They also believed that the arrowhead protected them from illness and acted as a guard against the Evil Eye. It would deflect any negative energy, protect them from their enemies and absorb their power.
Bloodstone – Bloodstone, also known as Heliotrope is a deep, earthy green gem emboldened with spots of bright red that is an excellent blood cleanser and a powerful healing stone. It heightens intuition, increases creativity, is grounding and protecting. It gives courage, assists in living in the present moment, calms and revitalizes the mind, dispels confusion and enhances decision-making. It also reduces irritability, aggressiveness and impatience.
Physically, Bloodstone purifies and fortifies the blood, making it ideal for anemia. It neutralizes toxins and detoxifies the liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen and bladder and helps in healing inflammations and infections.
In the ancient world it was considered to be the most beautiful of the Jaspers and was called the Sun Stone, and later Christ’s Stone. The most widely known legend comes from the Middle Ages and claims the “Blood Stone” was formed at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, when the blood of his wounds fell onto the dark green earth and turned to stone.
Carnelian – An ancient amulet of luck, Carnelian is an orange-colored variety of the agate Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. Its color varies from pale pinkish-orange to a deep rusty brown, though it is most known for its brilliant orange and red-orange crystals. Like all agates, it has protection energies against fear, envy, and anger, and dispels sorrow, negativity, and apathy and is useful for overcoming abuse of any kind. Carnelian is also a stabilizing stone that restores vitality and motivation and stimulates creativity and initiative.
Physically, Carnelian treats lower back problems, rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia and depression. It regulates the kidneys, and accelerates healing in bones and ligaments, improves vitamin and mineral absorption and ensures good blood supply to organs and tissues.
In ancient times, as well as today, Carnelian is believed to help the timid to become eloquent and bold. Ancient Warriors wore Carnelian around their neck for courage and physical power to conquer their enemies. It was also worn to enhance passion, love, and desire.
Citrine – Called the Success Stone, this yellow to yellowish brown stone is joyful crystal with bright energy that brings good fortune and good luck. Energizing and recharging, Citrine opens the intuition, imparts joy, wonder, delight and enthusiasm; and raises self-esteem and self-confidence. It also attracts prosperity and success. Citrine promotes motivation, activates creativity, and enhances concentration and is overall, emotionally balancing.
Physically it is healing to the heart, kidney, liver, muscles, appendix, spleen, pancreas, and bladder. It stimulates digestion, reverses degenerative disease, helps eye problems, increases blood circulation, activates the thymus and balances the thyroid.
Popular for thousands of years, it was once revered for its rarity, though that has changed with time. Through the years, citrines have been valued for their beauty and brilliance, which reminds us of the bright warm sun and the vitality of life. The ancient Romans used it for beautiful jewelry. It was also very popular for jewelry in the 19th century and during the Art Deco period between World Wars I and II.
Emerald – Known as the “stone of successful love” Emerald is a stone of love and romance, harmony, serenity, unity and friendship.
Emotionally, it focuses attention, raises consciousness, eliminates negativity, strengthens memory, brings patience, soothes guilt and emotions, and enhances psychic abilities. It is said to be helpful for healing trauma, abuse issues, and broken hearts.
Physically, it is said to aid in healing the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and spine; muscular, nervous and immune systems; infectious illnesses and malignant conditions. It also helps sinuses, soothes the eyes, improves vision, adrenal glands, diabetes, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia, epilepsy, diabetes, and various types of mental illness.
In ancient history, the Emerald was viewed as a symbol of fertility by the Romans and was associated with the goddess Venus. Christian legends speak of Emerald as the stone of resurrection, while other ancient lore says that it cures a variety of diseases, brings joy, and even bestows the gift of prophecy.
Fancy Jasper – Jasper is a variety of Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family, and called by several different names, can be found in a variety of colors from brown, red, orange, yellow, green, white lilac, and more. Known as the “supreme nurturer”, Jasper is a stone of grounding and stability, providing comfort and security, strength and healing.
It sustains and supports through times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness. It provides protection, absorbs negative energy, encourages honesty with one’s self, courage to assertively tackle problems, aids quick-thinking, stimulates the imagination, and transforms ideas into action.
Physically it is good for the liver, gallbladder, soothing to the stomach, supports during prolonged illness, re-energizes the body, and prolongs sexual pleasure.
Fancy Jasper intensifies and lightens the feeling of well-being, helping one to lighten up and enjoy themselves more, yet in a subtle way. It can relieve fear, frustration and guilt, building an inner strength and confidence. It is a particularly good stone for bringing energies of wholeness and healing to an environment or situation.
Historically, Jasper is traceable to all ancient peoples and civilizations. Worn by shamans, priests and kings, it was considered sacred and a powerful protection stone, for both the physical world and in the spiritual realm. Amulets of Jasper were carved by the Egyptians with symbols and inscriptions from the Book of the Dead and buried with mummified remains for safe passage in the afterlife.
Garnet – Also called Cinnamon Stone and Warrior’s Stone, Garnet is most often seen in red, but can also be pink, green, orange, yellow, brown and black. It is the stone of commitment and represents love.
A stone of regeneration and energizing, Garnet inspires and revitalizes feelings of love and enhances sexuality, bringing warmth, devotion, understanding, trust, sincerity and honesty to a relationship.
It is a good stone for depression, bringing joy and hope to its user, and helps lessen anger, especially toward oneself.
Physically, it is a purifier for the entire body, regenerates blood, heart and lungs, treats disorders of the spine and other bones; and boosts the immune system and energy levels.
Thousands of years ago, red garnet necklaces adorned the necks of Egypt’s pharaohs, and were entombed with their mummified corpses as prized possessions for the afterlife. In ancient Rome, signet rings with carved garnets were used to stamp the wax that secured important documents.
Green Aventurine – Though most commonly green Aventurine also forms in blue, red to reddish-brown, purple, orange or peach, yellow, and silver gray. Known as Green the “Stone of Opportunity,” it is thought to be the luckiest of all crystals, especially in manifesting prosperity and wealth. As a stone of prosperity, it reinforces leadership qualities and decisiveness and encourages perseverance. It also promotes compassion and empathy, stabilizes the state of mind, stimulates perception, enhances creativity, calms anger and irritation, and promotes feelings of well-being..