Index to Stones by Name:
Abalone (mollusk shell; mineral matter formed by biological process)
Has been used since ancient times for cameos. At one time, the demand for shells became so profound that they became more sought after than pearls. Said to promote tranquility, comfort, well being and calmness of emotions. To increase intuition as well as aid in psychic development. Healing lore: muscles, heart, digestion.
Named for Aegir, the Scandinavian god of the sea. Said to be used to build self-esteem and for psychic protection against negative energy and psychic attacks.
Healing lore: immune system.
Agate (general, all types)
Widely used in Greek & Roman times for cameos. Used widely in jewelry during the European Renaissance. Often seen as a good luck stone. Said to inspire strength, courage, intellect, creativity, and to ensure pleasant dreams. Healing lore: energizes, aids stomach problems, mouth, teeth, gums, insomnia.
Agate (Blue Lace)
Known as a protective stone that helps promote miracles and emits a calming, peaceful energy. Inspires verbal communication skills as well as spiritual communication skills. Healing lore: vision, bones, headaches, arthritis, inflammation, fever.
Historically, used for protection against addictions, compulsiveness, and depression. Said to help maintain an even temper. Healing lore: to quit smoking, nervous system and skin disorders.
Agate (Crazy Lace)
Historically, said to improve ego and aid in self esteem, and to open the heart to allow the ability to laugh and enjoy love. Used to help renew energy and strength and dispel fears and stress. Said to be a good healing stone for eyesight and eyes.
Known as a stone of friendship, Moss Agate is said to help bring abundance, wealth, success, prosperity, and to help find treasure. Said to offer protection against stress and addictions. Healing lore: pregnancy and birthing, psychological problems, improves circulation and aid in digestive and intestinal disorders.
Said to increase artistic awareness and help with decisions. Also used for forgiveness for yourself and others.
Discovered in Russia around 1830, Alexandrite became very fashionable among the aristocratic. Said to enhance creativity and intellect.
Used by the ancient Egyptians for jewelry and ornamentation, as well as tablets. Amazonite was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen. Said to aid in communication and to help with marital troubles. Enhances psychic powers and abilities, intuition, intellect and creativity, and builds self-esteem. Often worn for truth, sincerity, honor and grace.
Healing lore: skin problems and anxiety, emotional peace.
Amber (petrified tree resin)
Used since ancient times for ornamentation, jewelry, medicinal and spiritual practices. It is said that over 1,000 extinct species of insects have been identified because of their inclusions in amber. Worn by both gladiators and ancient Christian soldiers as amulets and on their shields for protection. Used in Medieval times for jewelry and rosaries. Said to be helpful for turning desires into realities. Used for longevity, sensuality, romance, and good luck. Said to alleviate burdens and help bring happiness, purify the body and aid in headaches, bone problems and heart problems, as well as vision. Known as a general healing stone.
According to Greek mythology, amethyst was crystal rock that became dyed purple by the tears of Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry. In ancient times, wine goblets were often made of amethyst, and it was said that it could keep the bearer from becoming drunk. Worn by royalty in Ancient Egypt. Worn by bishops in the Middle ages. Known as a major healing stone. Promotes sobriety and sincerity; Used to calm and to help heal compulsive behaviors and all types of addictions. Also used for protection against psychic attacks. Used to help with insight and clarity. Spiritually, to help aid with spirit and angel communication and used to increase dreaming. Also used to help deal with pain from grief and promote happiness, relieve headaches, and ease tension.
Ametrine (a combination of amethyst and citrine)
Found only in Bolivia, Ametrine is said to calm negative emotions.
Used to connect with guardian angels and spirit guides. Said to help bring inner peace and aid in serenity.
Apache Tears (Obsidian)
Used by ancient peoples to create ornaments, weapons, tools. Used by the Aztecs and Greeks for mirrors. Protects, grounds, and helps to heal from the past. Used to relieve grief and sorrow and to promote acceptance.
Attracts the love of others and promotes peacefulness and communication. Helps with psychic visions and revelations. Healing lore: food addictions, dieting, stress
Name means "sea water." Amulets made from aquamarine and engraved with the likeness of Poseidon were thought to protect sailors at sea. Mythologically it is said that King Neptune presented gifts of Aquamarine to the mermaids. Said to promote serenity, peace and intuition and to help one be in tune with the ocean. Helps to alleviate fears and phobias and promotes acceptance of others. A stone of friendship and courage. Assists with marital problems and encourages friendship and communication. Known as a stone of beauty and peace and often used for good luck.
Historically thought to attract abundance, creativity and intelligence. Said to clear the mind from fears and emotional worry and allows the wearer to be openminded. For leadership abilities, tranquility, courage, ideas and intellect. A stone of good luck (sometimes known as the gambler's stone) and fortune often used for good fortune in games of chance.
Healing lore: eyes, headaches, blood and circulatory system and sleep troubles.
Aventurine (Pink, Peach)
Said to attract love and affection. Used to overcome shyness and to help one be less self-critical. To help with imagination and creativity. For help in troubled times concerning communication and decision making.
Healing lore: eyes, anxiety and worry, heart, lungs, headaches, adrenal glands.
Used in ancient and Medieval times as a dye and pigment for painting and illuminating manuscripts. Ancient Mayans used azurite to obtain wisdom. Said to help develop intuition and psychic abilities, and to increase psychic experiences.
Healing lore: cancer, sinus conditions, skin problems; eczema, psoriasis, acne, general healing.