One of the most simple and effective ways to utilize crystal energy is to wear them as jewelry. The main spots on the body they are usually worn are around the neck, on the fingers, around the wrist, and in body jewelry in the navel, nose, ears, or any other feasible place. Crystals or gemstones that possess certain energies are worn by the person who is trying to acquire the specific energies of those stone.
In Crystal Enlightenment (1985), we find that “when jewelry is designed and worn consciously for healing purposes, the creations become works of art that empower the wearer. As crystals and stones are worn, their energies intermingle with the human electromagnetic field or aura […] by increasing the subtle healing energies and light force around the body, greater personal power and balance is achieved.”
The type of jewelry, as well as the shape, both influence how the jewelry will affect its wearer. Scott Cunningham in Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic (1987) talks about the ring as being “a circle, symbolic of eternity, unity, reincarnation, and the universe.” He explains that rings have long been a part of human history, from ancient Babylon to ancient Greece and Rome, where priests removed their rings prior to entering sacred space. The reason for this tradition is that rings, by their very nature, keep energy in the body; they are binding, rather than opening.
Therefore, rings are great for imbibing the wearer’s energy with their own, but are not recommended as being helpful for sending out one’s own energy, as is often done in magical rites. In spiritual rituals, in which we open ourselves to higher beings, rings were thought to block this process due, once again, to their restricting quality. When purchasing or bartering for a ring, an important consideration should be the types of metals and stones used and the overall design of the ring. These factors will determine how helpful the ring will be for the manifestation of your personal desires and goals.
Necklaces are another popular form of jewelry and are really “simply a large ring worn around the neck.” The energy is one of binding oneself with the influence of the stones contained in the necklace. Once again, like the ring, the necklace is good for taking in the stone’s energy, but not recommended for sending out your own energy, for the shape of the circle, when placed around any part of your body, is binding. The necklace can sit either close to the throat or hang down near the heart. Depending on which area is prevalent, the stones will affect the throat chakra, which governs our ability to communicate and speak our truth, or the heart chakra, dealing with emotions and attracting or strengthening love.
Earrings, according to Cunningham, were once worn to guard the ears from negativity and disease, later becoming a symbol for slavery, for slaves wore earrings marking their status. Being situated so close to the eyes, earrings are supposed to help strengthen weak eyes, especially when set with emeralds. As with all forms of jewelry, the types of stones and metals used should be intuitively considered. The question to ask is: Will they be helpful to achieving what you are trying to bring into your life or cultivate within yourself?
In The Complete Crystal Guidebook (1986) by Uma Silbey, she goes even further into the realm of ethical jewelry making and choosing for oneself. “The way a piece of jewelry is made, and particularly the way the stone is set, is a very important consideration. A stone should be set so that the method of setting does not cut off or impair the energy flow from the stone.” This can happen if the base of the crystal is completely covered or if a stone has been drilled horizontally completely though the crystal, which cuts off the flow of energy through the crystal entirely. Also, Silbey recommends being cautious about obtaining crystals that have been glued into the metal fixture because they will, over time, have a tendency to fall out. So, the basic message here is “be careful about what you purchase.” Everything should be considered: the type of stone, the type of metals used, who made your amulet and how ethical he or she is, and whether or not the stone is polished or unpolished.
Polished stones have their advantages, as do unpolished stones. From The Complete Crystal Guidebook (1986) we find, “A polished crystal tends to create a softer, more rounded field of energy. A crystal which is left in its natural form tends to be more laser-like in its projections.” The brilliance of a crystal can sometimes be brought out by polishing it, but if you are more of a naturalist, you might like the look of a crystal “in the rough.” One is not necessarily better than the other, so as with many decisions in life, it is not cut and dry. Using your intuition is always recommended to help you decide which piece of jewelry is right for you.