Mystic lore of gemstones
George Frederick Kunz a leading gemologist of his time helped to create the modern market for colored stones. Kunz felt we could learn a great deal by studying the ways gems were used by different cultures and the beliefs that people at different times formed about them. Over centuries, many cultures have contributed to the legends and lore surround gemstones. These treasures of the nature have inspired philosophers and mystics to attribute unusual powers to these special minerals.
This is a list of some of the gemstones and their believed benefits. However, we do not promote their use for anything other than their natural beauty and enjoyment.
Agate is considered a protection stone. It is believed to attract strength and offer protection from bad dreams, stress and the draining of energy. Agate is said to balance energies and awaken talents.
Amazonite is believed to have a soothing and calming effect. It accomplishes this by dispelling negative energy and allowing us to let go of sadness and grief.
Calms the emotions, creates clarity of thought, and assists in attaining wisdom. Amethyst is a stone of the mind; it helps you get in touch with your intuition, feelings and values. It has long been regarded as an aid to sobriety and useful for combating alcohol, food and other addictions. It eases compulsive/obsessive behavior.
Apatite is said to aid in fighting viruses and assists in blending the old and the new in one’s life. A gemstone of communication, it is believed to help stuttering and hypertension, and helps a person overcome sadness and grief.
Aqua is associated with courage and the release of anxiety and fear. It is thought to sooth, calm and alleviate fears and to help relaxation on long journeys. Many believe that it protects sailors at sea, and prevents seasickness. Tradition holds that it gives insight and aids in mental clarity.
A stone of opportunity, Aventurine is believed to attract prosperity. Some advise to keep an Aventurine in your left pocket when you are buying a lottery ticket or playing any game of chance.
It is a traditional stone for writers, scholars, artists, and intellectuals; and used for aiding higher thinking. It is said to easy mental anguish and promote fidelity, friendship, gentleness, and integrity. Topaz is associated with courage and overcoming fears and obstacles.
This is considered a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, chalcedony nurtures and promotes brotherhood and good will. Chalcedony is said to alleviate hostility, irritability and melancholy.
Citrine is believed to open the mind to new thoughts and balance impatience and restlessness. Citrine is long thought to promote optimism. It also attracts abundance, and is known as the “merchant’s stone”, to be placed where one conducts business, not only to acquire positive wealth, but to maintain it. Good mental focus, endurance, and self-esteem.
The ancients used the diamond for detoxification as it is said to protect from poisons. Believed to absorb and amplify the thoughts of its user, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of other gems and there wearers.
Diopside is thought to be a cathartic stone since it is believed by crystal healers to heal trauma by bringing forth cleansing tears. Diopside is believed to foster creativity and promote love and commitment.
Promotes self-knowledge, peaceful dreams, and helps you achieve balance and patience. Tradition is that emerald aids fertility, improves eyesight, and gives the wearer psychic powers. Believed to lift depression and relieve insomnia.
Fluorite is believed to improve the ability to concentrate. Thought to balance and stabilize intuition. Fluorite is regarded as an aid to learning and lateral thinking.
Garnet is thought to attract good luck in business ventures. Regarded as the stone of passionate devotion: to our family, friends yourself, and your own purpose in life. Garnet is believed to stimulate the senses, and increase vitality and stamina.
Said to be the stone of inner vision, Iolite is believed to assist one to live at a higher awareness level; and useful for the elimination of debt and to increase financial responsibility.
This is a stone of serenity. It is thought to alleviate anxiety and fear and promote good luck. A traditional charm for gardeners, jade is said to ensure bountiful harvests. Jade is said to bring prosperity and allows you to hold on to your money.
This stone is associated with relaxation, contentment, compassion nurturing and consolation. It is said to relieve stress and help achieve balance in life.
Kyanite is said to help quite the mind, by relieving emotional and spiritual confusion. It is said to be particularly good at dissolving anger and frustration.
An Ancient stone said to represent friendship and truth. It is a stone of wisdom and awareness. Lapis is said to bring harmony in relationships.
This stone is said to promote clear thinking, inspiration and receptivity. It is said to assist in the fulfillment of one’s own destiny. Long regarded as the gemstone of psychic abilities, wish fulfillment and the balancing of emotions.
It is said to be a gem that enhances determination and perseverance. Black only is said to repel negativity and deflect the negativity of others.
Opal is regarded as a stone strongly associated with the emotions, including love, passion and spontaneity. Opal is said to aid in visualization, healing and dreams.
Peridot is thought to strengthen life, bring about prosperity, growth and increase openness. Peridot is believed to alleviate depression, anger, fear, jealousy and
A gem with a mystical aura, prehnite is said to be the stone of remembered dreams, meditation and prophecy.
This is known as the stone of “gentle love,” rose quartz brings peace and calm to relationships. It is said to help emotional wounds, removing negativity and restoring harmony after conflict. Rose Quartz promotes appreciation of art, music and the written word.
Famous as a protection from misfortune and bad health, ruby is used to open the heart and promote love. Given as a gift, ruby is a symbol of friendship and love.
Ruby is also a symbol of vitality and royalty.
Rutile quartz is thought to assist one in getting to the root of a problem.
Long associated with happiness and peace, it is believed to help with communication, insight inspiration, prayer and intuition. The ancients believed that sapphires would help then in predicting the future.
Smoky Quartz is believed to be the stone of endurance, fostering serenity, positive thoughts and calmness.
Spinel is said to aid in relaxation and the releasing of worry. This stone has been confused with ruby and has very little lore associated with it.
This stone is said to help change anxiety and fear into practical logic and action. It is said to promote balance and strength in difficult times and relieves doubt.
Topaz is said to improve mental clarity and focus, and increase confidence. It is also thought to calm a bad temper and give strength. Topaz as also said to help with mood swings, insomnia, fears, depression and exhaustion.
Tourmaline is said to strengthen body and spirit, to attract inspiration, and concentration, encourage balance and promote understanding. It is also believed to sooth grief, calm nerves, Build self-confidence and promote balance.
Turquoise is a stone of friendship in many cultures. Native Americans associated the colors of turquoise with the blue sky and the green earth. It is believed to attract money, success and love.
Since the Middle Ages, zircon has been believed to aid in spiritual growth and the promotion of wisdom. The man who wears zircon, it is said, will find beauty and peace.