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Gemstone Meanings

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

The best compendium of gemstone lore is undoubtedly that found in George Frederick Kunz's book The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, which was published in 1913. But Kunz was no mystic crystal-gazer. Rather he was the leading gemologist of his time and in his role as the resident gem expert at Tiffany & Co. in New York, he helped to shape the modern market for colored stones. He was also instrumental in putting together some of the greatest collections of rare gemstones, including the famous J.P. Morgan-Tiffany collection, which is now displayed at the American Museum of Natural History.

Kunz believed that we can learn a great deal by studying the ways in which gemstones were used by different cultures, and the beliefs that people at different times formed about rare gems. For Kunz this study wasn't just sociological curiosity, it was a way of learning about gemstones themselves: "Many of these ideas may seem strange enough to us now, and yet when we analyze them we find that they have their roots either in some intrinsic quality of the stones or else in an instinctive appreciation of their symbolical significance".

The following are a series of beliefs that have been attributed to various types of gemstones over the years.

Agate
Buy agate 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
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Amethyst
Buy natural 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
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Aquamarine
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Aventurine
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Blue Topaz
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Chalcedony
Buy natural chalcedonyConsidered a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, chalcedony nurtures and promotes brotherhood and goodwill. Chalcedony is said to alleviate hostility, irritability and melancholy.
Citrine
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Diamond
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Diopside
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Emerald
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Fluorite
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Garnet
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Iolite
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Jade
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Jasper
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Kyanite
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Lapis Lazuli
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Moonstone
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Onyx
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Opal
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Peridot
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Prehnite
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Rose Quartz
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Ruby
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Rutile Quartz
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Sapphire
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Smoky Quartz
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Spinel
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Tanzanite
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Tiger's Eye
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Topaz
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Tourmaline
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Turquoise
Buy turquoise 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.
Zircon
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  • First Published: March-07-2008
  • Last Updated: July-30-2014
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