Healing Crystal Names

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Here you’ll find 99 healing crystal names to help familiarize you with their origins, colors, and primary uses. These profiles also specify each crystal’s chakra association for those who wish to integrate chakra work into their crystals practice. Finally, each entry notes recommended placement for the crystal to maximize its vibrational power.

Agate

Agate is a form of quartz and chalcedony. It is a translucent, banded stone that comes in a variety of colors and forms. You can find many different types, cuts, and shapes of agates, including smooth rounded stones, polished stones, rough stones, and polished cross sections, or slabs. Many commercially available agates have been dyed to enhance the color characteristics of the stone.
ORIGIN
Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, India, Mexico, Morocco, United States
COLORS
Blue, green, brown, yellow, pink, white, orange, black, purple, gray, red

PRIMARY USES
Enhances emotional balance and healing, balances yin and yang, promotes emotional calmness, increases self-confidence, improves focus and concentration, helps overcome bitterness, heals resentment (other uses depend on color)
CHAKRA
Heart, root
PLACEMENT
Place on the appropriate chakras, hold in either hand, wear as jewelry, carry in a pocket

Blue Lace Agate

This soft blue agate has mesmerizing white or gray bands running through it. It’s a very pretty stone with a light translucent quality and a high shine when polished. It is a relatively hard crystal.
ORIGIN
Africa (particularly South Africa), Australia, Brazil
COLORS
Sky blue to violet blue with white and gray bands
PRIMARY USES
Promotes a sense of calm, facilitates calm and truthful communication, helps with public speaking, promotes tranquility, helps lessen deep negative emotions, facilitates communication with spiritual beings
CHAKRA
Third eye, throat
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand for calm or the giving (dominant) hand for communicating truthfully or gently, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace or earrings), carry in a pocket, place at a lectern for public speaking, keep in meditation area

Moss Agate

Once you see moss agate, you’ll understand how it got its name. This agate is the color of moss, with variations in color from light to deep green and flecks of white, brown, gray, or black. It is a translucent stone.
ORIGIN
Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, India, Mexico, Morocco, United States
COLORS
Green
PRIMARY USES
Fosters appreciation of nature, improves gardening abilities, supports new beginnings, attracts prosperity, encourages love of all types
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, hold in either hand, keep in wallet or cash box, place around plants or in garden shed, carry in a shirt or jacket pocket

Alexandrite

When cut into facets, this unique crystal changes color from bluish green or green to purple, depending on the position of the stone and how it is lit. This color change makes the stone highly desirable, but also quite scarce. Much of the alexandrite you will find available may be manufactured from Austrian crystal—beautiful in its own right, but without any healing properties. The mineral got its name from its use in Czarist Russia and is named after Czar Alexander II.
ORIGIN
Brazil, Russia, Sri Lanka
COLORS
Green to bluish green, changing to purple to raspberry
PRIMARY USES
Boosts self-esteem, intensifies positive emotions, enhances confidence, promotes optimism, increases joy, brings luck, facilitates connection to higher self, improves intuition
CHAKRA
Heart, third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on the appropriate chakra, wear as jewelry, hold in receiving (nondominant) hand, carry in a pocket

Amazonite

Amazonite is a member of the feldspar family with a blue-green/turquoise color and a slightly iridescent luster. It is a relatively soft stone, so it scratches and dings easily. Therefore, it’s best to carry amazonite by itself or wrapped in a cloth so other rocks don’t scratch it. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Namibia, Russia, United States, Zimbabwe
COLORS
Green, aqua

PRIMARY USES
Provides protection against electromagnetic energies, calms and soothes, promotes peace, relieves stress, helps balance yin and yang, promotes personal truth, opens the heart and promotes love, triggers intuition
CHAKRA
Throat, heart
PLACEMENT
Place directly on the appropriate chakra, use on the third eye for intuition, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand for peace, hold in the giving (dominant) hand to absorb stress, carry in a pocket, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace and earrings)

Amber

Although not technically a crystal, amber is used extensively in crystal healing. It is actually fossilized tree resin. The best amber comes from the Baltic region. It may often have small impurities in it, including bubbles, pieces of matter, or even fossilized insects. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Dominican Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia
COLORS
Golden yellow to deep honey brown
PRIMARY USES
Eases pain, clears negativity, cleanses chakras and auras, cleanses energy from the environment, enhances memory, promotes peace and trust, relieves stress
CHAKRA
Solar plexus, throat
PLACEMENT
Wear as jewelry (necklace, bracelet, earrings), carry in a pocket, hold in receiving (nondominant) hand to receive positive energy

Amethyst

Amethyst is a quartz crystal and a semiprecious gemstone. Its name is a derivation of the Greek word amethustos, meaning “not drunk.” Throughout history, people have considered it to be a stone that prevents intoxication and helps support sobriety.
ORIGIN
Brazil, Canada, East Africa, Great Britain, India, Mexico, Russia, Sri Lanka, United States
COLORS
Purple
PRIMARY USES
Enhances intuition and inner sight, supports sobriety, treats insomnia, promotes restful sleep, enhances psychic abilities, supports connection to the spiritual realm and higher self
CHAKRA
Third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place directly on or touching the appropriate chakra, wear as any type of jewelry (particularly necklace and earrings), carry in a pocket, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, place under the pillow or on bedside table, keep in meditation area

Ametrine

Ametrine is a quartz crystal that is a natural combination of amethyst and citrine, resulting in a lovely and unusual bicolored stone.
ORIGIN
Brazil, Canada, East Africa, Great Britain, India, Mexico, Russia, Sri Lanka, United States
COLORS
Purple and yellow
PRIMARY USES
Combines powerful qualities of both amethyst and citrine, promotes prosperity, improves self-esteem, facilitates connection with higher consciousness, enhances spiritual and mental clarity, cleanses the aura, releases negativity
CHAKRA
Third eye, solar plexus, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakra, wear as any type of jewelry (particularly necklace and earrings), carry in a pocket, keep in the prosperity corner of your home, hold in your receiving (nondominant) hand, keep in your wallet or cashbox, keep in meditation area, place next to the bed or under a pillow or mattress

Angelite

Angelite is a type of celestite that forms over thousands of years of being under tremendous pressure. Typically, you’ll find this light blue-gray stone as a polished rounded rock, but you may also find slices of it. The stone has white striations throughout, particularly in the cross-sections.
ORIGIN
Great Britain, Libya, Mexico, Peru, Poland
COLORS
Grayish blue with white

PRIMARY USES
Promotes awareness, helps connect with higher consciousness, encourages peace, supports contact with higher beings, enables one to live and speak with integrity, promotes compassion
CHAKRA
Throat, third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakra, touch to base of feet for chakra cleansing, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace or earrings), carry in a pocket, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, keep in meditation area

Apache Tears

Apache tears are smoothly rounded pieces of obsidian, which is a type of dark volcanic glass. They are warm and smooth to the touch and translucent when held up to a light source. They are reasonably soft and may scratch easily, so you might want to keep them wrapped in a cloth and away from direct contact with other stones. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
All over the world
COLORS
Dark gray to black
PRIMARY USES
Provides support for grief, allows sadness to pass through, absorbs negativity, enhances grounding, triggers emotional healing, provides spiritual protection, offers protection against negative emotions (both yours and others’), helps in recovery from abuse
CHAKRA
Root
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the root chakra, hold in the giving (dominant) hand, carry in pants pocket, keep in a particular place for protection from negativity, carry to funerals or other grief-related occasions

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Apatite

Apatite is a phosphate mineral. It is typically blue, although you can find it in other colors, such as yellow, but that is fairly rare. It is a brittle stone, so it may break easily if you drop it. For this reason, treat apatite with care and use caution when it is in contact with other stones.
ORIGIN
Mexico, Norway, Russia, United States
COLORS
Blue, yellow, white, gray, green, purple/violet
PRIMARY USES
Enhances self-expression, facilitates inspiration for ideas and creativity, promotes energy to aid in manifesting one’s desires, improves motivation

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CHAKRA
Throat, third eye
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakra, hold in either hand, use anywhere on the body it is needed, carry in a pocket, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace and earrings), bring to a meeting room or elsewhere to facilitate communication, keep on desk to spur creative thought, keep in meditation area to help manifest affirmations and visualizations

Aquamarine

This crystal has the name and the color of the ocean, and sailors used it for centuries to promote safe sea journeys and prevent drowning. Aquamarine is a variety of beryl, and it is often used to make beautiful gemstone jewelry, prized for its stunning blue-green color.
ORIGIN
Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, Middle East, Russia, United States, Zimbabwe
COLORS
Bluish green/greenish blue
PRIMARY USES
Provides courage, offers protection against negative energies, promotes safe travel, helps with phobias, lessens anxiety and fear, promotes speaking the truth, cleanses and strengthens the aura, overcomes judgment, aids in calming and relieving stress
CHAKRA
Heart, third eye, throat
PLACEMENT
Wear as jewelry (particularly a necklace or earrings), place on the appropriate chakras, carry in a pocket, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, use anywhere on the body it’s needed, tuck into carry-on luggage for safe travel

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Aragonite

This stone is a crystalline form of calcium carbonate, which also occurs in coral, limestone, and other rock formations. It is named after the village of Molina de Aragon in Spain. It is a relatively soft mineral, so care must be taken to prevent damage. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Great Britain, Slovakia, Spain
COLORS
White, brown, yellow, green

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PRIMARY USES
Aids grounding, fosters acceptance, generates emotional balance, fights stress, soothes anxiety, lessens resentment, aids concentration
CHAKRA
Root, solar plexus, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in the hands while grounding, keep in meditation area, carry in pants pocket, keep at desk if you have a stressful job

BLUE

Aventurine

A lovely royal blue color, possibly tinged with gray, blue aventurine also contains quartz inclusions. The name aventurine comes from the term “aventurescence,” an optical effect seen in stones with a highly reflective surface.
ORIGIN
Brazil, China, India, Italy, Nepal, Russia, Tibet
COLORS
Blue gray to blue
PRIMARY USES
Increases psychic awareness and insight, promotes personal integrity, improves communication, calms stress, improves self-discipline, supports the ability to overcome bad habits
CHAKRA
Third eye, throat
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in either hand, carry in a pocket, keep in an area to promote calmness or enhance communications

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GREEN

Aventurine

Green aventurine has a bright green color with white and/or gray banding. The crystal is opaque with a luster to it. It is a form of quartz, and the green color comes from fuchsite.
ORIGIN
Brazil, China, India, Italy, Nepal, Russia, Tibet
COLORS
Light to vivid green
PRIMARY USES
Increases love, supports prosperity and abundance, facilitates healing, introduces new friendship

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CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, wear as jewelry (particularly a necklace), carry in a pocket, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand for receiving friendship or the giving (dominant) hand for giving friendship, keep in the prosperity corner of home or room

ORANGE

Aventurine

This orange stone has a light sheen. It may be a brownish orange or a pure orange. It is lightly transparent, and you may notice flecks of darker or lighter orange within the gemstone.
ORIGIN
Brazil, China, India, Italy, Nepal, Russia, Tibet
COLORS
Orange
PRIMARY USES
Promotes luck, helps foster new beginnings, instills an adventurous spirit, promotes perseverance, strengthens resolve, helps establish self-will and self-control
CHAKRA
Sacral, root
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in either hand, carry in pants pocket, wear as jewelry (particularly rings and bracelets)

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Azurite

As the name suggests, azurite is a beautiful deep blue (azure) crystal containing flecks of gold, green, or yellow. It is a relatively soft crystal, so you need to take care when you carry it or use it with other stones, to avoid damage. It is often found within copper deposits and may be a rough stone or a polished crystal.
ORIGIN
Australia, Chile, Egypt, France, Peru, Russia, United States
COLORS
Deep blue

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PRIMARY USES
Opens the third eye, supports communication with higher self, strengthens intuition, supports enlightenment, aids psychic development, helps resolve deep negative emotions such as grief or stress, enhances communication, fosters personal integrity
CHAKRA
Third eye, throat
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace or earrings), keep in meditation area, carry to funerals or other emotional events

Bloodstone

Also known as heliotrope, bloodstone is so named because it is believed to help purify the blood and fight blood disorders. The stone is green with red flecks and is actually chalcedony flecked with iron oxide. The combination of colors makes it a good stone when you are working with the root and heart chakras together.
ORIGIN
Australia, Brazil, China, India, Russia
COLORS
Green with red spots
PRIMARY USES
Supports grounding, opens the heart, promotes development of personal power, enhances courage, releases fear, fosters strength of mind
CHAKRA
Root, heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in either hand (receiving, or nondominant, hand for courage; giving, or dominant, hand for fear), carry in a pocket, wear as any type of jewelry, carry for courage in the face of fear

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Boji Stones

Boji Stones aren’t much to look at, but many people feel they are powerful crystals. They are rounded brown to gray rocks, typically pyrite and marcasite, with a rough or smooth surface, and they always come in pairs that consist of a male and a female stone. The name Boji Stone is a trademarked name; you may also find these stones under the name Kansas Pop Rocks.
ORIGIN
Kansas
COLORS
Brown, dark gray, black
PRIMARY USES
Balances energy, recharges the aura, aligns the chakras
CHAKRA
All chakras
PLACEMENT
Lie on back and place one stone on head and one touching soles of the feet, hold one stone in each hand, wear around the neck

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BLUE

Calcite

Blue is one of the many colors of calcite, a stone formed from calcium carbonate. The surface of calcite looks almost chalky, and the blue color tends to be grayish blue. All colors of calcite are relatively soft, so you need to take care when using them around other stones or carrying them in a pocket. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Iceland, Peru, Russia, United States
COLORS
Blue
PRIMARY USES
Calms and soothes, promotes relaxation, enhances intuition, improves focus and memory, improves communication
CHAKRA
Third eye, throat
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in either hand, carry in a shirt pocket, keep in an area to promote calmness and relaxation, keep in a conference room to support communication, place near the family dining table to support communication, keep in the bedroom for relaxation

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GREEN

Calcite

Green calcite in its rough form has a waxy surface with a slight luster. It comes in various shades of green from medium to dark with white striations. When tumbled and polished, it loses its waxy appearance and has a high luster.
ORIGIN
Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Iceland, Peru, Russia, United States
COLORS
Green
PRIMARY USES
Assists with grounding and centering, promotes prosperity and abundance, aids in manifestation, enhances intuition, promotes psychic abilities, helps improve gardening abilities
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, place in the garden or in a garden shed, place in the home’s prosperity corner, keep in meditation area, carry in a pocket

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ORANGE

Calcite

Orange calcite in its rough form has a chalky/waxy surface with a slight luster. It is light orange with white striations. When tumbled and polished, it loses its waxy appearance and has a high luster.
ORIGIN
Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Iceland, Peru, Russia, United States
COLORS
Orange
PRIMARY USES
Facilitates integration of spiritual and physical, enhances self-esteem, boosts creativity, increases positive energy, promotes healthy sexuality, improves all types of energy
CHAKRA
Sacral, solar plexus
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, keep in areas of creativity, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, carry in pants pocket

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PINK (MANGANO CALCITE)

Calcite

Light pink to peach in color, mangano calcite is also known as pink calcite. The stone is opaque with a waxy finish in the rough state and a smooth, shiny finish for the tumbled stones. It has white striations and bands throughout.
ORIGIN
Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Iceland, Peru, Russia, United States
COLORS
Peachy pink to pink
PRIMARY USES
Amplifies Reiki energy and other healing energies, assists contact with higher entities, promotes love of all, increases an awareness of being one with all, opens the heart
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, hold in either hand depending on use (giving, or dominant, for Reiki energy or sharing love; receiving, or nondominant, for universal love), carry in a shirt pocket, wear around the neck as a pendant, keep in meditation area, keep in any healing space such as a sickroom

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WHITE

Calcite

White calcite in its rough form can look like conventional boxy crystals, like slices or leaves of white stone, or even white bubbles. It appears to be lit by an inner glow.
ORIGIN
Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Iceland, Peru, Russia, United States
COLORS
White
PRIMARY USES
Facilitates communication with higher realms in connection with the crown chakra, cleanses energetic fields, amplifies energy
CHAKRA
Crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching any or all chakras for cleansing, carry in a pocket, hold in either hand, keep in meditation space, place under the pillow to facilitate dream connection with higher realms

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YELLOW

Calcite

This crystal is often a pretty lemon yellow, causing some people to refer to it as lemon calcite. It may also be the color of honey. Polished stones are clear.
ORIGIN
Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Iceland, Peru, Russia, United States
COLORS
Yellow
PRIMARY USES
Increases self-worth and self-confidence, promotes joy, enhances optimism, encourages empathy
CHAKRA
Solar plexus
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the solar plexus chakra, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, wear as jewelry of any kind, carry in a pocket

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Carnelian

This stone ranges in color from orange to orange-red, and it may have inclusions or bands of brown, yellow, or white. One form, spiderweb carnelian, has multiple threadlike bands of white running through it. Carnelian is a translucent, vividly colored stone.
ORIGIN
Czech Republic, Great Britain, Iceland, India, Peru, Romania
COLORS
Orange, brownish orange, red-orange
PRIMARY USES
Promotes security and safety, promotes courage, amplifies or provides energy, promotes willpower and determination, aids in overcoming abuse, increases vitality
CHAKRA
Root, sacral
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, carry in pants pocket, wear around the waist in a pouch, place next to the bed to promote sexual energy, keep in the refrigerator or food cupboards to promote willpower

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Celestite

A translucent blue with multiple facets, celestite is an incredibly beautiful crystal. The color can range from the lightest to the deepest of blues, with tinges of gray, green, or violet within. Some celestite is also yellow or white, but blue is most common. It is a high-vibration stone.
ORIGIN
Egypt, Great Britain, Madagascar, Mexico, Peru
COLORS
Blue, white, yellow

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PRIMARY USES
Facilitates communication with higher beings, provides insight and intuition, supports communication with the Divine, assists with spiritual development, aids in achieving enlightenment, promotes creativity, promotes inner peace, uplifts the spirit
CHAKRA
Third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as necklace or earrings, hold in hands during meditation, keep in meditation area, place on desk or in creative area

BLUE

Chalcedony

Blue is one of the colors of chalcedony, a silica crystal made up of morganite and quartz. It has a soft, almost ethereal, blue color and a lustrous surface. It is a relatively hard crystal and makes beautiful jewelry.
ORIGIN
Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Iceland, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Turkey, United States
COLORS
Light to medium blue
PRIMARY USES
Promotes good dreams, creates balance in all aspects of self, reduces negative emotions, increases intuition, improves communication
CHAKRA
Third eye, throat
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in your receiving (nondominant) hand, wear as jewelry (particularly around the neck or earrings), keep in a room that needs calm or facilitated communication, carry in a pocket, place under the pillow or mattress or on the bedside table to promote good dreams, keep in meditation area

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Chrysoberyl

Alexandrite (see here) is one form of chrysoberyl. The most common forms are translucent irregular rocks in shades of yellow and green. It is a very hard stone, so it holds up well when used with other stones or carried in the pocket.
ORIGIN
Brazil, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United States
COLORS
Green or yellowish green

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PRIMARY USES
Promotes personal drive, facilitates goal setting, establishes self-identity, promotes self-esteem
CHAKRA
Solar plexus
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the solar plexus chakra, hold in either hand, wear as a bracelet or ring, carry in a pocket

Chrysoprase

A variety of chalcedony, chrysoprase comes in a variety of green shades. The stone is opaque and may have banding of white, brown, or black. Chrysoprase may also be called prase.
ORIGIN
Australia, Brazil, Poland, Russia, Tanzania, United States
COLORS
Apple green to deep green
PRIMARY USES
Opens the heart, facilitates love, draws prosperity, facilitates compassion, imparts hope, fights despair
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, hold in either hand, carry in a pocket, keep in a cashbox or wallet, keep in the prosperity corner of the home or any room

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Cinnabar

This bright red mineral may have a dull or a lustrous appearance. It is made from mercury sulfide and may also be called vermillion. It may have mineral inclusions with a gold color and nonmetallic luster. It is known as the merchant’s stone.
ORIGIN
China, United States
COLORS
Brick red, sometimes with gray or gold
PRIMARY USES
Supports manifestation, promotes success in business, attracts abundance, increases persuasive powers, increases personal power, promotes personal transformation
CHAKRA
Root, sacral
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, keep in cashbox or safe, place on work desk, keep in wallet, carry in pants pocket, bring to sales calls

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Citrine

This yellow crystal may come in clusters and geodes, or it may come in individual points or polished stones. Naturally occurring citrine is yellow and translucent. Some people also create a citrine-like stone by heat-treating amethyst until it turns yellow. Heat-treated amethyst/citrine tends to have a more vivid yellow color. It may share the same metaphysical properties as naturally occurring citrine, although they may be slightly less or not as consistent. Many people prefer working only with the natural stone because its energy is consistent.
ORIGIN
Brazil, France, Great Britain, Madagascar, Peru, Russia, United States
COLORS
Yellow
PRIMARY USES
Fosters self-esteem, promotes prosperity and abundance, enhances creativity, transforms negative energy to positive, encourages generosity, protects against self-destructive tendencies
CHAKRA
Solar plexus
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the solar plexus chakra, wear as jewelry (particularly bracelet or ring), hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, carry in a pocket, keep in wallet or cashbox, keep in the prosperity corner of the home, place on a desk or in areas requiring creative thought

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Danburite

This clear stone comes in many colors, with banding in white or gray. It is a high-vibration crystal. It is a relatively hard stone, and it may come polished, in clusters, or in points. All danburite basically has the same energetic qualities, although you can use different colors with the specific chakras those colors correspond to: yellow (solar plexus), white (crown), pink (crown), light purple (third eye).
ORIGIN
Japan, Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, United States
COLOR
Yellow, white, pink, light purple

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PRIMARY USES
Promotes unconditional love, supports intuition, enhances higher communication, assists with aura purification, aids in communication with higher self or the Divine, aids enlightenment
CHAKRA
Heart, throat, third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as jewelry (around the neck or as earrings), carry in a pocket, keep in meditation area

(GYPSUM)

Desert Rose

This unique crystal is so named because of its resemblance to a rose. It is a gypsum stone in the colors of sand, with bands of white across the top of each “petal.” The formation is unique, as the stone is rounded with multilayered petals. It’s also known as a selenite rose. Be careful with gypsum because it is soft and brittle. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Poland, Russia, United States
COLORS
Sand-colored with white
PRIMARY USES
Facilitates communication with higher self and the Divine, focuses the mind, promotes acceptance, provides calming, offers spiritual comfort, aids in cleansing energy
CHAKRA
Third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold gently in either hand, keep in meditation area

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Diamond

Rough diamonds look very different from their jewelry counterparts because they have not been cut or polished. Rough diamonds are translucent, and they may be found in many colors, such as white, black, gray, or yellow. They tend to be very small and expensive. All diamonds, regardless of color, are essentially used in the same way. Colored diamonds sold as jewelry are often treated or enhanced in some manner.
ORIGIN
Angola, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, United States
COLORS
Gray, black, clear, white, yellow, brown, pink, blue

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PRIMARY USES
Provides purification and cleansing, supports abundance, amplifies energy, aids connection to higher self, heals the aura
CHAKRA
Crown
PLACEMENT
Directly touching the crown chakra, wear as necklace or earrings, carry in a pocket, place anywhere in need of purification or cleansing, keep in a cash box or wallet, keep in meditation area

Dioptase

A beautiful deep green stone, dioptase typically appears in small clusters or as small individual points. This stone is fairly rare, so it is an expensive one.
ORIGIN
Chile, Congo, Iran, North Africa, Peru, Russia
COLORS
Emerald green to deep blue-green
PRIMARY USES
Supports love, heals the heart, helps with present-time focus, promotes prosperity and abundance
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, keep in a wallet or cashbox, place in a room to facilitate relationships and love, carry in a pocket, wear as jewelry to stimulate focus on the now

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Emerald

A bright green precious gemstone, emeralds are transparent and translucent. In their rough form, the crystal is cloudy, but once cut, it is brilliantly clear and beautiful.
ORIGIN
Austria, Brazil, Egypt, India, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
COLORS
Green
PRIMARY USES
Supports success in love, promotes faithfulness, creates unity in partnerships and relationships, increases positivity while releasing negativity, imparts wisdom
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, wear in jewelry (particularly necklace, bracelet, or ring), use in an engagement ring to strengthen the partnership, carry in a pocket

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Epidote

Epidote is made up of lustrous, often elongated crystals. Colors range from yellowish green to very dark green. When faceted and polished, the stone is exceptionally clear.
ORIGIN
Austria, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Greenland, Japan, Norway, Russia, Sweden, United States
COLORS
Yellow-green to green
PRIMARY USES
Promotes abundance and prosperity, improves relationships, promotes attunement to spirit, assists in letting go, serves as a catalyst for change
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, keep in the prosperity corner of the home or room, keep in meditation area

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BLUE

Fluorite

Fluorite is a relatively soft mineral that comes in a variety of colors. Blue fluorite can come in a range of blue to blue-green and is exceptionally clear. This translucent stone scratches easily, and the scratches show up very well. Use care when carrying it in a pocket or using it with other stones. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Peru, United States
COLORS
Blue

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PRIMARY USES
Calms, creates rational thought, soothes mental or emotional chaos, facilitates communication, improves insight, facilitates kind honesty, supports spiritual awakening
CHAKRA
Third eye, throat
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace and earrings), hold in your receiving (nondominant) hand, keep in a room that requires a sense of calm, keep anywhere enhanced communication is needed such as a classroom or boardroom, keep in meditation area

GREEN

Fluorite

This crystal may range from light aqua to dark green. It is a very clear crystal that is also quite soft. Therefore, it’s important to protect it from scratching, so exercise caution if you carry it in your pocket or use it with other crystals. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Peru, United States
COLORS
Green
PRIMARY USES
Provides energy, detoxifies and cleanses chakras, assists with healing from heartbreak, improves focus, helps prevent effects of electromagnetic energy
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, wear as jewelry (particularly a necklace), hold in either hand, place in an area with heavy electromagnetic or electrical energy (such as near a computer or television)

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PURPLE

Fluorite

A light to dark purple or violet gemstone of exceptional clarity, purple fluorite is a high-vibration stone. It typically has a smooth surface, because it is at its most beautiful tumbled and polished. Beware of scratching this soft gemstone, and use care when working with other crystals or carrying it in a pocket. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Peru, United States
COLORS
Light purple to violet

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PRIMARY USES
Facilitates connection with higher self, heightens psychic abilities and intuition, fosters peace and calmness, sharpens mental ability and enhances focus, aids in decision-making
CHAKRA
Third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as a necklace or earrings, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, keep in meditation space, place in a work area to enhance focus

RAINBOW

Fluorite

Arguably one of the most beautiful and interesting crystals, rainbow fluorite carries bands of clear color throughout each crystal. Common band colors in rainbow fluorite include blue, violet, purple, green, aqua, and pink. Cleanse and charge rainbow fluorite after every use to keep its clear vibrational energy pure. Protect from scratching. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Peru, United States
COLORS
Multicolored
PRIMARY USES
Balances chakras (as well as body, mind, and spirit), harmonizes emotions, facilitates communication with higher self and higher beings including the Divine, promotes intuition and inspiration, aids spiritual awakening and enlightenment
CHAKRA
Solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as jewelry, keep close to the heart, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, keep in meditation space, place in an area where a boost in creativity is needed

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Fuchsite

Also known as chrome mica, fuchsite is a green, rough stone with a sparkle to it when the mica catches the light. When polished, it ranges from light to deep green, and it often occurs with bits of ruby in it (see Ruby in Fuchsite here). It is commonly known as a healer’s stone.
ORIGIN
Brazil, India, Russia
COLORS
Light to very dark green

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PRIMARY USES
Provides intuitive information to healers, resolves power struggles, promotes understanding in relationship difficulties, imparts self-worth, clears heart chakra blockages
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand for medical intuition, carry in a pocket, wear as jewelry, keep in a healer’s space, keep in meditation space, place in a sickroom next to the bed or under the mattress or pillow

Garnet

Garnets can come in an array of colors, although the most commonly sought-after garnets are red. Red garnets help with issues of safety, security, and passion. Green garnets strengthen unconditional love and promote prosperity. Yellow and gold garnets bolster self-esteem. Orange garnets strengthen sense of identity within a group. This semiprecious gemstone is transparent and translucent and characterized by deeply vivid colors.
ORIGIN
All over the world
COLORS
Red, orange, yellow, brown, green, gold
PRIMARY USES
Aids chakra cleansing, supports grounding, enhances passion and love, promotes helping one another, cleanses negative energies, amplifies other crystals
CHAKRA
Root (red), heart (green), solar plexus (yellow or gold), sacral (orange)
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching any or all chakras for chakra cleansing (with other crystals for amplification), hold in either hand, wear as jewelry, keep in meditation area

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Hematite

Hematite is a deep red to silver lustrous crystal that has a metallic sheen when polished. Hematite is made of iron oxide. Its root, hemo, comes from the Greek word for blood and refers to the red color. Many people believe hematite is magnetic, but this is true only of artificially magnetized hematite. Stick with natural hematite.
ORIGIN
Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland
COLORS
Silver, red

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PRIMARY USES
Absorbs negative energy, aids grounding, calms stress, helps to develop self-control, provides equilibrium and balance, detoxifies
CHAKRA
Root
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the root chakra, wear as a ring, carry in pants pocket, place in any area to transform negative energy

Herkimer Diamond

A Herkimer diamond is a double-terminated clear quartz point (points at both ends). The crystal is clear, although it may have a few inclusions. It is a very high-vibration stone.
ORIGIN
Mexico, Spain, Tanzania, United States
COLORS
Clear
PRIMARY USES
Amplifies energy (both one’s own and from other crystals), detoxifies, cleanses the aura and chakras, facilitates connection with the Divine, aids in achieving enlightenment and moving the spirit to a higher plane, boosts psychic abilities
CHAKRA
Crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the crown chakra, place on all other chakras along with other chakra stones, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace or earrings), hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, keep in meditation area

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Howlite

You’ll often find this white stone with black bands dyed a vivid turquoise blue. It is then used in jewelry as an inexpensive replacement for turquoise or lapis lazuli, because when it is dyed it has a similar appearance. If you’re looking for the properties of turquoise (see here) or lapis lazuli (see here), then make sure you’re not looking at dyed howlite, as the properties differ between the stones.
ORIGIN
United States
COLORS
White
PRIMARY USES
Balances chakras, connects with higher consciousness, calms and soothes, treats insomnia, teaches patience
CHAKRA
Crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the crown chakra, hold in either hand, place under a pillow or on a bedside table, keep in meditation area

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Iolite

Iolite—also known as water sapphire—is a lovely indigo or violet clear stone. It often has a tinge of gray in it as well. It gets its name from the Greek word ion, meaning violet. It is a moderately hard stone, but it is best to keep it protected when it is used with other stones.
ORIGIN
United States
COLORS
Indigo to violet
PRIMARY USES
Amplifies or encourages psychic insight, eases addiction, increases focus, tunes in to guidance from your higher self or higher beings, sparks inspiration
CHAKRA
Third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on the appropriate chakras, wear as jewelry (particularly earrings), carry in a pocket, keep in meditation area, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand

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Iron Pyrite

Iron pyrite is known as fool’s gold for a good reason: it looks a lot like gold but doesn’t have the same value as the precious metal. You may find it as gold flecks within a darker stone, or you may find full nuggets or cut shapes of iron pyrite. It is opaque with a shiny golden luster.
ORIGIN
Canada, Chile, Great Britain, Peru, United States
COLORS
Gold
PRIMARY USES
Promotes success in business, aids in establishing prosperity, brings good fortune, strengthens willpower
CHAKRA
Solar plexus
PLACEMENT
Place on solar plexus chakra, carry in a pocket, keep in the prosperity corner of house or room, place in a safe or cash-box, keep on work desk for business success

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Jade

The most common color of jade is watery green, but jade comes in many other colors, including white, purple, red, and black. Green jade helps improve relationships via the heart chakra. White jade aids focus and decision-making. Purple jade facilitates the discovery of inner peace. Jade is smooth with a translucent, creamy quality. It is a very popular semiprecious gemstone used in jewelry and carvings. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
China, Italy, Middle East, Russia, United States
COLORS
Green, white, purple, red, black, orange
PRIMARY USES
Affords good luck, imparts peace, helps with self-definition and self-knowledge, improves insight and guidance
CHAKRA
All chakras, depending on color
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as jewelry, carry in a pocket, hold in either hand, keep in meditation space

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Jasper

Jasper comes in many colors. All are opaque with bands or spots running throughout. It often has interesting natural designs, which you’ll see in the polished stones or slabs. While the uses below apply to all jasper crystals, green jasper tends to create harmony in relationships, red enhances vibrancy and passion, and yellow strengthens perseverance.
ORIGIN
All over the world
COLORS
Brown, white, red, green, yellow, blue, black
PRIMARY USES
Provides stability, improves grounding
CHAKRA
All chakras, depending on color
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, place anywhere on the body where healing is needed, carry in a pocket, hold in either hand, wear as jewelry

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Jet

Jet looks like an opaque, dark black rock. It may be tumbled smooth, polished, or in its rough form. It has a dark, waxy but dull luster. It may also be called black amber, although it isn’t a form of amber. Instead, it is fossilized wood that, over time, has turned into lignite coal.
ORIGIN
All over the world
COLORS
Black
PRIMARY USES
Provides protection, aids in grounding, absorbs negative energy, helps with mourning, purifies
CHAKRA
Root
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the root chakra, carry in pants pocket, hold in either hand, keep in a room to dispel negative energy, bring to a funeral

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Kunzite

Kunzite is a very high-vibration stone. It is lightly colored, typically pink, and the stones are exceptionally clear. Rough stones may have some striations in them.
ORIGIN
Afghanistan, Brazil, United States
COLORS
Pink, clear, light purple

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PRIMARY USES
Enhances communication with the Divine or higher entities, allows for a full experience of emotions, provides emotional support for women, provides peace and calmness
CHAKRA
Heart, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in either hand, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace or earrings), keep in meditation area, place in any room for peaceful confrontation

BLUE

Kyanite

Blue kyanite is a silicate mineral and is one of several colors of kyanite. It ranges in hue from a soft gray blue to a deeper blue with bands of white or gray running through it. In its rough form, kyanite looks like a long slab with blades. When polished, it is smooth with a soft luster. The stone may be transparent or it may be opaque. You may also find blades of kyanite embedded in larger pieces of stone. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Brazil
COLORS
Blue
PRIMARY USES
Inspires fairness, promotes loyalty, improves communication, fosters truth-telling, enhances self-expression, fights self-destructive behaviors, aids with memory
CHAKRA
Third eye, throat
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace or earrings), carry in a shirt pocket, wear around the neck to enhance communication and self-expression, keep anywhere enhanced communication is needed (such as a classroom or boardroom), tape to the bottom of a work or study chair to support focus and memory

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GREEN

Kyanite

Green kyanite is a silicate mineral with white or gray running through it. In its rough form, kyanite appears as a long slab with blades. When polished, it is smooth with a soft luster and swirling bands of white or gray. The stone may be transparent or opaque. You may also find blades of green kyanite embedded in larger pieces of stone. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Brazil
COLORS
Green

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PRIMARY USES
Releases negative energy, balances the heart chakra, aligns all chakras, facilitates comprehension of information from higher sources, allows for the discernment of other people’s motivations
CHAKRA
Heart, third eye
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace or earrings), carry in a pocket near the heart, place in any space that needs energizing or cleansing

Labradorite

Labradorite’s beauty comes from its mysterious swirling colors and lustrous appearance. Labradorite can range from milky clear to a clear gray, with flashes of blue, purple, green, and other swirling colors that show up when it catches the light. It is a high-vibration stone.
ORIGIN
Canada, Italy, Scandinavia
COLORS
Clear or dark with flashes of blue, gold, purple, and green
PRIMARY USES
Enhances communication with the Divine or higher beings, helps tune in to psychic energy and intuition, balances mind and spirit, protects against negative energy, provides discernment, cleanses and heals the aura
CHAKRA
Third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, place directly on the body as needed for healing, wear as jewelry (particularly earrings and necklace), hold in either hand, keep in meditation area, place under the pillow for insightful dreams

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Lapis Lazuli

This rich blue stone is opaque with veins of gold or white running through it. In the middle ages, lapis was ground and used as ultramarine, a pigment for oil paints. Some manufacturers dye howlite (see here) to look like this stone, so it is important to make sure you are using genuine lapis lazuli.
ORIGIN
Chile, Egypt, Italy, Middle East, United States
COLORS
Deep blue with gold flecks

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PRIMARY USES
Enhances communication, increases truth and integrity, opens the third eye, allows for speaking one’s truth, connects to spiritual and higher wisdom
CHAKRA
Throat, third eye
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace and earrings), carry in a pocket, keep in a room where communication is essential, hold in either hand, keep in meditation area

Lepidolite

Lepidolite has a pretty pink, lilac, or purple color with striations of brown or white in it. It is opaque but with luster. You can find it in polished stones or in natural (rough) stones.
ORIGIN
Brazil, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, United States
COLORS
Pink, lilac
PRIMARY USES
Relieves stress, promotes calmness, improves meditation, awakens insight, facilitates connection with the Divine
CHAKRA
Third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as jewelry (necklace or earrings), carry in a pocket, hold in either hand, keep in meditation area

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Lodestone

Lodestone—also known as magnetite—is black iron oxide that is naturally magnetic. As a result, lodestone often has small pieces of magnetic materials sticking to it, making it appear a little bit fuzzy, as if in need of a good shave. Keep it in a plastic container to keep the small bits of iron sticking to the lodestone. It is a very heavy stone for its size.
ORIGIN
Austria, Central America, Finland, India, Italy, North America
COLORS
Black

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PRIMARY USES
Promotes grounding, aligns chakras, magnifies the Law of Attraction
CHAKRA
Root
PLACEMENT
Place on or near the root chakra, carry in pants pockets, hold in hands for grounding

Malachite

A beautiful deep green stone, malachite is opaque with swirls of lighter green or white throughout. In its tumbled form, the striations form interesting designs similar to those found in marble. Malachite has a little bit of sheen to it and polishes to a high gloss. It is the stone of protection for airline workers.
ORIGIN
Congo, Middle East, Romania, Russia, Zambia
COLORS
Green
PRIMARY USES
Provides spiritual and energetic protection, offers protection for airline workers and travelers, overcomes phobias, encourages risk-taking, helps share one’s truth with others, boosts mood (particularly in the case of depression)
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, wear in jewelry (bracelets and rings), hold in either hand, carry in a pocket or place in carry-on luggage when flying

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Moldavite

Moldavite is a substance with a science fiction–worthy origin story. It is believed it forms as the result of a meteor impact. This “outer space” crystal has a deep olive green color with a bumpy texture and a lustrous sheen.
ORIGIN
Czech Republic, Germany, Moldova
COLORS
Olive, bottle green
PRIMARY USES
Eases negative thinking about finances, helps in the discovery of one’s life’s purpose, helps deepen meditation and insight, fosters self-love, assists in living with honor and integrity
CHAKRA
Heart, third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, keep in meditation space, keep in wallet or cash box, wear as a pendant around the neck

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Moonstone

Moonstone looks like the moon reflected. It is typically peach, white, or black with swirling colors inside, depending on the light. All the colors share the same basic energetic qualities. Milky white moonstone is the most common color. It gets its shimmer from a property of gemstones known as adularescence, which is also found in labradorite.
ORIGIN
Australia, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka
COLORS
White, cream, black, peach
PRIMARY USES
Assists communication with higher self or the Divine, aids connection with spiritual beings, increases psychic abilities, supports wish fulfillment
CHAKRA
Third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in either hand, place under a pillow, keep in meditation area, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace and earrings)

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Muscovite

Muscovite is a form of mica, with interesting formations that look like flakes or slabs coming from the main stone. It has a pearlescent, multicolor luster. The same energetic qualities are common to all colors of muscovite crystals. Muscovite is very brittle, so use and store it carefully. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Russia, Switzerland, United States
COLORS
Gray, green, pink/red, gold
PRIMARY USES
Enhances connection with the Divine or spiritual beings, connects with one’s higher self, provides guidance and insight, promotes intuition
CHAKRA
Third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold gently in either hand, keep in meditation space, place next to the bed for guidance while dreaming

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Obsidian

Made from volcanic glass, obsidian is a lustrous stone that may be smooth or have rough, craggy edges. The most common color is black, but you can find it in other colors as well, noted below. Obsidian is also the stone that makes up Apache tears (see here).
ORIGIN
All around the world
COLORS
Black, black with white, green, blue, red
PRIMARY USES
Supports grounding, clears root chakra blockages, absorbs negative energy, calms grief, provides strength and energy, exposes negative emotions, provides spiritual and emotional protection
CHAKRA
Root (black), heart (green)
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in either hand, carry in pants pocket, place in any room to absorb negative emotions, keep in meditation space

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SNOWFLAKE

Obsidian

This form of obsidian is black to greenish black and has white splotches on it that resemble snowflakes. It is an opaque stone, and it can either be rough or tumbled and polished to a slight sheen.
ORIGIN
All around the world
COLORS
Black to greenish black
PRIMARY USES
Increases feelings of safety and security, calms, provides spiritual protection, helps eliminate disruptive thoughts and beliefs
CHAKRA
Root
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the root chakra, hold in either hand, carry in pants pocket

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Onyx

Onyx comes in many colors, although you mostly find it in black, black with white bands, or white with black bands. All the colors have the same metaphysical properties. It is a smooth, dark, heavy stone that is a form of chalcedony.
ORIGIN
Brazil, Italy, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, United States
COLORS
Black, white, gray, red, yellow, brown, blue
PRIMARY USES
Provides strength, promotes grounding and centering, promotes stamina, absorbs negative energy, protects spiritually
CHAKRA
Root
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the root chakra, wear as jewelry (particularly bracelets and rings), hold in either hand, carry in pants pocket, place in any room to absorb negative energy and provide protection, keep in meditation space

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Opal

Opals are cloudy, soft, luminous gemstones that offer brilliant flashes of color. Opals come in an array of colors, including white, black, and blue. This is a high-vibration stone. This gemstone is very soft and can damage easily, so use caution when wearing it, cleaning it, or using it with other stones. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Honduras, Mexico, Peru
COLORS
White, black, blue, pink, red, orange, yellow, green
PRIMARY USES
Provides inspiration, sparks creativity, assists in communication with higher beings or the Divine, aids communication with higher self, promotes spontaneity, and helps connect to others through unconditional love
CHAKRA
All chakras, depending on color, especially the crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching any chakra (especially the crown chakra), hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, wear as any type of jewelry, keep in meditation area, place in creative workspaces

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Peridot

This gemstone is clear and comes in greens ranging from light olive green to bright apple green. It may have small black or brown flecks within the crystal. It is often cut and polished into faceted gemstones for jewelry.
ORIGIN
Brazil, Canary Islands, Egypt, Ireland, Russia, Sri Lanka
COLORS
Green
PRIMARY USES
Opens the heart chakra, promotes love, eases emotional trauma, promotes understanding of relationships, protects the aura, cleanses the body’s energetic system (chakras, aura, meridians)
CHAKRA
Heart, solar plexus
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as jewelry of any kind, carry in a pocket, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, keep in meditation area, carry close when working on relationships

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Prehnite

A slightly transparent green gemstone, prehnite is muddy green or olive green. It has small striations throughout, and the surface of the rough stone is bumpy. When polished, the stone is luminous and fairly transparent. It is a high-vibration stone, often referred to as the stone of prophecy.
ORIGIN
South Africa
COLORS
Green

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PRIMARY USES
Assists with shamanic work, enhances psychic energy (particularly precognition), facilitates connection with the Divine or higher entities, helps build trust in the Divine, cleanses and detoxifies energy fields
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, wear as jewelry (necklace and earrings), keep in meditation area and healing area (if performing healing work), hold in either hand for healing work, carry in a pocket for shamanic work

CLEAR

Quartz

This clear stone is transparent and translucent. It comes in clusters, geodes, points, double terminated points (known as Herkimer diamonds), and polished or rough stones. It is a high-vibration stone and is known as the master healer because it works with all conditions.
ORIGIN
All over the world
COLORS
Clear or milky white
PRIMARY USES
Amplifies energies, cleanses spaces, works as a master healer to help with any type of healing, increases energy, cleanses and charges crystals, provides protection
CHAKRA
All chakras, but particularly the crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching any chakra or specifically the crown chakra, use in grids, use with other stones for amplification, place anywhere on the body healing is needed, carry in a pocket, keep in a room or place where protection or cleansing is needed, wear as jewelry

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ROSE

Quartz

This quartz is partially transparent with a milky pink color. You may find it in points or polished stones, and it is often carved into interesting shapes for jewelry. Rose quartz is known as the stone of love and is often used for all types of issues associated with love.
ORIGIN
Brazil, India, Japan, Madagascar, South Africa, United States
COLORS
Pink

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PRIMARY USES
Promotes and strengthens all types of love, fosters unconditional love, promotes joy, promotes emotional healing, fosters faith, strengthens hope, helps overcome despair, instills calm and peacefulness
CHAKRA
Root, heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as any type of jewelry, carry in a pocket, hold in both hands, place all around the house to promote a loving family atmosphere

RUTILATED

Quartz

Rutilated (or rutile) quartz is clear to smoky or golden, with long brown, reddish, or black strands running through it. Rutilated means the stone contains fine needles of titanium dioxide. You can find rutilated quartz in any form that you’d normally find quartz, such as clusters, points, and polished stones.
ORIGIN
All around the world
COLORS
Clear to golden, with black, reddish, or brown strands
PRIMARY USES
Provides energy (spiritual, emotional, and physical), improves focus and concentration, helps clarify one’s life’s path, increases connection with higher self, banishes negative energy, facilitates emotional release, amplifies energy
CHAKRA
Solar plexus, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, keep in a desk drawer to enhance focus or concentration, hold in either hand, carry in a pocket, keep in meditation area

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SMOKY

Quartz

A member of the quartz family, smoky quartz has a beautiful brown to gray smoke color. It occurs naturally in the Earth, but it can also be simulated in a laboratory, so it’s important to check the origins of the specimen. It is a clear stone when polished, and mostly clear to slightly opaque when in its rough form.
ORIGIN
All around the world
COLORS
Gray to brownish gray

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PRIMARY USES
Absorbs negative energy and increases positive energy, promotes grounding, increases vibrational energy, detoxifies, aids in letting go of past hurt
CHAKRA
Root, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, carry in a pocket, wear as jewelry, hold in either hand, keep in meditation space, sprinkle around any area (such as the perimeter of the home) to block negative energy and increase positive energy

Rhodochrosite

A pretty pink stone, rhodochrosite has bands of white or black throughout. It is a partially translucent stone. This is quite a soft stone, so use caution when working with other stones. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal. Color variations arise from impurities.
ORIGIN
Argentina, Russia, South Africa, United States, Uruguay
COLORS
Pink to orange-pink
PRIMARY USES
Promotes unconditional love, helps heal a broken heart and deep emotional issues, attracts love, heals issues of self-worth, alleviates past hurts
CHAKRA
Root, heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, carry in pants pocket, place anywhere on the body emotional pain manifests physically

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Ruby

Rubies are pink to red and appear opaque, but when polished and cut become a vivid, transparent red. These precious gemstones are used in jewelry, but the rough stones also offer powerful healing properties.
ORIGIN
Cambodia, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, Sri Lanka
COLORS
Red

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PRIMARY USES
Promotes vitality, strengthens passion and drive (sexual and otherwise), energizes, promotes love, enhances joy of life
CHAKRA
Root, heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as any type of jewelry, place under a pillow or mattress for revitalizing sexual energy, carry in a pocket to reenergize

Ruby in Fuchsite

Ruby occurs naturally in fuchsite. The fuchsite has light to deep green coloring that appears almost creamy, and when it has ruby in it, the fuchsite contains spots that vary in size and are pink to deep red.
ORIGIN
Brazil, India, Russia
COLORS
Green with pink or red
PRIMARY USES
Opens the heart chakra, promotes love, fosters strength and willpower, increases intellect, sharpens focus, provides protection of spiritual, emotional, and mental energy
CHAKRA
Root, heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as any type of jewelry, carry in a pocket, hold in either hand

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Sapphire

Sapphire is a form of the mineral corundum (which is also the mineral of rubies). It is very hard and durable. Sapphire comes in many colors, although the most commonly recognized is the blue sapphire. While stones of different colors share many qualities, there are some differences among them. Blue sapphire opens the third eye and aids connection with higher self. Green sapphire sparks wisdom. Orange sapphire spurs creativity. Yellow sapphire encourages prosperity.
ORIGIN
Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Sri Lanka
COLORS
Blue, green, orange, yellow

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PRIMARY USES
Enhances focus, provides calming energy, assists communication with higher realms, sparks intuition, aids connection with higher self, facilitates connection with the Divine
CHAKRA
All chakras, depending on color
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching any chakra, carry yellow sapphire in wallet for prosperity, wear as any type of jewelry, carry in a pocket, hold in both hands

Sardonyx

Sardonyx is a banded variety of chalcedony (a type of quartz), with alternating layers of sard and onyx. Most common by far is red or brown with swirls of black or white. You can also find sardonyx in blue with black swirls, although that is the more rare combination. The stone tends to be deeply colored and opaque.
ORIGIN
Brazil, India, Japan, Turkey, United States
COLORS
Red, red-orange, brown, blue
PRIMARY USES
Increases mental focus, promotes optimism, provides protection, stabilizes relationships, attracts luck, imparts mental discipline
CHAKRA
Root, sacral
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, carry in pants pocket, tape to the bottom of an office or study chair

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Selenite

Selenite is a very high-vibration stone. It is milky white with white striations or ridges. A variety of gypsum, it has a soft texture, so you need to be very careful because it damages easily. You can find selenite as rough or smooth stones, and you can also find it in carvings. Some people use selenite towers on lighted bases, and the selenite glows with the changing colors of the light. Don’t use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Mexico, Poland, Russia, United States
COLORS
White

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PRIMARY USES
Promotes communication with higher self and the Divine, sparks inspiration, cleanses and purifies energy, cleanses other crystals, fosters enlightenment, provides protective energy
CHAKRA
Crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the crown chakra, carry in a pocket, hold in either hand, place around an area for psychic protection or energy cleansing, keep in meditation space

Sodalite

Sodalite displays as a denim blue color with white or black striations and spots. It looks a little like lapis lazuli, but the coloring is lighter.
ORIGIN
Brazil, Canada, France, Greenland, Myanmar, Romania, Russia, United States
COLORS
Blue
PRIMARY USES
Promotes truth and integrity, enables better communication (particularly in communications fields such as writing), increases intuition, promotes psychic abilities
CHAKRA
Throat, third eye
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, wear as a necklace or earrings, keep in the office to spark creativity

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RED OR PINK

Spinel

Sparkling crystalline gemstones, spinel comes in many colors, although the most common is red. The stones tend to be quite small, and they are clear but often contain inclusions within the crystals.
ORIGIN
Canada, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
COLORS
Pink, red

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PRIMARY USES
Sparks renewal, encourages love, provides encouragement during difficult times, helps ease emotions during a crisis or following a trauma
CHAKRA
Root, heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, carry in a pocket, wear as jewelry of any kind, hold in either hand, carry in pants pocket during difficult times

Sugilite

Pronounced “sooj-a-lite,” this purple opaque stone has banding of contrasting color, white to brown, running through it. The stone is lightly sparkly. It is also called lavulite. It is a relatively rare stone.
ORIGIN
Japan, South Africa
COLORS
Light purple, pinkish purple, violet
PRIMARY USES
Helps ease feelings of loneliness, supports meditation, facilitates connection with spirit, aids in making life decisions, helps with forgiveness and self-acceptance, banishes nightmares, facilitates connection with higher self, increases psychic awareness, strengthens healing abilities
CHAKRA
Third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, keep in meditation area, place under a pillow or on a bedside table, wear as a necklace or earrings, carry in a pocket, hold in either hand

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Sulfur

Sulfur is a beautiful and bright yellow stone. Opaque and irregular, with sparkling bits of crystal on the surface and throughout, the stone detoxifies and absorbs negativity. Pure elemental sulfur, used in everything from fertilizer to medicine to matches, is not toxic. However, the physical crystal can be reactive with other elements. Do not leave it near a heater or lamp where it can release gases. Never use water or salt to cleanse this crystal.
ORIGIN
Anywhere near volcanoes
COLORS
Bright yellow

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PRIMARY USES
Helps people overcome feelings of negativity, increases connection with inner feelings and motivations, removes emotional barriers, fosters self-esteem
CHAKRA
Solar plexus
PLACEMENT
Place on the solar plexus chakra, hold in either hand, place in work area or other frequented area to enhance self-worth (wash hands after touching)

Sunstone

Sunstone is a pretty orange to yellow-orange stone that is lightly translucent with small sparkly pieces in it. It is a form of feldspar, and it can be very clear or it might be milky or opaque, depending on the piece.
ORIGIN
Canada, Greece, India, Norway, United States
COLORS
Yellow-orange to orange or peach
PRIMARY USES
Promotes positive energy, enhances optimism, helps change negative thoughts to positive thoughts, strengthens affirmations, fosters self-worth
CHAKRA
Sacral, solar plexus
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, hold in either hand, carry in a pocket, wear as jewelry (particularly bracelets and rings), keep in meditation area

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Super Seven

Also known as melody stone, sacred seven or super 7, this is a high-vibration stone. It is a stone that naturally contains seven different types of quartz: clear quartz, amethyst, smoky quartz, cacoxenite, rutile, geothite, and lepidocroncite. It tends to look like a piece of amethyst with major areas of different materials throughout, and its appearance will vary greatly depending on the composition. Super seven has a very strong vibrational feeling in the hand, almost to the point of discomfort if you hold it too long, because it has such a powerful energy.
ORIGIN
All around the world
COLORS
Purple with gray, black, clear, and brown

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PRIMARY USES
Strengthens connection to the Divine and higher realms, awakens psychic insight, integrates all the chakras, helps in the discovery of life’s path, amplifies energy
CHAKRA
All chakras
PLACEMENT
Place on crown chakra and below root chakra to cleanse and energize chakras, place on third eye or crown chakra, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, keep in meditation area

Tanzanite

A beautiful blue to violet stone, tanzanite is clear, and when cut into faceted gemstones makes beautiful jewelry. It is a form of the mineral zoisite, and it gets its name from its origins in Tanzania. It is a relatively rare stone.
ORIGIN
Tanzania
COLORS
Blue to violet
PRIMARY USES
Enhances communications with spirit, fosters psychic abilities, facilitates exploration of spirituality, raises consciousness, soothes and calms
CHAKRA
Third eye, crown
PLACEMENT
Place on the appropriate chakras, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace or earrings), carry in a pocket, keep in meditation area, place near bed to aid in spiritual development during sleep

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BLUE

Tigers Eye

Blue is one of the three main colors of tigers eye. The other two are red and yellow. You can sometimes find all of the colors in a single stone, or you can find them in stones by themselves. Blue tigers eye has a deep gray blue color (sometimes so dark it’s almost black, especially when it’s unpolished) with darker gray bands running through it, and the stone has an iridescent sheen. It is a moderately hard stone.
ORIGIN
Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, South Africa, United States
COLORS
Deep blue-gray with darker gray bands

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PRIMARY USES
Induces calmness, reduces stress, facilitates clear communication, provides insight, balances yin and yang, improves intuition and psychic abilities
CHAKRA
Third eye, throat
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear around the neck as jewelry or an amulet, carry in a pocket, hold in either hand, place anywhere better communication is needed, place in meditation area, place anywhere energy feels imbalanced

RED

Tigers Eye

Red tigers eye is a banded stone that has a reddish cast with darker red or brown striations. Even unpolished, it has a sheen to it, and the polished form has a metallic luminescence.
ORIGIN
Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, South Africa, United States
COLORS
Red, mahogany, brown
PRIMARY USES
Stimulates sex drive, enhances motivation and willpower, promotes action, boosts confidence, provides energy and protection
CHAKRA
Root
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the root chakra, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, tape to the bottom of a desk chair to spur the motivation to work, place under the mattress for sexual energy, carry in pants pocket for willpower

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YELLOW

Tigers Eye

Yellow tigers eye is a brown and yellow stone with stripes of each of the colors running through it. Although the stone is opaque, it has a beautiful sparkle that gives it the quality of a cat’s eye—hence its name.
ORIGIN
Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, South Africa, United States
COLORS
Yellow/gold, brown

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PRIMARY USES
Enhances personal power, strengthens sense of self, boosts self-confidence and self-esteem, aids in decision-making, breaks cycles of inaction, increases courage
CHAKRA
Solar plexus
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching your solar plexus chakra, wear as a bracelet or ring, carry in a pants or shirt pocket, hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, keep in meditation area

Topaz

Topaz is a transparent blue or yellow gemstone frequently cut into facets and used in jewelry. In its cut and polished form, it is very clear. It is a precious gemstone, and the cut pieces tend to be fairly small. Blue topaz enhances communication and increases connection to higher realms. Yellow topaz boosts self-esteem and helps with setting boundaries.
ORIGIN
Africa, Australia, India, Mexico, Pakistan, United States
COLORS
Blue or yellow
PRIMARY USES
Fosters forgiveness, enhances truth and integrity, assists with clear communication, helps tune in to thoughts, recharges energy, increases empathy, attracts abundance, fosters joy
CHAKRA
Third eye, throat (blue), solar plexus (yellow)
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, wear as any type of jewelry, put yellow variety in a wallet or cash box to attract abundance, keep blue topaz in meditation area

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BLACK

Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a precious gemstone prized for its clear and beautiful color. Black is one of the many colors of tourmaline, and it is very commonly used in metaphysical and spiritual practice for protection from negative energy. Black tourmaline is also known as schorl. Because it absorbs so much energy, it’s important to cleanse black tourmaline regularly.
ORIGIN
Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United States
COLORS
Black

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PRIMARY USES
Absorbs negative energy, transforms negative energy to positive energy, supports grounding, offers psychic protection, provides energetic protection, helps with stress release
CHAKRA
Root
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the root chakra, hold in either hand, carry in a pocket, wear as an amulet, use as a wedge with a negative person, keep on the desk or in the car to absorb negative energy, carry to highly charged psychic atmospheres, keep next to the bed to absorb negative energy during sleep

GREEN

Tourmaline

Green tourmaline has a lovely green color and is commonly used as a precious gemstone in jewelry. Along with the polished and cut stones, you can find rough green tourmaline, which may be in polished stones or points with a clear green color. It is also known as verdelite.
ORIGIN
Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United States
COLORS
Green
PRIMARY USES
Aids heart healing (emotional and physical), promotes luck, increases prosperity, amplifies physical and emotional energy and endurance, enhances gardening abilities
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on the heart chakra, wear as jewelry (particularly a necklace or bracelet), hold in the receiving (nondominant) hand, carry in a pocket, keep in a garden shed or with plants, keep in wallet or cashbox

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PINK

Tourmaline

Pink tourmaline is a clear pink gemstone. It is often polished and used in jewelry, and is fairly expensive. It is a high-vibration stone. You can find the stones by themselves or as bands of tourmaline embedded in other stones.
ORIGIN
Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United States
COLORS
Pink

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PRIMARY USES
Promotes joy, promotes universal love, spurs romantic love, enhances positive emotions
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, wear as jewelry (particularly a necklace or bracelet), hold in either hand, carry to promote universal love, wear on romantic dates, place on bedside table or under pillow to promote positivity during sleep

WATERMELON

Tourmaline

Watermelon tourmaline gets its name because it resembles a slice of watermelon. It has green, white, and pink shades throughout. The gemstone is very clear and banded, and it is often cut into jewelry. It is a fairly expensive gemstone.
ORIGIN
Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United States
COLORS
Pink, green, white
PRIMARY USES
Promotes all types of love, balances energies, inspires creativity, allows connection with nature, balances chakras, heals emotional pain, promotes peace and calmness
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, wear as jewelry of any kind, carry in a pocket, hold in either hand, keep in a creative workspace, carry or wear when out in nature

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Turquoise

An opaque stone, turquoise comes in shades of blue to turquoise with dark or light veins running through. Turquoise is very popular in jewelry, especially that associated with the American Southwest. Many manufacturers dye howlite to look like turquoise (sometimes called howlite turquoise), so it’s important to be sure you’re working with the actual stone.
ORIGIN
All around the world
COLORS
Blue, turquoise

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PRIMARY USES
Serves as a bridge between the spiritual and the physical, facilitates connection to the universe, allows for honest and truthful communication, helps with free expression, provides strength, provides protection, purifies energy
CHAKRA
Throat, third eye
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, keep in meditation area, wear as any type of jewelry, carry in a pocket, hold in either hand

Unakite

Unakite is mossy green with peach to pink large spots and flecks of gold throughout. It is a form of jasper. You may find it in rough stones or tumbled and polished.
ORIGIN
South Africa, United States
COLORS
Mossy green with pink/peach and flecks of darker green and gold
PRIMARY USES
Promotes emotional balance, improves sleep, fights addiction, increases willpower
CHAKRA
Solar plexus, heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, place under pillow or on bedside table, hold in either hand, carry in a pocket

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Vanadinite

Vanadinite is formed naturally when a mineral ore that contains lead becomes oxidized. This stone is yellow to orange to red, and has clear crystals in boxy clusters. The brightly colored crystals are transparent and quite small.
ORIGIN
Morocco, United States
COLORS
Yellow, orange, red

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PRIMARY USES
Boosts creativity and motivation, provides mental stimulation, energizes, spurs action
CHAKRA
Sacral
PLACEMENT
Place directly on the sacral chakra, tape to the bottom of a chair or place on the desk of a creative workspace, place under mattress or pillow or on bedside table to awake refreshed and energized

Zircon

This semiprecious gemstone comes in blue, yellow, red, brown, or clear. Many people confuse it with cubic zirconium, but they aren’t the same. Zircon is a naturally occurring mineral with metaphysical properties, while cubic zirconia is a synthetic material with no metaphysical properties.
ORIGIN
Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Middle East, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania
COLORS
Yellow, blue (other colors are likely heat treated)
PRIMARY USES
Enhances self-love, supports spiritual growth, enhances communication with higher self, amplifies spiritual and Divine energy, aids intuition
CHAKRA
Crown, third eye, throat
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the appropriate chakras, keep in meditation area, wear as jewelry (particularly necklace or earrings), carry in a shirt pocket

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Zoisite

Many gemstones, such as tanzanite and thulite, are forms of zoisite, but here we refer to green zoisite. The color ranges from light to dark green, and it may be found naturally with ruby in it, much like fuchsite. Zoisite has little sparkling bits throughout the rock, and it is an opaque stone.
ORIGIN
Austria, Cambodia, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania
COLORS
Green

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PRIMARY USES
Opens the heart, strengthens love relationships, spurs action, combats laziness
CHAKRA
Heart
PLACEMENT
Place on or touching the heart chakra, wear as a necklace, carry in a shirt pocket, hold in either hand

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