Stone and Design Meanings

Stone Meanings and Uses 

People often ask what a particular gemstone means and what it is used for.  Here is some information on many of the stones that I use.  The text color indicates the general color of the stone.

Abalone – Emotional Balance, Harmony in relationships

Amethyst Birthstone: February   Used as a dream stone and to help insomnia, as protection from self-deception, used to open the spiritual and psychic centers.  Has the power to help you focus energy and attain wisdom.   It can help you let go of all that is old and all that holds you back.

Aventurine – A stone of the Heart Chakra and of luck and chance. It is said to increase perception and creative insight - Protects the heart, enhances creativity, and is an all purpose healer. Helps emotional pain.

Baltic Amber – Asian cultures regard amber as the 'soul of the tiger'. It is a very strong healing stone, allowing the body to heal itself by creating positive energy.  It helps you bring your desires into reality.  Amber has been said to bring good luck.

Banded Agate - Gives one rich and varied dreams

Black Onyx – It is used to end unhappy relationships and defend against negativity that is directed at you. It fortifies self-confidence and sharpens your senses.

Blue Agate – Attract strength and give protection

Blue Goldstone – A stone of wisdom and communication, teaching us to reach for the stars, and reminding us of the light within darkness. It is infused with copper sparkles, a powerful energy generator.

Carnelian – An energy booster. It helps the insecure person to find strength within them so they can come into their own.  It helps give a sense of humor and calms the temper.
Carnelian nourishes and vitalizes your entire being, bestowing optimism and enthusiasm for life.

Chrysoprase – It strengthens the workings of insight and the higher consciousness. Speeds the healing of any wound. Used as a shield or protector from negative energy.  Encourages hope and joy. Helps clarify problems.  Instills a state of grace, facilitating deep meditative states, non-judgmental attitudes, and acceptance of others and ones self.

Citrine – Increases psychic power, gives joy and love to the owner.  Increases self esteem, protects from negative energy, opens the mind to new thoughts, and promotes clarity of thought.  
Citrine is associated with prosperity, success in business dealings and abundance. This stone brings a bright, sunny, sensual warmth to your life.

Corundum – (Laboratory-grown Ruby) Given as a gift, it is a symbol of friendship and love. The ruby is also the symbol of vitality and royalty. To own a ruby is said to have contentment and peace. It also gives the courage to be your best.

Denim Lapis – Opens many of the chakra centers. This must be done only with love in the heart and comprehension in the mind and wisdom in soul. Ancient Egyptians used Lapis Lazuli as a symbol of Truth.

Garnet –January Birthstone - The stone for a successful business. It brings constancy to friendships is said to be the "stone of health" as it helps dissolve negative energy so that you will be balanced in your physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. Stimulates creativity, passion, and the circulatory system.

Gaspeite – Calms the emotions and builds self-confidence. It also enlightens...opening the mind to new possibilities, particularly in cases of emotional ignorance. It also helps attracts friends and friendship.

Green Agate Agates attract strength. Green agate protects and heals the heart.

Goldstone – Increases power, money, vitality, and energy.  Increases energy as it is infused with copper sparkles, a powerful energy generator.

Hematite – Hematite is good for increasing intuition and is used to improve relationships.

Synthetic Opal –October Birthstone - Soothes erratic emotions and enhances personal courage.  It enhances your ability to communicate what is in your heart and helps in overcoming bad habits. Opals have a strong connection to the sea and creatures of the sea (dolphins, mermaids, etc.)   It is the stone of hope, the stone of great achievement and even the "stone of the Gods".
It is said to be the stone of love, but only to faithful lovers. The opal will bring misfortune to an unfaithful lover.

Jade –Jade can be used to bring money into your life. It strengthens your mental faculties and assists in clear reasoning. Jade is also a protective stone, guarding against accidents and misfortune. It is a wonderful healing stone. It aids in remembering dreams, helps in realization of potential.  It helps provide confidence and self-sufficiency.  In ancient times it was viewed as a sacred stone and aids in attaining a meditation state quickly.

Lapis Lazuli –A high intensity stone that can open many of the chakra centers. Ancient Egyptians used Lapis Lazuli as a symbol of Truth.  It helps you to access the unknown universal knowledge and have the wisdom to understand it.  It helps expand awareness and intellect. The energy radiated by Lapis can help you experience the energy and power you possess within.  

Malachite – Opens the heart chakra to promote love and healing. Malachite is believed to be a strong protector of children. It is said to protect the wearer from accidents and protects travelers. It is a stone of balance in relationships.

Moonstone –It is said if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other. Moonstone enhances intuition, and promotes inner growth and strength.  It helps get rid of emotional tension and enhances creativity.

Red Jasper Protects against hazards of the night. It eases emotional stresses. Jasper gives one the courage to speak out and have personal independence. It helps balance the energy in the body

Spinel – Good for financial gains and protects the wearer against unforeseen losses. Soothes and calms, bringing peace and transcendence. Encourages moderation of all excesses and aids in the detoxification of both the blood and the mind. Helps lessen anxieties. Benefits the skin.

Tiger’s Eye –Tiger Eye lets you see everything. Use it for insight and helps you be a very lucky person. When used in jewelry the tiger eye may bring good luck and protection from the evil eye to the wearer. It also known to bring clear thinking and insight. It brings protection, practicality, softens stubbornness and balances male/female energy.  Aids in confidence, draws people and material possessions to the wearer.

Turquoise –December Birthstone: - It brings strength, protection from harm, psychic sensitivity and connection to the spirit world.  If given a turquoise by a loving friend, it protects the wearer from negative energy and brings good fortune. The turquoise is the symbol of friendship. It also brings peace to the home. It is a wonderful healing and cleansing stone and provides protection during meditation.  It brings peace of mind. 

Mother of Pearl – Attracts good fortune and happiness to anyone who owns it. It is often given to loved ones to wish them good luck and prosperity in life. It helps to stimulate intuition, sensitivity, imagination, and adaptability. It helps with clarity in decision making.

Design Meanings and Quotes

We find that our customers, when shopping through our line of animal and representative jewelry, often want to know a bit more about the design they have chosen.  It helps them select just the right piece. Here is a collection of lore and quotes about some of our popular shapes.

Spirals -  the circle of life; springs bringing water = life;  Many indigenous cultures use the spiral to show that there is a conscious energy force within all living things, so the spiral symbolizes eternity, but also magic, dreams, and desires

Elk – The Elk is a powerful symbol of strength and agility.

Bear – The Bear represents the fierce power of maternal protection and is an ancient symbol of healing and of awakening the power of the unconscious. The Bear is a powerful spirit guide leading one to one’s inner wisdom.

Wolf – Feared for its ferocity, cunning, and stealth, the Wolf is also a great teacher, having intense loyalty while maintaining balance and independence. The Wolf teaches you how to know yourself and develop strength and confidence.

Moose - One of the most unique power animals, Moose highlights the power of self-esteem through recognizing ones own strengths. It represents steady movement forward through life, headstrongness, longevity, and steadfastness.

Llama - The Llama embodies hard work, responsibility and endurance. It shows perseverance when the going gets tough. The message of the Llama reminds you that it takes effort and hard work to accomplish your dreams.

Lizard –  The Lizard's sun-seeking habit symbolizes the soul's search for awareness. Just as the lizard is able to drop its tail in order to escape danger, so the lizard totem shows us the value of letting go.
Gecko - The gecko represents the powers of observation and perceptiveness, and of quick response. They are seen as a symbol of good luck in many cultures.

Fox – Intelligent, agile, and charming, the Fox is a symbol of both wildness and diplomacy acting as a messenger between the conscious and unconscious worlds, the Spirit World and reality.

Bison – Buffalo embodies sacredness, life, and abundance. It teaches the value of peace, reminds us be thankful for all we have, and to recognize and honor the sacredness in all paths.

Eagle – In myth and legend, the Eagle was the Sun God, symbolizing wisdom and power. It represented all that was majestic and noble.
“I want to fly like an eagle,
To the sea,
Fly like an eagle,
Let my spirit carry me.
I want to fly like an eagle,
Till I'm free.”  -Steve Miller   

Heron -- Everything comes to the Heron who waits in contentment and contemplation. The heron sits patiently, balanced and wise. Finally, and in tune with the heart, the Heron’s languid flight is poetry in motion.

Hummingbird – The Hummingbird is a symbol of joy, happiness, and love. Its appearance awakens us to the beauty of the present moment.

Quail – The Quail is a symbol of devotion, permanence, and eternity.  The Quail spirit knows when it is time to flee to safety.

Spiral Shell – The Spiral Shell is a symbol of both wisdom and eternity.

Crab – The Crab is associated with the eternal feminine, the ocean, and motherhood, with its tough exterior protecting a vulnerable interior. As a spirit guide, the crab recommends balance.

Seahorse – A creature of myth and fantasy, the Seahorse is a symbol of transformation through use of the imagination and creative spirit expressed with confidence and grace.

Dragonfly – The dragonfly represents the wild and free spirit that inhabits two realms: air and water, illusion and transcendence. It sparks the creative power of the imagination to express your hopes, dreams, and wishes.

Turtle – According to legend, North America, known as Turtle Island, was created on the back of a Turtle, symbol of the wisest and most nurturing mother energy.
“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” -James Bryant Conant

Fish – “Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.” -Ovid

Dolphin – To the ancient Greeks and Romans, Dolphins were seen to be messengers from the Gods. The Celts associated the Dolphin with the healing power of water. Dolphins reminds us that play is an essential element in a balanced life.

Horse – The Blackfeet saw the Horse as a gift from the Creator, and it became a symbol of mobility and wealth. It remains for many the symbol of the free spirit and intuitive intelligence.
“Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse.” -Author Unknown
“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.” -Sharon Ralls Lemon

Lipizzaners – Lipizzaners, used as war horses and later in amazing equestrian ballet, signify strength, grace, and bravery.

Cat – “Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.”  -William Bennett 

The Cat has been revered as sacred, even as a god. She represents grace, intelligence, and independence. If Cat is your Power Animal, then you have magic and mystery in your life. You are independent and a free thinker.

Heart – The Heart is a powerful symbol that rules the source of truth and love, friendship and courage. “The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.”

Moon – The Moon represents the female principles of instincts, moods, tides, mystery, and receptivity. A crescent moon is a symbol of transition and transformation as the moon moves through its cycles.
“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that's amore”

Star – The Star is a symbol of achievement and authority, but also represents dreams and hopes.  “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Hand – The Hand has been used for millennia to represent giving and generosity. 
“Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue. -Cesare Pavese
“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” -John Ruskin

Snowflake – The Snowflake embodies individuality and perfection, peace and tranquility. “To appreciate the beauty of a snow flake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”

Butterfly – The Butterfly teaches us the never-ending cycle of self-transformation. It often represents the impermanence of life and the flight of the soul.

Boot – The Boot is an iconic symbol of the west.  Cowgirl up!

Bison Skull – The Bison Skull was Charlie Russell’s signature and remains a symbol of the old west.

Ginkgo – The Ginkgo leaf symbolizes fond memories.

Lilac – The heart shaped Lilac leaf symbolizes love and rebirth as in Walt Whitman’s poem “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”.

Oak – The leaf of the Oak represents strength and endurance, courage, wisdom, and longevity.

Maple – The Maple Leaf, the national symbol of Canada, represents success, balance, promise, and practicality.

Philodendron – The Philodendron leaf represents continuing growth and transformation.

Aspen – The leaf of the Aspen tree symbolizes determination and overcoming fears.

Wine – In many ancient cultures Wine was the drink of the gods. It represents friendship, initiation, and joining together.

Martini –  “I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table,
after four I'm under my host.” – Dorothy Parker

Guitar – “Any problem you can't solve with a good guitar, is either unsolvable or isn't a problem.” Unknown

Goat – The Goat is the symbol of practicality and stability, encouraging balanced perspective. Patience, honest ambition and determination are also characteristics  of the Goat in mythology.

Sun – The Sun is an ancient symbol of power, both royal and divine.  It has been worshipped as the ultimate giver of life.   “To love and to be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” -David Viscott

Zia - The Zia Indians of New Mexico regard the Sun as a sacred symbol. Their symbol is a circle with groups of rays pointing in four directions. Four is the sacred number of the Zia and can be found repeated in the four points radiating from the circle. The number four is embodied in:
    * the four points of the compass (north, south, east, and west);
    * the four seasons of the year (spring, summer, autumn and winter);
    * the four periods of each day (morning, noon, evening and night);
    * the four seasons of life (childhood, youth, middle years and old age); and
    * the Zia's believe that with life comes four sacred obligations one must develop (a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit, and a devotion to the welfare of others).

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