Ritual Properties of Gemstones
For inquiring minds that might like to know, below is a list of some of the many gemstones that you will find in our jewelry and stones selections and a brief description of each stone's ritual and healing properties.
Agate is the stone for self-expression, creativity, health and good fortune. It makes it much easier to open oneself to new ideas. It helps to sooth emotions and pain, and sensitize and attunes the senses. It aids you to develop powers of eloquence, self-confidence and public-speaking. It is believed to be of special benefit to athletes and to those taking any kind of examination or test - mental or physical. It eases a sore throat and takes away the hoarseness. This stone also works directly with the nervous system to alleviate physical tension and is said to be a treatment of arthritis, skeletal conditions, and as an aid to digestion. A stone for general healing, reduces fever, hardens tender gums, gives courage and banishes fear.
Moss Agate connects one to nature. A translucent, transparent agate containing inclusions of minerals that look like moss or foliage. Improves ego and self-esteem, emotional balance and strengthens positive personality traits. Allows one to see all the beauty one's eyes touch.
With an energy like liquid sunshine, amber is the fossilized resin of pine trees. Amber is said to enhance the beauty of the wearer. It can be used to invoke solar powers such as wealth, success, attraction, vitality, joy or to add energetic power to your workings. Solidified clear golden yellow to orange ancient petrified resin. Amber brings romantic love, purification, wisdom, energy and balance. It enhances patience, altruism, strength, calmness, healing, remembrance of past lives and ancient knowledge. This gentle stone draws out negative energy from the body and purifies the spirit and heart as well. Amber also helps us discover ancient wisdom and knowledge. Opens solar plexus chakra for mental clarity, moods balance, confidence. Addresses stomach anxiety, spine, Central Nervous System, brain, memory loss, and cell regeneration issues. Excellent detoxification and protection from radiation, especially x-rays.
Cool and relaxing, amethyst is a purple variety of quartz crystal. It aids in spiritual quests and wearing it helps promote meditation, peace, tranquility and oneness with your spiritual goals. In ancient times it was said to be "proof against poison". We now know that amethyst is a "negative ion", which attracts poisonous "positive ions" to it, thus clearing the air around the wearer and helping to make it more breathable. Amethyst is also said to be a stone of sobriety, and can help the wearer become free of addictive tendencies. It symbolizes healing, purification, and spiritual power. It can be a protection stone, and is believed to aid intuition and insight. Many people believe it aids in divination, and will sometimes keep a piece of amethyst with rune sets, decks, and other divination tools. Amethyst is a very good, versatile healing stone. It can be used to heal a wide range of ailments, and works well with almost every major system in the body. Amethyst is good at focusing energy. When worn, amethyst can protect the wearer, and if placed under the pillow or worn during sleep it can sometimes bring meaningful dreams. It heightens psychic ability, and is very helpful in meditation.
Enhances creativity, imagination, independence, prosperity, career success, calmness and balance. It helps us to see alternatives and potentials. Heals emotional pain, fear and imbalance by dissolving blocks in the heart Chakra. Historically, aventurine also draws out heat of fevers, inflammation, and nervous system stress. In your bath water, a soft, soothing stone for general healing. Balances masculine and feminine energies. Instills creativity, leadership, and fun, and assists one in making the "right" decisions. Protects and helps heal the heart, lungs, and adrenals.
A stone associated with courage, abundance, purification and good fortune. Helps one to accept change and overcome anxiety, depression and melancholy. Renews relationships and love life. Provides vitality, boosts talent, organizational abilities and charitable instincts. Cures psychosomatic illness (one with more emotional roots than physical) and pains. Purifies blood, detoxifies organs - especially the liver, kidneys, bladder and spleen.
This stone generally ranges in color from pale tangerine to fiery orange red. A stone associated with emotional warmth, creativity, reproduction, rebirth, reincarnation and past life recall. Calms the mind from fear of death and enforces belief in the cycle of birth-death. Excellent motivator in matters of business and career-choices. Brings day-dreamers and absent minded professors to ground zero. Carnelian directly works on lower chakras, so it dispels arthritis, rheumatism, lower back troubles, female reproductive problems, increases fertility and cures impotence. Alleviates blood poisoning, nose bleeds, wounds, sores, spasms and all ailments related to blood; besides being a remedy for fever, neuralgia, allergies and infection.
A yellow variety of quartz crystal, citrine radiates a bright and cheery energy. Citrine is a stone of success, prosperity and regeneration. Induces confidence and optimism in family and business relationships. Attracts self-worth, activates mental powers, flushes emotional blocks and opens up a new lease of life. If lost in the path of life, trust Citrine to show you the way, rebuild your existence and lead to abundance and happiness. The stone not only helps acquire wealth but helps you maintain it, because it vibrates toward prosperity in all its forms. Physically, it aids digestion and eliminates toxins from the endocrine and digestive systems. Helps in diabetes and controlling thyroid, thus keeping your fat in check. Improves poor circulation, tissue regeneration, and fortifies immune system. Also good for those wearing glasses or contacts, as Citrine improves visual ability. Shields against harmful effects of electrical products.
Working through the Root Chakra, garnet helps to stabilize and protect the physical body. A red stone, it is especially effective with the blood, spine and circulatory system, and helps some women to balance during "Moontime". Garnet aids in raising and directing the flow of kundalini energy and in enhancing and balancing the sex drive. On the mental, emotional, and spiritual planes, garnet also aids in achieving integration and rejuvenation, and in learning to flow with the tides of energy. It gives vitality and provides a stabilizing influence in all realms. Heightens sexual awareness.
A natural ferric oxide and iron-ore, Hematite possesses exceptional grounding abilities. Helps you be at ease and keep nervousness at bay. Also a protective stone, whenever you feel the need for protection and face challenge in panicky situation, carry a Hematite stone with you. It could be crucial meetings, interviews or legal matters - a must for lawyers, as it also aids memory. On a spiritual plane, it enhances astral projections, promotes balance, focus, convergence and concentration of energy. Helps increase courage and will-power. Medically, it is good for kidneys and heart - for high blood pressure patients it reduces rapid pulse; helps coagulation and purifies blood.
A highly revered stone in the Ayurvedic tradition. One of the best stones for activating the third eye and crown chakras. Stimulates psychic awareness and promotes accuracy in intuitive pursuits. Enhances leadership ability, power, inner strength, self-confidence and executive ability.
Jasper is a wonderful supporting stone. Wear it to gain a positive outlook. Attracts what one needs (not wants). Good for those needing more organizational abilities. Mood elevator, invigorating, stabilizing and helps overcome depression. Improves the sense of smell and soothes the nerves. Useful in overcoming disorders of blood, digestion, stomach, biliousness and bladder trouble.
Similar to coal, jet is a form of fossilized wood, and is always black. Jet helps protect the wearer from fear and grounds negativity. Worried or edgy? Try running your hands through a bowl full of jet chips. It is also helpful in stabilizing finances, and is said to soothe migraines.
Related to moonstone, this gray feldspar exhibits a display of spectral colors in flares of blue, red and gold. Labradorite helps one understand the destiny they have chosen in this lifetime. The stone aids in translating intuitive feeling into thought so that the wearer can implement the messages they receive. It enhances inner knowing, patience and psychic as well as mental ability and helps to release judgment. It also helps provide a link to the "darker" Crone aspects of feminine deity. Sacred to the goddess Isis, this deep blue stone was prized by the Ancient Egyptians and holds the energy of a star - studded sky, limitless in its wisdom. It can be used to expand intellect, wisdom awareness and intuition. The stone is also believed to shield the wearer from psychic attack.
One of the most powerful and energetic stones associated with the 'Third Eye' (6th Chakra), Lapis Lazuli must be used cautiously. People can feel dizzy or overwhelmed by its sheer energy. It is the stone of mystery, positive magic and psychic ability. It helps you to understand your own mind, expands your viewpoint and changes your perception of reality. Consequently, it is a highly spiritual stone and can be used during meditation. It assists with past life recall and in releasing karmic debts. It works to heal emotional wounds, cleanses the aura, develops the powers of mind, intuition, wisdom and memory. Hang it near your heart in a necklace, and feel the mind and heart connect. Medically, it prevents fits, epilepsy, strokes, depression, and helps the heart.
This is a dense stone of light and darker green whirls and striations. It has a grounding earthy energy. Malachite can be used in healing work and in opening the heart chakra. It enhances fidelity, practicality and nurturing, and aids the wearer on their journey of evolution. Malachite symbolizes physical protection. It was often used to ensure fidelity in relationships and was believed to bring restful sleep. Malachite is seen to be both soothing and energizing. Malachite often represents nature. It is very good at physical protection and is sometimes referred to as a "stone of warding" due to its ability to keep the wearer safe. Malachite can bring balance and peace. It holds energy very well, and is sometimes referred to as a "magical battery". It can be used to give an extra boost of power to rituals or spells.
A mossy green stone of meteoric origin, this stone is found only in Czechoslovakia. It is a very high frequency stone and can cause some wearers to feel a bit spacey. Moldavite stimulates connection to the stars and opens the heart to the "Universal All". It provides expanded mental vision, assists in meditation, and promotes healing of the heart and body.
One of the most beautiful stones, it exhibits a mysterious shine of the moonlight and is the sacred stone of the moon goddess. Moonstone stimulates knowing, appreciation, nurturing, mothering, selflessness, sensitivity and humanitarian love - all qualities of the feminine moon goddess. Use it for problem solving and decision making and as a protective stone when you sleep with it. Assists during times of change. For physical healing, Moonstone is essential for female health. It reduces excess fluid in the body and alleviates swelling. It is most beneficial for pre-menstrual troubles as it balances hormonal and menstrual cycles of women. Works best when its' energies are attuned to the phases of moon.
Obsidian increases the strength of the immune
system. It works to change your luck, assists in facing buried issues, and may be
used as a crystal ball for scrying. It is often used in shamanic ceremonies to
remove disorders and transmute energies into white light.
Onyx is often used as a scrying stone due to its color (most commonly black). It is believed to improve concentration and give physical strength and emotional stability. Onyx has the ability to transmute energy to another form. However, it is not always possible to predict the effects of this transmutation. Onyx is good at bringing one back to the middle ground. If you have high energy, it will mellow you, and at low energy it will boost you up. Onyx is an interesting stone that can be very useful if used with caution and patience, but it can also be dangerous if used carelessly. Use for stabilization, comfort, faith, protection, defensive magick, reducing sexual desires, for conflicts, psychic attacks, spirituality, and cleansing.
Called the "Rainbow Stone," the most common color for opal is a milky white which flashes with spectral color in blues, reds and greens. However opals can be red, black or many other colors. There are those who consider opal an "unlucky" stone. This may be because the opal can often stimulate change in your life. If you are not prepared for change, it may be better to chose another stone. If you are prepared for a change, opal can help to catalyze this, causing opportunities for growth to spring up around you. Opal is used to awaken psychic perception and mystical awareness, it strengthens memory and aids in dreaming and can encourage flashes of insight. Opal helps assist astral projection. I t can absorb quite a bit of energy, making it a good stone to use as a talisman and magical "battery". In addition, fire opals are good at focusing energy and combative magic.
Radiating the white light energy of the Universe, clear quartz crystal can be used in any workings. When in doubt or when lacking the "correct" type of stone, quartz can always substitute. This mineral amplifies, focuses and stores energy and information. It can be used to clear and activate the chakras, for purification, healing, in meditation and trance work, to dispel negativity, enhance and seal the aura and for many other uses. Wearing quartz with the point facing upwards, opens the upper chakras, and facilitates meditative states and psychic awareness, but can leave the wearer feeling somewhat spacey, so it is not recommended for prolonged duration. Wearing it point downwards helps to ground. A double- terminated crystal (one with a point on either end) worn horizontally can help balance left/right brain. Vertically, a double-terminator can help incorporate both the spiritual and the material into the wearer's life. The many configurations and types of quartz crystal are too numerous to list here.
Specific types of quartz sometimes have properties in place of or in addition to the qualities listed above. Clear or crystal quartz is a good "general practitioner" stone, able to focus varying types of energy. However, it seems that each flaw within a piece of quartz detracts from its ability to amplify and focus energy. Quartz stimulates inner awareness, concentration, and enhances energy.
Blue Quartz aids in spiritual development and meditation, serenity, clarity, lifts depression and brings peace and happiness into your life.
Rose Quartz is good at focusing and amplifying healing energy. It is often used to symbolize love, peace, or happiness, and is believed to stimulate the imagination. Oddly enough, flaws in rose quartz often seem to enhance rather than detract from the healing energies. Lending a soft, healing energy, rose quartz aids the wearer in achieving self-love and in enhancing the love vibration in relationships. Rose quartz brings trust, calm, clarity and harmony, and reduces the feeling of a need for haste. It removes fears and anxiety and reduces stress. It balances the emotions and heals emotional wounds, allowing the user to tap into the knowledge that the Universe is Love. Care is advised when using this stone, however, as it is reported to increase fertility, healing, good feelings, and love.
Smokey Quartz, a brownish to smokey gray variety of quartz works to dissolve and release negativity and emotional blockages. Its energy is gentle but sustaining and stabilizing. It clears both the emotions and the mind, helps the wearer to ground, lifts depression, provides clarity and enhances positive energies and attention to the moment. Smokey quartz is good at focusing manipulative, confusing, or changing energies. It is sometimes seen to be a good luck stone and is believed to protect against negativity.
Rutilated Quartz (the mineral rutile encased in quartz) is good at focusing energy that is directed inward. It is a high energy stone and is good at focusing the intellect and mental energy.
Calms and soothes, helps to promote self-confidence, gracefulness, tact, alternative choices, inner growth, heals old hurts and relationships, and assists you in finding romance.
A powerful and energetic red stone, ruby has been used for many purposes over the centuries. It helps maintain courage, shields and protects the wearer on all levels, and brings lucidity and gentleness of thought and action. Ruby alleviates distress, and confused imaginings and brings the light of the Universe into the darkened recesses of the soul. It helps to cleanse and redirect trapped energy, working on both the heart and root chakras. Ruby is often used to represent Fire. It is a warrior stone, and is believed to confer great strength and bravery. Berserkers (Nordic warriors) often used ruby to invoke even greater fury. Ruby is a good conductor and amplifier of magical energy. It has the ability to focus all of the energy directed at it, and seeming to lose none (a quality nearly unique among stones; a small amount of energy is almost always lost in the focusing process). Also used to bring about a very deep and pure love affair.
Most commonly, sapphire occurs as a deep blue translucent stone. It stimulates the throat and third eye chakras, and assists in calming, healing, communication, mental pursuits, enhancing intuition and in wealth matters. Blue sapphire was often used in healing, while black sapphire was used for protection and centering. Sapphire was believed to bring peace of mind, and in many cultures was seen as a stone of wisdom and divine favor. It was also seen as a stone of prophecy. Sapphire is often used to symbolize water. It is one of the best stones for helping one get in touch with deep emotions. It can be used to dispel glamorous thinking and divine true feelings. It is a good Bardic stone, and is often carried to help boost creativity and inspiration. Sapphire can sometimes be hard to work with, as it often tries to convert other energies to its own. Stimulates protection, luck, and peace of mind.
Sodalite protects from external negative energy and is a highly grounding stone. If you use computers on a regular basis, wear it to shield against damaging effects of the radiation. The blue color of sodalite symbolizes wisdom and psychic activities. It fosters rational thinking, logic, intelligence, emotional balance, intuition, higher knowledge, clarity, truth and perception. It also soothes and heals the central nervous system. Sodalite clears the mind for deeper and wiser thinking, aids logic along with opening third eye intuition. It stabilizes mental processes and aids in the shift from emotional to rational thinking. Use it if you are a person who over reacts emotionally or has panic attacks. Helps to eliminate confusion, change habits and stimulate ones intellect. Physically, it lowers blood pressure and balances the metabolism. Assists in restful sleep.
Aventurine feldspar with a gold-orange metallic sheen. Sunstone is believed to strengthen the life force, bring luck, instill optimism and increase strength and vitality. Sunstone, ruled by the Sun and a gemstone of Leo, is thought to bring luck and romance to the wearer. It is helpful to the liver and kidneys, and aids digestion.
Tigers eye is a stone used for courage, confidence and protection. It is also a solar plexus stone, and helps by deepening perception and clarity of self, and giving us courage when we need it most. It is good for manifesting of ideas and to place visualizations into reality. It helps us to obtain goals by taking direct action and by learning when to act or wait. It is claimed that tiger eye will counteract feelings of hypochondria and the onset of psychosomatic illness and will also give a feeling of self-confidence. It is especially good for clear thinking and helps one to see a problem objectively when confused or emotionally affected. Protects from witchcraft spells and evil forces. Also associated with the correct use of power, courage, grace and the ability to see clearly and without illusion. Excellent for asthma patients.
These crystals range from yellow to golden-orange and brown. Topaz removes negativity, transforming it to joy and enhances individuality and creativity. It improves the intellect, promotes health and wealth, and gives the wearer the impetus to act on their dreams, thus bringing them into materialization. Topaz is believed to ease tension headaches and ensure a sound sleep. Topaz is a friendly stone willing to lend its power to its holder, thus giving the holder a boost in strength and energy. It has an affinity with certain fire elementals, and fae that bond with fire.
Comes in various colors and hues. Balances, protects, calms, gives self- confidence and cheerfulness. Useful for meditation. Attracts inspiration, goodwill and friendship. Protects the wearer against misfortune and anemia. Prevents lymphatic disease. Grounds high-frequency energies. Black or Green Tourmaline strengthens the nervous system and helps to regulate blood pressure. Deflects negative energy, attracts prosperity. Blue Tourmaline cures all types of throat and thyroid problems. Promotes clear verbal expression, dissolves mental friction and emotional constriction. Carries a high electrical charge and if rubbed briskly one end becomes positive and one negative, the energy can then be directed wherever peaceful energy is required. Watermelon/Pink Tourmaline is a heart balancer. Promotes understanding of self and emotions. Enhances flexibility, happiness, objectivity, compassion, serenity, balance, positive transformation, healing, strength, tolerance, and understanding. Excellent channeling stone for communication with higher forces.
This sky-blue to green stone is sacred to both Native American and
Oriental traditions. It brings the energy of the sky down to earth. It is
helpful in expanding awareness while still maintaining practicality. Used on the
throat chakra, turquoise promotes communication and the ability to speak honestly,
clearly and from the heart. It helps us to connect our spiritual selves.
Turquoise aids in calming, healing, protection, healthy mental attitude, vitality,
friendship, speeding the healing process, meditation, intuition and wisdom. An
environmentally friendly stone, reminding us of our connection to Earth and Sky.
Ancient lore suggests that it also protects against environmental pollutants. In
ancient times, turquoise was utilized to gain wealth. Wearing turquoise can speed
the healing process. Lore also has it that the stone will change color when the owner
is in danger.
Hope this helps with your selection of gemstones for healing or ritual purposes ;-)