Look up crystal and gemstone properties from the alphabetical listings below.
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A – C
Amber is excellent for vitalizing the aura. It also carries a bright and soothing energy that calms the nerves and smoothes the disposition. It opens the crown chakra and stimulates the intellect. It acts to purify the mind, body and spirit and by absorbing and transmuting negative energies can help allow the body to free itself of disorder.
Amethyst is a multifunctional form of Quartz, used extensively for healing. It balances the energies of the intellect as it bestows strength, invigoration, stability and peace. By directing love to the structure of the Amethyst, the energy is increased by orders of magnitude and returned to the region in which the Amethyst is located. Amethyst also provides for flexibility in decision-making processes and aids in the assimilation of new ideas. It has many metaphysical uses and can be used for protection against unwanted psychic energies. The Amethyst is excellent for charging visualizations with intention and the needed emotional stimulation for manifestation.
Ametrine is a combination of Amethyst & Citrine. Besides the properties of each of those, it has some that are unique. It disperses negativity from the auric field and helps in its repair by filling any openings with pure light energy. In meditation and attunement, it helps one reach higher states of consciousness more quickly. It assists in astral travel and protects while it helps to discern the difference between the physical and astral worlds. Ametrine works quickly due to the high frequency of the combination. It has also been used to stimulate oxygenation within the body and to correct DNA imbalances.
Apatite is used to stimulate clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience and to facilitate the work of other stones or crystals. It can also be used for stimulating the intellect and to balance or suppress the appetite.
Aragonite helps to alleviate stress and anger and is often placed in the environment to absorb the “water” from an excessively emotional person. It also enhances reliability and can help one to maintain during periods of increased responsibility. Some varieties of Aragonite have been used to decrease hair loss and wrinkling of the skin.
Aqua Aura is actually Quartz enhanced with pure 24 ct. gold, which gives the crystal an electric Aqua color. The molecules of gold adhere to the natural electric charge surrounding the quartz. It won’t rub or scrape off and dynamic results are attributed to the combined properties of gold with quartz. Quartz is a “stone of power” and its natural tendency is toward harmony. Gold attracts honors and wealth and helps one overcome feelings of inferiority. Aqua Aura contains a very intense energy, which is beneficial to the aura and the chakras. It is also useful for activating other minerals that are used in healing.
A stone of courage, the Aquamarine enhances the ability for rapid intellectual response and helps in the assimilation of knowledge. Accelerating the intellectual processes of reason, it aids in learning. It enhances an ability to always be prepared and is said to guard against injury during battle. Aquamarine also helps in attuning to more spiritual levels of awareness and provides a shielding property for the aura and subtle bodies.
Used in meditation, Azeztulite assists in achieving the state of “no mind. It stimulates the third eye and brings vivid motion pictures from the future, both personal and universal. Azeztulite is of pure and totally positive energy; it is one of the four stones found to date that never needs cleansing. It provides an inextinguishable light that shines for the user at all times. Azeztulite has many uses for healing and is particularly synergistic with Moldavite, Phenacite, Tanzanite and Herkimer Diamonds.
Metaphysically, Azurite is recommended for the beginning collector since it is so versatile. It stimulates the development of the psychic senses and provides insight into all areas of life as well as energizing artistic abilities. Especially aids in design work! Azurite eases worries that agitate in the back of the mind and helps eliminate barriers to progress.
Calcite stimulates the reawakening and the recognition of those with whom one has been associated in other distinctive lives. It is a repository stone that accumulates knowledge and assists one during the process of divination, providing wisdom to prophetic questions. Calcite works like a battery to restore energy and is used to activate the crown chakra and for the alignment of the charkas, as well as to remove blockages within the nervous and circulatory systems.
Carnelian stimulates precision and analytical capabilities. Awakens one’s talents and improves perception. It is also useful in dramatics and theater presentations. Protects against envy, fear and rage and can be used to clear other stones of negativity.
Celestite emits a very comforting and tranquilizing energy. It is multi-functional in its metaphysical uses and a must for those seeking spiritual progress. A stone of good fortune and the attainment of bliss, it provides freedom from worry, lightens the disposition and brings joy into one’s life. Also great for intellectual activities, it gives fluency in communication and enhances both artistic and musical pursuits. Assists in clairaudience.
Chlorite is known for it’s properties in connection with healing and can be used to reduce the perception of pain. Quite positive in function, it cleanses the aura, eliminates anger and hostility, dissipating the negative energy. It has further been used successfully to rid the body of toxins and to diminish the visibility of liver spots.
Chrysocholla purifies the home and environment and eliminates negativity from within. It also increases the capacity to love and eases emotional heartache. Associated with many benefits in the area of healing, it provides insights to the emotional cause of illness. Increases the lung capacity and is said to alleviate the symptoms of vertigo.
Also called Dragon’s Blood, Cinnabar brings elegance and vitality to the demeanor, boosting assertiveness while eliminating aggression. It also promotes fluency in all communications and enhances the persuasive abilities.
Citrine promotes optimism and greatly enhances both creativity and intellect. Citrine also promotes a “glow from within” and a constantly happy disposition. A staple for the collector, it enhances understanding in relationships and is also known as “the merchant’s stone”. Placing a Citrine in the cash box produces more income! It is one of the few stones that never needs cleansing or clearing because it naturally transmutes negative energy into positive.
D – G
Aside from its gemmy aesthetic value, Danburite is a staple for the metaphysician, working to smooth and enhance the properties of other crystals. When Danburite is placed under the pillow, it stimulates and enhances lucid dreaming as no other stone! Also stimulates the intellect and assists the mental processes in general. It carries a mellow and mentally uplifting energy.
Dioptase is a stone for “living in the moment” and provides for experiencing true joy from the simple things in life. It is also one of the best healing stones of the ages and is especially beneficial for stimulating the chakras with invigorating and refreshing energy. It furthers spiritual attunement and eliminates “lack” in the life by adjusting one’s outlook.
Fluorite discourages chaotic growth and provides stability and balance, bringing order out of chaos. It is excellent for understanding the intrinsic balance necessary in relationships. Increasing concentration, it helps to see beyond illusions. Purple Fluorite is considered a third eye stone and assists in intuitive understanding of messages from psychic planes. Many health properties, Fluorite is excellent for warding off colds and flu and is known for its properties of assistance to bone disorders.
Garnet is a stone of health, extracting negative energy from the chakras and transmuting the energy into a beneficial state. It enhances ones internal fire, bringing the creative powers to the state of implementation and acts with great speed due to the flash of lightening it is said to contain. An excellent stone for the base chakra, acting to clear and energize. Garnet has numerous uses; it’s called the stone of commitment and it incites personal magnetism. It’s also good for erasing moods of abandonment, bringing appreciation to the act of surrender to discontinuity, ushering freshness into the life.
H – K
Hematite is used for memory enhancement, original thinking and the comprehension of technical knowledge. It has many healing properties and has been used to draw fevers and excessive heat from the body by placing it on the forehead. It is also used to alleviate insomnia, leg cramps and blood disorders as well as spinal misalignment.
The Herkimer Diamond is a stone of spontaneity, assisting one to begin again this lifetime and to recognize that whatever one is seeking lies within; all that is needed is to allow for the actualization. It also assists in telepathic communication and can be used as an attunement stone with a person or place. It may be programmed to store information to be retrieved at a later time and is quite a versatile stone.
Kunzite is a stone for the heart chakra and aligns it with the throat and third-eye charkas. In synthesizing the energies it produces loving thoughts and loving communication. Just holding Kunzite stimulates a feeling of peace, connecting one to the infinite source of love and providing for purification on all levels. It initiates an acknowledgement and external expression of self-love, romantic love and unconditional love. It’s an excellent stone for those who are unable to relax when expressing the emotions of the heart.
Quite powerful energetically and metaphysically, Kyanite has been called the “tripping stone”. It is useful for aligning all the chakras upon immediate contact and without conscious direction. If directed by the user, it also opens the chakras and aligns the emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual and ethereal bodies, leaving one tranquil, poised, and balanced. A powerful aid to meditation, it also allows one to locate and feel the resting Kundalini. It is one of the extremely rare stones that never needs cleansing or clearing since it will not accumulate or retain negative vibrations.
L – P
Metaphysically, Lapis is a stone of total awareness, expanding intellectual capabilities and promoting conscious attunement to the intuitive and psychic aspects of one’s nature. It assists in remaining objective about the subjective. It also assists in tuning into the creative source and has been used in gaining insight to ones dreams by placing over the third eye. Lapis stimulates emotional, mental and physical purity and clarity, supporting activities of advancing toward universal wisdom. It enables one to gain access to, and explore, esoteric planetary knowledge.
Moldavite is dark translucent green and the only know gemstone of extraterrestrial origin. It originates from a meteorite that fell in Czechoslovakia some 15 million years ago. Moldavite is the “awakener” and is known for its properties to assist one who is searching for spiritual enlightenment, acting as a powerful catalyst to such. Even without conscious direction, it apparently puts one in touch with the personal spirit guide, where direction is received. Moldavite also boosts the properties of other stones and is especially synergistic with Tanzanite, Azeztulite, Phenacite, Quartz, Celestite, Danburite and Herkimer Diamonds.
Obsidian has long been used for its protective properties against energy leaks of the aura. It helps to expand and seal the aura, acting as a barrier against drifting energies that would affect it negatively. It also prevents any penetration from those who would attach themselves and drain one’s energy. Obsidian opens the door to inner discovery and stimulates insight regarding the avenue leading to the attainment of the life purpose.
Opal is quite an interesting stone and found in a variety of forms with extensive uses. Other than for their beauty, one of the most interesting properties of opals is that it amplifies personal traits and characteristics so that one is provided the impetus to build upon positive attributes while also identifying those in need of improvement. The fire within the opal also encourages flashes of intuitive insight and Opals awaken the psychic and mystical qualities. Can further be used to “brighten” the aura.
Petalite has some interesting, if unusual properties. It is said to be not only a stone of protection and bringer of good, but to also be a powerful spiritual and healing stone. A stone of the angels, it is used to stimulate clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience and telepathic communication. It also clears energy blocks, opens the crown chakra, sooths the aura and is further used to facilitate the awareness of the physical signs of auras.
Phenacite facilitates deep meditation and is believed by light workers to carry the highest vibration of any stone found to date on the planet. The caretaker within virtually “knocks at your door”. Phenacite is quite an expansive crystal as it stimulates and opens the third eye. Placing the stone above the crown chakra provides a noticeable flowing energy. It is also a gathering stone, gathering together the energies of other stones used in healing to enhance the sum of the properties. It is particularly synergistic with Moldavite, Azeztulite, Tanzanite and Herkimer Diamonds.
Q – T
Quartz amplifies both body energy and thoughts and is known to be a “stone of power”. The energy of quartz is transmitted through the points, tips and edges of the crystal as they are rubbed with the finger or held in the hand. Quartz brings the energy of the stars into the soul and stimulates the spiritual energy centers. It is used to facilitate speaking with and receiving information from the spiritual and otherworldly masters, healers and teachers. There are many formations of Quartz crystals. Melody’s book, A Kaleidoscope of Crystals is an excellent reference.
Rose Quartz provides all the elemental properties of Quartz and is best known for its corresponding relationship to the heart chakra. It is used for spiritual attunement to the energy of love. It has a soothing and calming effect and promotes loving feelings as well as cohesion in relationships. Rose Quartz removes negativity very gently and is recommended for those who find clear quartz too stimulating. It is quite effective in the treatment of conditions involving the emotions.
The intense energy of Ruby has a multitude of metaphysical uses. It acts as a protective shield on all levels, brings economic stability and is a powerful aid in helping one to overcome the need or expectancy to experience travails.
Sapphire is used to rid one of unwanted thoughts. It brings lightness to the user by opening the mind to beauty and intuition. Known as a stone of prosperity, eliminating frustration, fulfilling desires and sustaining the gifts of life. It tends to radiate energy without conscious direction. It has been used successfully in the treatment of blood disorders and to strengthen the walls of the veins.
Metaphysically, Selenite is an exceptional tool for meditation. It can put one in touch with past or future lives by providing visions during meditation. This is accomplished by rubbing it at the onset of the meditation process. It also provides clarity of mind and expands one’s awareness of self and environment. Selenite also assists in opening and clearing the upper chakras and bridging them. With a whole list of health benefits, it has been used to increase the life span and to promote muscular flexibility.
Smokey Quartz can penetrate and transform negative emotions and energy patterns. It dissolves energy fields that have been generated from negative thoughts, anger or resentment. It further works to dissolve effects, disorders and disease created by a previous problem. Smokey Quartz is also used to lift barriers between the beta and alpha states of mind so that if worries are pressing, it may be used to set them aside and clear the mental channels. A good grounding stone.
Sunstone opens and clears all seven chakras and provides a squeaky clean feel to the aura. It promotes well-being and aliveness, bringing vibrancy and radiating energy.
Tanzanite is among the leaders for its metaphysical properties as well as for its beauty. A stone of magic, it brings together all aspects of communication and psychic power, allowing one to accurately communicate visions. Used at the crown chakra, it produces visions of the higher spiritual realms and brings to the user the revelations of the gods. The energy of Tanzanite acts as a spiraling force, inviting protection and safety.
Metaphysically, Tiger Eye carries vibrations of practicality and stability. It combines sharpness with grounding. It is used to enhance the psychic abilities and the solar energy promotes intuitive impressions. It helps eliminate the blues and brings optimism and brightness to the user. It further helps to integrate and balance both hemispheres of the brain to bring awareness to perception. Often best adapted to earthy people.
Topaz is a power stone for attracting prosperity due to the flow of both positive and receiving currents through the crystal tips and faces. This links it to the forces of attraction and manifestation. Also called the “crystal of potency” as it is used in meditation and visualization. It helps one absorb that, which is needed by the universe, prompting receptivity and a willingness to act.
Tourmaline promotes self-confidence and acts to attract inspiration. It diminishes fear and is used extensively for chakra and healing work as well as for stimulating balance between the left and right brain processes. It has also been used as a teller stone, providing insights during times of trouble to find who or what is the cause of problems. Each of the colors of Tourmaline correspond to individual chakra centers.
U – Z
Metaphysically, Vanadinite enhances contentment, evident from the very first contact. Very soothing and comforting, it is also an excellent stone for meditative purposes. By conscious direction it can be used to help empty the mind or to retrieve visions which answer pre-defined questions. It aids in breathing disorders, including asthma and lung congestion. Vanadinite also expedites the mental processes and promotes thrift in spending of either physical or financial resources.
The laser wands are quite multifunctional in use; when held, the constant source of brilliant white light contained within the crystal surrounds the body and acts as a protective shield. The aura may be felt to expand during use of the crystal to create a protective barrier. The energy of the crystal is particularly well focused when directed through the small termination and a great many healing techniques call for use of wands. Wand crystals can also be used to cause one to fade into the background and become unnoticed and “invisible” when and if so desired. The singing wand crystals produce a clear sweet sound when touched together or to other crystals.
The spectacular color of Zincite is the result of a naturally occurring fire that took place in a Polish mine over 100 years ago. Other than for its beauty, Zincite is most sought after because of the properties it carries to restore balance and energy to the lower chakras. Electric currents carried through the body facilitate the removal of energy blockages, thus increasing the physical life force, personal power and will. It provides a sense of grounding and connection in addition to physical energy, enhancing the initiative. It also brings together those of a like mind and is used to improve the condition of the hair and skin.
Finding the Perfect Crystal
A crystal may come to you as a gift or you may find it in a shop or even online. Often, it is sound vibrations linked to the color of a crystal that makes certain ones most appealing to you. Or, you may be looking for a particular crystal because of its properties. Even when I don’t have crystal auctions underway on eBay, I usually have a variety of specialty crystals on hand, such as Aqua Aura, Moldavite, Azeztulite, Petallite, Danburite, Wand crystals and Crystal balls so if you’re in search of something in particular, please feel free to inquire through an email to me.
Learning More About Crystals & How to Use Them
There are a couple of brand new books on the use of crystals that are quite helpful:
Crystal User’s Handbook: A highly recommended Illustrated Guide by Judy Hall
Gemstone Feng Shui: Create Harmony in Home & Office by Sandra Kynes
Lot’s more books on crystals are also listed in the Library. Best Wishes, Celeste Teal