Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
With the reds and greens of Christmas all around us, I thought it was time to discuss the beautiful salmon and green colored gemstone called Unakite.
Unakite is a coarse-grained granitic rock containing pink orthoclase and pistachio-green epidote. First discovered in the Unaka mountain range of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, Unakite rates a 6-7 on the Mohs scale (1-10) of hardness (meaning it’s relatively soft and prone to scratches and breaks).
Rarely used in commercial or fine jewelry, Unakite is embraced by craft jewelers for cabochons and beads. Other uses include flooring tiles and windowsills; likely the most famous use is as a trimming to the front steps of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Healers associate Unakite with two chakras, the third eye for its use in vision, and the heart, for balancing emotions. It’s said to be especially beneficial for promoting a healthy pregnancy and labor, as well as for lifting depressed spirits, uncovering deception, quieting fears, and boosting mental toughness.
Legends claim Unakite can lead you to find things that were lost. Unakite is believed to help you heal from trauma or major illness by encouraging the cells to “remember” a state of perfect health.
Feng Shui experts say Unakite uses wood energy, enhancing new beginnings, physical growth, and abundance. Wood energy is traditionally associated with the east and southeast areas of a home or room. Place Unakite where you are beginning a new project.
Unakite offers a slow yet consistent energy, teaching patience and perseverance. Wear it in a necklace, keep it near to support various activities like work, or meditate by holding it. Clean it with a soft cloth and soapy water (no ultrasonic cleaners) and store it separately so as not to mar its surface.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!