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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crossing Press (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580911870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580911870
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* Includes diagrams of the Kundalini (physical) and Hara Line (emotional) chakra healing systems for simplified cross-referencing with the stones.

About the Author

DIANE STEIN is a popular and acclaimed healer and the best-selling author of Essential Reiki and 25 other books in the fields of metaphysical healing, women's spirituality, and alternative health. She lives and teaches in Florida.

 THE AUTHOR SCOOP

Read any good books lately?My favorite reading is science fiction, there are new good books coming out every day.  Look at Sharon Shinn, Tamora Pierce, Ann Bishop, and so many more talented women fiction writers.If you had to boil your book's message down to one sentence, what would it be?Serve the Light, trust the Light, make a difference in the world with who you are and what you do.

What are you working on now?I prefer to keep future books a secret until they are finished.  No one will know until the manuscript is mailed in.Do you eat your vegetables?I have been a vegetarian since 1983.  I do eat my vegetables.If you had a superpower, what would it be?Wonder Woman, of course.How long did it take you to write this book?  I have been working with herbs for over 35 years, so you could say it took that long to write it.

More About the Author

DIANE STEIN is the author of ESSENTIAL REIKI, ESSENTIAL ENERGY BALANCING, and more than 30 books in the fields of metaphysics, women's spirituality, and alternative healing.

She teaches ESSENTIAL REIKI and ESSENTIAL ENERGY BALANCING workshop weekends, mostly for women, in Florida (contact dianeelk@yahoo.com if you are interested in attending). See her website www.dianestein.net for books, handmade gemstone Goddess jewelry, antler and crystal ritual wands, workshops for women and more.

Coming up: books on ebook, and some formerly out of print books returning on ebook and in print. New--PROSPERITY AND THE LIGHT from ARE's 4th Dimension Press, HEALING FLOWERS A-Z from The Lotus Press, and Diane's first children's book RACHIDA FINDS MAGIC from If and Or But Publishing. Watch for the LORDS OF KARMA WORKSHOP on DVD--coming soon, see www.dianestein.net.

Diane does private phone sessions for healing, karmic release, psychic reading, etc. Cost is $125 for 1/2+ hour. Contact dianeelk@yahoo.com.

Follow her on Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogger (http://dianestein.blogspot.com), Google+ and Twitter (@ednaelk).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Moanakai on July 14, 2008
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This book is just what it says on the cover, a "Reference" book. Just a few pictures, but those included are very nice photographs; if you know your stones/gems, this should not be a deciding factor in purchasing. Author lists some of the newer stones not in other books of this type, for example, prehnite and prasiolite (although she refers the reader to Citrine for prasiolite which is green amethyst so I'm unsure about that connection (different chakra). Then again, she skips some stones I was trying to look up (pink opal). Overall, this is a book I refer to often so as to cross-reference as her descriptions of their use is more detailed than a lot of other books. I find that if you're interested in gemstones, you really need several books in your library ( I have over 20). A lot of information here in nice size, would be easy enough to put in your purse and take to a Gem and Mineral Show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on February 7, 2013
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product was ok. I just wish it showed pictures of the healing stones, which it would make it easier to match them up.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Hoth on July 14, 2010
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I just received this book about a wk. ago and couldn't put it down. Read it almost cover to cover. I say if you're into gemstones, buy and read this one. I only recently got into stones and crystals and learned so much with this book. This being only the second one I've purchased on the subject. There are some pictures but her descriptions are wonderful and enough. I love my new hobby of 'stoneology'. I'm not so sure of my husband's opinion of it though. Most of my stones were bought as jewelry to sell in my eBay store and I'm not selling them now. I'm keeping and wearing, and loving them. I never was into sterling or gemstones in my life before. Only gold and basically diamonds. I'm 55 yrs. old and through my old age have acquired too good of taste in jewelry. And now that I'm getting into gemstones and sterling, that too is in very nice taste. My poor husband is stuck with the bills. WELL WHATEVER! I got off the subject. This is a GREAT BOOK and I suggest anyone, especially novices to buy this an read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Donavan on June 14, 2008
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this is a great book, full of info. I wouldn't recommend this as a starter book. there is just not enough basic info or pictorials. It is a wonderful addition to your library, and you'll reference to it often.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria E. Spangler on June 25, 2012
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Good book for learning about the meaning and properties of the gem stones. Doesn't get into the geological makeup of the gems....mainly focuses on the healing properties of the stones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L. Chaplin on October 13, 2010
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Diane Stein has done it again! This little reference guide has info I've found no where else about crystals. This is a delightful little book about our delightful Crystal Friends that anyone who loves working with and living with Crystals will truly enjoy. Thank you Diane, for this wonderful handy reference to our healing Crystal friends!
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I will say that the author gave excellent directions on the care, use, and purchasing of stones. I particularly appreciated the "buyer beware" type caveats.

However, I have two major problems with this book. The first is that there is next to nothing regarding physical healing. The second is that some of the mystical uses ascribed to the stones do not always line up with accepted practice.

Actually, there is a third issue, as well. This book seems to be heavily geared toward Wiccan practice. So, if you're an experienced Wiccan, who is knowledgeable about the common uses of gemstones, this book would probably be a great supplementary resource for you. If you come from another tradition and really wanted some information on physical healing (like me), maybe you should look elsewhere.
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By noelle on May 25, 2014
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I have been looking for a book like this for a long time. I have my own jewelry business and I use a lot of healing stones. It's so helpful to have this book with me when ordering product or making new pieces. Very satisfied with this purchase!
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