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Dating as far back as the Stone Age, the healing properties of gemstones, their beauty, and magic have been recognized and harnessed.
Gemstones have been believed to alter our moods and protect us from harm. Kings and queens would have gemstones set in their crowns and they were frequently worn and carried by ancient Egyptians as amulets and charms. Greek mythology frequently refers to gemstones, and many have been discovered in the tombs of Chinese rulers. Gemstones were used extensively in ceremonies and initiations by the Native Americans, the Mayans and Aztecs.
Gemstones today carry the same power. When set in jewelry, the stones are worn close to the body, increasing their healing properties. They can boost your energy, enhance your intuition, attract wealth, increase mental abilities, boost your confidence, bring abundance, or even attract love.
Below you can learn more about each gem's unique superpower:
Aids in the reduction of insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, and circulatory issues. Amethyst is considered the gemstone of meditation, peace, balance, courage, and inner strength. The purple variety of quartz is essentially the yogi of gemstones: it's about staying grounded while maintaining higher spiritual perspective. Wearing it while meditating is said to deepen the practice and create a heightened awareness; clairvoyants and psychics rely on the stone to amplify intuition and open all spiritual channels. (Many recommend sleeping with amethyst under your pillow in order to thwart insomnia and encourage lucid dreaming). It's also a healing stone, and can provide relief and peace even in the face of addiction and emotional trauma. Another plus: Ancient Greek mythology insists that this "sobriety stone" is a cure for intoxication.
Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. Aquamarine is thought to enhance the happiness of marriages. It has been said that the mineral gives the wearer protection against foes in battle or litigation. It makes the wearer unconquerable and amiable, and also quickens the intellect. Aquamarine is also known for releasing fear, calming nerves, and bringing mental clarity.
Considered the gemstone to provide greater or increased hearing, Citrine also promotes success, abundance, and clear thinking.
Aids blood, heart, and lungs and is known to promote romantic love, passion, sensuality, and intimacy. In general, garnet has long been thought of as a travelers' stone. In fact, Noah's Ark is said to have had a garnet lantern to help navigate during the night. Garnet is also thought to promote successful business, encourage compassion and aid self-confidence. Garnet is said to have the ability to heal the blood and encourage good circulation.
Thought to provide its wearer with strength, vitality and positivity. It is also believed to help the immune system, respiration, metabolism and detoxification. Due to its green color, traditional Hindu belief systems associate tsavorite with Anahata, or the heart chakra. This chakra relates to love, compassion, psychic healing and decision making. Thus tsavorite is thought to be helpful in calming the emotions. Tsavorite garnet is an alternative birthstone for May, due to its green color.
Healing stress in relationships, lessening anger and jealousy, and slowing aging, the Peridot promotes abundance and prosperity.
Aiding the emotions is the Ruby's calling card. Also known to increase integrity, devotion, and happiness. Rubies are in fact considered to be one of the most powerful stones, packed with a fire that connects directly to the Root Chakra (the very base of your body's energy flow). If you're feeling at all lethargic in pursuits of the mind or body, this is the stone to covet: It'll boost stamina in all aspects of your life. This includes the bedroom—rubies are believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac.
The gemstone of creative expression and inner peace and meditation. Sapphire also aids in personal expression and the alleviation of pain. Sapphires are powerfully connected with the Third Eye, encouraging higher intuition, serenity, and all-around good vibes.
One of the most powerful gemstones, Topaz facilitates the balance of emotions and provides protection from greed. If you're feeling anxious, burnt out, or just generally out-of-whack, topaz could very well be your crystalline cure-all. This very versatile stone is said to realign the meridians—or energy points—of the body, relieve tension, and keep emotions in check. If you think it's time to practice some tough self-love, stock up on the blue version of these gems, which are believed to stimulate honesty and clear communication with oneself and others.
Tourmaline attracts luck, success, abundance and prosperity. It inspires creativity, and may be used to project, create and manifest one's goals. It might also increase one's opportunities to earn a second income by turning an interest or hobby into a business. The gem stimulates compassion, understanding, and positive energy. If you're looking (or needing) to fall in love with yourself, let tourmaline be your guide.