Gemstone Meanings and Properties
Gemstones are believed to have powers and promote certain characteristics within their wearers. These properties vary widely from stone to stone. Some are intended for peace and prosperity. Others instil strength and courage in the wearer. Following are several gemstones and their associated properties.
Agates promote general healing and protection. Being a strong stone which attracts strength, it stimulates courage, energy and self confidence. In ancient times, the agate was used to keep thunderstorms away.
Amethyst is the birthstone of February. It is said to relieve depression, and enhance serenity and calm. Amethyst assists with the relief of addiction and stress. This is a great "mind stone" which makes for vivid and powerful dreams.
Aquamarine is the birthstone of March. It is often associated with protection and healing. Aquamarine hones the mind, as well as dissipating strong emotions.
Citrine brings protection, money and luck. It helps with intellectual and mental functions. Citrine instils positive energies, assisting in removal of the negative. Along with Topaz, citrine is considered to be a birthstone of November.
Emerald is the birthstone of May. Emeralds stimulate the memory and promote clear thinking. It also enhances right and clear thinking.
Garnet is the birthstone of January. The garnet is a stone used for protection. It increases confidence levels and security.
Iolite is believed to unlock creativity in an artist. Focusing on this stone is thought by some to assist in shamanic journeying and recovering information from past lives
Lapis Lazuli promotes stability and emotional healing. It brings out the inner and peace in a person.
Malachite is a very strong stone which protects the wearer from metaphysical conflicts. It releases negative emotions, keeping the good.
Moonstone is a birthstone of June. Moonstones promote love and interpersonal relationships. They open up the feminine side of the wearer, making them invaluable to psychic work.
Onyx keeps away bad feelings and negativity. Onyx is often used as a protection stone.
Opal is a birthstone of October. Opal assists in mysticism and the understanding of mental abilities. Opals are useful during childbirth and for eyesight. They also encourage loyalty and faithfulness.
Pearl is the birthstone of June. Pearls are used for wisdom and focusing on personal spiritual transformation. They instil a sense of beauty and calm about the wearer. Pearls also promote success and prosperity.
Peridot is a birthstone of August. This stone is said to help with digestion and insomnia and increase the powers of the mind. It is a stone intended to balance both the mind and the body.