About Crystals

Whether you believe in the power of crystals or not, there's no doubting their beauty. Each and every gem is totally unique in it's appearance and properties. This page details each crystal we sell, it's history, and the folklore surrounding it.

Cubic Zirconia or CZ

Whilst not commonly seen as a 'crystal', per se, CZ cannot be discounted from this list. It's often seen as the 'budget diamond' for its ease of production and low cost. But don't be fooled, this is a hardy, durable gem that shines just as bright as any diamond... perhaps a little more bank account-friendly.

Alba Necklace with CZ gems, £25

Rainbow Moonstone

A crowd favourite, it's easy to see why this crystal gained such popularity over the last few years. Moonstone has been used in jewellery for hundreds of years, the Romans in particular admired it for it's ethereal shine, and believed it to be made from the moon's rays themselves. It's pearly-white form is set alight with it's distinctive sheen of blue, yellow, silver, and golden tones in sunlight. In crystal healing, Moonstone is seen as the direct energy of the moon in rock form, and is incredibly powerful. Thought to bring emotional stability and clarity, keep this stone close in times of insecurity and imbalance. 

 

Spiralis Ring, £25

Onyx

Impossible to go wrong when styling with this stone. 'Onyx' comes from the Latin word meaning 'claw' or 'fingernail' due to the crystal often being found with a white band pattern within it, resembling a human fingernail. It is the crystal of courage, being used to settle fear, stomping out negative thought patterns and self-doubt. It encourages the wearer to delve into the deepest darkest parts of the soul in order to emerge back into the light calm, courageous, and at one with themselves.

Rotam Necklace in Onyx, £25

Amethyst

Amethyst has rather humorous origins. It's name is derived from the Greek word 'Amethystos', roughly meaning 'not intoxicated', as it was thought to prevent drunkenness. So much so that the Ancient Greeks would even carve drinking vessels out of it and clergymen would wear Amethyst rings to demonstrate their sobriety. Today, however, it is a popular stone for both jewellery and crystal collections or healing. It is the birthstone of February, and is typically seen as protective and purifying within healing practices.

Vipera Earrings in Amethyst, £22

Labradorite

A personal favourite, Labradorite is one of the most ethereal stones and must be seen with ones own eyes to truly appreciate it's beauty. It is the 'Sister Stone' to Moonstone, both possessing brilliant flashes of colour known as 'labradorescence'. Taking it's name from the region of Canada in which it is found, Labradorite is seen as the crystal of Magic in it's most pure form. It was once believed by Inuit communities that it fell from the Aurora Borealis, an ordinary stone blasted with magical properties and divine energy, falling to Earth and allowing shamans to gain wisdom between realms. Wearing or using Labradorite is said to enhance one's own magic, allowing the wearer to reach the innermost parts of their magical ability.

Trinket Earrings in Labradorite, £25

Peridot

A much-overlooked gem. Peridot - pronounced peh-rih-dow - is seen as an all-round good vibes crystal. In Medieval England, it was worn to ward off evil spirits and bring wealth and happiness. Peridot is the birthstone of August, as well as the National Gem of Egypt; It was mined on a nearby island for thousands of years, then set in gold to create an incredibly powerful talisman. Peridot has also been found in meteorites, and is the only meteorite gem found to survive in large enough pieces to make jewellery from.

Pentacle Earrings in Peridot, £22

Lapiz Lazuli

The ancient Egyptians used Lapiz heavily, as far back as 3100 B.C., most notably on the golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen, which was laden with the stone. Lapiz Lazuli is seen as a very regal crystal, and is said to channel inner peace and majesty.

Caelo Earrings in Lapiz Lazuli, £25

Citrine

Stemming from the Latin word literally meaning 'lemon', this yellow-orange gem is sunshine in rock form. Wearing Citrine jewellery is said to bring clarity of mind, confidence, and creativity. It is also thought to be the most powerful manifestation crystal, bringing your dreams and desires that bit closer to reality. 

Trinket Earrings in Citrine, £25

Smokey Quartz

Smokey Quartz is a dark brown variety of crystal quartz, and was once used in China to fashion flat panes of the gem, worn as sunglasses in the 12th century. It is believed to be a powerful grounding stone, keeping even the most scattered of minds down on Earth.

Vipera Earrings in Smokey Quartz, £22

Carnelian

Stemming from the Latin word meaning 'flesh', this red-orange stone is one for those wishing to be more bold. Worn by warriors thousands of years gone by, it is thought to turn timid ideas into brash actions and, by extension, success. There is no shying away this bright and beautiful gem.

Caelo Earrings in Carnelian, £25

Blue Topaz

Such a stunning sky blue colour, Blue Topaz is a much-loved stone, being used to stimulate the mind in creative projects or focused meditation sessions.


Pentacle Earrings in Blue Topaz, £22

Apatite

Not many have heard of Apatite, let alone wear it in jewellery, as it is most commonly used in agriculture for its beneficial properties; But make no mistake, this gem makes for stunning jewellery. Often confused with Blue Topaz or Peridot, Apatite is what it says on the tin, it's name coming from the Greek meaning 'to deceive'. However in crystal practice and healing it is a very truthful stone, and was used by Native Americans to purify and cleanse at rituals. Today it is much the same, often being used alongside burning sage to cleanse a space before meditation.

Caelo Earrings in Apatite, £25

Iolite

Known as 'the Viking's Compass', Iolite is all about the journey and adventure. Its grey-violet tone resembles a dark winter sky, and thin slices were used by Viking explorers such as Leif Eriksson as lenses through which they could determine the position of the sun. The name comes from the Greek 'Ios' meaning violet.

Pentacle Earrings in Iolite, £25

We hope this has given a better insight into the wonderful world of crystals - if you have any questions or would like a recommendation, don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing hello@woven-oak.com.