Gemstones Properties Meanings + Healing N - Q
Everyone is attracted to gemstones and their beauty. They have been used for ornamentation and as a symbol of power for thousands of years. But such crystals were valued for more than their beauty - they each had a sacred meaning. In ancient cultures, their healing properties were as important as their ability to adorn.
Crystals were created as the earth formed and they have continued to metamorphose as the planet itself has changed. They are the earth's DNA, a chemical imprint for evolution. They are miniature storehouses containing the records of the development of the earth over millions of years, and bearing the indelible memory of the powerful forces that shaped it. Their crystalline structure can absorb, conserve, focus and emit energy, especially on the electromagnetic waveband.
Crystals make excellent jewelry for both men and women. Wearing gems used to be a royal or priestly prerogative. The high priest of Judaism wore a breastplate set with precious stones. It was much more than a badge of office; it conveyed power to the wearer. As far back as the Stone Age, men and women wore crystal jewelry and talismen. They had a protective as well as decorative function, guarding their wearer from harm.
Crystals have been used to heal and bring balance, working through resonance and vibration. To gain maximum benefit from crystal healing, you need to be properly trained or be treated by someone who is well qualified and experienced. However, you can find benefits in crystals for common ailments. Crystals are said to heal holistically - that is to say, they work on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels of being. They realign subtle energies that surrounds and interpenetrates the physical body and activating linkage points to the chakras that regulate the body's vibrational stasis.
Grounding, Protecting, Healing
Primary Chakras: Root
Astrological signs: Sagittarius, Scorpio
Black Obsidian is sometimes known as the “wizard stone”, because it has been used in magical practices since the ancient times. It is a protective stone, often worn to guard against negativity, demanding people, hostile entities and geopathic stress. It eases tension, especially in the home and can protect against electromagnetic fields.
Use Black Obsidian during meditation to find a creative way through problems. It is helpful in developing intuition and grounding you to the earth, releasing negative energies that result in restlessness, irritability and nervousness.
Obsidian protects the wearer from hostility, negativity, psychic ‘vampires’ and spiritual entities that do not belong. It offers release from tension and enables one to move forward in his/her life, with a more promising outlook.
BLACK OBSIDIAN AFFIRMATION: I gently release negative energy within and around me.
Protects against negativity and provides clarity
Gold-Sheen Obsidian is Black Obsidian with bright, gold colored inclusions. Like all Obsidians, Gold-Sheen Obsidian is a very protective stone. It is said to form a shield against negativity and to absorb negative energies from the environment.
It can also take you deep into the core of a problem by helping you to connect to the past, present and future. Gold-Sheen Obsidian can eliminate feelings of futility and ego-conflict allowing you to find your correct spiritual path. It helps you to gain access to the root of your problems and it can help define possible paths of action. It reflects what is needed in your life and helps you with the elimination of your ego. Its energy enhances your ability to achieve worldly success through the expression of your unique talents.
Balance • Centering • Support • Calm
Primary Chakras: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus
Astrological signs: Virgo, Capricorn
A stone of purity, Snowflake Obsidian brings about a balance to body, mind and spirit. Snowflake Obsidian helps to keep centered and focused when any type of chaotic situation (office, commute, home, etc.) presents itself. Snowflake Obsidian can remove negativity from a space or person with ease.
Volcanic in origin, Snowflake Obsidian helps to draw emotions to the surface and to examine harmful thought patterns. A good choice for past life work, Snowflake Obsidian heals old karmic patterns and helps in examining harmful thought patterns. Snowflake Obsidian promotes a sense of calm and inner centering which readies one for a deep meditative state.
In general, Obsidian is a very grounding and protective stone. It is used as a great cleanser of negative energies, helping to remove not only negativity experienced in the environment, but also that of one's own emotions, such as anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, etc. Obsidian is often used for healing and releasing energy blockages, and has a tendency to work quickly to move truths to the surface to be resolved.
SNOWFLAKE OBSIDIAN MANTRA: I am strong and highly adaptable.
Protection, Encouragement, Strength
Primary Chakras: Root
Astrological signs: Leo, Capricorn
A powerful protection stone, Black Onyx absorbs and transforms negative energy, and helps to prevent the drain of personal energy. Black Onyx aids the development of emotional and physical strength and stamina, especially when support is needed during times of stress, confusion or grief. Black Onyx fosters wise decision-making.
Use Black Onyx to encourage happiness and good fortune. Black Onyx is a strength-giving stone and can provide support for self-discipline issues. Because it helps to hold physical memories, Black Onyx can be useful in healing old wounds or past life issues.
Black Onyx is wonderful for meditation and dreaming. When using Black Onyx for either of these purposes, it is recommended to use a secondary grounding stone in combination with the Onyx. Black Onyx helps one to become master of their own future.
BLACK ONYX AFFIRMATION: I draw strength from my past experiences.
Onyx is known to separate. It can help release negative emotions such as sorrow and grief. It is used to end unhappy or bothersome relationships.
Onyx jewelry is worn to defend against negativity that is directed at you.
Intuition, Personal Power, Removes Fear
Primary Chakras: Varies by Color
Astrological signs: Cancer, Libra, Scorpio, Pisces
Opal aids in strengthening personal and business relationships. It is often referred to as the stone of happy dreams and changes. Opal is a soothing stone, helping to balance mood swings and enhance trust in your own feelings. Opal awakens both psychic and mystical qualities. Opal can also release fear and send comforting support to those who are grieving.
Note: Because Opals contain water, do not leave them in sunlight or they will become brittle and break.
OPAL AFFIRMATION: I have awakened my consciousness.
Precious Opal with a dark body color, usually black or dark gray, deep blue or green; the deep body color makes the iridescent play of color strikingly different from light Opals.
Black Opal is considered to be extremely lucky and the most uplifting of the Opals, bringing Light into the aura. It eases distress and dissolves depression and hopelessness, helping one face their darkest fears and to release that which is holding one back.
Linking the Root and Crown Chakras, Black Opal connects one’s highest spiritual aspirations with one’s physical body, making it a powerful magnifier of intention and manifestation. It is a protective stone for deep inner work, soul retrieval or past-life recall, and can be used for “gazing” into the past, present or future.
It is highly prized as a power stone for magic ritual and can be used for “reading eyes” in order to scry the truthfulness or intent of a person.
Black Opal is a Storm element stone of death and re-birth, and utilizes Fire energy.
Black pearls have the characteristic effect of a lucky charm that will protect the owner from negative energy and evil spirits.
Black Pearls are recommended for those who have a goal to achieve ....no matter what.
Proponents allege that the pearl helps to balance the human body’s natural rhythms and hormone levels with lunar cycles.
Pearls,in general, symbolize tears, provide love and fertility. They offer protection from negative energy and events.
Also, the black pearl, giving the strong power to penetrate, and with a will of their own even if there are attacks and opposition from around.
Another significance attached to the black pearl originates from a Polynesian legend, according to The Tahiti Traveler. Oro, the Polynesian god of peace and fertility, came to earth on a rainbow to give the black pearl oyster (named Te Ufi) to man. Once here, he "offered the black pearl from this oyster to the beautiful princess of Bora Bora, as a sign of his love." Even now, if you give someone a gift of black pearls, it is considered to be a symbol of eternal love.
BLACK PEARL AFFIRMATION: TODAY IS MY LUCKY DAY
Mother of Pearl has both traditional and New Age metaphysical and healing lore. It is said to attract prosperity. It is used in mystical work and lore to heighten intuition, psychic sensitivity, and imagination. It is purported to protect from negative influence, and transmute negative energy. It is said to be highly protective and a particularly potent stone of protection for children.
MOTHER OF PEARL AFFIRMATION: I trust my intuition and divine knowledge.
The pearl has been associated through the ages with the “matrix of life” itself due to their natural properties, as well as its elegance and beauty.
Pearls are said to give the wearer a sense of calmness and centeredness, and to promote faith, loyalty, truth and purity. They can especially enhance personal integrity. They have also been used in a number of cultures to help women connect with their “inner goddesses” and obtain the ultimate “feminine energy.”
Proponents allege that the pearl helps to balance the human body’s natural rhythms and hormone levels with lunar cycles.
There are also those that claim that the pearl can bring inner wisdom and help to strengthen and nurture the growth of love. Pearls are thought by others to have very strong “magnetic” powers and have been used in “gem therapy” to strengthen nerves, the adrenal glands, the spleen and muscle tissue.
Healing, Protective, Comforting
Primary Chakras: Heart, Solar Plexus
Astrological signs: Virgo, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius
Peridot can work with both the Heart and Solar-Plexus Chakras to affect an understanding of the role relationships play in one’s life, whether romantic, friendly, or otherwise. As such, Peridot is a good crystal to wear during interaction with others. Peridot is also a protective crystal, offering a supportive energy to keep chakras in balance and alignment, especially after any type of energy healing work has been done on the body. These "maintenance" type energies make Peridot exceptional in group situations, offering its upbeat and comforting vibe to all nearby.
Peridot is a Dispeller Strengthener Crystal. While it has the normal powers of a Dispeller to rid you of elements in your life that you no longer need, Peridot's power comes mainly from its Earth Power as a Strengthener, and from its powerful Olive color ray.
Peridot is the Study Stone. Because of its strong Earth power as a Strengthener and its very powerful Olive Ray of Influence, it is the very best stone for any effort aimed at learning. It will significantly enhance your ability to "stay the course" and persevere while you are trying to learn new things.
This is the Student's Stone that will help you concentrate on your studies, avoid distractions, and continue to grow and develop your abilities and knowledge.
Peridot is the stone of Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Fortune.
PERIDOT AFFIRMATION: I am ready to heal.
Prosperity, Protection, Deflects Negativity
Primary Chakras: All
Astrological signs: Leo
Pyrite is often called “Fool’s Gold,” though there is nothing foolish about this mineral. Within its gleaming beauty is a stone of hidden fire, one that can be sparked to life by striking it against metal or stone. An Earth element, it also resonates with Fire energy, symbolizing the warmth and lasting presence of the sun and the ability to generate wealth by one’s own power. It is masculine in nature, a stone of action, vitality and will, and taps into one’s abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas. It brings confidence and the persistence to carry things through to completion.
As a talisman, Pyrite is a unique protector, drawing energy from the Earth through the physical body and into the aura creating a defensive shield against negative energies, environmental pollutants, emotional attack and physical harm. It also supports one with a spirit of boldness and assertive action when protecting others, the planet, or in standing up for important issues of community. It stimulates the Second and Third Chakras, enhancing will power and the ability to see behind facades to what is real.
PYRITE AFFIRMATION: I succeed in all my endeavors.
Healing, Enhancing, Amplification
Primary Chakras: All
Astrological signs: All
Extremely popular metaphysically, Clear Quartz is the most versatile healing stone among all crystals. Quartz is the most powerful healing stone of the mineral kingdom, able to work on any condition. Clear Quartz is known as the stone of power and amplifies any energy or intention. Clear Quartz protects against negativity, attunes to your higher self, and relieves pain.
Clear Quartz has been shown to enhance and strengthen the aura. As gifts from our Mother Earth, Clear Quartz comes to us with information for the higher self to assimilate in the process of one's spiritual growth. Clear Quartz is often used to cleanse, open, activate, and align all of the chakras.
CLEAR QUARTZ AFFIRMATION: I am a radiant being filled with all frequencies of light.
Abundance, Creativity, Empathy
Primary Chakras: Heart
Astrological signs: Aries, Libra, Pisces
Working with the Heart Chakra, Green Quartz has a healing effect when worn or carried. Use Green Quartz to help transmute negative energies into positive ones. Green Quartz is also known to attract prosperity and success and to stimulate one’s creativity. Carrying Green Quartz will help to activate the Heart Chakra, and impart a sense of wholeness to the owner.
By opening, activating and/or stabilizing the Heart Chakra, Green Quartz can help one to feel empathy and universal love for others, and as such, is a great stone for people who are overly selfish or controlling. Green Quartz has a pleasant vibe and can have a positive effect on the environment.
Green Quartz can help one to learn empathy in a "dog-eat-dog" environment. This quality is good for both the giver and the receiver, as well as for the benefit of the whole world using collective consciousness. Working with Green Quartz can promote cooperation and tactful honesty, and as such, can be a wonderful addition to any home or office environment. Meditating with Green Quartz can bring truthful desires up from the depths of the heart to be examined for their usefulness, and either assimilated or expelled.
GREEN QUARTZ AFFIRMATION: I give and receive loving, empathic energy.
Communication, Meditation, Enhances Healing
Primary Chakras: Heart, Third Eye, Crown, Higher Crown
Astrological signs: All
Rainbow Aura Quartz, also called Angel Aura Quartz or Opal Aura Quartz, cleanses the aura and can facilitate deeper and higher levels of meditation. A peaceful and tranquil stone, Rainbow Aura Quartz is useful for communication with Angels, Spirit Guides, and other Teachers.
Having such a fine vibration, Rainbow Aura Crystals also allow the user to clear away negativity that has previously been resistant, and helps to gently raise energy levels in those who are feeling depleted. Rainbow Aura can help to release negative emotions such as resentment or grief. Rainbow Aura is a perfect piece to use when facing a dysfunctional type of relationship, bringing a deeper insight into the relationship and the holder's part in it. Meditating with Rainbow Aura Quartz can be beneficial for those who are going through stressful or otherwise negative situations.
Rainbow Aura is wonderful for meditation, gridding, and healing work. Carrying or wearing Rainbow Aura will help when encountering negative or stressful situations, removing that energy and replacing it with loving, positive vibrations. Use Rainbow Aura to enhance the healing properties of other crystals.
Rainbow Aura is created when Clear Quartz crystals are super-heated in a vacuum and infused with vaporized Silver & Platinum. These precious metals condense onto the surface of the quartz crystal to form a permanent bond with the lattice of the quartz. By combining the vibrations of Quartz with Silver and Platinum, a synthesis of unique vibrations is created.
RAINBOW QUARTZ MANTRA: I release that which no longer serves me and I am healed.
All Types of Love, Compassion, Self Esteem
Primary Chakras: Heart, Higher Heart
Astrological signs: Taurus, Libra
Rose Quartz is the stone of unconditional love. One of the most important stones for Heart Chakra work, Rose Quartz opens the heart to all types of love - love of self, love of family, love of friends, romantic love. Because it is a type of quartz, Rose Quartz does have a high energy, but its vibe is also calming and soothing.
The soothing energy of Rose Quartz fosters empathy, reconciliation, and forgiveness of others. Lowering stress and tension in the heart, Rose Quartz clears out anger, jealousy, and resentment of others, and allows healing of heart issues and dis-ease associated with holding on to such negative emotions.
Known as a romance stone, Rose Quartz can be used to attract love. Rose Quartz adds loving energy to relationships, bringing calm and peace. The comforting and soothing energy of Rose Quartz can also help heal a broken heart, allowing release of pent-up emotions and grief. Rose Quartz also helps release unexpressed feelings about others.
ROSE QUARTZ AFFIRMATION: I am filled with loving compassion for myself and others.
Removes Negativity, Grounding, Transformation
Primary Chakras: Root, Solar Plexus
Astrological signs: Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn
Smoky Quartz transforms negative emotions and negative energy patterns – a stone of cooperation. Smoky Quartz is said to help overcome depression, nightmares and stress.
Ancients used it to stimulate meridians, kundalini, and to correct fertility/PMS/reproductive imbalance. Smoky Quartz increases fertility, balances sexual energy and helps to alleviate depression for both men and women.
Smoky Quartz increases fertility, balances sexual energy and helps to alleviate depression for both men and women.
Smoky Quartz crystals, like other brown stones, are closely in tune with the anchoring energy of the earth - heightening your understanding of nature and concern for the environment.
A very powerful metaphysical stone, Smokey Quartz emits a high level of energy.
Smokey Quartz works with all of the Chakras, but can specifically focus its energies with the Root and Solar-Plexus Chakras. While this stone has a slow and steady energy to it, it is still very powerful in its action. This crystal has a vibe that helps to facilitate the transformation of dreams into reality.
Meditating with Smokey Quartz can bring information from other realms into the physical. Many people who work with Smokey Quartz have reported unusual sightings of spiritual entities.
SMOKY QUARTZ AFFIRMATION: The flame of life is ignited within me.
Peace • Clarity • Wonder
Primary Chakras: Crown
Astrological signs: Capricorn
Snow Quartz has a wonderfully smooth vibration, and is a nice addition to one's medicine bag. Also called Milky Quartz and Quartzite, Snow Quartz is a delicate, opaque white form of Quartz and is found in Brazil, US, and Mexico.
Snow Quartz has a gentler, more soothing vibrational quality than Clear Quartz. It reminds us to look at the world through the innocent eyes of a child and remember that there is still wonder in the world. Native Americans attributed the snowy white quartz to the Snow Moon (the full moon of January and February) and the North Wind. Keep a Snow Quartz in your car or carry with you during travels in snow.
The female version of Clear Quartz, Snow Quartz provides peaceful energies in a whirlwind environment. It offers clarity of mind and aides in studying, as well as a reminder to finish that paperwork. Often found in gold mines, Snow Quartz is often used for prosperity and luck.
SNOW QUARTZ MANTRA: I am filled with divine wisdom and peace of mind.
Amplifies Intentions, Insight, Love & Understanding
Primary Chakras: Heart
Astrological signs: Libra
Strawberry Quartz carries all the vibrations of Clear Quartz, with the additional attributes of universal love, understanding of purpose, and seizing the day. Wearing Strawberry Quartz can be soothing and calming for someone who works in a fast-paced environment.
Strawberry Quartz has the ability to amplify intentions of love, gratitude and generosity, and can radiate those vibrations outward. Some wear Strawberry Quartz when trying to attract a soul-mate. However, be aware that “soul-mate” doesn't mean “exactly like yourself”. Often, our soul-mates are those people who can really test us and show us where we need work.
Strawberry Quartz assists in bringing balance to the psyche, the emotions, and the subtle energy bodies. An important tool for new initiates on the spiritual path, Strawberry Quartz can help one to gain insights into one's persona and inspiration regarding how to improve on it. Strawberry Quartz is a great facilitator of gaining hidden knowledge.
Tourmalated Quartz, also called Tourmalinated Quartz, shares the properties of its components – the grounding and deflection of negative energy found in Tourmaline, as well as the energy amplification and consciousness raising ability of Quartz. Tourmalated Quartz can help bring balance to the Yin and Yang energies, and is often used as a good luck charm.
Used for grounding and clearing, Black Tourmaline is also exceptional at blocking and transmuting negativity, making it a wonderful stone for releasing fear and worry, and for protection of one's energy field.
Clear Quartz is known as the master healer of the mineral kingdom and is often used for enhancing psychic abilities. Crystal lovers know Clear Quartz to be a great tool for manifestation and spiritual growth. Meditating with Clear Quartz can help one to attune to the soul purpose. Clear Quartz can open and activate the chakras.
The combination of Clear Quartz and Black Tourmaline creates a powerful ally in one's spiritual growth. While the Quartz can be an aid to those on the spiritual path, the Black Tourmaline can help keep one well-grounded, thus avoiding that out-of-touch sensation that can often result from being too focused on the higher pursuits. Black Tourmaline in Quartz can also help one to avoid picking up negative vibrations from the environment or other people, making it a great crystal to wear. Tourmalated Quartz is loved by crystal healers for its energetic cleansing effect on the aura, and is great for energy healing sessions and grid work.
Tourmalinated Quartz Affirmation: I am immune to the negative, good luck is surrounding me.