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Gemstone Meanings

Over the centuries, many cultures have contributed to the legends and lore surrounding gemstones. These rare products of nature have inspired philosophers and mystics to attribute unusual powers to these special minerals.

Probably the first stone used for ornamental purposes was a smooth colored river rock. Or maybe a pretty river stone was spotted before a hunter successfully got his dinner. The hunter then carried that pretty river stone with him as his lucky hunting stone. Stones of all kinds have played a very important part of the history of humans. From little river stones to huge stones, such as at Stonehenge, stones of all sizes and types have been called "the bones of Mother Earth". Stones have been used as talismans and amulets since recorded history and likely before that.

Much of our interest in assigning gemstone meanings comes from our idea that something occult and rare, simply by origin, must hold some sort of hidden power. Many believe that gemstones, which are mined from deep within the earths of far-away lands hold answers to questions that we all face.


aganestone.jpgConsidered a protection stone. It is believed to attract strength and offer protection from bad dreams, stress and the draining of energy. Agate is said to balance energies and awaken talents.

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amazonite.jpgBelieved to have a soothing and calming effect. It accomplishes this by dispelling negative energy and allowing us to let go of sadness and grief.

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amethyst.jpgCalms the emotions, creates clarity of thought, and assists in attaining wisdom. Amethyst is a stone of the mind; it brings calmness and clarity, helps you to get in touch with your intuition, feelings and values. It has long been regarded as an aid to sobriety and useful for combating alcohol, food, and other addictions. It eases compulsive/obsessive behavior. Check out 14K yellow gold necklace with amethyst, citrine gemtones
apatite.jpgA gemstone of communication. It is believed to help stuttering and hypertension, and helps one overcome sadness and grief. Apatite is said to aid in fighting viruses and assists in blending the old and the new in one's life.
aquamarine.jpgAssociated with courage and the release of anxiety and fear. It is thought to soothe, calm and alleviate fears and to help relaxation on long journeys. Many believe that it protects sailors at sea, and prevents seasickness. Tradition holds that it gives insight and aids in mental clarity.
aventurine.jpgA stone of opportunity; believed to attract prosperity. Some advise to keep an aventurine in your left pocket when you are buying a lottery ticket or playing any game of chance.
Blue Topaz
bluetopaz.jpgAssociated with courage and overcoming fears and obstacles. It is a traditional stone for writers, scholars, artists, and intellectuals; and used for aiding higher thinking. It is said to ease mental anguish and promote fidelity, friendship, gentleness, and integrity. Check out 14K Gold Dangle  Earrings With Large Blue Topaz

chalcedony.jpgConsidered a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, chalcedony nurtures and promotes brotherhood and good will. Chalcedony is said to alleviate hostility, irritability and melancholy.

citrine.jpgSaid to open the mind to new thoughts and balance impatience and restlessness. Citrine is long thought to promote optimism. It also attracts abundance, and is known as the "merchant's stone," to be placed where one conducts business, not only to acquire positive wealth, but to maintain it. Good for mental focus, endurance, and self-esteem.
diamond.jpgBelieved to absorb and amplify the thoughts of its user, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of other gems and their wearers. The ancients also used the diamond for detoxification as it is said to protect from poisons.
diopside.jpgThought to be a cathartic stone since it is believed by crystal healers to heal trauma by bringing forth cleansing tears. Diopside is believed to foster creativity and promote love and commitment.
emerald.jpgTradition is that emerald aids fertility, improves eyesight, and gives the wearer psychic powers. Believed to lift depression and relieve insomnia. Promotes self-knowledge, peaceful dreams, and helps you achieve balance and patience.
fluorite.jpgThought to balance and stabilize intuition. Regarded as an aid to learning and lateral thinking. Fluorite is believed to improve the ability to concentrate.
garnet.jpgRegarded as the stone of passionate devotion: to your family, your friends, yourself, and your own purpose in life. Believed to stimulate the senses, and increase vitality and stamina. Garnet is thought to attract good luck in business ventures.
iolite.jpgSaid to be the stone of inner vision. Believed to assist one to live at a higher awareness level; and useful for the elimination of debt and to increase financial responsibility.
jade.jpgA stone of serenity. Thought to alleviate anxiety and fear and promote good luck. Jade not only brings prosperity , but allows you to hold on to your money. A traditional charm for gardeners, jade is said to ensure bountiful harvests.
jasper.jpgIs associated with relaxation, contentment, compassion, nurturing and consolation. Jasper is said to relieve mental stress and help you achieve balance in your life.
kyanite.jpgA calming stone, it helps to quiet the mind, dissolving emotional or spiritual confusion. Kyanite is said to be particularly good at dissolving anger and frustration.
Lapis Lazuli
lapislazuli.jpgAn ancient stone said to represent friendship and truth. Lapis is said to help bring about harmony in relationships. It is a stone of wisdom and awareness.
moonstone.jpgAids communication by promoting clear thinking, inspiration or receptivity; assists in the fulfillment of one's own destiny. Long regarded as the gemstone of psychic abilities, wish fulfillment and balancing the emotions, moonstone is said to help in wish fulfillment, but tends to work better on things that are needed versus things that are just wanted.

onyx.jpgBlack onyx is said to repel negativity and deflect the negativity of others. It is a gem thought to enhance determination and perseverance.

opal.jpgRegarded as a stone strongly associated with the emotions, including love, passion and spontaneity. Opal is said to aid in visualization, imagination, dreams, and healing.
peridot.jpgThought to strengthen life, bring about prosperity, growth, and increase openness. Peridot is also believed to help one to understand relationships, and to alleviate depression, anger, fear, jealousy and anxiety.
prehnite.jpgA gem with a mystical aura, prehnite is said to be the stone of remembered dreams, meditation and prophecy.
Rose Quartz
rosequartz.jpgKnown as the stone of "gentle love," rose quartz brings peace and calm to relationships. Excellent for healing emotional wounds, removing negativity and restoring harmony after conflict. Promotes appreciation of art, music and the written word.
ruby.jpgFamous as a protection from misfortune and bad health, ruby is also used to open the heart and promote love. Given as a gift, ruby is a symbol of friendship and love. The ruby is also a symbol of vitality and royalty.
Rutile Quartz
rutilequartz.jpgSaid to intensify the power of quartz crystal. Rutile quartz is thought to assist one in getting to the root of a problem.

sapphire.jpgLong associated with peace and happiness, and believed to help with communication, insight, intuition, inspiration, and prayer. The ancients believe that sapphires would help them in predicting the future.

Smoky Quartz
smokyquartz.jpgBelieved to be nature's stone of endurance, fostering serenity, calmness, and positive thoughts.
spinel.jpgSince spinel was confused with ruby for centuries, it has not acquired the richness of meaning associated with other important gems. But it is said that spinel aids one in relaxation and releasing worry. Since spinel is one of the very few singly refractive gems, it has a purity of color that may be the basis for its symbolic meaning.
tanzanite.jpgA recently discovered gemstone, but said to be traditional with the Masai tribe, who give tanzanite to their newborn children as a bearer of good fortune.
Tiger's Eye
tigereye.jpgSaid to help convert anxiety and fear into practical logic and action. Believed to promote balance and strength in difficult times, and to relieves doubt.
topaz.jpgThought to calm a bad temper and give strength. Topaz is said to improve mental clarity and focus, and increase confidence. It is also recommended for mood swings, insomnia, worries, fears, depression and exhaustion.
tourmaline.jpgTourmaline is said to strengthen both body and spirit. It is believed to attract inspiration, aid concentration, encourage balance and promote understanding. It is also thought to calm nerves, sooth grief, promote balance and build self-confidence.

turquoise.jpgBelieved to attract money, success and love, turquoise is a stone of friendship in many cultures. Native Americans associated the colors of the turquoise stone with the blue sky and the green earth. It is still seen by many today as being symbolic of mankind's source in nature.

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zircon.jpgSince the Middle Ages, zircon has been believed to aid in spiritual growth and the promotion of wisdom. He who wears zircon, it is said, will find beauty and peace.