Semi-Precious Beads and Their Meaning

Here at The Bead Shop, you can find a wide range of gemstones and semi-precious beads that can be used to customise or create your own jewellery with. The use of semi-precious beads as an ornament dates back to at least 38,000 years ago when they were used in France for bead weaving. They’ve continued to stay popular and you can find them now in loads of different shapes: round, rondelle, oval or heart-shaped.

One thing you should know about gemstones when you’re picking your beads is that each stone represents different powers and properties. Gemstones are often used in alternative medicine for their healing powers and their spiritual meaning. They are said to cure ailments and attract positive energy. Below we’ve listed some of our most popular gemstone beads with an explanation of their alleged properties. If you want to know what gemstone reflects your personality, take our quiz to find out!


Amethyst Semi-Precious Beads


Amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones around and has a vibrant, violet purple colour. In ancient Greek, the word amethyst means ‘not drunken’ and it was originally seen as a sobriety stone, being used to prevent drunkenness or getting rid of hangovers. Today it’s still seen as providing peace and balance to its user, enhancing one’s spirituality and intuition.  








Jade Semi-Precious Beads


Jade is the green stone of passion, love and abundance. It can be used to attract love or money in your life and can help you learn more truths about yourself. Because it is closely associated with the heart, it is believed to be beneficial in case you suffer from heart problems or a bad immune system.








Moonstone Semi-Precious Beads


You’ll recognise a moonstone by its opaque colour and effervescent-like glow. Moonstone is strongly connected to the magic of the moon and enhances one’s intuition and feminine energy. It helps one to attune to the rhythms of the natural energy cycles of the body and is therefore perfect to wear as an amulet during pregnancy.







Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz Semi-Precious Beads


A rose quartz has a soft pink colour and is known as the gem of unconditional love. It can bring new romance to your life or promote fidelity in established relationships. It can also help to raise your self-esteem or calm you down during times of stress. It is said to increase fertility and slow down the ageing process.







Tiger Eye

Tiger Eye Semi-Precious Beads


Tiger eye is a golden crystal praised for its grounding properties. It has the ability to keep you focused and stimulate the mind, helping you to gain better insights. It is also thought to bring good luck to the wearer, enhance your vitality and heal ocular disorders.








Turquoise Semi-Precious Beads


Turquoise was used for thousands of years by Native American tribes as a form of protection against harmful spells. It was thought to give psychic powers to the bearer and cleanse negative energy. Today turquoise is still seen as a strengthening stone, aiding to overcome depression or supporting your immune system.







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