The Book of Stones: Who They Are and What They Teach

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The Book of Stones is a new edition of the best-selling guide to some of Earth’s most beautiful natural objects. Two introductory chapters detail the authors’ theories about how to work with crystals and stones—including the concept of crystal resonance and the scientific observation that living organisms (such as ourselves) are liquid crystalline structures. An illuminating alphabetical journey through the mineral kingdom, stone by stone, follows.

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Overview

The Book of Stones is a new edition of the best-selling guide to some of Earth’s most beautiful natural objects. Two introductory chapters detail the authors’ theories about how to work with crystals and stones—including the concept of crystal resonance and the scientific observation that living organisms (such as ourselves) are liquid crystalline structures. An illuminating alphabetical journey through the mineral kingdom, stone by stone, follows.

Each entry begins with the stone name and photo, plus its elemental and chakra correspondences, as well as keywords that indicate its properties. Next comes a description of the crystal structure, hardness, history, and known locations of each mineral, plus any relevant legend or lore from the past. Each author then offers an essay on the subtle energy properties and spiritual applications of the stone. The entries conclude with summaries of the spiritual, emotional, and physical healing qualities of the stone, and an affirmation for evoking its potential benefits. The book’s presentation is straightforward enough to make it an excellent introduction for beginners, yet the level of detail and the depth of research make it an invaluable resource for the most experienced stone practitioners.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Book of Stones is filled with information and with beauty!”
—Melody, author of Love Is in the Earth

“Each description is an intimate conversation between the Wisdom of the Stones and the deep soul Wisdom of thee two authors.”
—Robert Sardello, PhD, author of Love and the World and Silence

“This beautiful and unusual work opened a new and unknown world to me, right under my feet—a realm of qualities and possibilities of which I had known nothing and for which I am the richer.”
—Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, The Biology of Transcendence, and The Death of Religion and the Rebirth of the Spirit

The Book of Stones has elevated the spiritual knowledge of crystals into a higher form. The classification of each stone is impeccable, along with wonderful photos—creating an intimate connection with a wide variety of minerals. This book offers us all an opportunity to sharpen our skills and renew our interest in the crystal healing world.”
—JaneAnn Dow, author of Crystal Journey: Travel Guide for the New Shaman

“Quite easily the most comprehensively written and beautifully photographed book on the subject that I’ve come across. If you own only one reference book on stones and crystals, make sure that this gem is the one.”
—Dr. Eric Pearl, author or the international bestseller The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself

“The Book of Stones takes the reader on a fascinating journey. The writing is clear, thoughtful, and easily understood, and the inclusion of scientific data, history, and folklore helps make the book a valuable resource for all those interested in the mineral kingdom.”
—Thom Hartmann, author of The Prophet’s Way and The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

"The Book of of Stones: Who They Are and What They Teach by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian explains the physical and metaphysical properties of crystals, minerals and gemstones."
Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556436680
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 72,597
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 10.85 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Simmons is the founder of Heaven and Earth, a company offering more than 2,000 gem and jewelry items for self-healing and spiritual and emotional development. Together with his wife Kathy Warner, he is the founder and sponsor of The Crystal Conference, an annual four-day teaching event in which the best-known crystal authors and teachers come together to offer intensive workshops to stone enthusiasts from all over the world.

Naisha Ahsian is an author, teacher, and healer with an international practice. She is the creator of the Crystal Resonance Therapy and Primus Activation Healing Technique spiritual healing modalities. Director of the Crystalis Institute for Personal and Planetary Evolution, an educational organization offering training and certification for healers worldwide.

Hazel Raven, former Vice Chairman of ACHO (Affiliation of Crystal Healing Organisations), has been teaching professional crystal programs since 1990. An international writer, lecturer, and therapist, she is a teacher and practitioner member of the BFVEA (British Flower and Vibrational Essence Association).

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    Title gives meaning to the world of stones, they are not just objects, they have qualities and properties.

    I found this book very helpful. I am a beginner in the field of stones and their meanings and association with healing. I found this book very helpful in all aspects of putting together the proper combination of stones in different situations. I found the terminology very easy to understand and the history behind each stone very interesting.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

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    Something you will always have in your personal library

    Very well written, it captures your interests by combining the practical research of the classification and composition of the selected stones with the mystical side of their history. It is written with two separate essays from both the authors so you get a duel perspective of the stone. Although some would call researching and the using of stones, New Age it actually is not, fascination of stones and their "uses" can be traced back to the Bible, Torah, and Koran, as well as such Pagan religions such as Wicca, so I suppose the stones hold something for everybody. This is a fun and entertaining book, it is not something that you will sit and read from cover to cover unless you are a text book geek,(and if you are you really need to get out more) but when a stone fascinates you, or the preacher/rabbi/ whoever talks of a holy stone, or you see a special rock that puts a happy glimmer in your eye, open up this book, look the stone up, and learn a little, okay a lot. This is more than just a pretty book, it actually has depth and well detailed research behind it, and in my opinion, that's exactly what this type of book should do.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Great Pictures and Descriptions

    I have many books regarding crystals and stones. This is one of my favorites. The descriptions are so complete ans helpful. The photography is wonderful. I recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more about crystals and stones and all of thier uses.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2010

    Great Reference Book

    I work in a stone shop and this is the best book for anyone to look up properties of a material and understand the meaning. I also go to spiritual festivals and I bring this book along for people to look up the metaphysical properties of stones. It also has great pictures and an index in the back that list physical ailments and the stones that pertain. There is also an index listing stones for mental and spiritual issues. Both authors give good useful explanations of each stone and what to use it for. Great book to keep on hand

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Recommended for upper level readers

    This book was a gift for an 11 year old. I think it was too technical for him. It is better suited for older individuals. The pictures were sharp and clear. I found it interesting and actually wanted to keep if for myself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    This book was beautifully written, each stone thoughtfully consi

    This book was beautifully written, each stone thoughtfully considered.

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  • Posted April 29, 2010

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    Excellent Crystal and Stone Reference

    This reference book is one of the most comprehensive books on the properties of crystals, minerals, and stones of all kinds. The photography and descriptions are excellent and the book is very helpful to both experienced and novice crystal collectors and users alike.

    The crystal shop which I frequent keeps this book in stock and uses it as its main reference for customers with questions about properties and uses. It is my main reference, also, and keep it with my collections.

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