In This Issue
Gemisphere to the Rescue
Purity and quality are just as important in therapeutic gemstones as they are in any other medicinal tools. In the first of three articles, Gemisphere founder Michael Katz talks about the risks of using low-quality adulterated gems for therapy—and how Gemisphere works to ensure that the gems we provide you are the highest quality, pure, and natural therapy tools.
Naturopathic physician Lance Morris shares his encounter with some very non-therapeutic Blue Topaz and the difference that using therapeutic quality gems makes in his work with his patients.
Rescuing Gemstones from Nuclear Radiation
By Michael Katz
In most cases, beautifying a product for sale is just part of good business. For a great many gemstone dealers, this practice allows them to sell inferior gems for a higher price. The more precious the gem, the greater the temptation to alter low-quality stones to look like their more valuable counterparts. This common practice is misleading but profitable. Unfortunately, when a consumer wants to use the living energy contained in gems for healing and personal growth, this alteration can also be damaging.
Saving Blue Topaz
Imagine for a moment that a small object was accidentally left in an active nuclear reactor and then brought into your home. How would you feel knowing where this object has been? The reality is that this happens often, and not by accident. For example, when you wear Blue Topaz jewelry purchased from a jeweler, you are likely wearing a gem that has been subjected to high doses of radiation, such as gamma rays or high-energy electron irradiation. Although this process turns the Topaz a deep, alluring blue, the effect on the gem’s powerful yet delicate healing energies is devastating. These positive energies are not only destroyed; the corrupted vibrations of the radiation linger.
Depending on the type of radiation used, irradiated Blue Topaz can contain residual radioactivity. In 2005, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission finally took responsibility for protecting the public from irradiated Blue Topaz. Now all radioactive Blue Topaz must be quarantined in a secure site for months, and in some cases years, until the radiation can decay to the legal limit. Only then can the gems legally be released for cutting and polishing.
Interestingly, the pale sky-blue color of natural Blue Topaz is an essential part of what makes this gem so healing. Its crystalline hue underlies the gem’s ability to transform the water we drink, promote overall healing, and slow the aging process. To ensure that Gemisphere obtains only natural Blue Topaz, we purchase it directly from the mines’ representatives. This precludes any possibility that the gems have been subjected to nuclear radiation. We essentially rescue as many therapeutic quality Blue Topaz crystals as we can, saving these rare and precious gems from energetic destruction.
Sadly, many different kinds of gems are irradiated, mostly without the ultimate wearer’s knowledge. And irradiation is only one of the disruptive treatments commonly used to beautify gemstones. Since 1987 Gemisphere has been seeking out raw, untreated, therapeutic quality gems and preparing them in a way that allows our bodies to best utilize the gems’ healing energies.
Learn more about therapeutic Blue Topaz.
Citrine: The Real Deal
Unbeknownst to most consumers, the vast majority of Citrine on the market today is not natural Citrine at all, but low-quality, treated Amethyst. To make Amethyst look like Citrine, the crystals are heated to 450º C—the temperature at which the gems’ color shifts from pale purple to yellow. Anyone wearing these yellow gems expecting to enjoy Citrine’s therapeutic benefits will be sorely disappointed. Only true, natural Citrine will initiate the physical and spiritual transformations this luminous gem can deliver. To spark Citrine’s most potent transformational healing, true Citrine must be a vibrant golden yellow and possess candescence—a quality in which light appears to radiate from within the gem, making it look like a drop of liquid light. Gemisphere offers only this rare and naturally candescent Citrine, and never the more common, treated Amethyst.
Learn more about therapeutic Citrine.
Lapis Lazuli’s True Blue
Natural, exquisite-quality Lapis Lazuli has a color unseen anywhere else in nature. Its brilliant royal blue color, laced with golden flecks, is almost otherworldly. This color is integral to Lapis Lazuli’s ability to attune its wearer’s heart and mind and to vitalize energy meridians in the body. Yet Lapis is another gem that dealers often treat in the hope of fooling an uneducated buyer and obtaining a higher price Lapis is commonly subjected to dyeing and waxing. Dyeing attempts to imitate the color of high-quality Lapis; it also disguises the white inclusions and cracks found in low-quality Lapis. Waxing keeps the dye from rubbing off, but along with the dye, clogs the gem’s pores and prevents its healing energy from flowing freely.
Gemisphere’s high-quality Lapis Lazuli is not dyed, waxed, or adulterated in any way. It is our joy to provide only the highest quality, all natural and extraordinary Lapis Lazuli, so that its unique healing gifts can be fully experienced.
Learn more about therapeutic Lapis Lazuli.
In the second article in this series, I’ll talk about three Sapphires—Blue, Yellow, and Pink—and Gemisphere’s work to ensure that these precious gems are brought from the mines to you in their natural state.
A Doctor’s Experience with Blue Topaz
By Lance J. Morris, NMD
As a naturopathic physician specializing in energy-based healing, I find it essential to have a reliable source of untreated, medicinal-quality gemstones. Recently I had the opportunity to compare the properties of a Blue Topaz necklace supplied by Gemisphere with several faceted, irradiated Blue Topaz stones. The blue color of the irradiated gems was much richer and darker than the Gemisphere necklace. However, I soon discovered that the real difference between them lay beyond this superficial aesthetic one.
In my work as a doctor, I’ve observed that therapeutic gems have a unique ability to clear imbalanced energies layered throughout our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual selves. After a cycle of purging, the gems’ balancing energies permeate our physical and non-physical bodies, where they catalyze more healing changes. Yet, depending on the state of the gemstone, the gem's capacity to give and receive these energies is finite. For example, during a therapy session with a patient, I may need to remove a gem when it has become filled beyond its capacity to release the purged energies it has accumulated. Then cleansing the gems—rinsing them or placing them in a plant or on the earth, in sunlight or moonlight—allows them to discharge any energy imbalances they have accumulated.
The untreated Blue Topaz necklace from Gemisphere functioned exactly this way, both during therapy and, afterward, during cleansing.
In contrast, as soon as I held the irradiated Blue Topaz stones, I could feel that they were saturated and unable to transmit or receive anything. They were useless as therapeutic tools. And, as an energy-sensitive therapist, I could hold them for only a matter of seconds before the searing, burning sensation they produced was too much for me. Neither washing them nor placing them in sunlight, moonlight, on the earth, or in a bentonite clay bath had any clearing effect on these gems. Finally, I buried these traumatized gems deep in Mother Earth, where they can be restored to a more normal state.
I urge anyone who uses gems for healing to be diligent about using only untreated, unadulterated gemstones. I have gratefully observed Gemisphere’s absolute commitment to making only the finest and purest gems available to therapists and clients. I give them special thanks for their integrity on all our behalf.
About Dr. Lance J. Morris
Dr. Morris lives in Tucson, Arizona, where he has a private medical practice. He was on the founding board of directors of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Tempe Arizona, and a member of the clinical faculty. He is the developer of RST: Resonant Sound Therapy. He integrates essential oils and therapeutic gems in his RST sessions.
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