occur in the Mediterranean Sea, shells of the tiger cowrie and the related panther cowrie, Cypraea pantherina, have been unearthed at Pompeii, the ancient Roman city near Naples, Italy, where these shells may have been used as some form of ornament. It is also conceivable that the shells were part of a natural history collection. There was an interest in natural history at the time, as exemplified by Pliny the Elder who wrote extensively about seashells in his book Natural History and who died investigating the eruption of Vesuvius.

The tiger cowrie is found on the ocean floor in the Indo-Pacific region, from the eastern coast of Africa to the waters of Micronesia and Polynesia, the Coral Sea and around the Philippines. Along the Australian Coast it is found from Northern New South Wales to northern Western Australia, as well as Lord Howe Island, and along the east coast of Africa including Madagascar.

Folk Remedies: The shell of Cypraea tigris is believed to help to facilitate childbirth: some women in Japan hold a shell of this species during childbirth.

Feng Shui: Use in the Center area for grounding, balance, good health, spirituality and a sense of peace.

Crystal Cleansing: method 1 – 8

History: Roughly egg-shaped and dextral, the glossy shell is large and heavy for a cowry. It measures up to 15 cm (6 in) in length, and the upper or dorsal side is white, pale bluish-white, or buff, densely covered with dark brown or blackish barely circular spots. Akin to many other Cypraea snails, the shells surface is notably effulgent, as if it were deliberately polished. There is sometimes a blurred red line along the length of the shell at the midline on the dorsal surface.  Large cowry shells such as that of this species were used in Europe in the recent past as a frame over which sock heels were stretched for darning, i.e. instead of using a darning egg. The cowry’s smooth surface allows the darning needle to be positioned under the cloth more easily than when using a darning mushroom made of wood.

 

Beach Stones, River Stones

Properties:  Piled high or rolling up to your wet, sandy feet, beach stones can be any class of stone that has been embraces by the water, moved and nurtured tumbled and tossed through a long journey from its beginnings until it finds you! we tend to be drawn towards symmetrical, smooth and energetic things, and beach stones offer us a vision of gratitude and kindness, gently energy and subtle approach.

By Healing Emotional Blocks

The sea has the power to unlock and release our bottled up emotions, feelings that are no longer serving us or a sense of resentment and pain. Crystals associated with the sea often offer us protection, peace and calm, power and inner strength!

Known as all-purpose healers, these stones show us gratitude, beauty and a sense of resilience. They are stones and crystals that can explain a life lesson we may not be getting. All we need to do is understand that stone’s meaning or metaphysical connection in order to comprehend its deeper sense of purpose for us.  It helps us to find solutions to life’s problems.

Sea stones are considered “empowerment stones”.

Associations

Angels: Gabriel
Associated Crystal: quartz family
Birthstone: several
Color: Blue, Green
Chakra: Throat Chakra
Element: Water
Flowers: Chrysanthemum, Sea Biscuits, Seaweed, Kelp, Fragipani, Beach Gardenia, Moonflower, Water Lily
Oils: Coconut, Sandalwood, Sage
Gods/Goddesses: Coventina, Fontus, Juturna, Neptune, King of the sea, Poseidon, Salacia, Sulis, Tiberinus, Volturnus, Yemeya
Planet: Moon, Neptune, Uranus
Zodiac: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces
Sabbat: Imbolc, Ostara, Litha
Tarot: The Moon

Meditation: Deep as the Sea

Take a minute. Find your center. Close your eyes. Allow a deep breath. Now… listen to your subconscious mind as you reach back to find that which gives you pleasure, makes your heart sing and moves you to do what really brings forth your happiness!

Sense the sea air gently blowing over your body. Let it tossle your hair as the warming sun, slowly kisses your face. Feel the warmth.

Smell the rich flora scented flowers and the ripe smell of sunbaked fruit as the salty air fills your lungs with each breath.

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Cleansing & Charging Sea Stones

~ Cleansing a crystal is always a good idea to rid it of energies (negative or otherwise) that it may have picked up during handling and excessive use.

~ Charging a crystal is bringing its energy levels back up, after use and cleansing. Like re-charging a battery after it has lost its energy.  A great way to do this (and remind you that it is time to do so) is during a full moon.

Crystal Cleansing: method 1 – 8

The Power of Color

Color plays a major role in determining how your crystal can help you.  A crystal’s color is due to its combination of minerals, which give it it’s own personality.  It contributes in what attracts you to it.  The psychological aspects of color determine how a crystal’s healing properties work.

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