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Colored Gemstones

Do you dream of building up a collection of gemstones by color and crystals in different shades?

Besides hardness, luster, inclusions, and whatnot, the color of a gem is one of its most essential characteristics. They may not necessarily be solid colors–they can range from light hues to deep, dark ones, but that is exactly what makes them very interesting. Not only it carries a specific meaning and has particular effects, but it also helps you identify the right one for you.

If a gem is fiery red, it has fast and intense action, just like fire. That is why our ancestors have associated red gemstones with life. In contrast, a blue gem is soothing. It is the perfect antidote for too fast moving emotions like anger. On the other hand, a green crystal-like an emerald represents continuous growth and nature.

Let’s go deeper into gem’s color meanings and discover more of their traditional symbolic associations.

List of Gemstones by Color: Meanings & Properties

Below, you will find a list of gemstones by colors–from light to dark tones, followed by their color meanings and healing powers.

White Gemstones

White stones and crystals are classified into colorless white and cloudy white (translucent or opaque). Let’s see their corresponding meanings and healing properties, as well as their “antidotes” (colors that have opposite or complementary effects).

Colorless White Gemstones

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White diamond

Diamond, White Sapphire, White Zircon, Dandurite, Petalite

Colorless White Gem Color Meanings: originality, new beginnings, talent, inspiration, good health and vitality, ambition, good fortune, spiritual growth, contact with angels, spiritual guidance.

Healing Properties: colorless white gems are beneficial for the entire body. They impact our general health and well-being, balancing mind, body and soul. Particularly, they address neurological disorders, pain relief, the auto-immune system.

Antidote: Grey Gemstones.

Cloudy White Gemstones

Moonstone, Pearl

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Moonstone

Cloudy White Gem Color Meanings: slower new beginnings, hope, protection against negativity, nurturing, slow unfolding of potential, motherhood, fulfillment of dreams, granting wishes, calling love.

Healing Properties: these gems are believed to assist with fertility, pregnancy, fluid balance, hormones, recovery from illness, depression, exhaustion, marrow, cells, bones.

Antidote: Yellow Gemstones.

Red Gemstones

Ruby, Red Jasper, Bloodstone, Fire Agate

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Ruby

Red Color Meanings: courage, passion, strength, power, determination, male potency, sensuality, initiative, competitiveness, protecting loved ones, overcoming obstacles, survivals.

Healing Properties: red gemstones are said to help wearers improve the level of energy, low blood pressure, circulation and blood ailments, reproductive organs, feet and hands, as well as muscles. They are also good at lifting depression.

Antidote: Blue gems.

Orange Gemstones

Orange Calcite, Orange Carnelian, Golden Topaz

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Orange Carnelian

Gems Meanings: joy, creativity, confidence, abundance, prosperity, female fertility, independence, self-esteem.

Healing Properties: Orange gems and crystals are good for the reproductive organs, ovaries, intestines, kidneys, bladder, and the immune system. They are said to help increasing pulse rate, fight food allergies, addictions, and rheumatism. Orange gemstones also help with menstruation and menopause.

Antidote: Indigo.

Yellow Gemstones

Citrine, Yellow Labradorite, Yellow Tourmaline, Yellow Chrysophrase 

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Citrine

Gems Meanings: Memory, determination, communication, logic, tests, job changes, money-making, surgery, repelling malice, conventional healing.

Healing Properties: Yellow gems and crystals help the lymphatic system, blood sugar (together with blue and green gems), metabolism, digestion, liver, pancreas, spleen, nervous system, skin problems, sickness, and nausea.

Antidote: Violet gemstones.

Green Gemstones

Jade, Green Jasper, Green Sapphire, Emerald, Alexandrite, Peridot

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Peridot

Gems Meanings: Love, beauty, nature, commitment, environment, crystal healing, improvement of health, wealth, and good fortune. The beryl mineral variety, emerald, is specifically regarded in the ancient times as a protection against unfaithfulness.

Healing Properties: Greem gems are beneficial for the heart, lungs, and the entire respiratory system. They fight infections, viruses, pollen and fur allergies, as well as high blood pressure (together with blue gems).

Antidote: No complementary gem needed.

Blue Gemstones

Blue Lace Agate, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Blue Topaz, Lapis Lazuli

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Turquoise

Gems Meanings: justice, inspiration, idealism, travels, house moves, partnerships, marriage, prosperity, inner peace. The Lapis Lazuli is particularly known to bridge the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds.

Healing Properties: Blue gems help thyroid gland, throat, teeth, cuts, fevers, inflammations, high blood pressure, communication disorders, eyesight, rashes, bruises, and burns.

Antidote: Red gemstones.

Purple Gemstones

Amethyst, Fluorite, Tourmaline

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Tourmaline

Gems Meanings: imagination, spirituality, vision, dreams, intuition, psychic powers, counselling, healing, banishment of past problems or present negative influences.

Healing Properties: purple gems are said to help with insomnia, headaches, migranes, ears and hair related problems, sinusitis, addictions, nevroses,, allergies to chemicals, hyperactivity.

Antidote: Orange gemstones.

Pink Gemstones

Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Thulite, Spinel, Garnet

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Rose Quartz

Gems Meanings: happy relationships, kindness, friendship, young and new love, trust, children, and teenagers.

Healing Properties: pink gemstones are said to assist with stress headaches, glands, ears and skin related conditions, ulcers, psychosomatic and stress-induced conditions, nightmares, insomnia, family ills, abuse, and safe-hatred. More specifically, the garnet gemstone is able to cleanse the mind, body, and spirit, regaining the balance of our entire being during the process.

Antidote: Blue gems.

Brown Gemstones

Sinhalite, Smoky Quartz, Axinite, Sardonyx, Sard, Staurolite

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Axinite

Gems Meanings: Security, pragmatism, money, new skills, property, perseverance.  

Healing Properties: brown gems are helpful for legs, feet, bowels, prostate, hernia, degenerative conditions, panic, chronic conditions.

Antidote: Green gems.

Grey Gemstones

Grey Moonstone, Russian Agate, Hemalite, Grey Quartz

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Gray Quartz

Gems Meanings: neutralizing threatening energies and emotions, adaptability, peace-making, secrets, ease of tensions.

Healing Properties: grey gems are said to shield the wearer from psychic attacks and to help with burns, tissue and nerve connections, acute anxiety, obsessions, and persistent pain.

Antidote: clear white gemstones.

Gold Gemstones

Gold Sapphire, Citrine, Quartz

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Golden Sapphire

Gems Meanings: protection, money and resources, fulfilled ambitions, recognition, long life, recovery.

Healing Properties: gold gems are beneficial for spine, skin, nervous system, obsessions, and convulsions, minor miracles, healing the whole system.

Antidote: no complementary gems needed.

Silver Gemstones

Corundum, Chalcedony, Dendritic Agate, Howlite, Goshenite

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Howlite

Gems Meanings: fertility, natural cycles, truth, luck, intuition, spirituality, feminine energy, attraction, unexpected money.

Healing Properties: silver gems are said to cleanse toxins and help with visual disturbances, nightmares, and epilepsy.

Antidote: no complementary gems needed.

Black Gemstones

Agate, Black Obsidian, Onyx, Opal

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Black Obsidian

Gems Meanings: peaceful endings, transformation, grief, acceptance, the banishment of sorrow and negative influences, psychic protection.

Healing Properties: black gems assist with pain relief, IBS, constipation, as well as with side effects of invasive treatments.

Antidote: clear white gems.

Rainbow, Multi-Colored Gemstones

Multi-colored gemstones, as well as changing color crystals, have a special status. They are multi-purpose gems, addressing a wide array of affections.

Hope our list of gemstones by color and their traditional color meanings and associations will help you find the most beneficial one for you. Don’t forget that by identifying the gemstone you need, you can also transform it into an appealing jewelry item.

We also recommend exploring their healing powers in connection to the seven chakras and birthstone attribute. Enjoy reading our guides and resources, and for any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us!

Note: the information provided has been thoroughly researched. We have reviewed Cassandra Eason’s and Judy Hall’s guides to stones and crystals’ mystic powers together with other acclaimed resources. However, please learn that crystal healing does not replace standard medicine or psychological treatment. Stones and crystals should complement medicinal treatment if needed.

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