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Crystals and gemstones are beings that have been here soooooo long it's hard to fathom.

Since the beginning of man we have been decorating our bodies with them, creating alters with and around them, idolizing them. Somehow when we found a stone, we just knew it was special.

Here we are so many years later doing just the very same thing, different values, different intentions, but still the same thing.  Cute huh.   

Traditional Gemstone Properties

Abalone:A stone for strengthening the muscular tissue, especially around the heart. Very good in the treatment of spinal degeneration diseases.

Agates: Balancing physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual energies; perceptiveness, strength, inspiration, awakening talents. Semi-precious stone, the Agate is said to improve natural vitality and energy and to increase the self-confidence of the person using it. It is believed to be of special benefit to athletes and to those taking any kind of examination or test - or anyone else who has to call upon instant bursts of energy whether mental or physical. Balances the emotions and calms the body, mind and feelings. General healing, reduces fever, hardens tender gums, gives courage and banishes fear, also assists the wearer to express thoughts into spoken words. Helps to develop powers of eloquence. Stone of health and good fortune.

Amazonite: Success, joy, self-expression, awakening heart, soothing, harmony, balancing. Generally used to help soothe the nervous system and to give some relief to those who are suffering from emotional disturbances. Also helps with one's metabolism and growth. Useful when trying to express oneself more clearly. Regulates and improves thinking abilities. 

 Amber: Soothing, calming, cleansing. Although it may look like one, Amber is not really a stone but the yellow-brown fossilized resin of trees. It is claimed that Amber is used to best effect by those who suffer from throat infections, those who have bronchial disorders or those who are prone to asthma or convulsions, also rheumatism, intestinal disorders, earache, bladder trouble, nerves or bone-marrow deficiencies. Calming, can absorb negative energy and helps the body to heal itself. Used for making and breaking spells. Helps with depression and suicidal tendencies.

  Amethyst: Contentment, spirituality, dreams, healing, peace, happiness, love, intuition. A purple-colored quartz used as a semi-precious stone; the Amethyst is known as a spiritual stone and is used for general healing and for meditation. It is said that sleeping with a piece of amethyst beneath one's pillow promotes intuitive dreams and inspired thought. Many healers also consider it useful in the relief of insomnia and to bring serenity in times of grief. The Amethyst clears, purifies and helps with any addictions or stress or tension. Also protects against blood disease, toxic effects of substance use, acne, neuralgia and fits. Soothes and calms the mind, raises the spirit, rebalances and increases intuitive awareness, protects from negative vibrations. It is a very good idea to have an Amethyst cluster in your room because of the cleansing and energizing properties associated with it. Traditionally believed to protect from drunkenness.

Aventurine: Healing, money, mental agility, visual acuity, peace, opening heart, motivation, leadership. Aventurine is said to be useful in relieving migraine and in soothing the eyes. A traditional method of using this stone is to leave it in water overnight and to use the water the following day to bathe eyes. Aventurine water - made in the same way can also be used for bathing irritations of the skin. Aventurine is a soother and helps relax one for a better night's sleep! It also relieves tension and shock. Improves vitality, equalizes blood pressure. Encourages creativity, gives the wearer courage, independence, calmness and serenity. Gives adventure and luck in love and sport.

Azurite: Intuitive energy, dreams, healing, insight, stilling the mind, concentration, self transformation. It is used as a general healing stone. Relieves arthritis and joint disabilities. Reduces hip joint pain. Relates to penetrating through your deepest fear in the subconscious.

Bloodstone: Courage, intense healing, renewal, strength, victory, intuitive decision making. help to overcome depression and melancholia - especially if it is worn by the sufferer. It is also said to help those who suffer from psychosomatic illness and pains which have an emotional rather than a physical cause. Bloodstone is also a purifier of the blood and a general detoxification of organs, particularly the liver, kidneys and spleen. It helps to allow light into the body. Provides vitality, strengthens idealism and the will to do good - especially for charity. Increases one's talent, stimulates the kundalini and balances all of the chakras.

Blue-lace agate is a very calming stone. It is helpful for freely expressing oneself and how one feels and thinks. Provides cool and soothing energy which is good for neutralizing red energies such as anger, infections, inflammations, fevers etc. Helps to open the throat chakra.

Blue Quartz
: Helps improve heart, lungs, throat and thymus. Good for people suffering from emotional traumas. Aids the release of inner emotional tension from deep within the body.

(Gold) Carries the golden healing ray. Gives comfort, helps cheer depression. Good for most of what ails you! Purification, peace, calming, memory, awareness, appreciation of nature.
(Green)  Helps kidneys, spleen and the pancreas. Removes toxins from the body and alleviates mental fear. Aids mental clarity, soothes anxiety, calms turbulent energies. Expands awareness, aids intuition, links parallel realities. Good when undertaking mental change.
(Orange) Helps gall bladder, improves physical energy, also expands awareness etc as above.
(Optical)  Improves eyesight. Brings spiritual understanding into challenging circumstances and situations. Helps when doing regression. 

Carnelian: Precision, analytical capabilities, physical energy, verbal skill, peace, spirituality. Semi-precious stone, a reddish variety of chalcedony.  This stone is useful for understanding one's rhythms and cycles and it is said that if it is worn in a pouch around the neck by a women during menstrual periods - it will help to ease the stomach cramps felt at that time. Strengthens voice; helps rheumatism and arthritis, depression, neuralgia; aids the sense of touch. Used for infertility and impotence. Alleviates blood poisoning, fever, infection and nose bleeds. Helps in the treatment of sores, spasms and wounds. Protects from evil, elevates the spirits, grounds energies thus assisting concentration and mental focus by clearing the mind and focusing one's thoughts. Helps daydreamers and those who are absent-minded.

Chalcedony: Improves bone-marrow, spleen, red corpuscles and heart tissue. Stimulates optimism and enhances one's spiritual and artistic creativity.

Chrysocolla: Easing heartache, stamina, wisdom, peace, love, communication, vitality, inner strength.

Chrysoprase: Balancing male-female energy, love, grace, compassion, clemency, personal growth. Improves prostate gland, testicles, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Increases fertility. Apple green variety of chalcedony. It reveals will-power and is useful for dealing with depression and loss of incentive. Feminine stone, ideal for menstrual pain and pre-menstrual tension. Helps after miscarriages, abortions, hysterectomies. Helps with birthing if held, worn or meditated upon during labor. Cools fevers, heals burns, calms nerves, helps thyroid imbalance, voice problems, neck/shoulder strain. Develops patience, kindness, tolerance, compassion, humility. Gives peace and serenity; emotional balance, eases sorrow and anger. Good for men who don't allow themselves to express their feelings or emotions. Excellent stone for meditation and can assist the development of clairvoyance.

Citrine: Yellow variety of quartz. It is claimed that the citrine is able to help those who feel that they have misplaced their path in life and to give them a new sense of direction and rebuild the structure of their earthly existence. It helps to control the emotions and works with relationships and self- knowledge. It attracts self-worth, dissolves emotional blocks and induces dreams. It is also said to be beneficial to those people suffering from poor circulation and to strengthen the immune system, tissue regeneration, eases toxic conditions particularly in the endocrine and digestive systems. Helps with diabetes and depression. Activates mental powers and clarifies thought. Improves self-image bringing confidence into relationships and environment, improving the quality of one's life, sometimes bringing prosperity. Reduces harmful effect of electrical products. Intuition, comfort, protection, creativity, physical energy, wealth, mental awakening.

Coral: Diplomacy, quieting emotions, visualization. Hard substance formed of skeletons of various marine polyps. Coral is said to promote general physical and mental well-being and to be of particular assistance to those suffering from anemia, bladder conditions, colic and whooping cough. In many parts of the world it is believed that coral can be used to ward off evil thoughts sent by ill-wishers.  

Crystal Quartz: Intensifying energy, spiritual development, healing, raising consciousness.

Diamond: Courage, strength, healing, protection, spirituality, mental abilities. Master healer. An extremely powerful stone in the removing of blockages and all emotional negativity.

Emerald: Love, domestic bliss, sensitivity, loyalty, memory, mental capacity, harmony, focus, eliminating negativity. Bright green precious stone. Improves intellect and memory. Helps tired eyes and insomnia. Improves eloquence. Gives power to see into the future and grants success in business. Acts as emotional stabilizer. It is said to help release emotionally based trauma and to govern the awareness of emotions by others. It opens up the heart to love, peace and healing.

Fluorite: Stability, impartial reasoning, responsibility, concentration, health. Fluorspar - a natural calcium fluoride. Fluorite helps bring the spiritual into the material and quickens enlightenment. Helps heal holes in one's auras where energy is drained. Grounds, balances and focuses one's energies. Absorbs and alters negative and other energies. Opens the chakras. Aids physical and mental healing. Strengthens bone tissue, especially teeth enamel. Relieves dental disease, pneumonia, viral inflammation

Garnet: Health, removing negativity, awareness, commitment, regeneration, order, insight. A dark red gem. The garnet is most often used as a general tonic for the whole system - physical, mental and emotional. It is regenerative and revitalizing, strengthening the blood and helping with anemia and circulatory problems. Protects against infection, depression and skin diseases. It brings into consciousness the physical powers and is particularly recommended for those who need to improve their self-respect and self-confidence, pride and success and to increase their courage when dealing with changes. Improves imagination. Assists in dream work and in past life recall. Increases determination, energy and courage. Attracts love, promotes bonding.

Hematite: Mental attunement, memory, calming, balance, focusing energy and emotions, peace, inner happiness, transforming negativity.Natural ferric oxide. Improves all blood disorders, helps coagulation. Reduces stressful effects of air travel, combats insomnia. Enhances astral projection, promotes balance, focus, convergence and concentration of energy. The hematite is a stone which it is said will help to increase courage and it is also claimed that it will strengthen the heart and is good for reducing a rapid pulse.

Iolite: Intuition, spiritual growth, healing, balance, releasing discord, awakening to inner knowledge.

Jade: Fidelity, dreams, realization of potential, peace, accord, resourcefulness, accomplishment.A pale green gemstone. Jade is said to be of help in relieving kidney complaints, bladder trouble and eye problems. Yellow jade is believed to aid a poor digestion. When worn as a piece of jewelry, jade is thought to provide protection from one's enemies and can be used to protect one on long journeys. Also to attract good luck, for wisdom, for long life and a peaceful death. Helps to control dream content or focus. In ancient China and ancient Egypt it was widely used as a talisman to attract good fortune, friendship and loyalty.

Jaspers: Protection, nurturing, joy, awareness; balancing of physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual energies.Jasper is said to be both invigorating and stabilizing, bringing stillness to a troubled mind. It generates an even rhythmic pulse. It is also said to improve the sense of smell and to overcome depression. Red jasper is known to contain iron oxide which is used medically to control excessive bleeding and for this reason, it is claimed it can be useful in overcoming disorders of the blood. Also for digestion and stomach problems, biliousness and bladder trouble. Protects from witchcraft, soothes the nerves.

Jet: A very hard lustrous form of natural carbon. Prevents deep depression, quiets fears. Protects from violence and illness. Aids grieving. It is also used in healing to control and ease migraine and pain behind the eyes.

Labradorite: Alignment, spiritual connection, transformation, clarity, peace, progression, discernment.

Lapis Lazuli: Wisdom, intuition, awareness, objectivity, clarity, creativity, expanded consciousness, dreams, purity, courage, serenity.It is said that it has the power to prevent fits and epilepsy and to improve the eyesight. Helps heart and spleen, protects against strokes, helps depression. Helps acquire wisdom and truth. It is also a symbol of power and a mental and spiritual cleanser. Assists one's psychic development and mental stability. Gives hope and self awareness and helps one to face one's shadow-self. It is the stone of friendship. Helps cut through superficialities to find inner truth. Aura cleanser.

Lepidolite: Hope, stress reduction, birth, peace, spirituality, physical strength, luck, protection, emotional balance.

Malachite: Transformation, insight, clarifying emotions, fidelity, loyalty, practicality.Malachite contains copper and it is claimed that it is helpful in the treatment of rheumatism and also in regularizing menstruation. Used in the treatment of asthma, toothache. Improves eyesight. Raises one's spirits and increases hope, health and happiness. It attracts physical and material benefits and brings prosperity. It assists wise rule and helps remove mental blockages hindering spiritual growth. It relieves any congestion in the body and helps with confusion and lack or purpose and insecurity.

Mother of Pearl: Mental clarity, intuition, sensitivity, imagination, adaptability, cooperation.

Obsidians: Clarity, deflecting negativity, protection, healing.A grounding stone - makes the user face up to responsibility. Dedicated to change, metamorphosis, purification, fulfillment, inner growth and introspection. Deflects negative energy.

Onyx: Self-control, decision making, intuition, recognition of personal strengths.The onyx is reputed to improve concentration and devotion. Perhaps it is for this reason that it is frequently to be found in rosaries. Helps hearing problems, heart trouble and ulcers

Opal: Creativity, spontaneity, relationships, memory, happy dreams and changes.Helps lung conditions, increases assimilation of protein. Assists the control of one's temper and calms the nerves. Aids the development of one's psychic ability. Sometimes considered an unlucky stone, perhaps because it causes one's thoughts - good or bad - to rebound upon oneself! Above all, it is a stone of love, but if the lover be false its influence is reversed, and the opal proves a sorry stone for faithless lovers.

Pearl: Purity, faith, charity, innocence, integrity, focus, wisdom, spirituality, sincerity, fertility.Promotes antibodies and fights infection.

Peridot: Warmth, friendliness, understanding, openness in love and relationships, regulation of cycles.Peridot, as well as being recommended as a cure for insomnia, is said to aid the digestion and placate the nervous system. Improves bruised eyes. Can cleanse and heal hurt feelings, helps mend damaged relationships. Attracts occult powers to the user. Develops inner vision; the stone of the seer. Counteracts negativity and opens the mind. It acts like a tonic and heals the physical body and can be useful in reducing fever. Also used in treating emotional states such as anger or jealousy.

Quartz Crystal: A natural crystalline silica. So many uses and properties that it needs a whole book to itself! The Quartz Crystal attracts the powers of light and energy and is said to be an excellent powerful general healer and dynamic working tool which works on all levels - strengthening, cleansing and protecting. Purifies air. Protects against harmful electrical vibrations. Assists the wearer to think intuitively. Amplifies and transmits subtle vibrations. The symbol of elemental wholeness, containing the four elements of creation. Assists development and integration of our entire being. Assists us to amplify, focus, direct, transmit and store energy. Its greatest attribute is known to be its use as an aid to opening the psychic centers, enabling the ability to meditate at a deeper level and to free one's mind from the mundane and the trivia. It releases the higher consciousness and develops mystical and spiritual gifts.

Rhodocrosite: Love, emotional balance, cleansing, renewal, relaxation, expansion of consciousness.Prevents mental breakdowns, balances physical and emotional traumas. Improves eyesight, kidney, pancreas and spleen. Inspires forgiveness, heals emotional scars, attracts love. Helps one face reality and new situations. Assists integration of physical, mental and emotional fields.

Rose Quartz: Love, peace, happiness, gentleness, healing emotional wounds.This lovely stone is claimed to be one of the best stones to use in the treatment of migraines and headaches of all types. Calms emotions, helps suffering due to emotional trauma, heals wounds of neglect giving inner peace. It is also said to stimulate the imagination and the intellect and to open up the heart to inner peace, self love and self recognition. It is a very healing stone for internal wounds, bitterness and sorrows. It promotes forgiveness, love and friendship. It makes one more receptive to beauty, hastens recovery and gladdens the heart. The Venus - or love - stone.

Ruby: Nurturing, spiritual wisdom, attainment of values, economic stability, protection from distress. As well as aiding intuitive thinking, the ruby is believed to increase levels of energy and divine creativity. It is often used to alleviate disorders of the blood, such as anemia, poor circulation and menstrual problems. Also used in the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis. Improves fever, pain and spasms. Alleviates worries, lifts spirits, improves one's confidence, intuition, spiritual wisdom, energy and courage. Encourages self-nurturing in those with a poor self-image.
Rutilated Quartz: Rutilated quartz is said to be of particular benefit to those who suffer from respiratory complaints of any form such as asthma, bronchitis etc. Increases tissue regeneration. Rebalances different levels of consciousness. Improves decisiveness, strength of will.

Serpentine: (see Jade)

Smoky Quartz: Dissolving emotional blockage, clearing the mind, cooperation, personal pride, joy in living, attentiveness to the moment, protection.Smokey quartz disperses negative patterns and vibrations, and transmits a high quantity of light. Good luck talisman. Helps protect soldiers on active service. Improves abdomen, kidneys, pancreas and the sexual organs. Increases energy fertility. Encourages survival instincts. Stimulates and purifies energy centers. Grounds and stabilizes energies, helps lift depression. Draws out and absorbs negative energies, replacing them with positive ones.

Sodalite: Wisdom, logic, calmness, healing, stress reduction, companionship, self-esteem.Sodalite is a good stone for oversensitive and defensive people, improves courage and endurance. It balances and stills the mind and clears rigid thought patterns. Helps logical and rational thought, and intellect, widens the perspective. Blue sodalite is reputed to assist in lowering of blood pressure and balancing the metabolism. Aids sleep.

Sunstone: Alleviating fears, energizing, cleansing.

Tanzanite: Communication, intuition, protection, symmetry, decision-making, spirituality.

Tiger Eye: Practicality, peacefulness, clarity, intelligence, intuition, new experiences, financial stability, calmness, releasing inhibitions.It is claimed that tigers eye will counteract feelings of hypochondria and the onset of psychosomatic illness and will also give a feeling of self-confidence.It is especially good for clear thinking and helps one to see a problem objectively when confused or emotionally affected. It releases tension and develops will-power. Good for asthma. Helps people gain insight into their own faults. Protects from witchcraft and evil. Attracts good luck.

Tourmaline: Energizing, soul-searching, releasing.General: Prevents lymphatic disease. Balances, protects, calms, gives self- confidence and cheerfulness. Useful for meditation. Attracts inspiration, goodwill and friendship. Protects wearer against misfortune and anaemia. Grounds high-frequency energies into the physicality. (Black or Green) Strengthens nervous system, regulates blood pressure. Deflects negative energy, attracts prosperity. (Blue) All throat problems, thyroid, speech impediments. Promotes clear verbal expression, dissolves mental friction, emotional constriction. Carries a high electrical charge and if rubbed briskly one end becomes positive and one negative, the energy can then be directed wherever peaceful energy is required. (watermelon/pink)Heart balancer. Promotes understanding of self and emotions.

Turquoise: Spiritual attunement, cleansing, healing, protection, valor, soothing, peace of mind, guidance through the unknown, romantic spontaneity.Turquoise helps the ability to express oneself and verbalize freely. It is good for laryngitis and nervousness in speech. It is said that turquoise will grow pale on a sickly person and recover its color when returned to a healthy person. Can strengthen entire anatomy and helps improve all diseases. Shields the wearer from harmful influences, attracts friendship. Used in meditation. Also for the development of intuition. Brings one wisdom. It reminds us of both our spiritual nature, our earthly inheritance and its beauty.

Unakite: Balance, re-birth, foresight, emotional balance.A grounding stone.

Zoisite: Dispelling laziness, facilitating advancement.Strengthens the male genitals and the female cervix. Helps to increase fertility.

List compiled from information and lists by:

Geoffrey Keyte, former director of The Crystal Research Foundation and currently the Director of CRYSTAL 2000.

Information compiled by Rena Klingenberg

from the book Love is in the Earth by Melody.

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