Gemstones, also called gems or stones, have power and meaning that if used correctly can have profound effects on your life. Stones have been important in all civilizations. Egypt prized lapis lazuli, carnelian, malachite and turquoise. China found the jade the most valued gem. India held the ruby in the most honored place. These gemstones were not only used for adornment and beauty, but for healing and magical powers. They were worn as amulets and talismans. They signified protection and good luck to many people.
The common quartz crystal has been revered, since recorded history and very likely before our recorded history, as a sacred stone. It is mentioned in the Bible as used in the breastplate of Aaron. King Solomon had a ring of crystal. Native American Shaman used crystals for healing and amulets. It is believed in Atlantis giant crystals were used. Even today quartz crystals are used in certain circuits.
Each gemstone has a particular energy that transmits power to the individual wearing or using it. Every stone has a general power use. Such as rose quartz is universal love and eye agate is a protection stone. Yet the rose quartz may give one person a wonderful feeling of love and confidence in all matters of love and another person will feel only a bit more relax in matters of love. The eye agate will give the power to avoid trouble to one person and to another only the awareness of coming trouble. There can be a general use for each stone, but the energy is directed by the intent of the user also. In fact, the user can be a very powerful force in how the power of the stone is manifested. Understanding of the general meaning and the intent and focus are what makes the gem powerful.
Gemstones for You
There are stones that are more "user friendly" to some people than to other people. The only way to find out what gems are better for you is to work with them. Often when you pick up a stone it will feel nice in your hand or it will feel uncomfortable immediately. You may pick up two amethysts, or two of any stone, and one will feel better than the other. The best way to find the right stones for you is to experiment with many stones.
You may find that certain colors of gems work better for you.
Various colors may appeal to you more than others. It is best not to use a stone of a color that you don't like. The gemstones associated with your birth month or zodiac sign may be stronger for you. Know the general meaning of a gemstone and then find a stone from your birth month or zodiac and make sure it is a color that you like. This is the way you find your own personal lucky gemstone.