Meanings for Mala and Crystal Gemstones

African Jade: African Jade (Buddstone) activates the heart chakra to calm anxiety and strong emotions as well as strengthens one’s capacity to give and receive love. This stone of empowerment promotes inner peace, abundance, stamina, endurance, courage and patience.

Agate: Agate is known for it’s grounding, centering and balancing properties as well as its ability to improve mental concentration and perception, and to raise one’s consciousness. 

Black Agate protects against negative energies and guards against physcial danger. This calming stone invokes courage, dispells fear, and promotes success and good fortune.
Blue Crazy Lace Agate is a cooling and calming stone that is said to create inner peace, patience, grace and lightheartedness.  This healing stone is known to relieve emotional pain and strengthen the heart center.
Blue Lace Agate is a gentle, calming stone that promotes tranquility and reduces anger. It is also known to activate the throat chakra to promote clear and skillful communication.
Cracked or Fired Agate invokes protection, invites abundance, calms anger, and removes emotional negativity. This warming and energizing stone sharpens concentration, stimulates creativity and is excellent for restoring vitality and motivation.
Moss Agate is believed to create abundance, success, and prosperity. This protective stone is also known to boost self-confidence and self-esteem
Turritella Agate protects against danger when traveling, heals emotional trauma, and is used to attain knowledge of past events. This energizing stone creates inner stability and a strong connection to the earth, as well as alleviating all negative energy (especially fear and bitterness in one’s heart).

Amber: Amber brings the energies of patience, protection, romantic love, sensuality, purification, healing and calmness to those who wear or carry it. It is also said to bring good luck and to enhance the beauty of the wearer. 

Amethyst: In Tibet, amethyst is considered sacred to Buddha, possibly due to its ability to activate and balance the 6th chakra (third eye). Amethyst is said to cure impatience, balance high-energy, eliminate chaos, promote clarity, and help keep one grounded. 

Apatite: Apatite is believed to decrease appetite as well as enhance insight, creativity intellect, acceptance, and unconditional love. 

Aquamarine: Aquamarine is known for its ability to clear the mind, aid creativity and to balance the emotions. Renown as the mystic and seer’s stone, aquamarine enhances meditation through its promotion of calmness, peace, inspiration and love. 

Aventurine: Aventurine is a calming stone used in shiellding the heart and in healing and balancing the emotions releasing emotional stress. 

Pink Aventurine attracts love and activates the heart chakra. This balancing stone also promotes optimism and self-confidence.

Black Tourmaline is known to bring good luck and happiness, perhaps due to it’s strong protective properties that pushes all negativity away.  This grounding stone helps to balance the body and mind to cultivate physical healing and good health.

Betelnut: The betelnut is used in India as an offering to the gods during worshipping and is a symbol of well-being and good luck. 

Blue Topaz: Blue Topaz is known to rejuvenate the spirit, and to assure long life, beauty and intelligence. Its properties are soothing, peaceful and tranquilizing.

Bodhi Seed: The Bodhi Seed signifies the Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. While especially revered by Buddhists, a bodhi seed mala is considered auspicious to use for all practices, and represents spiritual promise, dedication and faith. 

Bone: Bone is a traditional material used in malas in both Nepal and Tibet. Bone signifies strength and is said to amplify prana (life force energy.) 

Brass: Brass promotes healing, attracts prosperity, and provides protection against negative energy. This powerful metal promotes friendship, love and inner goodness. 

Bronzite: Bronzite is known as the “Stone of Focused Action” as it strengthens non-judgmental discernment, clears confusion, instills courage, and restores harmony and self confidence. This is a powerful protective stone –  it not only repels, but also sends negative energies back to the sender. 

Carnelian: Carnelian is said to open the second (sexual) chakra to promote passion, creativity, motivation, self-confidence and self-esteem. It also is believed to help heal physical wounds, cure blood disorders, treat sexual disorders, and to stop bleeding. 

Charoite: This is a stone of transformation and inspiration. Charoite is known to enhance self-esteem, accelerate spiritual growth, transform negative emotions and improve the ability to love. 

Citrine: Citrine is both physically and mentally energizing, stimulating openness and accelerating the awakening of the mind. Citrine symbolizes light-heartedness, joy, happiness, wisdom and peace, and is said to enhance creativity.

Dumortierite: Dumortierite promotes a positive attitude to life, balances the throat Chakra and enhances communication on all levels. This harmonizing stone increases courage, trust, assertiveness and self-confidence as well as reduces panic and fear. 

Ebony: Ebony is a dark durable wood that has strong protective qualities, especially for the home and one’s love life. Traditionally used for sacred objects, Ebony has long been the favorite wood among the royalty in India. 

Fluorite: Fluorite’s energy is purported to help the evolution of harmonious, peaceful and organized spiritual growth. Fluorite is a mystical stone that facilitates vision, connection, meditation and psychic development. This stone is also said to absorb and neutralise negative energy and to create spiritual peace and wholeness.

Fossilized Coral: Fossilized Coral is formed when ancient coral becomes buried is replaced with agate through the process of permineralization. This grounding and calming stone is known to facilitate intuition, imagination, visualization, bravery and wisdom. Fossilized Coral can also improve mental concentration and perception, and can be used to attract success. 

Garnet: Garnet lends vitality and strength, aids in raising and directing the flow of kundalini energy and increases sensuality. Garnet symbolizes fire, faith, courage, truth, grace and compassion. 

Green Garnet is considered a powerful healing gemstone for the heart chakra, and is able to remove toxins, negativity and traumas.

Horn: These translucent buffalo horn beads from Asia are considered a symbol of gentle strength and friendship. Also known as Red Horn or Golden Horn. 

Howlite: This gemstone promotes creativity through trust, openness and discipline. This calming stone is said to teach patience and to help eliminate anger, pain and stress. 

Jade: The ancient Chinese believed jade was the essence of heaven and the earth. Jade helps one cherish ones desires and to build ones dreams in this physical reality, inspiring one to accomplishment. 

Yellow Jade cultivates inner peace, joy and happiness, and helps one to realize the interconnectedness of all Life. Yellow Jade is also known to improve assimilation, digestion, understanding and empathy.
White Jade and Green Jade carry the properties of turning dreams into reality and inspiring one to accomplishment.

Jadeite: Jadeite, known as the dream stone, helps one cherish ones desires and to build ones dreams in this physical reality, inspiring one to accomplishment. This calming stone promotes inner peace and tranquillity and also increases energy and prolongs life. 

Jasper: Jasper is thought to bring one what they need, aid in attaining a sound sleep, increase the ability to feel joy and carries a protective power. It is a stabilizing and balancing stone. 

Blue Sky Jasper is a nurturing and peaceful stone that is said to promote gentleness, tranquility, comfort, wholeness, and healing. It is believed to stabilize and balance the emotions and is also known for it’s protective powers to drive away evil spirits.
Copper Ore Jasper
 is a powerful healing stone. This deeply nourishing stone is soothing, calming and inspiring. Like all jaspers, it carries a protective power.
Green Jasper is known as the “great balancer.” This healing stone creates harmony between our physical and spiritual sides, boosts the immune system, and calms the emotions. African Green Jasper has strong protective powers, especially against environmental pollution.
Kambaba Jasper is known for it’s cleansing and healing properties, especially it’s ability to boost the immune system. This calming and soothing stone instils a feeling of wholeness, self-worth and serenity, and is also known to have potent protective qualities.
Leopard Skin Jasper cultivates strength and vitality,  promotes successful business pursuits and fosters new opportunities. This shamanic stone is often used to help discover one’s power animal, as well as to cultivate creative visualization. Like all jaspers it has protective, stabilizing and balancing qualities.
Ocean Jasper teaches us responsibility and patience, as well as how to love ourselves and others. This calming stone helps regulate breathing for meditation and harmonizes all of the chakras.
Paint Brush Jasper is a grounding and harmonizing stone that cultivates a deep connection with the earth. This comforting stone promotes creative visualization and business pursuits, and can help alleviate fear.
Picture Jasper is a grounding and harmonizing stone that cultivates a deep connection with the earth. This comforting stone promotes creative visualization and business pursuits, and can help alleviate fear.
Poppy Jasper brings joy, happiness and a good outlook on life and is said to balance the yin and the yang, and the emotional and the physical energies. This protective stone is believed to enhance physical endurance and to align all the chakras, with it being especially grounding for the root chakra.
Rainbow Jasper also has protective powers, and is know to protect against “hazards of the night.” This beautiful calming stone is also grounding, balancing and healing.
Red Snowflake Jasper is a powerful protective stone that calms the emotions and cultivates inner strength. This “warrior stone” stimulates prana (life force energy) and promotes vibrancy, endurance, stamina, focus and determination. Red Jasper also activates the 1st Chakra and promotes passion, creativity and sexual energy.
Silver Leaf Jasper is known to provide protection and good luck.  It is also a stabilizing, strengthening and balancing stone.

Kyanite: Kyanite is a powerful stone to align all of the 7 chakras, and it also has a strong effect on the 3rd eye to facilitate deep states of meditation and visualization. Kyanite is also known to promote communication, honesty, tranquility and dream recall. 

Labradorite: Labradorite creates mental and physical balance while helping to purge negative thought patterns. It is also said to detoxify the body and is believed to elevate consciousness and promote meditation. 

Blue/Black Labradorite is a protective and grounding stone, and is said to promote patience. This beautiful shimmering stone can be used in meditation to strenthen your inner vision.
Larvikite is another name for black labradorite.

Lava Stone: Lava Stone is solidified fiery volcanic rock that embodies strength and fertility, and helps to dissipate anger. This powerful grounding stone strengthens one’s connection to Mother Earth and provides stability in times of change. 

Lapis Lazuli: Lapis lazuli is an ancient spiritual stone reputed to bring about harmony in relationships and to cleanse the mental body while releasing old karmic patterns. Also used by the Medicine Buddha for its powerful healing properties. 

Lepidolite: Pink Lepidolite is a stone of calm, trust, and acceptance of oneself, others and circumstances.  This stone of transformation cultivates and enhances self-love, patience and optimism. 

Lotus Seed: Like the lotus flower which grows and beautifully blooms in muddy water, the lotus seed symbolizes spiritual growth and the ability to rise above obstacles on the path to spiritual enlightenment. Lotus seed also promotes spiritual and material prosperity.

Magnesite: Magnesite is known to cultivate resilience and patience as well as helping to improve creative visualization and imagination.This calming stone creates a deep inner peace as well as stimulates passion and communication in the heart center. 

Moonstone: Moonstone is thought to bring good luck and the ability to grant wishes. Considered sacred in India, this stone is known for its ability to soothe and balance the emotions and for healing all female health problems. 

Mother of Pearl: In China, mother of pearl has been prescribed for thousands of years to treat heart palpitations, dizziness and high blood pressure. 

New Jade: New Jade, a type of serpentine, is technically known as Bowenite. This heart healing stone is said to bring balance back into a relationship or work environment. New Jade is the most sacred stone of the Maori tribes of New Zealand, and is used as a talisman for creating a protective energy shield. This stone is also known to enhance the memory of dreams. 

Obsidian: Obsidian is very often used for gaining clear insight into problems and is considered a stable stone, bringing stability to its owner. 

Snowflake Obsidian is calming and soothing and promotes centering and serenity. This stone balances mind-body-spirit and releases negative energies, emotions, and thoughts.

Olivewood: Olivewood promotes peacefulness, joy, and a deep sense of devotion. 

Onyx: Onyx is purported to help eliminate apathy, stress and negative thinking. It is used to change habits, in addition to helping concentration levels and aiding absentmindedness. 

Opal: The name opal is derived from the Latin word opalus, meaning seeing jewel. According to another theory the word opal comes from upala, a Sanskrit word simply meaning a stone. 

African Opal is a calming, soothing and purifying stone that is purported to cure diseases of the eye. It is used to see all possibilities in situations and to cultivate creativity, insight and inspiration.
Green Opal is a healing and rejuvenating gemstone that is known to strengthen the immune system.

Pearl: Pearls symbolize purity, love and happiness and are said to attune all 7 chakras and bring a soft, healing energy during meditation. Pearls can be Pink, White or Black. 

Prehnite: A protective stone that is known to cultivate prana (life-force energy), and to create inner-peace. 

Pyrite: Pyrite is a powerful protection stone which shields and protects against all forms of negativity.  Commonly called “fool’s gold,” this prosperity stone allows one to see behind false facades and enhances intellect and memory. 

Quartz: Quartz is said to be the universal healing stone, reputed to promote hope, happiness and optimism. 

Cloudy Quartz is a powerful healing stone that is said to enhance communication and understanding. This energizing quartz is known to reduce stress and promote mental focus and increased concentration.
Crystal quartz is reputed to cleanse the mind and body, strengthen alignment with higher self, and to receive, transmit, store and amplify energy. Crystal quartz is particularly beneficial for meditation and healing work.
Rose quartz is said to open the heart chakra to all forms of love and is believed to remove fears, resentments and anger.
Smokey Quartz is believed to be excellent for grounding and removing negative emotions through its effects on the first chakra, relieving stress, fear, anger and other negative emotions and transforms them into positive energies. This stone is comforting and calming, and can protect you from absorbing negative energies. It is also helpful to assist one in achieving personal and business goals.
Tourmalated Quartz is known as a powerful stone for protection and grounding. This stone also creates balance and inner strength, deflects and transforms negativity, and reduces anxiety and depression.

Red Tiger Iron: Red Tiger Iron promotes creative and artistic abilities and helps uncover hidden talents. This stone of vitality strongly cultivates strength, confidence, prana (life force energy), willpower, balance and motivation. 

Rubies: Rubies are a symbol of devotion and love and are considered to stimulate sexual passion and creation. Rubies are extremely powerful for healing chakras and to promote health, wealth and wisdom.

Rudraksha: The five faced rudraksha is said to regulate and heal the heart center as well as harmonizing all of the 7 Chakras. Rudrakshas are known to promote inner peace, knowledge, power and enlightenment and represent the meditative powers of Shiva to focus the mind and remove the demons of desire, lust and attachment. 

Sandalwood: In India sandalwood is given divine status and is thus very commonly used in mala beads. The fragrance of the sandalwood is said to be one of the most pleasing to the Gods and is considered cooling, calming and soothing. Sandalwood also promotes humility and focuses the mind to aid in meditation. 

Rosewood (Red Sandalwood) is used to call upon Lord Ganesh “the remover of obstacles” and the Divine Mother.  Rosewood is warming, improves circulation and protects one from negative energy.

Serpentine: Serpentine restores self-confidence, dispels fear and strongly enhances meditation. It is also said to stimulate success in all endeavors as well as to promote courage, fortitude, and well-being. 

Silver: Silver is soothing, cleansing and is is also purported to attract, enhance and store the energies of gemstones. 

Sodalite: Sodalite is known to balance one’s emotional and mental states and to promote calmness, peace, intuition and harmony. 

Stromatolite: Stromatolite gently clears energy blockages and promotes perseverance, strength, stability, and connection to life. This stone of transformation assists emotional healing, promotes meditation and achieving higher states of consciousness. 

Sugilite: Sugilite strengthens the heart, aids physical healing and reduces stress. This light purple stone encourages peace of mind, a general feeling of well being and spiritual love. 

Tiger Eye: Tiger Eye is believed to have great healing powers (especially for the digestive system) and can develop courage and confidence. This grounding stone is also said to promote prosperity, clarity and protection. 

Tourmaline: Tourmaline is known to have strong protective and healing powers. 

Green Tourmaline inspires creativity and attracts success and prosperity.
Black Tourmaline is known to bring good luck and happiness, perhaps due to it’s strong protective properties that pushes all negativity away.  This grounding stone helps to balance the body and mind to cultivate physical healing and good health.

Tulsi: Tulsi is considered the most sacred of the woods used in Indian worship and the Tulsi plant is believed to be an incarnation of the Divine.  Tulsi is reported to possess remarkable physical and spiritual healing properties and helps to improve devotion and love in the heart.  The tulsi mala is used for worshipping Ram, Krishna and especially Vishnu who we are told is the creator and beloved of the Tulsi plant. 

Turquoise: Turquoise is said to open all chakras, promoting the sense of unity of the self and oneness with all that surrounds us. It also is believed to assist the absorption of nutrients while strengthening the immune system and stimulating tissue regeneration. 

Turquoise Jasper is a nurturing and peaceful stone that is said to promote gentleness, tranquility, comfort, wholeness, and healing. It is believed to stabilize and balance the emotions and is also known for it’s protective powers to drive away evil spirits.
African Turquoise cultivates calming and soothing energies, and it creates tranquility, comfort, and a sense of wholeness and healing.This stone is known to attract prosperity, success, love, healing, courage, and friendship.

Verdite: Verdite is a stone that stimulates the chakra energy centers and can activate the flow of Kundalini. This stone brings encouragement and fortitude to following your hearts desires.