Although the precious sapphire has already become one of the most admired precious stones in the world, various other blue gemstones are still being mined and favored by the world, as if every blue-colored substance in nature has a special meaning.
Thousands of blue gems have been discovered so far. I already know that you are eager to know all the types of blue stones. Here is the list of all types of blue gemstones that are the most beautiful and precious.
What Gemstones Are Blue?
Blue gemstones come in various shades and types, including Sapphire, Aquamarine, Lapis Lazuli, Blue Topaz, Tanzanite, Azurite, Turquoise, Blue Lace Agate, Kyanite, Blue Apatite, Larimar, Blue Chalcedony, Blue Zircon, and Blue Tourmaline (Indicolite). These stones are cherished for their captivating hues and symbolic meanings.
A List of Of the Most Common Blue Gemstones
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Aquamarine, originated from the Latin word “sea water”. According to the legend, this beautiful gem is produced at the bottom of the sea and is the essence of seawater; therefore sailors in the old times use this stone to pray to the sea god hoping to be blessed with safety in the sea.
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Most aquamarines are light blue gemstones with a greenish tone, reminding us of the seashore in summer.
Iron is the reason that this stone forms its refreshing color; while chromium or vanadium contributes to the intense green of Emerald. Both of them belong to the same family, the beryl.
However, compared to the extremely high prices of emeralds, aquamarine is affordable and generally has better clarity and much larger output. This makes it possible for ordinary people like you and me to own a few pieces of high-quality aquamarine jewelry.
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Meanings of Aquamarine
This refined stone is renowned for its physical and spiritual benefits. The aquamarine is helpful for appeasing anxiety, enhancing serenity, and boosting communication.
2. Blue Aventurine
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Blue aventurine comes in the top list of precious blue gemstones. This quartz has high energy and mystical properties. It is also known as “the stone of the stars.”
The blue aventurine is known for its faculties to become a powerful mental healer, able to stabilize all kinds of emotions and strengthen the spirit, let’s see its best-known properties.
This quartz influences the emotional aspect a lot, one of its most excellent benefits is to provide calm and tranquility in adverse situations, difficult times in which uncertainty and despair usually take over people, the blue aventurine gives the ability to its bearer to find tranquility and emotional strength so as not to collapse and find solutions to the conflict.
3. Blue Diamond
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During the formation of diamonds, the presence of different elements contributes to a variety of colors. Among all of them, red, blue, green, and pink diamonds are extremely rare and expensive and thus are mostly bought by collectors.
Natural blue diamonds do not contain nitrogen, but a very small amount of boron which makes the color. Due to its scarcity, now experts are able to artificially synthesize blue diamonds by adding an appropriate amount of boron.
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Diamonds are definitely one of the most expensive blue gemstones we can find.
One of the most pricey blue diamond jewelry pieces, The blue moon ring was auctioned at Sotheby’s. Internally flawless, the Blue Moon has been christened “one of the rarest gems in the world,” and the GIA has declared that its Fancy Vivid hue might be so unique as to be indescribable.
Dumortierite is another rare variety of blue gemstones. Dumortierite is in blue-purple with white stripes, which makes it easy to recognize them. This stone, of course, has energetic or magical properties.
This blue jewel stone owes its name to the French paleontologist who discovered it in the nineteenth century. Since then it has been used for different purposes in gem therapy. For example, it is used to reach high levels of self-confidence and raise the spiritual level.
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This crystal stone also helps its wearer to erase traumas and bad memories from his or her mind, taking out all that feelings and cleaning the soul of resentment. It is also used for different purposes. Because of its magical properties, shamans use it to help them connect with past lives, and see and break new bonds.
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Iolite (Cordierite or Dichroite) is a magnesium-aluminum silicate that can be blue, purple, colorless, yellow, green, brown, gray, etc., but the most valuable and popular colors are blue and purple.
Since the color of the iolite stone is similar to that of sapphire, it is also called water sapphire. It is also known as the poor men’s sapphire because it has the color and luster of sapphire and is much cheaper than the latter.
What are the iolite stone benefits? Because of its magical visual properties, some metaphysical practitioners believe that iolite can be used to enhance our imaginations and stimulate creativity.
6. Lapis Lazuli
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This blue gem is scarce, intriguing, and very powerful, the lapis Lazuli stone has been used since time immemorial as a protector of harmful energies and a key to unlock all our spiritual, mental, and physical potential. This incredible and enigmatic stone was long called the “Sapphire” name which is believed to have been granted by one of the first human civilizations on earth.
One of the main benefits of this beautiful stone is its ability to balance the throat chakra and facilitate the opening of the third eye. It also enhances cognitive and physical skills, and in case the wounds of the soul are unhealthy, draining the accumulated negative energies that turn into hatred and resentment over time, allowing us to advance harmoniously on the paths of self-realization.
It is because it can disinhibit us and help us strip away the insecurities that stagnate in ourselves to make us better understand and open our spirit to new teachings. Its use is recommended in presentations, exhibitions, talks, exams, and any situation that requires communication to express ideas.
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Perfect for Meditation
This blue gem and crystal will be able to guide meditation along the highest path of self-awareness. Place this blue gem and crystal in your right hand and press hard to help relax your body and mind by balancing both positive and negative energies within yourself.
The larimar stone is an amazingly beautiful stone from the Dominican Republic, which means “incomparable blue”. It is low in production, expensive, and said to have powerful metaphysical properties including relaxing and calming.
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The only source of larimar stones in the world is the Dominican Republic, where only 15 square kilometers are available for mining. Moreover, since the stones exist mostly in crevices or holes in the volcanic rocks of the region, they must be mined entirely by hand and tools such as spades, making the process quite inefficient.
These reasons lead to a very low production volume for raw larimar stones, i.e., less than 10 tons per year.
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The larimar stone is one of the Indian’s magic treasures. They believed that this powerful stone can not only bring strength and good luck, but also protect their families from harm. As a result, it is often made into pendants or necklaces for daily wear.
8. Blue Quartz
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Blue quartz is a precious crystal and is one of the quarters most demanded by crystal lovers. With the same beauty and energy as other rocks in his family, blue quartz is an element that delights both the eyes and the soul not only for its appearance but for its incredible energy properties. Blue quartz has magical, energetic, and healing properties.
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Balances the Body
This blue crystal still has known medicinal effects, which serve as an excellent complement to conventional treatments.
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Sapphires are the most well-known blue gemstones in the world. The name sapphire comes from the Hebrew word “sappir”, which means “to perfection”.
Sapphire and ruby are similar in nature as they are both corundum minerals with alumina as a basic chemical component and they are the hardest natural mineral on the planet except diamonds. This beautiful blue color of sapphires is derived from titanium and iron.
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Meanings of the Sapphire
According to the legend, the unique blue color of sapphire comes from the grace of a god; therefore everyone who sees it or touches it will feel the incredible and strong attraction as if they are introduced into the infinite night sky full of beautiful dreams, blessed with peace and wisdom.
The ancient Persians believed that the sapphire was as blue as the sky, and thus regarded such a gemstone as a symbol of loyalty and prestige. In addition, the sapphire is the birthstone of September.
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10. Blue Spinel
The spinel has always been a non-negligible species of colored gemstones with a very wide color range, including various shades from red, pink, and purple to blue.
As for the blue spinel, the top-notch ones look similar to the sapphire in a way, both in bright blue or light blue with a purple tone, with good luster and transparency, but those are rare.
Most blue spinels are in dark or intense blue with a little smoky gray or even a purple hue; spinels of such quality also give off a dull, fuzzy feeling when we look into their luster and transparency.
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In order to lighten the color appropriately, the blue spinel is often processed quite thin. And like sapphire, they are usually cut into an oval shape.
In addition, its price is moderate and within the reach of most enthusiasts. This is another reason why it is shining in the gem market in recent years!
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The Sodalite stone is a rich, deep blue mineral with typical white (rather than blue) streaks. Its name comes from the Latin word “soda,” which means salt.
The sodalite stone is quite similar to lapis lazuli or lazurite, although sodalite rarely contains pyrite (a common inclusion in lapis) and its blue color is more like traditional royal blue rather than ultramarine.
Since antiquity, gem enthusiasts, holistic therapists, and spiritualists use the stones for making jewelry and for mental, physical, and spiritual healing.
Different cultures believe sodalite has a variety of benefits for promoting a healthy body and a peaceful mind.
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Tanzanite was discovered in Tanzania in 1967, near the northern city of Arusha at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, a world-famous tourist spot. This is the only production site in the world.
In 1969, Tiffany named this gem, Tanzanite, after its country of origin, and quickly introduced it to the international jewelry market. Tanzanite quickly became famous and experts announced it as the “gem of the 20th century.”
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This rare gem is basically blue or with a bit of purple or gold from different angles. In general, the tanzanite looks clear and cool. Some might have compared light tanzanite to the beautiful eyes of the famous movie star Elizabeth Taylor.
Since this gem is not as hard as the sapphire, it is also cheaper and easier to process and can be cut into various shapes.
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One more variant of the blue gemstone is Topaz. Topaz is a gem with many energetic and mystical powers that you may find hard to believe if you are not very aware of this type of energy crystal.
Although the origin of his name is unknown, it is known as “ the stone of true love and the success of all efforts,” and this is because it symbolizes, finding true love both as a couple and the love of our friends and relatives.
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On the other hand, it is the ideal stone for people who work hard, see all that effort paid, achieving their objectives or goals as a reward. This stone can be found mostly in bright yellow, although it also exists in blue crystal stone.
14. Blue Tourmaline or Indicolite
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A general term for light blue to dark blue tourmaline. Blue tourmalines are rare, and now they have become the most valuable kind of tourmalines.
They are produced in yellow clays from weathered granites in Siberia, Russia, and also in Brazil, Madagascar, and the United States.
Among all the Brazilian mining sites, the Paraiba state produces a tourmaline with a special green-blue tone. It is very expensive and scarce, and in extremely large demand. It is therefore named Paraiba Tourmaline.
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The blue tourmaline symbolizes the clearness, purity, tranquility, and freedom of the ocean and the blue sky, making us feel detached and far from the crowd.
It also has the characteristics of quietness and reasoning, which is the opposite of the red tourmaline. In the business world, blue tourmaline is thought to imply balance.
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Fun Facts About Turquoise
Native Americans are only the most recent societies to be fascinated by Turquoise, a mineral composed of copper and aluminum. Once considered a holy stone capable of bringing good fortunes to anyone wearing it, Turquoise gems were so pricy.
Egyptians used them to embellish their tombs as long ago as 3000 BC. Persians wore turquoise necklaces to protect themselves from unnatural deaths, but that protection went only so far: If the Turquoise changed color, the wearer was warned, “Fear the approach of doom”!
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Symbolism and Turquoise
Turquoise comes with the promise of good luck, and protection and gives the wearer the ability to predict danger ahead.
Sages insist that Turquoise can protect one from falling, which is why horseback riders attached Turquoise to bridles thousands of years ago to safeguard the rider and the horse. Some still do.
The Aztec people believed the god Quetzalcoatl infused this stone with magical properties. Navaho used it to summon rain and Apache shamans were declared illegitimate if they didn’t possess turquoise.
Blue Gemstones Meaning
Many people possess or want to obtain various types of blue stones. One of the first questions that come to mind is, what meaning do blue Gemstones have? Well, these stones mean or symbolize peace, tranquility, and fraternity.
Beyond the individual properties that each of these stones possesses separately, in general, the blue stones are ideal to seek reconciliation with another person with whom we have no peace.
Restoring friendship, relationships, and restoring harmony and communication between family members is one of the main properties of blue stones. The meanings of blue gemstones also depend on the kind of intensity of the color.
Here is a brief overview of some popular blue gemstones:
- Aquamarine: Appeasing anxiety, enhancing serenity, and boosting communication.
- Blue aventurine: Calm, tranquility, and emotional strength.
- Dumortierite: Erase traumas and bad memories.
- Iolite: Enhance our imaginations and stimulate creativity.
- Lapis lazuli: Relax our body and mind by balancing both positive and negative energies.
- Larimar: Bring strength and good luck, and protect our families from harm.
- Blue quartz: Tolerance, generosity, and tenacity.
- Sapphire: Peace and wisdom.
- Sodalite: Promote a healthy body and a peaceful mind.
- Tanzanite: Confidence and good self-esteem
- Topaz: The stone of true love.
- Blue tourmaline: Quietness, reasoning, and balance.
- Kyanite: Trust in love and surrender completely.
- Apatita: Communication and harmony.
- Angelita: Creativity, imagination, and artistic gifts.
- Azurite: Insight, intuition, psychic abilities
- Turquoise: Protection, strength, purification
- Blue Lace Agate: Calmness, communication, confidence
- Blue Chalcedony: Harmony, balance, calmness
Healing Properties of Blue Gemstones
Blue gemstones are often associated with healing properties that promote peace, tranquility, and emotional well-being. They are believed to help reduce stress and anxiety, enhance communication and self-expression, and foster inner wisdom and intuition.
Additionally, blue gemstones are thought to provide protection against negative energies and support spiritual growth, meditation, and personal transformation. Please note that these healing properties are not scientifically proven, and individual experiences with blue gemstones may vary.
A Complete List of Blue Gemstones
While it’s difficult to compile a complete list of every blue gemstone, as new varieties and discoveries are continually made, here is an extensive list of some of the most well-known and cherished blue gemstones:
Sapphire, Aquamarine, Lapis Lazuli, Blue Topaz, Tanzanite, Azurite, Turquoise, Blue Lace Agate, Kyanite, Blue Apatite, Larimar, Blue Chalcedony, Blue Zircon, Blue Tourmaline (Indicolite), Blue Spinel, Blue Amazonite, Blue Fluorite, Blue Iolite, Blue Sodalite, Blue Obsidian, Blue Jasper, Blue Smithsonite, Blue Hemimorphite, Blue Dumortierite, Blue Howlite, Blue Euclase, Blue Scapolite, Blue Benitoite, Blue Covellite, Blue Celestite, Blue Diopside, Blue Hackmanite, Blue Pectolite, Blue Grandidierite, Blue Jeremejevite, Blue Kornerupine, Blue Pezzottaite, and Blue Sinhalite.
Types of Blue Gemstones
1. Dark Blue Gemstones
- Sapphire: Known for its rich, deep blue color, sapphire is a classic dark blue gemstone symbolizing wisdom, loyalty, and nobility.
- Lapis Lazuli: This deep blue stone, often featuring golden flecks of pyrite, is cherished for its association with truth, enlightenment, and self-awareness.
- Azurite: Displaying a vivid dark blue hue, azurite is believed to enhance insight, intuition, and psychic abilities.
- Blue Tourmaline (Indicolite): Ranging from deep to vibrant blues, indicolite is valued for its rarity and connection to healing, balance, and clarity.
- Blue Spinel: This dark blue gemstone is known for its vibrant, rich hues and is often mistaken for sapphire, symbolizing hope and revitalization.
- Blue Apatite: Deep blue varieties of apatite are treasured for their beautiful color and are believed to inspire motivation, manifestation, and creativity.
- Blue Sodalite: With its dark blue shades and white veining, sodalite is said to promote logical thinking, communication, and emotional balance.
- Blue Jasper: Deep blue jasper varieties, such as Kambaba Jasper, are believed to offer grounding energy, protection, and emotional stability.
2. Light Blue Gemstones
- Aquamarine: With its serene light blue color, aquamarine is associated with tranquility, courage, and clear communication.
- Blue Lace Agate: This delicate light blue gemstone is believed to bring calmness, enhance communication, and boost confidence.
- Larimar: Exhibiting soft blue hues, larimar is known for its calming effect and is thought to promote relaxation and emotional healing.
- Blue Chalcedony: The pastel blue shades of this gemstone are linked to harmony, balance, and a sense of calmness in daily life.
- Blue Topaz: Found in various shades of light blue, blue topaz is associated with clarity, healing, and balance, making it a popular choice for jewelry.
- Celestite: This gentle, pale blue crystal is believed to promote spiritual growth, facilitate communication with higher realms, and provide calming energy.
- Blue Smithsonite: With its soft blue color, smithsonite is thought to encourage emotional healing, stress relief, and compassionate communication.
- Blue Calcite: Known for its soothing light blue shades, blue calcite is believed to promote relaxation, emotional healing, and enhanced intuition.
3. Blue and Green Gemstones
Blue and green gemstones display captivating hues reminiscent of both the sky and the earth. Here are seven notable stones that exhibit blue and green colors:
- Amazonite: A blue-green feldspar mineral often used for its balancing and soothing energies.
- Chrysocolla: This stone exhibits vibrant shades of blue and green and is believed to encourage self-expression and emotional healing.
- Labradorite: Known for its blue-green iridescence, labradorite is thought to enhance intuition and spiritual growth.
- Fluorite: This gemstone can exhibit varying shades of blue and green and is associated with mental clarity, focus, and protection.
- Apatite: Blue-green apatite is believed to inspire motivation, creativity, and manifestation while displaying a unique blend of colors.
- Variscite: With its pale green to blue-green hues, variscite is thought to promote calmness, balance, and emotional healing.
- Azurite-Malachite: A combination of azurite and malachite, this stone showcases deep blue and vibrant green patterns, symbolizing intuition and transformation.
4. Rare Blue Gemstones
Here are some rare blue gemstones along with their approximate price range per carat. Note that prices can vary based on factors like quality, cut, and carat weight.
- Benitoite: ($3,000-$4,000 per carat) – A striking blue gemstone mainly found in California, prized for its unique dispersion and rarity.
- Grandidierite: ($1,000-$20,000 per carat) – Hailing from Madagascar, this gem is valued for its pleochroism and is extremely rare in transparent, gem-quality form.
- Blue Garnet: ($1,500-$3,500 per carat) – Color-change blue garnets are scarce, with a unique ability to exhibit different colors under varying light sources.
- Jeremejevite: ($1,500-$2,000 per carat) – Discovered in Siberia, jeremejevite is a rare mineral that ranges from colorless to pale blue, known for its exceptional hardness.
Keep in mind that these prices are approximate, and the actual price of a specific gemstone may vary depending on its quality, origin, and the current market.
How to Use Blue Gemstones?
Wearing blue gemstone jewelry, such as rings, necklaces, bracelets, or earrings, allows you to carry their energy close to your body. This can help you feel more balanced, calm, and protected throughout the day.
Incorporate blue gemstones into your meditation practice by holding them in your hands or placing them around your meditation space. Their energy may help deepen your meditation and enhance your connection to the spiritual realm.
3. Crystal Grids
Arrange blue gemstones in a crystal grid, which is a specific geometric pattern designed to amplify their energies. Place the grid in your home, office, or any space where you want to promote calmness, communication, or spiritual growth.
Hold a blue gemstone in your hand while reciting positive affirmations related to your intentions, such as improved communication, emotional healing, or enhanced intuition. This practice may help you align your energy with the gemstone’s perceived properties.
5. Placement in the Home
Display blue gemstones in areas of your home where you want to encourage tranquility, clear communication, or protection. For example, place them near your workspace, in your living room, or on your nightstand.
6. Energy Healing
During energy healing sessions, such as crystal healing, place blue gemstones on or around the body to facilitate the flow of positive energy and promote balance and healing.
In the End
In conclusion, blue gemstones, with their stunning hues and symbolic meanings, captivate people seeking tranquility, wisdom, and spiritual balance.
Although lacking scientific evidence, many individuals cherish these gems for their perceived healing properties, incorporating them into jewelry, meditation, and energy healing practices. The diverse world of blue gemstones offers beauty and inspiration for all to appreciate.