Gemstones and their meanings
Gemstones and crystals have healing properties that help to balance the body, mind and spirit.
Healing crystals and gemstones have been used for thousands of years by ancient civilizations, which is a testament to the powerful ability of gemstones to release mental, physical and spiritual blockages.
Both our bodies and healing crystals have energetic vibrations, which makes us naturally receptive to the vibrations of gemstones as they can align our own vibrations with theirs. This is why healing crystals and gemstones have a powerful vibratory effect when placed directly on your body. This energy surges from the crystal to you, which facilitates the free flow of energy throughout the body.
Chakra healing crystals, are stones that connect to the primary seven chakras in the human body. Chakra is the Sanskrit word for “wheel,” outlining each chakra as a spinning wheel of energy that moves in sync with each other. The chakra represents an energy center responsible for certain emotions, qualities and organs in humans.
When these chakras lose balance or become blocked, it directly affects one’s spiritual, mental and physical health. Healing crystals restore balance and natural energy flow in the chakra system for maximum well-being.
Below I've listed some of the most common and loved gemstones. You will also find info about which chakra they represent as well as a short description of their meanings. When designing and crafting especially yoga jewelry I find it utterly important to consider the meanings of the gemstones that I use.
Agate (third eye and crown chakra)
are often crystals of strength and courage. Agate will give you a great base in reality and it will help you to stay balanced in your thinking. Agate is believed to enhance self-confidence and clear the body of toxic and negative energy.
Amazonite (throat chakra)
is considered to have a soothing effect on the nervous system. In fact, these crystals are an amazing way to boost your emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Amazonite soothes anxious thinking and helps with healing past traumas.
Amethyst (crown chakra)
calms the emotions, encourages clarity of thought, and assists in attaining wisdom. Amethyst is a stone of the mind which brings calmness and clarity. Amethyst is said to attune its wearer with intuition, feelings and values. It has long been regarded as an aid to sobriety and is useful for combating alcohol, food and other addictions. It is also thought to ease obsessive-compulsive behavior.
Aquamarine (throat chakra)
is associated with courage and the release of anxiety and fear. It is thought to soothe, calm, alleviate fear and to help relaxation on long journeys. Many believe that it protects sailors at sea and prevents seasickness. Tradition holds that it gives insight and promotes mental clarity.
Aventurine (heart chakra)
is a stone of opportunity that is believed to attract prosperity. Some advice to keep an Aventurine in your left pocket when you are buying a lottery ticket or playing any game of chance. Aventurine also enhances confidence and helps embrace change.
Citrine (solar plexus chakra)
is often referred to as the “success stone” or “money stone”. It’s known for being a joyous stone with its bright and sunny energy. Citrine is therefore often associated with positivism and optimism.
Jade (heart chakra)
is believed to increase fortune and being a lucky stone. It protects its wearer from harm and brings harmony as well as good luck and friendship. Jade stabilizes the personality and promotes self-sufficiency.
Jasper (green Jasper – heart chakra, red Jasper – root chakra)
Wear Jasper to alleviate stress and induce tranquility. This gemstone has a cleansing effect and eliminates negative energy. It’s an ideal worry or rubbing stone for soothing nerves, banishing nightmares or harmful thoughts. It also brings strength and renewed vitality during prolonged illness and hospitalization.
Labradorite (throat and third eye chakras)
A stone of transformation, Labradorite is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance. It balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and it grounds spiritual energies. Excellent for strengthening intuition - promoting psychic abilities.
Lava stone (root and crown chakras)
is a grounding stone that strengthens one's connection to Mother Earth. It gives us strength and courage, allowing us stability through times of change. It provides guidance and understanding in situations where we may need to "bounce back". A calming stone, it is very useful in dissipating anger.
Morganite (heart chakra)
Morganite is often associated with innocence, sweetness, romance and love. In general, this stone is connected to the heart and is attuned to the heart chakra. Morganite is believed to bring healing, compassion and promise to those who wear it. Morganite opens wearers to unconditional love while dissolving ego.
Moss Agate (heart chakra)
Moss Agate is a stone of new beginnings. It refreshes the soul and enables you to see beauty in all you behold. It attracts abundance in wealth and improves self-esteem. It develops strength and the ability to get along with others. Moss Agate inspires new ideals after periods of stagnation and it promotes self-expression and communication as well as balances the emotions, releasing fear and stress.
Moss Agate speeds up recovery from illness. It is anti-inflammatory and cleanses the circulatory and elimination systems and boosts the immune system.
Moonstone (crown chakra)
encourages communication by promoting clear thinking, inspiration and receptivity. It also assists in the fulfillment of one's destiny. Long regarded as the gemstone for psychic abilities, wish fulfillment and balancing the emotions, Moonstone is thought to work better on things that are needed rather than things that are just wanted.
Onyx (root chakra)
is said to repel negativity and protect its wearer from the hostility of others. It is a gem thought to enhance determination and perseverance.
Pink Jade (heart chakra)
If you are looking for harmony, serenity, balance or perspective, Pink Jade is your goddess stone. It soothes the mind, releases negativity, stabilizes the mood and can increase love. It offers a nurturing energy that creates feelings of tranquility and aids us with insightful dreams.
Rose quartz (heart chakra)
is known as the stone of "gentle love", Rose Quartz brings peace and calm to relationships. Excellent for healing emotional wounds, removing negativity and restoring harmony after conflict. Promotes appreciation of the arts.
Smoky quartz (root chakra)
is believed to be nature's stone of endurance, fostering serenity, calmness and positive thoughts.
Sunstone (sacral chakra)
is a gemstone that has a meaning and properties of awakening consciousness. As its name says, Sunstone is a symbol of the sun and it has energy of light inside. This strong and warm energy can release the owner's hidden power. This gemstone is also good for people who want to increase their self-confidence.
Turquoise (throat chakra)
Blue and green Turquoise is believed to attract money, success and love. Turquoise is a stone of friendship in many cultures. Native Americans associated the colors of turquoise with the blue sky and the green earth. It is still seen by many today as being symbolic of our roots in nature.
Tourmaline (root chakra)
It is an excellent stone for healers, therapists and counselors as it allows them to better listen to and understand their patients. It carries the virtue of unconditional love and friendship. It’s also meant for people who bear a special injury in their hearts as it encourages love and gently disperses emotional pain and dissolves disruptive feelings. It calms the negative emotions that often upset relationships.
White Turquoise (all chakras)
balances and aligns all the chakras, stabilizing mood swings and instilling inner calm. It is excellent for depression and exhaustion; it also has the power to prevent panic attacks. Turquoise promotes self-realization and assists creative problem solving.