Mary's Stone: Emerald
The ancients associated emeralds with the Greek goddess Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Being one of the most feminine representatives of the mineral world, the emerald can teach us what it means to be a powerful woman, how to come into ourselves in all of our roles and challenges: as a mother, lover, wife, and a creative, fulfilled professional. I've been thinking a lot lately about my role in this life, about how I can be the woman I want to be and do everything that my heart desires while remaining balanced and giving each area of my life the attention it deserves.
Emeralds have been said to help eyesight which is fitting because I just got my first pair of glasses! During the time of Hippocrates, emeralds were crushed into a fine powder and made into an eye lotion.
The strongest time for the powers of the emerald is said to be spring. It is also associated with the heart chakra which seems to be the case for all of the stones I resonate with lately.
Candice's Stone: Peridot
When native Hawaiians first discovered Peridot in the black volcanic sand, they believed the gemstones were the tears of Pele, the goddess of Fire. The green sand beach in Hawaii is actually formed from Peridot.
Peridots evoke friendliness, purity and simplicity. Hailed as a stone of springtime, it is considered a gift from mother nature.
It has been used in Incan civilizations to keep one's head clear. Peridot is wonderful at helping one release the old and embrace the new. Completely fitting for the tempest that I am enduring.... Light green to dark olive in color, it generally deals with the heart chakra. So I will continue to keep one close at heart as I weather negativity and keep my head up.