Meanings of Gemstones 

 

Every stone used by Amy in her jewelry is personally hand picked for its energy, uniqueness and beauty. Each stone is special in its own way; a piece of stone jewelry that resonates brings on confidence, protection, calmness, healing, inspiration and love.
 
History and meaning make ADJ pieces so valuable and significant. Here are some of the qualities that over time have been derived from the natural stones used in Amy Delson Jewelry.

 

Source: The Book of Stones, Who they are and what they teach by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian


Adamite

Joy, love, creativity, enthusiasm, perseverance

 

Helps in achieving one’s heart’s desire. Assists in taking on challenges by fueling the fire within. The stone is known to carry the energy of the inner child and the wise higher self. Adamite is mainly found in Mexico and Namibia.

 

Agate

Known for stabilizing, strengthening and grounding

 

Agate is a mineral of the Quartz group, and applies to several varieties of banded stone. The word comes from the river Achetes in Sicily, where in ancient times, people found many of these stones. Found to have been used by Egyptians before 3000 B.C., agates have also been used in jewelry in ancient India.

 

Amethyst

Protects, purifies, provides connection and understanding.

 

In Greek, amethyst means ‘not drunken,’ named after a myth in which Bacchus dumps his wine onto a clear stone, turning it purple. The stone was a woman named Amethyst who had been turned to Quartz by Diana to protect her from tigers.  A type of Quartz, amethysts vary in color from deep to pale purple, caused by the slightest amounts of iron and aluminum.  You can find Amethyst in Brazil, Bolivia, Arica, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Europe and the U.S.A.

 

Thousands of years ago, Europeans and Egyptians created jewelry and sometimes, amulets from amethyst. We think of royalty with amethyst, and Greek and Roman societies placed great value on it. Amethyst is also said to have been set on the breastplate of the high priest of Israel, one of the stones onto which the 12 tribes of Israel were engraved.

 

Blue Chalcedony

Encourages calmness, balance, inner awareness and communication.

 

Blue Chalcedony’s main constituent is Quartz, and it is felt to soothe on a conscious and subconscious level. Perfect for helping people who tend to worry, it keeps one focused on the present and on speaking clearly and truthfully. The stone is found in Brazil, India, Turkey and Madagascar.

 

This stone is thought to relieve anger, fear and panic and helps people become conscious of their words and tone, particularly singers.   

 

Blue Goldstone

A deflector of unwanted energies, it brings protection and healing.

 

Made from quartz sand, known as silica, blue goldstone comes from glass infused with copper particles, manganese, cobalt and chromium. It reminds people of a starry night sky, and is popular for making wishes.

 

Blue Goldstone was first discovered in the seventeenth century by the Miotti family in Venice, Italy.

 

Carnelian

Courageousness, confidence and action 

 

Pale orange to deep orange-red, the highest quality of this Quartz family mineral resides mainly in India. It is also found in Uruguay and has been used to give courage for battle.

 

People may find themselves more assertive and passionate in the presence of Carnelian. A zest for life and a boldness of action and words are stimulated by Carnelian.

 

Citrine

Opens one’s perspective to increased clarity of thought, boosted creativity and magnified powers of perseverance and manifestation.

 

Citrine is a member of the quartz crystal family that gets its yellow pigmentation from iron. The name citrine comes from the French word ‘citron,’ meaning lemon. Natural deposits are found in Brazil, Africa, Madagascar, Spain, Russia, France, Scotland and the U.S.A.

 

Greece and Rome embraced citrine for use in rings. Imagination is thought to be stimulated by citrine, which aids in both thought conception and biological conception. This stone is great for strengthening the will to achieve.

 

Flourite

Mental clarity and improved decision making

 

Flourite can be found in a variety of colors, including green, purple, white, yellow, pink and black. The word fluorescent comes from this stone. It is known to clear the atmosphere of cluttered thoughts and confusion. Deposits have been found in Germany, England, China, Argentina and the USA. 

 

Garnet

Supports emotional healing

 

Garnet offers physical, emotional and spiritual support towards grounding and inner alignment. It relieves feelings of guilt and helps release the burden of bad memories. This stone can lighten one’s mood and encourage overall happiness.

 

Green Aventurine

Brings vitality, confidence and personal growth.

 

Another member of the Quartz family, its name comes from the Italian ‘a ventura’ a type of glass dating back to the ear 1700. The green color comes from microscopic Fuchsite particles in the Quartz.

 

Moving forward into new situations with optimism and zest for life is aided by green aventurine. It gives a feeling of humor, lightness, and the ability to handle the ups and downs of life and mortality. Green aventurine is used for manifesting good luck and prosperity. 

 

Goldstone

Realizing goals, staying calm, stabilizing emotions and deflecting bad energy

 

Goldstone is made from crystalized copper-infused glass, and has been thought to have been discovered by Italian monks. It is a blend of melted silica, copper oxide and other metal oxides.

 

Used for protection, goldstone is also said to generate positive energy.

It shares the same metaphysical properties of copper, so goldstone has even been known to help ease arthritis pain and strengthen bones and circulation.

Green Garnet

 Restoration, liberation and renewal.


A growth stone that nurtures creation, birth, development and refreshment, Green Garnet can be helpful with a new relationship or professional endeavor. It can promote spiritual learning and clarity, and provide strength. 


Sometimes called Tsavorite, Green Garnet is the rarest grossular Garnet. It is often found in a rich or emerald green hue in Kenya and Tanzania. Trace amounts of vanadium and chromium contribute the green color.    


Green Jade

Health and abundance

 

Green Jade harvests the energy and life force of nature. Felt to foster one’s healthy sleep, relaxation and productivity, it can also bring balance and wellbeing. Green Jade is associated with the responsible handling of money and prosperity. It enables one to enjoy their physical life.   

 

Hematite

Manifesting spiritual energy into grounded action

 

The word comes the Greek word for blood, which is the color of this mineral in its powdered form. Known for its metallic grey color, Hematite is abundantly found as the primary mineral in most deposits of iron ore. It has been found in Brazil and in Michigan, U.S.A.

 

This stone is thought to combat confusion and forgetfulness. It aids in bringing thought and experiences to a cohesive, integrated whole.

 

Jasper

Strength, vitality, stability and healing

 

‘Spotted stone’ in Greek, Jasper is another Quartz variety composed with up to 20% foreign materials, creating a wide spectrum of colors and patterns. They can be found all over the world, including Russia, Brazil, Germany, France, India and the U.S.A.

 

Rainforest

Natural and planetary wholeness and healing

Unakite

Stimulates the gradual improvement of habits and release of emotion

Mook Jasper

Intuition, maintaining youthful mental and physical vigor

 

Lapis Lazuli

Brings inner vision, truthful communication and royal virtues.

 

Meaning ‘blue stone,’ in Latin, Lapis Lazuli came from the ancient Persian word lazhuward, which meant ‘blue.’  Lapis Lazuli is found in the West Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, in Chile and Russia.  

 

As early as 3100 B.C., ancient Egyptians used Lapis in jewelry, along with medicine and cosmetics, for which it was ground into powder. Evoking royalty and spirituality, Lazuli is believed to bring inner peace and freedom from negative thoughts by Buddhists. Lapis encourages intuition and awareness, enhancing your ability to teach or learn


Larimar

Supports healing, aids clarity of communication.


An active throat chakra stone, Larimar is a highly spiritual stone that works effectively within all of the chakras, from the heart through the crown. It has a distinct vibration that aids communication, and because of its heart based energy, it especially helps with speaking your emotions. It can assist in dissolving emotional barriers and releasing stored negative emotions like angry thoughts, remembered pain and other detrimental feelings that are not benefiting you. Larimar is also known as the Atlantis Stone. 


Larimar is a rare and exotic stone that is solely mined in the Dominican Republic. It is most commonly a blue stone, but can also be found in red, black, white and green. It was initially discovered early in the 1900's by a Spanish priest but never mined. In 1974 it was rediscovered in the volcano by American Peace Corps volunteers Norman Rilling and Miguel Mendez while they were working in the area. Residents used to find it on the beaches and thought that it came from the sea. Broken off pieces had been washing down the river to the sea from the volcano. The name Larimar is a combination of Miguel Mendez's daughter's name Larissa, and Mar, which is the Spanish word for sea. 

 

Malachite

Protection, health, leadership and creativity

 

Banding of light to dark shades of vibrant green give Malachite its trademark design. It is a softer stone and was around in Egypt as early as 3000 B.C. The ancient Romans and Greeks used Malachite in jewelry, ornaments, and cosmetics in its powdered form.  In the Middle Ages, Malachite was thought to cure stomach ailments and ward off the evil eye.

 

Mainly found in Zaire today, Malachite is also present in Australia, South Africa, Chile and the U.S.A. This stone facilitates syncronicity and is one of the strongest protectors from negative energy.

 

Mookaite Jasper

Connects with earth’s energies to maximize one’s will

 

This stone helps one reclaim confidence and tap into their instinctual personal power. It enhances intuitive communication and maintaining an ageless mind. It also aids in perceiving emotional and behavioral patterns in one’s ancestry. The stone mostly can be found in Australia.

 

Moss Agate

Offering stability, grounding and persistence

 

This stone features inclusions of moss-colored green minerals in branchlike shapes. It is felt to enhance mental concentration, endurance and recovery. People also appreciate moss agate for heightening their awareness of reality.

 

Onyx

Encourages inner strength, willpower, discipline and reason

 

This black stone is helpful to those learning challenging new material, as it is known to focus one’s energy and attention to detail. Onyx is felt to help calm nerves, quell anxiety and bring reason to wild passion. It brings about emotional neutrality.   

 

Pyrite

Persistence, confidence, action and creativity

 

The name comes from the Greek word for fire, because sparks come from hitting two pieces together. Pyrite is also known as ‘fools’ gold’ due to its yellow and metallic appearance.  It was used by the ancient Incas as mirrors.

 

Found mainly in Spain, Italy and Peru, Pyrite removes fear and anxiety, encouraging productivity and health.

 

Quartz

Amplification, programmability, cleansing and memory

 

Its name comes from the Greek word for ‘ice.’ One of the most abundant minerals, quartz crystals can be found on every one of the world’s continents in a wide range of environments. What is fascinating is that Quartz crystal exhibits piezoelectricity, transforming mechanical energy, or pressure, into electromagnetic energy and back. That is why you find it in watches and radios.

 

Red Coral

Symbolizes life and blood force energy

 

Coral was once thought to be a plant, but it has been determined to be composed of accumulated skeletal elements from living organisms called polyps. Coral helps with meditation and visualization. Dark red coral can be used for heating and stimulating the bloodstream. Coral can be found in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Australia, and the South Pacific, as well as the waters of Japan and Africa.

 

 Rose Quartz

 Stimulates love, emotional healing and relief of stress.

 

Ranging in color from very pale to very deep pink, Rose Quartz can look opaque to nearly transparent. You can find it in Madagascar and Brazil, as well as South Dakota, U.S.A.

 

Family love, self love, and love of partners and friends are manifested with rose quartz. Giving and receiving becomes one, making it a favored talisman and gift. Though associated with gentleness, rose quartz’s strength is not to be underestimated.

 

Smoky Quartz

Encourages practicality, organization and the manifestation of inspired dreams.

 

A variety of the quartz family, Smoky Quartz can be shaded dark to light grey and even brown, and is the result of natural irradiation. You can find it in Brazil, Australia, Madagascar, Switzerland and the U.S.A.

 

Helpful to students and teachers alike, it lends focus and patience. It is felt to ease the process of manifesting advice and information into useful action. Grounding and clearing qualities make Smoky Quartz attractive for new beginnings. 

 

Snowflake Obsidian

Known to aid perseverance, spiritual communication and insight

 

Black with white patches that resemble snowflakes when polished, this stone helps one make the best of a bad scenario. Deflecting negative energy, it helps people absorb positive guidance through their interactions with others. Snowflake Obsidian helps one drop the feeling of being victimized.


Sodalite

Enhances intuition and mental performance

 

The name sodalite refers to its sodium content. Sodalite can be blue, grey, white, yellowish, reddish or greenish. It can help one assess their motivations, strengths, weaknesses, gifts, desires, and personal patterns. Most of the world’s sodalite is found in Brazil, Canada, Namibia India and the USA.


Tiger Eye

Fairness and balance, strong practicality

 

Brown to golden yellow bands exhibiting dazzling optical reflectance give Tiger Eye its famed cats’ eye look. A relative of Quartz, it’s mainly found in South America, but also occurs in India, Burma, West Australia and the U.S.A.

 

Tiger Eye stimulates such abilities as remaining calm despite the circumstances and being able to balance extremes. It helps stave off fatigue in the face of discouragement.

 

Turquoise

Expansion of spirit and communication bringing wholeness

 

The distinct blue color in Turquoise comes from copper, while the green color derives from iron. This stone is potentially the longest used stone in history, dating back to 5000 B.C. It has been used for everything from jewelry to weapons the name from the French ‘pierre turquoise’ which means Turkish stone.

 

Throughout history, turquoise has been discovered in Iraq, Egypt, Israel and Tibet. Native Americans began working with it approximately 1,000 years ago. Today, the best Turquoise comes from Iran, Afghanistan, Tibet, Australia and Southwest U.S.A.


Symbolism and Mysticism


Anchor - Symbol of stability and strength. 

 

Birds - Bring creativity, imagination and ideas, have been thought to be messengers of the gods, accompanying heroes on quests and bestowing secret advice.

 

Buddha Literally means enlightened one, a knower.

 

Coin - Long history of bringing good luck, the symbol of prosperity and wealth.

 

Cupid - Son of Venus, known as Amor or Eros, god of love. His bow and arrow show one of the deepest forces in nature, love’s ability to disarm even the strong.

 

Dragon - Unites desire and love with movement and freedom.

 

Evil Eye - Eye of, or Divine Providence, represents the Eye of God watching over humanity.

 

Fish - Symbolize psychic potential, heighten awareness and unlock the unconscious.

 

Flower - The emblem of Flora, the ancient Italian deity of spring, thought to portray love, beauty, youth, happiness and gaiety.

 

Feathers - Bring truth and grant the knowledge of the birds.

 

Hamsa - In all faiths a protective sign. Thought to be the Hand of God, It brings happiness, luck, health, and good fortune.

 

Heart - Center of happiness, love, passion, understanding, compassion and desire.

 

Moon - Guide to the imagination, grants insight, intuition, perception and pure emotion.

 

Star - Magical and inspiring, a spiritual symbol all over the world. 

Mixed Metals and Materials

 

Brass

Brass is an alloy metal made of copper and zinc. Brass is thought to have metaphysical healing properties which boost the immune system and strengthen courage. 


Copper

A natural enhancer of stones’ abilities, Copper channels and transfers a range of spiritual and physical energy. Electricity conducted through Copper is magnified, and the metal is often used to wrap around pieces to enhance their potency. Copper is thought to help the body repair damaged tissue, oxygenate the blood, relieve arthritis and vitalize the female reproductive system. 


Gold

Energy of the sun, vitality creativity and confidence are associated with Gold, which also conjures optimism, royalty and personality. It is the best conductor of electricity of all the metals.

 

Silver

Lunar energy and mystery shroud this metal, which is second to Gold in conductivity. Silver is thought to open the door to introspection and intuition.

 

Cloisonné 

The artistry of these beads originated in Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368). They feature colorful enamel shaped by thin metal walls.

 

Czechoslovakian Glass

Glass making in the Czech Republic is a historic cottage industry. These glass beads continue to be made by hand today.

 

Crystal

Leaded glass is formed when lead oxide is added to molten glass before it is blown or molded. After hardening, the glassware is often hand or machine cut with facets designed to look like natural crystals.