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Gemstone Meanings, Symbolism & Powers

Gemstone Meanings
Gemstone Meanings

The booming worldwide trend for healing gemstones has seen crystals of all shapes and sizes move from small boutiques owned by friendly hippies and wiccans to the runways of Paris fashion houses and websites owned by Hollywood superstars.

What is the spiritual meaning of a gemstone?

A gemstone's spiritual meaning is the emotional and physical benefits that it can bring into your life. Amethyst relieves stress, rose quartz brings love, black tourmaline protects from harmful energies and so on. If you have ever wanted to know what powers your favorite gemstone possesses or which stone can be a positive influence, this is where to start.

History and archaeology can tell us that gemstones have been appreciated for their spiritual powers just as much as their beauty since we first plucked them from riverbeds or sandy shores.

Ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks and Romans bedecked themselves in protective amulets, pendants and bracelets made of lapis lazuli, carnelian, amber, agate and quartz not only for daily wear but even for the journey into the afterlife.

With the arrival of the industrial age and modern medicine you would think it was game over for healing crystals but they are probably more popular now than at any time in history.

Whether it is a distrust of pills, a dislike of indifferent and disbelieving doctors or a desire to avoid invasive treatments many people turn to gemstones for help both physical and emotional.

What gemstones are considered lucky?

Even the most pragmatic and down-to-earth people cannot help believing in 'Luck' - both good and bad. Our earliest creative art was to carve good luck amulets from gemstones to protect us from misfortune but what gemstones are considered the luckiest of all? Is it Aventurine - the gambler's stone, Citrine - the success stone, Malachite to ward off the evil eye or is there a luckier one out there?

I would be the first person to recommend visiting a qualified medical practitioner if you have any ailment - either in body or spirit - but there is no denying the benefit of crystals. It could be all down to a positive placebo effect but so long as it works, who cares?

We have several detailed articles on various gemstones that have a history and reputation for the spiritual strengths but here we have a mini guide to many of our most popular gemstones as an introduction to their best assets.

What gemstone means love?

Love has inspired poetry, books, songs, duels, war, devotion and lifetime commitment but can a gemstone bring love, passion and romance to your life? We think so, yet which gemstone is best for love? A deep red ruby is surely the most sensual of gemstones and what about romantic pink tourmalines or the deeply symbolic green emerald?

If you would like more information on any gemstone, just click on the link for the full article.

Actinolite Cat's Eye

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.

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Agate

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.

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Amazonite

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.

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Amethyst

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.

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Apatite

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.

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Aquamarine

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.

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Aventurine

Aventurine is a stone of opportunity that is believed to attract prosperity. Some good advice is to keep an aventurine in your left pocket when you are buying a lottery ticket or playing any game of chance.

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Bloodstone

Bloodstone improves blood circulation as well as helping to detoxify and purify the blood. It's also said that it can help lessen feelings of anger, hostility and impatience. Since ancient times this deep green gemstone with flecks of red has encouraged courage, confidence and motivation.

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Chalcedony

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.

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Chrome Diopside

Chrome Diopside is thought to be a cathartic stone that is believed by crystal healers to heal trauma by bringing forth cleansing tears. Chrome Diopside is thought to foster creativity, love and commitment.

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Citrine

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.

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Diamond

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.

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Emerald

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.

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Fluorite

Fluorite is thought to balance and stabilize intuition. Regarded as an aid for learning and lateral thinking. Fluorite is believed to improve the ability to concentrate.

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Garnet

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.

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Iolite

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.

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Jade

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.

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Jasper

Jasper quartz is a gemstone associated with relaxation, contentment, compassion, nurturing and consolation. Jasper is said to relieve mental stress and help to achieve balance in life.

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Kyanite

Kyanite is a 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.

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Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli is an ancient stone said to represent friendship and truth. Blue lapis lazuli gems are believed to help bring about harmony in relationships. It is a stone of wisdom and awareness.

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Malachite

Malachite blocks and absorbs EMF pollution and all types of negative energy like no other gemstone. It heals and improves immune system functions and supports spiritual growth.

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Moonstone

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.

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Opal

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.

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Peridot

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.

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Prehnite

Green prehnite is a gem with a mystical aura. Prehnite is said to be the stone of remembered dreams, meditation and prophecy.

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Rose Quartz

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.

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Ruby

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.

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Rutile Quartz

Rutile quartz is said to intensify the power of quartz crystal, rutile quartz is thought to assist one in getting to the root of a problem.

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Sapphire

Sapphire has long associations with peace and happiness, and is believed to help with communication, insight, intuition, inspiration and prayer. The ancients felt that sapphires could help them to predict the future.

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Smoky Quartz

Brown smoky quartz is believed to be nature's stone of endurance, fostering serenity, calmness and positive thoughts.

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Spinel

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.

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Tanzanite

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.

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Tiger's Eye

Golden brown tiger's eye is said to help convert anxiety and fear into practical logic and action. It is also believed to promote balance and strength in difficult times, and to relieve doubt.

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Topaz

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.

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Tourmaline

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.

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Turquoise

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.

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Zircon

Since the Middle Ages, zircon has been believed to encourage spiritual growth and the promotion of wisdom. It is said that those who wear zircon will find beauty and peace.

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Quick Guide to Gemstone Meanings

Gemstone Meaning

Actinolite Cat's Eye

Improves Awareness

Agate

Balance and Protection

Amazonite

Soothes Stress

Amethyst

Calming and Soothing

Apatite

Focus and Concentration

Aquamarine

Tranquility and Harmony

Aventurine

Good Luck

Bloodstone

Courage and Wisdom

Chalcedony

Emotional Balance

Chrome Diopside

Heals Trauma

Citrine

Optimism and Abundance

Diamond

Strength and Energy

Emerald

Fertility and New Beginnings

Fluorite

Focus and Concentration

Garnet

Passionate Devotion

Iolite

Inner Vision

Jade

Good Luck and Prosperity

Jasper

Nurture and Compassion

Kyanite

Calms Anger and Frustration

Lapis Lazuli

Friendship and Truth

Malachite

Protection from Negativity

Moonstone

Clear Thinking

Opal

Love and Passion

Peridot

Alleviates Depression

Prehnite

Dreams and Meditation

Rose Quartz

Unconditional Love

Ruby

Love and Passion

Rutile Quartz

Energy and Motivation

Sapphire

Hope and Faith

Smoky Quartz

Endurance and Positivity

Spinel

Releasing Worry

Tanzanite

New Life

Tiger's Eye

Self-Confidence

Topaz

Improves Clarity and Focus

Tourmaline

Inspiration and Understanding

Turquoise

Friendship and Success

Zircon

Spiritual Growth

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  • Last Updated: April-21-2021
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