Stability, Balance, Clarity
Characteristics: Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. Usually banded in layers, or stripes, some varieties have "eye" markings, or specks of color, some have fossilized inclusions, and others are solid. Called the earth rainbow, the concentric bands of Agate form in nearly every color the earth can produce, including a colorless form.
Energy: Metaphysically, Agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence. The layered bands of microscopic quartz in Agate may appear delicate, they are actually very strong. Agate is excellent for balancing emotional, physical and intellectual energy, and in harmonizing yin and yang, the positive and negative forces of the universe.
Stability, Balance, Clarity
Characteristics: Amethyst, the birthstone of February, is made up of crystals that grow on the inside surface of agate geodes. While the crystals themselves may grow to be several inches, the geodes containing the amethyst crystals often reach several feet in height. This majestic gemstone ranges in color from deep purple to pale lavender depending on the presence of manganese and iron. Amethyst can also appear reddish-purple or yellow-purple depending on the combination of minerals present in the clear quartz.
Energy: Amethyst is used as a symbol of peace and unification. It is also thought to evoke feelings of serenity and calmness in those who wear it. It is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace.
Cleansing, Empowerment, Serenity
Characteristics: The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones. The blueish green color is caused by iron oxides within the chemical makeup of the stone. This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.
Energy: Aquamarine is a Water element stone, powerful for cleansing the emotional body and opening communication. Its gentle energy brings emotional patterns to the surface and assists in understanding the reason for holding onto old thoughts or patterns that are limiting forward motion. It allows for better relationships, love and compassion.
Wisdom, Harmony, Clarity
Characteristics: Chrysocolla is a carbonate copper gemstone. It has an alluring, vivid blue-green color and is often mistaken for turquoise because they share many visual similarities. It can often be found intermingled with malachite, turquoise and azurite, creating a wonderful mixed gemstone known as Eilat stone. The rich, vibrant blue and green colors of chrysocolla are reminiscent of looking down upon the Earth's surface from space.
Energy: Chrysocolla is the gentlest of stones. It's not a high-energy stone like quartz, rutilated quartz or smoky quartz, and unlike malachite, azurite and lapis, it doesn't bring buried emotions to the surface. Its main role is to soothe, calm and inspire. It has the ability to bring harmony, increase wisdom and guide you toward discretion. It promotes level-headedness, encouraging clarity of thought and a neutral, calm attitude during turbulence by purifying the home, environment and the mind. Use it to decrease nervousness and irritability.
Intelligence, Wealth, Curiosity
Characteristics: Citrine is a transparent, yellow variety of Quartz, ranging in color from pale to golden yellow, honey or almost brown. Many have come to know and love this stone under the name gold topaz, or Madeira or Spanish topaz, although in actual fact it has very little in common with the higher-quality gemstone topaz except for a few nuances of color. It is called The Merchant's Stone for its properties of increase in the cashbox. Citrine not only assists in acquiring wealth, but helps in maintaining it.
Energy: Natural Citrine is a premier stone of manifestation, imagination, and personal will. Carrying the power of the sun, it is warm and comforting, energizing and life-giving. It stimulates the chakras like the sunlight of spring, clearing the mind and stirring the soul to action. Its frequency awakens creativity and imagination, and sustains the process of transforming dreams and wishes into tangible form. With its pure yellow energy, Citrine encourages fullness of life, fresh beginnings, and new pursuits.
Healing, Calmness, Energy
Characteristics: Crystal Quartz is the most recognized type of crystal. In fact, many people envision quartz crystals when they think of crystals, even though there are many different types of crystal. Quartz can be icy clear or have inclusions, veils, bubbles, and various colors. Visual clarity normally isn't important to a quartz's energetic quality and ability to amplify subtle energies.
Energy: Crystal quartz enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing, and transmitting. It channels universal energy. Crystal Quartz also enhances thoughts, as they are a form of energy. Because it directs and amplifies energy, it is extremely beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection, and channeling. It is also beneficial for storing and retrieving information of all types, as information is a form of energy pattern also.
Affection, Amplification, Purity
Characteristics: The Diamond is made of carbon and is the hardest natural mineral. It is a stone that grows in the mantle of the Earth and is pushed up rapidly toward the surface. If it is not pushed up rapidly enough, the carbon dissipates.
Energy: The Diamond, in its rarity and beauty, is a symbol of purity and innocence, of love and fidelity, and embraces strength of character, ethics, and faithfulness to oneself and others. It is indicative of the loving and open nature with which one came into the physical realm, and encourages the aspect of truth and trust. It is a love-bearing crystal, regarded in antiquity as dependable in its virtues only when received as a gift. Today the engagement ring, wedding ring, and other articles of jewelry symbolize the gift of persons in love.
Sensitivity, Harmony, Creativity
Characteristics: Druzy's appearance can vary in regards to shape and size, but collectively, they look like thousands of tiny diamonds shimmering on a gemstone. Druzy is the geological term for quartz formed over a million years of crystallization through dissolved silica forced into porous areas of rocks by ground water causing its rapid cooling which then forms tiny crystals on the surfaces or in the cavities of the rocks.
Energy: Druzy has a positive impact on the wearer, as its calming and soothing effect can relieve stress from the mind. It dispels negative energy and cleanses the aura of the wearer. It amplifies clear, creative, and pragmatic thinking. It is said to aid the metaphysics of the wearer and balance any impurities within the body by promoting good health, meditation, and positive thinking.
Communication, Truthfulness, Honesty
Characteristics: Emerald is the green to greenish blue variety of beryl, a mineral species. The deep green hue is owed to trace amounts of chromium and vanadium, and color is best admired under natural daylight. One of the easiest methods to identify green emeralds is to test for specific gravity (density) and hardness. Like all forms of beryl, emerald is harder than apatite, quartz and feldspar, but is slightly softer than spinel, topaz and sapphire. However, emerald is generally more fragile than other beryl, owing to its naturally included state.
Energy: Emerald is a stone that is well used for intuitive awareness, meditation, and spirituality. As a stone which can increase spiritual awareness, it can help realize Divine love. It is also used to remove barriers to spiritual growth and thus raise consciousness. Emerald can increase psychic and intuitive awareness, and is said to "grant all knowledge of past, present and future."
Serenity, Passion, Devotion
Characteristics: Red garnet is one of the most common and widespread of gems and identifies with the January birthstone. The red garnet produces an intense and sensual deep red hue. The stone is found in metamorphic rocks (which are rocks altered by heat and pressure) on every continent. But not all garnets are as abundant as the red ones. A green garnet, tsavorite, also occurs in metamorphic rocks, but it’s rarer because it needs unusual rock chemistries and special conditions to form.
Energy: Garnet is known for its utilization of creative energy. It grounds spirit forces within the body and helps in the ability to work lovingly on the physical plane. Yet Garnet is a sensual stone. It represents primordial fire, the creation of the world out of chaos, purification and love.
Communication, High Vibration, Dreaming
Characteristics: Kyanite is an aluminum silicate mineral, often occurring as long, striated bladed crystals that may be transparent or translucent with a pearly sheen. It's most identifiable feature is its anisotropism, the ability to cleave perfectly in two directions with two distinctly different hardnesses on the perpendicular axes.
Energy: Kyanite inspires loyalty and fair treatment to others. It assists in working through disagreements and disputes, and can aid in repairing damaged relationships. It is beneficial in negotiations, diplomatic missions, arbitration and other forms of communication between disharmonious people, allowing disparate energies to move into resonance and find a common frequency.
Strength, Protection, Intuition
Characteristics: Labradorite is an extraordinary stone that shimmers in a mystical light which separates the waking world from unseen realms. It is usually gray-green, dark gray, black or grayish-white, and is composed in aggregate layers that refract light as iridescent flashes of peacock blue, gold, pale green, or coppery red. In every sense it is known as the Stone of Magic, a crystal of shamans, diviners, healers, and all who travel and embrace the universe seeking knowledge and guidance. For self-discovery, it is excellent for awakening one's own awareness of inner spirit and intuition.
Energy: Labradorite is the most powerful protector of the mineral kingdom, creating a shielding force strengthening natural energies from within. It protects against the negativity and misfortunes of this world, and provides safe exploration into alternate levels of consciousness and visionary experiences from the past or the future.
Happiness, Luck, Purity
Characteristics: Like lightning in a rainbow, Opal flashes its brilliance with even the slightest movement and claims notice by all who witness its phenomenal “fire.” This is a stone so dedicated to the eye, so pleasing to the sight, it inspires love and hope, innocence and purity, luck and happiness. Opal is a precious stone containing the fiery flame of Garnet, the resplendent purple of the Amethyst, and the sea-green glory of the Emerald - all shining together in incredible union and exquisite pleasure
Energy: Opal is most known for its ability to bring one’s traits and characteristics to the surface for examination and transformation. Just as Opal absorbs and reflects light, it picks up thoughts and feelings, desires and buried emotions, amplifying them and returning them to the source. While magnifying one’s negative attributes may prove to be uncomfortable, it allows for understanding how destructive these emotions can be and assists the process of letting them go. Opal also illuminates the positive actions and emotions of the self, enhancing the good and true, and fostering one’s highest potential. It is a karmic stone with a reminder that what one sends out will return.
Calming, Charity, Purity
Characteristics: Pearl, identified as June's birthstone, is a hard, and lustrous gem typically white or bluish-gray, formed within the shell of a pearl oyster or other bivalve mollusk and highly prized as a gem. Perhaps the best-loved gems of all time, pearls—both natural and modern cultured pearls—occur in a wide variety of colors. The most familiar colors are white and cream (a light yellowish brown). Pearls are unique as they are the only gems from living sea creatures and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty. Natural pearls form in the bodies, or mantle tissue, of certain mollusks, usually around a microscopic irritant, and always without human help of any kind.
Energy: Pearl signifies charity and innocence. It enhances personal integrity and helps to provide a focus to ones attention. Pearl symbolizes purity and is known as a “stone of sincerity." It brings truth to situations and loyalty to a “cause."
Balance, Compassion, Confidence
Characteristics: Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral olivine. Its chemical composition includes iron and magnesium, and iron is the cause of its attractive yellowish green colors. The gem often occurs in volcanic rocks called basalts, which are rich in these two elements. Peridots color comes from the basic chemical composition of the mineral itself and not from minor traces of impurities. Thus, peridot is found only in green. In fact, peridot is one of the few gemstones available that can be found only in one color, although the shades of green may vary from light yellowish to dark brownish-green.
Energy: Peridot gives off a friendly energy and is excellent for healing. It assists in rebirth and renewal of all kinds. Peridot also bring abundance and prosperity and enhances the healing and harmony of relationships of all kinds. The stone stimulates psychological clarity and inspires a sense of happiness, empowering one to detach the mind from outside influences and have confidence in one’s own abilities, looking inward for guidance and accessing the wisdom of the higher mind. It initiates independence and assertion without aggression, transforming it with clear intention to create the reality one wishes to have.
Prosperity, Protection, Strength
Characteristics: Pyrite is often called “Fool’s Gold,” though there is nothing foolish about this mineral. Within its gleaming beauty is a stone of hidden fire, one that can be sparked to life by striking it against metal or stone. An Earth element, it also resonates with Fire energy, symbolizing the warmth and lasting presence of the sun and the ability to generate wealth by one’s own power. It is masculine in nature, a stone of action, vitality and will, and taps into one’s abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas. It brings confidence and the persistence to carry things through to completion.
Energy: Pyrite is a crystal of positive energy, and is extremely helpful for melancholy and thoughts fixed on misfortune and despair. It relieves anxiety and frustration, and as a mirror to the self, reveals the causes behind these emotions and promotes a search for solutions. Pyrite also allows one to see beyond pretense, to what truly lies behind words and actions. It provides the insight that often things that disturb us in others are also present in us.
Power, Prosperity, Integrity
Characteristics: Ruby is a variety of the gems species corundum. It is harder than any natural gemstone except diamond, and is extremely durable. Fine-quality ruby is extremely rare, and the color of the gem is most important to its value. The most prized color is a medium or medium-dark vivid red or slightly purplish red. Distinguished for its bright red color, it is one of the most famed and fabled gemstone. It is a most desirable gem due to its hardness, durability, luster, and rarity. Transparent rubies of large sizes are even rarer than Diamonds.
Energy: Ruby is able to create a strong sense and means of power within oneself. Ruby is a stone of great courage and inner strength. It is a stone of self-confidence, self-love, and increased inner power. It also is a stone of honesty, which can assist with issues surrounding and interfering with self-confidence and inner power.
Strength, Focus, Self-discipline
Characteristics: Sapphire is the most precious and valuable blue gemstone. It is very desirable due to it's excellent and rich color, hardness, durability, and luster. Blue Sapphire ranges in hue from pale to deep azure or dark royal blue, to indigo, with the most highly desired color being the velvety cornflower blue, also called Kashmir or bleu de roi. The name Sapphire is derived from the Latin sapphirus, Greek sappheiros, and Sanskrit sanipryam, meaning “blue stone.” Recent research indicates what we know today as Lapis Lazuli was also referred to as Sapphire in the ancient world.
Energy: Today Sapphire is still a Stone of Wisdom, a royal stone of learning, mental acuity and psychic activation, a seeker after spiritual truth. Its pure Blue Ray brings order and healing to the mind, lending strength and focus, and an ability to see beneath surface appearances to underlying truths and to utilize that knowledge. It stimulates the Throat and Third Eye Chakras, allowing one to access deeper levels of consciousness in order to gain a fuller understanding of self. Associated with the planet Saturn, Blue Sapphire embraces order, structure, and self-discipline, and is ideal for accomplishing goals and manifesting ideas into form. Sapphire’s power to transmute negative thoughts and energy also makes it highly effective for earth and chakra healing.
Communication, Good Fortune, Attraction
Characteristics: Topaz conjures thoughts of opulence and luxury, influence and generosity, vibrancy and strength. Topaz forms in various tones and saturations of yellow, gold, orange, red, blue, green, purple and brown, as well as colorless. From the pure light of clear Topaz, to the gold and sunny yellows, to the fiery pink-red varieties. The name for Topaz originated in the nineteenth in Russia. Ownership of the gem was restricted to the royal family.
Energy: Topaz warms to its solar energy, diffusing and radiating its gentle power in all directions…soothing, healing, stimulating and recharging. It brings solid, lasting energy, joy, generosity and abundance. Topaz brings true love and fidelity, friendship, and a gentle nature, bestowing the gifts of courage and wisdom, and success in all endeavors. Its energy, harnessed from the sun, transcends both time and space.
Communication, Inspiration, Enthusiasm
Characteristics: Turquoise, a stone ranging in color from blue to green to yellow, is filled with wonderful patterns of brown and black that are composed mainly of copper deposits. Although turquoise has captivated man's imagination for centuries, no one is sure exactly when it was discovered. Prehistoric people used and prized it for its blue-green colors because carved pieces have been found in burial and archeological sites spanning the globe.
Energy: Turquoise is heralded as the stone of communication. It encourages enthusiasm, thus inspiring new projects and bringing to light undiscovered artistic abilities. Turquoise also provides understanding and encourages attention to detail while attracting prosperity and success.
Cleansing, Purifying, Transformation
Characteristics: Tourmaline is a stone that occurs as prismatic crystals in granitic and other rocks. It has an endless number of colors and faces, and for that reason it suits all moods. It is a semi-precious mineral stone well known for its incredible ability to cleanse and aid in the detoxification process of the human body. It is known to have the uncanny ability to become its own source of electric charge.
Energy: Tourmaline is one of only a handful of minerals that have the ability to emit negative ions and far-infrared rays. Tourmaline promotes self-confidence and diminishes fear. It attracts inspiration, compassion, tolerance and prosperity. It balances the right-left sides of the brain and prevents blockages. Basic talents the tourmaline possesses (regardless of its color) include promoting inspiration and happiness by cleansing and purifying, and transformation that reduces fear and builds self-confidence.