Ashley Leavy takes us through the wonderful world of ‘hybrid’ stones, what they are and how we can use them
Did you know that some of your most beloved healing crystals are actually combinations of more than one stone? Lapis Lazuli, Tiger Iron, Unakite, and some others to name a few, are made up of more than one mineral. When multiple minerals come together to create something new, this is the definition of a rock. That’s right − a rock! Most of the time, we don’t use that word in the world of crystal healing, but rocks can be lovely for healing, too. In the wellness community, we usually use the words ‘crystal’, ‘stone’ and ‘mineral’ interchangeably, but they do each have their own specific definitions.
Know your geo terms
• Rock: composed of more than one mineral.
• Crystal: a mineral that has an internal crystalline structure (a regularly repeating atomic blueprint).
• Stone: any mineral or rock that is non-metallic.
• Mineral: a solid, naturally occurring, inorganic substance (all crystals are minerals, but not all minerals are crystals).
This is a rock composed of Lazurite, White Calcite and Pyrite. It is not technically a ‘stone’, since it contains metallic Pyrite. The best quality Lapis Lazuli comes from Afghanistan. Carrying this stone around with you is thought to help promote relaxation and lift your spirits.
This beautiful South African rock is composed of Golden Tiger’s Eye, Red Jasper, and Hematite. It is not technically a stone, since it contains metallic Hematite. Tiger Iron has long been used to help promote vitality and compassion.
This brightly-coloured rock from Tanzania is composed of Green Serpentine and Purple Stichitite. In crystal healing, this rock is thought to bring comfort to those who live alone, and gives off calming and peaceful vibes while also warding off any negative energies.
This heart-centred rock is composed of Epidote and Peach Feldspar. The red in this rock helps you connect to your base and heart chakra, overcoming any blocks that may be standing in your way.
This is a rock composed of Golden Aragonite and Brown Calcite in a Benitoite clay matrix. Septarians are linked to the lower chakras and are often used in both shielding and grounding a person.
This is actually a crystal and not a rock at all. Both Amethyst and Citrine are coloured varieties of Quartz. When parts of the iron-containing Amethyst are heated, they turn into golden Citrine. The best quality and most beautiful Ametrine crystals are from Bolivia. This Quartz combination crystal can be placed around the home to help bring you tranquillity, peace, inspiration and creativity.
A ritual that rocks
Try this Zen meditation with your newfound hybrid stones
1 You will need a Lapis Lazuli, Ametrine and Unakite. They can be tumblestones or in their raw, uncut form − whichever you prefer.
2 Sit down, place your trio in front of you and close your eyes.
3 Visualise your stones glowing, and with each breath you take, picture them becoming brighter and more vibrant.
4 You should feel a sense of total calm wash over you. When you feel your mind, body and spirit have been refreshed, you can open your eyes. Repeat as much as you need to recharge you from the inside-out.