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Jewelry and Gems for Self-Discovery by Shakti Carola Navran

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Jewelry & Gems for Self-Discovery:
Choosing Gemstones that Delight the Eye & Strengthen the Soul

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Preface
Have you ever fallen in love with a crystal, gemstone, or piece of jewelry at first sight? Have you been unexplainably drawn to a work of art or a beautiful object, such as a painting, a sculpture, jewelry, or something in nature? Human art and God's creation both touch our soul in a unique way, to nourish and heal us.

Opening ourselves to the touch of beauty is like receiving a kiss that brings radiance and wonder into our lives. To be sensitive enough to be touched by beauty and love is like drinking a glass of cool, refreshing water, full of clarity and renewed energy.

I notice that when I feel more connected to my true being I am in awe of all the beauty around me. Beauty makes me feel so grateful for my life. Appreciation for beauty helps me to be fully in the present moment; it makes me feel complete and content. Beauty is a precious gift that has the power to transform our lives from a mundane, gray existence into one that is colorful and exultant. I call these gifts from God; others may refer to the divine or the Spirit or use other terms, but the idea of beauty as a sacred gift remains the same.

When I was studying art and jewelry making in Germany twenty-eight years ago, I was unable to connect personally with the art theories that were being taught at that time. My professors talked about art in a way that felt very artificial and abstruse to me. One of them had an operation in which he had a half-inch steel disk inserted into his upper arm. He proudly displayed the x-ray and defined this as a work of art! At that time, I was immersing myself in learning about Egyptian jewelry and couldn't relate at all to this approach to art - devoid of personal and spiritual meaning.

I was left to find my own way in my art studies. The gift in that was that I had to find my own truth about art and beauty and trust my own process of discovery. I received a lot of guidance and support along the way, but it didn't come from the places I'd expected. My journey toward beauty and truth turned out to be a spiritual journey.

In my experience, beauty calls and moves us to the extent that we are willing and able to hear and be with it. My life's work has been to create what I call Jewelry for the Soul, or Soul Jewelry - objects of beauty and adornment that speak to the unique spiritual qualities and needs of each of my clients. Jewelry for the Soul can be used and appreciated in many ways to enhance your well-being and spiritual growth. This book is meant to give you information about the astrological and healing aspects of crystals and gemstones, so that you will be able to choose a truly magnificent piece of jewelry.

In ancient times, jewelry was always created for the special purpose of empowerment or healing. It was used in religious ceremonies and as an object of power, to channel and enhance specific energies and frequencies. Jewelry stated the power and status of an individual. Through the ages, that might have been a caveman's tiger's claw or a bear's tooth, a medieval king's jeweled crown, or the pope's ceremonial necklaces and rings. In museums we witness the importance of jewelry for native peoples and kings and queens and in the religions of the world. The Catholic Church still uses the power of jewels in its rituals.

Nowadays we seem to have lost those traditions and knowledge in jewelry making. Only a few jewelers still uphold the tradition of using universal wisdom and ancient knowledge of the healing powers of gemstones and crystals to create meaningful jewelry.

I have been a jeweler since 1978 and have engaged in a journey of self-discovery and spirituality from the beginning. My yearning for creating beautiful jewelry with a deep and meaningful personal spiritual connection led me forward on my own path of discovery.

First, I discovered astrology and the potential uses of the universal principles and rules that astrology reveals. Later I encountered different teachers who worked with the healing qualities of gemstones and crystals. Over my years of study and integrating my personal experience with that of my clients and students, I created Jewelry for the Soul. With the help of the individual astrological birth chart, it is possible to find the most healing and consciousness-enhancing gemstones. I find great satisfaction in using these stones to create a custom-made piece of jewelry for my clients, knowing that this unique jewelry touches and enhances the soul on its journey to self-realization.

We feel drawn to the beauty, harmony, and symmetry that nature offers us in the wondrous specimens of the mineral kingdom. Those qualities can be enhanced and utilized by setting gemstones and crystals into beautiful pieces of jewelry according to the principles of universal energy.

I am most grateful for my ability to create beauty that nourishes the soul and enriches life, and I would like to share the beauty and power of the world of gemstones and crystals with you. I hope you will find guidance throughout this book for finding or creating your own piece of Jewelry for the Soul and that you will come to appreciate all that the magnificent realm of gemstones and crystals has to offer for enriching your life.

Jewelry and Gems for Self-Discovery by Shakti Carola Navran