Lubna Salah: Jewelry with a purpose


By LISA KAAKI, LIFE.STYLE@ARABNEWS.COM
The healing properties of gems and crystals have been known since ancient times. Incidentally, Thomas Edison thought that his success was due to a pocketful of quartz crystals he always carried with him. He felt that the stones enhanced his energy and creativity. Closer to us, celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Robert Downey Jr., David and Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, and even the late Princess Diana, believe in the power of crystal and gemstone therapy.
“I am delighted to have seen a rising interest in the healing arts such as crystal healing and Reiki in the Arab world,” said Lubna Salah who set up “House of Shakti,” a brand of jewelry that promotes healing of the mind, body and spirit.

Salah discovered the healing powers of crystals when she spotted gemstones in jewelry in a booth while shopping.


“The owner had studied crystals, so she selected suitable stones for me. I bought a necklace that came with some information, explaining the healing properties of those stones. I wore that necklace everyday, sometimes even at night. I found myself changing during that time, changing in a way that seemed oddly coincidental, based on what little I had learned from the stones. From this, I decided to learn more about crystals and enhance my understanding of the healing powers of gemstones, both through research and intuition. After I got feedback from early clients of mine telling me they sensed a difference and were in love with my work, I felt I found my calling. To be able to make something beautiful that helps others as well, is a dream come true,” explained Salah.
The first necklace Salah bought was made of amazonite and amethyst. In those days, she was going through a difficult time expressing her anger and sadness. Amethyst is one of the most powerful protective stones because it helps neutralize negative emotions and the amazonite is said to help you express yourself with love.
“With the combination of these two, I found my self-expression flowing, and I was led to creative pursuits. Through these creative pursuits, I was better able to channel my energy and express myself. My research in natural healing showed me how our physical ailments can have emotional roots. The belief carrying these negative emotions drains the body and can lead in the long term to cancer and many other illnesses,” she said.
Everything that comes from the earth, including food, has healing powers and “prana,” or life energy. Each food has its nutritional value and life-giving energy and so do crystals. The higher quality the food, the higher the “prana.” The same happens with crystals. Crystals have many healing properties, which help deal with psychological and emotional problems.
Salah has a very special connection and concern for women in the Middle East. Although she was born in the U.S., she moved to the Middle East at the age of 14 and lived there for 10 years. She recently went back to visit family and says that she wants to help as many women as possible by allowing them to use their creative self-expression as a way of healing.


“Ideally, crystals should be worn as close to the body and skin as possible. It is not necessary to wear them at night, but placing them next to your bedside while you sleep is also helpful. If you have a special crystal that is in rock form, carry it in a pouch close to you to benefit from its healing powers,” she explained.
Salah makes necklaces, bracelets, earrings and prayer beads and also specializes in custom designs for which she interacts one on one with the customers to learn about their healing needs. After she made her first pieces of jewelry in 2008, she established her online store (www.houseofshakti.com) two years later in March 2010.
“I have received lovely feedback from clients who have felt positive changes since wearing my jewelry. Some clients report itching when they wear the jewelry, which is known to be a sign of a wound healing. I have also experienced vivid dreams when working with crystals and some clients even reported their dreams to me. Crystals are catalysts for change and the healing process is a very personal and subjective thing,” she added.



HEALING PROPERTIES OF GEMSTONES AND CRYSTALS 

AMBER: Solidified and petrified sap from a pine tree, its color is golden. This gentle stone draws out negative energy from the body and purifies the spirit and heart as well. It also enhances patience, altruism, strength, calmness and healing.

AMETHYST: This quartz ranges in color from violet to dark purple. Amethyst is associated with meditation, balance, inner peace and positive transformation. This is a powerful stone for healing of body, mind and soul.

AMAZONITE: A green or blue-green member of the feldspar clan, it inspires truth, sincerity, honor, eloquence, integrity, trust and openness.

AQUAMARINE: A blue member of the Beryl clan, which is traditionally used to soothe, calm and alleviate fears and phobias. This stone is attuned to the ocean and promotes safe travel on water.

CITRINE: This golden yellow quartz increases happiness, prosperity, generosity, creativity, confidence, energy, career success and enjoyment of life. This is a stone of success in all walks of life.

EMERALD: This precious gem improves memory and intellect.

GARNET: This silicate mineral comes in a variety of colors the most popular being red. It helps us become more productive and achievement-oriented.

LAPIS LAZULI: It has a dark blue color with gold flecks. This stone is associated with truthfulness, intuition, purification and self-confidence. It allows us to tap into our own inner power while purifying the soul and thoughts.

MOONSTONE: This stone is usually milky with a bluish or yellowish tint. It fosters happiness, good fortune, hope, new beginnings and abundance. This stone gets us in touch with our feelings and is protective of women.

ONYX: Usually black, this stone promotes strength, stamina, firmness, durability and self-control. It is valuable in life’s difficult or confusing times.

OPAL: This stone comes in a wide range of colors. A very emotionally responsive stone, opals are sometimes considered unlucky, but this is only because modern people fear their emotional side.

ROSE QUARTZ: This pink stone opens our hearts and encourages us to be tender, peaceful and gentle. It helps us attract positive, gentle love into our lives and teaches forgiveness and tolerance.

SMOKY QUARTZ: This brown, black or smoky gemstone fosters serenity, calmness and positive thoughts. It also calms fears and lifts depression and helps us turn our wishes, dreams and desires into reality.

SUGULITE: This dark purple stone helps our souls remain unhurt by the shocks and disappointments of the world.

TOPAZ: Blue topaz inspires leadership ability, spiritual growth and tranquility.

TURQUOISE: The color ranges from blue to green. It increases serenity, protection and balance and fosters empathy, positive thinking and sensitivity.

ZIRCON: This gemstone comes in several colors. Pink zircon helps us appreciate life more; yellow zircon brings inspiration; green zircon promotes renewal and friendliness; brown zircon inspires independence and purple zircon enhances prosperity.


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