It’s a question that would have once brought skeptical looks and scathing remarks, but these days there is a growing interest in gemstones and their apparent healing powers. The theory has become more popular of late, with many celebrities endorsing the power of gemstones; big stars like Kate Hudson, Adele and Katy Perry all believe that gemstones draw certain energies. There has also been a growing interest among the general public along with an increasing number of Google searches related to the power of gemstones. But is there any substantial evidence to back these claims and where do they originate from? Read on to find out more.

The Theory

Before we get into the ins and outs of gemstone healing, it’s important to first understand where the idea comes from. Generally, people believe gemstones carry different properties that can trigger healing powers by allowing certain energies to flow into the body. The idea is that gemstones emit specific types of energies, each with a unique and specific property that can amplify its therapeutic effects. People use gemstones to aid them in everything from mustering courage to establishing a sense of calm. These ideas are hardly new either since many have – since ancient times, in several cultures – believed in the special properties and powers surrounding gemstones (check out my last blog to find out more about these stories!).

What The Science Says

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a peer-reviewed journal that backs gemstone healing. Most scientists view gemstone and crystal healing as ‘alternative medicine’ (i.e. unreliable and unsubstantiated). Still, while science does not outwardly support gemstone healing (especially in the cases of serious illnesses), it can’t entirely rule out its effects.

The problem is, many of the gemstone properties reported are very hard to prove and monitor. For example, take a gemstone like amethyst which is associated with stress relief. How can neuroscientists tell whether the gemstone truly relieves agitation or if this is simply a placebo effect induced by an individual’s belief in its power? The short answer is - we can’t!

Understanding Energy And Vibrations

As our knowledge of physics grows, we are uncovering lots of new information about particles, energy and vibrations. The trouble is, we still don’t understand much of this. We can only observe the patterns left by certain types of energies - it doesn’t necessarily mean we understand why things are the way they are.

For example, did you know that several studies have observed a correlation between music and increased plant growth? (Apparently, classical music and rock are particularly good for healthy plants!).

And that’s not the only unexplainable phenomenon either. Dr. Emoto famously conducted a study which appeared to show that water’s crystalized structure looks different depending on whether negative or positive words are spoken to it. While Dr Emoto’s particular experiment has certainly drawn a lot of harsh speculation, one thing that is accepted as truth in the scientific world is that electron particles (one of the building blocks of matter) behave differently when they are observed than when they aren’t. Why? Well, we don’t really know!

This could explain some link between different types of matter and different types of energies - but only time (and science!) will tell for sure.

Putting It All Together

So, what does this all mean? Well, it means the truth behind gemstones and their powers are, for now, still a mystery. Perhaps you’ve experienced the amazing powers of gemstones for yourself, or maybe you find the whole idea pretty hard to believe. Either way, I think there is one universal truth that we can all agree on: gemstones make beautiful jewelry! So whether you fancy some amethyst earrings just because they look nice, or for their calming powers, why not check out our vast range of gorgeous gemstone jewelry by clicking here.