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The Meaning of Stones

Lapis Lazuli:

Mined in Afghanistan for over 7,000 years, the “Armenian Stone” is an enduring lapisrock , unlike other gems it is a composite of several materials with sparkling flecks of pyrite, or fool’s gold, adding to its mystical allure.
The ancient city of Ur had a thriving trade in lapis as early as the fourth millennium BC and it appears in various passages from the Book of the Dead as an inscription stone.
It was one of the stones in the biblical 'Breastplate of Judgment' of Aaron (Exodus: xxviii, 15-30). The Romans believed it to be a powerful aphrodisiac.
In the Middle Ages, it was thought to keep the limbs healthy and free the soul from error, envy and fear. When lapis was first introduced to Europe, it was called ultramarinum, meaning beyond the sea. Ground lapis mixed with oil was the secret of the blue in ultramarine, the pigment which painters used to paint the sea and the sky until the nineteenth century.
Attributed with great healing, purifying and curative properties, Lapis Lazuli points the way to enlightenment, and aids in the opening of the Third Eye. Popular with ancient alchemists (who knew it as sapphirus), it was used in medicine, cosmetics and paintings. It was also believed to confer ability, success, divine favor, ancient wisdom and cure sore throats. This stone is for Understanding, Higher guidance, intuition, connection to higher self, overview, decisions for good of all. Organizes, quiets mind.  Self-expression, writing, creativity, dream insight...Anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, autism, shyness, nervous system; , speech, hearing, pituitary, lymph, inflammation, pain (especially head), protection.


Malachite helps clear and activate the chakras, and clears the path to your desired goal. It brings fidelity in love and friendship and is a protective stone for the aviation field. It brings tolerance, flexibility,and patience, and a stabilizing influence.  Steady pulsing electromagnetic energy. (High copper content) On brow: Stimulates physical and psychic vision, concentration. Powerful with azurite or chrysocolla for healing: Releases and draws out pain, inflammation, depression, anger; heals blocks. Protects well by powerfully cleaning the auric field, rapidly absorbing undesirable energies.


This stone helps us to see ourselfs from an outside view and produces insights that help us to painlessly correct qualities that are unwanted. It encourages us to "shine". Stimulates the senses and intellect, dispels the use of rash words and impatience.


Feldspar (contains aluminum). Popular with the Romans, who thought it was formed out of moonlight, and in India, where it is considered a sacred stone, moonstone is the most valuable variety of feldspar with an iridescent sheen known as adularescence.
A symbol of the Third Eye, moonstone is said to balance yin/yang, protect against epilepsy and sun stroke, and help cure headaches and nose bleeds.
Moonstone is a highly prized gift for lovers as it arouses tender passion. It also accentuates the wearer's nature, whether positive or negative. Translucent with white, pink, yellow, soft sheen. Soothes stress, anxiety, women's hormones/menstrual imbalance, lymph. Enhances intuitive sensitivity via feelings and less overwhelmed by personal feelings. Greater flexibility and flow with life. For emotional balance, gracefulness. Helps all be more comfortable with our gentler feminine/yin receiving side. Especially for water signs.


This stone helps to change bad habits, it's also an excellent grounding stone. Balances and grounds. Absorbs and flattens emotional intensity.
: Grounding.
: Heart
:Seriousness, logic.
The more translucent/clearer ones are more effective.

OpalOpal :

The opal escence is a result of the 5-10% of water trapped inside the stone in which rows and rows of tiny spheres of silicon dioxide are arranged, diffracting light in a unique fashion. Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD), Roman historian and author of the world's first encyclopedia was very impressed with the brilliant purple of the amethyst and the sea green color of the emerald, all shining together in incredible union. The Romans had been wearing opals for centuries and considered them a symbol of hope and purity while for the early Greeks they embodied the powers of foresight and prophecy. The Arabs thought that opals must have fallen from heaven in flashes of lightning thus achieving their unique play of color or "opalescence".
Opal has also featured in literature with Shakespeare referring to it in Twelfth Night as "the queen of gems".
A real queen had to intervene in the near destruction of the 19th century opal market when Sir Walter Scott's Anne of Geierstein started a superstition that opals were bad luck for people not born in October. The novel's heroine owned an opal that burned fiery red when she was angry and turned ashen gray upon her death. Queen Victoria finally dispelled the curse by giving opal jewelry as gifts at a royal wedding.
The famous French actress Sarah Bernhardt rarely left the house unless adorned with her opalescent birthstone.

Opal helps those who use it to see possibilities. This an EXTREMELY strong stone. Most people find it hard to use.
A silicate. Contains water, correlating with our emotions. Clarifies by amplifying and mirroring feelings, buried emotions, desires (including love and passion). Less inhibition, more spontaneity. Visualization, imagination, dreams, healing. Easily absorbs, stores emotions and thoughts. Fragile. Fades/cracks in sun, heat, salt, acidic foods. Moisten frequently with water or oil. Some cancel/negate other gems. (backfires if not used for good of all) May change color with high energy/intensity people.
White: Balances L/Rt. brain.
"Black"/Dk blue: One of the most potent.
Fire Opals: May stimulate passion, temper, energy.

The WorldThe World of Opals of Opals

This book examines the history of opals dating back to ancient times.
It describes where opals are located throughout the world and how they are mined and details the techniques for cutting, polishing, and working with this difficult gemstone as well as the scientific, historical, and mythological aspects of this enduringly fascinating gem.
This book will be the first comprehensive book on opals in over 30 years.
-- Examines the histories of famous opals. 22 color plates


Pearls are one of my favorites so they have their own pages :-)


Known by the ancient Egyptians as the “gem of the sun,” peridot has a mystical reputation with its alleged powers including: warding off anxiety, enhancement of speech articulation, and success in relationships and marriage.
Common in early Greek and Roman jewelry, peridot has been popular since 1500 BC when the Egyptians started mining it on Zeberget, later known as St. John’s Island, about 50 miles off the Egyptian coast in the Red Sea.
Peridot mining was traditionally done at night when the stone’s natural glow is easier to see, the ancient Egyptians even believed that peridots became invisible under the sun’s rays. Hawaiian natives believe peridot is the goddess Pele's tears, while biblical references to the stone include the high priest's breastplate ­ studded with a stone for each of the twelve tribes of Israel, one being peridot. Cleopatra reportedly had a fine collection of “emerald” jewelry, which was really peridot but it was the Ottoman Sultans who gathered the largest collection during their 600-year reign from 1300-1918.

Legend has it that powdered peridot can be used to cure asthma and a peridot placed under the tongue of someone in the grip of a fever will lessen their thirst and also that drinking from a peridot goblet can increase the potency of medicines. Pirate’s believed peridot had the power to drive away evil spirits (and the night’s terrors), especially if set in gold.
Peridot emits a warm and friendly energy. It assists in the understanding of the changes that are occurring and detrimental patterns. It is a shield of protection around the body.
Clear bright green/green-yellow. Clears heart pathway, strengthening breath of life, prosperity, growth, openness. Used by Egyptians, Aztecs, Incas to gently cleanse and heal the physical heart (lungs, lymph, breast) Yellower gems also for  stomach, liver, adrenal.  Helps understand relationships, other realities Alleviates depression, anger, fear, jealousy, anxiety.

Quartz "Rock Crystal:

Clear, many forms and colors! Probably the most versatile multi-purpose healing stone. Easy to cleanse, store info/energy in, program or amplify energy and healing with. Can both draw and send energy. Powerful clear ones  for meditation, sending/receiving guidance. Stimulates natural crystals in body tissues and fluids to resonate at new healing frequency.

Blue (Or gray/lavender): A good healing stone to expand self expression and creativity, plus refining communication skill to new levels. Eases throat tension. Immune system, thyroid, iodine and B-Vitamin use. Some say shining light through Blue Quartz can help reduce need for glasses. Still evolving.

Pink.Love, beauty, peacefulness, forgiving, lovingness, self-love, emotional balance. Soft. Gently soothes and warms heart center. Emotional healing, loss, stress, hurt, fear, low confidence, resentment, anger. Slowly eases childhood traumas/neglect/lack of love, low self-esteem. Cleanse and recharge often. Especially if fades. Aligns mental, emotional, and astral bodies. 

Clear Quartz with metallic, golden rutile, copper, or blue/gray titanium fibers that powerfully electrically conduct and amplify energy/thoughts/programming for healing. For meditation, clairvoyance, telepathy, insight. Some make one too spacey or scattered to wear. (Induces Alpha) Stimulates immunity, strength, blue corona, imagery, dreams.
Golden fibers may increase radiation protection and health rejuvenation.

Smoky Quartz:  Smoky, rootbeer, or chocolate-colored clear crystals. inducing Alpha/deep meditation for  higher guidance, deep relaxation, lovingness. Ancient use also to stimulate meridians, kundalini, and correct fertility/PMS/reproductive imbalance. Alleviates fear, anxiety, depression,

Black/brown: dull, solid/semisolidless Very grounding, opposite of other smokeys. May feel dense, heavy, nonconductive. Many were irradiated to turn them this flat, dark color with white edge of base. If so, they're not useful for conducting light/healing, thus less useful for wearing or healing.

Rose Quartz:

Produces gentleness. It is known as the stone of  "gentle love", bringing peacefulness and calm to relationships. Promotes receptivity to the beauty of art,music and the written word. It represents a young,warm love and balances the yin-yang energy Excellent for healing emotional wounds,removing negativity and restoring harmony after crisis situations.


Historically, many believed that mystical powers lie within this intensely colored red gemstone. When inserted beneath the skin, the ancient Burmese believed that the stone generates a mystical force, which protects the wearer from accidents and attack. In the ancient world, many believed rubies to contain prophetic powers, enabling wearers to predict their future based on the color changes of their gemstones. The ancient Hindus enchanted by the color of rubies considered them to be "Ratnaraj" or the "King of Precious Stones".

This stone is for love. It helps one to open one's heart. Warms, energizes after exhaustion. Strengthens physical and emotional heart , love, courage, confidence, vitality, stamina, strength, leadership, success over challenges. Intensifies all emotions (passion, jealousy, impatience, love...) Attempted use for pressure/control (for love, etc) backfires onto user. Used for infections, cholesterol, clots, blood detox (alcohol, caffeine, etc), sexual blocks. Stimulates circulation, menses, pituitary.


SapphireThe modern word sapphire is derived from the ancient Latin term "Sapphirus".
Ancient people believed that the power of wisdom is contained within this precious gemstone. They believed that when the wearer of a sapphire faces challenging obstacles, the stone's power enables them to find the correct solution.
Aids in the release of unwelcome thoughts, brings joy and peace of mind by opening the mind to beauty and intuition. Sustains the gifts of life and aids in the fulfillment of the dreams of your consciousness.Blue, green, pink, purple, clear. Related to Ruby.

Blue: Communication, insight, intuition, inspiration, spiritual prayer/devotion, peacefulness. Pituitary and Thyroid. Detoxing skin, body. Antidepressant. Cools, contracts, soothes, thus reducing inflammation, fevers, nosebleeds. Strongest if next to skin.
Star: wisdom, will,enhances the centering of ones thoughts, cheerfulness, luck. Helps you to understand the intentions of another.Reduces  anxiety, procrastination. Some effects subtle.
Black: more grounding. Protection. May strengthen by posing challenges to overcome.Helps in the seeking of employment.


Serpentine helps the meditative state. It can be used to clear the clouded areas of the chakras. It helps in all disorders of the body, emotions and mental structure. Conscious direction of the healing energy toward a problem is required.


This stone stimulates the throat and the Third Eye.Brings together all aspects of communication and psychic power. It brings perfect power of actualization.

Tiger's Eye:

This stone brings clarity and enhances psychic ability. It can help discipline sexual, emotional life and allows one's life to open and blossom. A stone to stimulates wealth and helps to maintain it. It brings protection, practicality, softens stubbornness and balances male/female energy.

Cat's Eye.

Yellow-gold. Confidence, willpower, clear thinking (and thus speaking), personal power in life. Helps separate thoughts from feelings, so centered, less emotional.


Laced with Manganese, it often displays a variety of black, brown and blue lines and patches creating a unique mottled effect.
It is an unusual deep purple stone from Southern Africa. Sometimes referred to as "Purple Turquoise" Sugilite is a rare gem type named for Ken-ichi Sugi, the Japanese geologist who discovered it in 1944.
Metaphysically, Sugilite is said to emanate a protective energy, especially for gentle people and children who don't easily screen out the negativity of others. It is especially helpful to those who feel themselves to be gentle spirits who are shocked by the harshness of human interaction here on earth. For them Sugilite may provide a nurturing vibration which allows for the screening out of hostility, anger and fear.


The word topaz is derived from the Sanskrit word "tapas".

TopazGolden:The most powerful, electromagnetic of yellow/ solar plexus gems. A strong, steady, high level gem for mental clarity, focus, perceptively, high level concepts, confidence, personal power, stamina. Helps mood swings, insomnia, worries, fears, depression, exhaustion, nervous system stress, stomach anxiety. Liver/pancreas detoxification, bloodsugar balance, tissue and backbone strengthener (physically and emotionally). Radiates warmth, sun/light energy, protection. Excellent for water signs, teachers, excess work stress, manifesting, higher-self connection. Brings emotions and thinking into balance.

Blue: Alignment with our higher self, creative expression, writing, focus on your path. Removes arrogance and allows one to see all things as equally important in the overall scheme of life.


The name tourmaline is believed to have derived from the Sinhalese word, "turmali", meaning "mixed".

Many refer to tourmaline as the "muses' stone", for they believe that its imaginative colors contain inspirational powers which enable the mind of its beholder to bring forth illimitable vision and creativity.

During the Manchu Dynasty in China, members of the Mandarin class wore round buttons made of red tourmaline, distinguishing themselves from other classes of citizens. Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi was so fascinated by tourmaline's beauty and color that she had over one ton of these precious gem stones in her royal collection.

The most classic tourmaline is called watermelon tourmaline. It blends from a beautiful green into a red or pink. This blending of Green and red/pink is advantageous when you are working with balancing your heart. This stone helps one to release the concept of being the "victim" and to maintain fortitude and laughter through the trials of life.

Black tourmaline is a strengthener for all emotional work.Repels and protects against negativity,especially for sensitive people.Neutralizes fears, resentment, neurosis, obsessions, intestinal or spine energy blocks, toxins, constipation.

Green tourmaline: Balances love and passion. Helps one to see with the heart. Strengthens will to live, life-force, prosperity, compassion. Holds the essence of the plant kingdom. Shows that we are one and responsible for maintaining the integrity of the planet. A powerful, electromagnetic, striated gem. Strengthens body and spirit (and meridians), transmutes lower frequency thought/energy to a higher frequency of light and brings light/spirit into the physical. Radiates light protection for wearer. Energizes Central Nervous System (for neuralgia, migraine, burns, etc.)

Clear: higher frequency, effectiveness. Especially for nervous system; blood/lymph toxins. Instills the concept of progress through service.

Blue (Indicolite):Wonderful for aligning with higher self for deep insight, vision, intuition, mental peace, patience, nerve system.

Pink: Emotional and spiritual love, healing loss, emotional pain, fear, self-gentleness Best in combination with counseling. Self-love, compassion, release of old hurt. Trust.

Red: Emotional and spiritual love (light pink) expressed in the physical heart  Yin/yang balance.


The book of Exodus contains an important reference to Turquoise as one of the Turquoisestones in the Breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest Aaron.

The Egyptians began mining Turquoise in the Sinai Peninsula around 5500 BC. In Ancient times the Egyptians, Persians, Mongols and Tibetans all valued Turquoise highly.

The Persians preferred sky blue Turquoise and the term "Persian Turquoise" is now used as a color grade, not a geographical indicator. In Persian, Turquoise is known as Ferozah, meaning victorious and it is the national gemstone of Iran to this day.
In Asia it was considered protection against the evil eye. Tibetans carved Turquoise into ritual objects as well as wearing it in traditional jewelry. Ancient manuscripts from Persia, India, Afghanstan, and Arabia report that the health of a person wearing Turquoise can be assessed by variations in the color of the stone. Turquoise was also thought to promote prosperity.

In the first Millennium AD both the Chinese and Native Americans becoming captivated by the blue stone.

In Mexico, the Aztecs began mining Turquoise between 900-1000 AD. The Anasazi people mined Turquoise in what is now Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.
Turquoise from this area found its way around the trade routes of the American continent and has been unearthed as far away as the great Mayan city of Chichén Itzá in the Yucatán. Montezuma's treasure, now displayed in the British Museum, includes a fantastic carved serpent covered by a mosaic of Turquoise. In ancient Mexico, Turquoise was reserved for the gods, it would not be worn by mere mortals. Legend has it that some Native Americans believed that if Turquoise was affixed to a bow, the arrows shot from it would always hit their mark. By the 16th century, the cultures of the American Southwest were using Turquoise as currency.

It is believed that Turquoise helps one to start new projects; can warn the wearer of danger or illness by changing color; and protects the wearer from falling - especially from horses. It is also believed to bring happiness and good fortune to all.A master healing stone that promotes spontaneity in romance and stimulates the initiation of romantic love. It balances and aligns all chakras and subtle bodies and can bring all energies to a higher level. A highly spiritual stone, yet grounding, it brings soothing energy and peace of mind. It brings strength, wisdom, protection, and positive thinking.

A good general healer for all illnesses and excellent conductor (high copper). This gentle, cool, soothing stone is a Native American classic. For open communication, creativity, serenity, spiritual bonding, upliftment;Opens the heart  for giving/receiving. Symbolizes our source (spirit/sky) and spiritual love for healing, help.  Like amethyst, it protects and detoxes from alcohol, poison, pollution, x-ray/sun radiation. Ancient absorber of "negativity"; protection from "evil eye". Brings wisdom. Helps anorexia, headache, fear, etc. Throat, lungs, asthma, infections, teeth, hearing, high blood pressure, creativity block, depression.
I find these stones are very helpful to me. I use them to help me focus my energy and maintain right thinking. I present this information about them to you as just that. Information on Stones. I do not suggest that you totally rely on this information as a way of curing yourself of serious physical or mental problems. It is presented to you as  a helpful and interesting way of viewing the connection of yourself to the Earth and  the Universe.  If you are seriously ill I suggest you see your physician.


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