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Dreaming About Gemstones

Swimming through blue shimmers in a rainbow moonstone, wading through a shallow bay charged by a sea floor of citrine, clutching a brilliant rutilated quartz…seeing gemstones in dreams is like diving straight into archetypal waters, receiveing information in the form of ancient symbols. I love waking up from dreams like this….I immediately seek out the stone and ponder its message.

We all dream…even folks who say they don’t. Heck, even cows dream. But some dreams are simply more compelling to remember…dreams that frighten us, dreams that confuse us, dreams about love, and for me, dreams that have gemstones in them.

Last night was all about rainbow moonstone…I was touching them, considering their play of color, and sometimes even experiencing them from the inside….like “What’s it like to BE a rainbow moonstone?” I woke up strongly connecting to my sense of being a woman…so much so that I needed a heating pad for my lower abdomen, if you know what I mean.

The lesson I received from this dream was to honor my Divine Feminine, to relax my more aggressive qualities of being a “Rock Star” every day, to allow for the natural ebb and flow of energy in my life. Today I chose to surrender to what IS in my life today, to feel the fatigue that sometimes graces this time of the month, and to embrace the invitation to go within and be still. Today I will receive, I will listen. I accept the healing.

Thanks, Rainbow Moonstone, for your gentle guidance.

Om Lila, colored pencil drawing by Anita Shultz, 2015
The goddess at rest, colored pencil drawing by Anita Shultz, 2015


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Rose Quartz – Element of Love

It has been raining a lot in Texas these days…. watering the soil, replenishing the groundwaters, greening up the flora. I have always loved rain. It makes me think of things that nourish the deepest part of our souls…. Things like love. Not love with a capital letter, not love with an object attached, but love as an ever-present element in our lives that softens our soil, that sweetens our fruit.

The history of rose quartz has long been interwoven with the element of love. Rose quartz has been a part of the lives of humans for eons. In present day Iran, rose quartz beads have been found that are over 9000 years old. One ancient legend says that Eros and Cupid brought the lovely pink stone to earth in order to arouse love among people.

Rose Cut Rose Quartz Scroll Earrings
Rose Cut Rose Quartz Scroll Earrings

Rose quartz is a microcrystalline form of quartz with a soft pink glow. Just like love isn’t entirely understood, the color of rose quartz isn’t easily explained. The closest explanation is that it is a variety of quartz with impurities of manganese, titanium and colloidal gold. It is found mostly in Brazil, but also in South Africa, Mozambique, India, and the U.S. Rose quartz from some places shows asterism, which is a rare star shaped light effect.

Star Rose Quartz
Star Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is a fairly durable stone, with a hardness of 7 on Moh’s scale, just like amethyst and citrine, which are other quartz types. Because of this, it is suitable for wearing in most types of jewelry. Most often it is polished into a cabochon shape (flat on the bottom, rounded on the top). I always think of candy when I see them…. I imagine that they taste like watermelon. It is also pretty common to find them as beads, tumbled stones, or sometimes carvings.

Rose quartz is traditionally the stone that commemorates the fifth wedding anniversary. Thousands of years ago, it was used as a betrothal stone, often given in the form of a necklace with rose quartz beads. The most famous rose quartz is La Madona Rosa, over 15 inches tall, which is named for its resemblance to traditional depictions of the Virgin Mary.

La Madona Rosa courtesy of
La Madona Rosa courtesy of

Considered to be an aspect of Goddess energy, rose quartz represents unconditional love, compassion and peace, tenderness and healing. It is commonly chosen to represent the Feminine Principle. It resonates with the heart chakra, which is a very wonderful reason to wear it near your heart as a pendant.

Rose quartz can be used as a transformational crystal. It can help you align your heart for a fresh start. For this reason, I love to create rings with rose quartz, believing they can help you find your way to the path with the greatest love available for you. They can act as a reminder to seek out compassion in yourself and others.

Sterling silver rose quartz ring
Sterling silver rose quartz ring

I have recently fallen in love all over again with rose quartz, and you’ll see more and more of it in my designs… the soft pink tones are luminous and dreamy. Please take a look let me know what you think. Are you inspired by the soft and tender qualities of love? By the feminine qualities of compassion and peace? Try on some rose quartz and look for your transformation. It’s gentle, it comes on sweet, and it creates space for new growth.

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