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Healing Power of Stones

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM


Pierres Précieuses (precious stones) by M-J de Mesterton ©2013,

Oil on Canvas 16" X 20" 

Available at Art Gallery Las Vegas


Amber gemstone is believed to prevent memory-loss, and to help purify the body. Amber also alleviates headaches, bone and heart problems. Amber is known for its stress-relieving and calming properties.

Amethyst gemstone reduces insomnia, arthritis, aids in pain relief, and ameliorates circulatory deficiencies. Amethyst is considered to be the gemstone that promotes meditation, personal peace, balance, courage, and inner strength.

Aquamarine gemstone promotes health in the liver, throat, stomach, jaw, teeth, eyes, and ears. Aquamarine is also known to help relieve fear, calm nerves, and enhance mental clarity.

Citrine gemstone is worn to increase the hearing sense. Citrine also promotes personal success, abundance, and clear thinking.

Garnet gemstone improves the function of the circulatory system, heart, and lungs. Garnet is known to promote feelings of love and romantic intimacy.

Jade is known traditionally in China as "Stone of Heaven". Jade promotes closeness to the spiritual world, encourages creativity, and being near it helps us to remember and interpret our dreams. It is prized as a protective talisman, assuring long life and a peaceful death to its wearer as a powerful healing stone. Jade promotes health of the kidneys and enhances the function of other organs when worn as an amulet. Jade is believed to aid in the acquisition of friendship and luck by repelling negative energy.

Lapis Lazuli gemstone is believed to help alleviate insomnia and depression. Lapis lazuli is also known for promoting creativity, openness, and truthfulness.

Onyx gemstone is associated with the root chakra, thus it brings spiritual inspiration, and supports control over emotions.

Pearl is said to aid purity, charity, integrity, truth, and loyalty in its wearer, and to possess calming properties.

Peridot gemstone heals stress in relationships, mitigates anger and jealousy, and slows aging. The fresh, green peridot promotes abundance and prosperity.

Ruby gemstones soothe and enhance the emotions. Rubies are also known to increase integrity, devotion, and happiness.

Sapphire is the gemstone of creative expression, inner peace and meditation. The sapphire also aids in personal expression and the alleviation of pain.

Topaz gemstone is one of the earth's most powerful rocks. Topaz promotes the balancing of emotions, and provides protection from the greed of others.

©M-J de Mesterton 2014

Jade, Stone of Heaven by M-J de Mesterton ©2009, Oil on Canvas 16" X 20" 

Available at  Art Gallery Las Vegas


Elegant Painting

Posted on October 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Elegant Summer Dressing

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 9:47 AM
M-J de Mesterton is photographed by her husband at home, dressed for a summer evening.
M-J wears a T.M. Lewin blouse, a skirt by George Davies, shoes by Clarks,
Stockings by National, and a plaid made from de Mesterton family tartan.
©M-J de Mesterton June 2011

Classic, Elegant Parka

Posted on January 7, 2011 at 9:21 AM


M-J de Mesterton in Classic, Elegant Eddie Bauer 1943 Geddes Parka


Elegant dressing comes in many styles. For every function, there is an attractive form waiting to be employed. This elegantly-shaped down parka was designed in 1943, and recently re-issued. It has a brass Talon two-way zipper with a leather toggle, reinforced sleeves, a tasteful ruffed hood, and comes with an optional neck-warmer. High functionality that keeps a person warm to 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit is executed in a refined fashion that looks splendid in many settings during the winter. A classic, well-conceived design is timeless. ©M-J de Mesterton

Healing-Crystals and Stones

Posted on December 5, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Healing Crystals: How Natural Stones Can Support Wellness,

by Patricia Deneen

M-J says: I have been painting stones, rocks and crystals since 1972. They are powerful, calming and healing pieces of earth; stones are the quintessential "elegant survival" objects. 

Below: M-J de Mesterton at her 2007 painting show in Santa Fe,New Mexico


M-J's Rock and Gem Painting Tops Google Results

Posted on January 13, 2010 at 6:18 PM

In a search for color paintings on Google...M-J de Mesterton's big rock-and-gem painting, "Color-Field" topped the list today, and showed up as a large photo on the web results page.