A guide to gemstones and their meanings

Gemstones have been used in jewellery-making for tens of thousands of years, both for their striking appearance and their ability to signify intricate messages across cultures and generations. 

Some gemstones are believed to provide protection, luck or healing to the wearer amongst other benefits. Learn the meanings of some of our most popular Trollbeads gemstones below: 

Agate: Agate is a powerful emotional healer, believed to soothe and focus the mind of its bearer. 

Amazonite: This gemstone of courage is said to be named after the female Amazonian warriors. It is also called the Hope gemstone, since it inspires confidence and hope. 

Amethyst: The amethyst helps us realize that the worst limitations are those we impose upon ourselves – and it helps us overcome these in order to grow.

Aventurine: Known as the “Gemstone of Opportunity,” Aventurine is believed to be the luckiest of all gemstones and can boost your chance of winning.

Black Onyx: Black Onyx helps its bearer make the right decisions, granting them clarity of thought and enhanced powers of concentration.

Emerald: The emerald is the sacred gemstone of the goddess Venus and is thought to possess phenomenal powers of healing, luck and love.

Garnet: Garnet is a sensual gemstone of love and relationships. It is an energizer, providing energy, health and passion.

Jasper: Jasper is a strong gemstone of justice and protection, and it is a reminder that we are all here to help one another.

Labradorite: Labradorite is said to be formed from stardust. It bestows strength and constitution upon its wearer.

Lapis Lazuli: Lapis Lazuli brings matters more clearly to the mind. The gemstone is found in both eastern and western parts of the world.

Malachite: Malachite is said to be a strong protector of children and is also believed to protect travelers. The Malachite gemstone brings balance in relationships.

Moonstone: Moonstone is the stone of new beginnings, and is known for calming emotions and strengthening empathy.

Obsidian: This gemstone brings peace and balance to your body, mind and spirit, and it helps you achieve a clearer and more logical way of thinking.

Pyrite: Pyrite is the ultimate symbol of wealth and good luck. Pyrite is said to have powerful energies that ground you and guide your spirit to a place of higher wisdom.

Quartz: Quartz comes in a whole world of different colours and appearances. Quartz protects and calms, purging the body of negative energy and opening our hearts to the world. 

Red Onyx: A strength giving stone that provides support in difficult or confusing times.

Ruby: When the sun strikes and reflects the beautiful red of the Ruby, your mind is filled with profound joy, and you realize why it is called Ratnaeaj, 'King of Precious Stones,' in Sanskrit.

Sapphire: From the same mineral as the ruby, this gemstone is said to bring peace, joy and wisdom symbolizing truth and sincerity, playing with each glimpse of sunlight.

Sunstone: Sunstone is a joyful abundance gemstone that encourages independence and originality and it attracts fame and unexpected prosperity.

Tiger Eye: Roman legionnaires wore Tiger Eyes for protection. This stone helps us see things as they really are, allowing us to change them.