As much as I love my shiney treasures, some Crystals & Gemstones can get quite pricey and not always easy to find. Some of the substitutions themselves are most costly than what is called for...this is just a list showing what can be switched out with what in a pinch.
And let's not forget that any stone can be charged to do what you need it to do.
Below are some substitutes you can use.

Stone needed - Stone Substitution

Amazonite - Aventurine
Aquamarine - Beryl, Emerald
Aventurine - Amazonite
Beryl - Aquamarine, Emerald
Carnelian - Coral, Red Jasper, Sard
Cat’s Eye - Tiger’s Eye
Chrysocola - Turquoise
Citrine - Topaz
Copper - US Penny before 1984, 80% Copper
Coral - Carnelian, Red Jasper
Cross Stone - Staurolite
Diamond - Herkimer Diamond, Quartz Crystal, Zircon
Emerald - Aquamarine, Green Tourmaline, Peridot
Garnet - Red Tourmaline, Ruby
Gold - Brass in Money attracting Rituals
Jade - Green Jasper, Green Tourmaline
Jasper, Green - Jade
Jasper, Red - Carnelian
Jet - Obsidian
Kunzite - Pink Tourmaline
Lapis Lazuli - Sodalite
Lodestone - Magnet, Hematite
Moonstone - Mother of Pearl
Olivine - Green Tourmaline, Peridot
Pearl - Moonstone, Mother of Pearl
Peridot - Green Tourmaline, Olivine
Ruby - Garnet, Red Tourmaline
Sapphire - Amethyst, Blue Tourmaline, Blue Zircon
Sard - Carnelian
Silver - US Dollar & Half Dollar Coins before 1965
Sodalite - Lapis Lazuli
Staurolite - Cross Stone
Sugilite - Lapis Lazuli
Sunstone - Carnelian
Tiger’s Eye - Cat’s Eye
Topaz - Citrine, Yellow Tourmaline
Tourmaline, Blue - Blue Zircon
Tourmaline, Green - Olivine, Peridot
Tourmaline, Red - Garnet, Ruby
Turquoise - Chrysocolla

Quartz Crystals & Opals can be charged with the magickal attributes of any stone through your own visualization.
Sterling Silver substitute for all Metals.


Scott Cunningham
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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