Gemstones & Crystals: What Do They Mean?

The verdant beauty of Brazil holds a secret. Beneath a canopy of green, lies a fiery volcanic past which produces a harvest of vibrant and captivating gems and gifts from the earth.

Agate

Protection - Strength - Courage

Agate and its many shades can offer a talisman for courage through times of sunshine and shadow. It offers protection and grounding energy, enhancing feelings of security. If you are in a season of worry or overthinking, Agate can invite healing energy to your inner world. Agate is formed in the cavities of ancient volcanic rocks. After the rock cools, microcrystal fibers collect as water pools or passes through. The layers build up over time, with different colors reflecting differences in the water’s composition. The result is a colorful reminder of the power of strength built with time. 

Amethyst

Healing - Transcendence - Intuition

Amethyst can offer a connection to your spirit. Thought to help strengthen your Crown or Third Eye Chakra, the presence of Amethyst can offer an aura of protection and healing. Those seeking freedom from unhealthy attachments or addiction may be nourished in the presence of Amethyst. If you only have space for one talisman, Amethyst is an excellent choice for all-around healing and strength.

The formation of amethyst is a story of icy beauty crystallizing from a legacy of fire. Basaltic lava can cool with porous cavities that range in size up to 15 feet long. Silica-rich waters run through these cavities. Traces of silica leave the seeds of crystalline growth. The purple color of amethyst is traced to iron in the water. Placement of Amethyst in your environment is an invitation to let healing energy and the timelessness of the Earth take your journey to a higher plane. Protect your stones from direct sunlight to preserve their vibrancy.

Blue Quartz

Calm - Cleanse - Breath

Blue Quartz can be powerful in clearing the toughest energy blockages. Those with blue quartz in their home may notice an enhanced sense of peace, even improving psychic abilities or dream work. For those with physical blockage in the form of clutter, Blue Quartz may enhance your organizational skills to tackle those projects. It is often associated with the Throat Chakra and can aid those seeking to enhance the health of their throat, heart, lungs or eyes.

Carnelian

Vitality - Energy - Motivation

Carnelian's vibrant colors can light your inner fire. Considered by many to be helpful in restoring motivation and courage, this stone is often associated with the sacral chakra. If you need to get your "groove back on", consider inviting carnelian into your life. Those overcoming abuse may find strength and confidence with Carnelian supporting you on your journey toward trusting yourself again.

Citrine

Abundance - Luck - Creativity

Citrine can invite sunshine by connecting you with your inner fire to achieve goals, powers of creativity and optimism. Often associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra, Citrine is said to be a stone that cannot hold negative energy. It is believed to balance and enhance positive energy. Also known as the Success Stone, it can be a helpful totem to increase wealth. Much of the Citrine in circulation today and those from Brazil are amethyst that have been heated in kilns which mimics and speeds up the naturally occurring process that geo-thermal heat hadn't yet had a chance to do which is to give these gemstones their beautiful range of amber colors. The heating process does not alter the molecular structure of the stone. 

Clear Quartz

Healing - Transformation - Clarity

Clear Quartz can invite you to live life at the highest plane. Sometimes called the Master Healer, clear quartz can enhance the energy needed to address almost any issue. It has been central to the magic of many cultures for as long as stories have been told. Quartz powers clocks and many of today’s technologies – new uses for a stone that got its name from the Greek word for “ice”.  It is thought to energize and amplify all other stones around it. Clear Quartz works for all chakras.

Garnet

Passion - Flow - Courage

Garnet's deep dark red color is evocative of its reputation as a stone of passion. Whether for the purpose of love or survival, Garnets can light a path forward by combining strength and hope. It can also be helpful for those wanting to ignite their creativity. Garnets have been associated with a positive influence on the blood and circulatory systems.

Green Quartz

Universal Love - Empathy - Wholeness

Green Quartz speaks to the heart chakra, inviting you to live and speak from the heart. In group environments, it can foster a tone of mutual respect and tact. Some believe it has the power to change negative energy into positive. It is also considered to support adrenal glands, endocrine glands, the lungs and the heart.

Hematite

Energy - Balance - Confidence

Hematite is found by crystal healing believers to be a powerful aid to balance the energy of body, mind and spirit. Some call it the Blood Stone and is sometimes used to boost circulation. Hematite is thought to cleanse negative energy, empower confidence and bring the owner equanimity in facing life’s challenges. Empaths and highly-sensitive people may find relief in the presence of Hematite.

Jasper

Stability - Grounding - Strength

Jasper, which is often associated with the Root Chakra, has tightly-packed micro-crystals that can offer the owner a stable base.  They are thought to offer strength, bolstering the mind or body. If you need to manage stress, find creative solutions to conflicts, or need energy to tackle a new pursuit, adding Jasper to your collection can be a fortifying choice. Those concerned with environmental or electromagnetic pollution may be comforted with Jasper in their presence.

Pink Agate

Overcoming Heartache - Positivity - Calm

Pink Agate's soothing pink hues invite thoughts of peace. Some ascribe this stone with soft but steady powers to overcome despair or create space for joy. Those who want to celebrate love for their children may find Pink Agate speaks to them. It can also be a talisman for those seeking to balance anxiety. This stone is typically dyed.

Rose Quartz

Love - Kindness - Purification

Rose Quartz has long been a token for those seeking to connect with universal love and compassion. Sometimes called the Stone of Venus, it can also enhance romantic love. It has a place anywhere in your home – a simple act like bathing or cooking can be turned into a life-enhancing ritual. Some use it to invite sweet dreams, or to help children not be afraid of the dark. Others will place it on their pregnant bellies to invite meditations on the family love. Crystal healing believers often find it to be a widely helpful stone and a staple of their collection.

Sodalite

Intuition - Clarity - Balance

Sodalite, which is often linked to the Third Eye Chakra, may be a powerful aid to link to the steady thread of truth in the universe. Believers ascribe to Sodalite the ability to connect to intuition and find a logical, intelligent path forward in life’s journey. If self-esteem is a challenge, sodalite may bring you comfort. Some consider it an aid in boosting the immune system. The colorful and cloudy beauty of the stone offers an invitation to see into the soul of life.

Tiger’s Eye

Social Change - Courage - Protection

Tiger’s Eye can offer a clear, calm approach to navigating change. The colorful bands of the stone bring to mind the light and dark times of life and the beauty in their unity. Those struggling with fear or anxiety may find relief with this talisman in your life. Called by some “the ultimate power crystal” Tiger’s Eye can offer clarity, strength and protection for the journey.