The “crystal movement” began in the mid 1980s when people started to research and recognize their distinct quality and effect on human energy and biology. For those who laugh at it or consider crystals too “out there,” consider this: the device you’re using to read this runs on crystal energy. Silicon is made from silica, a form of quartz crystal. If you’re older than 40, you’ll remember that watches also ran on quartz crystals – as crystal quartz movements were the most accurate.
Clearing a Crystal
Because crystals retain energy from anyone who handles them, it’s important you “clear” a crystal when it comes to you. You can do this by running it under cold water, placing it in your non-dominant hand (incoming energy) and then meditating on clearing its previous energy stored by others. You can choose to wipe it clear or keep the positive energy instilled into it.
Once you feel the crystal has been cleared, transfer the crystal to your dominant hand (outgoing energy). Thank and give gratitude to the earth and all the people along the way who brought that crystal into your life. We don’t own or possess crystals, like we don’t own or possess animals. They come to you to share your life and help you.
Often, people have found that one of their crystals disappears, forever, after a certain amount of time. Even when they KNOW they put it in a box, or on the bedside table, or in their special crystal display. That’s okay! Crystals can leave you unexpectedly when their job to heal your energy is complete. As you don’t possess it, it can move on. Just thank the crystal for its help and understand that it’s off to help someone else.
Crystals absorb, retain, and generate different energies, and each has its own distinct meaning and energetic property. The Metta Boutique carries crystal quartz, selenite, jasper and other forms of crystals for you to use to balance your energy. So you can understand what each is used for, we’ve put together this list of crystals, their energy associations, and healing properties.
Crystals and their Meanings
Agate is a harmonizing stone and is known to stabilize the yin & yang energies. It promotes feelings of calm with quiet strength. There are many types of agate: Blue, Blue Lace, Botswana, Crazy Lace, Fossil, Green, Moss, Tree and White.
But don’t be fooled! Many agate slices come dyed in different colors. To get these brilliant saturated colors, the crystals are submerged in a heated dye solution, and then rinsed in a cooling/setting basin of water.
Agate is known for transforming negative energy into positive energy. It can improve concentration, perception, and brain function. It’s also known as a calming gemstone, that soothes anxiety, anger, and strengthens relationships. It also helps ground you and bring a sense of safety and security.
Amazonite is a stone of courage and promotes positive action. It helps with emotional support, balancing high emotions to encourage self-determination and action to success. Amazonite was treasured by the ancient Egyptians who made beautiful jewelry, ornamental pieces and carved texts into the stone. Amazonite stones are thought to have tremendous healing abilities. It is associated with money, luck and overall success. It’s known as the “gambler’s stone,” encouraging good luck and fortune.
Amazonite is said to have a soothing effect on the nervous system. It’s used to treat fatigue, trauma, or anything else that may drain a person’s energy. Amazonite is also said to help problems with the thyroid glands and also aids in treating alcoholism.
Amethyst is a variety of quartz which ranges in color from deep purple to pale lavender depending on the percentage of manganese and iron. It’s been believed to have the power to quell a range of physical appetites, addictions, and indulgences. This sobering effect is also believed to clarify mental acuity, improving the decision-making ability of those who wear it.
Leonardo Da Vinci once wrote that amethyst holds the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one’s intelligence. Healers have used Amethyst for centuries to increase their psychic energy. It is also thought to evoke feelings of serenity and peace to those who wear it. Amethyst is often used during meditation to provide an overall sense of spiritual balance. Some naturopaths will use amethyst to help treat insomnia and sugar imbalances, and to relieve headaches.
Apatite helps with abundance and manifestation. It is best used when meditating as it assists in clearing frustration and supports high and low emotional energy. Apatite is actually the mineral that makes up the teeth and bones of all vertebrate animals. In 1786, the mineral was given its name by German geologist Abraham Werner. The name comes from the Greek word “apate,” meaning to deceive.
Apatite is aligned with the zodiac sign of Gemini. The gemstone is believed to decrease appetite, enhance insight, creativity and learning. It is believed that wearing apatite will enhance focus, clarity for concentration, intellect, acceptance and unconditional love–from self and others.
Aquamarine helps to calm feelings that might be overwhelming you at the moment. It assists in finding the root of a problem and clarify the solution. The name originates from the Italian word for seawater. Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family, along with the emerald. It can be found in a range of pale blue hues and aqua green colors.
The Romans believed that if a frog were carved onto an aquamarine stone, it would make enemies into friends. The ancient Greeks and the Romans considered it a sailor’s stone – worn to ensure a safe and prosperous passage across stormy seas.
Aquamarine represents happiness, hope and everlasting youth. Today, aquamarine is still thought to bring protection to those at sea and is a popular gift among ocean travelers. On land, it is believed to have soothing effects on couples, helping them to work through their differences and ensure a long and happy marriage. It gives the bearer courage and preparedness and is believed to help maintain balance and order. If you dream of aquamarine, it is said that you will make new friends, and wearing earrings of aquamarine are thought to bring love and affection into your life.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March.
Aragonite is an excellent crystal to use to ground yourself. Aragonite is said to foster truth, understanding and a clear perception of reality. Believed to be a stone of nurturing, it uplifts your feelings from oppression into freedom and clarity, and helps to find solutions to your problems.
The multiple thin layers of aragonite give the abalone shell a pearl-like luster. It is honored by many Native American tribes for sage smudging.
Aura or “Rainbow” Quartz is a process that bonds metals and minerals to quartz. It is said to possess an intense energy of calmness assisting by relieving negativity and stress, and promoting optimism and joy.
Aventurine is a style of quartz that helps in renewing optimism and promotes confidence and happiness. It is also used as a stone of opportunity and good fortune. Aventurine gets its name from the Italian word “avventura” which means “by chance,” risk or kismet. Ancient Tibetans would decorate the eyes of their statues with the aventurine, to enhance the subject’s visionary powers.
Aventurine is believed to be a positive stone of prosperity, diffusing negative emotions, reinforcing leadership, promoting compassion and encouraging perseverance. It is a stone used to promote open-mindedness and the ability to see alternatives and possibilities.
Azurite-malachite is a blend of two distinct gems: the deep blues of azurite and the green shades of banded malachite. The name azurite comes from the Persian word “lazhward,” meaning blue. “Malachite” comes from the Greek word “molochitis,” meaning “mallow plant.” The oldest mine known is at Timna Valley in Israel, which has been in operation for over 3,000 years.
In ancient Egypt, Azurite was used to create the protective blue eye of Horus. It was also ground up for use as a pigment. Many medieval paintings of the Virgin Mary in a blue robe were painted with an azurite mixture from French mines.
Azurite is commonly believed to provide insight into all areas of life, promote intuition, stimulate creativity, and soften people’s spirits with love and compassion. Malachite is said to encourage action, enact change, heal heartache, enhance creativity, increase fertility and protect the spirit.
Together Azurite-Malachite, it is believed to freshen your outlook on life, as well as dissolving egocentric characteristics like conceit, arrogance and vanity.
Bloodstone is a form of chalcedony that includes opaque mossy greens and brick reds in an agate base. During the Middle Ages, the red spots were thought to be drops of Christ’s blood, which gave the stone magical powers. In the 4th century, it was believed to make rain, create solar eclipses and give a person the power of invisibility!
Bloodstone is believed to help the circulatory system, strengthening veins, the heart and the blood. It is also associated with providing courage and strength.
Blue Lace Agate
Blue Lace Agate is a beautiful ocean blue stone. It can assist you with “starting over.” It helps you with peace of mind, and letting go of the past.
Calcitehelps boost your joy in life. It also promotes feelings of clarity and guidance when making difficult decisions. The word calcite comes from the Latin “calx” and the Greek “chalix,” meaning lime.
Calcite is commonly believed to increase and amplify many energies, including healing, learning, and awareness. Calcite is both a cleanser in the physical world and the spiritual world. It is known for its protection against negative energy as well as physical or psychological attacks.
This amber-colored crystal enhances your personal power and aids with manifestation. It also amplifies and cleanses energy from the environment, and is a grounding and nurturing stone. Most often found in Mexico and Peru.
Carnelian assists in boosting creativity, stamina, and motivation. It is an energizing and uplifting crystal.
Ancient artifacts using carnelian date back to 1800 BCE on the island of Crete. Carnelian was believed by the Romans to be a stone of courage, giving one confidence and strength. In ancient Egypt, Carnelian was placed on mummies to assist the dead in their journey to the afterlife. In the Middle Ages, carnelian was used by alchemists when boiling stone to release the energy of other gemstones.
Carnelian has been worn in cameos in the belief that it would ward off insanity and depression. In contemporary times, it is thought to enhance self-esteem and creativity, and combat feelings of inadequacy. It can increase physical energy and overcome insomnia. Carnelian is sometimes used as a talisman to protect against fire and misfortune.
Celestite is named after the heavens and has a gentle, calming energy that assists in shifting perspectives allowing for a graceful solution. It provides a sense of soothing–an uplifting feeling that you are being watched over and cared for by a loving guide.
This stone was was reportedly discovered in Istanbul, Turkey. The name most probably is derived from the ancient town of Chalcedony in Asia Minor.
Chalcedony is thought to be lucky for those born under the sign of Cancer, and protective stone for those born under Sagittarius. Many people believe in the healing and cleansing properties of the stone that include the absorbing and dissipating of negative energy, so that it does not transfer to other people.
Chrystocolla helps a broken heart by drawing out negative emotions. It promotes healing from within and helps you overcome past anguish. The name chrysocolla was first used to describe the stone by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and botanist in 315 BCE. The word was derived from the Greek words “chrysos,” meaning gold, and “kola” meaning glue, referencing the fact that chrysocolla was employed from the earliest times by goldsmiths to weld gold pieces together.
Chrysocolla is a gentle stone, which brings calm and inspiration. In ancient Egypt, it was called the “wise stone” because it shielded and powered the brain in negotiations. Chrysocolla also is known to calm people who are violent, and make them more sensitive and accepting. This is why the Queen Cleopatra wore chrysocolla jewelry when visiting leaders in other lands.
Chrysocolla, with associations of tranquility, peace, intuition, patience and unconditional love, is known as a healing stone among Native American cultures where it has been used to strengthen the body’s resistance to illness and emotional stress.
Citrine is a prosperity stone that attracts good luck, fortune, and success. It is said to transform negative energy into a positive. Its name is derived from the Latin word “citrina” because of its pale yellow citrus color, formed by its iron content. It was thought to improve communication and to attract wealth. To the Romans, it was the stone of Mercury, the messenger god, and it was used for carving intaglios.
Citrine has been referred to as a “money stone” or success stone. It is thought to have a positive influence that can relieve backache and combat depression, negative energy and problems with the liver, spleen, digestive system and the bladder.
is a cleansing and amplifying crystal. It is said to absorb, regulate, and release negative energy. Many people use this as a “carry around” crystal throughout the day. It is also known to help store information for later retrieval, like a natural computer.
People in the earliest recorded times believed in the magical powers of quartz. Ancient Roman, Egyptian and Greek civilizations used quartz crystals as talismans and charms. The Ancient Japanese believed quartz formed from the breath of a white dragon, and regarded it as representing perfection.
Quartz crystal is used as a healing stone. It has been called the “Universal Crystal” because of its many uses and is beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection and channeling.
Quartz enhances spiritual growth, spirituality and wisdom. Because it clarifies thought processes and emotions, it can increase inspiration and creativity. It can also help with concentration, studying and retaining what one learns.
The word “diamond” comes from the ancient Greek word “adamas,” meaning unbreakable, invincible. Diamonds are believed to be used as a gemstone in India for more than 5,000 years.
Beyond their modern representations as the stone of marriage and commitment, diamonds have also represented faithfulness, purity and innocence. Diamond is the traditional birthstone for the month of April, and is heralded as the stone of purity and loyalty. It is thought to be the gemstone of the intellect, preventing misunderstandings.
There are a variety of colors of diamonds and they affect your energy differently:
Yellow diamond: Increase thoughtfulness and consideration of others
Blue diamond: Increase willpower and inspire greater care for personal health
Pink diamond: Increase creativity
Black diamond: Decrease self-delusion
The name emerald comes from the Sanskrit word “marakata,” which means spring green. Ancient Egyptians believed the green color of emerald represented fertility and rebirth. They would commonly carve emerald scarabs and place them at the heart of a mummy to make the deceased’s health flourish in the afterlife. The Egyptian queen Cleopatra was known for her fascination with emeralds.
Emerald is the traditional birthstone for May, and has been a symbol of romance, hope, fertility, rebirth. Emeralds have often been associated with various goddesses of love and beauty, such as Venus and were believed to protect lovers from unfaithfulness. If the heart remained loyal, the gem would glow a beautiful green color, but it was thought that if a lover’s heart went astray, the green color would lose its luster and rich color.
Emeralds are believed to be encouraging, calming and balancing. They promote creativity and restore hope, dreams, and positive vision. Emeralds are also thought to bring good fortune and can often be found cash boxes of merchants who hope to prosper in their business.
Feldspar is a group of minerals containing potassium, sodium, calcium and aluminum silicates. The name feldspar is derived from German “feld,” meaning “field” because some early specimens were found in fields and “spar,” a geological term.
Feldspar is believed to be a gemstone of creativity. It helps with finding unconventional and exciting ways to achieve goals by stimulating creative thinking. Fieldspar increases self-respect, self-esteem and self-awareness.
Fluorite promotes mental clarity and eliminates negative energies by blocking unwanted mental influences. It stabilizes and balances the mind.
Fluorite is said to promote impartiality and good for mediation. It’s also thought to heal arthritis and headaches.
The garnet is a powerful energizing stone of protection. It inspires love and devotion by opening the heart and boosting self-confidence. The word Garnet comes from the Latin “granatum,” meaning pomegranate seed – which it resembles with its deep red color.
Garnets were used in burial jewelry and carved signet rings to proclaim royalty during the Bronze Age (300 BCE). Garnets were one of the most popular gemstones of the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, as revealed in the stunning jewelry and sword fittings in the Staffordshire Hoard, because they believed the blood-red stone improved their fighting prowess.
In the middle ages, garnet was commonly believed to guard against poison. Royals would often drop a garnet gemstone into a glass of wine to ensure they were not poisoned to death.
The Garnet symbolizes a quick return to a separated love, fertility and feminine life force. A garnet is often gifted to a loved one before they embark on travel. Garnets are commonly believed to aid in the healing of broken bonds of love. Garnets are also known to aid in the treatment of melancholy and depression by acting as a heart and blood stimulant.
Goldstone is not a mineral, contrary to popular belief. Since it’s often sparkly and polished, people will mistake it for a crystal. It is actually a man-made glass compound created either with copper flecks or other metallic compounds such as cobalt, manganese or chromium oxide.
It is known as the “stone of ambition,” helping you stay focused and attain goals. It’s also believed to reduce tension, revitalize, and create a positive attitude.
Brown goldstone, with its copper content, is believed to carry many of the metaphysical properties of that metal. It is thought to generate and revitalize energy fields, transmit positivity and divert malevolent energy into the earth.
Blue goldstone is believed to transmit healing energy, increase self-acceptance, help with learning and soothe hypersensitivity. Blue goldstone is thought to be the ideal stone for empaths.
Hematite is an iron oxide compound, that is often magnetic. It’s used for its grounding and protective energies, absorbing negative energy and transforming it into positive. It’s often used to balance and support the healing of your body and bring peace to your home.
has a long history of being known for bringing protection and good luck. It is said to harness a gentle energy that harmonizes negative thoughts and promotes positive feelings that attract authentic friendships.
Central American cultures would sometimes hold jadeite against their sides to help cure ailments, which is why the Spanish called jadeite “piedra de ijada,” meaning “stone for the pain in the side.” On the other side of the world, the Chinese called jade “yu,” meaning “heavenly” or “imperial” and has been found in the tombs of some Shang dynasty kings and other important figures.
The Chinese especially valued jadeite and have used the gemstone for its health-strengthening abilities and to improve longevity. According to ancient practice of feng shui, jadeite can influence health and prosperity. Today, jade is used to interpret dreams, access the spiritual planes, and encourage creativity.
Nephrite can be found in a translucent white to pale yellow color called “mutton fat” jade, which is considered the most precious and prized hue. Nephrite is derived from lapis nephriticus, a Latin word meaning “stone of the kidneys.” There was a traditional belief in its power to heal the kidneys and loins.
Jasper is the “Supreme Nurturer” stone, supporting you during times of stress and anxiety. It is said to provide protection by absorbing negative energies and balancing emotions.
The word “jasper” is from the Greek word “iaspi,” meaning “spotted stone.” Jaspers were worn by Egyptian priests in amulets, and the Minoans of Crete carved seals for the palace of Knossos of jasper. Some Native American tribes used jasper to dowse for water and to call rain.
Jasper was popular in the ancient world for its medicinal and spiritual values, and it was used to drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites. In the fourth century, jasper was called “the great rain bringer.” Medicinal values attributed to jasper include an ability to strengthen the stomach and provide cures to gynecological issues.
Different forms of Japser include: Brecciated, Dalmatian, Fancy, Flower, Leopardskin, Moukaite, Peridot, Picasso, Picture, Rainbow, Red Creek, Red, Silver Leaf, Tiger Skin, White, and Zebra.
Kunzite is deeply connected to the heart and love. It opens and connects the heart with the mind, encouraging communion between the two in a joyful way. It’s also thought you are better able to experience and reciprocate love while wearing Kunzite. The stone is believed to help heal heartache and calm nerves.
The beautifully shimmering Labradorite stone helps bring you courage through change. It aids to banish fear and insecurity during times of transformation. Labradorite is named for where it was found in Labrador, a Canadian province on the Isle of Paul. Inuits once called labradorite a “fire stone” and would use it in powdered form to help cure ailments.
Labradorite is considered a tremendously spiritual stone, and especially helpful for people who tend to overwork. It helps you regain energy and aids the body and spirit in healing itself. It is also considered a stone of protection, as it creates a shield for auras and protects against negativity in your surroundings. Labradorite is said to temper the negativity within ourselves as well.
Labradorite is known for its changing colors, so it is no surprise this gemstone is known as a stone of transformation, enhancing strength of will and inner worth.
Lapis Lazuli or just “Lapis” is a stone that possesses great serenity and protective energies. It harmonizes emotions and stimulates the creative part of your brain. More than 6,500 years old, this deep blue stone comes from the mountains of Afghanistan.
Lapis is a Latin word meaning “stone,” while lazuli comes from the Persian word “lazhuward,” meaning “blue.” It is not an element nor a mineral–it is a rock containing multiple minerals: lazurite, diopside, calcite, pyrite and more.
The Sumerians believed that the spirit of their gods lived within the Lapis Lazuli stone, while the ancient Egyptians believed used it as a symbol of the night sky. Lapis lazuli has been associated with strength and courage, royalty and wisdom, intellect and truth. Historically it was worn to ward off evil and it was powdered in ancient Egypt and painted around the eyes to improve eyesight. Nowadays Lapis Lazuli is also used to clear up skin conditions.
Lava is solidified volcanic material, but shouldn’t be discounted when collecting crystals and minerals for metaphysical use. Lava is believed to be very grounding and protective, giving the bearer a feeling of calm and stability. As the oldest stone in the world, lava has been used in jewelry by many cultures. The Victorian era saw an upsurge in lava jewelry production when cameos were at the height of popularity.
It is taboo to take lava, pumice, or shells from the islands of Hawaii as souvenirs. The belief is that Pele considers the volcanic rocks to be her children. and will curse violators with extreme misfortune until they return it. As a result of this belief many boxes of shells and lava rock are sent back to Hawaii every year.
Lava is known to help with anxiety, emotional tranquility, relaxation and a sense of calmness. It is said to be a “stress-absorber.” Its porous quality makes it popular to use as a diffuser in aromatherapy and with essential oils.
Lepidolite helps rid you of negativity and brings feelings of calm. It possesses soft, nurturing energies that allow you to connect to your inner spirit and help with self-love.
Lepidolite is sometimes called the “peace stone” or “grandmother stone” because it’s thought to have nurturing and calming properties. It can help in overcoming emotional or mental dependency and some feel it helps treat addictions. It is also thought to help those with bipolar disorder because of its mind-balancing properties. Lepidolite is believed to alleviate feelings of stress or nervous conditions while opening the mind and calming the higher self.
Mookaite gets its name from where it was found and mined, the Mooka station in Western Australia. It consists of silicified radiolarite, and often contains sediments of fossils. It’s usually identifyable by its red & yellow coloration, like ketchup and mustard!
Mookaite is known to calm and nourish you if you’re under a lot of stress. It provides tranquility and a sense of completeness. It is a form of Jasper, that helps yuou take control of your destiny and make dreams a reality. It’s also a good travel companion and keeps you stead and moving forward.
The beautifully milky moonstone enhances intuition and helps calm anxiety. This magical stone balances emotions to help with clear decision making. Named for its moon-like appearance, the ancient Greeks and Romans believed moonstone to be actual solidified moonlight.
Varieties include Multi-colored moonstone, Pink Flake, Rainbow, Silver, and White.
This transparent peachy stone was originally discovered in California and Madagascar during the 1900s. Morganite is often associated with innocence, sweetness, romance, and love. Morganite is connected to the heart and is attuned to the heart chakra. It’s believed to bring healing, compassion and promise to those who wear it. Morganite opens wearers to unconditional love while dissolving ego.
Moss Agate is a stone of new beginnings, and helps by releasing mental and emotional blockages. It works with your intuition and protects your vulnerabilities.
Moss agate is renowned for the greenish filaments that seem to resemble creeping moss. During the late 18th century, Brits thought of moss agate as a good luck stone. Because its patterns resemble plants and vegetation, moss agate was also considered a blessing in agriculture amongst gardeners and farmers. It’s said European farmers once used to hang moss agate from trees and around the horns of oxen when plowing to encourage successful harvests.
Moss agate is said to encourage tranquility and emotional balance. It’s also associated with budding friendships. It’s suggested to wear moss agate when meeting new people to draw them in and foster new relationships.
The black Obsidian has a strong protective energy and helps with grounding. It forms a protective shield around you if you have to be in a negative environment or around a negative person.
Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed in swiftly cooling lava which contains a high content of silica. It’s not considered a mineral as it doesn’t form crystals. The color of obsidian can vary, depending on what went into the lava at the time of solidifying.
Golden sheen obsidian is believed to be particularly suitable for balancing energy fields and releasing the ego. The reflective nature of obsidian makes it one of the first stones used in meditation, for internal growth and self-understanding. Obsidian doesn’t necessarily give off energy like mineral crystals, but it does help you discover where healing needs to happen.
There are three variations of obsidian: Golden Sheen, Mahogany, and Snowflake.
Onyx is known for its powerful protective energies. It helps banish bad habits, and is used to build confidence and strength. The name “onyx” comes from the Greek word for fingernail, referring to the translucence of the white-colored layer of the stone.
Black onyx has been associated with regeneration and new beginnings. It’s thought by some to have protective qualities, and often carried when taking journies. It is said to be useful in overcoming your basic fears and defending yourself against unfair criticism. It also helps you to move beyond bad relationships and heal old wounds. The Romans associated onyx with courage.
The name “opal” comes from the Sanskrit word “upala,” which means “precious stone.” The opal said to spark creativity, and that the “dance” of its fire can increase joy in your life. Opals have been associated with improving eyesight, and some believe that opal can help moderate and harmonize sexual desires.
The shiny golden Pyrite is also known as “fool’s gold,” is an excellent energy shield, blocking out negativity. Many use it as a good luck charm, as it’s said to attract wealth and abundance. Pyrite got its name from the Greek word “pyr,” which means “fire.” Pyrite be used to create sparks if it is struck against metal or another hard material. Pyrite is considered to be lucky, attracting abundance and wealth.
This beautifully opaque pink stone represents universal love. It is used to attract feelings of appreciation, new relationships, and deepen existing partnerships, friendships and love. It also encourages abundant self-love.
The ruby’s name comes from Latin word “ruber,” meaning red. Ruby is believed to promote loving, nurturing, health, knowledge and wealth. It has been associated with improved energy and concentration, loyalty, honor, creativity, and compassion. Ruby can be used to protect the family, home, and possessions and sometimes used to shield against negative psychic attacks!
The sapphire’s name comes from the Greek word for blue. These beautiful gemstones have long been thought to be a “wisdom stone,” helping with creativity, concentration, and boosting intelligence. It is used to focus and calm the mind, provide serenity, and remove unwanted thoughts or depression.
Sardonyx combines alternating layers of sard and onyx; hence its name. It can be traced back over 4,000 years Ancient Egypt. Sardonyx has straight and parallel banding, and like agate it can be dyed to enhance or change its colors.
Sardonyx is used for its qualities of strength and protection. It’s associated with courage, happiness and clear communication and can bring joy and stability to marriage and partnerships.
The sard in Sardonyx can appear in the spectrum from black to dark orange to red. The onyx element can appear in almost any color.
A variety of the gypsum mineral, Selenite is used for its cleansing and charging abilities. It’s often used as a crystal base to cleanse the energy of other stones while also charging them at the same time. Selenite is a stabilizer of emotions and induces clarity of thought.
Selenite is often attributed to purity and peace, and can be used when meditating or trying to achieve mental clarity. Selenite is considered a high-energy crystal that vibrates at a high frequency. It is commonly used as a way to cleanse the body, mind and spirit of negativity and self-limitation–as well as cleansing and clearing other crystals.
Septarian, aka “Dragon Stone,” is a composite stone comprised of Aragonite (brown), Calcite (yellow), and Limestone (gray). The name comes from the word “Septaria,” which refers to any stone with internal cavities or cracks. Septarian nodules have been carried to promote courage and grounding. It makes a great carry stone for public speakers to hold in hand while standing in front of a crowd.
It also promotes tolerance, emotional stability, a connection to earth energies, and helps with muscle pain and spasms. Septarian stone also absorbs outside energies to transform it into strength. It is connected to the Root Chakra.
Serpentine comes from the Latin “serpens” meaning serpent or snake, because of its scaley appearance. It’s believed to help establish control over your life. Serpentine provides a clearing of thought, and can therefore be used in meditation practice. It’s also known to clear any blocked chakras and stimulate the crown chakra, promoting spiritual understanding and psychic abilities.
Shungite is known for its excellent protective and purifying properties. It protects against radiation, electromagnetic, and geopathic emissions. It was named after the deposits found near the village of Shunga in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. For hundreds of years, Shungite was a source of medical treatment among the residents of Shunga. In 2006 it was confirmed by research from Saint Petersburg University that shungite acts as a natural antibacterial filter and it is still used today in Russia as a purifier.
Shungite has also been used as a pigment in paint, under the names “shungite natural black” and “carbon black.”
Shungite is believed to have very strong grounding and earth energies. It provides a powerful defense against harmful energies created by the electromagnetic frequencies of tech and electronic devices. It helps energize and ground your root chakra, allowing your body to become more receptive to energies in the higher chakras and deflecting away bad luck and other bad energies. It’s also believed that water purified by shungite carries some of the same strong earth energies, which aligns your body and balance, boosts healing, relieve sstress and amplifies mental energies.
The Smoky variety of quartz crystal is an efficient grounding and cleansing stone. It helps with calming anxiety and emotions in times of stress. It is prized for its power to ward off stress while promoting resolve and courage in difficult situations. It is also a protective stone, with a strong association with the earth and base chakras, making it ideal for environmental activism. Smoky quartz is also believed to combat fear, overcome depression and enhance emotional stability. It promotes positive, practical thinking and clear insight.
Sodalite helps bring calm and clarity to the mind. It encourages rational thought, and hence emotional balance to alleviate anxiety. It is an ancient stone, known around 2,600 BCE to the Peruvians, who traded in sodalite!
Sodalite is sometimes considered a guardian for heroes and heroines, especially those speaking truth against the forces of power. It’s unites logic with intuition, and promotes the drive for truth and idealism. Sodalite can be used to organize the mind, promote rational thought, objectivity, and perception. It’s thought to cleanse the lymphatic system and boost the immune system.
Stromatolite is a calcium carbonate rock that photosynthesizes and gives off oxygen. Without it, humans wouldn’t be here as they filled our atmosphere with oxygen hundreds of million years ago, before there were even trees on earth! These stones are formed underwater and contain a layered structure of limestone formed by the growth of blue-green algae. In fact the name comes from the Greek for “layered.” These stones can be millions of years old and can help with breathing, calm, and openness.
Tigereye / Tiger’s Eye
Tigereye is beautiful striped brown stone that protects against negativity and negative self-talk. It helps to promote feelings of emotional stability, strength, and perseverence. It promotes clear-eyed vision, helping us see ourselves and the world in a more positive light. Like the great cat it’s named for, this gemstone knows the importance of being attentive to the details. Tigereye is said to combine earth energy with light or sun energy, creating an intense stone that’s also well-grounded. It’s also believed that Tigereye can enhance psychic and empathic energies, and therefore used to ease the eyes through meditation, when placed on your closed eyelids. Tigereye is thought to remind you to stop, look and listen before you do any leaping.
Different colors are believed to have slightly different effects. Blue tigereye is believed to alleviate and release stress, gold tigereye is said to encourage attention to detail, and red tigereye is used to overcome lethargy of the mind, body, and spirit.
The name Topaz likely comes from an island in the Red Sea which the Greeks called “Topazos.” Topaz is considered a calm, empathic stone that soothes, heals, recharges and centers your emotions. It’s associated with compassion and communication, and is worn for “building bridges” between people.
Blue topaz, in particular, is believed to promote truth and forgiveness, relaxing the body and spirit. It can also be used in meditation to to attune to your higher self.
Topaz of any color is often used to strengthen emotional support, stabilizing the emotions and enabling you to be open to love from every source. In emotional situations, it redirects your thinking from arrogance to calm so you can verbalize your position.
Tourmaline, in all its varieties, is a protective stone to purify and transform negative energy into a lighter vibration. It helps you with self-understanding and self-confidence, and helps to alleviate fear. Tourmaline is believed to inspire creativity and was used extensively as a talisman by artists and writers from the Renaissance through the Victorian Ages.
Tourmaline is thought to be for people who bear a broken heart, as it encourages love, gently disperses emotional pain and dissolves disruptive feelings. It calms the negative emotions that upset relationships. It is also considered an aphrodisiac, helping people realize when it is safe to love and when it is time to overcome sorrow or traumatic memories. It introduces the presence of compassion and wisdom when dealing with others because it is thought to promote flexibility of thought and open-mindedness.
All colors of tourmaline are thought to be powerful, and yet each person seems to have a different reaction to tourmaline.
Pink tourmaline can help polarize people’s emotions and energy with a magnetic-electric charge that appears when the crystal is rubbed or heated.
Watermelon tourmaline (pink with a green outer edge) helps with reconciliation, fosters compassion and cool-headedness, attracts money, healing and friendship while grounding and reaffirming our roots to the Earth.
Blue tourmaline helps the completion of your goals and is said to protect against danger.
Black tourmaline repels negative energy. You should carry black tourmaline when you feel surrounded by negativity. It also helps calm in times of crisis or extreme stress. Black tourmaline will protect you until you’re strong enough to break through your old patterns and fears. It will cultivate inner wisdom, courage, patience, and stability.
Red tourmaline builds inner strength and wisdom because it unites the heart and body in love and passion. It also brings joy, openness, emotional stability, compassion and devotion.
Turquoise is a dense stone ranging in color from blue to green to yellow, and can have intricate patterns of brown and black matrix that are composed mainly of copper deposits. Turquoise has been used in religion, art, trade, treaty negotiations and of course as treasured jewelry to many kingdoms and cultures.
Turquoise encourages enthusiasm and can inspire new projects and bring light to undiscovered artistic abilities. It also provides understanding and encourages attention to detail while attracting prosperity and success.
The sprawling lines of coppery matrix can provide added energy. This may be one reason why the stone has long been prized as a powerful talisman with healing properties. It is believed that turquoise can help balance the blue throat chakra, enhancing the ability to communicate while increasing resistance to viruses, helping to relieve sore throats and allergies.
White Howlite promotes feelings of inner peace, relieves stress and soothes irritability. Undyed howlite is often believed to be an excellent stone for meditation, and has is often used to focus the mind. The grey veins are thought to be like intrusive thoughts, to be acknowledged and then passed by. Some believe that it can help with insomnia by placing the stone under your pillow.
Howlite is also thought to have properties that help relieve stress, open up memories of previous lives, strengthen teeth and bones.
Ziosite is usually recognizable by its green/purple combo of colors although it can also have grey, pink, and brownish variations. It is named after Sigmund Zois Freiherr von Edelstein a.k.a. Sigmund Zois, an Austrian scientist and geologist (1747-1819).
Zoisite is known as a stone that aids you taking assessment of one’s self. A return to your joy, happiness, and the simple life. It almost serves as a sort of “reset button” to returning to zero, clearing your mind and emotions.
Zircon is one of the oldest minerals on Earth. The name zircon most likely derives from the Persian word, “zargun” meaning “gold-colored.” It is associated with all the chakras, and often used by crystal healers to alleviate physical and mental ailments. It has been known to reduce fever, soothe pain, relieve stomach cramps, help with asthma, lung problems, and menstrual cramps.
Zircon is also believed to stimulate the liver, and is helpful for people detoxing from nicotine, alcohol and other substances. It is valued as a cure for both nightmares and insomnia as it promotes restful sleep.
Mentally, zircon can help a person process loss and grief, as well as boost passion for life and work. Zircon is used to aid in meditation and developing psychic intuition. It is said to clear negative energy and has a protective aura. This magic stone is also used to attract wisdom, success, admiration, and wealth.
Colorless Zircon is good for mental purification and meditation, blue zircon is said to help build relationships and self-confidence, and pink zircon attracts romance, new love and harmony.