This is a compilation of basic information on gems and crystals and their common uses.
CRYSTALS & STONES
Gem stones have been used for centuries as meditation aids and
magical magickal foci. Each individual type of stone has different properties. Here are some healing and spiritual properties from a list I have. These descriptions are based on ancient legend and lore:
Agate: Moss Agates are considered to be most powerful. Aid in
restoration of energy, used in healing, and believed to bring wearer happiness, wealth, health, and long life. Increases
ability to ward off self-induced anger and inner bitterness.
Carnelian-gives protection and energy. Moss green-balances emotional energy. Moss red-balances physical energy. Blue lace-gives tranquility.
Amber: Powerful healing stone with large amount of organic
energy. In ancient times, ground to a powder and mixed with honey or oil of roses for various physical problems. Filters germs and
infections and has the power to disinfect. Worn around the neck to help fight infection and respiratory diseases. Lifts the spirits.
Apatite: Promotes communication and mental clarity.
Amethyst: Increases spiritual awareness, has a calming and
soothing influence, has the ability to transmute negative into
positive, and is very effective as a healing stone. Warmed and placed on the forehead and temples, it is good for headaches. Has the ability to draw through it forces directed towards the body and repels vibrations which the body doesn't need, thus releasing only the energy patterns beneficial to the body. Best worn in healing near the heart center. Opens up spiritual and psychic centers. Helps prevent drunkeness.
Aquamarine: Calms nervous tension. Calming effects of the sea.
Used to help banish fears and phobias. Means seawater.
Soothing and cleansing.
Adventurine: Increases perception and creative insight.
Stimulates opportunity and motivation.
Azurite: Powerful healing stone, invokes spiritual guidance,
opens psychic eye. Good for dreams and improving psychic ability.
Bloodstone: Stimulates flow of energy for healing blood
circulation, stops hemorrhaging. Removes emotional blockages.
Citrine: Stimulates openness and accelerates the awakening of the
mind. An aid to the digestive system. Helps eliminate
toxins. Encourages tremendous healing on the emotional and mental
levels, helps unblock subconscious fears, and serves as a natural
Coral: Balances physical energy and relaxes tensions. Carries
the creative vibrations of the sea.
Emerald: Promotes creativity, stimulates perception and insight,
and strengthen memory. Beneficial effect on the eyes.
Garnet: Balances hormones, good for mental depression, enhances
self-esteem, alleviates bad dreams, and encourages success in
business. Thought to assist in seeing into past incarnations.
Hematite: Calming to the emotions. Worn as an amulet to confer
strength and procure favorable legal judgments. In Egypt, used to
reduce inflammation and treat hysteria. Considered to be a grounding stone. Helps maintain balance between body, mind, and spirit.
Ivory: Spiritual protection.
Jade: Stimulates practicality, wisdom, and universal attunement.
Thought to provide a link between the spiritual and the mundane. Most revered by the Chinese.
Jasper: For energy balancing of emotions and stress.
Flourite: Opens and softens the way for the use of other stones.
Excellent used in aquariums-provides needed minerals.
Lapis Lazuli: Stimulates wisdom, truthfulness, & psychic
experiences, healing and strengthening when worn next to the skin. Strengthens mind and body to spiritual awareness.
Malachite: often used as a child's talisman to sleep soundly &
protect from bad dreams. Stimulates clear vision and insight,
represents hope and inner peace, believed to protect from danger.
Increases abundance in all areas of life.
Moonstone: Brings good fortune. Reflects the wearers being and
feelings. Promotes unselfishness. Opens the heart to humanitarian
love and hope. Good for protection while travelling on water. Gives clarity to spiritual understanding. Good for pre-menstrual symptoms and balancing to the reproductive system. Used to ease childbirth.
Pearl: Stimulates feminine qualities, used to focus attention,
helps pull together mental and spiritual forces, peace of mind.
Represents purity, modesty, & gentleness.
Peridot: Dispels fears, guilt, and depression. Used to
counteract negative emotions and healing of the spirit. Affects top three chakras. Once worn as a means of gaining foresight and divine inspiration.
Quartz: Amplifies the healing energy of the one using it. Used
to help draw out pain. Able to tap into the energies of the
universe. A good stone for meditating on. Works primarily with the Third Eye center, also relates well with the heart center. To be able to tune into the quartz promotes clarity while concentrating on it. Also affects the crown chakra. Very potent and often worn to protect from negative vibrations. Cleanse regularly. Rudilated-rutile needles help focus attention. Smoky-good for calming the mind. Rose-vibrations of universal love & inner serenity.
Ruby: Increases vigor, renews vitality and cleanses the blood.
The stone of courage.
Topaz: Calms emotions, protects against external stresors. To
restore physical energy & quiet emotional nature.
Tiger Eye: Very powerful protection, clarity of thought.
Tourmaline: Causes the wearer to be more flexible, more
understanding and more objective in purpose and reason. Calming.
Each person has a different response to this stone. Causes a
reaction in the intestinal tract. Black and Crystal-removes
negativity and cleanses. Some say it should not be worn as jewelry. Electric and magnetic properties.
Turquoise: Vibrates calming radiations, protective, and restores
healthy mental attitude. Stone of friendship. Balancing and
healing. Great strength and vitality. Takes on characteristics of
First Chakra (Feet to base of spine)
The first chakra represents our relationship with our physical bodies and with the material world. It grounds us in physical existence. When balanced, its energy helps us to blend the physical and spiritual, and to eliminate that which is no longer needed for growth. We enjoy physical existence. When unbalanced, we may be afraid of life, feel like victims, withdraw from physical reality, or operate in our own interests only. Physical symptoms can include any difficulties with feet, legs, or lower back.
Stones associated with the first chakra:
Black tourmaline: This is a protective stone when you feel threatened at the survival level.
Hematite: This stone helps you to set protective boundaries when you feel as if others are intruding into your private space.
Black and snowflake obsidian: help you to see what material things you no longer need for growth.
Smoky quartz: the lightest of the dark stones, helps to blend the energies of the first and seventh chakras.
Tiger's eye: helps you to feel secure about physical existence.
Any of these stones may be placed at the base of the spine or at the feet.
Second Chakra (just above the pelvic bone)
This chakra is most directly related to energy flow, as expressed in the flow of blood, and especially with the energies of sexuality and creativity. It is also deeply connected to the five physical senses.
When it is unblocked people feel fully alive, energetic, spontaneous, guilt-free. and in full appreciation of their bodies. When it is unbalanced reproductive organ diseases, joint stiffness, and various blood disorders may result.
Stones associated with the second chakra:
Bloodstone: can stimulate energy.
Carnelian: is associated with creativity and decision-making.
Red garnet: encourages patience.
Red jasper: helps to connect us to the flowing energies of the earth.
Ruby: the stone of passion, enhances sensory awareness.
Ruby in Zoisite is a way to benefit from ruby's energy in a grounding form.
Third Chakra (navel and solar plexus area)
This is the chakra of physical and material power, with an emphasis on mastery in the physical realm, especially the ability to manifest one's hopes and dreams. It relates to expressing one's unique individuality in the physical world.
When it is unblocked people feel self-confident, have a clear sense of purpose, and pursue dreams which others would consider impossible. Imbalances appear as lack of self-confidence, insecurity about money or other physical things, and may also express itself in terms of being aggressive or using one's power to dominate others. Physical symptoms are usually digestive.
Stones associated with the third chakra:
Aragonite: has a calming and stabilizing effect, especially on emotions such as anger and stress.
Citrine: is the stone most related to manifesting abundance and to the balanced use of will.
Golden calcite: helps to integrate new energies and beliefs areas related to personal empowerment, such as relationships and business.
Malachite: releases congestion in the solar plexus, and aids creativity.
Rhodochrosite: assists in deep breathing, thus helping to relieve anxiety and tension.
Rutilated quartz: helps to add enhanced creating energy to our dreams.
Pyrite: helps us to come up with creative ideas which can help bring abundance in our lives.
Tiger's eye: helps to teach us good timing in terms of when to act on a dream.
Unakite Unakite: helps us to understand the mental and emotional sources for it. It is also believed to help release conditions which have been inhibiting personal growth.
The Fourth Chakra (heart area)
This chakra relates to love and emotional well-being. When it is unblocked we give love unconditionally and attract to ourselves those people who give us an abundance of love. When it is blocked we feel the lack of love in our lives as keenly as those with third-chakra blockages feel a lack of material security. Heart conditions are the most common physical symptoms.
Stones associated with the fourth chakra:
Aventurine: is the stone most related to physical health and heart balancing.
Emerald: relates most directly to the spiritual aspects of love.
Green calcite: Eases old, limiting beliefs (especially those based on fear) from the mind so that new ideas can flourish.
Green tourmaline: opens the creative elements of the heart, i.e., adding an emotional depth to one's creations.
Lepidolite helps to calm the heart and relieves stress.
Malachite: releases congestion in the solar plexus, and aids creativity.
Malachite-Chrysocolla: blends malachite's ability with chrysocolla's gift of soothing and calming.
Pink Calcite: helps to release old and hurtful emotional patterns so that the heart can be open to receive and give unconditional love.
Rhodochrosite: helps to relieve anxiety.
Rhodonite: helps us to be patient with others.
Rose quartz is the stone for helping to create unconditional self-love.
Fifth Chakra (throat area)
This chakra governs communication and mental creativity. When it is balanced we communicate easily and effectively with others in both written and verbal form. This includes being able to constructively express anger and other emotions. When it is blocked communication is difficult to impossible, and these may be the people who say, "I'm just not creative.
In my experience there can be more physical blockages associated with the fifth chakra than with any other. These can include excessive eating and drinking (good ways to keep the throat busy while preventing communication), and a range of respiratory diseases. Teeth and gum disorders fall into this category, as well.
Stones for the fifth chakra:
Angelite: helps us to communicate with angels and other nonphysical beings, as well as aiding in long-distance communication. It also helps to dissolve anger.
Aqua Aura: teaches us self-expression through service to others.
Aquamarine: helps us to express ourselves in a tranquil way.
Blue lace agate: helps to ground our communications with a sense of what can be accomplished.
Blue Topaz: Helps us to communicate fearlessly that which we know to be true, and also stimulates creativity.
Celestite: helps to calm the over-active mind and teaches us how to be receptive
Chrysocolla: helps one to have self-confidence in personal expression.
Larimar: enables us to communicate with others that which we feel deeply in our hearts and souls.
Turquoise: helps us to enroll others to help in the manifestation of our desires.
Sixth Chakra (between eyebrows)
This is the psychic center, and, when unblocked, the source of intuition, esp, and other psychic abilities. This chakra is particularly related to the fears of cultures which wish to believe only that which they can experiences with the physical senses, and blockages abound, including fear of the imagination, of dreams, and one's "irrational" intuitions. Physical symptoms of blockage may include persistent headaches, insomnia, and anxiety.
Stones associated with the sixth chakra:
Amethyst: known as nature's tranquilizer, helps in sleep and in peaceful dreams.
Azurite: helps us to consciously look at old programmed beliefs and dissolve them.
Charoite: helps to dissolve fears, both known and unknown.
Hawk's eye helps us to see our lives as with aerial vision.
Kyanite: reminds me that everything which happens is for a purpose, and that we are ultimately in charge, and often brings to surface beliefs we have accepted as fact.
Lapis: helps us to discover our hidden beliefs and bring them to the surface.
Sodalite: helps in balance when one is emotionally or mentally confused.
Moss agate: helps to balance the left and right sides of the brain.
Sugilite: helps to release resentment and guilt.
Seventh Chakra (crown of the head)
The seventh chakra is our direct connection to spirit. When it is balanced we understand our relationship with the universe. We dissolve the illusion that we are separate from other humans and other forms of life. We appreciate our uniqueness and our places as parts of the whole. When it is blocked we compare ourselves to others or to internal checklists (and usually find ourselves wanting). We feel lonely, we are afraid of death. Stones
associated with the seventh chakra:
Clear calcite: brings spiritual understanding to problems on the earth plane.
Clear quartz: There are many forms of clear quartz. See our articles about Clusters and different kinds of Crystal Points.
Danburite: helps us to view what happens in our lives from the soul perspective and have a feeling of calmness and serenity even when life seems very difficult.
Herkimer: This form of clear quartz is especially brilliant, and has a particular ability to dissolve chakra blockages.
Selenite: Gives physical aid in treating: Spinal column, skeletal system, cellular structure, skin, bones and teeth. Calcium deficiencies. Epilepsy and seizures. Soothes nerves. Removes blockages. Improves libido. Fertility.