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Semi-precious gemstones are the perfect alternative to the more expensive precious stones like diamonds, rubies or emeralds. These stones are not only more affordable, but they also come in a variety of colours and shapes that can add an extraordinary touch to any piece of jewelry.

In today’s blog, we are going to talk about the 11 most popular semi-precious gemstones that have been adored by people for centuries. From the vibrant purple of the Amethyst to the deep red of the garnet, we will dive into the history and meaning & healing properties of each stone.

The list of semi-precious gemstones is long and varied, but I have narrowed it down to just the top 11. (‘cause 11 sounds like a good round even number!) I shortened the list of contestants to only include the gemstones that are readily available and don’t cost more than C$20 per string.(There’s usually 45-50 beads on a string.)

Through extensive online research, I came to the end of my survey with all of the usual winners. They are listed alphabetically, to make sure no one’s feelings get hurt.

1) Amethyst

2) Aquamarine

3) Aventurine

4) Citrine

5) Garnet

6) Jade

7) Lapis Lazuli

8) Moonstone

9) Onyx

10) Peridot

11) Rose Quartz

Each of these 11 stones has its unique charm and appeal, making them a popular choice for jewelry makers and collectors alike. Whether you are looking for a stone to adorn your favourite necklace or a gift for a loved one, these 11 semi-precious gemstones are sure to catch your eye and capture your heart.

So, let’s dive into the world of colourful and captivating gemstones that have stood the test of time. (* Please note, I excluded Turquoise from the running because due to its rarity, most semi-precious jewelry these days is primarily made with dyed Howlite and not authentic Turquoise.)


The History of Amethyst

“Amethystos” is the Greek word that Amethyst is named after. Seems hard to believe but, amethystos actually means “not drunken.” Yup, the ancient Greeks believed that Amethyst could prevent drunkenness and intoxication. Now, I’ve gotta ask…where was this gemstone when I was barrelling through my late teens and early twenties? 

They would often make goblets out of amethyst and drink from them, believing that the stone would prevent them from becoming drunk. As I’m writing this, I’m laughing because I’m picturing a teenage boy trying to convince his parents that he is not as legless drunk as he appears because he’s been drinking out of a goblet carved outta Amethyst. #brilliant #classicteenager

Ancient Egyptians used Amethyst to make jewelry, and it was also used in burial ceremonies. Archeologists have found amulets and talismans made of Amethyst in burial chambers, concreting the belief that ancient Egyptians believed that it protected them from negative energy and any potential harm. 

Amethyst Scarabs were pretty popular back in the day as they were found in King Tuts’ and Queen Mererets’ tombs, just to name a few. Amethyst was also used to protect them from witchcraft.

The ancient Romans believed that Amethyst could provide protection against harm and promote clear-headedness. Just like the ancient Egyptians, they too, used Amethyst to ward off negative energy. They even carved goblets out of Amethyst!

Amethyst was also believed to be a status symbol of royalty. Purple cloth (used for creating robes) was often worn by monarchs because it was extremely expensive to produce. No one else could afford to wear purple. So when Amethyst jewelry was brought in by ancient importers, the association between purple robes and the purple gemstone was created.

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Amethyst

Amethyst is reputed to have many healing properties, both physical and emotional. In ancient times, Amethyst was believed to protect whoever wore it from harm and ward off evil spirits, and it is still believed to have protective properties today. Many people wear Amethyst jewelry or keep Amethyst crystals in their homes to ward off negative energy and encourage a sense of calm and well-being.

Amethyst is also used to help with physical healing. It is said to help relieve headaches and migraines, improve circulation, and boost the immune system. It is also believed to help treat insomnia and other sleep disorders, as it promotes relaxation and calmness.

Amethyst is thought to be one of the most spiritual stones as it enhances intuition, healing, spirituality and meditation. Amethyst carries a calming & serene energy that will help you relax. It soothes the body while reducing anxiety and restlessness. 

Amethyst can help you manifest your goals while protecting you from any negative energy sent your way. You will feel deeply mindful & peaceful when you keep this gorgeous purple gemstone close.


The History of Aquamarine 

Aquamarine has been cherished for thousands of years. The ancient Romans and Greeks believed that it had the ability to calm the waves and protect sailors at sea. Aquamarine has even been discovered in Ancient Egyptian tombs, buried right beside some of the mummies!

Ancient Roman Doctors used to use Aquamarine to address such ailments as overeating & bloating. They also believed that it could protect against poisoning and cure ailments of the throat and stomach.

2000 years ago, Ancient Greeks etched aquamarine with all sorts of interesting designs, such as portraits of family members and other powerful members of society. These carved pieces of art are referred to as intaglios.

In the Middle Ages, Aquamarine was thought to have the power to dispel dark thoughts and promote happiness. It was also believed to bring good luck to its wearer. 

In modern times, Aquamarine has become a popular gemstone for jewelry, especially for those born in March, as it is the birthstone for that month.

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Aquamarine

Aquamarine is known to have many healing properties. It is known for its ability to clear the mind, aid creativity and balance the emotions. It enhances courage and helps you speak the truth. You will feel very confident if you use this stunning gemstone, especially during times when you must voice your opinion.

Aquamarine encourages empaths & psychics to release the fear of being judged.

It is also thought to cast a highly protective energy around a pregnancy, shielding both mother & child.

In addition, Aquamarine is believed to have a soothing effect on the throat and to be helpful for those who suffer from allergies or respiratory problems. 

Aquamarine is thought to protect people who travel over, near or by water.


The History of Aventurine

Aventurine is a type of quartz that is famous for its shimmering appearance and is used in jewelry making. The stone has a distinct glittery appearance that is created by tiny mineral inclusions that reflect light in a unique way. 

The name Aventurine is derived from the Italian word “aventura,” which means “by chance,” and refers to the accidental discovery of the stone.

The history of Aventurine dates back to the 18th century, when it was first discovered in Murano, Italy. The stone was initially created by accident when glassmakers accidentally spilled copper shavings into molten glass, creating the characteristic sparkly appearance of aventurine. Aventurine rapidly gained popularity and was used extensively in jewelry making, particularly in Italy.

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Aventurine

Aventurine is a popular semi-precious gemstone known for its distinctive green colour and sparkling appearance. It is a type of quartz that is often used in jewelry-making and is highly valued for its beauty and symbolism. The stone is believed to promote good luck, prosperity, and abundance and is often used in spiritual and healing practices.

In addition to its aesthetic qualities, Aventurine is also believed to have several healing properties.

It is said to promote emotional balance, calmness, and tranquillity and is often used in meditation and energy healing practices. It is a stone that brings you thoughts of well-being and emotional peace.  

Many people also believe that Aventurine can help to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression, and can expedite physical healing by boosting the immune system and improving circulation.

Overall, Aventurine is a beautiful and versatile stone that has captured the hearts of people all over the world.

Utilize this wonderful stone if your luck is running low or you are feeling nervous.


The History of Citrine

The ancient Greeks used Citrine to carve delicate ornaments and talismans and the Romans made intricate Citrine rings for their priests. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that Citrine had the power to ward off evil thoughts and protect against snake venom. (!! Facepalm!!)

Artifacts have been found that show that during the 17th century, Citrine became popular in Scotland. Scottish men bore swords and daggers that featured Citrine in the handles because it was believed to bring prosperity and good luck. Archeologists have even discovered a sword whose handle was made completely out of Citrine. 

In the Middle Ages, Citrine was used as a remedy for snake bites and was believed to have the power to calm and soothe the mind. 

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Citrine

Citrine is known for its ability to help people achieve their goals and overcome obstacles. It is believed to have the power to increase self-confidence and self-esteem and to promote abundance, prosperity, and success. 

Citrine is also thought to have the ability to help people release negative energy and emotions, and to promote a sense of inner peace and calm.

Citrine is often used in meditation and energy healing practices to promote spiritual growth and well-being. It is believed to have the power to cleanse the aura and chakras and to promote positivity and joy. 

Citrine is also thought to have the ability to strengthen intuition and psychic abilities and to promote clarity and focus.

Citrine brings light and positive energy into every aspect of your life. It encourages motivation and enhances concentration. This delightful gemstone is perfect for manifesting and bringing your dreams to fruition. You will feel light, happy and encouraged when using this stone.

For a more in-depth look at Citrine, check out my blog, Citrine – November’s Semi-precious Birthstone.


The History of Garnet

Garnet has a long and fascinating history, dating back to several ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Because of the deep red colour of some Garnets and the resemblance to the seeds of a ripe pomegranate, Garnet’s name is derived from the Latin word “granatum,” which means “pomegranate.”

Garnet was highly valued by these ancient cultures for its beauty and supposed healing properties. It was also believed to have protective powers, and warriors often wore garnet jewelry into battle for good luck.

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Garnet

Garnet revitalizes, purifies and balances your energy. Amazingly, this brilliant semi-precious gemstone can adapt to your needs…peacefulness or passion as the situation requires. It inspires love and devotion while removing inhibitions and taboos. You will feel like you can survive anything that comes your way when you use it.

It is believed that this inspiring gemstone can also be helpful in relationships as it strengthens bonds, making it a perfect choice for romantic or sentimental types of jewelry.

Garnet is also thought to provide protection against negative energy and encourage feelings of positivity and confidence. Garnet is sometimes used in meditation and spiritual practices, as it is thought to help balance the root chakra and promote feelings of grounding and stability.


The History of Jade

Jade is a semi-precious gemstone that has been highly treasured for its beauty and durability for thousands of years. Its use dates back to ancient civilizations in China, where it was considered a symbol of power and wealth. Jade was believed to have healing properties and was often counted on in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of ailments. It was also used to create intricate carvings and sculptures, many of which are still admired today for their exquisite craftsmanship.

In addition to its significance in Chinese culture, jade has also played an important role in the history of Central and South America. The ancient Maya and Aztec civilizations prized jade for its spiritual and mystical qualities, and it was often used in religious ceremonies and burial rituals.

Jade was also highly valued for its beauty, and it was used to create ornate jewelry, figurines, and other decorative objects. 

Even today, Jade remains a popular gemstone and is in high demand by collectors and enthusiasts around the world.

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Jade

Jade is a semi-precious gemstone that has been used for centuries for its allure and healing properties. In Chinese culture, Jade represents wisdom, balance, and harmony, and it is considered to be a symbol of good luck and fortune.

Jade is also reputed to have several healing properties. It is said to promote emotional stability, balance, and peace, and it is often used in meditation and spiritual practices to help the practitioner connect with their inner self. 

Jade is thought to have physical healing properties and is used to help treat a variety of conditions, including kidney problems, high blood pressure, and joint pain.

Whether you are looking for a beautiful piece of jewelry or seeking to harness the healing power of this ancient stone, Jade is a truly remarkable gemstone with a rich history and many benefits to offer.

Lapis Lazuli

The History of Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli’s history dates back thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used this stone in their jewelry and believed it to have great power. They would grind it up and use it as a pigment for their art and cosmetics. In fact, King Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus was inlaid with Lapis Lazuli. 

The ancient Greeks also believed that Lapis Lazuli had magical powers and would often carry it with them in the form of a talisman. 

The Romans used it for intaglio carvings, which are carvings that are created by cutting into a surface. 

During the Middle Ages, Lapis Lazuli was already being imported into Europe and was being ground into a pigment used in paint. This vibrant blue paint, called Ultramarine, was utilized by some of the most important & influential artists of the time. 

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli has many meanings and healing properties. In ancient times, Lapis Lazuli was reputed to have magical powers and was used as a talisman. It was also believed to have healing powers and was used to treat a variety of ailments.

Known as the stone of “Wisdom & Truth”, Lapis Lazuli helps you to think critically and problem-solve with a calm mind. Lapis removes the dreaded mental fog you may be experiencing and helps you to stop thinking and talking about yourself negatively. 

Lapis Lazuli is said to be a stone of protection and is believed to help you overcome negative thoughts and emotions. It is also thought to help with stress and anxiety and is said to promote inner peace. Many people also believe that Lapis Lazuli can help with such physical ailments as headaches, insomnia, and respiratory problems.

It also encourages you to take well-educated risks.

You will feel less judgemental and more accepting when using this gemstone because it motivates you to rebuff a negative thought & turn it into a positive one.

For a more in-depth look at Lapis Lazuli, check out my blog, Lapis Lazuli – September’s Semi-precious Birthstone.


The History of Moonstone

Moonstone has a long and fascinating history that dates back thousands of years. It was first discovered in ancient India, where it was considered a sacred stone and was used in religious ceremonies.

Both Ancient Greeks & Romans linked their Lunar Gods to Moonstone.

The ancient Romans also prized Moonstone and believed that it was formed from moon rays that had hardened. They believed that wearing Moonstone would bring good fortune and protect against harm. 

In the Middle Ages, Moonstone was used in alchemy, and it was believed that drinking a potion made from Moonstone would bring eternal youth and beauty. It was especially celebrated and revered around a full moon.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, (Especially during the Art Nouveau period) Moonstone became a popular gemstone for jewelry, and it was often used in the designs of famous artists such as René Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Moonstone

Moonstone is believed to have many mystical properties and has been used for centuries in spiritual practices. The moon god Chandra is associated with the moon in Hindu mythology and is believed to bring good fortune and protect against harm. Moonstone is also associated with the feminine energy of the moon and is believed to be a powerful tool for women’s health and fertility. It is said to balance hormones, regulate menstrual cycles, and alleviate symptoms of PMS.

Moonstone is also believed to be a stone of emotional healing and is said to bring calm, peace, and emotional stability to those who wear it. It is considered to enhance intuition and psychic abilities and promote spiritual growth and awareness.

Moonstone generates feelings of hope, sensitivity, intuition and encourages psychic abilities. It is said to bring strong energies of abundance to your life. Moonstone is thought of as ‘The Travelers Stone” as it protects you during travel. (Especially at night) You will feel calm and a renewed sense of balance & harmony.

For a more in-depth look at Moonstone, check out my blog, Moonstone – June’s Semi-precious Birthstone.


The History of Onyx

Onyx has a deep history that dates back to ancient times. It was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans, who believed that it had protective powers.

The Greeks believed that Black Onyx could protect them from evil spirits, while the Romans believed that it could protect them from harm. They both used Onyx for cameos & intaglios. The stone was also used in ancient Egypt, where it was thought to have healing properties. back in the days

To be completely upfront and honest here, Black Onyx was not always looked upon with such admiration.

In Arabic, Black Onyx means “sadness”. Yikes, no wonder it wasn’t very popular back in the day!

In ancient China, Onyx was thought to bring bad dreams, loss of energy and misfortune/bad luck. So they mined it (with slaves) and shipped it West, where its perceived negative attributes were unknown. (But I guess those Onyx shipments turned out to be lucky for the traders.)

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Onyx

Onyx is a stunning and versatile gemstone that vibrates with positive energy. Did you know that Onyx also has many benefits beyond its aesthetic appeal? One of the main benefits of Onyx is its ability to provide strength & support during times of stress or challenge as it calms fears and increases reflection.

Onyx is known for its powerful grounding and protection properties. It is believed to help ward off any negative energy that surrounds you and to help release any negative emotions or thoughts. This wonderful gemstone is also said to help promote inner strength and self-confidence, making it a popular choice for those who are seeking to build their self-esteem.

Onyx is believed to help with physical healing, particularly with issues related to the bones and blood.

When you wear or utilize the energy radiating from Onyx, you will feel encouraged to be comfortable with yourself and your environment. Onyx will help you feel strong and Universally supported.


The History of Peridot

Peridot gets its name from the French derivative of the Arabic word “Faridat,” which means gem. Peridot has been around for centuries, and it has been used in various cultures and civilizations. The ancient Egyptians used Peridot to make jewelry, and they believed that it was a symbol of the sun. They also believed that Peridot had the power to ward off evil spirits and nightmares. It is rumoured that some of Cleopatra’s jewelry was actually Peridot, not Emerald, as they thought. (Whoops, someone’s gonna get fired!))

In Hawaii, Peridot is known as the “tears of Pele” (Pele was the goddess of fire and volcanoes.) It is believed that Peridot forms when volcanic activity causes olivine crystals to be ejected from the earth’s mantle and into the atmosphere. The Hawaiian people believe that Peridot has healing properties and can protect them against harm.

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Peridot

Peridot is said to be a stone of protection and healing. It is believed that Peridot can help to protect whoever wears it from negative energies and promote a sense of well-being. If you choose to wear Peridot, it is also said to bring good luck and prosperity. This heavenly gemstone encourages you to have a positive outlook. It helps during transitions, especially during times of change and uncertainty. 

In addition, Peridot is associated with the heart chakra, which is the centre of love and compassion. It is believed that peridot can help to open the heart chakra, allowing for greater love and compassion to flow into one’s life.

Peridot can attract the positive energy of an abundance of wealth, good health and happiness. This luminous green gemstone encourages you to Live Your Best Life and strengthens your focus to fulfil your destiny. 

Peridot is often used in meditation and spiritual practices. It is believed that peridot can help to connect the wearer with their inner self and promote a sense of spiritual growth and understanding. Peridot is also said to help with communication, allowing for better expression of thoughts and feelings.

You will feel brave & confident when utilizing this stone.

For a more in-depth look at Peridot, check out my blog, Peridot – The Semi-precious Birthstone for August.

Rose Quartz

The History of Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is a beautiful pink mineral that has been known and used by humans for thousands of years. It is a type of quartz that gets its pink color from tiny traces of titanium, iron, and manganese within its crystal structure.

The ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks all believed that Rose Quartz had healing properties and used it in their jewelry, carvings, and cosmetics. The Egyptians believed that it had the power to restore youth and beauty, while the Romans believed that it could heal wounds and prevent signs of aging.

In addition to its use in ancient cultures, Rose Quartz has also played a significant role in more recent history. It grew even more in popularity during the 18th and 19th centuries, in European jewelry and was often carved into intricate designs.

In the early 20th century, it became a popular material for Art Deco jewelry and was also used in decorative objects such as vases and figurines. Today, Rose Quartz is still highly valued for its beauty and is often used in jewelry, home decor, and crystal healing practices.

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is a pink-coloured crystal that is known for its numerous healing properties. It is known as the Stone of Love. It sends out a strong vibration of unconditional love, joy, warmth and emotional healing. The intention may encompass self-love, partner love, family love, community love or even Universal love.​​​​​​​​

Rose Quartz will help you feel like you’re a magnet for Love, and in return, you will radiate it. 

This crystal is said to help open the heart chakra and allow individuals to express their emotions freely. Rose Quartz is also believed to enhance self-love, which is crucial for building healthy relationships with others.

In addition to promoting emotional healing, Rose Quartz is said to have numerous physical benefits as well. It is often used to help alleviate symptoms related to stress, anxiety, and depression. This crystal is also believed to help reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and promote healthy skin.

Overall, Rose Quartz is a versatile and effective gemstone that has a wide range of healing properties for both the mind and body.

In conclusion, semi-precious gemstones have been cherished for centuries for their beauty, history, and healing properties. From the vibrant green of Peridot to the soothing blue of Aquamarine, each gemstone has its unique story and significance. It is fascinating to learn about the cultural and historical significance of these gemstones, as well as the various ways they can promote healing and wellness in our lives.

Whether you are drawn to gemstones for their aesthetic appeal or their perceived healing properties, it is clear that these stones have a special place in our hearts and our lives. By understanding their history and meaning, we can deepen our appreciation for these incredible creations of nature and all that they have to offer. So go ahead and indulge in the beauty and benefits of semi-precious gemstones- you won’t regret it!

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