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Gemstone Legends and Lore!

Gemstone Legends and Lore

This is a list of gemstones with their properties. Enjoy, and perhaps use the information provided to bring more of the good things into your life.

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Crystal Wisdom.... by Dolfyn..... ISBN: 0-929268-14-8

Love is in the Earth - A Kaleidoscope of Crystals... by Melody... ISBN: 0-9628190-3-4

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Alexandrite - A green form of Chrysoberyl.
Encourages regeneration, renewal, protection, joy, emotional maturity, purity, grace and elegance.


Apatite comes in a variety of colors, ranging from yellow to green, white, brown, neon blue, brown or light purple.
Apatite, according to conventional understanding, fosters communication, concentration, clarity of thought and intellect. In that Apatite is considered to help focus our minds and improve concentration, it stands us in good stead whenever we want to speak or write clearly and eloquently. Basically, it is very useful in all intellectual pursuits, thanks to its help in developing our conceptual and logical abilities. In addition, Apatite helps us to communicate with nature, with the spirit plane and with our own subconscious as well.


Aquamarine is a blue-green member of the Beryl clan.
This stone is associated with the calming effects of the sea and is traditionally used to soothe, calm and alleviate fears and phobias. It aids in cleansing, meditation and appreciation of nature. It brings serenity and peace to those who keep it near.
Aquamarine helps us communicate with all sea life and connects us to the ocean, even if we live far from it. She will also influence us to protect ocean life and appreciate all the wise and beautiful dwellers in the sea.


Ranging in color from golden brown to green and pink. Aventurine is a member of the Quartz clan.
Long associated with creativity, imagination, prosperity, career success and balance, Aventurine opens us up to the world of opportunities. It helps us see potentials and alternatives in the mundane, practical side of life and in the more spiritual side as well. On a worldly level, when we can better perceive all the potentials a given situation has to offer, we can increase our opportunities for career growth and prosperity. On a higher level, when we see many alternatives, we become more adept at tapping our unique creative flow. GreenAventurinee is considered especially healing of body, mind and spirit. Furthermore, it has a calming and soothing effect on those who wear it.


This stone ranges from Yellow to Green.
Tradition has it that Chrysoberyl builds kindness, generosity, forgiveness and benevolence. Emotionally uplifting, this stone imparts hope, optimism and energy to all new projects and relationships. Because Chrysoberyl is dedicated to new beginnings, it is very protective of all young life. Those who keep it near often find that they become more forgiving and understanding, for this is also a very compassionate stone.


Citrine is a member of the Quartz clan.
People have long believed golden yellow Citrine to be an energizer, furthering prosperity, generosity and creative power. An expression of sunlight, warming and life giving, it stimulates earthly pleasure, protection, strength and confidence. Citrine is considered healing to the digestion and the emotions, as well as strengthening to the body.
Citrine bestows the gifts of material abundance upon us. Citrine is one of the most powerful and giving of all the stones.


The hardest of all the gemstones, diamonds can come in any color of the rainbow.
Widely held beliefs about the Diamond feature its ability in bonding relationships, protecting innocence and promoting hope. It encourages balance, clarity, profundity, discernment, love, abundance and courage.
This beautiful stone helps us get to the essence of things without being blinded by superficiality, for the Diamond knows full well how unimportant outer appearances are. Diamonds teach us to see through a person's outer package, into their depths.
Black Diamonds grant us the courage to look within without illusion.
Blue Diamonds inspire us to take better care of our health and strengthen will power.
Pink Diamonds foster creative expression.
Yellow Diamonds attract wealth and make us more thoughtful and considerate.


This green stone is a member of the Beryl clan.
Emeralds promote love, cleansing, clairvoyance and all types of seeing because they open up the psychic eye and help the physical eye as well. The Emerald is traditionally thought of as a stone which strengthens memory and encourages all forms of love... romantic, spiritual and passionate. It is also a truth-promoting stone, inspiring deep knowing from within.


This stone comes in a variety of colors, the most popular being red or green.
Down through the ages, RED GARNET has been linked to romantic love and passion, augmenting the sensual within us. It is prized by lovers and those who wish to attract a lover. It grants us positive thoughts and inspiration as part of the general energizing effect. Red Garnet is also associated with career success, social popularity and self-confidence.
Green Garnet fosters peace, serenity, mediation and creativity. In green form, it is also associated with purification and patience.

Herkimer "Diamonds"

These special quartz crystals are found only in Herkimer County, New York. They are usually double terminated and sometimes have three or more terminations.

Herkimers are considered good for promoting smooth energy flow, telepathy, enhancing creativity and helping us get in touch with our own uniqueness. They foster originality of thought and are stimulating to the imagination.

Herkimers are the nonconformists of the crystal clan. They have the courage and the energy to stand alone, to express their own specialness. They impart that same energy to all who befriend them. They also have all the qualities of Double Terminated Crystals and are therefore a helpful companion in every kind of psychic work.

Herkimers are also thought of as very powerful quartz. For this reason they are considered general energizers, enlivening all who keep them near.


Jade is usually green but can also come in a variety of colors.
Jade has been traditionally linked with serenity, wisdom, longevity, practicality and tranquility. Oriental cultures have long prized the Jade as a stone that can help unite the spiritual realm with the mundane world. It is seen as a stone of balance, peace and great knowing.
Black Jade offers protection from negativity and the wise use of power.
Blue Jade inspires meditation.
Butterfat Jade brings relaxation.
Lavender Jade inspires love, optimism and beauty.
Orange Jade enhances energy and protection.
White Jade fosters practical application of spirituality.
Yellow Jade is linked with assimilation, digestion, understanding and empathy.


Kunzite is a type of pink Spodumene.
Kunzite promotes emotional balance, inner love, gentleness, friendliness and self-discipline. Those who befriend this stone are helped to attract gentle friends and are taught to combine compassionate self-love with discipline. It is therefore considered to be helpful in habit breaking and in developing any type of self-discipline.


A member of the quartz clan. Opal comes in a wide range of colors.
Love, loyalty, peace, consciousness and faithfulness are gifts of the Opal. Opal is considered an emotional stone, reflecting the mood of the wearer. Opal can help those who wear it to be fully conscious of their own feelings.
Opal is the patron stone of actors and performers, enlivening all who come to appreciate this grand lady with her dramatic, expressive flair. She is a sentimental and passionate stone, who shows us that when emotions are repressed, they become twisted into spite and coldness. When they are not repressed, our emotions flow with tenderness and sympathy.
Black Opal promotes cosmic awareness and oceanic consciousness.
Boulder Opal fosters creativity and originality.
Fire Opal inspires dynamic energy and intensity.
White Opal enhances competency and efficiency.


Peridot is also known as Olivine or Chrysolite.
Peridot is traditionally said to inspire purification, growth, intuition, healing, renewal and rebirth. This regenerating stone is considered soothing to the nerves and is good for alleviating anger, jealousy and irritation. Stress reduction and relaxation are gifts of Peridot as well.
Peridot is traditionally associated with recuperative ability, encouraging us to bounce back from physical, emotional and even spiritual traumas.
Peridot is the patron stone of healers and it is especially good for healing the healers.


This red stone belongs to the corundum clan.
The Ruby is commonly accepted as the stone of happiness, healing, prosperity, devotion and courage. This passionate stone can also facilitate romance, enthusiasm and excitement. It is an energizer and is therefore considered generally stimulating. This stone also fosters generosity, prosperity and leadership ability.


Sapphires belong to the corundum clan and range in all colors of the rainbow.... except red, which is then called a Ruby.
Sapphires increase hope, faith, intelligence, wisdom, prophecy and happiness. The Sapphire helps its wearers get in touch with the realm of spirit, allowing their faith to become stronger.
Dark Blue Sapphire inspires creative expression, intuition and meditation.
Green Sapphire brings luck and prosperity.
Orange Sapphire, also known as Padparadscha, augments wisdom, optimism, renewal, and attracts prosperity.
Pink Sapphire encourages generosity, love and loyalty.
Star Sapphire develops independence, centering, balance and psychic powers.
White Sapphire is associated with self appreciation and spiritual development.
Yellow Sapphire enhances intellect, study, knowledge, memory and when worn so the stone touches the skin, attracts wealth.

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