Color can influence our emotions, our actions and how we respond to various people, ideas and situations. Much has been studied and written about color and its impact on our daily lives throughout the ages.
Many people believe that colors are powers, and that colored stones are especially powerful. Here are some of the meanings of colors and the energies contained in their corresponding stones.
Red is the warmest of all colors on the color wheel. It is the color most chosen by extroverts and one of the top choices by men in general. Although warm, red can also indicate anger or hot temper; as well as being the color representative of Mars, the God of war. In China red is the color of prosperity and joy, in China brides are known to wear red, and front doors of dwellings are often painted red to take advantage of this meaning.
Red is associated with fiery heat and warmth, it is also the color of blood, and as such holds very strong symbolism with live and vitality. It helps to bring focus to the essence of life and living with emphasis on survival.
Add the color red into your life when you are looking to:
- increase enthusiasm and interest
- create more energy
- create action and confidence to follow your dreams
- protect yourself from fears and anxieties
The color read is also representative of activity, energy, stamina, sexuality, love and the joy of living.
Therapeutic uses for the color red include supporting the circularity and metabolic systems, strengthening will power and keeping one active.
Red Gemstone Properties
In addition to their own metaphysical properties, red gemstones also carry with them the color properties. They can be used to strengthen the body, promote will power and courage, add vitality and overcome sexual dysfunctions. Placing a red gemstone in or around your home or place of work will stimulate vitality and energy.
Some of the common red gemstones would be ruby, garnet, spinel, coral as well as many jaspers.
Chakra Association with Red
Red is the color associated with the 1st, or Root/Base Chakra which is located at the base of the spine. This chakra deals directly with life at the plane of practicality, it is responsible for the maintenance of the body’s heat and has a close relationship with the circulatory system.
Gemstones associated with this chakra are:
Garnet, Ruby, Hematite, Bloodstone, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, Tourmaline and Onyx.
Although not all of these stones are red, they do have special meaning to the Root Chakra.
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Pink is the color of universal love and friendship, it is a quiet color that lovers favor. It is a blending of red and white, not actually a color but a hue of red. As white is representative of the potential for fullness, red is the color that helps you to achieve that potential. Pink combines these energies.
The quality of energy in pink is dependant on how much red is present. Shades of deep pink, such as magenta, are effective in neutralizing disorder and violence. It is even told that limited deep pink tones are used in some prisons to diffuse aggressive behavior.
Add some pink to your life when you are looking to:
- calm feelings
- neutralize disorder
- find relaxation
- gain acceptance and contentment
Pink Gemstone Properties
In addition to their own metaphysical properties, pink gemstones also carry with them the properties of their color. Pink gemstones may be used to promote self love and self worth, while at the same time protecting by removing violence or aggression and working to regain order. Carry or place pink gemstones around your home or place of work to stimulate love and beauty as well as to diminish aggression.
Wear pink when you would like to present yourself as a peaceful, calm individual who is non threatening. The softer shades are quite feminine and darker shades will alleviate feelings of friction.
Some of the common pink gemstones are rhodochrosite, rhodonite, rose quartz, pink opal, pink tourmaline, kunzite, danburite and pink calcite.
Chakra Association with Pink
There is no chakra association with pink.
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Folks that prefer the color brown and often more conventional and orderly than the rest, this is not a bad thing. The negative connotations that have been associated with the color brown are repressed personality or laziness. But in general brown is the color of the earth and associated with growth and life.
The color brown, being a mixture of red, blue and yellow can blend into many types of surrounding, and has many shades and tones, each producing a slightly different effect. It can be a very stabilizing color, the red giving it practical energy flow, while the yellow and blue add mental focus energies. It gives a feeling of solidity and allows one to remain in the background, typically unnoticed.
The right shades of brown will create a warm, comfortable feeling of wholesomeness, natural and dependable.
Add some brown into your life when you are looking to:
- create a solid wholesome feeling
- blend into the background
- connect with nature, earth and it’s stability
- regain focus on orderliness and convention
The color brown and its lighter cousins: tan, taupe, beige, and cream make excellent backgrounds helping accompanying colors appear richer and brighter. Use brown to convey a feeling of warmth, honesty, and wholesomeness. Although found in nature year-round, brown is often considered a fall and winter color. It is thought to be more casual than black.
Brown Gemstone Properties
Brown gemstones act as a grounding force that promotes stability and clear thinking. Brown gemstones are as tempting as chocolate, and when paired with pearls or blue or green gemstones, they create quite a sensation.
Some common brown gemstones are tiger eye, tiger iron, pietersite, smoky quartz, bronzite.
Chakra Association with Brown
Although the color brown is not designated to a specific chakra, it is associated with the 1st, or Root/Base Chakra, which is located at the base of the spine, as brown is associated with the earth. Black and brown gemstones are also included as they connect to the earth to keep you grounded and they do so through the Root Chakra.
Those gemstones would include smoky quartz, onyx, obsidian and tourmaline. Of which only smoky quartz and tourmaline can be brown.
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Orange is a color of power, it is one of the healing colors as well. It is said to increase the craving for food, and to stimulate enthusiasm and creativity. Orange symbolizes vitality with endurance. People who are drawn to orange are generally quite thoughtful and sincere.
This is the color of Lady Luck, and in the new age world if one is looking to create a change of any kind in one’s life, to burn an orange candle for seven nights.
While red is associated with fiery head, orange is associated with the benign warm of the sun and all it’s glory. It is a dynamic color to be sure, orange offers a more thoughtful control that the fiery red. Curiosity is a driving characteristic of the color orange, and with that curiosity come exploration of new things.
Add the color orange into your life when you are looking to:
- increase creativity
- liven things up when you feel time dragging
- become more involved in something
- grant some relief when things become quite too serious
Therapeutic uses for the color orange include adding balance and calmness as well as promoting the flow of energy.
Orange Gemstone Properties
Along with the individual metaphysical properties that gemstones carry, they also are the bearers of the color properties. Orange gemstones contain some of the fiery energies of red, but are much gentler with a more creative spirit. They are used to promote personal power and are useful for people who would benefit from stronger self esteem. Carry or place orange gemstones in your home or place of work to stimulate creativity, mental quickness and the gentle ability to adjust properly to changes.
Wear orange in your clothing choices during times of stress or shock. This can help you balance your emotional state, bring about the willingness to embrace new ideas with enjoyment and a sense of exploration and creative play.
Some common orange colored gemstones are amber, carnelian, fire opal, sunstone and orange calcite.
Chakra Associations with Orange
Orange is the color associated with the 2nd, or Sacral/Navel Chakra which is located in the middle of the abdomen. This chakra is associated with the parts of the consciousness concerned with food and sex. It is about the body’s communication to the Being inside, about what the body wants and needs, and what it finds pleasurable. This chakra is also associated with the emotional body, and the person’s willingness to feel their own emotions.
Gemstones associated with this chakra are amber, carnelian, malachite, tiger’s eye and topaz. Although these stone are not all orange, they are significant to the Sacral Chakra.
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It is not surprising to learn that gold often symbolizes wealth used wisely, but it is also the symbol of good health. People who favor the color gold, as yellow are often thought of as optimistic.
The Tibetan Buddhists believe in five sacred gemstones, the crystal to represent light, turquoise for infinity of sea and sky, coral for life and form, gold for the golden ray of the sun and silver for the light of the moon.
The color gold is intimately linked with Divinity and those Gods associated with the Sun, it is a symbol of wealth and success.
Add some gold into your life when you are looking to:
- increase personal power
- bring about relaxation and enjoyment of life
- increase good health
- be successful in any venture
Gold Gemstone Properties
In addition to their own metaphysical properties, gold gemstones also carry with them the color properties. Wearing gold in your everyday life will increase your personal power, it promotes courage, confidence and willpower. Something as simple as a gold charm or a gold colored gemstone is all that is required. A gold chain worn around the neck is said to preserve health.
Chakra Association with Gold
There is no chakra association with gold, but it is closely related to yellow, depending on ones feelings, and yellow is the color associated with the 3rd, or Solar Plexus Chakra, which is located between the navel.
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The exact shade of yellow is what helps to determine it’s meaning. A pure, bright and sunny yellow is the easiest color for the human eye to discern. People who are blind to other common colors can usually visualize yellow. It is full of creative and intellectual energy, yellow note pads may even keep you happier while you work!
Yellow symbolized wisdom and also communicates happiness and joy. People of generally high intellect actually favor the color yellow. Bright yellow daffodils are a floral symbol of unrequited love; although yellow flowers are a modern symbol of friendship.
Just like the energy of a bright sunny day, yellow brings to us clarity and awareness. Yellow-Green may create a disoriented feeling as it can mean deceit. Orange-Yellow imparts a sense of establishment, and a clean light yellow clears the mind – making it active and alert.
Add some of the color yellow into your life when you are looking to:
- find clarity for important decision making
- feel relief from panic, nervousness, exhaustion or “burnout”
- sharpen memory and concentration skill
- put off lethargy and depression during bleak weather
Yellow is known for optimism, cheerfulness, success, generosity and satisfaction.
Therapeutically it will stimulate all organs, increase energy levels, strengthen the immune system, as well as remove inhibitions and fear of relationships.
Yellow Gemstone Properties
In addition to the individual metaphysical gemstone properties that any stone has, they also bear the properties of their color. Carry or wear yellow gemstones to promote the ability to express yourself. These gemstones are excellent for writers and public speakers to increase eloquence. The yellow gemstone stimulates movement and mental awareness, they are said to be used most often to enhance decision making skills. Wear yellow to present a cheery, uplifting effect, place yellow around your work space to help keep a clear mind and improve memory and decision making skills.
Chakra Associations with Yellow
Yellow is the color associated with the 3rd, or Solar Plexus Chakra, which is located between the navel and the lower chest. This chakra deals with an individuals identity as well as being the chakra that gives us the same sense of generosity, complete satisfaction and contentment.
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Symbolizes life, nature, fertility and well being.
This is the ultimate color of nature, fertility, life and growth. The color of fresh green grass is the most restful of all colors. Green symbolizes self respect and well being, warm-heartedness, friendship, openness, freedom, harmony, peace, empathy and self renewal. It is the color of balance, and can be used anywhere for any reason.
Add some green into your life when you are looking to:
- create a new state of balance in your life
- create a need for change or growth
- find some freedom to pursue new ideas
- find protection from fears and anxieties connected with the demands of others
Therapeutic uses for the color green are to harmonize, detoxify and regeneration. It enhances emotion, leads one to inner peace and strengthens the will to live.
Green Gemstone Properties
In addition to their own metaphysical properties, green gemstones also carry with them the color properties. Green gemstones are generally used to attract money, prosperity and wealth. These are balancing stones that promote growth and fertility. Carry, wear or place green gemstones in and around your home or office to promote balance, change and growth.
Wear green when you want to overcome a sense of thwarted ambition, it is a color of healthy relationships.
Some common green gemstones include peridot, jade, bloodstone, amazonite, emerald, malachite, moss agate and unakite.
Chakra Association with Green
Green is the color associated with the with the 4th, Heart Chakra which lies in the middle of the chest and opens frontward. This chakra deals with higher consciousness and love, as well as having influences the functions of the thymus gland and the immune system.
Gemstones associated with this chakra are aventurine, jade, malachite, rhodochrosite, rhodonite,kunzite, and pink opal. Although not all of these gemstones are green, they are associated with love.
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A hue of blue, Turquoise is a symbol of youth, both the color and the gemstone, it is also a color with a soothing effect. Turquoise is the color of communication, it contains both the qualities of green and blue. The gemstone turquoise has ling been used in amulets and talismans to provide protection, health, strength and confidence.
Aqua or Teal is the color of high ideals and all things lofty, inspiration being it’s backbone. Also a hue of blue and green it also carries the properties of both colors, just at a level less demanding.
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Symbolizes youth, spirituality, truth and peace.
Blue is the coolest color in the color spectrum; it is the color of the sky, the ocean, sleep and twilight. Ancient Egyptians used the blue gemstone Lapis Lazuli as a representation of heaven. Blue is also used to symbolize the Virgin Mary.
The right shade of pure blue is the color of spirituality, of inspiration and sincerity. It is a calming color which makes is a wonderful choice in the home, especially for babies. Blue is such a calming and soothing color, it is often the choice for sleepwear.
Add some blue into your life when you are looking to:
- create relaxation and calm to counteract chaos or agitation
- open the flow of communication between anyone
- broaden your perspective when learning new information
- create solitude and peace in your surroundings
Blue will give you a feeling of distance, as it is the color that artists use to show perspective. It is also contains a cool vibration that is helpful with all forms of communication. When the vibration of blue can be used to open blocked energy flow, encouraging relaxation and peace.
Therapeutic uses for blue include activating the digestive system and circulation of fluids in the body, it calms, relaxes and combats anxiety and discouragement, which is quite beneficial on a whole.
Blue Gemstone Properties
In addition to their own metaphysical properties, blue gemstones also carry with them the color properties. A true blue represents faithfulness, loyalty, openness, light blue freedom, and dark blue responsibility and respect for others.
Wear blue in jewelry or clothing freely as it is a wonderful color that compliments almost anything. Darker blues for a stable, calm feeling, lighter blues for freedom and inspiration. Any and all shades of blue will help generate good communication whether it is with yourself or others. Try using blue notes when you are in need of help remember a speech or other communicative information.
Some of the more common gemstones that reside in the blue shades include lapis lazuli,sodalite, iolite, sapphire, azurite, kyanite, chalcedony, and dumortierite. As well, other stones in this area are turquoise, aquamarine, and blue topaz.
Chakra Association with Blue
Blue is the color associated with the 5th, Throat Chakra which lies directly at the base of the throat and provides energy to the thyroid gland. When energy flows freely through the throat chakra one will be more open to new experiences. Such individuals will be more able to express themselves fully and stand up for their beliefs.
Some gemstones associated with the Throat Chakra are aquamarine,chalcedony, turquoise, angelite, kyanite, opal, pearl, and blue topaz.
Although not all of these stones are strictly blue, they have special association to the 5th, Throat Chakra.
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Symbolizes intuition, meditation and contemplation.
Indigo is the color of the deep midnight sky, a blend of blue and violet, quite magical really. It symbolizes a mystical borderland of wisdom, self-mastery and spiritual realization; and can deepen any mood, so it must be used with care.
While the color blue is representative of communications with others, indigo turns the blue inward to increase personal though, profound insight and instant understanding of self. While blue tends to work quickly, indigo is all but instantaneous. Inventors use indigo skills for inspirations that seem to simply “come out of the blue”…no pun intended…
Add the color indigo into your life when you are looking to:
- focus on personal issues
- develop your intuition
- find solitude and inner communication
The color indigo is also representative of faithfulness, loyalty, openness, freedom (light indigo), responsibility and respect for others (dark indigo).
Therapeutic uses include calming, activates the digestive system and circulation of fluids in the body; it relaxes and combats anxiety and discouragement.
Indigo Gemstone Properties
In addition to their personal metaphysical properties, Indigo colored gemstones also hold their color properties as well. Indigo gemstones open the door to the subconscious, symbolizing the bridge between what is finite and what is infinite. They are used for their guidance into cosmic knowledge.
Some indigo colored gemstones are Iolite, Sapphire, and Azurite.
Chakra Association with Indigo
Indigo is the color that is associated with the 6th, Third Eye/Brow Chakra, which is located between the eyes just above the bridge of the nose. This chakra deal with intelligence and psychic power.
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Symbolizes Royalty, magic and mystery .
Violet is the color of royalty and good judgment. It is the color used by people seeking spiritual fulfillment. It is told that if you surround yourself with violet you will generate a calming peace of mind. It is a wonderful color to use in mediation.
Violet has been used to symbolize magic and mystery as well as wealth. Being the combination of red and blue, the warmest and coolest colors on the palette, that violet is believed to be the ideal color. Red is a focusing, dynamic and active energy while blue is cooling, calming and expansive.
Violet brings a new dynamic to the expansion of blue and the activity of red. Red brings practicality to the undirected expansiveness of the blue, and allows more creative energy to emerge. For this reason, violet is associated with imagination and inspiration.
Add the color violet into your life when you are looking to
- use your imagination to it’s fullest
- rebalance your life
- remove obstacles in your life
- calm over-activity
- energize from depression
Violet is the color of insight, spirituality, transformation, determination, peace and devotion to others.
Therapeutic uses of the color violet include regulating respiration and strengthening digestion; it inspires and helps with grief as well as promoting serenity.
Violet Gemstone Properties
In addition to their own metaphysical properties, violet colored gemstones also carry with them specific color properties. Violet gemstones are often associated with mysticism and purification, they are used for meditation and to sharpen psychic awareness. This color is also used for connection with the higher self, and to increase imagination and inspiration.
Wear purple when you would like to encourage fantasy, mystery and imagination.
Some of the common violet gemstones would be amethyst, spinel, charoite as well as topaz, fluorite and sapphire.
Chakra Association with Violet
Violet is the color associated with the 7th, Crown Chakra. It is an important energy for those who use blue and indigo skills in the psychic field. The red in violet offers the protection of a grounding effect. The crown chakra is the central nervous system of our chakras. Celestial energy enters the body through the crown chakra. It is the stepping off point for the infinite. It governs one’s size and inner development. The opening of this chakra leads to enlightenment.
Gemstones associated with the crown chakra are amethyst, rock crystal,charoite, diamond and violet fluorite.
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Symbolizes Purity, Cleanliness and Faith.
White is the color of purity and innocence. Brides in many countries dress in white as it symbolizes virginity. White also conveys kindness, in some cultures white it the expected color at funerals.
Like black, white is more a non color than a color.
It is the manifestation of the presence of all color, or the complete energy of light. White stands for wholeness and completion, in many cultures it also represents openness and truth. White is associated with having a cold quality, but it can provide intense clarity, as it’s energy is fully complete.
White has vibrations that will lead to purification and can be used to clear blocks in your energy path. It holds the potential to move toward every other color in the spectrum and that is what makes it such a good color choice for new beginning, as well as development in any direction.
Add some white into your life when you are looking to
- clear clutter and obstacles away
- begin with a fresh start
- bring about mental clarity
- bring about purification of thoughts or actions
Therapeutic uses for the color white include helping to alleviate deficiencies and weaknesses, as well as providing energy and will help lead to self realization.
White Gemstone Properties
In addition to their own metaphysical properties, white colored gemstones also carry with them specific color properties. White gemstones are ruled by the Moon and are associated with sleep and psychic energy. They are often used to provide good fortune, and protection in the darkness. The crystal amplifies the powers of other stones and is particularly strong on it’s own. Some say that due to the fact that white stones contain all color, that they can act as substitutes for stones of any other color.
Wear white when you wish to impart a pure, wholesome impression. Surround yourself with white at home or in your workspace if your surroundings feel cluttered and you need to refresh your mind.
Some common white gemstones include, crystal quartz, topaz, calcite,howlite, goshenite, diamond, sapphire, moonstone, pearl, zircon, beryl and fluorite.
Chakra Association with White
There are no specific associations with white and the chakras
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Black is one of the most highly misunderstood colors, as it is often tied mostly to mourning, death and black magic. But, a black tie dinner is very formal and elegant, as well, every woman has her own “little black dress” for special occasions. Yet the ‘bad guys’, it seems, always wear black hats. Black symbolizes death in many cultures as well as mourning. But refreshingly, Native Americans have always felt that black was good as it was the color of soil, which gives life.
Black is not a color, strictly speaking. It is the absence of all color, it absorbs all aspects of light and is used to create ‘shades’ of other colors. When people speak of opposites, it is usually in terms of black, and its opposite white, represent polarities. While white reveals all other colors, black conceals. Black has come to mean hidden, fearful or evil, it is linked to the unknown or the unseen, and often it is difficult for anyone to shake this association.
In times of fear and uncertainty, black contains the energy of the threatening unknown, but in a positive state, the same color (or non color) is seen as peaceful, restful emptiness into which anything may manifest or disappear when needed. In it’s duality it is quite mysterious, providing a sense of potential and possibility as well as death and mourning.
Add the non color black into your life when you are looking to
- become inconspicuous
- open the door to mystery
- prepare for the unknown
- create a restful emptiness
The color black is also associated with security, elegance, detachment, seclusion and pride.
Therapeutic uses for the color black include the ability to dissolve energy blockages and tension, relieve pain and offer protection for the self.
Dress in black if you are looking to become inconspicuous, or to make a bold statement of mystery and self control. Black clothing is often warn with the message ‘notice me but do not intrude’.
Black Gemstone Properties
In addition to their own metaphysical properties, black gemstones also carry with them the color properties. Black gemstones symbolize self control and resilience, and have many protective energies.
Place black gemstones in or around your home or place of work to protect any area, to create strength and self control or to help you regain control of situations that seem to have gotten away from you.
Chakra Association with Black
There is no chakra association with black.
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Symbolizes sorrow, security and maturity.
The color gray is generally associated with sorrow, and age. People who may favor this color can be the lone wolf type or very narrow minded. A shade with more silver in it is a much more active color.
Native Americans associate the color gray with friendships in many tribes. It is also the symbol for security, maturity and dependability. It connotes responsibility, a conservative outlook and practicality. Gray is the ultimate neutral color.
It’s energy imparts more of a void, and emptiness, a lack of movement, emotion, warmth and identifying characteristics. Due to this, gray can often be a very restful color for most. It has a detached and isolated feeling. When placed next to more vibrant colors, gray takes on a cooling effect.
Add the non color grey into your life when you are looking to
- emphasize your willingness to comply
- neutralize an emotion
- create a more non-invasive feeling
- reduce the intense energy of another color
- feel more detached or isolated
Gray Gemstone Properties
In addition to their own metaphysical properties, gray gemstones also carry with them the color properties. Gray gemstones are healing stones and can assist in improving relationships by moving them towards stronger stability.
Wearing gray suggests efficiency and is quite often used for this in the business world. Gray might also suggest a lack of imagination, and therefore should be used very carefully. Too much gray in the wrong shades may suggest a lack of character or initiative as well as detachment. Adding a hint of another color to gray will express efficiency with personality.
Chakra Association with Gray
There is no chakra association with gray.
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