12 Gemstone meanings everyone should know about
From the earliest times, gemstones have been accredited with mystical powers and there are many tales of their mythical origins. Their rarity and beauty has always captivated people, so it’s not surprising that meanings have been applied to the various gems that can be dug from the ground. Whether or not there is any truth behind the myths, as amateur for ourselves, but here are 12 meanings behind gemstones, that many people so believe:
The fire inside a diamond has long made it the most treasured of gemstones. It is also the hardest stone known to man and it is this toughness that has made it a symbol of perseverance and longevity. Perfect then, for an engagement ring and they are also said to strengthen the properties contained in other gemstones.
A member of the quartz group of stones, amethysts are well known as being a powerful stone, which is said to be the stone of sobriety and spirituality. It calms the mind and brings you in touch with your spiritual side. The ancient Romans and Greeks also believed that it could stop you getting drunk.
The pure, milky white of a pearl inspires purity and honesty and helps people get in touch with the simple things in life. They are also said to encourage stable and long lasting relationships.
Although classed as a gemstone, amber is actually fossilised tree sap, which is why sometimes it can contain the preserved remains of long dead insects. Amber is believed to have the power to clear the mind and promote optimism.
Orange to red in colour, carnelian as said to have been used by wizards to strengthen the potency of their magic potions. It protects people from bad vibrations, calms their temper and helps them find focus.
The milky moonstone protects women and all things natural. It’s the sacred stone of the moon and helps you stay in tune with the cycles of the moon.
Garnets come in all colours, except blue, and represent, amongst other things, faith and love. They can also help you find your way in the dark, protect you from snake bites and prevent nightmares!
Citrine brings good luck and fortune and has been called the stone of success. It also used to be called the merchants’ stone and many shopkeepers were known to keep a citrine in their till to promote their prosperity. Folklore also states that the stone holds a wide range of healing properties.
You can find chrysoprase in a variety of shades of green, ranging from a light, apple green to a deep green. Chrysoprase encourages joy and hope and, if left by the door, it provides protection from negative energy. It was said to be the favourite gemstone of Alexander the Great, and to have great healing power when carved in the shape of a heart.
The beautiful, green emerald is known as a protection stone, which can also help you become prosperous and successful. It is also a stone of harmony, which can soothe a troubled mind and promote harmony in your life.
Sapphires speak of wisdom, purity, dignity, devotion, sincerity and faith. The stone is also said to promote joy and peace of mind. Sapphire is called the stone of destiny by some and is said to help fulfill your dreams and desires.
Ruby – the stone of power, love, harmony, passion and vitality. Ruby is believed to give power to fulfill your dreams, give guidance in making right decisions, it speaks of strength, power and noble character. Red color of this stone represents passion and good luck in love, as well as in life. It is believed in some cultures that if you own a ruby stone, you will never lose your prosperity and wealth.
What are your favorite gemstones? Do you know some other gemstone meanings?