When deciding if a crystal can be used for energy healing, 7 criteria must be considered. These are: type, shape, color, clarity, size, authenticity, and brightness.


First let’s talk about type. Not all herbs are medicinal, and not all fruit is edible. Likewise, not all stones have uplifting properties. New therapeutic mineral species can be hard to verify. Just because a gemstone is beautiful, doesn’t necessarily mean it has significant and identifiable healing benefits. If you’re not sure of a certain gem, find out what the experts are saying about it. More importantly, look within to discover your own true affinity, and then, if you have a sample, use a self-testing method to find out if your body’s energy is compatible with the stone.


Shape is an extremely important therapeutic parameter. In gemstone therapy, we prefer spheres or rondels, cut from the purest portion of the original crystal. The more expensive healing gems such as Ruby, Emerald, and Blue Sapphire, are typically cut into a rondel shape, which looks like a flattened doughnut with a very small hole. This shape conserves the raw material, so it can be utilized most economically. Rounded gemstones are best, because their healing energies can radiate in all directions and access your entire body and aura.

Chips are often used therapeutically, but can be inferior to spheres and rondels because the chip shape can hide imperfections in the gemstones. Also, the energies that radiate from a chip project in random directions, which can be discomforting to highly sensitive people. In certain situations, faceted gemstones can be used therapeutically. Their energies tend to project into the aura in concentrated beams, sent out through each facet.


At the same time that you notice a gemstone’s shape, you also see its color. Every gemstone has unique color characteristics and parameters. Therapeutic-quality gemstones have a rich, well-saturated color that is even throughout, and that has a nice tone–not too dark or washed out. But this criterion also varies among stones. Blue Topaz is naturally a pale ice-blue and darker specimens are clearly irradiated. Therapeutic-quality Aquamarine is also light blue, but darker than Blue Topaz. Aquamarine can vary from pure light blue to a slightly greenish-blue.


Clarity is a critical for determining therapeutic quality. Clarity is a measure of the flaws, or inclusions, inside a gemstone. It also refers to the gem’s opaqueness, translucency, or transparency. Flaws can be on the surface or internal. As with color, every gemstone has its unique clarity parameters. There are many types of inclusions and some are okay in certain gemstones but must be avoided in others. For example, black spots are an integral part of Dalmatian Jasper and Black Rhodonite, and often occur in Riverstone and Marble. But Blue Sapphire must be free of them. In most cases colorless cracks or inclusions are okay if minimal, and are often appreciated as evidence that the gemstone was not irradiated or otherwise tampered with–activities that can erase such blemishes.

Clarity also determines a healing stone’s purity. When you fashion a crystal into a sphere meant for gemstone energy medicine, you extract only the purest portion of that crystal. Likewise, in herbal medicine, you take the phytochemicals and leave the fibrous, nonessential portions of the plant behind. Healing gemstone spheres give you the true essence of the crystal. They allow you to work at a high vibrational level with gems of exceptional, therapeutic quality.


Size usually matters in the gemstone world-although size is relative! Ruby, Emerald, and Blue Sapphire that are under 3.5mm may be sufficient for self therapy, but gemstone therapy practitioners should not use them because they are simply too small. These tiny gems do not have enough mass to support the broadcasting of their healing energies very far into the aura, or significantly deep into the body. It is better to have fewer, but larger rondels of these precious gemstones in a necklace, than an entire necklace of tiny rondels. A perfect solution is to combine Ruby, Emerald, or Blue Sapphire with the less expensive White Beryl in a necklace. This will make the necklace more affordable, and you get the benefit of larger-size gemstones.


A gemstone is authentic if it is natural and not treated in any way. Most therapeutic-quality gemstones are natural. However, some require heat-treatment to bring out their therapeutic qualities. Heating Tanzanite is essential to bring out this gemstone’s unique bluish-purple color. Carnelian is also typically heat-treated and dyed to make its color even throughout. Black Onyx is also necessarily dyed in order to make it therapeutic. Irradiated gemstones have discomforting and potentially harmful energies and should not be used for healing purposes.


A gem’s brightness relates to how it plays with light. If the stone is opaque, then it should have a good polish. Translucent and transparent gems usually have excellent brightness if they are free of cloudy inclusions. Some gems, like Citrine and Topaz, have a natural candescence, and are particularly shiny. Therapeutic-quality gemstones will display the proper brightness for their type.

Therapeutic-quality gemstones are indeed special and rare. Only one percent or less of any particular type of gemstone has therapeutic potential. To own one is a blessing, and if properly cared for it can continue to benefit your family for generations.


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