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Agate: aids rebalancing and harmonising body, mind and spirit. It is believed to enhance concentration, perception and analytical abilities. Agate reduces negativity, soothing and calming inner turmoil such while fostering a sense of security and safety. Physically, it is said to heal the eyes, stomach and uterus; cleanse the lymphatic system and the pancreas; and strengthens blood vessels and heals skin disorders.

Amber: Amber is fossilized resin (formerly tree sap) that is appreciated for its color and beauty. Early physicians prescribed it for headaches, heart problems, arthritis and a variety of other ailments. Amber brings a carefree, sunny disposition and promotes good luck and success.

Amethyst: Amethyst is a purple quartz caused by impurities of iron or manganese. The shade of purple can range from deep purple to violet to lavender to mauve. Amethyst purportedly brings luck, ensures constancy, protects against magic and prevents homesickness.

Aventurine: Aventurine is often referred to as the all-purpose healer gem. Not only considered to alleviate physical disorders but it’s also said to help balance the emotions.

Azurite: Associated with overall cleansing, azurite, an azure blue stone, is said to reduce stress and calm the soul. Additionally, it helps inspire confidence and creativity, motivating one to make new beginnings. Physically, azurite is said to assist with problems related to the brain and head such as migraine, tinnitus and vertigo.

Calcite: Calcite increases and amplifies energy. This makes it an excellent stone for distance healing, as well as other types of healing. One of the energies it amplifies is learning abilities, and thus is a great stone for students.

Calcite is a protecting, grounding and centering stone, and can help bring inner peace. ​ ​Calcite is probably the premier cleanser of stored negative energies. A very purifying tone, Calcite can also be used to clear negativity in the environment, such as a room that it’s in. In the realm of relationships, calcite brings its properties of grounding and centering, to make it a stone of reconciliation. Calcite can ameliorate arguments in a relationship, and help maintain a practical balance between the people in the relationship.​ ​Physically, calcites are​ ​said to be good for back pain, increasing physical strength, teeth, eyes, and are generally good for healing.

Carnelian: Carnelian is a translucent, semiprecious variety of the silica mineral chalcedony. Folklore suggests that it was used to protect the traveler after death and guard against evil in the afterlife. Additionally, carnelian is thought to help purify the blood, relieve menstrual cramps and back pain. It is thought to be beneficial in the treatment of infertility and is worn to enhance passion and desire.

Citrine: Citrine is a variety of quartz that ranges in color from pale yellow to brown. Many people have come to know and love this stone under the name “gold topaz.” Citrine is said to dispel sadness, anger and nocturnal fears, to warn its wearer of poisons and protect him or her from sudden death.

Goldstone: Goldstone has been called the stone of ambition and drive and, as such, is said to help one attain goals. It is also said to help calm and stabilize the emotions. It is also used for long distance healing and revitalizing one’s energy field.

Halite: Halite, better known as “rock salt,” occurs in vast beds of sedimentary evaporite minerals that result from the drying up of enclosed lakes, playas and seas.

Jade: With its beauty and wide-ranging expressiveness, jade has held a special attraction for mankind for thousands of years. It is regarded as a symbol of the good, beautiful and precious. Additionally, jade embodies the virtues of wisdom, justice, compassion, modesty and courage as well as the female erotic.

Jasper: An ornamental rock composed mostly of chalcedony (microcrystalline quartz), in association with other minerals, giving it colorful bands and patterns. It is a stone of gentleness and relaxation that enhances one’s ability to relax, bringing tranquility, comfort, wholeness, healing and gentle endings.

Lapis: Lapis is a semiprecious stone prized since antiquity for its intense blue color. It brings truthfulness, openness, inner power, intuition, creativity, virility and manifestation. Lapis strengthens both the mind and body while increasing awareness and spiritual connection/evolution. It can help organize daily life as well as organizing and quieting a busy or restless mind. Lapis is also said to help one overcome shyness.

Malachite: Malachite is a stone of transformation and helps with change and spiritual evolution. It helps balance pure love, romance and one’s own well-being. Malachite is also a protective stone that’s good for enhancing emotional stability and balance.

Obsidian: Considered a protective stone, obsidian blocks psychic attack and absorbs negative energies from the environment while promoting compassion and strength. It alleviates mental stress and tension while stimulates growth on all levels, especially urging exploration of the unknown and opening new horizons. Obsidian is said to bring clarity to the mind, helping you to know who you truly are by dissolving emotional blockages and ancient traumas. Physically, it is said to aid digestion and detoxification as well as to reduce arthritis/joint problems and cramps while warming the extremities.

Snowflake Obsidian: Above and beyond the previous description, snowflake obsidian is particularly calming and soothing. A stone of purity, it helps balance the body, mind and spirit. Snowflake obsidian helps one value mistakes and successes alike as well as identify and release unhelpful thoughts and stressful mental patterns. It is also said to aid in meditation. Physically, snowflake obsidian aids in disorders of the veins, skeletal structure, hardening of the arteries, improves circulation and alleviates muscular aches and spasms.

Pearl: Pearl symbolizes faith, charity, innocence and purity. It supports integrity, focus and loyalty while inhibiting boisterous behaviour. It is also thought to treat digestive disorders (especially bloating and biliousness) as well as the soft organs of the body. Additionally, Pearl is also said to increases fertility and ease childbirth.

Mother of Pearl: Mother of Pearl gets its name from being the iridescent lining of shells that grow oysters. It is used in mystical work and lore to heighten intuition, psychic sensitivity and imagination. A traditional use of Mother of Pearl is to purify environments as it is purported to protect from negative influence and transmute negative energy.

Petrified Wood: Petrified wood is fossilized wood and, therefore, is thought of as a stone of transformation that helps one advance oneself, bringing patience to those in undergoing inner transformation and helping to bringing that change to fruition. In the short term, petrified wood assists in setting and maintaining the day’s pace. It promotes safe and secure feelings while calming survival-based fears. Physically and metaphorically, petrified wood strengthens one’s backbone. Physically it is also believed to be beneficial to the skeletal system, skin and hair.

Quartz: Clear Quartz is considered a healing crystal that amplifies energy and thought, as well as the effect of other crystals while fending off negative energy of all kinds. It helps balance, cleanse and revitalise one physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Rose quartz is connected to the heart. It purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote unconditional love, trust, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace. Calming and reassuring, it helps to comfort in times of grief while dispelling negativity. Physically, rose quartz strengthens and balances the heart, circulatory system, lungs and other internal organs. Rose quartz is said to have the power to increase fertility and to protect both mother and unborn child.

Smithsonite: Smithsonite was named after James Smithson, founder of the Smithsonian Institute. Smithsonite is an excellent stone for soothing the emotional body​, relieving stress​, releasing tension and dispelling anger.

Sodalite: Sodalite is a rich royal blue mineral widely enjoyed as an ornamental stone. A stone of logic, rationality and efficiency, it increases intelligence and learning. Sodalite can also unite the logical with the spiritual and is particularly useful for honesty of emotions.

Tiger Eye: Tiger eye (also “tigers eye” or “tiger’s eye”) is a chatoyant gemstone that is usually yellow to red-brown with a silky luster. It enhances integrity, willpower, practicality and correct use of power. Tiger eye is a stone that enhances good luck and brings prosperity, often in the form of money.

Turquoise: Prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years for its unique hue, turquoise is rare and valuable in finer grades. It is associated with the sky and, specifically, bringing sky energy to earth. Turquoise can help promote heartfelt, honest, clear communication. It is also said to protect against pollution in the environment and to bring abundance.