For those who attribute deeper meaning and healing qualities to stones and crystals this is a glossary of properties that have been associated with the various stones. For further reading and reference we suggest The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall.
Amazonite: This is an extremely soothing stone. It calms the brain and nervous system and aligns the physical body maintaining optimum health. It balances the masculine and feminine energies and many aspects of the personality. It is a stone that helps you to see both sides of a problem or different points of view. Emotionally, it soothes emotional trauma, alleviating worry and fear. Dispels negative energy and aggravation.
Amethyst: Is extremely beneficial to the mind, calming or stimulating as appropriate. Mentally, it helps you feel less scattered, more focused and in control of your faculties. It enhances the assimilation of new ideas and connects cause with affect. It is helpful where insomnia is caused by an overactive mind and protects against recurrent nightmares.
Aventurine: All around healer, and general harmonizer, protecting the heart. It is a very positive stone of prosperity. It reinforces leadership qualities and decisiveness. Promoting compassion, empathy, and encourages perseverance. Calms anger and irritation. Stimulates emotional recovery and enables living within one's own heart.
Black Banded Agate: Is formed from microscopic crystals of quartz laid down in bands. It is considered a receiving stone and is used for calming, soothing, inward meditation and reflection. When used for Chakra healing and balancing, it represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and our sense of grounding connection. -peacefulmind.com
Carnelian grounds and anchors you in the present reality. A stabilizing stone with high energy, it is excellent for restoring vitality and motivation, and for stimulating creativity. Mentally, Carnelian improves analytic abilities and clarifies perception. It sharpens concentration and dispels mental lethargy. Physically, it stimulates the metabolism.
Citrine: is a power cleanser and regenerator. This is one of the crystals that never needs cleansing. It is one of the stones of abundance. This dynamic stone reaches how to manifest and attracts wealth and prosperity, success, and all good things.
Garnet: Represents love. It revitalizes feelings and enhances sexuality. Inspires love and devotion. It revitalizes feelings and enhances deeper connection. Controls anger, especially toward the self. Opens the heart and bestows self-confidence. Mentally, it helps you let go of useless or old obsolete ideas.
Hematite: Dissolves negativity and prevents negative energies from entering the aura. It is said to be beneficial for legal situations. Mentally, Hematite stimulates concentration and focus. It enhances memory and original thought. Useful stone for the study of mathematics and technical subjects.
Howlite: Is an extremely calming stone. Formulates ambitions, both spiritual and mental, and aids in achieving them. *Helpful for studying, as they inspire you to research new ideas and may trigger instinctive standards of decent moral behavior. Helps with procrastination, and may stimulate creative ways to achieve what you desire.
Jasper is known as the "supreme nurturer". It sustains and supports you during times of stress and brings tranquility and a feeling of wholeness.
Labradorite: Calms an overactive mind and energizes the imagination, bringing up new ideas. Helps you understand your destiny. It strengthens faith in the self and trust in the universe. It removes other people’s projections.
Lapis Lazuli: Opens the third eye and balances the throat chakra. This stone quickly releases stress, bringing deep peace. Mentally, it encourages taking charge of life. It reveals inner truth, encourages self-awareness, and allows self-expression without holding back or compromising.
Lava: Is a dense, ingenious volcanic rock. It is superbly grounding, lending you strength, patience, and stability. It’s especially helpful for dissipating anger and creating a much needed cool, calm space to escape from stress.
Malachite: Important protection stone. Life is lived more intensely under the influence of this adventurous stone, which encourages risk-taking and change. It alleviates shyness and supports friendships. *Goes to the core of a problem, enhancing intuition and insight. Helps alleviate mental disturbances and combats dyslexia. It strengthens the ability to absorb and process information, makes you more observant, and helps in understanding difficult concepts.
Moonstone: Is a stone of “new beginnings.” Strongly connected to the moon and to the intuition. Psychologically, Moonstone calms overreactions to situations and to emotional triggers. Emotionally, Moonstone soothes emotional instability and stress, and stabilizes the emotions. It improves emotional intelligence.
Obsidian: Is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity. It brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion and constricting beliefs. This stone stimulates growth on all levels. It urges exploration of the unknown, opening new horizons.
Onyx: Is strength-giving. It provides support in difficult or confusing circumstances and during times of enormous mental or physical stress. Mentally, Onyx alleviates overwhelming fears and worries. Onyx conveys the invaluable gift of wise decisions.
Pearl: Brings out purity, honesty and integrity, plus feeling of beauty, dignity and calm. They both symbolize and stimulate femininity, feminine wisdom and charity.
Pink Opal is a love stone with a deep connection to the Heart Chakra. It works to heal our emotions, allowing our hearts to open to love. Pink Opal is often referred to as “The Stone of Resolution” as it works to heal our emotional wounds and deep hidden fears enabling us to resolve and let them go.
Pyrite is a very protective stone, shielding the user from negative energy of all kinds. Traditionally, Pyrite is known as a stone of luck, helping to attract abundance, wealth and prosperity to the user, via its creative energies of manifestation, and its encouragement of following one's dreams. healingcrystals.com
Red Banded Agate: Formed from microscopic crystals of quartz laid down in bands. Agate gently facilitates acceptance of one's self. This builds self-confidence. Agate's love of truthfulness encourages speaking one's own truth. Red is a projecting stones which assists in destroying disease, strengthens conscious, courage, strength, physical energy, luck and success.
Rhodonite: Emotional balancer that nurtures love. This stone stimulates, clears, and activates the heart and heart chakra. It grounds energy, balances yin-yang, and aids in achieving one’s highest potential.
Rose Quartz: Stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. Teaching true essence of love. It purifies and opens the heart at all levels, and brings deep inner healing and self-love. Rose Quartz teaches how to love yourself, vital if you have thought yourself unlovable. This stone encourages self-forgiveness and acceptance, and invokes self-trust and self-worth. In existing relationships, it will restore trust and harmony, and encourage unconditional love.
Smoky Quartz wards off negative thinking, doubt, fear, chaos and confusion. It improves circulation and enhances organization skills. Smoky Quartz is an excellent gem to help keep you focused, ready, and alert. It is often used for people with ADD. This gemstone reduces stress, anxiety and panic attacks. It empowers, grounds, purifies, and protects.
Snowflake Obsidian: Stone of purity, providing balance for body, mind, and spirit. Helps you recognize and release "wrong thinking" and stressful mental patterns. It promotes dispassion and inner centering. With the aid of Snowflake Obsidian, isolation and loneliness become empowering, aiding surrender in meditation.
Sodalite: Unites logic with intuition and opens spiritual perception, bringing information from the higher mind down to the physical level. Psychologically, this stone brings about emotional balance and calms panic attacks. It enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance, and self-trust. Sodalite is one of the stones that bring shadow qualities up to the surface to be accepted without being judged.
Tiger's Eye: Is a protective stone that was traditionally carried as a talisman against ill wishing and curses. It shows the correct use of power and brings out integrity. It assists in accomplishing goals. Psychologically, Tiger’s Eye heals issues of self-worth, self-criticism, and blocked creativity. It aids in recognizing one’s talents and abilities, and conversely, faults that need to be overcome.
Tourmaline Quartz balances yin / yang energies. It harmonizes disparate and opposite elements and polarities, and turns negative thoughts and energies into positive ones. Psychologically, it helps to integrate and heal the shadow energies, alleviating self-sabotage.
Turquoise: Is a strengthening stone. It dissolves a martyred attitude or self-sabotage. Mentally, Turquoise instills inner calm while remaining alert, and aids creative expression. A promoter of self-realization, it assists creative problem- solving and calms the nerves when speaking in public.
Caution: The information given in this book is not intended to act as a substitute for medical treatment, nor can it be used for diagnosis. Crystals are powerful and are open to misunderstanding or abuse. If you are in any doubt about their use, a qualified practitioner should be consulted, especially in the crystal healing field.