No one knows for certain when the practice of using gemstones as personal protection came into play, but I’m sure everyone’s heard of it; perhaps in magic, movies, books, or legends. Some examples include the diamond-filled Sivalinga stone that protected the people of Mayapore in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and the Ring of Dispel, with its great black stone, that protected Sir Lancelot from witches in Arthurian legend. Another magic stone, the Stone of Giramphiel, protected Gawain from the flames of a dragon. Even in modern times, people from all walks of life use gemstones to protect them from a wide variety of ailments, afflictions, and bad energies.
There are about 200 different types of natural gemstones in the world, and a great many of these are believed to carry protective energies. Black stones are thought to be the most powerful, and quartz crystal is an all-purpose stone which can be used by itself, or used to amplify the energies of other stones.
Overall protection: These stones include agate, jade, jasper (all colors), onyx, turquoise and tiger eye.
Protection from evil: malachite, pyrite, snowflake obsidian, or any black stone.
Protection while ghost-hunting: amethyst, obsidian, quartz.
Protection from negativity: smoky quartz, jet, and amber. (Note: amber and jet aren’t true gemstones. Amber is fossilized tree resin, and jet is a form of fossilized wood. Both are thought to absorb negative energy.)
Protection from nightmares and night terrors: topaz (all colors), and peridot. Place these on a child’s nightstand to insure a good night’s sleep.
Protection while traveling: chrysoprase, garnet, moonstone. For protection while traveling by sea, carry aquamarine, pearl, or mother of pearl.
Protection against spells and curses: cat’s eye, hematite, sunstone
Protection against envy and greed: carnelian, topaz
For information on how to use gemstones, see my article Introduction to Gemstones
Also check out my Gemstone Power cards in the Card Gallery.