Crystal Glossary

Healing and spiritual properties of crystals

Crystals are so helpful to our wellbeing on all levels, and it’s fantastic that you can easily buy them now pretty much anywhere. You don’t need to spend a lot of money (although I give you fair warning that once you’re acquainted you’re likely to turn into a serious collector!) and a simple, small tumble stone is all you need to work with.

This glossary will get you started – simply find the quality you need in the list below and use the stone it’s associated with. There are many ways to do this: my favourite suggestions are to hold the stone during meditation, place it on the associated chakra, or sleep with it under your pillow. Let’s not forget wearing beautiful jewellery made with natural crystals; feeling good also means looking good! Another great exercise is to go to a crystal shop and see which stone you’re intuitively drawn to, which one just “feels” right for you. I promise you’ll be amazed how appropriate your choice is when you find out the meaning of the stone.

I have studied with Sue and Simon Lilly’s Institute of Crystal and Gem Therapies (ICGT) and would like to acknowledge their excellent teaching and research in compiling this glossary.

A

Agate

Chakra: Match the colour to the chakra.
Qualities:

  • Strengthens the subtle anatomy
  • Helps to clarify and reveal underlying levels of information
  • Can be a useful meditation tool
  • Good for absent healing

Amber

Chakra: Solar plexus
Qualities:

  • Warms and enlivens
  • Helps with nervous disorders and detoxification

Amethyst

Chakra: Brow, crown
Qualities:

  • Calms and stabilises
  • Makes an effective meditation stone

Ametrine

Chakra: Solar plexus, brow, crown
Qualities:

  • Relieves headaches, tension and stress-related illnesses
  • Combines insight with clear thinking

Aquamarine

Chakra: Throat
Qualities:

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Encourages optimism and inspiration
  • Can help creative expression

Aventurine

Chakra: Heart
Qualities:

  • Promotes tranquillity and a positive outlook
  • Helps to stabilise the etheric, emotional and mental bodies.

Azurite

Chakra: Throat, brow
Qualities:

  • Retrieves memories or old stresses from the sub-conscious
  • Stimulates all communication skills, creativity and flow
  • Shifts towards integration and understanding

B

Beryl

Chakra: Match the colour to the chakra.
Qualities:

  • Quietens the mind and helps relaxation
  • Increases calm, creativity and self-worth

Black tourmaline (Schorl)

Chakra: Base
Qualities:

  • Effective grounding and protecting stone
  • Realigns the bones and can help pulled or strained muscles

Bloodstone

Chakra: Heart, base
Qualities:

  • Good physical energiser and motivator
  • Supports healing in the blood and circulation
  • Brings spiritual qualities into practical, everyday life

Blue lace agate

Chakra: Throat
Qualities:

  • Cools and calms
  • Soothes anywhere with a build-up or excess of energy

Blue quartz

Chakra: Throat, heart
Qualities: Detoxifies, cleanses and repairs, particularly the organs and functions of the upper body

Blue tourmaline (Indicolite)

Chakra: Throat, brow
Qualities:

  • Effective in the throat centre and its associated organs
  • When deep blue, increases the flow of information and intelligence

C

Calcite

Chakra: All
Qualities:

  • Clears and energises
  • Removes stagnant energy
  • Shifts levels of awareness – good for meditation

Carnelian

Chakra: Sacral
Qualities:

  • Gently warming
  • Excellent all-round healing stone
  • Regulates the energy of other cooler stones

Celestite

Chakra: Throat, crown

  • Cools and uplifts
  • Brings lightness and relaxation
  • Inspires, and encourages meditation and intuition

Charoite

Chakra: Heart, crown
Qualities:

  • Powerfully healing at physical and emotional levels
  • Cleanses the aura
  • Helps with dramatic transformation
  • Re-energizes the exhausted body
    Overcomes insomnia and deep fears
    Heals and integrates dualities

Chiastolite

Chakra: All
Qualities:

  • Protects, dispels negative thoughts and feelings
  • Clears feelings of guilt and stabilises the emotions
  • Balances the immune system and fortifies the nerves
  • Lessens fevers
  • Staunches blood flow
  • Stimulates lactation in nursing mothers

Chrysocolla

Chakra: Heart, throat
Qualities: Relaxes, physically and emotionally

Chrysoprase

Chakra: Heart, Sacral
Qualities:

  • Calms physically and emotionally
  • Useful for insomnia and sexual difficulties

Citrine

Chakra: Solar plexus (sacral, base, crown)
Qualities: Warms and stimulates to energise and balance

Copper

Chakra: Base, sacral, solar plexus, heart
Qualities:

  • Reduces inflammation, particularly helpful for rheumatism and arthritis
  • Strengthens and helps the flow of energy, especially in the nervous system

Coral

Chakra: Heart
Qualities:

  • Balances the emotions
  • Helps the heart, blood and circulatory systemsE

Emerald

Chakra: Heart
Qualities:

  • Brings harmony
  • Encourages peaceful growth and abundance
  • Strengthens the heart chakra

F

Fluorite

Chakra: Brow
Qualities:

  • Supports healthy bone tissue and physical structure of the organs
  • Balances co-ordination
  • Useful for improving learning skills, dexterity and balance

G

Garnet

Chakra: Mostly base
Qualities:

  • Focuses energy towards practical support
  • Red garnet is a strong energising stone that accelerates and amplifies the effects of other stones used with it

Gold

Chakra: Heart
Qualities:

  • Balances the functions of the brain and nervous system
  • Strengthens the immune system and major glands
  • Reduces stress by stabilising electrical functioning at a cellular level

Green tourmaline (Verdelite)

Chakra: Heart
Qualities:

  • Balances the heart
  • Can strengthen the immune system
  • Realigns pulled and strained bone muscle and tissue.
  • Strengthens the auric field’s connection to the energies of the planet
  • Increases confidence, security and a sense of belonging

H

Hematite

Chakra: Sacral, solar plexus
Qualities:

  • Very effective grounding stone
  • Supports the circulatory system and the blood
  • Regulates temperature
  • Energises the physical

J

Jade

Chakra: Heart
Qualities:

  • Useful stone for the heart chakra
  • Helps to stabilise and integrate the personality

Jasper

Chakra: Base, sacral, solar plexus, heart
Qualities:

  • Earthy, grounding stone
  • Energises the chakras when matched to the relevant colour

K

Kunzite

Chakra: Heart, throat
Qualities:

  • Cleanses and protects the heart
  • Helps to remove negativity and create a meditative space
    Helps with the cardiovascular system and thyroid problems
    Enhances life energy and self-esteem

Kyanite

Chakra: Throat
Qualities: Brings calm, tranquillity and balance to all chakras and subtle bodies.

L

Labradorite

Chakra: All
Qualities:

  • Facilitates access to ideas and intuitive knowledge
  • Helps recognition of new life opportunities and solutions
  • Protects the aura

Lapis lazuli

Chakra: Throat, brow
Qualities:

  • Cleanses and draws tension and anxiety from deep within the energy bodies
  • Activates all aspects of expression

Lepidolite

Chakra: Throat, heart, brow, crown
Qualities:

  • Reduces stress and depression
  • Overcomes insomnia
  • Releases addictive psychological and behavioural patterns
  • Relieves allergies and strengthens the immune system
  • Helps with sciatica, neuralgia and joint problems

M

Magnetite (and lodestone)

Chakra: All
Qualities: Releases stress by temporarily aligning the actions of all chakras and subtle bodies.

Malachite

Chakra: Heart
Qualities:

  • Draws out emotional imbalances
  • Protects against environmental pollution

Moldavite

Chakra: Heart, throat, brow, crown
Qualities:

  • Encourages the development of subtle senses and intuition
  • Amplifies the effects of other stones
  • May require a grounding stone to counteract its expansive energy

Mookaite

Chakra: Base, heart, brow
Qualities:

  • Balances inner and outer experiences
  • Encourages a desire for new experiences and deep calm to face them
  • Promotes flexibility and versatility
  • Fortifies the immune system
  • Heals wounds and purifies the blood

Moonstone

Chakra: Sacral, solar plexus
Qualities:

  • Stabilises the emotions and releases tension
  • Can help digestive problems and menstrual cramps
  • Enhances intuition, creativity and empathy

Moss agate

Chakra: Heart
Qualities:

  • Helps to establish personal space
  • Acts on the lymphatic system to alleviate congested areas
  • Increases optimism and encourages a desire to explore and experience more of life

O

Obsidian

Chakra: Base, sacral, crown
Qualities:

  • Effective grounding stone
  • Can reveal deeply buried imbalances
  • Helps to balance the digestive system and assimilate unacceptable truths

Opal

Chakra: Mainly sacral, solar plexus and crown
Qualities:

  • Gently stabilises the emotions and feelings of self-worth
  • Allows awareness of higher dimensions of reality

Optical calcite

Chakra: Brow
Qualities:

  • Heals the eyes
  • Amplifies images and enables the understanding of “double meanings”
  • Reduces migraine tension
  • Cleanses the subtle bodies

P

Pearl

Chakra: Sacral, solar plexus
Qualities:

  • Balances the emotions
  • Increases tolerance and flexibility
  • Influences the balance of physical energy, assimilation of nutrients and self-assurance

Peridot

Chakra: Heart, solar plexus
Qualities:

  • Cleanses effectively
  • Increases clarity of mind and optimism
  • Helps with visualisation skills

Q

Quartz

Chakra: All
Qualities:

  • Amplifies and strengthens the auric field
  • Brings calm and clarity
  • Facilitates the energy in other stones

R

Red tourmaline (Rubellite)

Chakra: Sacral, heart
Qualities:

  • Stimulates or calms, depending on the colour
  • Balances the over-aggressive or excessively passive personality

Rhodocrosite

Chakra: Base, sacral, solar plexus, heart
Qualities:

  • Stimulates and enhances self-worth and confidence
  • Releases tension from emotional, mental and astral bodies

Rhodonite

Chakra: Heart
Qualities:

  • Useful for people using mantras – increases the effectiveness of meditation
  • Helps negative states, such as anxiety

Rose quartz

Chakra: Heart, throat
Qualities:

  • Powerful healing stone
  • Calms and heals in aggressive situations
  • Eases personal issues that are causing emotional and mental tensions

Ruby

Chakra: Heart
Qualities:

  • Balances the heart
  • Enhances physical function and the circulatory system
  • Increases confidence, security, self-esteem and a positive state of mind

Ruby in zoisite

Chakra: Heart, crown
Qualities:

  • Facilitates access to soul memory and spiritual learning
  • Promotes individuality while retaining the connection to humanity
  • Amplifies the body’s energy field

Rutile/rutilated quartz

Chakra: All
Qualities:

  • Shifts and integrates energy
  • Useful for repairing torn and broken tissues

S

Sapphire

Chakra: Solar plexus, heart, throat, crown
Qualities:

  • Stimulates the higher mind and communication on subtle and spiritual levels
  • Calms and regulates
  • Helps to balance the glandular system and ease tension

Selenite

Chakra: Sacral, throat, crown
Qualities:

  • Shifts blocked and stagnant energy effectively
  • Removes negativity from the aura
  • Brings clarity to the mind and expands consciousness

Smoky quartz

Chakra: Base, sacral, solar plexus
Qualities:

  • Effective but gentle grounding stone
  • Quietens and calms
  • Dissolves negative states of mind
  • Gives physical and emotional protection

Sodalite

Chakra: Throat, brow
Qualities:

  • Clarifies perceptions and helps communication
  • Cools and stabilises emotions
  • Enhances the immune system

Sugilite

Chakra: Crown
Qualities:

  • Heals the activities of the brain and nervous systems
  • Relieves tension between spiritual and physical realities

T

Tiger’s eye

Chakra: Base, sacral, solar plexus
Qualities:

  • Helps to integrate the functions of the lower chakras
  • Instils confidence and practicality
  • Grounds gently

Topaz

Chakra: Solar plexus
Qualities: Relaxes tension and helps to stabilise the emotions

Tourmaline

Chakra: All
Qualities: All tourmalines are very powerful healing stones which harmonise the subtle systems.

Turquoise

Chakra: Throat, all
Qualities:

  • Balances and heals in all situations
  • Strengthens the physical organs and the auric field
  • Helps to repel environmental negativity
  • Naturally connected to the spirit world