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The Meaning Of Different Gemstones

Handmade jewelry is often created with different colored gemstones. These stones are available in every shape, size and color imaginable. You may choose a particular piece based on a stone’s color, beauty or even its price. What you may not realize is that each unique stone has a significant meaning.


Most of us have probably seen a birthstone chart that shows which stones characterize each month of the year. Choosing a piece of handmade birthstone jewelry is a great way to show someone you truly care. They will appreciate the extra effort required to select a gift just for them. Here are the modern birthstones with their corresponding birth month:

  • January – Garnet
  • February – Amethyst
  • March – Aquamarine or Bloodstone
  • April – Diamond
  • May – Emerald
  • June – Pearl or Moonstone
  • July – Ruby
  • August – Peridot
  • September – Sapphire
  • October – Opal or Tourmaline
  • November – Yellow Topaz or Citrine
  • December – Turquoise or Blue Topaz

As you will see, some months contain more than one birthstone. Given that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, many women may be tempted to tell their new boyfriend their birthday is in April! If you are unfamiliar with a particular stone, don’t be afraid to ask an artist or email the owner of a jewelry website. Most people will be more than happy to share their knowledge and help you pick out the appropriate gemstone.

Meaning Of Gemstones

Stones have played an important part of ancient history and folklore. Many people still believe today that certain stones carry unique powers or healing properties. Wearing a piece of jewelry made from a particular stone certainly won’t hurt. You never know, maybe it will bring about the love, success or luck you are seeking! Even if you are skeptical, it can be entertaining to discover the traditional meaning behind the various stones. The next time you are looking for a special gift, write out a card explaining the meaning of a particular stone. Place the card in the same box as a piece of handmade jewelry containing that same stone. This will make a thoughtful and creative present for your treasured friends and family.

Here is a chart to help you select the perfect stone:

  • Devotion - Kunzite, Tourmaline
  • Friendship - Emerald, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Peridot, Rhodonite
  • Fulfillment Of Desires - Amber, Malachite, Hematite, Fire, Opal
  • Increase Motivation - Amber, Chrysoprase
  • Love - Emerald, Moonstone, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Watermelon
  • Luck - Agate, Moonstone, Amber, Garnet, Malachite, Turquoise
  • Protection - Agate, Smokey Quartz, Tiger Eye, Turquoise, Serpentine
  • Self-Confidence - Calcite, Citrine, Garnet, Imperial Topaz, Sunstone
  • Solving Difficulties - Carnelian, Garnet, Moss Agate, Smokey Quartz, Tiger Eye
  • Stamina - Aquamarine, Garnet, Red Jasper

Healing Properties Of Gemstones

Many people also believe that each gemstone contains a particular healing property. So the next time you are sick or want to give a get well gift, why not consult the following list to choose a suitable piece of handmade jewelry:

  • Abalone - Strengthens muscular tissue, especially around the heart
  • Agate - Improves mental and physical energy
  • Amazonite - Soothes the nervous system
  • Amber - Can be used to help the body heal itself
  • Amethyst - Reduces stress and tension
  • Bloodstone - Used to overcome depression
  • Garnet - General tonic for physical, mental & emotional well-being
  • Hematite - Improves all blood disorders
  • Lapis Lazuli - Improves the eyesight and prevents epilepsy
  • Lazurite - Used for tissue rejuvenation
  • Malachite - Helps with rheumatism, asthma and toothaches
  • Marcasite - Improves physical strength
  • Moonstone - Reduces body swelling
  • Pearl - Fights infection and promotes the production of antibodies
  • Peridot - Aids digestion and cures insomnia
  • Quartz Crystal - Considered to be the most powerful general healer of all stones

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