Petrified Wood: The Gemstone of Transformation

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What is Petrified Wood? Metaphysically speaking it’s a symbol of man’s infinite connection with nature. 

The process of petrification begins with three raw ingredients: wood, water and mud. A material formed by the silicification of wood, generally in the form of opal or chalcedony, in such a manner as to preserve the original form and structure of the wood. Also known as agatized wood; opalized wood; petrified wood; woodstone. Petrified wood has been preserved for millions of years by the process of petrification. This process turns the wood into quartz crystal which is very brittle and shatters. Even though petrified wood is fragile, it is also harder than steel.

Petrified wood (from the Greek root petro meaning “rock” or “stone”; literally “wood turned into stone”) is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. It is the result of a tree having turned completely into stone by the process of permineralization. All the organic materials have been replaced with minerals (mostly a silicate, such as quartz), while retaining the original structure of the wood. Unlike other types of fossils which are typically impressions or compressions, petrified wood is a three-dimensional representation of the original organic material. The petrifaction process occurs underground, when wood becomes buried under sediment and is initially preserved due to a lack of oxygen which inhibits aerobic decomposition. Mineral-laden water flowing through the sediment deposits minerals in the plant’s cells; as the plant’s lignin and cellulose decay, a stone mould forms in its place.

In general, wood takes less than 100 years to petrify. The organic matter needs to become petrified before it decomposes completely. A forest where the wood has petrified becomes known as a Petrified Forest.

Elements such as manganeseiron and copper in the water/mud during the petrification process give petrified wood a variety of color ranges. Pure quartz crystals are colorless, but when contaminants are added to the process the crystals take on a yellow, red, or other tint.

Following is a list of contaminating elements and related color hues:

Petrified wood can preserve the original structure of the wood in all its detail, down to the microscopic level. Structures such as tree rings and the various tissues are often observed features. 

Metaphysical facts about Petrified Wood: Used to connect to past lives, for grounding, to attract wealth, strength and courage, reminds one of nature, used to stimulate the root chakra, brings about mental calm and centers the energy body.

 
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Cleansing Your Gemstone

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How to clean your Gemstones

There are many ways to cleanse a gemstone. My preferred ways methods are to blow on them, use my hands and energize them then sweep the unwanted energy out into the air and towards the window, lastly i always put certain crystals in the window sill so they can recharge in the sunlight and moonlight..i’ll leave the ones i plan on not wearing for a month or so in there. Yes, it may be a long time to some people but if you take only the gems you won’t use for a while to put into the window to charge..you will forget about them for a while.

One simple way to cleanse a gemstone is to run cold water and hold the stone in your hands while water run over and through your cupped hands. You can also place your stone in the ocean to clean it, this method is beneficial since, salt water is very healing and purifying. I have heard some people bury a crystal as well. Placing a gemstone in soil sounds so organic. Of course those who know me, know how organic i like like to be. However, If you choose this method to cleanse your gemstones, please mark the ground where you place your stone. you certainly do not want to misplace it! Not a good idea, right… Exactly what i was thinking. So there is another way to bury a stone, it just came to me. You can use a flower pot with soil in it..Or even better use a pot with a plant in it and place some stones around the plant. I do this one and my plants grow very healthy too. Some crystals will want to stay in the soil with the plants. You will be able to tell if you should remove the crystal or not, by what you intuitively feel about it.

Plants and crystals can communicate with us. Yes its true. Anyway, I will save that information for another time. That’s definitely worth writing another blog post about. Another cool way to cleanse a gemstone is to do a meditation while holding your stones, then visualize running them through a fire. Be careful not to burn yourself during your visualization. Your meditation should feel good! OK Alright, i think we covered all the popular gemstone cleansing methods. Any other ways you prefer to cleanse your gems, please share your method and leave a comment.

Now we have covered cleansing gems with the 4 elements: earth, air, fire and water. There is just one more way you can cleanse your gems. HA! You can use the 5th element. What the heck is that you ask? Well you can use your third eye. Place a gemstone at your third eye and reset the gemstone back to clear. The third eye is localized in the pituitary body and the pineal gland. It is located at the point between the eyebrows. The third eye point expands up to the middle of the forehead when opened. Cleansing method and time depend on you. Some people say that darker stones should be cleansed for a longer period of time. Some say once a week is  sufficient for all stones that are worn on a regular basis. Crystals should be cleansed at some point, no matter which method you choose. People often wonder why gemstones need cleaning, they are in the atmosphere where they pick up energy, which is always traveling between everything. Gemstones can pick up anything in a room or space. For instance, If energy is left over from an argument, gemstones will pick that up too. Alright that’s all for now. Have fun with your crystals! Show them some love.