Gemstones are a marvel of creation showcasing an amazing array of beautiful colors. Diamonds (clear), rubies (red), sapphires (blue), and emeralds (green), are the four precious gemstones, and usually more expensive than semi precious gemstones. When enjoying a gemstone’s color properties for balancing frequencies of the body, its price is a consideration since less expensive selections allow a person to use a much larger sized stone. See the post Color Therapy for therapeutic uses of gemstone colors.
What Creates Color?
When light (all colors) strikes any material, most of the light is absorbed, while a particular frequency (wavelength) is reflected from it. The frequency being reflected reaches the eye and is perceived as a certain color. For example, something that is red absorbs all the other colors of white light, while reflecting the red frequency that a person is able to see.
A gemstone may have a primary chemical composition (formula), but exhibit many different colors because of various mineral compositions depending on its environment and location. For example, beryl is colorless, but containing iron and aluminum it becomes bluish aquamarine. With chromium in its structure, colorless beryl becomes a beautiful green emerald. Many gemstone colors may be created from one formula base, as in the gemstones calcite, fluorite, agate. onyx, and quartz.
See the post Colors of the Chemical Elements to learn about the vast array of colors created by the elements of the earth. Colors are everywhere, and may be used for a variety of therapeutic purposes. Generally speaking, specific minerals create certain colors: copper – blues and greens, iron – reds and browns, manganese and cobalt – pink, chromium – deep green, sulfur – yellow, uranium – bright yellows and greens, carbon – black. Heating a stone also creates color variations.
Gemstones Mentioned in Scripture
*Agate, *Amethyst, *Beryl, *Carbuncle (garnet?), *Carnelian, *Chalcedony, *Chrysolite, *Chrysophrasus (Green Agate), *Coral, *Crystal, *Diamond, *Emerald, *Jacinth (Ligure), *Jasper, *Ligurus (Hyacinth), *Onyx, *Pearl, *Ruby (Sardius), *Sapphire, *Topaz
Gemstones of New Jerusalem
v18:“The construction of its wall was of jasper: and the city was pure gold like clear glass.
v19:“The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,
v20: “the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius (ruby), the seventh chrysolyte (peridot), the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprasus (quartz), the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.”
Gemstones Sorted by Colors
Red – Vibrance
Garnet’s formula is iron aluminum silicate – Fe3Al2(SiO4)3.
Carnelian’s formula is silicon dioxide – SiO2 with iron for color.
Jasper’s formula is silicon dioxide – SiO2 with iron for color.
Sardonyx’s formula is silicon dioxide – SiO2 with iron bands for color.
Orange – Invigorating
Agate’s formula is silicon dioxide – SiO2.
Carnelian’s formula is silicon dioxide – SiO2 with iron oxide for color.
Fluorite’s formula is calcium fluoride – CaF2 with manganese for orange color.
Tourmaline’s formula is (Na,Ca)(Mg,Li,Al,Fe2+)3Al6 (BO3)3Si6O18(OH)4
Yellow – Cheering
Citrine’s formula is silicon dioxide -SiO2 with iron for color.
Limonite’s formula is iron oxide FeO(OH).
Agate’s formula is silicon dioxide – SiO2.
Fluorite’s formula is calcium fluoride – CaF2.
Green – Balancing
Amazonite’s formula is potassium aluminum silicate oxide – K(AlSi3O8)
Aventurine’s formula is silicon dioxide – SiO2 with chromium for green color.
Jasper’s formula is silicon dioxide – SiO2.
Malachite’s formula is copper carbonate hydroxide – Cu2CO3(OH)2
Blue – Relaxing
Apatite’s formula is calcium phosphorus – Ca5(PO4)3(F,Cl,OH).
Azurite’s formula is copper carbonate – Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2.
Lapis Lazuli’s formula is sodium calcium aluminum silicate sulfur hydroxyl (Na,Ca)8Al6Si6O24(S,SO)4 with white calcite and brassy pyrite.
Sodalite’s formula is sodium aluminum silicate chloric – Na8(Al6Si6O24)Cl2.
Violet and Purple – Inspiring
Amethyst’s formula is silicon dioxide – (SiO2) with iron and aluminum for color.
Charoite’s formula is potassium calcium sodium silicate – K(Ca,Na)2Si4O10(OH,F).
Iolite’s formula is magnesium iron aluminum silicate – (Mg,Fe)2Al4Si5O18.
Sugilite’s formula is potassium sodium iron manganese aluminum – KNa2(Fe, Mn, Al)2Li3Si12O30.
The red color has a long wavelength and a low frequency, as depicted in this chart. Green has a shorter wavelength and a higher frequency. Frequencies express therapeutic components of color. See the post Balancing Energy with Music and Color Frequencies for details. Imbalances may be measured through a variety of means: electro-photography, electro-dermal screening, gas discharge visualization, electro-photonic imaging, etc. A personal symptom assessment also works well for determining frequency imbalances. Once a person determines an imbalance in their color frequencies, there is a variety of methods for recovering frequency balance. Wearing gemstones is one popular technique.
Cost Effective Gemstones
Calcite is available in a wide variety of colors, and is the least expensive for starting a collection. Jasper is next in line for cost-effectiveness and the variety of colors it offers. Calcite stones are crystalline in nature, being more translucent than jasper which has deeper tones of color variations.
Some people place gemstones in water for a few days to imprint its frequency into the water or to dissolve some of the minerals in the water. Be very careful doing this. Take a look at each gemstone’s formula, and if you see aluminum or other toxic minerals, do not soak these stones in water. Gemstones are safe to wear in a polished form.
Full Spectrum Lighting is Important
Using full spectrum lighting in the home, and enjoying an abundance of natural sunshine are important for maintaining balanced color frequencies. Avoid spending a lot of time in rooms decorated with one intense color because strong colors tend to stress the nervous system. Decorate primarily with neutral colors adding a splash of color here and there for maintaining balance with colors. Green and blue, being neutral colors, are well tolerated. The shades of green grass and the blue sky are very harmonic.
Bright Colors Influence Memory
Marking the text of a book or written notes with a colored highlighter marker while memorizing key information is a proven memorization technique. Contrasting colors leave a strong memorable impression on the mind, according to clinical studies.
“Therefore, it can be concluded that colours have the tendency to capture better attention level, and thus, better memory,” says an article entitled, “The Influence of Color on Memory Performance.”
More Gemstones in Scripture
Gemstones of Priest’s Breastplate (Hebrew order is read from right to left.)
v10: “And they set in it four rows of stones: a row with a sardius (ruby), a topaz and an emerald was the first row.
v11: “The second row, a turquoise, a sapphire and a diamond;
v12: “The third row, a jacinth (ligure), an agate and an amethyst;
v13: “The fourth row, a beryl, an onyx and a jasper. They were all enclosed in settings of gold in their mountings.”
Job’s Understanding of Gemstones
v12: “But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
v13: “Man does not know its value nor is it found in the land of the living.
v14: “The deep says’It is not in me’ and the sea says, ‘It is not in me.’
v15: “It cannot be purchased for gold nor can silver be weighed for its price.
v16: “It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in the precious onyx or sapphire.
v17: “Neither gold nor crystal can equal it, nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold.
v18: “No mention shall be made of coral or quartz, for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
v19: “The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, nor can it be valued in pure gold…”
Satan’s Adornment Before His Fall
“You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the ruby, topaz, and the diamond, beryl, onyx(agate), and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald and gold. The workmanship of your settings and mountings was prepared for you on the day you were created.”