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Gemstones (A-F) - Metaphysical Properties

Minerals and gems have been used for many different purposes throughout the ages. Different traditions ascribe different traits to them - this is a general list of gemstones, their history and composition, and their metaphysical properties.

adventurine Adventurine (Aventurine) - A good luck stone, especially in financial matters. Stimulates creativity, intelligence and perception. A great healing stone, it gives a sense of mental and emotional well-being.
agate Agate - general protection and healing, increases courage, self-confidence, and energy and promotes longevity. Also good for gardening.
alexandrite Alexandrite - renewal and regeneration, openness to higher self. Brings love, joy, and luck.
amazonite Amazonite - helps clarify and improve thinking.
amber Amber - healing, protection from negativity, attractiveness and energy.
amethyst Amethyst - increases vivid dreams, relieves depression, promotes calm, serenity, and spirituality. Helps with addiction and stress.
ammolite Ammolite
apatite Apatite - helps stuttering and hypertension. Rids one of guilt and grief.
aquamarine Aquamarine - improves sight, sharpens the mind, calms and clarifies emotions. More about Aquamarine
aragonite Aragonite - grounding and centering, facing truth and reality.
azurite Azurite - increases psychic ability and aids in meditation. Relieves arthritis and joint pain.
bloodstone Bloodstone - healing, especially related to the blood. Increases courage and charitability.
carnelian Carnelian - general healing stone. Restores the natural energy flows of your body.
chrysocolla Chrysocolla - soothes nervous tension.
chrysoprase Chrysoprase - soothes heartache and helps depression, promotes emotional balance, wisdom, and peace.
citrine Citrine - helps digestion and aids in mental and intellectual functions. Increases self-esteem and energy. Balances and dissipates negative energy.
coral Coral - helps in childbirth and adoption. Wards off bad thoughts from others and promotes general well-being.
diamond Diamond - manifests abundance. Used in conjunction, it strengthens the properties of other stones.
emerald Emerald - a mind stone. Enhances memory, promotes clear and quick thinking, and right action stemming from right thought.
flourite Flourite (multicolor) - enhances spiritual energy work, focuses the will and balances the psyche.

More Information
For more in-depth treatment try the comprehensive Love Is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals, Healing With Gemstones and Crystals or the more technical/conventional Encyclopedia of Rocks, Minerals, and Gemstones (Amazon links).

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