Gemstones and Natural Substances

This page lists all the various symbols in the Gemstones and Natural Substances category.

In addition to plants, animals, and geographic features and phenomena, the natural world is home to a vast array of materials and substances that all carry symbolic meaning. This meaning may be rather esoteric or very straightforward, depending on the material in question and what type of angle it is being examined from; cultural, religious or personal are just a few examples.

Symbols in this category:

Amazonite

Alkali feldspar mineral, a stone that represents harmony, healing and prosperity. Known as the "stone of truth".

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Amber

When describing amber, using the word “gemstone” can be awkward, since amber is not technically a stone at all. Nonetheless, it has been used as ornamentation for thousands of years and has acquired a number of symbolic meanings.

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Amethyst

Like many gemstones, the amethyst possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Aquamarine

Like many gemstones, the aquamarine possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Carnelian

Like many gemstones, carnelian possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Coral

Found primarily in warm or tropical waters, coral presents a somewhat enigmatic facade that nonetheless carries multiple symbolic meanings.

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Diamond

Like many gemstones, the diamond possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Ebony

Ebony has been prized by humans for thousands of years; its dense structure, dark color and the ease with which it takes polish has made this hardwood a favorite material among craftspeople and artisans. It also possesses a number of interesting symbolic connotations.

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Emerald

Like many gemstones, the emerald possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Garnet

Like many gemstones, the garnet possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Imperial Porphyry

This purple-colored stone has been prized by Mediterranean civilizations for thousands of years. Used to carve objects and statutes of all descriptions, this material formed the pillar- quite literally- of one of humanity’s greatest cultural empires.

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Ivory

In modern times, ivory has become a highly charged symbol; although the material has been utilized by humans for millennia, the large-scale hunting of rare animals for their ivory has long been a prominent issue in the conservation community. Ivory has acquired many symbolic meanings over the centuries, some of which bridge the gap between ancient and modern.

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Jade

In purely monetary terms, jade doesn't always measure up to more desirable stones such as diamonds or rubies. On the other hand, when it comes to symbolic meaning, a rich history, and holding a revered place in diverse cultures, the readings for jade can truly shoot off the charts.

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Lapis Lazuli

Like many gemstones, lapis lazuli possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Malachite

Like many gemstones, malachite possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Moonstone

Like many gemstones, the moonstone possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Obsidian

Obsidian is one of nature’s more curious products. Smooth to the touch, it can hold a razor sharp edge, but cracks and flakes under less pressure than most other stones. Nonetheless, it has a very long history of use by humans, and possesses a number of symbolic meanings.

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Opal

Opal is one of the “oddballs” of the gemstone family. Composed primarily of hardened silica, its water content- around 10% of the total mass of many specimens- is much higher than most crystalline gems. This makes opals fairly fragile and can cause them to crack easily. On the other hand, the high water content and delicate silica structure- which also causes the opal's characteristic rainbow coloring- are both key components to understanding the stone's symbolic meaning.

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Pearl

Although pearls are not technically 'stones' in the way many other gems are, they still carry a wealth of symbolic meaning. In certain cultures, these beauties are accorded particularly high status, on par with and occasionally surpassing their crystalline brethren.

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Peridot

Like many gemstones, the peridot possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Quartz (rock crystal)

Compared to most of its gemstone cousins, quartz is not particularly valuable. Rarity is a significant factor in the monetary worth of many gemstones, and as one of the most abundant materials in the Earth’s crust, quartz doesn’t quite measure up in this regard. On the other hand, quartz is still a rather fascinating stone in its own right, both in terms of physical nature and symbolic importance.

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Ruby

Like many gemstones, the ruby possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Sandalwood

Sandalwood is famous for its highly fragrant aroma, and a large part of its symbolic meaning stems from this quality. In both ancient times and modern, the wood itself and products yielded from it have occupied a significant place in many circles.

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Sapphire

Like many gemstones, the sapphire possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Turquoise

Like many gemstones, turquoise possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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