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The Book of Stones: Who They Are & What They Teach [Paperback]

by Robert Simmons, Naisha Ahsian
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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October 30, 2005 0962191035 978-0962191039 1st Paperback Edition
The Book of Stones is the most in-depth, definitive guide to the world of crystals, minerals, gemstones and their metaphysical energies that has yet been written. Encompassing over three hundred separate entries, each with vivid color photographs and essays by both authors, this book takes you deep into the world of stones and their uses for spiritual awakening and self-healing. The Book of Stones can teach you about each mineral’s scientific properties, history and lore, elemental energies, chakra correspondences, and which stones work best together. Also considered are the stones’ effects on the spiritual, emotional and physical self. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, The Book of Stones can give you clear, easy-to-understand information that will help you enjoy the beauty and benefits of the mineral realm. This pictorial metaphysical encyclopedia is what crystal lovers all over the world have been waiting for!

Editorial Reviews


I'm excited! With photographs, metaphysical properties, folklore, key words and affirmations, this is filled with information and with beauty! --Melody, author of Love Is in the Earth

A welcome addition to the world of stones, offering an opportunity to sharpen skills and renew interest in crystal-healing. --JaneAnn Dow, author of Crystal Journey: Travel Guide for the New Shaman

If you own only one reference book on stones and crystals, make sure that this gem is this one. --Dr. Eric Pearl, author of the international bestseller The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself

About the Author

Robert Simmons has been writing and teaching about the metaphysical properties of stones for over twenty years. He is the author of the award-winning visionary novel Earthfire and co-author of Moldavite: Starborn Stone of Transformation. Naisha Ahsian is an author, healer and teacher who has worked with people worldwide through her workshops, phone consultations and private healing practice. She is the author of The Crystal Ally Cards: The Crystal Path to Self Knowledge.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Heaven & Earth Publishing LLC; 1st Paperback Edition edition (October 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962191035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962191039
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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473 of 498 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it seems December 21, 2007
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Before you buy this book, do yourself a favor and have a look at the product catalog of the authors' crystal business, called Heaven & Earth. I was impressed with this book at first, but then I began to notice how many of the crystals are trademarked. Trademarked crystals seemed a little odd to me, and I can give them the benefit of the doubt if there are one or two, but apparently the authors are "discovering" these new crystals all the time. Keep reading the catalog and you'll find that a lot of these "new" (and as it happens, invariably rare and sold by the gram) crystals are regular, not so uncommon crystals with fancy trademarked names, some other variation of a manmade coating on an existing crystal, or even just glass. Have a good look at the catalog, because the purpose of this book is to convince you that you need the stuff in that catalog.

Don't get me wrong; I believe in crystal healing and that's probably why this systematic exploitation of crystals and the people eager to learn about them makes me feel ill.

I gave this book 2 stars because the photography is lovely and it makes a good doorstop. Please look for another book to buy, though.
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very beautifully done June 19, 2006
Rob Simmons certainly knew what he was doing when putting this one together. I love Naisha's entries, and Hazel Raven is a very well respected healer in the UK. Simmons also knows his stuff, and has compiled a convenient guide with photographs for each entry. Many stones included are exclusive to Heaven and Earth (The publisher/distributor of the book) and many have names that are unique to Heaven and Earth (mostly a marketing ploy...)

The book is full of mineralogical data, photographs, diverse views, stones to use in combinations, and affirmations. I reccomend this to people that are moving away from the writing styles of the early writers and those like Melody; although they are wonderful, they may seem to esoteric or too impersonal. This book is very personal, although it does sensationalise a bit.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars trademarking of stones September 28, 2010
By Anne
I got this book because it was recommended to me by several friends and it is indeed a beautiful and informative book. However, I am totally disheartened and aggravated by the fact that Robert Simmons is trademarking stones. Is nothing sacred? For some reason, Monsanto comes to mind, and leaves me distrustful of his recommendations.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highest rating in my library October 25, 2006
I have many books on various metaphysical topics, including crystals. The Book of Stones is probably my favorite from my collection. It includes 2 objective resources for each stone, ways to use them, what stones they work well with, their structure, hardness and sources, and most importantly, pictures. I have too many books that don't have pictures, or they only have one and it is probably the least available form of the stone. I would also recommend Heal Yourself with Crystals by Hazel Raven as a complement to this book. It is not as detailed, nor does it include such a great multitude of stones, but it does explain layouts and combinations to use for specific dis-eases, such as headaches, insomnia, cellulite...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound and Thorough Resource April 14, 2007
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If you already do or are considering working with stones this book is a great resource. Lovely photos, great basic information, and the complimenting input from a male and female perspective is very useful. Their reads on the stones are right on. The only downfall is that there is no index in the back to cross reference the names of stones with. You either have to know the stone by the name they use (some stones have many) or match the photo up to a stone you have. With an index this book would be perfect. I also hope they release an expanded edition at some point because there are a few stones not represented that I would like to see.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have! January 20, 2007
this was my first book that i purchased to introduce me to crystals. it was written by robert simmons and naisha ahsian and some contributions were also added by hazel raven. i recommend it for its truly superb photography as well as the beautiful specimens feautured. the photos are great to learn of a mineral you may not have ever have seen in person. also there are concise spirtual, mental, and physical affects listed that emmananate from the stones' energies, as well as an affirmation that matches the frequency of a stone with a statement that tells the general idea the stone has to make. this makes it alot easier to index the underlying lesson to be learned from minerals. under the listing of the mineral name they have key words associated with the stones, the elemental energy of the stone and the chakras which are affected. the locations of minerals and the class and color of mineral are also discussed.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! September 20, 2007
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I do not own the first edition of this book, so I am unsure of what exactly is different about this edition. Either way tho, I am most pleased with having purchased this book. It has stones and crystals that I have read about on various websites but have NOT seen in other books, for example Heulandite is one of them. My mother had found a chunk of it at a crystal shop and had wanted me to find out what it was used for. I could not find any information on it except on the internet, but I was most pleased to see it listed in the Book of Stones! I have also found some other stones/crystals I had heard of, but never found a good description of them anywhere but the internet.
In this book I really like that they give you some key words for each stone/crystal. Key words for Heulandite are: Dreams, Visions, Emotional healing, etc.
They also list the element that the stone is with, for example Heulandite's element is Wind. Also the chakras in which the stones would work with, Heulandite works with the Heart, Third Eye, and Crown chakras.
I very much enjoy the pictures they have added, they vary from natural formations, cut, tumbled, and spheres.
Both Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian give descriptions about each stone, so instead of one person talking about the stone you have two. Naisha also likes to list down the spiritual properties, emotional, physical, and affirmation of most stones, which I find is most helpful as well. It is a long read but definatly a wealth of information.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Resourse
Tons of information. A must have for anyone working with or interested in Crystals. Cannot go wrong with this purchase.
Published 16 hours ago by Jessica L J Altman
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
This book has very detailed information on the stones it has. The problem is it is missing a lot of stones.
Published 4 days ago by Lanita Ellison-Sene
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Reference Book!!
This book is a must have for all rock hounds as well as for those who ascribe metaphysical attributes to stones. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Basalt Mountain
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome metaphysical book
A must have for anyone interested in metaphysics,crystal healing, reiki, energy, spirituality, connecting with the Divine. I love this book.
Published 20 days ago by MICHELLE CARTER
4.0 out of 5 stars Book of Stones
Beautiful illustrations, alot of information given by two authors. I appreciate that, in that it gives you different perspectives, which almost serves to give you... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Just me
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars
It was everything I hoped it would be. This book was suggested to me by a customer that came through my line where I work. GREAT condition, FAST shipping!! Thanks so much
Published 21 days ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on stones and crystals
I have many crystals and stones, this book has a wonderful amount of information on both. Also has beautiful pictures of amazing natural stones.
Published 25 days ago by Francesca Puccio
5.0 out of 5 stars :-D
Great reference book on stones & crystals. I wonderful tool to have on hand. Good photos, well divided info, etc.
Published 1 month ago by Florence Blecher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book for Beginners to Advanced Collectors
I am very impressed and brought the book to work to show my friends and the description and pictures are incredible and would highly recommend and several of my friends are going... Read more
Published 1 month ago by V. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
A great read and information about the minerals and stones around us and how they help us in our lives, if we consider their true value to us and this planet.
Published 2 months ago by JTDk
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