Choosing gemstone by element (Earth, Water, Fire, Air)
According to the western esoteric system, all things in the nature are a combination of four elements - Fire, Earth, Air and Water.
Transparent gemstones are connected to the energy of Yang, and opaque – with the energy of Ying. Thus, transparent and translucent gemstones are connected with the elements of FIRE and AIR, opaque – with the elements of WATER and EARTH.
In antiquity it was believed that FIRE is the beginning of everything, as it brought to life all other elements.
The corresponding Zodiac signs are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
Gemstones of Fire have a positive influence on blood circulation; they eliminate stagnation in the body and can “recharge” the body of wearer, give him an impulse to action. Gemstones of Fire cure melancholy, increase physical and mental vigour. However it is necessary to watch closely the effect of their influence to avoid an overdose of Yang energy.
Gemstones of Fire: Amber, Fire Agate, Fire Opal, Diamond, Ruby, Red Garnet, Red Jasper, Sardonyx, Red Tourmaline, Zircon.
Zodiac signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
Gemstones of Earth are opaque, but bright and they have a strong power. Gemstones of Earth help their owner to find firm ground, to gain confidence. They call for a constancy, erase any lingering doubts, balance mentality and strengthen physical health and endurance.
Gemstones of Earth: Agate, Black Tourmaline, Onyx, Malachite, Obsidian, Jasper, Aventurine, Cacholong, Gagate, Jadeite, Quartz, Turquoise, Nephrite.
The corresponding Zodiac signs are: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
Gemstones of Air are transparent or semi-transparent, of white, goldish, pink, or blue color. Gemstones of Air Element fight inertia, encourage a change in mentality, quick thinking. Air gemstones help the person to be more flexible. These gemstones are especially useful to people with chronic diseases, chronic “ulcers” either body or soul. Gemstones of Air make a person mobile and sociable; body -flexible, thoughts - quick. Owing to their mobility, stones of Air accelerate all processes in the body, both in consciousness and sub consciousness of the wearer.
Gemstones of Air: Sapphire, Rock Crystal, Citrine, Smoky Quartz, Tourmaline, Topaz, Gold Beryl, Chrysolite, Rhodonite, Blue Chalcedony, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Carnelian.
Zodiac signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.
Gemstones of Water are transparent or semi-transparent. They are able to change their color, as they have a strong Yin energy. Gemstones of Water have sedative effect. They dissolve and carry away negative emotions and upsetting thoughts, protect the wearer against evil eye and any negative energy. Gemstones of Water are useful in meditation since they help to achieve relaxation. These gemstones help to see the essence, the fundamental principle in everything.
Gemstones of Water: Emerald, Chrysoberyl, Opal, Aquamarine, Moonstone, Pearl, Coral, Hematite.
Often a piece of jewelry includes gemstones of various elements. It is a welcome combination only if these are gemstones of complementary (Fire-Air; Earth-Water) elements. However, when Fire is in contact Earth, the Earth dries up, becomes lifeless, empty. The same happens with jewels: energy of Earth gemstone is suppressed by the Fire gemstone. Water and Fire destroy each other; combination of Air and Water creates a negative, "rotten" power.