For centuries, gemstones have been used by many cultures and religions for their beauty, healing and protective properties. A connection exists between the elements of the earth and us, and gemstones are just one of the many gifts that the earth has shared with us. Their beauty and the positive energy they emit truly make them hard to resist. Here you will see several of my personal favorites with a brief meaning of each. Keep in mind that there is an enormous amount of information on stones and that I have simplified the meanings of the ones I have selected.