Fun Ways to Combine Semiprecious Stones

Admit it. You’re interested in the healing properties of semiprecious stones. You may think the notion is a known fact or a bunch of garbage, but when someone mentions it, you either *** your ears or raise your hackles.

My opinion is this: When I go to a bead show and run my hands through piles of stone strands, I linger just a little longer than I usually do. You know, like when you’re wearing a really soft sweater and someone pats your shoulder for a millisecond longer than they normally would? That’s my reality with stones. There’s something there, but I’m not really in touch with it.

Last year I wrote a post for Beading Daily about the healing properties of semiprecious stones that seemed to catch a few people’s interest. When I wrote that post I actually did a lot of research on individual stones’ metaphysical values because I didn’t really know much about the subject. If only I’d had Kim Gover’s Designing Jewelry with Semiprecious Beads! Her book devotes a whole chapter to the properties of individual stones, including the healing properties, but also including information on color, form, history, and cost. And the best thing is that Kim features the stones in a color spectrum from black to white through red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and indigo. (This book has great projects in it too, by the way, and the how-to is illustrated like they do in Japanese books, with illustrations only, something a visual learner like me loves!)

Paging through Designing Jewelry with Semiprecious Beads inspired me to haul out my semiprecious stone bead stash to explore them in a concentrated way (versus my usual scramble through the stash, fueled by fragmented thoughts like “Red. Need Red Bead. Round. 6mm.”). It’s strange, but taking the time to do this actually floored me. I was struck by the variation and versatility of these little gems dug right out of the ground. What we have at our fingertips isn’t just a bunch of rubble Fred used to bring home to Wilma after a day at the quarry. What we have now makes up a painter’s palette in different hues and shades. A candy store of different opacities and refraction. A miniature modern art gallery of shape, form, and finish.

Once I pulled myself away from those “all the pretty colors” daydreams, my left brain kicked in. First I arranged the stones in small groups with their color families so they could work as points on a color wheel. 

And then I started thinking . . . We beaders like to make jewelry for just about any occasion. There are a few occasions I’ve had lately when I could have used a little healing boost, and a necklace or bracelet made with a combination of healing stones just might be the thing to get me through. (Disclaimer: I am obviously not a healing stones practitioner, and these combinations could perhaps prove deadly . . . but it was a fun exercise anyway):

Combo 1: Editing deadline
Turquoise (communication), lava (mental and physical strength for battle), and lapis (knowledge and wisdom).


Combo 2: Pick up the kid from detention

Jade (calming), howlite (patience), and blue lace agate (lessens anger).  


Combo 3: Honey, I just crashed the car

Garnet (protection), rose quartz (acceptance of self), and peridot (healing marital relationships) 


Combo 4: There isn’t enough Visine on the planet to take care of these red eyes

Lepidolite (sleep), hematite (sleep), moonstone (lovely dreams) 

Do you have a stone combination with a purpose or have you made a piece of semiprecious jewelry with healing in mind? Please share what you’ve come up with on the website Coming Friday:  a new Beading Daily design challenge with semiprecious beads!


Jean Campbell writes about beading and life every Wednesday on Beading Daily. If you have comments or questions for Jean, please post them on the website. Thanks! 


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