Gemstone Meanings Encyclopedia: Picking the Perfect Pendant for Positive Vibes
A gemstone pendant makes a thoughtful gift that is sure to wow on any occasion!
Some gemstones are thought to be particularly “romantic”, like garnet, moonstone, and tourmaline. Smokey quartz is said to promote communication, and lapis lazuli is often considered the special stone of friendship. To learn more, read on!
Garnet is known as the stone of love and devotion, curing melancholy and warming the heart. It is said to stimulate passion and creativity while negating stubbornness. Noted also for its powerful protective energy, ancient soldiers would carry shields set with garnet when they went into battle.
Tiger eye is said to promote balance, calm, and inner strength. It is a perfect stone for people who are flighty or easily distracted, as it is known to provide a sense of grounding and focus.
Fire agate helps the wearer achieve better self realization and attunement to higher realms, providing clarity and stimulating awareness. Agate has long been revered as an absorber of negativity, opening the chakras, clearing out bad energy, and helping to develop natural powers and creativity.
According to Egyptian legend, tourmaline assumed all its colors by passing over a rainbow on its long journey up from the center of the earth. It is said to break up energy blockages (experienced as anxiety, stress, or confusion) and help the wearer consider past, future, and present experiences in new ways. Tourmaline symbolizes love and friendship, and is said to make both long lasting.
Smokey quartz is known as the stone of cooperation. A gentle grounding stone, it has the ability to transform negative energy, particularly anger and resentments. It clears up communication difficulties and stimulates the cooperation of multiple energies towards a common goal.
Amber is not a gemstone, but fossilized sap from prehistoric trees that has aged over the course of millions of years. In ancient times, amber was carried by travelers for protection. Today, it is still known for its protective qualities, and also for promoting good luck and a sunny disposition.
Malachite, unlike stones of the quartz family, absorbs energy instead of projecting it. Because of this, it’s very useful for releasing negative thoughts or emotions. It also helps to foster creativity and encourage self-expression.
Turquoise is the stone of wisdom and spiritual journeying. It is grounding and at the same time allows the flow of energy to continue. Some Native cultures believed that by wearing turquoise, the human mind becomes one with the universe. Also helpful with communication, turquoise helps the wearer be honest with the self and others.
Amazonite is a calming stone that improves confidence and restores stamina, faith, and compassion. It dispels negative energy and gives strength in making difficult decisions. It is also said to improve self-expression and enhance communication concerning love.
According to legend, aquamarine originated in the treasure chest of the mermaids. Roman sailors carried it with them, believing that it would protect them from drowning and ensure a good catch of fish. Aquamarine is believed to open consciousness, releasing wisdom and creativity. It has a calming effect, and thus is noted for increasing courage and fortitude.
Larimar represents peace and clarity, healing and love. It is often known as the “Atlantis Stone”. A psychic named Edgar Cayce (1877 – 1945) said that part of Atlantis was in the Carribbean, and also that a blue stone with extraordinary healing powers would be found there. About 30 years after he passed away, Larimar was discovered in the Dominican Republic, which is to this day the only place it can be found.
Moonstone is the stone of romance and emotional balance. It is said to have power to arouse passion and allow lovers to peek into their future fortunes. It is also considered a very strong healing stone, particularly for women. A stone of wishes, intuition, and balance, many believe that moonstone is made from actual moonbeams.
Throughout history, opal has been revered for its beauty and regarded as a stone of good fortune. The early Greeks thought that opals gave their owners the powers of foresight and prophecy, and the Romans often carried opals as talismans or good luck charms. It was said that these beautiful stones possessed the same sort of energy as a rainbow in the sky, and some believed that opal had magical powers. Legend has it that the Roman Senator Nonius chose to be exiled rather than sell his valuable opal to Marc Antony, who wanted to give it to his famous lover Cleopatra.
Lapis lazuli is considered to be the stone of universal truth and friendship. It is reputed to bring harmony to relationships and help the wearer express the self in an authentic manner. Lapis is also considered a strengthening stone, bringing mental clarity and emotional healing.
Amethyst helps to bring calmness and clarity, while fostering healing and selflessness. It is an excellent stone for meditation and is known as the “stone of transformation”. Amethyst is said to bring wisdom by keeping the wearer connected to and aware of their more spiritual nature.
Whichever stone speaks to you, Mexicali Blues has got you covered! We have so many more pieces of gemstone jewelry in our stores, plus a knowledgable staff who can tell you even more about each stone, so stop by and see us sometime!
What’s your favorite gemstone or stone story?