Dark jewellery isn’t dull! It can be stylish and sophisticated, and will complement any outfit. As a fan of darkish coloured stones myself, I like their particular associations with the lore of deposits and gemstones. According to legend, dark stones are noted for their grounding powers, acting as anchors to come back the truth-seeker to reality. Individual stones are also considered to have their very own powers, of which more later. Black stones absorb colour and therefore do not reflect any light. They are associated with the planet Saturn, and can stand for rebellion and fortitude.
Former associations along with elderly aunts and the Victorians and their use of black stones for example Whitby jet for mourning jewelry have now given way to classy and stylish jewellery which can be used on its very own or combined with other stones and diamonds. The possibilities are endless – worn as rings or emerge silver necklaces, or set in uncommon materials such as wood or stainless-steel. They can be contemporary, or ‘New Age’, funky or ‘Gothic’.
My favourite ring is a piece of polished Snowflake Obsidian, so called because of the white internal spots of potassium feldspar, which make it resemble snowflakes falling from a dark sky. It is said to enhance the clarity of the brain and clarity of vision – so perhaps essential it suits me! Obsidian is really volcanic glass, and is also known as Apache Tears.
Onyx is a member of the Agate family, and comes in a variety of colors besides black. It was popular to make cameos, and also can be found in men’s jewellery, especially rings. Onyx is said to eliminate negative thinking and encourage positive thoughts.
Hematite is another gemstone that comes in variety of colours, from dark to a reddish brown. It was a very well-used stone in Ancient times, the particular Aztecs and the Egyptians especially tried it for painting on walls as well as for wearing on the body. It is typically found worldwide, so it is not expensive. Within crystal lore, hematite has a relaxing and calming effect, dissolving negativity, and helping to ground the wearer.
Plane is the original mourning jewellery, as I mentioned earlier. This is not strictly speaking the mineral as it is formed organically from fossilised wood. It is therefore quite delicate but is fine when made up into jewellery. Women’s silver necklaces and even charm bracelets are suitable utilizes for jet stones. The eastern coast town of Whitby is one of the best sources for jet, and it also has associations with Vampires (Count Dracula landed here in the harbour in the novel ‘Dracula’), and Goth or Gothic style. So it seems appropriate for ‘Twilight’ fans to make a beeline for the place!
Other stones that you can get in black form are Marcasite, Smoky Quartz, and Tourmaline (called ‘schorl’ when black). Possibly the most popular is the black diamond. In recent years dark diamonds have increased in recognition, especially in America. They are often heat-treated to bring out the intensity of their color.
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