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:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We’ve all heard the adage that appearances can be deceiving, and this is particularly true in the case of frankincense. Despite resembling lumps of dried earwax, this precious material has been prized for thousands of years, and it still plays important roles in the world today.

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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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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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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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