The Properties of Stones
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By Linda Heaphy
Most of the information provided here has been sourced from http://www.bestcrystals.com/index.html and http://www.peacefulmind.com/stones.htm, however the reader should be aware that the amount of information available today on the metaphysical properties of gemstones is considerable and sometimes conflicting in nature. This guide provides a quick and handy reference to the properties of the major stones, but is by no means conclusive. If you feel that information given here is incorrect, feel free to send me your comments and I'll do my best to change it.
As with anything, common sense should be used when working with or wearing stones for the purposes of healing and/or self-improvement. The information provided here should not be used in isolation of other, more traditional forms of treatment or advice. Illnesses of the mind and body are very serious matters, and are best treated by professionals in every situation.
Agate: the Stone of the Wanderer. Balances physical/emotional energy and the emotions, brings insight to any situation. Facilitates discernment and enables the wearer to choose their friends carefully. Imparts strength and courage, develops patience and promotes inner peace. Builds self-confidence. Opens one to innate creative talents. A grounding stone, also considered to bring good luck and prosperity to the wearer. Used to avert lightening and stormy weather (both physically and metaphysically). Traditionally believed to protect children. Used as a gazing tool for divination and meditation.
Amazonite: the Stone of Hope. Balances the wearer's energy, enhancing feelings of harmony and universal love. Enhances prosperity, communication, confidence and leadership. Reduces self-damaging behaviour, increases self-respect. Good for entrepreneurs, those in sales or involved in the arts and new financial ventures, sometimes placed over a door to bring new business. Promotes self-expression and artistic creativity. Helps filter information and combines it with natural intuition. Enhances the masculine qualities of the wearer. Disperses negative energy. A gentle, friendly, calming stone that opens the throat, heart, and solar plexus charkas.
Amber: purifies the body, mind, and spirit; detoxifies and protects the wearer from radiation, especially other people's energies. Balances the electromagnetics of the body, allows the even flow of energies and the grounding of our higher energies. Provides a positive, soothing energy. Spiritualizes the intellect. Enhances mental stability, helps to decrease feelings of depression, bringing about a more positive mental state. Also useful as a memory aid, which makes it good for studying. Amber is used for past life work, divination and scrying.
Amethyst: the Healing Stone. Facilitates spirituality, contentment, meditation and dream recall. Enhances feelings of stability, strength and peace. Reduces anger, impatience and the occurrence of nightmares. Provides common sense and flexibility in decision making. Strengthens and enhances psychic abilities and quiets the mind. Associated with the brow and crown chakra. Traditionally believed to protect against drunkenness.
Apatite: the Humanitarian Stone. Encourages inspiration, provides insight and humbleness to the wearer, enhances appreciation and the desire to serve mankind. Helps to access information by enhancing the connection between the past and future, the conscious and unconscious and the psychic and intuitive centers. Acts as an aid to meditation.
Aquamarine: the Stone of Courage. Enhances the intellect, clears blocked pathways of communication and aids the user in verbal expression. Assists spiritual awareness and actualization. Has the calming, soothing energy of the sea, quieting the mind and reducing stress. Associated with tranquilizing and uplifting openness, innocence, light heartedness, creativity, communication, self-awareness, confidence and a sense of purposefulness. Helps stabilize and harmonize the mind in unsettled surroundings. Helps reduce fears. Has a particular affinity with sensitive and mystical people. Increases creativity and sharpens intuition. Excellent stone for meditation. Used for protection on journeys, especially for those who travel on water. Helps bring about a tolerance toward others. Recommended as a purifier of the throat and helps sore throats. This stone allows us to find our individually and be ourselves. May help the wearer to find love.
Aventurine: the Good Luck Stone. Promotes independence, leadership and creativity. Attracts love and truthfulness, abundance, good luck and prosperity. A good stone to have when seeking a new job, selling products or playing games of chance. Assists the wearer to stabilise their financial affairs. Spiritually it balances the male/female energies and the emotions in general, and is one of the best stones to wear or carry during periods of stress. It helps us to find solutions to life's problems.
Azurite: the Stone of Wisdom. Awakens psychic ability, insight and intuition. Excellent for clearing the mind during meditation and providing a deeper access to the subconscious mind. Activates the brow and throat chakras. Assists in reducing feelings of depression and anger.
Bloodstone (heliotrope): used to either promote a calm, tranquil atmosphere that is grounding or to revitalize insufficient energy. A great stone for mental exhaustion. Represents courage and strength and is used to enhance these attributes. Associated with honesty and integrity. Useful for removing obstacles. Attracts abundance and good luck. Associated with the heart and root chakras.
Calcite: the Teaching Stone. Beneficial for cleansing the organs, bones and joints. Assists to sharpen mental clarity and boost memory. Helps one draw more insight from books or from personal experience by making important information easier to remember.
Carnelian: the Friendly Stone. Represents confidence, boldness, initiative, dramatic abilities, assertiveness and outgoingness. Stimulates the appetite, encourages celebration and brings awareness of feelings. Associated with the sacral/spleen chakra. Encourages the wearer to feel anchored and centred. Provides a connection to the past or to historical events, improves motivation. Helps one achieve greater success in career or personal matters. Helps ground people who meditate.
Celestite: an excellent stone for dream recall and astral travel. Enhances hope, serenity, harmony and communication. Soothes nerves, reduces stress and quiets the mind. Creates internal stillness, allowing the wearer to more easily connect to their spirit and creative being. Associated with the throat chakra by allowing for honesty, openness and listening.
Chalcedony: helps erase self-doubt. Eases bad dreams and problems related to the eye, gall bladder, bones, spleen, blood, and circulatory organs. Cleansing in nature and can promote the healing of open wounds.
Charoite: the Stone of Transformation. Opens the heart, granting the wearer inspiration, and the ability to see more clearly on the mental, physical and psychic planes. Removes and transforms negative emotions, especially fear. Enhances healing. Associated with the heart, brow and crown chakras. Assists in developing foresight and intuitive vision and helps the wearer to see old patterns in new ways.
Chrysocolla: the Gentle Stone. Enhances internal strength and mind balance. Promotes harmony, gentleness and attunement to the earth. Associated with the heart chakra, it can flush and heal wounds of the heart such as loss, hurt, guilt and fear, in turn relieving hypertension and stressful conditions due to these negative emotions. Promotes flexibility, self-forgiveness and patience, leading to enhanced feelings of love. It can assist in the expression of feelings and enhance verbal and artistic creativity. Helps one feel more comfortable speaking the truth. Helps develop personal confidence.
Chrysoprase: the Stone of Calm and Clarity. Balances conscious and unconscious energy. Encourages acceptance of self and others. This stone soothes the central nervous system and the energy of the heart when sad or conflicted, enhancing internal peace, harmony and contentment and allowing the wearer to experience greater flexibility, wisdom, generosity, and self-confidence. Assists in healing feelings of depression and excessive self-focus. Soothes and creates calm. Leads to intellectual insights and allows the wearer to become more open to new surroundings and situations. Stimulates creativity and draws out unknown talents.
Citrine: the Merchant's Stone or Stone of Abundance. A very versatile stone which dissipates negative energy and promotes positive energy, particularly warmth, joy and optimism. Promotes mental and emotional clarity, enhancing problem solving abilities, memory power, will power, optimism, confidence and self-discipline, in turn reducing anxiety, fear and depression. Increases motivation, particularly with regards to education and business matters. Enhances inner calm and a sense of security, making the wearer less sensitive and more open to constructive criticism. Helps in achieving goals. Teaches the wearer how to achieve wealth and prosperity, on a monetary level and in all other of life's aspects.
Copal (amber): excellent for strengthening the abilities of the mind and altered states of consciousness. Amplifies one's energy field.
Copper: recognized for its healing powers, copper is an excellent energy conductor that soothes arthritis, rheumatism and other bodily inflammations on a physical level and releases resentment and anger on a metaphysical level. Promotes exhaustion recovery and circulation and balances warm sun energy and cool lunar energy. Increases the wearer's ability to express and accept true feelings. Balances personal reserve and confidence.
Coral: the Witch Stone. A protective stone, coral has been used across the centuries by many cultures to ward against evil and bad luck. Facilitates intuition, imagination and visualization, and accelerates the transfer of knowledge to the wearer, quieting the emotions and bringing peace to the inner self.
Diamond: enhances purity, perfection, abundance and inspiration. It will absorb and amplify the thoughts, attitudes and energy of the wearer, however this includes any negative energy or weaknesses the wearer might possess. In all cases, the stone needs to touch the skin in order to increase its effectiveness.
Emerald: the Stone of Good Fortune. Improves fertility, loyalty, sensitivity, harmony, tranquillity. Assists in memory retention and mental clarity. Enhances feelings of peace, harmony, patience, love, fidelity and honesty, allowing the wearer to gain physical, emotional, and mental equilibrium. Blocks negative energy. Associated with the heart chakra because it accesses desires held deep within. Can assist in lifting depression and insomnia and providing the wearer with peaceful dreams. Historically used to strengthen the memory, aid eloquence and to reveal the truth or falsity of lover's oaths.
Fluorite: boosts stability, balance, order, discernment and concentration. Quiets the mind and decreases mental disorder, thereby encouraging spiritual awakening. Helps one to understand and maintain ideals, stimulates the sex drive and heightens intuitive powers.
Garnet: the Stone of Commitment, symbolising faith, love, persistence and trust. Augments feelings of devotion, love, emotional stability and order. Helps the wearer to develop an even flow of energy, sooths emotional stress and balances out anger at one's self that is held in and not expressed. Encourages strength and personal power, leading to a victorious attitude and success in one's endeavours. Traditionally given as a gift of love's attraction, a gift of estranged love or a gift of quick return. Also used to protect the wearer against the perils of travel. Associated with the sacral/spleen chakra.
Gold: considered the sun's metal, gold is essentially masculine in nature. Assists in developing spirituality, understanding and an attunement to nature. Attracts positive energy. An excellent all-purpose gem amplifier and electrical conductor. Strengthens the nervous and digestive systems. Attracts prosperity. Helps the brain work more efficiently.
Hematite: the Warrior's Stone. Excellent for the mind. A grounding and centering stone, it condenses scattered feelings, turns fuzziness into mental clarity, bolsters low self-esteem and enhances concentration and memory, helping those who study or do detailed mental work. Restores mental equilibrium and stability. Enhances sound sleep. Associated with the root chakra. Encourages ones survival instincts and allows for greater confidence, will power and boldness. Deflects negativity.
Iolite (water sapphire): represents truth, simplicity, and peace, helps the wearer to grow spiritually and to develop any latent psychic talents they might have. Iolite is considered to be a powerful shamanistic stone, can stimulate visions and is often used in psychic, healing and spiritual activities such as astral travel. It also encourages curiosity and is an excellent stone for meditation.
Jade (nephrite and jadeite): the Benevolent Stone. Promotes harmony, peace, fidelity, confidence, health, wealth and longevity. Used also to develop the attributes of courage, wisdom, justice, mercy, emotional balance, stamina, love, fidelity, humility and generosity. Enhances dreaming. Helps the wearer to rid themselves of negative thoughts and energy. Very beneficial to the heart in both physical and spiritual senses. It is a very protective stone and will keep its wearer out of harm's way. Jade bounds us to our earth energies and physical instincts.
Jasper: the Supremely Nurturing Stone. Provides protection and enhances awareness and insight. A grounding stone, it is a methodical and meticulous worker of practical, down to earth solutions. It has the ability to foster and nurture. Considered more effective if it is used for long periods of time because it works slowly. Each colour of Jasper has additional, specific qualities when used alone. Associated with the root chakra.
Jet: the Magicians Stone. Has absorbing qualities. Helps draw out negative energy. Especially useful for people who have unreasonable fears that limit their lives. Helps control mood swings and fights deep depression. Recommended for stimulating psychic experience and guiding one in the quest for spiritual enlightenment. If worn, it should be set in silver.
Kunzite: a powerful stone which is used to counter negative energy, empower positive and loving thoughts, boost communication skills and channel feelings of love and internal peace, thereby allowing the wearer to develop unconditional lovingness and compassion. Associated with the heart chakra, it opens the emotional and the spiritual heart. Used to assist in the healing of abuse, loss and addictions. Excellent for meditation. Helps emotional balance, confidence, and connection to one's higher self.
Kyanite: enhances tranquillity, communication and psychic awareness. Excellent for meditation and dream recall. Never needs cleaning or clearing, aligns all the chakras. Kyanite is used to interpret visions and dreams and enhances our natural ability to manifest things into reality via thoughts and visualization.
Labradorite: enhances intuition and the workings of the subconscious. Brings forth the wearer's strengths to share with the world. Promotes easier and more restful sleep. Helps the wearer relate to others.
Lapis Lazuli: the Stone of Truth. Used to promote knowledge, wisdom, creative expression and dream insight. Organizes and quiets the mind. Reduces anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, shyness and feelings of depression. Shelters the wearer while simultaneously amplifying the thought processes and aligning all the elements of the body and mind. Often worn at the throat.
Larimar: brings the tranquility of the sea to the heart and mind. Soothes and uplifts, reduces feelings of hurt, fear, depression and stress. Enhances the attributes of self-expression, patience and acceptance. Excellent for artists or those wishing to develop their artistic talent.
Lepidolite: the Stone of Rebirth. Enhances feelings of honesty, patience, stability, hope, and well-being. Assists the wearer during periods of change and transition by reducing stress and promoting a sense of calm and relaxation. Gently eases the intensity of strong emotional feelings, mood swings, worry and anxiety, bringing relief to the wearer and enhancing self-forgiveness, sound sleep and mental/emotional balance. Considered to be particularly good for students as it assists learning. Facilitates astral travel.
Malachite: assists transformation and spiritual development, clears the way to attain goals. Enhances the attributes of fidelity, loyalty and reasoning ability. Releases and draws out pain, inflammation, feelings of depression and anger, removes blocks. Cleanses the auric field, rapidly absorbing undesirable energies. Traditionally used as a guard against the evil eye along with coral.
Moldavite (meteorite): the Stone of Reincarnation. Promotes clarity and rapid change while simultaneously enhancing mental balance, and is therefore useful during exposure to new or unknown experiences. Assists astral travellers in developing extra-terrestrial and interdimensional access. Develops spirituality.
Moonstone: the Stone of Mother Earth. Enhances lunar and female energy. Promotes the emotional and intuitive senses, balances the wearer's emotional states. Helps women and men to be more comfortable with their feminine side, reducing feelings of aggression and soothing emotional stress and anxiety. Allows greater flexibility and acceptance in the wearer. Sometimes used for protection against the perils of travel, it encourages a lust for life and a youthful attitude.
Obsidian: the Stone of Purity. Dispels negativity, absorbs and dissolves anger and fear. Grounding, healing, protective. Helps one to clearly see one's flaws and changes that are necessary, brings about objectivity and disassociation and reduces flights of mental fantasy.
Onyx: centering, enhances self-control and provides intuitive guidance balance and strength to the mind and body. Absorbs and flattens emotional intensity, helps to diminish sadness during periods of grieving. Enhances self control and mental strength, promoting wise decision-making and control of one's future. Promotes fidelity.
Opal: the Rainbow Stone. Boosts creativity and enhances the imagination of the wearer. Amplifies and mirrors feelings, buried emotions and desires (especially those of love and passion) leading to less inhibition and more spontaneity in the wearer's life. Associated with visualization, imagination, dreaming, inspiration and healing.
Pearl: the Stone of Sincerity. Used for balancing the emotions. Pearls are a symbol of a pure heart and mind; innocence and faith. Pearl can cool and soothe and are considered to be mentally stabilizing for the wearer.
Peridot: traditionally used to attract health, wealth and protection. Allows one to better understand life's changes, the nature of our relationships, our destiny and the purpose of our existence. Alleviates feelings of depression, anger, fear, jealousy and anxiety.
Petrified wood: grounding, provides strength, encourages survival instincts, sooths emotions, generates calm and relieves stress. Assists the wearer in the investigation past-life experiences.
Prehnite: the Stone of Dreaming. Associated with the heart chakra, brings calmness and balance and is therefore perfect for meditation. It multiplies and increases energy and strengthens the wearer's protective fields. Used in divination, it enhances the ability to make contact with unseen entities, increases one's ability to prophesy and allows for inner knowing.
Pyrite: a symbol of the sun's energy, it shields the wearer from negative energy and is a good stone of protection. Helps to balance creative and intuitive impulses with scientific and practical ones. Eases anxiety and frustration. Like hematite, it enhances intellectual and memory capacity by channelling the attributes of focus, practicality and logic, clearing fuzzy thinking and reducing confusion. Particularly effective when tackling large conceptual ideas in business, the arts or education. Attracts money.
Quartz (rock crystal): the Stone of Power. Considered to be the most versatile and multipurpose stone, it enhances clarity of consciousness, amplifies energy and is used for transformation in healing and to effect all levels of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual change. Associated with all the chakras.
Rhodochrosite: the Stone of Balance. Enhances love energy. Excellent stone for balance in all areas. Gentle and yet probably the most vibrant stone to heal the heart chakra, especially in relation to giving and receiving love. Effective in reducing loneliness, loss, heartache, fear and insecurities, and for dealing with inner-child issues. Alleviates irrational fears and paranoia Enhances feelings of self-forgiveness, deservingness and trust, provides the wearer with a desire to live and a sense of purpose. Used in times of transition to providing comfort and support.
Rhodonite: the Stone of Love. Symbolizes self realization. Sooths the heart, grounds and balances, encouraging confidence and feelings of self worth and reducing confusion. Helps the wearer to express confidence and lovingness on the physical plane in day-to-day life. Calms and feeds the soul.
Rose Quartz: the Stone of Unconditional Love. Enhances feeling of beauty, peacefulness, forgivingness, lovingness, self-love and emotional balance. Associated with the heart chakra, it has a nurturing and soothing influence on the wearer and helps to diffuse negative stimuli and uncomfortable memories. Promotes the acceptance of change, even difficult change. Stimulates love and the tender appreciation of all things.
Ruby: The Stone of Nobility. An amplifier of all energy, both positive and negative, which can bring anger, jealousy or negativity to the surface quickly but also enhances feelings of love, courage, confidence, vitality, stamina, strength, leadership and spirituality. Attracts wealth and love, strengthens the physical and emotional heart, stimulates motivation and visualization.
Rutilated Quartz: intensifies the energy of the quartz crystal. Stimulates the brain. Provides inspiration and enhances clairvoyant abilities. Intensifies and deepens altered mind states, including meditative and dreaming states. Associated with the crown chakra.
Sapphire: the Stone of Heaven. The effects of sapphire and ruby are closely related as they are formed from the same mineral. Encourages feelings of joy, peacefulness and beauty. Associated with communication, insight, intuition, inspiration and spirituality. Brings luck, reduces anxiety, tension, feelings of depression and the desire to procrastinate. Associated with the throat chakra. May strengthen the wearer by posing challenges to overcome, also important stone for people with spiritual confusion, those involved in situations out of their control or those with concentration problems. Best worn next to the skin.
Selenite (crystal gypsum): enhances clarity of consciousness, awareness, insight and good judgement. Provides the wearer with mental focus, while simultaneously expanding mental sensitivity and fields of awareness. May help the wearer in "letting go" on both the physical and emotional planes. Aids in accessing past/future lives.
Serpentine: excellent for meditation. It can be used to clear clouded areas of all the chakras and especially to assist in opening the heart chakra. Believed to help activate the kundalini, or 'serpent fire' energies. Relaxes one's overall nature.
Silver: considered to be the moon's metal, a feminine planet, silver is traditionally believed to have a gentle, cooling and smoothing effect on both the wearer's emotions and on the properties of gemstones set within it. Improves eloquence, clarifies mental activity, provides emotional balance and patience. Excellent for mental, emotional and physical releasing and cleansing. Believed to reduce inflammation, fever and nervous system stress. Helps balance the functions of both sides of the brain. Connects physical and astral planes with each other.
Smoky Quartz: the Dream Stone. Dissolves negativity, grounds and balances the wearer. Heightens connection with nature. An excellent aid for meditation. Helps to fortify feelings of personal resolve, overcome feelings of depression and stress and reduce the incidence of nightmares, encouraging deep relaxation, self acceptance and loving connection with the body.
Sodalite: enhances logic, efficiency and truthfulness. Associated with the throat chakra, it boosts the wearer's verbal and writing communication skills, enhances intuitiveness and allows for the easy expression of logic and ideas information. Can strongly affect changes in your attitude about yourself by making you simultaneously more objective and less critical. Enhances community relationships via easier communication.
Spinel: calms and alleviates stress and feelings of depression. Promotes mental rejuvenation. Encourages moderation of all excesses and aids in the detoxification of both the blood and the mind. Helps lessen anxieties. Benefits the skin. Said to be an aid in fasting.
Star Sapphire: recommended for people who wish to awaken or heighten their psychic abilities. Works as a relaxing agent during times of extreme physical exertion. Healers of the spirit and the body are often drawn to this stone.
Sugilite: increases spiritual love, perfection, inspiration and confidence. Alleviates negative or destructive emotions. Protects the wearer by absorbing and dissolving anger, hurt and other unwanted energies, ultimately bringing peace of mind and a sense of well being. Helps balance right and left brain function. Used to help integrate the wearer into new surroundings. Enhances psychic abilities.
Sunstone: brings good luck and fortune, encourages feelings of optimism, happiness and joy. Energizes and empowers the wearer by warming the heart and rejuvenating the spirit, relieving stress, overcoming fear, promoting cheerfulness, benevolence and good humour. Used to protect and ground the wearer's life force, specifically by blocking energy vampires or those who are demanding, possessive, aggressive or overbearing, by breaking the bonds of possession and allowing separation from these energies. A good stone to strengthen the psyche.
Tiger's eye: the Stone of Independence. Earthy and grounding in nature, tiger's eye enhances optimism, insight and personal power. It attracts money, luck and psychic protection by amplifying and manifesting the attributes of courage, confidence, willpower and clear thinking. Tiger's Eye allows us to recognize both our talents and our faults, revealing our true needs and changing the negative emotions of anxiety, fear and obsessiveness into practicality and logic.
Topaz: the Stone of Personal Strength. Enhances feelings of true love, individuality, creativity and joy, in turn promoting understanding, compassion, kindness and empathy in the wearer. Opens and heals the hearts of those who have suffered emotionally while also protecting them from further emotional pain. Helps the wearer to visualize their thoughts and feelings. Sends positive energy to others. Especially useful for those in crisis or in need of motivation by calming the nervous system, lessening tension and increasing energy levels. Particularly beneficial to those who are problem solvers in the fields of the arts or science.
Tourmaline: the Stone of Passion. Promotes inspiration, understanding and self-confidence. Strengthens the body and spirit, transmutes lower frequency energies to a higher frequency of light and brings that light into the physical plane. A balancing stone.
Tourmalated quartz: combines the attributes of tourmaline and quartz. Boosts strength, balances the mind, provides energy for problem solving, actualises the innate strengths of the mind and body and eliminates destructive rigid thought patterns which have developed over long periods of time.
Turquoise: the Lucky Stone. This stone is one of the oldest known gemstones used by almost every culture on the planet as an absorber of negativity, protection from the evil eye and an attractor of good luck. It also increases the wearer's spiritual strength and enhances communication on every level: it encourages interaction between the heart and mind, allowing the wearer to express their desires and dreams; it also develops creativity, serenity and a sense of spiritual enlightenment through better verbal expression with others. It is known as the stone that connects heaven and earth, balances the yin and yang and attracts wisdom and truth. It protects one on all journeys, including that of life itself, by providing the mental and spiritual clarity to see all things clearly.
Zircon: promotes intuition, durability, steadiness, integrity, virtue and purity in the wearer. Associated with the crown chakra. Eases feelings of depression and insomnia. Traditionally used to nullify the effects of poison. Man-made (cubic Zirconia) is also effective.
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