Gemstones And Their Meanings

Gemstones are known to have healing properties. While there is no scientific proof of its healing powers, people are still attracted to it. Some advocates swear by its healing powers. Or others feel good to own one or many different gemstones either for their beauty or to feel at ease. So what are the various gemstones and their meanings that exist on our planet?

But what have gemstones got to do with Numerology?

Gemstones are commonly associated with Astrology, Feng Shui, or other types of pseudosciences or metaphysics. And this is because of the positive energies or qi associated with it. On the same front, Numerology looks at the positive and negative energies of the numbers we have inherited or acquired. Hence, we may apply gemstones in Numerology as a way to assist us in our well-being

How do we know which gemstones to use from a Numerology standpoint to augment the positive energies that you possess from the numbers that you have? Or how do we use gemstones to neutralise or soften the negative energies that may exist around us?

This article seeks to address the above questions and more.

Have a look at the Table of Content and navigate to the section which interests you.

The Difference Between Gemstones and Crystals

As I research more on the world of gemstones, I find that it will be useful to dig deeper into the background.

One problem that I had was the terminology between gemstones and crystals. Many times, different people may call the same stone a gemstone or crystal.

Hence, I would like to clarify the difference between the terms gemstones and crystals. You will find that some websites or physical shops would use the term crystals, while others may use gemstones. But you will then realise that they are all talking about the same thing.

So before I begin this study, it seems that the terms gemstone and crystal are interchangeable. Do you think so too? Or do you think they can be different? If so, what are the differences?

To begin with, we have to remember that a gemstone can be a crystal, but not all crystals can be a gemstone.

The easiest way to understand is that salt and sugar are crystals, but you wouldn’t call them a gemstone, right?

What is a Gemstone?

A gemstone, as the name suggests, is a rare and high-quality mineral. Thus, it can be worth a lot.

Gemstones are categorised into 2 types, precious and semi-precious.

Precious gemstones always come from single minerals. There are only 4 types of gemstones that are considered precious, and these are diamonds, emeralds, ruby, and sapphire. Anything else is deemed semi-precious.

However, it does not mean that a semi-precious gemstone is worth lesser than a precious gemstone.

Semi-precious gemstones, on the other hand, may be derived from a single mineral or multiple minerals. Examples of semi-precious gemstones include amethyst, aquamarine, citrine, or garnet.

Gemstones And Their Meanings - Assorted Gemstones

And this was what confused me before where, for example, I have heard people calling amethyst a crystal, a gemstone, or calls them both at the same time!

But for now, we can now confirm and know that amethyst can be called a semi-precious gemstone.


What is a Crystal?

A crystal is a solid substance whereby its atoms are structured in a geometrical pattern order.

In crystallography, there are 7 types of crystal lattice systems to categorise the crystals. These are triclinic, monoclinic, orthorhombic, tetragonal, trigonal, hexagonal, and cubic.

And crystals are held together by various types of chemical bond types such as covalent bonds, ionic bonds, and metallic bonds.

As mentioned earlier, all gemstones are crystals, and they fall under one of the 7 types of crystal lattice systems and chemical bond types. For example, hematite, which is a semi-precious gemstone, belongs to the crystal system of trigonal and the covalent chemical bond type. And diamond, being a precious gemstone, belongs to the cubic crystal system and covalent chemical bond type.

In essence, all the pretty looking “stones” that you see can be termed interchangeably either as a crystal or gemstone.

One way to look at it is that people may call gemstones that are translucent or transparent as crystals, basically, those shiny “crystal-like” ones. Examples of these are ametrine or amethyst. It also depends on the shape, whether it is “stone-like.”

On the other hand, opaque stones that are opaque such as hematite or jasper may be called semi-precious gemstones or just gemstones.

I would go with the above way. And I hope this has helped you clear the air too.

Another way to differentiate the way we call stones to be crystals or gemstones maybe by the way we judge on their luster, colour, and natural shape versus cut, clarity, and purity, respectively.

How would you call your stones?

Where Are The World’s Gemstones Found?

And I thought it would be interesting to know where are all the gemstones found in the world.

Alas, most of the gemstones are available in many parts of the world. There can be more than 430 different variations of gemstones, depending on the mix of the minerals.

And this would be understandable since most gemstones are formed in the Earth’s crust, about 5 to 40 km beneath the Earth’s surface. On the other hand, diamonds are generally found 150-250km beneath the Earth’s surface.

Hence, there will always be gemstone deposits below us, just a matter of whether there is more or less and whether it is worth the effort to mine.

Gemstones And Their Meanings - World Map

Few countries stand out being famous for gemstones. And these are Brazil, Sri Lanka, and India. Other countries that mines and supplies gemstones will include:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Armenia
  3. Australia
  4. Austria
  5. Britain
  6. Burma
  7. Canada
  8. Chile
  9. China
  10. Democratic Republic of Congo
  11. Egypt
  12. Finland
  13. France
  14. Gabon
  1. Germany
  2. Indonesia
  3. Iran
  4. Israel
  5. Kazakhstan
  6. Kenya
  7. Libya
  8. Malawi
  9. Mexico
  10. Mozambique
  11. Myanmar
  12. Namibia
  13. Nigeria
  14. Norway
  15. Pakistan
  1. Peru
  2. Poland
  3. Russia
  4. Siberia
  5. Slovakia
  6. South Africa
  7. South Korea
  8. Sweden
  9. Tanzania
  10. Ukraine
  11. United States
  12. Uruguay
  13. Venezuela
  14. Zambia

But does it matter to know which country your gemstones came from?

In my opinion, unless you are buying a very expensive gemstone, it really doesn’t matter. And usually, the information on where the gemstone came from is not available anyway.

And from one source that I have read, being told the country of origin of a gemstone is more of a marketing tool than having any value.

However, it may be worth knowing a bit more if you are buying a precious gemstone or any semi-precious gemstone that has a hefty price tag. The seller should have such information available. You might also want to spend on getting a lab report to have an accurate valuation.

Gemstones Energy Properties

What is more critical from a positive energy perspective is that the gemstones should ideally come from a natural source and not artificial. I think you will agree that we want to benefit from the gemstone’s energy that comes naturally from the earth and not artificially or synthetically manufactured from a lab or factory.

However, man-made gemstones can be less costly than natural ones and may look more beautiful. And it is because such synthetic gemstones are grown in a controlled environment, thus they will usually have fewer inclusions and are more vivid in their colours compared to their natural counterparts.

Plus, they are chemically or structurally identical to the natural gemstones found inside the earth’s crust. Hence in principle, since the chemical makeup is the same as the natural gemstones, the energy properties should be the same.

Nevertheless, getting a natural gemstone is still the most ideal case.

So, in other words, synthetic gemstones should look more aesthetically pleasing. If looks are your priority, then it doesn’t matter if the gemstone is a natural or synthetic source.

Gemstones And Their Meanings - Silver Coloured Pendant with Green Gemstone

But if you are concerned with the energy properties that your gemstone can bring you, try to ask your sellers for the gemstone origin they are selling.

However, you may not need to worry that much. Sometimes, it is the stones that find you. You may, therefore, have a collection of gemstones over time. And you might be able to sense that certain gemstones feel more powerful than others as time goes by.

Usage And Types Of Gemstone Products

How then do we harness the energies from the gemstones?

By having the right gemstones placed around you or carried with you, you will benefit from their energy properties depending on what type of energy you want to enhance for yourself.

You may place the gemstones as a decorative piece on your desk or anywhere in your house. Or, if you are frequently on the roads, you can display it on your vehicle’s dashboard or hang it on your rear mirror.

If you prefer wearables, having gemstone bracelets, necklaces, pendants, rings, or earrings are the common ideas for the ladies. The recent new inclusion would be the face mask chains.

I find it less common for men, but the available gemstone options are bracelets, rings, and cuff links.

Other options to enhance your energies from the gemstones are gemstone keychains and water bottles.

Once you have your gemstones, you may want to communicate with your gemstones to connect with the energies that it brings. Know the meaning of the gemstones and feel how the energy flows around and inside you.

Meaning Of The Gemstones From A Numerology Perspective

With so many different types and variations of gemstones in the world, it is a tough choice to decide which one is suitable for you if you want to benefit from its energy properties.

The truth is, you may find many gemstones having similar energy properties, so it can also just boils down to the colours that you prefer.

Nevertheless, what is essential to know is the meaning of the various gemstones, how they may benefit you, and which ones you like the most.

I started by understanding how many different types of gemstones are there in the world. In the beginning, I found 211 variations. But as I delve further, it expanded to 430 variations. And I am very sure the number of gemstone variations is more than that.

It will be a long journey to truly appreciate all the different gemstones, and I salute the researchers who have spent years in the fields of gemology or crystallography.

So in this section, I will be looking at just a number of the common gemstones. And you will find the key meanings for each of them and which Character Root Number they should belong to from a Numerology perspective.

Do you know which Character Root Number you belong to? If not, you can refer to my earlier article on calculating your Numerology chart here.


AmethystGemstones And Their Meanings - Amethyst
Photo by: Marie-Lan Taÿ Pamart / CC BY 4.0
FormulaSilicon Dioxide (SiO2)
Crystal SystemTrigonal
Mohs Scale
of Hardness
Found InBrazil, Uruguay, South Korea, Austria, Russia, India,
Zambia, United States

– Promotes stability, peace, calmness, and balance
– Provides clarity of mind to help you make wiser decisions
– Protection against negative thoughts
– Increase charm and attractiveness
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 7 (The Popular One)


AngeliteGemstones And Their Meanings - Anhydrite (Angelite)
Photo by: Robert M. Lavinsky / CC BY-SA 3.0
FormulaCalcium Sulfate (CaSO4)
Crystal SystemOrthorhombic
Mohs Scale
of Hardness
ColourHeavenly Blue
Found InPeru, Mexico, Britain, Egypt, Germany, Libya, Poland
Meaning– Promotes truthful communication and self-expression
– Dispels anger, fear, and anxiety
– Creates feelings of peace and tranquility
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 2 (The Communicator)


AquamarineGemstones And Their Meanings - Aquamarine
Photo by: Robert M. Lavinsky / CC BY-SA 3.0
FormulaBeryllium Aluminium Cyclosilicate (Be3Al2Si6O18)
The aquamarine colour comes from iron ions Fe2+
Crystal SystemHexagonal
Mohs Scale
of Hardness
7.5 – 8
Found InBrazil, Afghanistan, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique,
Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Tanzania, Zambia
Meaning– Enhances courage, reduce stress, and calms the mind
– Sharpens intuition and enhance clairvoyance
– Improve communication and self-expression
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 1 (The Leader)

Blue Aventurine

Blue Aventurine
FormulaSilicon Dioxide (SiO2)
colored blue by the mineral Dumortierite: (Al,Fe3+)7O3(BO3)(SiO4)3
Crystal SystemHexagonal
Mohs Scale
of hardness
6.5 – 7
Found InIndia, Brazil, Russia
Meaning– Enhances leadership qualities
– Improves perception and foresight to act decisively
– Strengthens ability to communicate more effectively
– Helps improve self-discipline and determination
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 1 (The Leader)
Character Root Number 3 (The Energizer)


CarnelianGemstones And Their Meanings - Carnelian
Photo: carnelian SiO2 locality: Doubravice, Czech Republic photo (c) 2015 By Jan Helebrant / CC BY-SA 2.0
FormulaSilicon Dioxide (SiO2)
Crystal SystemTrigonal
Mohs Scale
of hardness
Found InIndonesia, Brazil, India, Russia, Germany, Uruguay, Japan,
Botswana, Madagascar, and United States
Meaning– Enhance physical energy, keeps you motivated and take action
– Protection from rage, envy and resentment
– Stimulates creativity
– Boosts courage and willpower
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 3 (The Energizer)


CitrineGemstones And Their Meanings - Citrine
FormulaSilicon Dioxide (SiO2)
Crystal SystemHexagonal
Mohs Scale
of hardness
ColourYellow, Orange, Brown
Found InBrazil, Russia, Madagascar
Meaning– Known as the Success Stone and Merchant’s Stone, it helps
to attract success, wealth, and abundance to your life.
– Bestow self-confidence and mental clarity, helps the
wearer to make better decisions.
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 9 (The Entrepreneur)

Garnet (Almandine)

There are many types of garnets where different varieties due to its chemical composition will result in different colours.

For the purpose of this article, we will focus on almandine garnet, which is the most the common among the garnet group.

Garnet (Almandine)Gemstones And Their Meanings - Garnet (Almandine)
Photo by: Didier Descouens / CC BY-SA 4.0
FormulaGeneral formula X3Y2(SiO4)3, where X and Y are replaced by
different chemical elements resulting in different colours.

Reddish shades are the most common types of garnet. Below
shows the varieties of garnets available.
Almandine Fe3Al2(SiO4)3 – reddish-orange to red, slightly purplish red to reddish-purple
– Andradite Ca3Fe2(SiO4)3 with 3 sub-varieties
– Melanite – Black
– Demantoid – Vivid green (rare)
– Topazolite – Yellow-green (rarer than demantoid)
– Grossular Ca3Al2(SiO4)3
– Hessonite – “Cinnamon stone”, yellow-orange to reddish-orange
– Tsavorite – Light to deep green
– Pyrope Mg3Al2(SiO4)3 – Blood red to black red
– Rhodolite (Mg, Fe)3Al2(SiO4)3 – a sub-variety of Pyrope with composition from Almandine. Red-pink-purplish in colour.
– Spessartine Mn3Al2(SiO4)3 – orange-yellow
– Uvarovite Ca3Cr2SiO4)3 – green
Crystal SystemIsometric
Mohs Scale
of hardness
6.5 – 7.5
ColourRed primarily, but can be found in different colours as described above
Found InAustralia, United States, India, China, Russia, Namibia, Kenya,
Tanzania, Sri Lanka
Meaning– Gives you the strength and enthusiasm to take action and overcome your challenges
– Protective stone to keep you safe from harm
– Helps you to focus on your goals and stay on course
– Assist in regulating your temper
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 3 (The Energizer)
Character Root Number 8 (The Responsible One)

Green Aventurine

Sample ImageGemstones And Their Meanings - Green Aventurine
Photo by: Doobuzz / CC BY-SA 3.0
FormulaSilicon Dioxide (SiO2)
Crystal SystemHexagonal
Mohs Scale
of hardness
6.5 to 7
Found InIndia, Brazil, Chile, Austria, Russia, and Tanzania
Meaning– Stone of Opportunity, increases wealth luck
– Enhances leadership qualities, providing focus, confidence, and decisiveness
– Promotes compassionate behaviour
– Brings calmness and peace
Recommended Gemstone For– General-purpose gemstone suitable for all Character Root Number


Sample ImageGemstones And Their Meanings - Hematite
Photo by: Marie-Lan Taÿ Pamart / CC BY 4.0
FormulaIron Oxide (Fe2O3)
Crystal SystemTrigonal
Mohs Scale
of hardness
5 – 6
ColourBlack, Steel, Silver-gray
Found InChina, Australia, Brazil, India, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa,
Canda, Venezuela, United States
Meaning– Grounds your mind to a calming state, enabling you to concentrate, focus, and organise yourself better.
– Enhances your logical thinking and planning abilities
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 4 (The Planner)


Sample ImageGemstones And Their Meanings - Kyanite Brazil
Photo by: Marie-Lan Taÿ Pamart / CC BY 4.0
FormulaAluminosilicate (Al2SiO5)
Crystal SystemTriclinic
Mohs Scale
of hardness
4.5 to 7
Found InUnited States, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Burma, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland
Meaning– Keeps you calm and functional in extreme situation, enabling you to think logically and rationally to arrive at resolute action or conclusion
– Improves communication skills such as in public speaking, presentation or closing a deal with a client
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 2 (The Communicator)
Character Root Number 3 (The Energizer)
Character Root Number 4 (The Planner)


Sample ImageGemstones And Their Meanings - Labradorite
Photo by: Marie-Lan Taÿ Pamart / CC BY 4.0
Crystal SystemTriclinic
Mohs Scale
of hardness
6 to 6.5
ColourMulticolour of Blue, pale green, yellow, grey
Found InCanada, Norway, Finland, Madagascar, China, Australia,
Slovakia, United States
Meaning– Sharpens intuition and ignites your imagination and creativity bringing rise to new ideas or solutions
– Calms an overactive mind and manages your fear, insecurities, anxiety, or stress.
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 6 (The Wealthy One)

White Moonstone

White MoonstoneGemstones And Their Meanings - White Moonstone
Photo by: Super DM / CC BY-SA 4.0
FormulaOrthoclase feldspar – Potassium Aluminum Silicate (KAlSi3O8)
Crystal SystemMonoclinic
Mohs Scale
of hardness
Found InSri Lanka, India, Australia, Brazil, Germany, India,
Myanmar, Madagascar, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland,
Tanzania, and the United States
Meaning– Enhances intuition, boosting your perception and foresight of the future.
– Helps to relieve stress and calms the mind
– Believed to be a stone that protects travelers.
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 3 (The Energizer)
Character Root Number 6 (The Wealthy One)

Peach Aventurine

Peach Aventurine
FormulaSilicon Dioxide (SiO2)
Crystal SystemHexagonal
Mohs Scale
of hardness
Found InChile, Russia, Spain
Meaning– Helps to reduce anxiety, stress and shyness, surrounding you with a sense of calm and balance
– Enhances your creativity to get things done
– Improve your mental clarity and enhance your intelligence
– Foster greater wisdom to help overcome a negative situation to a positive one.
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 8 (The Responsible One)

Red Jasper

Red JasperGemstones And Their Meanings - Red Jasper
Photo: Jasper from Cave Creek, Arizona, USA. (4.2 cm across at its widest) By James St. John / CC BY 2.0
FormulaSilicon Dioxide (SiO2) with traces of hematite
Crystal SystemHexagonal
Mohs Scale
of hardness
Found InAustralia, Brazil, Canada, India, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Russia, Egypt, Uruguay and United States
Meaning– Enhances willpower
– Improves strength and stamina, combating fatigue
– Gives the courage to deal with unpleasant tasks
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 8 (The Responsible One)


RhodoniteGemstones And Their Meanings - Mineral Exhibit - Rhodonite
Photo: Mineral exhibit – Rhodonite By S. Rae / CC BY 2.0
Crystal SystemTriclinic
Mohs Scale
of hardness
5.5 to 6.5
ColourPink and Black
Found InUSA, Canada, Australia, India, South Africa, Madagascar, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Russia, Sweden, and Germany.
Meaning– Helps to remove anxiety or anger and assist you to be calm and more attentive to the details.
– Brings emotional healing that clears away emotional wounds and scars from  the past
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 3 (The Energizer)


SodaliteGemstones And Their Meanings - Sodalite
Photo by: Ra’ike / CC BY-SA 3.0
Crystal SystemCubic
Mohs Scale
of hardness
5.5 to 6
ColourRoyal Blue
Found InGreenland, Portugal, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Russia, Australia, Tanzania, China, Namibia, Italy.
Meaning– Helps you to communicate how you truly feel, clearly and confidently
– Encourages logical thinking, rational thought and enhance mental clarity
– Reduce stress and anxiety, increase feelings of peace and serenity
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 2 (The Communicator)
Character Root Number 4 (The Planner)
Character Root Number 9 (The Entrepreneur)


SunstoneGemstones And Their Meanings - Sunstone
Crystal SystemTriclinic
Mohs Scale
of hardness
6.5 to 7.2
ColourColourless and ranges from orange to red
Found InUnited States, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Greece, South Australia, and India
Meaning– Enhance leadership qualities
– Encourages confidence, creativity, independence, intuition, optimism, and determination.
– Associated with wealth, luck, and good fortune
– Brings joy and happiness to others and self.
Recommended Gemstone ForCharacter Root Number 1 (The Leader)

I hope that you now have a better idea of the meaning of each gemstone above. Which of these gemstones is align with your Character Root Number?

Perhaps you might want to consider acquiring some of these gemstones in whichever form that is available to enhance your existing energies?

And if you understand yourself and your numerology chart enough, you can also consider gemstones that do not belong to your Character Root Number but has energies you are lacking.


Hopefully, this article has brought you some educational value. To recap, it has helped to clarify the difference between the terms gemstones and crystals and suggest how best to use these terms correctly.

This post has also sought to understand and rationalise the location of the gemstones in the world and whether it is necessary to know.

It has also articulated the view that if we want to benefit from the energies of the gemstones, we should always try to get the natural ones and not synthetically manufactured.

And finally, the article presents the summarised meaning of several gemstones and cross-reference to how we can apply them from a Numerology perspective.

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