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Gemstone Properties

This is the begining of my journey to find out more about natural stones and their properties. As I work with the natural rocks, I am finding a lot of information that I want to share with you. Each time I use a new rock in my jewelry, I will research it and add the information to this page.

Rocks will be listed in alphabetical order.

Aventurine (green)

Green Aventurine is the stone of luck and chance. It is said to increase perception and creative insight. It is a heart chakra stone.


Carnelian (also sometimes referred to as cornelian) is found primarily in India, as well as various sites in South America. It is a variety of chalcedony. The most favorable pieces are a deep red to red-orange hue. Carnelian has a long and storied past, and was once considered strictly the property of the noble class. People holding a high social status were often buried with this gem stone.


Hematite is said to keep inward peace. Many believe it to aid balance, reason, and clarity.

It is believed to dissolve negativity and transform it into love, making it a perfect stone in building peaceful, loving, kind relationships.

It may enhance memory and intellect, strengthen circulatory systems and blood and kidney disorders.


Wearing a white howlite necklace will help release stress. Howlite is a stone that brings calm with alertness. It's white color holds energies of strength as well as innocence.

Wear or hold howlite to reduce anger, stress and painful emotions.

Howlite is often dyed to look like turquoise.


Jasper is an opaque and fine grained variety of Chalcedony. It is found in all colors including: red, brown, pink, yellow, green, grey/white and shades of blue and purple.

It often contains organic material and mineral oxides which give it interesting patterns, bands and colors. Many of these patterns resemble landscapes with mountains and valleys, thus the name "picture" is part of the name of many well know jaspers.

Jasper was a favorite gem in ancient times and is referenced in Greek, Hebrew, Assyrian and Latin literature.

Found worldwide, a wide variety of named jaspers is found in the western areas of the Unites States; California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Washington.


Malachite is believed to be a strong protector of children. It is said to protect the wearer from accidents and protects travelers. Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in relationships.

Malachite is always green, usually in banded tones varying from very dark green to a mellow green. Most malachite comes from Zaire, Chile and Australia.

Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used malachite for jewelry and ground it to use as eye shadow. It is used in amulets to protect against the evil eye. In the Middle Ages it was used to protect children from witches and other dangers.

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz gives inner peace and helps in all matters pertaining to love in all its forms. Rose Quartz opens the heart to love.


Septarian (also known as Dragonstone) gets its name from the Latin word "saeptum", which means a small wall or enclosure. The mineral-filled cracks that divide the walls of the septarian concretion give this stone a distinctive appearance.

Septarian is a healing stone beneficial to overall health and well being. Opens psychic abilities. Gives relief for muscle spasms. Nurtures and grounds.


Sodalite brings inner peace. Keep sodalite in your pockets and in every room of your house, so its peaceful properties will flow all around you.

Sodalite is the stone of athletics, as it stimulates endurance. It is said sodalite will harmonize the inner being or the conscious and subconscious mind. Sodalite promotes peace and harmony. Sodalite is extra lucky for writers.

Tiger eye

Tiger eye (also Tigerís eye) is a type of quartz replacement of the mineral crocidolite which is a form of asbestos, called blue asbestos. It is formed when the crocidolite has dissolved away over time, and replaced with silica (quartz). These days, you may have already noticed some people wearing tiger eye jewelry; tiger eye is rapidly gaining popularity as a trendy piece of jewelry, fashioned into pendents or bracelets.

Among its many properties, tiger eye is known as a great grounding stone, combining practicality with the sharper focus of the mind, and helping the user to condense haphazard details into a logical pattern. It helps eliminate depression, and is good for keeping your physical energy up.

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