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Properties of Semi-Precious Stones

Properties of Semi-Precious Stones

 

 

Agate

A variety of chalcedony that often, but not always, exhibits banded patterns, agate helps to cleanse and balance energies while eliminating negativity. It also strengthens the intellect and helps the user open to inspiration. It is good for general protection and healing, and increases courage, self-confidence, and energy and promotes longevity. According to lore, this stone also inspires fidelity, strengthens eyesight and helps to relieve thirst by deeply nourishing your physical body and fostering cooperation among all its parts. It’s also considered good for gardening.

Agate
(Blue Lace)

Attuned to the Water and Air elements, Blue Lace Agate’s energy is flowing and airy, and contains the energies of flight, air, grace and movement. It creates a feeling of relaxation and peacefulness, helping to release stress. It can be used to inspire ourselves, as well as others, and is said to help you reach "extremely high spiritual spaces".  It helps activate the third eye center. It is especially attuned to those with light blue in their auras. In the past, it was used to purify water. Blue Lace Agate is often helpful in the treatment of broken bones, capillary blockages, and aids in digestion.

Agate
(Moss)

Moss Agate provides healing and growth. It is thought to help bring peace and balance to those with excessive duty in their lives, and helps with self-esteem and emotional balancing. Moss Agate has long been thought helpful to the farmer and when worn while planting, is thought to ensure a good crop. Often called the "Gardener's Stone". Some mention it as useful in locating hidden "treasure" and bringing money to the user.

Moss Agate is thought to improve circulation and help in elimination of wastes and balances the blood sugar level.

Amazonite

This stone is a light bluish-green color, often with white stripes. It is considered gentle and friendly, and with an energy like taking a deep breath, this stone helps us to speak our personal truth. A soothing and calming stone, it aids us in releasing worries and fears so that we may communicate from the heart and break through our boundaries. It opens the throat, heart, and solar plexus centers for self-expression, artistic creativity, and healing. Bringing clarity of thought, it helps us to deal with chaos and find a place of centered harmony. It reduces self-damaging behavior, increases straight posture of self-respect, confidence, grace, and self-assuredness with communication. It is also thought to help in healing the throat, thyroid, nerve and brain paths.

Amber

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 bring the power of the sun into one’s life and used to help bring wealth, success, attraction, vitality, and joy. It has a calming effect that f acilitates healing through absorption and transmutation of negative energies to positive as it acts to purify one's body, mind, and spirit. As a result, it can also help with depression and suicidal tendencies. It is said to help to stabilize the connection between the conscious self and universal perfection. It also offers protection for the sensitive person.

It is claimed that Amber is used to best effect by those who suffer from throat infections and diseases, those who have bronchial disorders or those who are prone to asthma or convulsions, also rheumatism, intestinal disorders, earache, bladder trouble, goiters, nerves or bone-marrow deficiencies.

Amethyst

Cool and relaxing, amethyst is a purple variety of quartz crystal. Symbolizes healing, purification and spiritual power, and is good at focusing energy. It brings calmness and serenity to the wearer, which aids in spiritual quests and wearing it helps promotes meditation, peace, tranquility and oneness with your spiritual goals. It is believed to aid intuition and insight, and many people believe it aids in divination, and will sometimes keep a piece of amethyst with rune sets, decks, and other divination tools. If an amethyst is placed under the pillow or worn during sleep, it can sometimes bring meaningful dreams.

When worn, Amethyst can be a good protection stone, protecting against psychic attack, nightmares, depressive moods and stress.

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. 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.

Aventurine

Most commonly pale to mossy green in color, aventurine radiates a calming energy. Aventurine further stimulates creativity, intellect and independence. It enhances leadership qualities allowing the wearer to be more perceptive, act decisively, and with strengthened intuitive power. It is also a good luck stone, especially in financial matters.

Aventurine is a great healing stone, giving a sense of mental and emotional well-being. It is used in shielding the heart, healing and balancing the emotions and the physical body. It focuses its healing effects on the organs, lifting and strengthening them, dispelling the low and disharmonious energies.

Orange Aventurine

Called the "Whisper Stone", Peach Aventurine is sometimes used to help reach the quiet state necessary for meditation. It is considered beneficial for shyness and persons who worry too much. Thought to help quiet critical self-talk, reduce anxiety and worry. It has been known to assist people with breaking old emotional ties that are no longer healthy. It tends to move bodily fluids giving a sense of being 'hot blooded'. It can bring on emotional release by bring up issues related to past life experiences. It can boost the immune system if placed over the thymus gland with intention. It draws out negative thought forms.

Orange Aventurine is very warming, even feverish. It helps to increase the temperature of the skin by moving blood and creating inner heat. It is good for people who are always cold, and is associated with the heat of the desert, especially that of Australia . It can be used to detoxify by activating the lymph glands. It can also help with genital and reproductive diseases and even, possibly, cancer.

Black Onyx

This solid - feeling stone is excellent for grounding negativity and relieving stress. Onyx is soothing and helps you to focus, to banish grief, change bad habits, and remove anxieties and fears.

Bloodstone

Translucent or opaque green with blood red splashes.  It protects against evil gossip and rumor, deters treachery and blackmail, and increases courage and charitability. It revitalizes love, relationships and friendships. It brings purification, orderliness, prosperity, and instills wisdom, enhances creativity, and supports decision-making.

Bloodstone is an intense healing stone and is especially useful for blood disorders. It strengthens your immune system and keeps it alert and responsive to your body's needs.  Over time it teaches the wearer more about body awareness and highlights areas that need attention. These areas may be physical, emotional or attitudinal. It helps us remember and clear any sources of negativity. It gives one courage and self confidence. Bloodstone also facilitates the removal of toxins from your body and enhances your cells' absorption of nutrients.

 

Fluorite

 

Though it grows in many colors, fluorite is most common in purple and green. It grows in a very ordered crystalline structure, and works to bring stability and order into the wearer's life as well. The purple stones help with intuition, and the green is very cleansing. Fluorite brings order from chaos. A third eye stone, this is an excellent choice for meditation, allowing the user to more easily achieve silence within and to find the place where all knowledge is accessible. It acts as a protective, psychic shield and auric cleanser. An aid in study and intellectual pursuits, it helps to increase concentration, and allow clear and detached reasoning. It also helps relationships and encourages and sustains the flawless ideal of health, intellect and emotional well-being.

Garnet

Garnet is said to be the "stone of health".  It helps dissolve negative energy and speeds up manifestation by bringing your creative energies to the forefront.  Garnet has a loving energy and monitors the flow of energy to the psychic centers. 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. Garnet is very cleansing and purifying.  Stimulates creativity, confidence, security, and passion, and can heighten sexual awareness.

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 their "Moontime".

Goldstone

Goldstone is a man-made stone, comprised of glass infused with flecks of Copper.  It is believed to store the energy of those who touch it, making it an excellent gift for loved ones who are far away.  It also contains the properties of copper. It is gently uplifting, reduces tension, mildly helpful to the solar plexus, as well as helpful for stomach tension, and for the protection of the center of the body.  It is said to be a good 'conductor' of energies from the higher realms to our world.

Goldstone
(Blue)

A man-made stone, Blue Goldstone is a stone of wisdom and science, teaching us to reach for the stars, and reminding us of the light within darkness. It is infused with copper sparkles, a powerful energy generator.

Hematite

A blackish gray metallic stone, Hematite has connections to the elements of Earth and Fire. It is called the "stone of the mind" and it helps with memory, focusing attention, intellectual knowledge and the realizations of limitations. It is a calming stone, helping to stabilize and balance the nervous system and brings balance between the body, mind and spirit.  It helps in attaining a meditative state and to feel more grounded - it gets rid of fuzzy-headedness or that light headed feeling.  Some say Hematite is reflective, and will protect the user from negative energy by reflecting it back to its source, while others believe Hematite can absorb both positive and negative energy, though it is most often used to absorb negative energy. It is a very easy stone to clear and cleanse, and thus can be used multiple times in the absorption of energy.

The root "hem/o" means "blood". When ground or cut, this blackish gray metallic stone forms a reddish powder. It is also said to calm and soothe, reducing stress and blood pressure, aiding with certain blood disorders.

Howlite

Howlite is a soft white stone with black or gray inclusions. Gently absorbs and uplifts stress, tension, anxiety, emotional intensity, etc. Quietly loving, calming. Works with the heart center, bringing greater gentleness, patience, tact. It has also been known to boost creativity and to help get past creative mental blocks. It works with issues of procrastination by encouraging the wearer and highlighting excuses that lack validity by helping to clear any pattern of attitude that may be keeping one from moving forward. It helps one to prioritize, let go, and accomplish and does not accept any excuses. It helps one to surrender. For those who tend to see everything as either "black or white”, or take life too seriously, it helps to reduce criticalness.

It has an affinity for our skeletal structure, including our teeth, and aids with calcium absorption and distribution. It helps to regulate the body's calcium levels and aids to strengthen skeletal communication.

Howlite
(Turquoise)

This is a dyed version of white Howlite, and is often mistaken for Turquoise. It generally has all of the same properties as white Howlite, with some minor differences. Howlite already has similar benefits to turquoise, and the dyed version seems to be more like turquoise than the white variety. It is used for creativity, calming, and reducing anxiety and tension.  It also encourages emotional expression, subtlety and tact, lessoning rudeness.  As well as helping to eliminate pain, stress and rage.  It is a simple and gentle stone that aids sleep and helps to bring back wisdom from the dream state. It can also assist in loosening and dispersing muscular tension.

Jade

Sacred to both the Chinese and the Mayans, this solid - looking moss - green stone is said to bless everything it touches. It facilitates wisdom, mercy, humility, generosity, peace and harmony and devotion to purpose. Said to be a "dream-stone", jade placed under one's pillow will bring about dreams that are lucid and restorative, and can help one to remember their dreams. It aids in finding one's path and manifesting dreams into reality, the realization of one’s potential. It helps provide confidence and self-sufficiency by helping to build inner strength. It raises consciousness and helps balance and heal the entire being by balancing the male and female energies within. It is a protective stone against illness, and is considered lucky when worn as jewelry.

Light Green Jade

See Jade

African Jade

See Jade

Jasper
(Dalmatian)

Native Americans believe that jasper brings rain. The word for Jasper in some Native American cultures meant rain-bringer.

Jasper was thought to drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites. It is said to provide protection, and to have a calming effect, giving stability and security. Jasper is also said to balance one's physical, emotional and intellectual states.

Jaspers are considered the Patron Stone to Counselors and Therapists. Jasper is considered useful as an overall healing gemstone and is said to bring joy into life. Wearing jasper was believed to strengthen the stomach and was also believed to cure gynecological problems. Thought to be important for women during childbirth - holding a piece of Jasper in the hand during childbirth is said to help relieve pain and guard the mother and child.

Brown Jaspers are thought to be grounding and centering.  Jasper is often used for protection, to nurture and protect against negativity. Dalmatian Jasper is just the stone you need when you want a pick-me-up. Jasper helps us release our tendencies to over think or over analyze things. When you wear it, your mood lifts immediately. Make sure you wear it to places you are expecting to have a dull time.

Dalmatian Jasper is useful for Tissue regeneration and promotes healing. 

Jasper
(Picture)

This is a very stabilizing and balancing stone, that is said to Aid in visualization and meditation.

Jasper
(Red)

This form of Jasper is said to attract a love affair or maintain passion. It helps with conflict and aggression, while helping to promote grace and perseverance.

Jet

Also known as Witch’s Amber, or Black Amber, it is similar to coal, and is a form of fossilized wood that is always black. Jet helps prevent deep depression by protecting the wearer from fear and grounding negativity. Jet can keep others from intruding on your space, and ward off evil influences. Jet aids grieving, as well as protect against violence and illness. It is also helpful in stabilizing finances, and is said to be used in healing to control and ease migraines and pain behind the eyes, as well as stomach aches and toothaches.

Lapis

Lapis helps you to access the unknown universal knowledge and have the wisdom to understand it.  It is a high intensity stone that helps expand awareness and intellect, cleansing the spirit to help bring out inner truth and peace.  When there are emotional issues that cause disease, Lapis helps diminish the external symptoms and release problems related to the disease.  This stone eases depression and balances male and female energies, bringing stability. It is also a protective stone.  Lapis Lazuli harmonizes your heart and mind as it forges stronger bonds between them. The energy radiated by Lapis can help you experience the energy and power you possess within.   A powerful thought amplifier.

Malachite

This is a dense stone of light and darker green whorls and striations and has a grounding earthy energy. 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. It is often used to ensure fidelity in relationships. Malachite can bring balance and peace, and is believed to bring restful sleep. Malachite is seen to be both soothing and energizing, and helps release negative emotions and bring about spiritual harmony.

Malachite promotes harmony and improves communication throughout your physical body. Its soothing energy moves down and up the inside of your body in rhythmic waves, alerting your body to its own disharmonies and healing ever more deeply-seated areas of distress.   Malachite lets every cell of the body know what is happening in every other cell.   It is also said to improve sleep.

Mother
of Pearl

Mother of Pearl comes from the glossy pearly inside of pearl oyster shell and isn’t a stone. Traditionally it is considered a symbol of a mother's love and is thought to bring protection to the wearer. It carries the gentle, peaceful healing energy of the sea that helps on to relax by soothing emotions, sensitivity, and stress. Mother-of-Pearl helps to stimulate intuition, imagination, creativity and adaptability, and can help with clarity in decision-making.  Mother-of-Pearl is often associated with money and riches and talismans to bring wealth are sometimes made with this gemstone. It also said to help regulate the fluids in the body.

Green Nephrite

Nephrite, which is a from of Jade, has a clearing energy about it that also helps to stabilize the emotions. It can help tap into ancient wisdom, and help one realize the reasons behind negative feelings, which in turn, allows one to purge and or transform them to the positive, bringing emotional strength. The result of such healing can lead to a spiritual reawakening. Nephrite is also used to help with the health of the heart, and for tissue regeneration. It can assist with arthritis by placing it on painful joints and if placed over the eyes it will help with night blindness.

Also see Jade.

Obsidian
(Black)

This stone aids with objectivity, removes unwanted attachments, and grounds. It reduces the need for fantasy or escapism. It absorbs and dissolves anger, criticism, fear, etc. and is thus protective against all of these things. It absorbs dark and converts to white light. It is considered a friendly stone, and it cannot be misused. It brings higher light into the lower realms, and in the process, it is cleansing and uplifting. It changes fear into flexibility and balances overall.

Obsidian
(Mahogany)

As with all Obsidians, Mahogany Obsidian is considered extremely protective, probably because of the high iron content. It is thought to improve self-acceptance by removing negative thoughts about self. Mahogany Obsidian is most commonly thought to be a gemstone that reflects back to us (mirrors) our own flaws, in no uncertain terms, for the energy of Mahogany Obsidian is not thought to be subtle energy. It is said to induce visions and dreams that reveal to us our own part in the difficult areas of our lives. It is also used to help improve circulation and relieve tension.

Obsidian
(Snowflake)

This volcanic rock shows snowflake like inclusions of a white mineral. Its energy is restful and serene. Snowflake obsidian can help the wearer recognize and transmute negative patterns and modes of thought and can help to transform negativity into a positive and bring peace and balance to mind and body. It is also said to protects against nightmares and emotional draining.

Onyx

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. It is believed to improve concentration and give physical strength and emotional stability. Onyx is for wise decision-making, dispels grief, encourages happiness and brings good fortune. Onyx can help you break undesirable patterns or habits and help to dispel nightmares.   Enhances self-control and self-confidence.  Promotes personal strength, both mentally and physically. Good protective stone that helps to release old relationships and keeps away general negativity. It is also thought to reduce the pain of childbirth.

Pearl

Pearl is often used for its beauty as well as its healing properties. It is associated with, purity, innocence, honesty, love, friendship, patience, understanding, faith, and peace. It will teach about love and beauty and is considered a protector of virginity. It has a tendency to increase the emotions, thus making them easier to appreciate or change. Pearl s enhance personal integrity and help clear the mind so that it can be a clean channel for wisdom and spiritual guidance.  Enhances sincerity, truth and loyalty and bring calming reflection.  Pearl has a tendency to reflect your true or higher self. Very absorbing in nature. It can help one to face their darkest fears. It heightens our appreciation of music and can be used when singing, toning, or chanting.

Some say the growth of a pearl parallels the potential growth of a human being. We begin as an irritation, then slowly, through patience, hidden from the view of other men, gradually grow into something of beauty.

The pearl is said to relieve indigestion when ground up and drank--however, this is a rather expensive antacid. Thought to increase fertility and ease the pain of childbirth.

Pearl
(Freshwater)

Biwa, or freshwater pearls, consist of solid pearl material, or nacre, whereas ocean pearls usually have only a small layer of nacre over a large mother of pearl center (cultured). Cultured ocean pearls have less healing energy. Biwa pearls are higher quality freshwater pearls and may be natural or cultured. Cultured pearls have only a very thin coating of the pearl material (nacre) and therefore have a mixed energy vibration. Natural pearls are much better for healing work.

Also see Pearl , since freshwater pearls basically have the same healing properties as regular pearls, only better.

Pearl
(Freshwater
Peacock)

See Freshwater Pearl , and Pearl .

Quartz

The greatest of all healing stones, Quartz radiates the white light energy of the Universe. Clear quartz crystal can be used for a variety of things and is often used with other stones to help amplify the abilities of those stones. This mineral amplifies, focuses and stores energy and information. It can be used to clear and activate the energy centers of the body, for purification, healing, in meditation, visualization, and trance work, to dispel negativity, enhance and seal the aura and for many other uses. Wearing quartz facilitates meditative states and psychic awareness, but can leave the wearer feeling somewhat spacey, so it is not recommended for prolonged duration. Wearing it can also help to ground.

Quartz
(Cherry)

Cherry Quartz is a beautiful manmade glass from China , a sparkling mixture of clear glass and swirls of deep pink. It is made from glass melted in a furnace and then combined with a coloring agent to produces the swirling inclusions or "needles" that give it its unique look. It is then cooled, cut, faceted and polished like a gemstone.

Cherry Quartz is considered a healer for emotional wounds, and helps to dissipate anger and tension.

Rose Quartz

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 is used to increase self love and feelings of self worth. It brings healing and clarity to the heart and allows the wearer to learn to trust again, helping to enhance the love vibration in relationships. It can also be used to attract love. 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, love.

Also see Quartz

Rhodonite

A pink stone with black inclusions, Rhodonite works with the heart, stabilizing your emotions. It also soothes nightmares, stress, heartache, and loss, by bringing order to confusing feelings that are scattered, imbalanced, or ungrounded. It calms and feeds the soul through the heart by gradually transforming your emotional foundation, making it more solid and secure. When your emotional foundation is improved, your body and emotions can find harmony with each other and respond to life situations in appropriate, healthy ways. . It helps us to express confidence and lovingness on the physical plane in day-to-day ways. It helps to build self-affirmation and self-love, which fosters the ability to remain calm in arguments and resolve disagreements in a loving way.

Rhodonite has also been know to help with speech, hearing problems, growth, fear, and illnesses of the lungs such as emphysema and asthma.

Sodalite

Sodalite is a good stone for general communication and writing, by helping with logic, ideas, and truth. It helps one arrive at conclusions logically instead of emotionally while eliminating confusion, and it does this by helping a person to be more objective and less critical.  It balances body energy levels via the thyroid, pituitary, lymph, and other glands. It frees your physical body of the negative mental energies that impede the body's functioning and interfere with the expression of its true energetic nature.

It boosts the immune system, and helps with problems with the throat, insomnia, neck, mouth, hearing, and blood sugar. It is cooling and drawing for infections, burns, sinus inflammations, high blood pressure, etc.

Tigers Eye

Tiger Eye enhances psychic abilities, balance and brings clarity to thoughts. It can help to discipline one’s sexual and emotional life and allows one's life to open and blossom. Tigers Eye is a stone that stimulates wealth and helps to maintain it. It brings strength, independence, practicality, softens stubbornness and balances male/female energy.  It boosts confidence and courage, and can draw people and material possessions to the wearer.  Tigers Eye is also known to be very protective, and is often used to protect the wearer when traveling.

Tigers Eye
(Red)

Red Tigers Eye has all of the abilities of regular Tigers Eye, but the red color helps more with the emotional side of things, bringing discipline to emotions such as anger and rage. It helps to soften and balance those emotions, channeling them into useful energy that helps to further boost confidence and courage without the negative side effects.

Turquoise

Turquoise is used for cleansing and protection, and is often referred to as the "master healer".  It is good at absorbing negativity, helping one to release shame and guilt. It is a grounding stone that provides strength and protection during meditation.  It brings peace of mind as well as clarity. It balances male and female energies, induces wisdom and understanding and increases intuition. It can also attract friendships, luck, and happiness. Some have used it to help with eye problems.

Unakite

A mottled green stone with pink markings, Unakite is a stone with gentle but powerful energy. It is associated with transpersonal healing, balances emotions, and encourages Higher Love. Unakite brings unconditional love of humanity, connection and reunion. It can help with healing of abandonment and separation issues and gently releases blocks from old heart wounds. It has also been said that Unakite is a good stone for gardening, and can help one find their animal spirit guide or totem.

Unakite is said to benefit the organs, especially the heart, circulatory system, muscle, soft tissue, female reproductive system, male reproductive system (to a lesser extent), and can ease pregnancy and the birthing process. It draws out disharmony in the tissues and fascia resulting in a release of negative cellular memory and an increase in fluidity and relaxation. It cycles through the organs, lymphatic system, and soft tissues, raising the superphysical vibratory rate. Tissues will relax while gaining elasticity and resilience. Relaxes muscles allowing them to reduce their tightness and unknot. It feels like a hot bath or massage. It guides our intuition and allows us to get to the core of the underlying problem and begin to heal it.

 

 

Properties of Metal

 

Copper

Excellent energy conductor! Sends and amplifies thoughts, healing, and gem electrical energy into wearer's energy field. Next to skin: Detoxes and soothes arthritis, rheumatism, other inflammation problems, stomach, intestines, etc. Warms, releases resentment, anger, etc. built up in joints as arthritis. Exhaustion recovery, circulation, balances warm sun energy and cool lunar energy. Energize with sun.

Gold

Traditionally a symbol of masculine and solar energies, gold draws the light of the Sun into the wearer, bringing vitality and confidence. Its energy is active and mobilizing, helping to turn goal into reality. It can be used in matters of wealth, manifestation, self - confidence, purification, attracting honors and to stabilize and energize the properties of gemstones. It enhances joy and a positive outlook. Healing, promotes abundance.

Silver

Traditionally a symbol of feminine and lunar energies, silver draws the light of the Moon into the wearer. Silver calms and balances the emotions and helps the wearer to reflect on their situation, allowing them to trust in their higher self. It aids in spiritual pursuits, psychic perception, intuition, subtle magnetism, dispelling negativity and bringing secrets to light. It has a relaxed, reflective energy and can enhance and empower stones that are placed with it. While gold radiates energy outward, silver's action changes the person from within.