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Decoding Gemstone Types & Their Benefits

African Jade is excellent for grounding, consistency, & understanding. It aids you to deal with everyday reality and to grow in practicality. This stone enhances chi, circulation, stimulates one's chakras. With the ability to bring order from chaos, and clear environmental negativity, you can sweep it through your aura or very close to the body to clear subtle impediments to growth. It's also great for those in commercial careers as it facilitates business dealings, aids negotiation, ethical decisions and uniting groups to a common purpose.

Agate is known for it's protection, strength, and harmony. Agate's most noticeable properties overall are with balancing yin/yang energy, courage, protection, healing, and calming the spirit. It was used by the Ancients on the breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle. Energetically, it gives strength in both physically and mentally. Agate enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect, making it a beneficial stone for both students and artists. It is also known as a good luck stone. As a stone of harmony, one of the things agate does is balance yin/yang energy. Agate increases energy but because it is a grounding stone, it does not increase energy at all times, but rather enables bursts of energy when needed. In this way, agate is a conservation stone, and enhances longevity. Emotionally, agate gives courage, emotional strength, self-confidence, and dispels fears. It can also lessen feelings of envy by grounding the emotions. In the same way, it assists with acceptance of all things. It can be very beneficial for self-examination as well as examination of the circumstances one finds oneself in. These qualities make agate superior for easing anxiety and stress.

Amazonite stone reflects truth, honor, communication, integrity, hope, and trust. It is said to enhance intuition, psychic powers, creativity, intellect, and psychic ability. Amazonite is often associated with the throat chakra, and as such, said to be beneficial to communication. It is also associated strongly with the third eye chakra. It is said to align the physical and astral bodies. It is noted mystically to lessen stress and self-defeating behaviors by calming and building self-esteem. Amazonite is also said to assist with peacefully making the transition out of this life.

Though Amythest is not the best known prosperity stone, it is beneficial when dealing with legal problems and money issues, Emotionally, amethyst is used in crystal healing to help heal personal losses and grief. Amethyst has a gentle, sedative energy that can promote peacefulness, happiness, and contentment. It also is said to bring emotional stability and inner strength. This stability and strength not only helps one hold firm in one's life, but it can enhance flexibility and cooperation. To ability to be flexible as needed is a sure sign of strength.​

Aquamarine stone represents peaceful behavior and interaction, encouraging the wearer to act gently and calmly. Aquamarine is used most often with the Throat Chakra to enhance spiritual communication and to clear communication blocks. Aquamarine helps to promote verbal self-expression. Work with Aquamarine to help overcome judgment of others and encourage tolerance. Aquamarine can also work with the Heart Chakra by helping one to realize their innermost truth.

Black Tourmaline is great for all sorts of clearing and energy work. Black Tourmaline is used for protecting one's energy field against negative vibrations, and also for drawing negative energies away from a person. It can have a calming effect when needed, grounding flighty or scattered energies into the earth. Those who suffer from negativity, frequent worrying, and/or OCD can work with Black Tourmaline to help heal these issues. Meditation with Black Tourmaline can enhance the integration of insights and visions into one's daily life. Black Tourmaline cleanses, purifies, and transforms dense energy into a lighter vibration. Use Black Tourmaline to help with electromagnetic smog (i.e. cell phones) and increase physical vitality. Black Tourmaline is a fantastic stone for grounding and protection, and aids in opening up the Root Chakra.

Blood Stone in ancient times, was used for medicinal purposes. It was supposed to cure wounds and cases of loss of blood, safeguards general and functional health, and guards the wearers against deception and foul play. Bloodstone bestows the wearers with a daring nature, courage and mental alertness.

Blue Lace Agate is great for activating and healing the Throat Chakra and for balancing the brain. This stone enhances verbal communication and expression, helping one to be more discerning in their word choices. This calming stone can help those who may be feeling depressed or worried, and is believed to bring peacefulness. Blue Lace Agate is also used for dissolving repressive blocks that inhibit expression. Writers can use Blue Lace Agate to help with articulating inspired ideas.

Calcite is a powerful energy amplifier and cleanser. The purifying energy of Calcite cleans out stored negative energy from a room, the body, etc. Use Calcite to clear out old energy patterns and to increase personal motivation and drive. Calcite is also a good choice for distance healing work, because it amplifies the energy being sent.

Blue Tiger's Eye, also known as "Hawk's Eye", helps those who are seeking clarity. It can be used to enhance psychic abilities and third eye attunement. The blue is helpful in aiding the throat chakra, third eye and the crown chakra. Opening and aligning the higher chakras brings the benefits of the overall clarity, communication, seeing, and acting with integrity. It provides insight into internal, emotional or mental issues. provides for balance in the Yin Yang energies, allowing for a smooth flow. With the proper programming and pure intent, blue tiger's eye may be used to increase abundance flow and keep it "in the flow". A very soothing stone, generating calmness and easing sexual frustration. Calcite is also known as the "stone of the mind". Calcite heightens mental discernment and analysis, increases memory and learning abilities. Calcite is THE stone for students and academics, and can be indispensable at helping students to retain their lessons. Calcite is also useful during times of mental adjustments and disagreements. Calcite can show you a new way to look at a situation, easing you away from old, outdated thought patterns that may be in the way of new ideas. The simplest forms of Calcite are pure white, but the presence of other compounds during formation can create beautiful colored Calcite. Physically, Calcite has been associated with the bones and joints, and balances the amount of calcium in the body. Calcite can also help to improve the body's absorption of the important vitamins and minerals.

Carnelian leads to clearing the voice of the wearer and helps to preserve peace of mind, tranquility, harmony. Carnelian is good for those in public life, speakers and orators. It is good for general good health, wealth and prosperity.

Cat's Eye stone also gives the powers of strong determination to do things and is highly recommended for those having birth numbers 2 & 7, or those, who are governed by the planet moon. The Cat’s Eye stone is highly recommended for those who are in business. It protects the wearers against losses in business and ensures financial stability. Rich and wealthy persons can wear it as it will act not only as a guardian of its owner’s wealth but will lead to further accumulation of riches.

Working with Citrine can help one to overcome depression, release anger, and learn effective communication skills. Citrine can activate one's imagination, bringing more creative visions to a clearer mind. It can enhance one's optimism in any situation, bringing a more positive outlook into the conscious and subconscious mind, which allows one to step into the flow of things with better results. Citrine is often credited with attracting synchronicity by opening the mind to new ideas, discerning which are most likely to succeed, allowing those to develop, and following through with them to their happy conclusion. Most often associated with the Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus Chakras, Citrine can also be used to cleanse all of the Chakras. Sunny Citrine has a joyful vibration that transmits outward to those nearby, making these crystals ideal for any setting. Working with Citrine can help one to overcome depression, release anger, and learn effective communication skills. Citrine can activate one's imagination, bringing more creative visions to a clearer mind. Citrine is often credited with opening the mind to new ideas, discerning which are most likely to succeed, allowing those to develop, and following through with them to their happy conclusion.

Clear Quartz is often called the "Stone of Power" and can help to amplify any energy or intention. Clear Quartz is also known as the "Master Healer" with its very high vibration and is the most versatile healing stone among the crystals. Clear Quartz is said to protect against negativity, attune to your higher self, and relieve pain

Coral is an Emotional healer and will bring peace when kept in the workplace or anywhere that strife erupts. Coral also stimulates intuition, enhances fertility, relieves stress when worn as a bracelet, or kept in a pocket to touch whenever you feel anxious.

Emerald is associated with the Heart Chakra and with blissful love. In groups of two or more people, Emerald can encourage bonding, and strengthen communication and understanding, helping each person to adequately express themselves without offending others. Emerald is believed to enhance memory and mental clarity. Meditating with Emerald can help one to connect to Divine Love, open the heart to accept all things in life as gifts, and acquire the ability to discern when others are speaking the truth or not. Emerald can help to open one up to psychic abilities, and enhance one's ability to notice and manage synchronicity. Emerald is often used to attract prosperity to the owner, strengthening the courage to follow your heart's wisdom to its logical outcome, and allowing for the amplification of hope and encouragement.

Fluorite is a highly protective and stabilizing stone, useful for grounding and harmonizing spiritual energy. When working with the upper Chakras, Fluorite increases intuitive abilities, links the human mind to universal consciousness, and develops connection to Spirit. Fluorite further anchors intuitive insights into the physical plane, allowing mental and physical coordination. Fluorite heightens mental abilities, assisting in rapid organization and processing of information, and can bring mental clarity and stability to an otherwise chaotic situation. Fluorite absorbs negative energies from the environment and is effective at Auric and Chakra cleansing. Fluorite can also shield the user from psychic manipulation. Fluorite should be cleared often.

Garnet is a good stone for depression, bringing joy and hope to its user, and helps lessen anger, especially towards oneself. Garnet's fire stimulates the survival instinct, bringing willpower and courage to a situation. Garnet will quickly "light a fire" under you, bringing those internalized ideas and feeling you have to the surface to be acted upon and carried out. Garnet inspires love and passion, devotion and loyalty. A stone of commitment, Garnet encourages personal relationships of all kinds, and is a useful relationship tool both personally and in business. Powerful Garnet can cleanse the chakras of negative energies and re-energize them. Use Garnet to balance the Sacral Chakra and sex drive, and to aid in the controlled rise of Kundalini energy.

Hematite helps to absorb negative energy and calms you in times of stress or worry. Hematite is a very protective stone, and is great to carry to help you stay grounded in many situations. Hematite can boost confidence, and is also good for working with the Root Chakra. Hematite can help one to find their own gifts and to release self-imposed limitations. Hematite can help with the ascension process, by facilitating the integration of higher spiritual energies into our physical. Carry Hematite when in need of balance and equilibrium, or when having difficulty focusing energies.

Howlite is a super calming stone used it to relieve stress of all kinds. It makes an excellent antidote to insomnia due to an overactive mind. Focusing on a piece of howlite can assist in journeying outside the body and gaining insight from past lives. Placed over the third eye, it opens memories of previous times and lifetimes. Place a howlite stone in your pocket to absorb your own anger - or another's anger that is directed toward you. It also helps to overcome critical or selfish behavior.

Ancient mariners used iolite as a compass to guide their way to sea. They noted that it would show different hues of blue-violet when held to the northern and southern skies. Ancients believed that it could unlock and artist's creativity. Use this stone to discover the lost parts of self and your inner treasures. It is an excellent stone for shamanic journeying or to assist in recovering information from past lives. It clears the third eye chakra and is a stone of vision and creative expression.

Jade carries a sweet, light and nourishing energy that feels very healing. It has a soothing purity about it, and it goes about purifying your energy field in a very accepting, loving, and wise kind of way. Another meaning of jade is gentleness and nourishment because jade is a stone that protects and supports loving heart energy. Jade may feel to you like an ancient sage that is so centered in his or her own being (and accepting of others) that just by being in their presence you feel elevated and nurtured. Jade is an ancient stone that has historically been used to attract love. Jade can be used to bring money into your life. Jade is also a positive stone protecting against accidents and misfortune. The soothing green color of Jade makes it a wonderful healing stone. It helps the body in self-healing while working through underlying, non-physical reasons for a precipitation for disease. It is particularly helpful for kidney, heart and stomach complaints.

​Meditating with Lapis Lazuli can bring matters more clearly to the mind. It is one of the most powerful stones and should be used with care. Wearing a Lapis Lazuli can help you to become a channel. The ancient Egyptians used Lapis Lazuli as a symbol of Truth. Lapis Lazuli is used with other stones when parts of the body need to be purified and cleansed and should be only used by a healer. Lapis Lazuli has high intensity and can open many of the chakra centers.

Moonstone is the stone of passionate love that will fly you to the moon. It is said if you give your lover a moonstone when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other. The moonstone is associated with the moon and was the stone of the goddess Diana. The most powerful time to use the moonstone is in a full moon. Moonstone is known to bring good emotions to the wearer, while protecting those of a sensitive nature. It can reunite lovers who have quarreled. Moonstone is also considered a good luck stone. Moonstone is a very personal stone. It is a reflection of the person who owns it. It does not add or detract, only shows how it is. This is why the moonstone is said to perceive that which "is". Moonstone is an excellent stone to use in meditation to understand oneself. This is a good stone for women and young girls. Moonstone is used by healers to stimulate the functioning of the pineal gland and balance internal hormone cycles with nature's rhythms. Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. Though often considered to be a woman's stone, it can be beneficial to men in opening the emotional self

Moss Agate is associated with nature and agriculture. This stone is also a gentle, nurturing energy that encourages the user to appreciate and enjoy each moment of Earth. It's said to assist the Midwives in birthing work. Because of this Moss Agate is known to as the stone of New Beginnings, and can release from old habits which may be resistant. Moss agate also attracts wealth and abundance, improves self esteem and help to release fear. It's said to also bring comfort and soothes emotional wounds, encouraging them to heal.

Nephrite Jade, also known as the Stone of Heaven, comes from the Greek word "nephros", which means "kidney". This references its efficacy in treating kidney disease. It's proven that Nephrite is a wonderful healing stone. It helps the body in self healing while working through underlying, non physical reasons. It is particularly helpful for healing kidney, heart and stomach complaints. In China, this gemstone is believed to bring its wearer good health, good luck, and protection. Jade is priceless!

​Onyx is great for self control, decision-making, intuition, and protection. It is widely believed that black onyx can change your habits if they are erratic. It is one powerful protection stone as it absorbs negative energy of people to release mental stress and promote emotional well-being. In the Indian tradition is said to help people to forget about their past relationships and bring people in tune with the present. Black onyx symbolizes purity and faith. According to ancient legend, the dark color of the stone is due to its absorption of much negative energy.

Pyrite resemblances to gold has made it a traditional symbol for money and good luck. It's sunny golden color associates it with the sun, and with fortification and strengthening of the mind. The name comes from the Greek word meaning "a stone which strikes fire". Iron Pyrite makes a wonderful energy shield, blocking out negativity from various sources. Some of its properties include overcoming inertia and feelings of inadequacy. Energizes the area where you place it (such as on a desk where you work). Also helps you to see behind a façade.

Rhodonite is said to heal emotional scarring. Good for all round healing, such as allergies, problems with immune system etc. It is to heal broken ties after bad feeling both in the home and in the workplace. it encourages patience and peacemaking and is important for shift workers to get their body clock in tune with their working hours.

Rose Quartz is also known as "the Love Stone".

Smoky Quartz is used to absorb negative energy. It's also a great for pain relief and has traditionally been used to correct fertility, PMS, and reproductive imbalance. Alleviates fear., anxiety, depression and emotional turmoil. Good with the joints of the body, keeping them supple. Increase sex drive when held carried or worn next to the body.

Sunstone is an abundance stone. It encourages independence, originality, also attracting fame and unexpected prosperity. It is an excellent "good luck" crystal for competitions. also helping to reveal talents. With the radiance of the sun and the fire of the solar ray, Sunstone carries the energy of Ra, the sun god, whose energy brings all potential life from within the Earth. It is a stone of leadership - of personal power, freedom, and expanded consciousness. Truly reflecting the qualities of Light, it brings openness, benevolence and warmth, strength, mental clarity, and the willingness to bestow blessings upon others.

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