Gemstones: Meaning, Symbolism, Legend, & Lore

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The verdant beauty of Brazil holds a secret. Beneath a canopy of green lies a fiery volcanic past—a past that has produced a rich harvest of vibrant and captivating gems and gifts from the earth. Learn more about the gemstones beneath the surface of Brazil and some gemstone-related symbolism that is popular among so many believers.

AGATE:Protection - Strength - Courage

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Agate, in its many shades, can offer a talisman for courage through times of sunshine and shadow. It seems to enhance feelings of security among believers in gemstone symbolism who keep it with them. If you are in a season of worry or overthinking, agate may invite healing energy to your inner world. Agate forms in the cavities of ancient volcanic rocks, where 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 mineral compositions. The result is a colorful reminder of the power of strength built with time.

AMETHYST:Healing - Transcendence - Intuition

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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 find nourishment in its presence. 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 can be 15-feet long. As silica-rich waters run through these cavities, traces of silica leave the seeds of crystalline growth. The water’s iron content gives amethyst its signature purple color. 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 amethyst stones from direct sunlight to preserve their vibrancy.

BLACK TOURMALINE: Ground - Recharge - Protect

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Black tourmaline can bring the power of transforming negative energy into positive for those looking to crystals for energy work. Physically, it is thought to enhance the root chakra and the feeling of grounding that can bring. Those concerned with EMF (“electronic smog”) sometimes turn to tourmaline to bring balance to their environment. Many believe this to be a foundational crystal for your collection.


BLUE QUARTZ:  Calm - Cleanse - Breathe

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Blue quartz, a gemstone meaning peace and serenity, can be powerful in clearing the toughest energy blockages. Those with blue quartz in their home may notice an enhanced sense of peace whether awake or asleep. For those with physical blockage in the form of clutter, blue quartz may enhance your organizational skills to tackle those projects. Hindu tradition associates blue quartz with the throat chakra, and it can aid those seeking to enhance the health of their throat, heart, lungs, or eyes.

CARNELIAN:  Vitality - Energy - Motivation

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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,” consider inviting carnelian into your life. Those overcoming abuse may find strength and confidence with carnelian supporting them on their journey toward trusting themselves again.


CITRINE:  Abundance - Luck - Creativity

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Citrine can invite sunshine by connecting you with your inner fire to achieve goals, powers of creativity and optimism. Associated with the solar plexus chakra in the Hindu tradition of tantra, believers hold that this is a stone that cannot hold negative energy. Tantra practitioners believe citrine can balance and enhance positive energy. Also known as the “success stone,” it may even be a helpful totem to increase wealth. Much of the citrine in circulation today, particularly from Brazil, is amethyst that has been heated in kilns to mimic and speed up a naturally occurring process—one that natural geothermal heat hadn't yet had its chance to do. This heat gives these gemstones their beautiful range of amber colors. The heating process does not alter the molecular structure of the stone nor the gemstone’s meaning.


CLEAR QUARTZ:  Healing - Transformation - Clarity

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Clear quartz can invite you to live life at the highest plane. Sometimes called the “master healer,” clear quartz can enhance the energy you need to address almost any issue. It has been central to the magic of many cultures: For as long as people have told stories, those stories have featured quartz. Quartz powers clocks and many of today’s technologies—new uses for a stone that got its name from the Greek word for ice. Tantra practitioners and gemstone symbolism enthusiasts believe quartz can energize and amplify all other stones around it. Clear quartz works for all chakras.


GARNET:  Passion - Flow - Courage

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


GREEN QUARTZ:  Universal Love - Empathy - Wholeness

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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 people even believe green quartz has the power to change negative energy into positive. Alternative healers believe it supports adrenal glands, endocrine glands, the lungs, and the heart.


HEMATITE:  Energy - Balance - Confidence

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Crystal healing believers find hematite to be a powerful aid to balance the energy of body, mind, and spirit. Some call it “the blood stone” and sometimes use it to boost circulation. Hematite could even 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

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Jasper, which tantra associates with the root chakra, has tightly packed microcrystals that can offer the owner a stable base. The symbolism of gemstones holds that jasper stones 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 this gemstone in their presence.


KYANITE:  Visualization - Attunement - Honesty

KyaniteBelievers in tantra value and venerate kyanite with the belief it can align chakras, particularly the throat chakra, and encourage psychic abilities. As a focus for meditation, many associate it with high vibrations and repelling negative energy, creating flow through your body and mind. The river of energy that flows through kyanite may reduce inflammation and aid in communication. Kyanite, often present in quartz, is an aluminosilicate mineral, which gives it its shiny, metallic look. Its fibrous characteristics can make it brittle and flaky to the touch.


ORANGE CALCITE:  Healing - Creativity - Receptivity

orange calciteOrange Calcite is a mineral that is favored by those seeking to do distance healing or astral travel. Unlike those activities, it is an accessible mineral found in many places in the world including Brazil. Associated with the sacral chakra, it is thought to enhance creativity, joy, and pleasure. Physically, people have attributed enhancements in kidney function, sexual prowess and even the clearing of viruses to Orange Calcite.


PINK AGATE:  Overcoming Heartache - Positivity - Calm

Pink Agate

Pink agate's soothing pink hues invite thoughts of peace. Some ascribe soft but steady powers to this stone to overcome despair or create space for joy. Those who want to celebrate love for their children may find that pink agate speaks to them. It can also be a talisman for those seeking to balance anxiety. Typically, pink agate gets its hue from dyes rather than naturally, though this human intervention does not compromise the gemstone’s meaning.


PINK AMETHYST:  Healer - Balance - Comfort

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Pink Amethyst is thought to have the versatile strength of amethyst, enhanced by hematite which brings rosy color to this rare stone. In turbulent times, pink amethyst may help you feel grounded in healing love. Any of the seven chakras can benefit by your connection with this stone.


 

ROSE QUARTZ:  Love - Kindness - Purification

Rose Quartz

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—even a simple act like bathing or cooking can become a life-enhancing ritual with rose quartz present. 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 family love. Crystal healing believers often find it to be a widely helpful stone and a staple of their collection.


SODALITE:  Intuition - Clarity - Balance

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Sodalite, which many believers in gemstone symbolism associate with 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

Tiger’s eye can offer a clear, calm approach to navigating change. The colorful bands of the stone call 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 their lives. Perhaps “the ultimate power crystal” in the symbolism of gemstones, tiger’s eye can offer clarity, strength, and protection for the journey.