The world of crystals is a fascinating and enchanting one to explore, with hundreds of formations there is always something new to learn. Crystals have been used for thousands of years for their spiritual and physical healing properties which still continue today.
Crystal formations can take on many different colors and combinations, meaning that identification can be somewhat tricky. The presence of certain minerals and compounds can influence the colors of a crystal as well as the way they are formed.
This article will focus on the properties and meanings of certain blue and brown crystals and how they can be used.
Lapis Lazuli forms near igneous rock formations where limestone or marble has been altered by contact metamorphism or hydrothermal metamorphism. Typically the stone is made of three different minerals: Lazurite, calcite, and pyrite (see also, ‘What You Need to Know About Pyrite Minerals‘).
Deep blue colors that are often flecked with gold, brown, and violet shades make this a highly sought-after stone. The colors of these can vary, including shades of brown and red.
The history of the stone dates back thousands of years as it was a firm favorite to use in jewelry and beads. Ancient Egyptians used the stone to decorate their scarabs, pendants, and other precious items or they ground the stone into powder for dyes and eye shadows.
Today, the stone is associated with wisdom, intellect, strength, and courage. There are a number of healing properties associated with the stone such as helping to alleviate feelings of depression and insomnia, soothing the throat, and balancing thyroid issues.
Emotionally, self-awareness and confidence are seen when using this stone. This relates back to feelings of courage, strength, and wisdom. Through self-expression and self-awareness, we can become our authentic selves and feel strong within ourselves.
Lapis Lazuli is connected to the Third-Eye chakra, seeing all and being the eye of consciousness. It is important to unblock any connection to the Third Eye to help join us with our core.
If you’re looking for a boost to the immune system or a way to soothe inflammation, then lapis lazuli can be of great value by flushing the system and performing general cleansing inside the body.
There are many names for Ocean Jasper, you may know it as Atlantis stone, or cellular jasper. Characterized by small spherical aggregates, the stone is formed from a process of alteration and silicification of volcanic tuff and rhyolite flows.
The multicolored stone comes from Madagascar and is a member of the quartz family. Colors can vary slightly, but one of the more common pairings is a green-blue and brown combination.
Deposits of the stone were plentiful at first, only seen and collected at low tide and transported by boat, which gave the stone its name. However, the original material is now completely mined out.
Ocean jasper is thought to channel the power of the ocean and the lunar cycle of the tides. The relationship with nature means the stone is associated with emotional stability and feelings of resilience.
Emotional stability is brought about by the stone’s natural calming powers and uplifting energy that can help give a more optimistic outlook on life when times are tough. In terms of physical ailments, it can be particularly helpful to women through the reduction of PMS, bloating, and infertility.
Linked with the throat, heart, and solar plexus chakras the stone is a very multi-purpose healing tool. With the combination of these three chakras, negative feelings can be banished, self-confidence is strengthened, and we experience joy and understanding.
An aluminosilicate mineral, Kyanite is formed by the metamorphism of aluminum-rich rocks. The most common formation occurs due to the high-pressure alteration of clay minerals during the metamorphism of sedimentary rocks.
Kyanite represents logical thinking and healing. The positivity of this stone inspires us to build strong connections, and be kind and compassionate when we communicate with others.
Deposits of these rocks can be found in areas such as Cambodia, Nepal, Tibet, Russia, and Myanmar. Blue kyanite is a common form found and is connected to the throat chakra. Its high vibrations make it excellent at clearing blockages.
For those looking for a calming presence in their minds, kyanite is one of the most calming crystals out there. Find your anxieties soothed, your anger calmed, and your general mood improved with this stone. This facilitates better communication and compassion for others.
Communication is one of the most important things we as social beings need in order to strengthen our relationships with others. Learn to harness the power of the throat chakra and better express yourself and understand the people around you.
The physical healing properties you can expect from this stone include pain relief and reducing inflammation in the body, fighting off infections, and lowering blood pressure. This stone is great for healing the mind and body.
Chrysocolla is typically found in copper oxide zones of major copper deposits. Although never found in crystal formation, a high presence of silica can create a beautiful translucent material referred to as Gem Silica.
This decomposition product of copper minerals is found in particularly arid regions such as Arizona in the United States as well as Peru, Chile, Mexico, and Africa.
The stone is associated with communication and transformation, bringing those that possess it harmony, level headedness, and calm, neutral thoughts. With the gentle flow of the chrysocolla, you can tune in to the self to begin a transformative teaching process.
Those that are struggling with feelings of calmness should seek out this crystal and utilize its powers in their home or workspace. Often associated with a soft feminine energy, chrysocolla can tease out emotional awareness and expression.
Wash away doubts, insecurities, and self-limiting ideations that hold you back from achieving everything you want in life.
This could also include disappointment or heartbreak that tend to leave us with negative energies, the teaching stone will remind you of the lessons that are necessary to bring us out of these dark places in life.
As you might be able to tell from the soothing color of the stone, it can help to heal an overactive nervous system and restore calm into the body. In turn this can also lead to lower blood pressure.
Some of the other benefits of this stone include regulating digestion, keeping the lungs clear and healthy, as well as fighting off infections. The feminine energy comes in handy here, providing relief from intense and painful menstrual cramps.
Sodalite crystals are formed in silica poor rocks containing other silica poor materials. It is one of the simplest and most common shapes found in crystals; however the mineral itself is rare. Only the highest quality sodalite is used for gemstones.
Common areas for deposits of these stones to be found include Portugal, South America, British Columbia, and Greenland.
These crystals are often found to be bright blue to violet in shape with colorful veins. Other colors such as brown, green, and yellow can be found to come through these feldspathoid minerals.
Often referred to as the ‘poet’s stone’, this crystal is well-known for its ability to help with communication, intuition, and improving mental clarity.
Sodalite is often used to help boost confidence in people through better communication and the encouragement of truth. This can be freeing for the mind and soul. Mental clarity is also another important area that the crystal can help with (see also ‘How To Use A Crystal Ball‘).
Being calm and collected in certain situations can be the difference between a conflict, potential danger, or emotional upheaval. If you struggle to understand others and communicate your needs to them, try meditating with sodalite.
Physically, sodalite is thought to help to lower blood pressure as well as boost the immune system. For example, healers use this crystal to reduce fevers and cure calcium deficiencies. Others have found it to be effective for weight loss and water retention issues.
Wearing the crystal around your neck may also be effective to treat issues surrounding the throat and larynx.
The way you use your crystals is up to you. There are a number of things you can do such as meditate with them, have them near you when practicing yoga, or placing them somewhere in the home to serve as a reminder.
Learning to form a relationship with the individual stones and working out which way best suits you will be a journey you will have to take on your own. However, many people find meditation to be highly effective.
The Bottom Line
There are many combinations of colors in crystal formations which can be due to the presence of different minerals or chemical compounds.
As a result, crystals will not be the same and can vary in hues and shades. If your crystals don’t match the exact descriptions here, it doesn’t mean they are forged.
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