Cochise College           Student Papers in Geology

Geology Home Page                   physical geology  historical geology  planetary  gems           

Roger Weller, geology instructor

wellerr@cochise.edu

Healing Powe
by Magret-Anne Shifrin
Physical Geology
Fall 2012
 

Healing powers of Birthstones

 

For hundreds of years people have believed in the healing powers of gemstones. Whether it is actually true or not is up to the individual person, it is still a wide idea that rocks mostly gems have healing powers, of some sort to another.  Each month of the year has at least one gemstone that represents its month as you can see from the chart below.
 

Month

Gemstone

January

Garnet

February

Amethyst

March

Aquamarine

April

Diamond

May

Emerald

June

Pearl, Alexandrite

July

Ruby

August

Peridot

September

Sapphire

October

Opal, Tourmaline

November

Topaz, Citrine

December

Tanzanite, zircon, and turquoise

http://www.americangemsociety.org/birthstones 
 

This chart contains a list of all the months and their gemstones. It is also believed that people who also receive these gems in their according months will have something good happen and the healing powers will be enhanced  to them whether it be happiness, or relief of illness, or etc.

 

     The first gem on the list is garnet for the month of January, it is a deep red color.

Description: http://www.list-of-birthstones.com/Pictures%20of%20Birthstones/Garnet%20birthstones%202.jpg
 http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=656&tbm=isch&tbnid=EPRfisGQI3CsnM:&imgrefurl=http://www.list-of-birthstones.com/January%2520Birthstone.html&docid=qIXemKcsnuFO0M&imgurl=http://www.list-of-birthstones.com/Pictures%252520of%252520Birthstones/Garnet%252520birthstones%2525202.jpg&w=288&h=288&ei=DDK2UJ2WE8HLyQHn8YGQDA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=415&vpy=175&dur=2619&hovh=225&hovw=225&tx=186&ty=144&sig=104588695333517847178&page=1&tbnh=144&tbnw=162&start=0&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0,i:162
 

     Garnets healing powers are: to promote a healthy heart, lungs and clean out the blood and can help increase romance.

Our next Gemstone is Amethyst for the month of Febuary; Amethyst is a deep purple color that resembles lavender a lot. 
 

Description: http://www.jewelinfo4u.com/images/Gallery/mineralminers_amethyst1.jpg
http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&um=1&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=656&tbm=isch&tbnid=9raCdoNXsrpELM:&imgrefurl=http://www.jewelinfo4u.com/Amethyst_The_February_Birthstone.aspx&docid=QzsEYuzD4kBI2M&imgurl=http://www.jewelinfo4u.com/images/Gallery/mineralminers_amethyst1.jpg&w=480&h=360&ei=eDO2UN_NFqHOyAGBj4CIDw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=276&vpy=194&dur=3255&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=179&ty=110&sig=104588695333517847178&sqi=2&page=1&tbnh=151&tbnw=198&start=0&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0,i:156
 

     Healing Powers of Amethyst are : helps to alleviate stress, and insomnia, and arthritis is an ideal stone for mediation and peace.

Aquamarine is a light blue gemstone that almost can be fooled as a cubic zicronite. Aquamarine is for the month of March.
 

Description: http://list-of-birthstones.com/Pictures%20of%20Birthstones/Aquamarine%20birthstones%203.jpg 
http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&um=1&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=656&tbm=isch&tbnid=coMHJaf8vgJtWM:&imgrefurl=http://list-of-birthstones.com/March%2520Birthstone.html&docid=52yBZhPK1qyibM&imgurl=http://list-of-birthstones.com/Pictures%252520of%252520Birthstones/Aquamarine%252520birthstones%2525203.jpg&w=600&h=600&ei=OzS2UOO0EaqgywHemoH4Bg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=647&vpy=172&dur=418&hovh=225&hovw=225&tx=112&ty=130&sig=104588695333517847178&sqi=2&page=1&tbnh=139&tbnw=152&start=0&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:0,i:162
 

Some of the healing powers that an Aquamarine is to possess are :  to protect the liver, stomach, throat, and eyes. Also it is designed to help release fear.

Diamond which is the hardness gems on the Mohs Scale of Hardness is the gemstone for April.
 

Description: http://www.yourdictionary.com/images/main.diamond.jpg 
http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&um=1&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=656&tbm=isch&tbnid=C6mky97WPEBM9M:&imgrefurl=http://www.yourdictionary.com/diamond&docid=dzXpTj2aqh0I_M&imgurl=http://www.yourdictionary.com/images/main.diamond.jpg&w=270&h=269&ei=VjW2UJKOIIvyyAG00IGQCQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=845&vpy=175&dur=2494&hovh=215&hovw=216&tx=102&ty=138&sig=104588695333517847178&sqi=2&page=1&tbnh=134&tbnw=148&start=0&ndsp=19&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:0,i:162

Some healing powers for diamonds are  to increase your relationships, and love life, it promotes purity and innocence, and loyalty to your significant other.

http://www.sunnyray.org/Meaning-of-diamonds.htm

 

     Emerald is a dark green gem  for the month of May

Description: http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100425024728/deltora/images/a/ab/Emerald.jpg 
http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=656&tbm=isch&tbnid=I2Lxsx_ItPV47M:&imgrefurl=http://deltoraquest.wikia.com/wiki/Emerald&docid=QM4wTDxEpWrorM&imgurl=http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100425024728/deltora/images/a/ab/Emerald.jpg&w=350&h=360&ei=Tja2UOiGC-m0yAH_oYCYDg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=420&vpy=171&dur=494&hovh=228&hovw=221&tx=100&ty=106&sig=104588695333517847178&page=1&tbnh=140&tbnw=128&start=0&ndsp=23&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0,i:159

Some healing powers of Emeralds are: preventing acne and protecting the skeleton, and other internal organs. It also helps to protect against disease and infection.

http://www.jewelsforme.com/emerald-powers.asp
 

     Pearl  and is a white creamy looking gem for the month of June  and the other gem for June is alexandrite and is  a mix of greens, blues, and purples.

The first  picture is of alexanderite and the second on is of pearl.
 

Description: http://www.tomtivoljewels.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Alexandrite.jpg 
Alexanderite http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=656&tbm=isch&tbnid=AAsnBAVmtoGV6M:&imgrefurl=http://www.tomtivoljewels.com/pearl-and-alexandrite-june-birthstones/&docid=LGbfGJ1fen4VXM&imgurl=http://www.tomtivoljewels.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Alexandrite.jpg&w=280&h=280&ei=mje2UN-2AfTAyQGo8oHgAg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=349&vpy=194&dur=252&hovh=224&hovw=224&tx=116&ty=77&sig=104588695333517847178&page=1&tbnh=140&tbnw=141&start=0&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0,i:92

 

Alexanderite and pearls healing powers are  to help truthfulness, purity, charity and relieve one of stress.
 

Pearl

Description: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_rCvwGm23d3w/TPIZLlV_8TI/AAAAAAAAB4w/SSdfT5cJCmY/s1600/perfect-pearl.jpg 
Pearl

 

     Our next Gemstone on the list is Ruby which is a dark red color can sometimes be mistaken for garnet.  Ruby is for the month of July.

 

Description: http://www.ringswithlove.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/july-birthstone-ruby.jpg 
http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&um=1&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=656&tbm=isch&tbnid=2RavUQLK7zSauM:&imgrefurl=http://www.ringswithlove.com/gemstone-rings/ruby-gemstones-how-detect-quality&docid=7Q57ctJwN1pyVM&imgurl=http://www.ringswithlove.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/july-birthstone-ruby.jpg&w=300&h=300&ei=vTi2UKKqNa_SigLP04BA&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=1&sig=104588695333517847178&sqi=2&page=1&tbnh=141&tbnw=138&start=0&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:163&tx=105&ty=277

Some healing powers of Ruby are increase in happiness and aiding in helping someone deal with emotions.

 

     Peridot is a green gemstone and is for the month of august

 

Description: http://richardsjewelry.com/userfiles/image/AugustPeridot.jpg
http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=656&tbm=isch&tbnid=Z0RzUoCr4JF1LM:&imgrefurl=http://richardsjewelry.com/Content.aspx%3Fsub%3Dsub%26id%3D31&docid=xwYtpLT0kS_OeM&imgurl=http://richardsjewelry.com/userfiles/image/AugustPeridot.jpg&w=1187&h=874&ei=rTm2UOmfN-K5igLx4IDgDg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=148&vpy=210&dur=866&hovh=193&hovw=262&tx=135&ty=104&sig=104588695333517847178&page=1&tbnh=140&tbnw=190&start=0&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:89
 

Some healing powers of peridot is to promote prosperity, and lessens oneís anger, and is to help stop aging.

 

     Our next gemstone is Sapphire which is for the month of September. Sapphire is a dark blue  brilliant gemstone.
 

Description: http://hellohirah.com/images/SapphireBlue.jpg 
Sapphire

http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&um=1&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=656&tbm=isch&tbnid=o0wJFPUdGyxFaM:&imgrefurl=http://hellohirah.com/index.php%3Fmain_page%3Dindex%26cPath%3D23&docid=0rucNPCKDKGzpM&imgurl=http://hellohirah.com/images/SapphireBlue.jpg&w=1115&h=988&ei=ODq2UIj_GqPgiAKJ0ICgAg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=126&vpy=177&dur=2164&hovh=211&hovw=239&tx=143&ty=95&sig=104588695333517847178&sqi=2&page=1&tbnh=135&tbnw=153&start=0&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:153

Some healing powers of Sapphire are to enhance creative expression, inner peace, mediation, and the alleviation of pain.

 

    Our next gemstone is Opal and Tourmaline which are both for the month of October

The first picture is of opal and the second picture is of tourmaline.
 

Description: http://www.gemstones-guide.com/images/opal.jpg  
Opal Healing powers are  to strengthen the will to live http://www.gemstones-guide.com/Opal.html 
 

Description: http://www.palagems.com/Images/tourmaline/bi-color_tour.-acorn.jpg 
Tourmaline Healing powers are  to help out people with disabilities such as Dyslexia and strengthen teeth and bones.

http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=656&tbm=isch&tbnid=ajhmuhpAuRau1M:&imgrefurl=http://www.palagems.com/tourmaline_buyers_guide.htm&docid=hNSl4pqms_wJbM&imgurl=http://www.palagems.com/Images/tourmaline/bi-color_tour.-acorn.jpg&w=350&h=411&ei=LTy2UIbMKqrtiwKO3IHABA&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=2&sig=104588695333517847178&page=1&tbnh=144&tbnw=127&start=0&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0,i:162&tx=59&ty=100

 

     Our second to last Month November has two gemstones which are Topaz.

 

Description: http://www.collectorfinejewelry.com/Images/buyers_guides/topaz/imperial-topaz.jpg
Topazís healing powers are protection from greed.

 

     Our last month which is December gemstone is Tanzanite looks very similar to Sapphire except it is much darker.
 

Description: http://www.gemselect.com/other-info/graphics/tanzanite-gem-large_info.jpg

Some healing powers of Tanzanite are taking negative energies from your body and turning it into positive energy 

 http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=656&tbm=isch&tbnid=8IOevCJocUo8HM:&imgrefurl=http://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/tanzanite/tanzanite-info.php&docid=SbZOQuGDiDJvRM&imgurl=http://www.gemselect.com/other-info/graphics/tanzanite-gem-large_info.jpg&w=1160&h=1028&ei=uT22UIiKMoK4iwLygYGYCA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=446&vpy=324&dur=2594&hovh=211&hovw=239&tx=99&ty=56&sig=104588695333517847178&page=1&tbnh=145&tbnw=160&start=0&ndsp=24&ved=1t:429,r:11,s:0,i:183

http://www.americangemsociety.org/birthstones

http://www.americangemsociety.org/thehealingpowerofjew-1