Gemstones meanings and properties

Gemstones and crystals have been used through out history for everything from adorning a shield or armor to aiding in the healing process for everything from broken bones to the plague and back again. Different cultures have placed differing values on each gemstones meanings in some cases and in others it is almost amazing that two cultures so vastly different could come up with the same concepts.

If you have ever experienced the feeling of spotting a special looking stone sticking out of the dirt or laying at the waters edge, you understand the mystical power these gifts of nature have to communicate with us in non-verbal ways, for the gemstone called out to you, asking you to find it and take advantage of the healing properties held within the mysterious gemstones meanings. You may not yet know exactly what this particular gemstones meanings hold, but even without that specific knowledge, you already know the stone is special.

Our love affair with gemstones and crystals is evident in how our ancestors used stone of all types. From the massive stones at Stonehenge to the precision cut stones of the pyramids all the way to the fabulous jewels in the British Crown Jewels we see evidence of the role these gifts of nature have played in our history.

Yet in relationship to the entire universe, we humans are still on our infancy and our knowledge of the gemstones meanings has only barely scratched the surface of the many ways gemstones and crystal can be used.

Below you will find a list of the gemstones and crystals listed in the gemstone dictionary. Each stone has a short and sweet version of the gemstones meanings plus a link to the full article for that individual stone.

We’ve also included a list of some of the more common ailments and disorders and a list of stones that have been used historically in healing that specific ailments along with links to the individual stones for additional information.

We hope you find this to be a useful resource and urge you to bookmark this page now so you can come back to it any time in the future when you need access to the information presented here in. Like everything else in the Gemstone Dictionary, the knowledge listed here will always be growing and expanding as our understanding the stone expands.

Various Types of gemstones meanings

Many cultures from around the world have assigned them own gemstones meanings to these wonders of nature. It is not unusual to find stone in different places when looking at the gemstones meanings lists from different cultures. This is due to the fact that people are different and what works for one person is never guaranteed to work for someone else.

For this reason, if you have an urge to use a stone for something other than the meanings on our gemstone meaning list, by all means do so. Do not think this list is written in stone (sorry about the pun).

To give you the perfect real life example, I was having an extremely busy week one time and of course my car decided to act up at the same time. I knew I needed a new battery but I just did not have time to stop and get one.

I had recently found a rather nice chunk of rose quartz, commonly known and the stone of love and it had such a wonderful energy I was carrying it around in my pocket for a few days.

While making some deliveries, with a dead line hanging over my head, the car would not start. The only stone I had with me was the rose quartz. I place it on the center of the car dash board, closed my eyes and begged the stone to lend its energies to getting me back on the road.

I stayed in that focused state for about 10 minutes. When I opened my eyes, the poor rose quartz was no longer pink. It was completely white. But I tried the engine and it started right up on the first try.

So use these gemstones meanings lists as guidelines and when in a bind, use what you’ve got. You just might be surprised by what happens.

Basic gemstones meanings

Agates: A power stone. Brings balance and harmony
Amazonite: Unlocks psychic vision
Amber: Connect to the Universal Life Force
Amethyst: For meditation, peace and to heal addictions
Apatite: Heals the Chakras
Aquamarine: Reduce fears, attract friends
Aventurine: Attracts financial opportunities
Azurite: Increases psychic abilities, helps let go a negative emotions.
Bloodstone: The Heroes gemstone
Blue Chalcedony: Calms tensions of all sorts
Blue Lace Agate: Overcome obstacles
Calcite: energy amplifier
Carnelian: Self Esteem stone
Charoite: Opens and amplifies the connection between the head and the heart
Chrysocolla: Increases your capacity to love
Dumortierite: Increases psychic abilities
Emeralds: Cures backaches and heals eyes
Garnets: Career success, passion and luck
Hematite: Reduces stress
Labradorite: The dieters friend
Lapis-lazuli: stone of friendship and truthfullness
Malachite: Protector of children and travelers
Moonstone: Psychic abilities and wish fulfillment
Obsidian: Connect to the ancient warrior within you
Rose Quartz: the gemstone of love
Ruby In Zoisite: love and wisdom
Sapphire: Promotes inner peace
Serpentine: Brings peace to the situation
Smoky Quartz: Brings balance and harmony
Sugilite: Heals in all love matters
Tigers Eye: Patience, focuse and determination
Turquoise” Protects and blesses the wearer
Unakite: Draws Negative energies

Common Ailments and Disorders

Abdomen: Mother of pearl, Obsidian Snowflake, Smokey Quartz
Absent-mindedness: Carnelian
Abundance: Amber, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Citrine, Diamond, Jade, Malachite, Moonstone, Moss Agate, Peridot, Rutilated Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Topaz, Tree Agate, Turquoise
Accidents – to prevent: Tiger Eye, Yellow Carnelian
Acid Indigestion/ Heartburn: Chiastolite, Pyrite, Turquoise, Varicite
Acidity: Green jasper , Quartz
Acne: Amethyst
Action: Carnelian, Chrysocolla, Pyrite/Marcasite
Addictions: Amethyst , Black Onyx, Dumortierite, Iolite, Kunzite, Smoky Quartz, Sugilite
Aggression (to stop): Carnelian , Amethyst
Alcoholism: Amethyst , black onyx
Aligning the physical & astral bodies Amazonite
Allergies: Aquamarine, Apatite, Aventurine, Brecciated Jasper (Use for Animals), Carnelian, Chrysocolla, Dolomite, Fluorite, Garnet, Red Jasper, Rock Crystal , White Coral, Zircon
Ambition: Chrysoberyl, Morganite
Analytical Tought Processes Agate
Anemia: Bloodstone, Citrine, Coral, Garnet, Hematite, Kunzite, Ruby, Tourmaline,
Anger (Releasing): Amethyst, Angelite, Apatite, Aquamarine, Aragonite, Azurite, Blue Agate, Carnelian, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Gold, Howlite, Jet, Kunzite, Kyanite, Lepidolite, Peridot, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian, Sugilite, Sodalite, Turquoise
Angina: Amethyst, Dioptase, Rose Quartz
Animals (for illnesses): Rose Quartz, Quartz
Anorexia: Citrine, Moss Agate, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz, Topaz, Turquoise
Anxiety: Azurite-Malachite, Bloodstone, Citrine, Dolomite, Howlite, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Rock Crystal, Smithsonite, Smoky Quartz, Tiger Eye
Appendix: Chrysolite
Arthritis: Abalone, Amber, Amethyst, Apatite, Azurite, Black Tourmaline, Blue Lace Agate, Botswana Agate, Carnelian, Chrysocolla, Copper, Fluorite, Gold, Garnet, Green Calcite, Lapis, Lodestone (Magnetite), Magnetic Hematite, Malachite, Mother Of Pearl, Petrified Wood, Quartz, Rhodonite, Ruby, Sulphur, Topaz
Artistic Ability: Blue topaz, Botswana Agate, Calcite, Cobalt, Howlite, Rainbow Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, Watermelon Tourmaline
Asthma: Amber, Apophyllite, Cat’s Eye, Malachite, Obsidian, Rose Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, Tiger’s Eye
Astral Projection/Travel: Ametrine, Azurite-Malachite, Calcite, Fluorite, Hematite, Honey Calcite, Iolite, Quartz, Sapphire
Attention Deficit Disorder: Sodalite
Attraction: Amethyst, Garnet, Goldstone, Sunstone
Attuning To The Earth: Attuning To The Earth
Aura Cleansing and Balancing: Lapis Lazuli, Ametrine, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli, Iolite, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Rutilated Quartz
Autism: Sugilite, Moldavite
Back Problems: Blue Agate, Calcite, Coral, Fluorite, Hematite, Lodestone, Marble, Obsidian, Petrified Wood, Smokey Quartz,
Bad Temper: Blue Tiger Eye, Green Aventurine
Balance: Agate, Adamite, Amber, Ametrine, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Blue Topaz, Carnalian, Chrysoprase, Dolomite, Emerald, Fluorite, Hematite, Howlite, Jade, Jet, Kunzite, Malachite, Moonstone, Morganite, Obsidian, Peridot, Quartz, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Rhyolite, Rose Quartz, Sodalite, Snowflake, Tigers Eye, Tourmaline, Tree Agate, Unakite
Baldness: Aquamarine, Crystal
Banish Grief Amazonite, Black Onyx, Jet
Beauty Amber, Rose Quartz, Zircon
Bladder Amber, Bloodstone, Citrine, Coral, Jade, Orange Calcite, Red Agate, Red Jasper, Tourmaline
Blood Circulation Agate, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Dolomite, Fire Obsidian, Magnetite, Rose Quartz, Sodalite
Blood Cleansing Amethyst, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Chrysolite, Garnet, Hematite, Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Ruby,
Bones Amber, Apatite, Amethyst, Blue Lace Agate, Calcite, Chalcedony, Coral, Dolomite, Fluorite, Garnet, Howlite, Malachite, Onyx, Obsidian, Petrified Wood, Tiger’s Eye,
Brain Amber, Amazonite, Amethyst, Ametrine, Azurite, Carnelian, Diamond, Green Tourmaline, Kyanite, Lapis Lazuli, Pyrite, Ruby, Sugilite
Bravery Agates
Breathlessness Amber, Black Onyx
Broken Heart Aquamarine, Chrysoprase, Rhodonite
Bronchitis Amber, Amethyst, Black Onyx, Gold, Lodestone, Pyrite, Red Jasper, Rutilated Quartz, Rutile,
Burns Amethyst, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Quartz, Rose Quartz, Sodalite, Tourmaline
Calcium deficiency Amazonite
Calmness Agate, Amazonite, Amber, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Blue Aventurine, Blue Lace Agage, Blue Topaz, Cats Eye, Celestite, Fossilized Wood, Herkimer Diamond, Howlite, Jade, Labradorite, Lepidolite, Moonstone, Opal, Peach Moonstone, Quartz, Rainbow Moonstone, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Sapphire, Selenite, Sodalite, Snow Quartz, Topaz, Tourmaline, Yellow Topaz
Cancer Abalone, Azurite-Malachite, Carnelian, Fluorite, Gold, Lapis, Moonstone, Quartz, Red Jasper, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Smoky Quartz, Sugilite
Centering or Grounding Bloodstone, Calcite, Hematite, Kunzite, Obsidian, Onyx, Quartz
Chakras Abalone, Bloodstone, Fluorite, Kyanite, Quartz
Change Bloodstone, Botswana Agate, Cats Eye, Charoite, Chrysocolla, Diamond, Honey Calcite, Opal, Pyrite, Red Tiger Eye, Snowflake Obsidian, Tiger Eye
Channeling Amethyst, Blue Calcite, Copper, Kyanite, Quartz, Yellow Calcite
Cheerfulness: Amber, Fire Opal
Childbirth Agate, Ammonite, Bloodstone, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Hematite, Lepidolite, Malachite, Moonstone, Pearl, Peridot, Rose Quartz
Chronic Fatigue Amethyst, Aquamarine, Aragonite, Orange Calcite, Quartz, Rhodocrosite, Rose Ruby
Circulation Agate, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Coral, Fire Jasper, Obsidian, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sodalite
Clarity Amber, Aquamarine, Chrysocolla, Citrine, Diamond, Dumortierite, Emerald, Pyrite, Sodalite, Tiger Eye, Quartz, Watermelon Tourmaline
Cleansing Amber, Ametrine, Carnelian, Emerald, Hematite, Kyanite, Pearls, Peridot, Rainbow Moonstone, Sodalite, Sunstone, Tigers Eye
Cold and Flu Emerald, Fluorite, Jet, Labradorite, Rhyolite, Yellow Topaz
Communicate with others Agate, Amazonite, Apatite, Aquamarine, Blue Aventurine, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Onyx, Blue Tigers Eye, Blue Topaz, Cerussite, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Emerald, Labradorite, Moss Quartz, Turquoise
Communicate with Spiritual Beings (Angels, Spirit Guides): Angelite, Aquamarine, Blue Lace Agate, Celestite, Moonstone, Selenite
Connection with the earth: Moss Agate, Petrified Wood
Concentration Agate, Amethyst, Blue Topaz, Carnelian, Flourite, Hematite, Jade, Lapis, Malachite, Obsidian, Onyx, Red Jasper, Ruby, Quartz
Confidence Amazonite, Cerussite, Chrysocolla, Citrine, Dumortierite, Garnet, Jade, Moonstone, Moss Agate, Onyx, Rhodonite, Sardonyx
Connection with God Amber, Amethyst, Azurite-Malachite, Bloodstone, Charoite, Citrine, Kyanite, Labradorite, Pyrite, Sugilite, Turquoise
Connection with Goddess Amethyst, Azurite-Malachite, Charoite, Labradorite, Moonstone, Sugilite, Turquoise
Coughs Aquamarine, Blue Agate, Moss Agate, Rutilated Quartz
Courage Agate, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Blue Tigers Eye, Calcite, Carnelian, Charoite, Chrysoprase, Diamond, Dumortierite, Garnet, Hematite, Jade, Red Ruby, Smoky Quartz, Sodalite, Tiger Eye, Tiger Iron,
Cramps Amethyst, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Charoite, Malachite, Smokey Quartz, Turquoise, Zircon
Creativity: Agate, Amber, Amethyst, Ametrine, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Blue Aventurine, Blue Topaz, Botswana Agate, Calcite, Carnelian, Chalcedony, Chiastolite, Citrine, Dolomite, Epidote, Garnet, Herkimer Diamonds, Howlite, Labradorite, Marble, Obsidian, Red Jasper, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Tourmaline
Decision Making Aventurine, Charoite, Crazy Lace Agate, Diamond, Emerald, Jade, Tigereye,
Depression Azurite, Black Tourmaline, Bloodstone, Blue Quartz, Botswana Agate, Carnelian, Chalcopyrite, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Diamond, Gold Calcite, Hematite, Jet, Kunzite, Lapis Lazuli, Lepidolite, Moonstone, Peridot, Quartz, Rose Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, Sapphire, Smoky Quartz, Tiger Eye, Topaz, Watermelon Tourmaline
Detoxifying the body Apache Tears, Azurite, Bloodstone, Charoite, Chrysoprase, Danburite, Emerald, Golden Beryl, Iolite, Jade, Lepidolite, Malachite, Peridot, Prehnite, Sapphire
Devotion: Kunzite, Tourmaline
Diabetes Amethyst, Bloodstone, Citrine, Jasper, Quartz, Red Sodalite
Digestion Agate, Amethyst, Pearl, Jasper, Blue Lace Agate, Chrysocolla, Citrine, Celestite, Aragonite, Epidote, Labradorite, Pearl, Obsidian, Sapphire, Rhodochrosite, Citrine , Obsidian Snowflake, Howlite, Yellow Jade, Jasper, Peridot, Tigers Eye, Topaz
Divination Hematite, Labradorite, Moonstone, Tiger’s Eye
Dreams Amethyst, Citrine, Garnet, Jade, Jasper, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Lepidolite, Marble, Moonstone, Opal, Prehnite, Pyrite, Quartz, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Rutilated Sugilite, Smokey Quartz, Zircon
Ear Problem Amber, Amethyst, Blue Agate, Onyx, Rhodonite, Sapphire, Tourmaline
Eating Disorders Apatite, Citrine, Fossilized Wood, Topaz,
Emotions, balancing, clearing, easing Amethyst, Amazonite, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Blue Aventurine, Blue Topaz, Blue Tourmaline, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Diamond, Emerald, Garnet, Hematite, Jasper, Labradorite, Lepidolite, Malachite, Moonstone, Obsidian, Peridot, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sugilite, Snowflake Obsidian, Tourmalinated Quartz, Turquoise
Endurance Brecciated Jasper, Sodalite
Energy Agate, Aventurine, Amethyst, Aragonite, Green Amber, Bloodstone, Blue Aventurine, Blue Calcite, Boji Stones, Calcite, Carnelian, Citrine, Garnet, Hematite, Honey Calcite, Obsidian, Petrified Wood, Quartz, Red Calcite, Red Coral, Red Tiger Eye, Rhodochrosite, Ruby, Rutilated Quartz, Sunstone, Tiger Eye, Tourmalinated Quartz, Turquoise, Yellow Calcite
Energy Amplification: Rock Quartz, Ruby
Enthusiasm: Aventurine, Fire Opal, Garnet, Labradorite, Rhodochrosite
Epilepsy Black Onyx, Dumortierite, Jasper, Jet, Kunzite, Lapis Lazuli, Moldavite, Sugilite, Tourmaline
Exhaustion Apatite, Bloodstone, Ruby, Topaz
Eyes Agate, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Azurite, Corundum, Emerald, Fluorite, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Magnetite, Malachite, Onyx, Opal, Optical Calcite, Peridot, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian, Tiger’s Eye, Topaz
Fainting Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli
Fatigue Amethyst, Carnelian, Fluorite, Hematite, Quartz, Ruby
Fear of Flying: Hematite
Fear Agate, Amethyst, Azurite-Malachite, Black Onyx, Black Tourmaline, Calcite, Charoite, Citrine, Diamond, Grey Moonstone, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian, Sodalite
Fertility: Carnelian, Chrysoprase, Garnet, Imperial Topaz, Jade, Malachite, Moonstone, Quartz, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Smokey Quartz, Zoisite
Fever Agate, Aventurine, Carnelian, Chrysoprase, Hematite, Onyx, Opal, Peridot, Pyrite, Quartz, Red Jasper, Ruby
Foresight: Aquamarine, Turquoise
Forgetfulness Emerald, Rhodonite, Unakite,
Forgiveness Amethyst, Moss Agate, Rhodochrosite
Friendship Amethyst, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Moonstone, Peridot, Pink Tourmaline, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Sapphire, Turquoise, Watermelon Tourmaline
Fulfillment of desires: Amber, Malachite, Hematite, Fire Opal
Gall Bladder Calcite, Red Jasper, Tiger Eye
Gardening Brown Zircon, Jade, Malachite, Moss Agate
Goal setting: Labradorite, Lepidolite, Watermelon Tourmaline
Good Luck Green Aventurine, Moonstone, Snowflake Obsidian
Grief Amethyst, Obsidian, Red Jasper
Grounding Energy Amber, Apache Tears, Aventurine, Black Onyx, Black Tourmaline, Carnelian, Fluorite, Green Jade, Hematite, Jet, Malachite, Moss Agate, Obsidian, Snowflake Obsidian, Red Tiger Eye, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Tourmalinated Quartz, Unakite
Increased Motivation: Amber, Chrysoprase
Industriousness: Rhodochrosite
Intuition: Amethyst, Amazonite, Ametrine, Petrified Wood, Kunzite, Labradorite, Moonstone, Turquoise
Logical Thinking: Agate, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Kunzite, Lepidolite, Black Tourmaline
Love: chrysoprase, emerald, moonstone, rhodochrosite, rose quartz, ruby, watermelon tourmaline
Luck: agate, ametrine, aventurine, amber, chrysoprase, garnet, malachite, moonstone, sunstone, turquoise
New beginnings: Fossilized Wood, Garnet, Moss Agate Rutilated Quartz,
Order: aquamarine, fluorite, sodalite
Pain Relief: Hematite, Rock Crystals, Rose Quartz
Positive attitude: malachite, chrysoprase, imperial topaz, rhodochrosite, sunstone
Prosperity: Amber, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Citrine, Diamond, Jade, Malachite, Moonstone, Moss Agate, Peridot, Rutilated Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Topaz, Tree Agate, Turquoise
Protection: agate, lepidolite, smokey quartz, serpentine, tiger eye, turquoise, black tourmaline, watermelon tourmaline
Psychic Abilities To make things easier to follow, I am breaking this category up into some of the specific types of psychic abilities
    – Clairaudiance Diamond, Fire Opal, Malachite, Rutilated Quartz, Sapphire
    – Clairvoyance Ametrine, Aquamarine, Azurite-Malachite, Benitoite, Chrysoprase, Charoite, Diamond, Emerald, Green Jasper, Hematite, Kyanite, Moonstone, Quartz, Zircon
    – ESP Peridot
Purify the air: Quartz Crystal
Readiness for action: amethyst, ametrine, fire opal, chrysoprase, rhodonite, turquoise
Self-confidence: calcite, citrine, fluorite, garnet, imperial topaz, sunstone
Solving difficulties: carnelian, garnet, moss agate, smokey quartz, tiger eye
Stop Bleeding Amber, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Chrysoprase, Hematite, Ruby, Sapphire, Quartz
Stamina: aquamarine, garnet, red jasper
Tonic for the Body Blue Agate, Green Aventurine
Unfinished business: aquamarine, carnelian
Unlocking Ancient Wisdom: Quartz Crystal

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