Precious and semi-precious gemstones have been used since recorded history and probably before, for spiritual, emotional and physical healing. On a cellular level, our bodies and quartz crystal are both made up of mineral silicon-dioxide. Because of this, we are naturally receptive to the vibrations of crystals as they transmit, reflect, store light and receive energy.
Here are flip boxes of the most commonly used precious and semi-precious stones and their metaphysical symbolism, healing properties, and spiritual meaning. We offer this information for reference and inspiration. In no way are these properties meant to replace diagnosis and treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.
Agates are earth stones. Overall, agates are gentle, nourishing, and strengthening, with a lower intensity than many other gemstones. Individual types of agate have their own personal healing properties.
Amazonite helps to harmonize apparently different motivations and interests by bringing the truth to light without emotionality, and allowing one to see another point of view. It is good for meditation and inner work to clarify inner conflicts and confusion and integrate the self.
Amber carries the energy of the sun, warmth, and wellbeing. It is nurturing and good for people recovering from illness or who are needing comfort. It can transmute negative or stagnate energies into positive energy like a sunny day lifts the spirits. In this way it can be protective.
Amethyst is a powerhouse stone. It vibrates at a high frequency, creating a bubble of spiritual protection against negative energy. It awakens higher consciousness, assists in wise decision-making free of emotional confusion, and facilities meditation and intuition.
Green apatite helps sooth the nervous system and maintains inner balance. Blue apatite enhances psychic awareness and opens the mind to insight and inspiration.
Aquamarine cools anger and helps create a calm, centred, relaxed but alert state with balanced energy. It is a stone of the Divine Feminine – teaching a form of power that is yielding and yet resilient, and letting you speak your truth clearly from a place of inner knowing rather than reactivity.
Aragonite bolsters inner core strength helping you confront painful feelings and embrace past wounds. This clears the way for lasting positive emotional states. It is both calming and energizing, balancing the energy system and chakras.
Green Aventurine is known as the ‘Lucky Talisman’ or ‘Stone of Opportunity’ for its good luck properties. Its deeper purpose is to help you release old habits and patterns so you are ready for new opportunities and growth and can move forward with confidence.
Azurite stimulates the third-eye chakra, enhancing inner vision, dreams, and psychic powers. It helps with learning concepts, and ideas-anything related to insight, the mind, understanding, making connections, and seeing possibilities.
Bloodstone assists us in facing the hard realities and challenges of Earthly life with courage and nobility. It does this by strengthening the root chakra, purifying the aura, and grounding one fully in the physical body. By bringing us into balance, it bolsters our inner vitality.
There are many varieties of calcite and each has specific properties. In general, calcite is gentle and revitalizing and works to clear energy blockages in the body’s energy systems. You can match the colour of calcite to the chakra it works with: Blue=Throat, Green & Pink=Heart, Red=Root.
Carnelian is about action. Carnelian provides a powerful boost to your willpower, with the physical energy and drive to back it up. If your heart wants something, carnelian can give you the confidence and power to go for it.
Chrysoprase is one of the best stones for healing a broken heart and preparing your heart for a new relationship. It also helps when facing threatening situations, strengthening your ability to stay centered in your heart and act from compassion rather than fear or anger.
By activating your imagination and your will, citrine helps you clearly envision what you want, your dreams and goals. It then gives you the persistence to see it through.
Crystal provides clarity of mind and thought. It raises one's vibration, balances auric field and initiates a mediation state of mind.
Fluorite clears and clarifies mental clutter. If you are confused and distracted by too many ideas, or worries about the future, fluorite will put your mental mess in order, enabling you to focus on what really matters.
Garnets help you turn your visions into physical reality. The six types of garnets help with different types of levels of manifestation. The most represented in jewelry is pyrope garnet. This type of garnet helps the wearer release guilt and shame, open to receiving love.
Golden Obsidian (or Gold Sheen Obsidian) supercharges your ability to manifest and create success in the world. It can help in all issues related to the will, such as clearing the negative effects of abuse of power and clarifying your true motivations.
Hematite is the most powerful gemstone to use for grounding. It can help you clear away confusion and orient you toward practical action in the real world.
Iolite supports and facilitates inner vision. It helps you to understand and release issues from the past, including past lives, and brings forth your innate creativity.
Green jade carries the energy of the Earth and nature, providing a wholesome, nurturing energy that uplifts and soothes the heart. It draws the abundance of nature into your life, helping you create physical prosperity and wellbeing.
There are several dozen types of jasper which each have unique properties, but in general jaspers all share the property of connecting the wearer with Earth energy and have a grounding and stabilizing effect.
Different colours of kyanite have unique properties. Blue is the most common, and is a stone that enables communication. It creates pathways that heal by bridging blocks and aiding communication between disparate parts of the self, or between people.
Labradorite awakens psychic abilities such as telepathy and prophecy. It facilitates self-mastery and awareness of multiple layers of reality at the same time; thus it is a good stone for shamanic work.
Lapis Lazuli is a stone with royal energy; in that it helps you uncover and access your inner nature. It activates psychic abilities and intuition, connecting you to spiritual guidance and visionary awareness. It helps you discern and speak the truth, as well as discover your truest inner self.
Larimar empowers you to speak directly from the heart. It is one of the best stones for diffusing anger and transmuting it to relaxed, clear communication. It helps you tap into a deep sense of calm that transcends the current situation and your emotional responses to it.
Malachite is a stalwart protector and bolsterer of your strength and willpower. It helps you access your innate power and protects you from negativity as you take action in the world.
Moonstone is a stone of feminine power and mystery. It assists in journeying inwardly and finding hidden truths in our unconscious and in past lives. It enhances intuition and encourages the wisdom and patience to trust divine timing.
Obsidian is an earth-stone, activating the root chakra and grounding you in your connection to the Earth. It clears the aura of negative energy.
Ocean Jasper encourages seeing the positive aspects of life, and letting go of the negative. It is helpful for people suffering from depression, as it gently lifts the spirits and helps one appreciate the present moment and the beauty of life.
Onyx focuses and directs your energy toward your goals, helping you stay the course. It can help you rebuild your vitality after a prolonged illness or period of depletion, and is useful for work that requires disciplined focus and perseverance.
Opal’s fire carries a spiritual energy that burns through attachments, wounds, and negative patterns. It can amplify your emotions, bringing semi-conscious patterns to the surface of your awareness to be dealt with. When these are cleared, it also amplifies joy.
Natural pearls are unique gems in that they are created biologically by a sea mollusc adding successive layers of material consisting of shell, aragonite, and calcite. As such they do not have the natural crystalline structure of most crystals that are used for healing.
Peridot is a positive energy stone. It vibrates with the energy of sunshine, showering you with blessings and abundance. It can help you release past hardships, and step into a new reality of fruitful goodness.
Clear quartz is the most useful and versatile of gemstones for metaphysical work. It has the unique property of being ‘Programmable’, meaning you can infuse it with your intention and then it will amplify it, working on your behalf to manifest it in the world.
Rainbow Obsidian helps one take the journey to the root cause of emotional distress in order to resolve it. It acts by being a bridge to bring Light into wounded and dark places, allowing them to heal. Like black obsidian, it also clears and purifies the aura.
Rainforest Jasper connects you to Planet Earth, the joy of being alive and the desire to be in balance with nature. It can help you realign your busy life and help you let go of negative physical habits like overeating or smoking, and create a naturally healthy state.
Rhodochrosite is a powerful stone for emotional healing. It helps you gently revisit painful childhood memories, heal the past, and reclaim the parts of yourself that you may have suppressed or disowned emotional survival. It is also a stone of joy and nurturing.
Rhodonite helps you understand your gifts, and supports you to use them in the world. This stone is about feeling loved by offering your love through contributing to your community according to your life’s purpose. It can also help you decipher inner visions related to your destiny and purpose.
Rose Quartz is the classic stone of love. It helps dissolve old hurts and open the heart to trust in love and have faith in the benevolence of the Universe. It is a great stone to place in your home or workplace to increase the vibration of harmony and love in the environment.
Smoky Quartz clears negative energies from the environment by grounding them in the Earth. It also serves as a general grounding stone by keeping your feet on the ground and helping you handle practical matters.
When you are feeling hopeless, snowflake obsidian can help you regain your courage to persevere, and help you see opportunities you may have overlooked to improve your situation.
Sodalite stimulates the mind and consciousness to create enhanced intuition, creativity, and powers of analysis and observation. It can be a guide in looking deeply inside to discover where you are in your life’s path and where you need to go.
Tanzanite is a powerful stone for activating compassion and increasing the ability to speak the truth in your heart. It is an integrating stone that helps awaken an enlightened consciousness based in wholeness.
Tiger Eye helps you stay centred and calmly practical despite the ups and downs of life. It helps you to take life as it comes and respond to the needs of the moment without judgement. It lends endurance and keeps you in the best state of mind to deal with problems as they come without getting overwhelmed, hopeless, or reactionary.
Topaz comes in many colours which have different properties. White/clear topaz acts as a magnifier, helping you manifest what you focus on. Golden topaz also helps manifestation, but more slowly and with more emphasis on connecting and accepting your life path. Blue topaz is a magnifier for psychic abilities.
Tourmaline comes in a wide variety of types and colours. Watermelon tourmaline combines pink and green tourmaline, bringing the energies of both and creating an ideal stone for working with the heart. Watermelon tourmaline carries the frequency of natural joy and beauty.
Like most blue gemstones, turquoise activates the throat chakra, helping us speak our wisdom and truth. Turquoise encourages to accept ourselves. The gift of turquoise is in bringing an awareness to ourselves that we are to be understood and embraced.