Enhance Your Dance With Gemstones

Gemstones and bellydancing share a long history together.  In ancient East Indian art there are many depictions of dancers in classic bellydance poses who are wearing bejeweled hip belts and other jewelry.  Ancient mythologies also describe celestial dancers decked out in jewels.  Dancers and gemstones have been linked together for a very long time.

The ancient hip belts shown in East Indian art haven’t really changed much over the millennia.  Modern bellydancers have taken these designs from the past and fused them with modern elements. Today’s bellydancers are known for their elaborate and beautiful costumes adorned with stones in the form of rhinestones, beads, cabochons, and crystals.  For most bellydancers, having gemstones on their costumes is a tradition of the dance as well as something that’s beautiful and fun to wear.

There are also strong beliefs in many cultures around the world concerning the spiritual and physical powers of stones.  Modern science has verified that crystals and gemstones have unique energetic properties.  The whole computer revolution would not be possible if it weren’t for the ability of crystals to amplify, transmit, and store energy.  Learning about the properties of various stones and incorporating them in your belly dance costuming can add a whole new dimension to your dance.

For example, if you want to add passion and physical strength to your dance, you may want to wear a ruby or garnet and the color red.  Interested in adding a mystical aura to your performance?  You may want to wear amethyst and the color purple.  Black or other dark stones intensify your emotional energy (be careful of the mood you’re in when you chose to wear black!).  There are special energies for every type of stone.

The subject of gemstones and their effects on the human mind, body, and spirit is fascinating.  For dancers interesting in learning more there’s a wealth of information in books and on the Internet.  Gemstones are beautiful and desirable in their own right.  But it’s possible that through their unique energetic properties, or even just through your own belief in their effect on you, wearing them can enhance your performance and help make your bellydance a real ‘gem’.

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