A gemstone (also called a gem, fine gem, jewel, precious stone or semi-precious stone) is a piece of mineral crystal which, in cut and polished form, is used to make jewelry or other adornments.Semi-precious gemstones come from one unified source – Mother Earth. Created from the magma or Earth’s inner core, healing stones have gone through a geologic process of heating, cooling and displacement on their way to their present form.
Minerals are typically formed when molten rock, or magma, cools, or by separating out of mineral-rich water, such as that in underground caverns. In general, mineral particles are small, having formed within confined areas such as lava flows or between grains of sediments. Large crystals found in geodes and other rocks are relatively rare.
Rocks themselves are made of clusters or mixtures of minerals, and minerals and rocks affect landform development and form natural resources such as gold, tin, iron, marble, and granite.
Silicates—including quartz, mica, olivine, and precious minerals such as emeralds—are the most common class of minerals, as well as the major components of most rocks. Oxides, sulfides, sulfates, carbonates, and halides are other major mineral classes.
From a several thousand known minerals in nature (with estimates ranging from 2,000 to 7,000), but fewer than a hundred are considered gem minerals. Of these, only about a dozen or so are actually valuable enough to be important gemstones on the world market. In order to be considered a gemstone, a mineral must first of all be beautiful. In addition, it must be hard and durable. Its value increases if it is also rare.The beauty of a gem is measured in terms of its clarity, brilliance, and color. Its natural beauty can be enhanced by the way it is cut. There are two basic kinds of gem cuts: faceted and cabochon. The faceted cut has many flat cut surfaces (facets) with an overall shape that might be round, oval, square, rectangular, or pear-shaped. Faceted cuts are preferred for brilliant transparent stones such as diamond. The cabochon cut has a smooth rounded top, usually with a flat base, and it is mainly used for opaque or translucent stones.
Many minerals form beautiful crystals, but the most prized of all are gemstones. Uncut gems are often fairly ordinary looking. It’s only when they are cut and polished that they obtain the brilliance and luster that makes them so valued.Minerals and gems are classified by their physical properties, including hardness, luster, color, density, and magnetism. They’re also identified by the ways in which they break, or the type of mark, or streak, that they leave when rubbed on a laboratory tool called a streak plate.
The value of a gemstone depends on its beauty and its rarity, but also the size of the stone. Size is measured in terms of weight using the carat as a unit. A carat is 0.2 grams (0.007 ounces). (A 10-carat diamond weighs 2 grams, or 0.07 ounces.) There are 100 points in a carat, so a 30-point diamond weighs 0.3 carat, or 0.06 grams (0.002 ounces). Since gemstones vary in density (weight per unit volume), several different 1-carat stones may vary in size, the stones with the greatest density being smaller than the others.
Gems are precious stones which are loaded with specific energies. Gems may take in different colored rays and filter them all, but finally they keep a specific ray only. For example, Ruby is a gem in Dark Red color. This gem will filter all other colors except Red, which is accumulated into it. When we wear Ruby, we get the Red colored rays being absorbed into our body, and hence the effect of these rays will produce certain results. It has been experimentally proved that the Red color increases Will-power, Anger, Dynamism, Blood flow, and the Soul is strengthened. So it is better if the people with a lack of confidence and with feelings of inferiority wear this gem. When there are any deficiencies in the energy levels of a Planet in a human being, the related problems concerned to that Planet will result. So it is wise to fill these deficient energies, by wearing gems. This is the route to achieve health, happiness and prosperity in life.
The energy field of different gemstones is influenced by geometrical form, colour and subtle vibration. Each stone is made up of minute crystals which are in constant motion thus emitting an energy signature or frequency. The gemstone’s color also plays a dynamic role in the stone’s healing energy. The play of light and colour can stimulate or calm; purify or heal.
Gemstones come in multiple forms and colors. Their different colors
resonate with the body’s energy system and although their energetic effect is more diffuse than crystals, they are extremely useful for harmonizing an environment or wearing on your person as jewelry. As with color and crystals, gemstones also provide a symbolic and energetic connection to nature.Gemstones come in multiple forms and colors. Their different colors resonate with the body’s energy system and although their energetic effect is more diffuse than crystals, they are extremely useful for harmonizing an environment or wearing on your person as jewelry. As with color and crystals, gemstones also provide a symbolic and energetic connection to nature. They have also been linked to the Archangels.
Since ancient times gemstones and crystals have been used for healing in a variety of different ways and can be found in the following 3 forms: Rough gemstones are in their natural un-worked state as they were broken or mined from the living rock. Left in their natural condition the surface is irregular and rough and thus contains the greatest amount of healing power. They can be placed gently on the body to transmit and focus healing energies.Polished gemstones have been tumbled with water and sand thus giving them a smooth rounded surface. They are often used as touch stones and carried in a pocket or purse. Their smooth finish lends well to gemstone healing as they may be held, stroked, rubbed or placed directly on the body.Jewelry fashioned with healing gemstones also contains the stones vital energy. The precious metals and colors used in the design will also enhance the stones power. Gemstone jewelry can be created for particular health needs or to create harmonious vibrations and help with positive intentions for protection, prosperity, passion, recovery, clarity, love, good health, peace and other blessings.Some rocks (such as lapis lazuli) or organic materials that are not minerals (such as amber, jet, and pearl) are also used for jewelry and are therefore often considered to be gemstones as well. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in jewelry because of their luster or other physical properties that have aesthetic value. Rarity is another characteristic that lends value to a gemstone. Apart from jewelry, from earliest antiquity engraved gems and hard stone carvings, such as cups, were major luxury art forms. A gem maker is called a lapidary or gemcutter; a diamond worker is a diamantaire. Birthstones are an example of gemstone jewelry used for enhancing well being. With origins in ancient Egypt each of the 12 months of the year was assigned a gemstone or crystal. Different stones also support each astrological sign of the zodiac.Rainbows symbolize an arc of energy with the divine. Each light catcher contains a Swarovski prism made of refined lead crystal, which refracts the sunlight into the seven colors of the rainbow which also correlates to the seven traditional colors of the chakras.
All matter from sub-atomic to physical to higher vibration bodies contains dynamic energy.All gems, stones, crystals hold their own energies or “vibrations“. They respond instantly to the expressed intent of your will. Stones and gems have their own particular vibration and energy.The premise behind the use of gemstones for influential energy and healing is that everything on Earth is made with various electromagnetic frequencies. Each gemstone has its own vibration or frequency. When we put different gemstones into the electromagnetic field of our bodies, the stone’s vibration resonates with our own. The electromagnetic frequency of the gemstone changes – slows down, speeds up, changes pattern, etc. – our own vibratory resonance. The subtle yet powerful result influences the body, mind, and spirit in myriad positive ways.
Energy field of gemstones
Each stone is made up of minute crystals which are always in constant motion, emitting an energy frequency.
Just as we are influenced by our surroundings, the weather, the food we eat, the colour we wear, so are gemstones and crystals.
The energy field of gemstones is influenced by its geometrical form, colour & subtle vibrations.
Colour also plays a dynamic role in the stones healing energy. The play of light and colour can stimulate or calm, purify or heal. We can use colour to enhance each gemstone’s healing properties.
So when we wear crystals and gemstones or have them in our living space, they will emit energy vibrations that bring a sense of wellbeing on all levels.
A magical and symbiotic connection has always existed between human beings and gems. Evidence of gemstones used for healing has been found as far back as the fourth millennium before Christ. Ancient civilizations such as the Chinese, Egyptians, Sumerians, Greeks, Romans, or Shamans and Medicine Men have used gemstones for healing in multiple ways – made into powders or elixirs, worn, carried or placed on the body and in ceremonies or rituals. This ancient knowledge has been passed down to our day and with the emerging popularity of holistic health and healing the use of gemstones is again making its way into modern life.
Gemstones are classified into different groups, species, and varieties. For example, ruby is the red variety of the species corundum, while any other color of corundum is considered sapphire. Other examples are the Emerald (green), aquamarine (blue), red beryl (red), goshenite (colorless), heliodor (yellow), and morganite (pink), which are all varieties of the mineral species beryl.Gems are characterized in terms of refractive index, dispersion, specific gravity, hardness, cleavage, fracture, and luster. They may exhibit pleochroism or double refraction. They may have luminescence and a distinctive absorption spectrum.Material or flaws within a stone may be present as inclusions.
Gemstones may also be classified in terms of their “water”. This is a recognized grading of the gem’s luster, transparency, or “brilliance”. Very transparent gems are considered “first water”, while “second” or “third water” gems are those of a lesser transparency
From ancient times to civilize times precious and semi-precious stones have always held our fascination. Their beauty is natural and everlasting. Natural Magicians have recognized this beauty and fascination and have used stones in their magic for centuries. They give an extra push of energy onto your desired goal.
Stones are used for many purposes including Meditation, Divination, Healing, magical oil blends or even crushed in some incense recipes.
When you are really serious about finding your stone you will understand this. If you have a chance to plunge your hand into a large barrel of different stones, you will know which ones just “feel” right. Some people experience a feeling of heat when holding a certain stone, others say they feel happy or safe when holding a certain stone. Sometimes its: “It just caught my eye and no matter what I did I couldn’t get it out of my mind.” That’s what is meant by a stone finding you.
A good start in finding the right stone is if
you have a goal in mind for the stone. Since there are such a great number of stones available this helps limit your choices. Know the properties of each stone and you will find the one you are looking for; the right shade and shape will become important to you too.
If there is no goal in mind, you just want or need a “special little stone”, see which one jumps out at you, or pass your hand over several stones and feel the energy that comes to you. Try meditating for the right one. Again, knowing the properties of stones may help you in this. The different shapes of the stones will be an important factor in choosing your stones.
There are a variety of a shapes of the Gemstones,but most known are the followed: round,square,triangles,pear and Rod shaped.
Round shaped gems and stones are a symbol of magick and its workings. The means for the opening of psychic awareness and spirituality. Receptive to all powers. Used in all attraction wishes such as love, money and spirituality.
Square shaped stones are masculine in nature and generally considered to be used for building or creating something new or altering something old. A form of stability and endurance.
Triangles are a sign of the three points of humankind; the mind, body and spirit. Able to discern between the four elements. Used primarily for repelling and neutralizing negativity, and for gathering and releasing of all the energies for your intended desire.
Pear shapes are a combination of both the round and triangle. Used primarily in associations with the element of Water, it is both receptive and projective. A great shape for balancing of emotions or any wish dealing with psychism or Faerie Magick.
Rod shaped or Wand shaped are a sign of masculinity. Also commonly referred to as “phallic”. Projective energies, used primarily for a wish for someone, for the intent to be projected towards another.
How to program your Gemstone
Now that you have chosen your stone, it is time for programming it. Programming involves implementing your energy and will into the stone of your choice. However, it is very important to first cleanse the stone. The stones and gems are extremely receptive to vibrations and that includes negative ones. The stone you have chosen may have passed through other hands before reaching you. You must get rid of any other energies the stone may have picked up and make it “yours”. There are many different methods for cleansing a stone and again it is important to know all you can about your particular stone as some methods may be destructive to some soft stones and gems. The most frequently used method seems to be the one using water and sun.
This method involves holding the stone under running water (spring or well water preferrably) and with the use of visualization, banishing all negative and foreign vibrations and leaving the stone clear with it’s own energies. Instead of drying it with a cloth, place it to dry in the sun. If at night place in the full light of the moon. Both the sun and the moon are powerful sources of natural clear energies. For stones that are too soft to put under running water, cleanse by passing through the smoke of sage or any other appropriate herb while meditating and focusing on banishing the negative energies and replacing with your own energies.
Another way is to bury the stone of your choice in the earth. Since the earth is the origin of the stone, the natural energies of Mother Earth will cleanse the stone of all negativity. Some say for three days, some say for a week…..you do whatever feels right to you. Also be aware of the moon when burying your stone. The phase of the moon can play a large part in the effectiveness of the cleansing. Still another way of cleansing a stone is to immerse it in salt water, salt being the symbol of the earth’s energies, and let it dry naturally in the sun. Gem properties are easy for a beginner to master and help build both self-confidence and self-esteem. There are no rules that you must follow and don’t let anyone tell you that there is! It is a personal journey within yourself and you can learn to use stones in just the right way for you.
You can carry them, burn them, add them to your favourite magical oil blend, and place them around the home, in the car, at the office, anywhere you feel the energies are wanted. We ourselves are still learning all about the wondrous ways of gems and stones. A journey that we hope will never end! Stones predate humans by centuries and can show us our true selves because of that fact. They are symbols for forces far beyond words or cold-hard facts. They are there to show us what is already there within and around ourselves.
There are various uses for the beautiful stones. It is up to you how they are used. This is a mystical journey, no magic is needed other than that of your possession of whichever stone you choose. Get to know each stones properties, learn how these stones can enrich both your personal and spiritual life in unlimited wondrous ways.
|AGATE||The best stone for healing serpent and scorpion bites. Aids strength and courage. Compels truth, promotes good manners, happiness, intelligence, prosperity, longevity, fertility and good health.|
|AMBER||An aid to furthering ambitions, and for healing throat disease. Magnetic. Electrically alive with solidified golden light. Emits powerful amount of heat and light. Powerful healing stone with large amount of organic energy.. In ancient times, ground to a powder and mixed with honey or oil of roses for various physical problems. Filters germs and infections and has the power to disinfect. Worn around the neck to help fight infection and respiratory diseases. Lifts the spirits.— Golden yellow stone.|
|AMETHYST||Stone of Venus. Assists those to maintain faithfulness, gives wearer the gift of tongues. Increases spiritual awareness, has calming and soothing influence, has ability to transmute negative into positive, very effective as a healing stone. Has ability to prophesy, and wards off drunkeness. Warmed and placed on the forehead and temples, it is good for headaches. Has the ability to draw through it forces directed towards the body and repels vibrations the body doesn’t need, thus releasing only the energy patterns beneficial to the body. Best worn in healing near the heart center. Calming and protective, aids meditation, aids in purification and regeneration on all levels of consciousness. Calming, grounding, a cleanser and spiritual stimulator, strengthens heart and cleanses liver of toxins, excellent for lung problems. — Purple ranging from light to dark.|
|AQUAMARINE||Assists inspiration, favorable for travelers, helps to protect against accidents. Calms nervous tension. Calming effects of the sea. Used to help banish fears and phobias. Soothing and cleansing. Powerful aid to happiness in marriage. Light blue clear stone.|
|ADVENTURINE||Increases perception and creative insight. Stimulates opportunity and motivation. Soothes emotions, used for the heart and heartache, for acceptance of self and others, for inner peace.|
|AZURITE||Powerful healing stone, invokes spiritual guidance, opens psychic eye. Good for dreams and improving psychic ability.|
|BLOODSTONE||A favourite for healing and strength. Soldiers of old wore it in battle, believing it had the power to stop bleeding. Stimulates flow of energy for healing blood circulation, stops haemorrhaging. Removes emotional blockages. A talisman for warding off all accidents and disease, especially suitable for men. — Red stone.|
|CARBUNCLE||Worn to increase the feeling of self confidence and the ability to fight through difficulties.|
|CARNELIAN||Brings owner joy. Gives protection and energy. — Orange-red stone.|
|CHRYSOPRASE||Emits steady serene flow of light. Tranquilizing. Soothes emotions, will help tranquilize many forms of neurosis, used to absorb or deflect unwanted energies.—Translucent apple green stone.|
|Enables self esteem. Stimulates openess and awakening of the mind. Aid to the digestive system. Helps eliminate toxins. Encourages tremendous healing on the emotional and mental levels, helps unblock subconscious fears, and serves as a natural relaxant.|
|CORAL||Promises a long and happy married life, protects a child from evil influences, and safeguards the teenager during the highly emotional period. Balances physical energy and relaxes tensions. Carries the creative vibrations of the sea — Various colors.|
|CORNELIAN||Wish stone, is highly favorable to health, long life, and good fortune. It’s special virtue is the fullfillment of one’s wishes if the stone is worn near the heart.|
|DIAMOND||A symbol of bravery and strength, and also one of the emblems of innocence. An antidote against pestilence.|
|EMERALD||Helps women to attract a true love, and men to attract a loving wife. Promotes creativity, stimulates perception and insight, and strengthens memory. Beneficial effect on the eyes. Also an excellent preservative against decay, arrests dysentery, and heals bites from venomous animals — Clear green stone with a hint of blue.|
|FLUORITE||Considered a good luck piece. Also called Fairy Gem. Manifests innermost wishes. Promotes well being; enhances concentration amd meditation. Powerful spirit guide. Opens and softens the way for the use of other stones. Excellent used in aquariums-provides needed minerals. Charge on window sill at night — Varies in different shades of purples and greens. Identified by the bands of color seen within the stone.|
|GALAXITE||Believed to be sent to the earth by the Angels to heal the earth. Mixed dark green and milky appearance, when held in the light there are many opalescent pieces trapped within the stone. A type of Moonstone.|
|GARNET||Wards off inflammatory diseases, promotes healthy and cheery disposition. Balances hormones, good for mental depression, enhances self esteem, alleviates bad dreams, and encourages success in business. Thought to assist in seeing into past incarnations. Will ensure consistency in friendship and love, preserve health, and is generally fortunate. Vitality and passion. Stimulates happiness, peace, balance, patience, inspiration, persistence, good for rebirthing, menstruation and life passages, disorders, fertility, eases arthritis pain — Ranges from orange red to pink-red.|
|HEMATITE||Very strong stone; absorbs negativity. Gives optimism and courage. Calming to the emotions. Worn as an amulet confers strength and procures favorable legal judgements. In Egypt, used to reduce inflammation and treat hysteria. Considered to be a grounding stone. Helps maintain balance between body, mind and spirit. Used for fevers, alleviates worry and anxiety as it allows for mental clarity, known as the “worry stone” — Heavy black metallic stone.|
|HERKIMER||Balancing special variety of quartz crystal. “Diamond” works with yin/yang energies, known as the Dream Crystal, aids in bringing teachings of the dream state into conscious awareness, very highly attuned spiritually.|
|JACINTH||Renders the wearer extremely fascinating and strengthens the heart. Used for melancholy.|
|JADE||A most sacred stone and a symbol of divine revelation. Brings good fortune and health to its owner. Stimulates practicality, wisdom and universal attunement. Thought to provide a link between the spiritual and the mundane. Most revered by the Chinese — Creamy green stone.|
|JASPER||Safeguard personal independence, said to bring inspirational warnings when there is danger of unfair domination from others, balance emotions and stress. Aid and comfort during periods of female distress. One stone worn about the neck and another around the waist.|
|LAPIS LAZULI||Prized for its prophetic virtues. Stimulates wisdom, truthfulness and psychic experiences, healing and strengthening when worn next to the skin. Strengthens mind and body to spiritual awareness — Royal blue in color with flecks of real gold.|
|MALACHITE||Called a magic stone, favorable for travelers, missionaries, and other adventurers. Used as a child’s talisman to sleep soundly and protect from bad dreams. Stimulates clear vision and insight, represents hope and inner peace, believed to protect from danger. Increases abundance in all areas of life. This stone supposedly has equal amounts of negative and positive forces, thereby adding to the balance of physical and spiritual life. Used to release repressed emotions and for physical detoxing — Brilliant shades of green, very apparent in bands of shades.|
|MOONSTONE||Aid in bringing forth memories of past lives, carried as a good luck piece. Brings good fortune. Reflects the wearers being and feelings. Promotes unselfishness. Opens the heart to humanitarian love and hope. Good for protection while traveling on water. Gives clarity to spiritual understanding. Good for pre-menstrual symptoms and balancing to the reproductive system. Used to ease childbirth. Sometimes called the Queen of Heavens stone. Calming effect on emotions. Eases menstrual pain, alleviates many degenerative conditions in the skin, hair, eyes and body fluids (tears, digestive juices) — Translucent milky stone with color tints ranging from white-yellow to blue-gray.|
|MOSS AGATE||Assists in making and keeping friends, helpful to farmers and those interested in growing plants. Moss Agates condidered to be most powerful. Aid in restoration of energy, used in healing, and believed to bring wearer happiness, wealth, health and long life. Increases ability to ward off self-induced anger and inner bitterness. Moss green balances emotional energy; Moss red balances physical energy; Blue lace gives tranquility — Translucent stone with flecks of green.|
|OBSIDIAN||Used to sharpen both the internal and the external — Black stone.|
|ONYX||Preserves against the bite of snakes and venomous insects, and assists in bringing marital happiness. When certain persons wear it, may bring on terrible shapes to a dreamer, from which the future can be devined. Will ground spiritual energy to physical plane — Deep black in color.|
|OPAL||An unlucky stone which can interfere with love and marriage unless one was born between September 23rd and November 21st. To these people it will give second sight or clairvoyance, and prevent contagion from the air — Generally white but various color range depending on variety. Identified by brilliant sparkling effect.|
|PEARLS||Worn as a necklace, make the wearer chaste. Stimulates feminine qualities, used to focus attention, helps pull together mental and spiritual forces and peace of mind. Represents purity, modesty and gentleness. A very lucky stone for those born in June.|
|PERIDOT||Dispels fear, doubt and depression. Used to counteract negative emotions and healing of the spirit. Once worn as a means of gaining foresight and divine inspiration. Protection, prosperity, emotional calming, purifies and balances — Light green clear stone.|
|PHANTOM||Clear powerful tool for the New Age, used to ground and center while attuning to higher spiritual energies, in healing work used to disperse congested energies.|
|PYRITE||Enhances mental capacity and attracts money to owner. Has protecting, sheilding aspect for physical, mental and emotional levels. Shields from negative energy, strengthens circulatory system and clears oxygen in the blood. Also known as fool’s gold.|
|QUARTZ||Amplifies healing energy. Used to help draw out pain. Able to tap into energies of the universe. Good stone for meditating on. Very potent and often worn to protect from negative vibrations.|
|RHODOCHROSITE||Adds courage, will and passion to the loving heart vibration. Represents love of God — Milky pink stone with defination.|
|RHODONITE||Used to activate love. Attracts or keeps a loving partner — Pink stone with black highlights-very defined.|
|ROSE QUARTZ||Worn or carried for love, fidelity, peace and happy marriage. Aids intuition and emotional balance. Reduces stress and tension – cools hot tempers. Vibrations of universal love and inner serenity. Comforts heart from all wounds, helps heal emotional pain, enhances love, self-love, positive outlook, joy and oneness — Light to medium milky pink color.|
|RUBY||The stone of freedom, charity, dignity and divine power. Increases vigor, renews vitality and cleanses the blood. The stone of courage. Helps banish grief for those in mourning — Generally deep red with orange or pink undertone.|
|SMOKEY QUARTZ||Good for calming the mind. Eases depression, fear and panic.|
|Teaches one the truth of oneself in relation to ones ego, depicts the contrast of life…day and night, darkness and light, truth and error. Grounds spiritual energy to physical plane. Absorbs negativity — Black stone with lacey highlights of white.|
|SODALITE||Alleviates fears. Clears the mind — Blue with flecks.|
|TIGER EYE||Calms emotions, protects against external stresses. To restore physical energy and quiet emotional nature.|
|TOPAZ||Will make melancholy vanish when worn or carried in the left hand. Protects against insomnia and depression, mood elevator, revitalizes, stimulates creative thinking processes — Clear gold stone (deeper color than amber)|
|TOURMALINE||Supercharged with magnetic and electric energy. Lifts fears and negative conditions. Causes the wearer to be flexible, understanding and more objective in purpose and reason. Electric and magnetic properties. Works as protective shield, consumes negative energy without releasing into atmosphere, has to do with visions and “seeing” with compassion, teaches to expand limited concepts of thinking, relates to aspirations for higher love, very complete stone — Various shades of pink and green. Some stones will have both colors.|
|TURQUOISE||Helps ward off danger and clears one’s path of pitfalls. Protector against evil. Self-love stone. Primary holy stone of Native Americans. Radiates calming vibrations, protective and restores healthy mental attitude. Stone of friendship. Balancing and healing. Great strength and vitality. Takes on characteristics of the wearer. It is unwise to wear a turquoise formerly worn by one who has died. Excellent for both spiritual attunement and healing of the energy centers and the physical body, valuable for grounding as well as for vision quests and astral travel, purifies all levels of being and is capable of handling strong negativity, also used for wounds and for damage to bones — Shades of blue, ranging from deep sky blue to greenish Chinese turquoise.|
The gems are connected to Planets in Astrology. Of course Astrology advocates that everything in this world is connected to Planets finally. What is the relation between gems and Planets? Each planet has a type of energy which is fully absorbed in a particular gem on the earth. Thus Sun’s energy is absorbed in Ruby, Moon’s energy is available in Pearl, Mars’s is in Coral, Jupiter’s is in Yellow Sapphire, Saturn’s energy is seen is Blue Sapphire, Mercury’s is in Emerald, Venus’s is in Diamond, Rahu’s is in Hessonite and Kethu’s is in Cat’s eye.
The following are a series of beliefs that have been attributed to various types of gemstones over the years.
Actinolite is popular for its metaphysical abilities. It is an excellent stone for both physical and spiritual healing, and can be used for any of the chakras. It is used for balancing the energies of the heart, and is known to produce soothing energies and awareness.
Agate – is considered a protective 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.
Amazonite is believed to have a soothing and calming effect. It accomplishes this by dispelling negative energy and allowing us to let go of sadness and grief.
Amethyst calms the emotions, encourages clarity of thought, and assists in attaining wisdom. Amethyst is a stone of the mind which brings calmness and clarity. Amethyst is said to attune its wearer with intuition, feelings and values. It has long been regarded as an aid to sobriety and is useful for combating alcohol, food and other addictions. It is also thought to ease obsessive-compulsive behavior.
Apatite is a gemstone of communication. It is believed to help stuttering, hypertension and to assist its wearer in overcoming sadness and grief. Apatite is said to help fight viruses and promote the blending of old with new in one’s life.
Aquamarine is associated with courage and the release of anxiety and fear. It is thought to soothe, calm, alleviate fear 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 promotes mental clarity.
Aventurine is a stone of opportunity that is 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 is associated with courage and overcoming fears and obstacles. It is a traditional stone for writers, scholars, artists and intellectuals, since it is used to encourage higher thinking. It is said to ease mental anguish and promote fidelity, friendship, gentleness and integrity.
Chalcedony is considered a sacred stone by Native Americans, chalcedony nurtures and promotes brotherhood and goodwill. Chalcedony is said to alleviate hostility, irritability and melancholy.
Citrine is said to open the mind to new thoughts and balance impatience and restlessness. Citrine is thought to promote optimism. It also attracts abundance and is known as the “merchant’s stone”; it is often placed where business is conducted, not only to acquire wealth, but to maintain it. It is also good for mental focus, endurance and self-esteem.
Diamonds are believed 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 diamond for detoxification as it is said to protect from poison.
Diopside is thought to be a cathartic stone that is believed by crystal healers to heal trauma by bringing forth cleansing tears. Diopside is believed to foster creativity, love and commitment. Diopside gemstones include green chrome diopside, chatoyant star diopside and the newer diopside discovery, rare tashmarine diopside.
Emerald is a traditional stone, and it is stated that emerald aids fertility, improves eyesight and gives the wearer psychic powers. It is also believed to lift depression and relieve insomnia. Promotes self-knowledge, peaceful dreams and encourages balance and patience.
Garnet gemstones are regarded as the stone of passionate devotion; toward family, friends, the self, and purpose in life. Believed to stimulate the senses, and increase vitality and stamina. Garnet is thought to attract good luck in business ventures. Garnet gemstones include almandine garnet, pyrope garnet, color change garnet, demantoid garnet, Mali garnet, malaya garnet, rhodolite garnet, hessonite garnet, spessartite tsavorite garnet, star garnet and uvarovite garnet.
Iolite is said to be the stone of inner vision. Believed to assist one in achieving a higher awareness level. Also thought to be useful for the elimination of debt and to increase financial responsibility.
Jade is a stone of serenity thought to alleviate anxiety, fear and to promote good luck. Jade not only brings prosperity, but encourages its wearer to hold on to money. A traditional charm for gardeners, jade is said to ensure bountiful harvests. Jade gemstones can include the pure varieties of jadeite and nephrite, as well as jade omphacite, jade-albite and maw-sit-sit.
Moonstone encourages communication by promoting clear thinking, inspiration and receptivity. It also assists in the fulfillment of one’s destiny. Long regarded as the gemstone for psychic abilities, wish fulfillment and balancing the emotions, moonstone is thought to work better on things that are needed rather than things that are just wanted. Moonstone varieties include blue-sheen moonstone, rainbow moonstone (though not a real moonstone) and star moonstone.
Opal is regarded as a stone strongly associated with the emotions, including love and passion. It is also thought to promote spontaneity, imagination, dreams and healing. Varieties of opal include black opal, common opal, white opal, chocolate opal, opal-in-matrix, Australian boulder opal, opal doublet, opal triplet and fire opal.
Green peridot is thought to strengthen life, bring about prosperity, growth and increase openness. Peridot is also believed to help one understand relationships, and to alleviate depression, anger, fear, jealousy and anxiety.
Pink rose quartz is known 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 the arts.
Red ruby is famous as a protector 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.
Sapphire has long associations with peace and happiness, and is believed to help with communication, insight, intuition, inspiration and prayer. The ancients believed that sapphires could help them to predict the future.
Brown smoky quartz is believed to be nature’s stone of endurance, fostering serenity, calmness and positive thoughts.
Since 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 is helpful for 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.
Violet-blue tanzanite is a recently discovered gemstone, said to be connected with the traditions of the Masai tribe, who believe that it has healing properties. The Masai give tanzanite to newborn children, since it is thought to represent life.
Topaz, is thought to calm a bad temper and give strength. It is also said to improve mental clarity, focus and to increase confidence. Topaz gems are recommended for mood swings, insomnia, worry, fear, depression and exhaustion.
Tourmaline 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.
Blue and green turquoise is believed to attract money, success and love. Turquoise is a stone of friendship in many cultures. Native Americans associated the colors of turquoise with the blue sky and the green earth. It is still seen by many today as being symbolic of our roots in nature
The traditional classification in the West, which goes back to the ancient Greeks, begins with a distinction between precious and semi-precious; similar distinctions are made in other cultures. In modern usage the precious stones are diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald, with all other gemstones being semi-precious. This distinction reflects the rarity of the respective stones in ancient times, as well as their quality: all are translucent with fine color in their purest forms, except for the colorless diamond, and very hard, with hardness’s of 8 to 10 on the Mohs scale. Other stones are classified by their color, translucency and hardness. The traditional distinction does not necessarily reflect modern values, for example, while garnets are relatively inexpensive, a green garnet called tsavorite can be far more valuable than a mid-quality emerald. Another unscientific term for semi-precious gemstones used in art history and archaeology is hard stone. Use of the terms ‘precious’ and ‘semi-precious’ in a commercial context is, arguably, misleading in that it deceptively implies certain stones are intrinsically more valuable than others, which is not necessarily the case.
In modern times gemstones are identified by gemologists, who describe gems and their characteristics using technical terminology specific to the field of gemology. The first characteristic a gemologist uses to identify a gemstone is its chemical composition. Many gems are crystals which are classified by their crystal system such as cubic or trigonal or monoclinic. Another term used is habit, the form the gem is usually found in. For example, diamonds, which have a cubic crystal system, are often found as octahedrons.
The stimulating and healing effects of semiprecious gemstones have been known for thousands of years. The therapeutic use of stones is not a new or alternative healing method. Evidence that gemstones were used to protect, heal, and better peoples’ lives can be found from the most ancient civilizations. From the very infancy of the human race, gemstones have exercised a powerful fascination.
The earliest reports of stones’ metaphysical powers date back as far as the fourth millennium before Christ. They can be found in ancient Sumerian writings and the transcriptions from Indian verdic texts. Written 5000 years ago by Shen Nung, the Red Emperor, the first Chinese medical book details descriptions of gemstones and their influence on the human body.
Every advanced, ancient civilization knew of the healing properties of stones. Whether carried in leather pouches or worn and talismans and amulets, gemstones were known to strengthen those who wore them and to protect them from danger, sickness, and disaster. The Greek philosopher Aristotle spoke of the healing power of stones. Romans carried cut stones to ward off illness and bad luck. The Egyptians wore amulets made of amethyst, hematite, jasper, carnelian, or lapis lazuli to harness the powers of these ancient stones. Further evidence of the significance attributed to gemstones can be found in the many references to them in the bible.
Today, semiprecious gemstones are still widely use for their therapeutic properties. Each stone has its own unique characteristics that release specific energies in the body and mind. While the ancients relied on faith, today science has provided an explanation of how gemstones effect our lives: