Now if you’re interested in trying to get some young people in your life to develop an interest in gem stones, jewelry, crystals, geology, and beads or beading, then pictures of some of the cool crystals of the world such as this would be an effective draw for children of either gender and of all ages. © Géry Parent. I think that intellectual curiosity is probably the most fundamental personality trait to encourage in anybody, regardless of their age. The great thing about it is that it doesn’t always dwindle with age and can often be reignited by just about anything. I don’t know how many times I’ve had conversations with elderly friends or family members or former professors and had discussions (or respectful, fun and healthy debates and arguments) about people feeling jaded or bored with many parts of their lives only to find a new zest for life, reignited by a hobby that just grabbed their attention and wouldn’t let go. I have heard of magnets and other metals being used in jewelry that is supposed to help the body’s immune system work more efficiently. Now in the case of young people, they can often be flighty and fickle and aloof, constantly jumping around from one hobby or social niche to another, which is perfectly healthy for someone that is growing up to try and discover their own tastes and who they are and who they want to be, but for a parent that can often be a nightmarish prospect as their homes will often end up cluttered with abandoned projects, materials, and tools pertaining to hobbies and pass times that their children have long since left behind. So trying to have some interests that are related to one another is something that would come as quite a relief to many parents (and their wallets!) Now this is the king of place I’d like to see in many more shopping malls throughout the world (instead of more designer coffee shops!) © Aimee Rivers. Learning centers with a focus on the educating and developing interests in healthy hobbies such as beading and embroidery in young people is something we may want to start considering some higher levels of support, probably in the form of government tax money. I’d personally like to have our tax dollars (around the world) taken out of unnecessary violent conflicts and placed directly into education and medicine, and then it would be interesting to see how much better the world would be twenty years after that initial influx. But now I’m getting a little more political than I meant to! Now if you’re worried about trying to get a very traditionally feminine “girly girl” kind of young lady interested in things like crystals and gems, and assuming she’ll be bored by the “gross rocks” then maybe some acrylic nails with little faux crystals on the ring fingers such as in the photo above might be a good segue for the conversation? © Nic Senior. I suppose just to be fair; many young men of the world would not be so interested in nail polish or the typically feminine interests, such as beading. However the interest in crystals and geology are things that are more universal and very healthy for the intellectual development for any young mind.