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Gemstone Meanings

Discover your favorite gemstone meanings on Stonehinged.com. Throughout history the primary use for gems has been for their healing and spiritual rituals. The power the gems imparted to their wearers, made the rare and beautiful gems precious.

Gems are storehouses of power, which is transmitted through contact with one's body. Kings and queens would have gemstones set in their crowns to obtain their potencies. They connected the monarchs with forces enabling them to rule guided by cosmic energies. Priests of different religions used gems in rings for similar reasons. Gems exhibit their power in a beneficial or detrimental way - depending on how they are used.

The inherent powers of gemstones are recognized by modern science in the technological uses of crystals in watches, lasers, and computers, but the more subtle potencies, such as their ability to promote physical healing in the body, or their power to help balance human emotions, elude modern science.

The metaphysical descriptions of gemstones we handcraft in our necklaces, earrings and bracelets can be found below. Click on the links to shop as well as discover more about gemstone meanings and properties.

Meaning of Agate

Agate ~ Protection Stone

Believed to attract strength and offer protection from bad dreams, stress and the draining of energy. Agate is said to awaken talents. Worn for general good luck, family happiness and for those interested in spiritual awareness.

Meaning of Amber

Amber ~ Improves Decision Making

Fossilized tree resin from ancient forests. Usually transparent, though sometimes translucent. Most valued pieces contain preserved insects. Warriors once carried amber charms for luck in battle; associated with sensuality, love and wealth.

Meaning of Amethyst

Amethyst ~ Stone of Spirit

Amethyst is a stone of the mind; brings calmness and clarity; helps you to get in touch with your intuition, your feelings, or your values; aids sobriety, alcohol, food, and other addictions. Eases compulsive/obsessive behavior.

Meaning of Aquamarine

Aquamarine ~ Arouses Good Feelings

Arouses feelings of sympathy, trust, harmony and friendship. According to legend it originated in the treasure chest of mermaids. Steeped in old tradition, it promises a happy marriage and is said to bring the woman who wears it joy and wealth into the bargain.

Meaning of Carnelian

Carnelian ~ Energy Booster

Want more pep in your life? Wear Carnelian and feel the energy flow to you. Said to have mental grounding powers, Carnelian also gives courage, guards and protects the wearer from anger, jealousy and calms fear. Helps lessen feelings of guilt.

Meaning of Citrine

Citrine ~ Dissipates Negative Energy

Warm energy, promotes optimism. Also attracts abundance, and is known as the "merchants' stone", to be placed where one conducts business, to not only acquire positive wealth, but to maintain it. Good for mental focus, endurance, and self-esteem.

Meaning of Coral

Coral ~ Protection

Skeletal remains of small marine animals (no harvested living coral used in our jewelry). Symbolizes attachment; believed to aid against natural disasters, disease, bad luck and jealous friends; Eases depression, dispels nightmares.

Meaning of Garnet

Garnet ~ Success in Business

Helps to become motivated and productive, attracts good luck in business ventures. The stone of passionate devotion – to your family, your friends, yourself, and your purpose or goals. Stimulates the senses, and increases vitality and stamina.

Meaning of Goldstone

Goldstone ~ Renews Strength

Enhances contemplations; lifts the spirit; physical stimulator; renews strength, balances energies. Not for the shy and self-effacing; keeps your feet grounded by not allowing you to become overwhelmed or bigheaded with newfound fame.

Meaning of Hematite

 

Hematite ~ Grounding and Stabilizing

Egyptians believed cured hysteria and anxiety; a strong "grounding" stone to help people feel calm and centered; increases the ability to concentrate. Reputed to be calming and soothing, which makes it a good choice for "worry" stones.

Meaning of Jade

Jade ~ Fidelity

Aids in healing and renews hope; the ultimate symbol of serenity, wisdom and balance; alleviates anxiety and fear based emotions; known for good luck and prosperity. Traditional charm for gardeners; reputed to ensure bountiful harvests.

Meaning of Jasper

Jasper ~ Supreme Nurturer

Power and protection. Gives one courage to speak out and have personal independence; stone of the earth; a very "grounding" stone; once considered a Warriors Stone, it knows of loyalty, inner strength, and standing up for personal beliefs.

Meaning of Kyanite

Kyanite ~ Bridges Mind and Matter

A powerful stone of manifestation toward reaching your hopes, dreams and desires. A calming stone, it helps to quiet the mind, dissolving emotional, mental, or spiritual confusion, and letting go of anxiety. Particularly good at dissolving anger and frustration.

Meaning of Labradorite

Labradorite ~ Power Stone

Allows you to see through illusions and determine the actual form of your dreams and goals. It's excellent for strengthening intuitions. Use to stimulate imagination, develop enthusiasm and thus, new ideas, and to see more clearly in meditation.

Meaning of Lapis

Lapis ~ Understanding the Mind

Balances the mind and brings wisdom, awareness; known as the "Stone of the Teachers"; represents friendship, truth; reputed to bring about harmony in relationships. Stone in the biblical 'Breastplate of Judgment' of Aaron (Exodus: xxviii, 15-30).

Meaning of Malachite

Malachite ~ Transformation

Brings harmony, peace into your life; stone for recognizing and releasing negative experiences, especially ones difficult to recall; powerful healing stone. Believed to warn the wearer of impending danger; associated with wealth.

Meaning of Moonstone

Moonstone ~ Emotional Balance

Brings good fortune, assists in foretelling the future, enhances intuition, promotes inspiration, brings success in love as well as business matters, and offers protection. The moonstone is associated with the moon and was the stone of the goddess Diana.

Meaning of Pearl

Pearls ~ Symbols of Purity

Pearls symbolize purity, spiritual transformation, charity, honesty, wisdom and integrity, all the best within us. Pearls remind us to walk with dignity. Pearls lift the spirit and make you feel calm and beautiful. Brings focus, meditation, serenity, and tranquility.

Meaning of Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz ~ Love and Harmony

Known as the stone of gentle love, brings peacefulness and calm to relationships. Excellent for healing emotional wounds, removing negativity and restoring harmony after crisis situations. Promotes appreciation of art, music and the written word.

Meaning of Sodalite

Sodalite ~ Balance of Head and Heart

Eliminates fear and guilt better than any other stone; alleviates insomnia; clears up mental confusion and re-establishes inner peace; excellent stone to enhance communication skills; wonderful stone for creative types.

Meaning of Sugilite

Sugilite ~ Nurturing and Balance

Encourages the manifestation of love in our surroundings. Extremely effective in those wishing to explore the relationship between physical health and the mental body. Removes negativity, supports a feeling of well-being and empowers co-creation.

Meaning of Sunstone

Sunstone ~ Leadership Stone

A gemstone of optimism and good will; removes feelings of fear and stress; enhances vitality; promotes independence and originality, and brings good luck. Sunstone offers clarity and the ability to act with a higher will and purpose.

Meaning of Tiger Eye

Tiger Eye ~ Self-Discipline

Aids sleep; promotes balance and strength for difficult phases of life; relieves doubt, bestows decision-making. People in emotional turmoil and transitional states find it grounds them as soon as they are in it. Long been associated with wealth.

Meaning of Turquoise

Turquoise ~ Awakening / Sacred Knowledge

Protection, healing, good luck and longevity. Book of Exodus refers to it as one of the stones in the Breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest Aaron. Versatile POWER STONE that Native Americans honor. Protects and blesses the user.

Meaning of Unakite

Unakite ~ Balances Physical and Emotional Well-Being

Connects you with universal energies; helps to enhance situations you focus your mind on (interviews, money making, finding a partner); helps you to move on in life and become "unstuck" as well as attracting friendships.