As the year draws to a close, I think we could all use some gemstones for optimism! The year’s end is often a time to reflect on the past 12 months before making plans and resolutions for the start of the new. This year, however…. Well, I reckon we just need to move forward as soon as possible! With that in mind, here are 5 gemstones to stimulate optimism and start 2021 with a positive mind set.
Citrine is the go-to gemstone for cultivating a healthy, optimistic outlook on life. Its zingy yellow colour is reminiscent of citrus fruit and warm Mediterranean days, and is believed to promote happiness by chasing away negative thought cycles. Like a ray of spring sunshine, it will shine a light on the dark corners of your life, allowing you to sweep away the cobwebs. Are you starting a new enterprise in January? Citrine is known as the ‘Merchant’s Stone’ and is often used to bring luck to business ventures and financial matters.
How could a gem named ‘sunstone’ do anything other than radiate warmth and happiness? Just as sunlight is prescribed to chase away the dark winter blues, sunstone is sometimes called an ‘antidepressant in a gemstone’ for its ability to spark optimism and energy in your life. Sunstone, with its shades of peach, orange and copper is what to wear when the dull days of January and February are getting under your skin.
You can’t help but feel happy when looking at a refreshing green peridot! Its clarity and brightness is probably why peridot is referred to as the ‘stone of light’, and its yellowy green is reminiscent of the first buds of springtime. The Egyptians called it ‘the gem of the sun’ and millennia later, the Suffragettes used it as a symbol of hope (alongside amethyst and moonstone) in the colours of their flag.
Tourmaline is said to be a stone of joy thanks to its powerful energy. Did you know that rubbing a tourmaline produces an electric charge? Amp your positivity with tourmalines that are green or black. The colour green has connections to creativity, promoting flexible thinking and resilience. Black tourmaline is used for absorbing negative thoughts, leading to greater courage and the ability to look forward to the future.
Amethyst is probably the best-known gemstone for dispelling negative feelings and soothing anxiety. Because amethyst is said to balance the emotions, it helps us to experience stress differently and so take difficult situations in our stride. Amethyst won’t just benefit your mental outlook, though—the Chinese practice of Feng Shui teaches that if amethyst is placed in the wealth corner of a home, it will increase the household’s prosperity. Now there’s a cause for optimism!
Wishing you health and happiness in 2021.
Kim Rix, GG GIA
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