Native American folklore has never lacked for a myriad of stories, beliefs and practices that have managed to retain their consistency, while being passed along from one generation to the next, by way of elders and their commitment to sustaining the Native American way of life. The list of significant stones to the culture is extensive, and can be categorized by their inclusion in folklore alone, medicine alone, or like many stones, they are known to share importance as being spiritually influential as well as being known for their healing properties. Here are some from among the latter category:
This golden colored stone is believed to bring clarity and psychic ability while balancing negative and positive energy. Believed to help the wearer/carrier process a large volume of scattered or seemingly unrelated details and to assimilate them all in an orderly fashion. It is connected with third eye activity, and used to both stimulate and enhance wealth. Self-empowering and calming.
Always black and similar to agate, with straight bands that are white, brown or even black, with curved lines in many colors. Onyx is used to cast out unwanted thinking and calm a bad temper. Seen as stabilizing and loss preventing, even in times of great stress, Onyx has traditionally been dyed to perfect its color. Not always the most impervious choice of jewelry, it can chip or be scratched easily. Believed to have centering effects, banish grief and enhance self-control. Aids in decisions made wisely, encouragement of happiness and good luck. Said to diminish or absorb negative thoughts and attitudes of others.
Dark green in color, Malachite is believed to also enhance psychic powers. Folklore tells of it’s ability to remove obstructions, aid in clear thinking and clear emotions and also represents loyalty to others. Medically, Malachite is believed to protect the wearer/carrier from radiation, and is used in the treatment of asthma. It is valued for its benefits for swollen joints, tumors and other growths as well as orthopedic remedies for both breaks and torn or otherwise stressed muscles.
Available in an extensive variety of colors ranging from blue, green and even red, turquoise is the most well-known stone associated with the Native American culture. It can be a solid color, or contain numerous veins and other patterns. Mined by early Egyptians in 5000 BC, is the most widely used stone in Navajo jewelry. It is mined all over the world, and has been in use by Natives dating back as far as the 1600s. It is found in abundance in Arizona and New Mexico here in the states. Native Americans believe that God loved the stone so much that upon completing Earth’s creation, He threw all remaining Turquoise into Heaven, whereupon the skies got their color. For strength, luck, friendship, wisdom, protection against harmful substances and one of the most versatile power stones. Believed to aid in tissue regeneration, lungs, respiratory system and in circulation.
Lapis (or Lapis Lazuli)
This dark blue to purplish colored stone is believed to bring strength, virility, confidence and a better connection to the Creator. It is carried as a protective stone to prevent danger to the wearer/carrier. Believed to expand awareness, intuition and psychic ability, it’s referred to as “the stone of royalty.” There is a form of Lapis known as Denim Lapis, which is light blue with dark blue speckling throughout.