Symbolic meanings of gemstones, fresh water pearls and shells
ABALONE: Promotes longevity, acceptance of others, and enhances protective impulses. Itâ€™s iridescence represents the life forces of fire, earth, air and water.
THE AGATE FAMILY: All AGATES are said to foster love, create an appreciation of nature, and provide abundance and sooth the emotions. It is the "stone of balance."
AFRICAN AGATE: See AGATE FAMILY
BLACK AGATE: Is believed to relieve stress, give protection and increase courage.
BLACK STRIPPED AGATE: See AGATE FAMILY
BLUE LACE AGATE: Is believed to create hope, harmony, optimism, positive thinking, smooth energy flow, joy, and truth and promptness and makes us more easygoing. It is especially valued for its ability to calm our minds in a manner, which causes us to expand our perspective from our hearts.
BLUE STRIPPED AGATE: See AGATE FAMILY
BOTSWANA AGATE: This stone is thought to help with attentiveness to detail, while energizing and stimulating exploration of the unknown.
CRAZY LACE AGATE: Is believed to enable you to laugh and see the â€œgamesâ€ of the world. Is said to boost energy and relieves emotional pain while opening the way to laughter. Brings BALANCE!
BRAZILLIAN CRAZY LACE AGATE: See AGATE FAMILY
FIRE AGATE: Deep calming energy, energy that brings security and safety. Strong grounding powers. Improves and stimulates vitality and helps overcome additions and other destructive desires.
FLOWER AGATE: See AGATE FAMILY
FOSSIL AGATE: See AGATE FAMILY
GOLDEN LACE AGATE: Is said to help lift depression and increase friendliness and happiness.
MARACAN AGATE: See AGATE FAMILY
MEXICAN CRAZY LACE AGATE: See CRAZY LACE AGATE
MOSS AGATE: Thought to be helpful to farmers when worn while planting, it ensures a good crop. Also very helpful to gardeners and often called â€œthe gardeners stone.â€ It is associated with prosperity, success, abundance congeniality, compatibility healing, rain, restoration, and fertility of plants, protection of the earth, creativity, confidence and strength. This stone is helpful when beginning new friendships or when seeking a compatible lover. Helps us communicate directly with plants and animals.
BLACK MOSS AGATE: See MOSS AGATE
YELLOW MOSS AGATE: See AGATE FAMILY
RED AGATE: See AGATE FAMILY
STRIPPED AGATE: See AGATE FAMILY
TREE AGATE: Said to assist with introspection and to relieve tension. Also believed to bring plentiful crops.
WHITE AGATE: See AGATE FAMILY
WOODEN AGATE: See AGATE FAMILY
AMAZONITE: This stone is thought to bestow truth, integrity and honor. It is said to enhance love, and soothes tense, aggravated emotions and situations. It is a communication enabling stone and good for enhancing creativity. Also lessens your self-defeating behaviors.
RUSSIAN AMAZONITE: See AMAZONITE
BALTIC AMBER: Said to bring romantic love, purification, wisdom, energy and balance. It is also said to enhance patience, and remembrance of past lives and ancient wisdom.
AMETHYST: This stone is said to protect the wearer from drunkenness and other over indulgences. It is always associated with increased nobility and spiritual awareness, meditation, balance, psychic abilities, inner peace, imagery, mind quieting and positive transformation.
PALE AMETHYST: Is associated with peaceful intent. It is said to decrease defensiveness and promotes emotional integration.
BLACK/GOLD AMETHYST: See AMETHYST
APATITE: Said to enhance intellect, focus, learning, clarity of concentration, and ideas. It promotes unconditional love.
AQUAMARINE: Said to promote safe travel, release anxiety, fear and restlessness. Creates a peaceful stillness like the flow of a forest stream. Gives you direction in life and spiritual vision, lifts your spirits and calms the nerves.
ASTROPHYLITE: Promotes optimism and a positive view of the self. It removes that which no longer belongs to our behavior patterns and thoughts.
ARAGONITE: Is said to foster truth, stability, and understanding and clear perception. Thought to be a â€œnurturing stoneâ€ which lifts your feelings into freedom.
DARK GREEN AVENTURINE: Is for joy inside and out!
PEACH AVENTURINE: Is believed to help with decision-making and help boost creativity.
RED AVENTURINE: Enhances creativity and the ability to see the possibilities in every situation. Also said to bring prosperity and lessen negativity.
YELLOW AVENTURINE: See RED AVENTURINE
AZURITE: Illuminates the mind by clearing it of subconscious thoughts and helps you to understand your fears and desires better. Also gives you visionary abilities and helps evaluate past beliefs, and dissolves unwanted beliefs. Is said to aid you in being more creative.
BLACK LINE STONE: Sorry, I have no information on this stone yet.
BLOODSTONE: "Be here now," is the message! This stone can revitalize love and friendships. It's the hero's stone and can install courage in dangerous situations. Also beneficial in changing patterns and enhances natural talents and creativity.
BULL QUARTZ: Sorry, I have no information on this stone yet.
BRONZITE: Promotes certainty and control, encouraging us to take control of our own actions and be more certain about what we want in our lives. Aids in grounding and balancing our physical bodies.
CARNELIAN: It is believed to remind us to be â€œin the moment.â€ Said to be a â€œstone of protectionâ€, particularly from anger, jealousy and fear. Calms fears about death and rebirth, bringing serenity and acceptance of the â€œgreat cycle of life.â€
NATURAL CARNELIAN: See CARNELIAN
CHALCEDONY: This is a sacred stone of the Native Americans. It is believed to encourage brotherhood, goodwill, and install generosity. Helps remove depression and mental illness. A stone of Harmony.
CHINESE WRITING STONE: Sorry, I have no information on this stone yet.
CHRYSANTHEMUM STONE: Is thought to be a stone of â€œharmony and change.â€ Is also said to promote renewal of old friendships, with a message of â€œenjoy each moment!â€
CHRYSOPRASE: Is said to facilitate self-expression, courage and the ability to use them wisely. Is believed to bring happiness, partly because it is said to help you get rid of negative thoughts and irritability. Thought to enhance and strengthen friendships, mend broken hearts and remove inferiority or superiority complexes, and brings protection for children, small animals, and seedlings.
LEMON CHRYSOPRASE: See CHRYSOPRASE
CORAL: Said to provide protection and guard against violence and theft, calm emotions and restore harmony. Believed to help with fevers, colds, asthma and digestive problems.
FOSSIL CORAL: See CORAL
PEACH CORAL: See CORAL
WHITE BAMBOO CORAL: See CORAL
DUMORTIERITE: Is thought to enhance organizational abilities, self-discipline and orderliness. Also said to encourage you to see and accept reality.
FELDSPAR: See MOONSTONE
RAINBOW FLORIDE: Has long been associated with heightening physic energy.
FRESH WATER PEARLS: These promote sincerity, truth and loyalty. Also is said to enhance personal integrity, soothes, calms, yet focuses attention.
GARNET: These are considered to be the stone of â€œdevotionâ€ both to others and to oneself. It is said to inspire romantic love, passion, sensuality, sexuality, intimacy, positive thoughts, inspiration, career success, social popularity and self-confidence.
HESSONITE: Can help with the speedy success of an endeavor then expected. Protects from sudden misfortune, and promotes creativity.
HOWLITE: Thought to increase the appreciation of beauty in people and things.
IOLITE: It is known as a stone of â€œpower.â€ Is believed to enhance leadership ability, inner strength, self-confidence and executive ability. Also said to increase dreams and the ability to remember dreams and is an aid to intuition.
THE JADE FAMILY: The Chinese believe JADE to bring prosperity and allow you to hold onto your money and not allow it to slip through your fingers. All JADE is believed to produce longevity, fertility, serenity, wisdom, balance, moderation, prosperity and stability.
BLACK JADE: Said to offer protection from negativity and fosters the wise use of power.
BURMA JADE: See JADE FAMILY
BURNT SERPENTINE JADE: See JADE FAMILY
FLOWER JADE: See JADE FAMILY
GOLDEN JADE: Is believed to help with understanding and empathy.
GREEN SERPENTINE JADE: See JADE FAMILY
GREEN NEPHRITE JADE: See JADE FAMILY
MANDARINE JADE: See JADE FAMILY
NEW RAINBOW JADE: See JADE FAMILY
OLD YELLOW JADE: See JADE FAMILY
OLIVE JADE: See JADE FAMILY
RED JADE: Used to defuse tense situations. Very stimulating to the user and brings up old things so we can openly deal with them.
SERPENTINE JADE: See JADE FAMILY
WHITE JADE: Is believed to foster practical spirituality.
YELLOW JADE: Is said to enhance energy and provide protection.
THE JASPER FAMILY: Said to drive away â€œevil spiritsâ€ and to protect you. Also aids in balancing the mind and body and stabilizes healing.
AUTUMN JASPER: Believed to protect you from negative energy and thought to be very strengthening.
BAMBOO JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
BANDED JASPER/ RED MALACHITE: See JASPER FAMILY
BOTSWANA JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
BRECCIATED JASPER/POPPY JASPER: Believed to enhance organizational abilities, relaxation and a sense of wholeness. It is said to bring happiness and ease stress. Inspires a positive attitude and the motivation and energy to take creative action in your life.
CAPPUCCINO JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
CHOCOLATE JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
CRAZY LACE JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
DALMATIAN JASPER: Thought to increase patience, remove disillusionment and increase loyalty to your partner making it a beneficial long-term relationship.
DRAGONSKIN JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
ELEPHANT JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
FANCY JASPER: Is believed to be a stone of â€œgentleness and relaxation.â€ It may enhance oneâ€™s ability to relax by bringing tranquility, comfort and wholeness. Sometimes called the â€œnurturing stoneâ€ for its nurturing and protective energies. It helps you to cease over-analyzing everything and increase your enjoyment of life.
FLOWER JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
HONEY JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
IMPERIAL JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
KAMBABA JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
KIWI-STRAWBERRY JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
LEMON JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
LEOPARDSKIN JASPER: Said to assist and protect during physical and spiritual travel. Also believed to allow you to take responsibility properly.
LEPIDORITE JASPER: A â€œpeaceâ€ stone, which promotes restful sleep, attracts good luck and reconciles love.
MAD LEOPARD JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
MOUKAITE JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
OCEAN JASPER: Promotes balance of the physical, intellectual and emotional badies.
PERIDOT JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
PICTURE JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
POPPY JASPER: Inspires a positive joyful attitude and gives you the motivation and energy to take creative action in your life.
PORCELAINE JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
RAINBOW JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
RED JASPER: Believed to facilitate the remembering of dreams, aid in assistance in rescue from danger and to help balance your unfair situations.
RED SPOT JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
SPICY JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
SPOTTED JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
STRIPPED BRECCIATED JASPER: See BRECCIATED JASPER
TIGER JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
WHITE JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
WOOD JASPER: See JASPER FAMILY
YELLOW JASPER: Strong protection and support in stressful times. Helps rid the body of toxins.
YELLOW BOTSWANA JASPER: See YELLOW JASPER
ZEBRA JASPER: Helpful in balancing your energy, balancing work and play, and allows you to see both sides of the situation.
BROWN ZEBRA JASPER: See ZEBRA JASPER
LABRADORITE: Is said to help provide clarity and insight into your destiny. It is also said to be especially helpful for dream recall and in finding ways to use dreams in daily life. It is valued as a positive connection on the path to LOVE!
BLACK LABRADORITE: See LABRADORITE
LAPIS LAZULI: Has been valued through the ages as a link to the all-knowing sources of knowledge and for invoking wisdom. Traditionally the â€œstone of royalty.â€
DENIM LAZULI: see LAPIS LAZULI
LAYAQUOISE: Sorry, I have no information on this stone yet.
LILAC STONE: Sorry, I have no information on this stone yet.
MAGNESITE: Sorry, I have no information on this stone yet.
MALACHITE: The color green has long been seen as the â€œcolor of life,â€ this stone has been seen as â€œthe restorer of life.â€ Said to assist the body in its natural healing process. It is also said that by using this stone, you can counteract self-destructive romantic tendencies and help encourage true, pure love.
RED MALACHITE: See BANDED JASPER
MALACHITE & PYRITE: See MALACHITE & PYRITE
MAYFLOWER: Sorry, I have no information on this stone yet.
FRESH WATER PEARLS: These promote sincerity, truth and loyalty. Also said to enhance personal integrity, soothes, calms, yet focuses attention.
MOTHER OF PEARL: Has been known as a â€œstone of sincerity,â€ bringing truth to situations and loyalty to a â€œcause.â€ Traditionally for centuries it has signified faith, charity and innocence. It is believed to enhance personal integrity and help to provide focus to your attention. It has been used to inhibit boisterous behavior and to provide a reflection of the self such that you may see the manner in which you appear to others.
NATURAL MOTHER OF PEARL, BROWN MOTHER OF PEARL, BLACK MOTHER OF PEARL: See MOTHER OF PEARL
MOONSTONE: Has been honored as the sacred stone of the â€œMoon Goddessâ€ and as an aid to the traveler by opening us up to the experience of new people and new places. Said to create joy and peace in our homes. Believed to calm responses, avoid overreacting and enhance femininity, intuition and psychic abilities.
GRAY MOONSTONE: See MOONSTONE
MAHOGONY OBSIDIAN: Called the â€œmirror stoneâ€ because it reflects your personal shortcomings to come to your consciousness to be dealt with, then let go of. Believed to stimulate growth of physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual centers and to provide strength in times of need. Also said to help promote a forgiving attitude and release grievances.
SNOWFLAKE OBSIDIAN: Said to assist in physical balance and with physical safety. Specifically SNOWFLAKE OBSIDIAN is believed to be â€œthe stone of purity,â€ helping you to recognize unnecessary patterns in your live. True OBSIDIAN believers carry a piece with them everywhere.
BLACK ONYX: It has been believed for centuries that this stone repels negativity and also deflects the negativity of others, keeping you safe from harm. It aids in grounding so that you are not so flighty and can think and act in a more rational manner which will help stimulate the power of wise decision-making. Also helps overcome feelings of loneliness and alienation and ads comfort in unfamiliar surroundings.
BLACK SARDONYZ ONYX: Is thought to foster luck, friendships, happiness, good fortune, romance and marriage. This stone teaches us to love nature's wild places and inhabitants.
WHITE ONYX: See BLACK ONYX
OPAL: Is believed to help in letting go of anger. Said to magnify our personal traits whether they are positive or negative. The stone of â€œinspirationâ€ which enhances imagination, creativity and hopefulness. Helps you to release inhibitions and enhances memory.
PINK OPAL: A very powerful healing stone. Know as a stone of hope, great achievement and as the "Stone of the Gods." Is also for peace and tranquility and to heal the emotions. Helps to bring out compassion and aids a gentle resolution to painful memories.
PETRIFIED STONE: Good for grounding and stabilizing one's emotions. Useful in calming fears and for business success.
PIETRESITE: The attributes include physical protection, especially for the eyes. Helps focus the â€œinner eye,â€ enabling you to explore yourself emotionally and to help you see beyond the immediate to the beauty in the â€œall.â€ Spiritually and physically, this stone is said to help in working with angels, experience visions, and precognition, relating to feminine or goddess energy.
PRENITE: Sorry, I have no information on this stone yet.
PYRITE: Associated with the sun which fortifies and strengthens the mind. Wonderful energy shield, blocking out negativity and helps one to see beyond the "facade."
QUARTZ CRYSTAL or CRYSTAL: For centuries, QUARTZ has been recognized for harmony and has been used as the â€œstone of power,â€ being able to bring the energy of the stars into the soul. It stimulates brain function, aids clarity of mind, dispels negativity in your environment and is said to be a very powerful healer.
GRAY QUARTZ: See QUARTZ CRYSTAL
JET QUARTZ: See QUARTZ CRYSTAL
ICE FLAKE SNOW CRYSTAL or CRACKED CRYSTAL CRACKED QUARTZ: See QUARTZ CRYSTAL
LAVENDER QUARTZ: See QUARTZ CRYSTAL
LEMON QUARTZ: See QUARTZ CRYSTAL
RED QUARTZ: See QUARTZ CRYSTAL
ROSE QUARTZ: Everything symbolic regarding ROSE QUARTZ always returns to love and beauty. Is believed to restore youthful qualities, particularly to the skin and self-esteem. Those who wear it experience the joy of each new day and each new experience. They are able to appreciate the innate beauty in people and things.
RUTILATED QUARTZ: Magnifies the energies of QUARTZ and aids in healing and releases troubled thoughts and feelings. A real tension-releaser.
SILVER-LEAF QUARTZ: See QUARTZ
SMOKY QUARTZ: Is said to alleviate stress and transform fear, anger and other negative emotions into positive energies, thus having a comforting and calming effect. It is said to provide clarity of thought, improve intuition, enhance survival instincts and stimulate higher awareness in meditative states.
YELLOW QUARTZ: See QUARTZ
RAINBOW CALSILICA: This is a newly discovered stone with a lot of mystery surrounding it. It is siad to give you strength, courage and adaptability to situations. also aids with healing and spiritual communion.
RHODOCHROSITE: The â€œrescue remedyâ€ stone. Inspires forgiveness and heals emotions. Attracts love into your life and stimulates love and compassion.
BROWN RHODOCHROSITE: See RHODOCHROSITE
RHODONITE: Is believed to stabilize your thinking into what is true for yourself. It helps in making fine distinctions in people. Rather then black-and-white judgments like â€œgoodâ€ and â€œbad,â€ you will see others as brothers and sisters, with all their complexities, worthy of love. It brings love around you and helps you remain centered when you are in the love state. Allows you to see the love in all of lifeâ€™s experiences, even the simplest of daily chores.
RHYOLITE: Is believed to be the stone of â€œgentleness and relaxation.â€ May enhance your ability to relax by bringing tranquility, comfort and wholeness. Sometimes called the â€œnurturing stoneâ€ for its nurturing and protective energies. It helps you to cease over-analyzing everything and increase your enjoyment of life.
RIVERSTONE: Called the stone of â€œfreedomâ€ for it helps carry the burdens that we find too difficult to carry alone. It reminds you that â€œgoing with the flowâ€ is easier then swimming against the current. It safeguards against polluting your mind with worry and fear.
GREEN SEDIMENT: Sorry I have no information on this stone yet.
SARDONYX: It means "Bliss." Good for material happiness, fosters luck, friendship, happiness, good fortune, and romance. Said to protect the young and and those who try new things.
BANDED SARDONYX: See SARDONYX
SERPENTINE: Gets its name from its resemblance to the color and markings of a snake. It is thought to promote good luck, happiness and success. It is said to help you reach your business or personal dreams and desires and it inspires respect for the elderly.
SODALITE: Ancient truth seekers relied on this stone. Its presence helps call out the inner truths in ourselves and from those around us and helps you let go of control and be in a peaceful state. Said to clear the mind for deeper and wiser thinking by aiding the shift from emotional to rational thinking.
SUNSTONE: Evokes learning, stretching and evoking qualities in order to meet our greatest potential. Is believed to be a powerful stone for dispelling fears and phobias of all kinds. Decreases stress and lifts depression, brings good luck, abundance, and turns negative energies into positive energies, and increases leadership qualities.
TIGEREYE: This stone reminds us to open our eyes again and see the world in childlike wonder. Keep TIGEREYE with you as it brings color to the black and white world. It has been used to stimulate wealth and to enhance the stability required to maintain wealth. Produces soothing vibrations, generating a calmness to unsettled turmoil, and allows you to enjoy the actions of being unfenced and uninhibited.
BLUE TIGEREYE: See TIGEREYE
RED TIGEREYE: â€œSet the stage! Light the lights!â€ This is an excellent stone for public oration and presentations. The qualities of this stone enhance confidence in yourself and the subject being presented. It allows clarity of thought to be projected with profound sensitivity to the needs of the audience.
TIGER IRON: It is believed that the metaphysical power of this stone is more immediate and obvious then that of any other stone.
TOURMALINE: This is a "stone of HOPE!" It's uplifting and motivating while assisting us to know inner truth.
TURQUOISE: Sacred stone of Native Americans, said to absorb negative energies, enhance intuition, and gives you vibrancy. A stone of vision, integration and clarity.
YELLOW TURQUOISE: See TURQUOISE
WHITE TURQUOISE: See TURQUOISE
UNAKITE: Is said to bring unconditional love of humanity, connection and reunion. Helps with healing and abandonment and separation issues.
ZOISITE with RUBY: Many artists, who see their art as an extension of their individual spiritual natures, value this stone. When you need a creative boost, use this stone.