Gemstone Color and Mystical Symbolism
By Sam Serio
The universe of colored gemstones is endlessly fascinating, for
centuries, nearly every culture has held the belief that colored stones possess magical
powers or the ability to endow the wearer with certain attributes. Due to the magical
powers associated with colored gems, they were used extensively as amulets and talismans,
portals to the future; and as important components to many spiritual practices.
Yellow stones when worn by a woman were a sign of generosity. Worn by a
man, a yellow stone signaled secrecy (as with a secret lover).
A violet stone worn by a woman indicated lofty thoughts and love of a
spiritual nature. For a man, sober judgment, steadfastness, and ambition.
Black stones revealed foolishness and capriciousness in young women,
while in married women it showed fidelity, constant love and perseverance. A man wearing a
black stone exhibited gravity, common sense, constancy, and inner strength.
Red stones when worn by a women indicated pride, haughtiness, and
obstinacy. On a man nobility, command, leadership and vengeance.
Blue stones on a woman exposed jealousy in love, vigilance and social
correctness. A man wearing blue stones meant wisdom, lofty thoughts and generosity.
Green stones for a woman meant unfounded ambition, childish delight,
and change. Green stones for a man meant joy, lost friendship, and transitory hope.
In our modern world, gemstones are worn primarily for their inherent
beauty. An almost endless choice of colors are available.
Red rubies, garnets, red tourmalines, red diamonds and spinels.
Blue topaz, blue tourmaline, blue spinel, tanzanite, iolite and even blue diamonds.
Green emeralds, green garnet (tsavorite) green tourmalines,
peridots, green zirconia and diamonds
and so on
Today the possibilities for self-expression with colored stones are
seemingly endless with choices in every price range and for every taste. Whether for
fashion, fun or to express your inner feelings, everyone should enjoy the bounty of
colorful stones that nature has provided.