Healing properties of our semi-precious stones
Cambodia and the surrounding region of Southeast Asia are a natural treasure trove of semi-precious stones. Sourced locally and regionally, the types of gems that feature in our jewellery pieces have long been used in natural healing practices.
Such practices hark back to as far as 5,000 years ago when the ancient Vedic scriptures described precious stones as having subtle energies which connected the earth to the entire universe. Ancient Ayurvedic scholars concluded that different stones created different vibrations which in turn affected the human body in different ways.
Learn about the healing properties of the various semi-precious stones used in our jewellery.
A stone whose appearance is marked by distinctive circular bands, agate comes in several colours including creamy white, light grey, sky blue, vermillion and black. A stone of stability and healing, it is said to have powerful grounding abilities, its steady rhythms bringing a sense of harmony, peace and support.
From the quartz family, the amethyst comes in a range of purples from the palest lilac to the deepest red-purple. It is believed to be an all-round healing stone, with a particularly calming, cleansing and balancing effect on the body, mind and spirit.
Apatite (blue, green, grey)
Apatite is a stone of spirituality, stimulating psychic connections, personal motivation, intellect and mental focus. Blue apatite in particular, being linked to the throat chakra, stimulates communication and self-expression.
A stabilising stone, carnelian promotes vitality, strength and courage, boosts fertility and self-confidence.
Chalcedony (translucent white-grey, grey-blue)
A natural form of silicon dioxide, chalcedony is a stone of goodwill. It is believed to negate hostility and negative energy, and to bring about emotional balance and harmony.
A type of quartz, citrine is thought to cleanse the chakras and energise all aspects of a person, stimulating circulation and digestion, and promoting creativity and confidence.
A variety of chalcedony, chrysoprase is marked by its emerald green colour. It is believed to radiate positive energy, encouraging a sense of optimism, goodwill and happiness.
Also known as the Grey Tiger’s Eye stone, the Eagle’s Eye stone is believed to have strengthening properties, bringing focus, calm and courage to the wearer.
Garnet (rich red)
A January birthstone, associated with both the base and heart chakra, red garnet is believed to promote love and open-heartedness, restore energy and bring about inner peace.
A mineral form of iron oxide, hematite, also known as haematite, gets its name (“Haema” in latin) from the deep blood-red colour it produces when mixed with water. A grounding and protective stone, it is believed to activate the base or root chakra, the energy centre which grounds us.
Jade (white, pink, green)
Highly valued in China, jade is a semi-opaque mineral that comes in a variety of colours including creamy white, pale pink, lavender, and various shades of green. It symbolises serenity, purity and wisdom, and is thought to bring harmony and good luck to the wearer.
Found in many colours including blue, green and black, kyanite is valued as a stone for meditation. It does not absorb negative energy and is believed to align the chakras to promote whole body attunement and a state of peace.
Labradorite is a blue-green-white-yellow multicoloured feldspar mineral. It symbolises spiritualism and inner peace. It is thought to get rid of fears and mental stress and to promote stability and inner strength.
Lapis lazuli (blue)
A stone of protection and wisdom, lapis lazuli is believed to dispel stress to bring about inner peace and harmony. It is additionally thought to promote truth-seeking and truth-telling by inspiring honesty and clarity.
A copper carbonate mineral of rich green colour with an intriguing pattern, malachite is thought to be a protective stone that absorbs negative energy and pollutants from the environment healing through clarifying and refocusing and transforming.
A stone of introspection and reflection, moonstone is believed to promote tranquillity, stability intuition and inspiration.
A stone of strength and protection, onyx is believed to get rid of negative energy. Related to the base chakra, onyx elevates strength, stability, self-control and stamina.
A member of the quartz family with a high water content, opal comes in a wide range of colours. Beloved for its prismatic multicolour, opal is a stone thought to be able to soothe emotions, heal emotional hurts, promote creative and spontaneity and encourage positivity.
A composite of mineral and organic material formed in an oyster, the pearl is a symbol of purity and faith.
Resembling emerald in its sheen and colour, peridot is said to have been worn by Queen Cleopatra for protection against evil. It is thought to be a cleansing stone with the ability to eliminate negativity and toxins.
Prehnite (colourless, grey, yellow, green)
Most commonly green in colour, prehnite is believed to be a stone of love, harmony, calm and peace.
Pyrite (brass, light gold)
Also known as “Fool’s Gold” for its shiny, gold surface, pyrite is a sulphide mineral named after fire. It is believed to be a stone with strong protective powers, blocking negative energies and attracting good luck, health and abundance.
Rainbow moonstone is not actually a moonstone but a white labradorite stone that exhibits blue or multi-coloured adularescence or rainbow-coloured sheen. It is thought to improve mental clarity, intuition and self-awareness, and thus is believed to help with meditation.
Rose quartz (pink)
A stone of universal and romantic love, related to the heart chakra, rose quartz is believed to open the heart to receive and give love, as well as to attract love, friendship and goodwill.
A form of quartz with naturally-occurring strands of rutile, rutilated quartz relates to all the chakras, cleansing and energising to bring about a recharged body, mind and spirit.
Smokey quartz (brown)
A stone of both healing and grounding, smokey quartz is believed to be a powerful detoxifier that provides an energy cleanse.
Tanzanite (violet, blue)
A variety of the zoisite mineral in the blue-violet colour family, related to the throat, third-eye and crown chakras, tanzanite is thought to be a stone that enhances communication, intuition and decision-making.
A variety of chalcedony with distinctive brown-yellow striped patterns, tiger’s eye is a stone of protection, bringing the wearer good luck and courage while helping the mind to focus.
A silicate mineral of transparent colour, topaz is believed to bring love, friendship, fidelity, confidence, truth and success.
Tourmaline (in general)
Tourmalines of different colours relate to different chakras or energy centres. Black tourmaline, relating to the base chakra, is protective and dispels negative energy. Blue tourmaline, relating to the throat chakra, stimulates communication, intuition and expression.Brown tourmaline is grounding and cleansing. Green tourmaline inspires compassion.
Tied to the heart chakra, pink tourmaline is the stone of love and happiness, opening one’s heart to giving and receiving love and goodwill.
Thought to be a stone of protection and purification, and particularly highly valued by the Tibetans, Persians and Native Americans, turquoise is believed to have powers of divination, detoxification and cleansing.