What Do The Colors Mean? 

Written By Liz Oakes

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The crystal colors are what attracts most of you to a particular stone.

While there are stones of mixed colors, most crystal varieties are predominantly one color, even if they have stripes or markings on them as well.

The color is a major reason why so many of you might choose to buy a specific stone to use and some of these are very attractive!

We all have favorites so it may interest you to know more about individual colors. Learn some reasons why they might have attracted you.

This includes the crystal jewelry you buy as well as stones you wish to use for healing, both physically, emotionally, mentally and Spiritually.

While most crystals resonate predominantly within one specific chakra, and this is related to its color, some stones have a good effect within more than one chakra.

What Do Different Crystal Colors Mean?

Each of the different colors have a individual effect on the body and every color makes a strong connection to a specific chakra.

The healing powers of crystals of each color strongly relates to the chakra they resonate most strongly within. 

Be aware that some stones naturally occur in more than one color and some come in a range of colors so their metaphysical properties will vary slightly in this case.

Stones such as Blue Kyanite, shown below, also occurs in colors other than blue even though blue is the most common color of Kyanite.

When it is a different color, this relates to the minerals the stone contains. So a crystal family can be quite diverse rather than just being one of the crystal colors.

Two stones may work in slightly different ways just because they are a different color of the same stone.

Their color variations primarily relate to the actual minerals they contain which can also create shades of the same color.

There are basically 10 different crystal colors as well as some sub-colors (or shades) of those colors.

You may also see crystals with inclusions of unconnected minerals, like the gorgeous Lapis below, but the major color is what creates the principle or primary energy of any crystal.

The Ten Different Crystal Colors

The list below contains the major ten color groups that crystals occur in, although various shades may be given their own name.

For example violet and lavender, aqua, lemon, tangerine and magenta are all shades of a primary color. 

Each of the color groups principally activate one specific chakra, and each of the major chakras resonate with a specific color.

While the various colors resonate primarily within one chakra the main colors are related to one chakra in particular.

In addition most energize the next chakra up and down, and some stimulate most of the chakras. 

If you are unsure about chakras, the chakras are explained simply here.

The order of the list of crystal colors responds to the chakras, starting at the crown chakra (top of the head) and ending at the earth chakra (below the feet).

So here are the ten major colors of natural crystals. 

  • White and Clear crystals
  • Violet and Purple crystals
  • Blue crystals
  • Green crystals
  • Pink crystals
  • Orange crystals
  • Yellow crystals
  • Red crystals
  • Black crystals
  • Brown crystals


Each of these colors have a specific section below, where you will see a picture of one the more common stones of each of the crystal colors. There is a short list of stones of that particular color and the meaning of stones that are that color.

White or Clear Crystals: Clarity & Spirituality

Meaning of white or clear crystals: Spirituality, clarity, selflessness and empathy. Both clear and white stones have a similar energy.

Popular white or clear crystals: Clear Quartz, Selenite, Albite, Snow Quartz, Apophyllite, White Topaz and Goshenite also called Clear Beryl.

The crystal colors of the stones on the above list may be either white or clear. The most well known and widely found of the clear crystals is Clear Quartz. 

Clear Quartz is a powerful healing stone that is powerful to create clarity of mind.

Some of the crystals called clear quartz may be white crystals but they as long as they aren’t snow quartz they are given this name.

All of the clear crystals have a comparable energy and all will resonate within the crown chakra and many are also strong soul star chakra stones.

Many white or clear stones may be either clear or white colored, and regardless of their exact color they still fit into this category.

The color white is associated with spiritual awareness, cleanliness and spiritual healing and many are powerful high vibration stones.

Many white crystals including Selenite, have a strong crystal energy that helps to remove the buildup of toxic thoughts that prevent clear thinking.

Purple Crystals: Psychic Gifts & Meditation

Meaning of violet or purple crystals: Stimulate your auric field, boost psychic ability, strong meditation stones.

Popular purple crystals: Amethyst, Purple Morado Opal, Charoite, Sugilite, Lepidolite, Purple Fluorite and Purple Scapolite. 

Amethyst is one of the most highly regarded purple crystals and many people have one. As their color varies they are associated with the crystal colors purple, lavender and violet.

Most lilac or purple stones are highly stimulating to your energy field and aid a connection to the Divine mind.

Purple is the color associated with the third eye chakra and purple or violet stones have a potent action within this area, including to activate the pineal gland.

In addition they may aid you to understand the concept of enlightenment, as they also resonate upwards to energize your higher chakras. 

When used in meditation, purple or violet crystals have an excellent action to activate dormant psychic abilities or powers and to boost intuition. 

Their energy assists you to make a better connection to your higher self and aids you to understand the mysteries of spiritual concepts and ideals.

They also have an excellent energy to stimulate Spiritual growth and healing and have a good energy to assist you to more easily relax into deep meditation.

Blue Crystals: Communication & Truthful Speech 

Meaning of blue crystals: Strong communication, both verbal and psychic.

Popular blue crystals: Lapis Lazuli, Blue Kyanite, Azurite, Aquamarine, Larimar, Blue Apatite, Sodalite and Blue Lace Agate.

Lapis Lazuli is one of the blue stones that has been in use since ancient times and is one of the most well known of the blue crystals.

The blue stones come in a range of crystal colors, from pale blue to deep Lapis blue. All blue crystals aid improvement of all types of communication.

This includes psychic communication as well as both written and verbal communication and expression.

They are known as stones that increase truthfulness in your speech, and are powerful to aid you to be authentic, genuine and accurate with your words.

They have a good energy to boost clairaudience and clairvoyance and they have a soothing energy both physically and mentally, which makes them useful for meditation.

They assist you to release issues from the past that are worrying you, and are known as crystals of harmony, that aid you to be responsive to the needs of others.

Pink Crystals: Love, Compassion & Emotional Healing 

Meaning of pink crystals: Stimulate unconditional love. Boost loving energy towards your partner, your friends and yourself.

Popular pink crystals: Rose Quartz, Peruvian Pink Opal, Pink Tourmaline, Strawberry Quartz, Mangano and Cobaltian Calcite, Rhodochrosite and Rhodonite.

Pink is one the most well known crystal colors because pink stones have a strong action to increase unconditional love and compassion towards others.

This includes love for your nearest and dearest such as your partner, but they will also aid you to feel more love and acceptance of yourself.

Pink crystals resonate within both the heart chakra and the higher heart chakra and have a vibration that generates warm, caring and harmonious feelings.

They have a beneficial energy to aid you to open your heart to others which can enhance emotional healingincrease kindness and assist forgiveness

They are known as beneficial healing stones for the immune system and are said to help organs in the area of the heart chakra and may aid your blood pressure.

Green Crystals: Increased Growth & Well-Being

Meaning of green crystals: emotional healing, inner peace, personal growth,  abundance, wealth and increased well-being.

Popular green crystals: Peridot, Chrysoprase, Moss Agate, Green Aventurine, Prasiolite Green Quartz, Malachite, Moldavite and Green Jade.

The green stones also resonate within the heart chakra, but have a different role to the pink stones above.

Green crystals create forward momentum and positive action and aid the release of negative energy. 

Green is the color of nature, and they are known for their action to assist inner growth, to bring a positive outlook and an increase in your personal well being. 

Their vibration aids the release of energy blockages that are holding back your ability to generate new beginnings and to attract the growth of abundance and wealth.

They are good healing stones that assist your physical health, and are particularly known to assist the organs within the heart chakra area as well as helping emotional healing.

Yellow Crystals: Optimism & Manifestation 

Meaning of yellow crystals: Manifestation, optimism, self esteem, willpower.

Popular yellow crystals: Citrine, Libyan Desert Glass, Amber, Yellow Apatite, Brazilianite, Stellar Beam Calcite, Heliodor, Golden Rutilated Quartz and Yellow Topaz.

Many of the bright yellow crystals are well known as manifestation crystals and in particular Citrine is a powerful stone to use as a good luck charm. 

Some crystals are well known and Citrine is one of them, as it’s action to bring good fortune and good luck does of course make it popular.

Yellow stones resonate within the solar plexus chakra which is also called the power chakra as it has a strong action to increase your personal power.

Crystal colors for this chakra includes lemon, golden yellow and vivid brilliant yellow. Yellow crystals are commonly bright vibrant stones that radiate warmth and boost positive energy.

Their energy helps to stimulate an increase of self esteem, self confidence, will-power and belief in yourself.

They are the strongest stones to boost manifestation so might be a good stone to choose to assist you to manifest money.

Orange Crystals: Creativity & Inspiration

Meaning of orange crystals: Pleasure, Fulfillment, Intimacy and Creativity 

Popular orange crystals: Carnelian, Golden Healer Quartz, Tangerine Quartz, Sunstone, Orange Calcite or Orange Kyanite.

The crystal colors in this group include apricot, peach, tangerine, salmon, golden orange and orange. Interesting how so many of these are foods!

Orange crystals resonate within the sacral or navel chakra and are most well known for their action to amplify your creative gifts.

These stones are also powerful to stimulate the pro-creative organs of the body and may help to enrich your intimate relationships and boost fertility.

Couples may find that the energy of orange stones may enhance the level of pleasure and personal fulfillment that you experience.

They encourage inspired thinking and enthusiasm and may assist the healing of  issues related to your emotional life and are strong crystals for creativity.

Red Crystals: Passion, Motivation & Survival

Meaning of red crystals: Survival, passion for living, interest in life and survival.

Popular red crystals: Ruby, Red Garnet, Rubellite Red Tourmaline, Red Spinel and Red Jasper.

The crystal colors of the stones in the red group can vary from a bright vibrant red color through to a deep magenta or dark maroon shade.

Red crystals have a strong energy to stimulate an increase in the health of the physical body and to boost your energy levels.

They have a powerful energy to strengthen your drive to survive and generally heighten your interest in living life to the full.

Red stones primarily resonate within the base or root chakra, which is related to the underpinning of the support structure of the body.

They are stones of action and passion for living life, and have an excellent energy to stimulate your desire to achieve the things you want from life.

Red crystals may encourage you to take the steps required to enhance the innate talents, gifts and skills you were born with.

Black Crystals: Grounding & Protection 

Meaning of black crystals: grounding, protection, release of negative energy.

Popular black crystals: Black Tourmaline, Black Obsidian, Black Spinel, Jet, Black Diopside, Black Onyx and Black Jade.

The black stones are some of the most popular of the crystal colors as they have a most powerful energy to make a difference in your life.

Most black crystals have a strong grounding energy that also assists with the release of negative energy.

All of the stones listed above are also important crystals for psychic protection, and all the stones on the list have an in-depth page written about them for you to learn more.

Black crystals resonate both the earth chakra and the base chakra. The earth chakra relates strongly to grounding yourself to earth and the release of negative energy.

They are emotionally calming, and encourage feelings of safety and security and help to release fear, especially if you are a victim of psychic attack.

Brown Crystals: Strength & Grounding

Meaning of brown crystals: Stability, Strength and Grounding

Popular Brown Crystals: Bronzite, Dravite Brown Tourmaline, Petrified Wood, Chistotolite, Tigers Eye, Smokey Quartz, Brown Zircon and Mahogany Obsidian.

Brown crystals fill your energy field with positive energy, and are excellent stones to boost your emotional strength and to aid physical endurance and stamina.

Many of the brown stones have a good action to channel negative energy down from the base or root chakra into the earth for release.

Brown stones commonly have a strong and substantial grounding energy that aids you to connect both to Mother earth, also called Mother Gaia, and the natural world generally.

Crystal colors in this group vary from a very dark brown almost black through to a lighter tan or even an orangey brown like Bronzite shown above.

These earth star chakra crystals encourage you to feel connected to the earth, and bring feelings of security, stability, emotional balance and steadiness to your life.

Crystal Colors FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Which color should I use? What are the best crystals to start with?

The best crystal for you is one that you are intuitively drawn to. Simply allow your intuition to guide you with your choice.

This includes both the crystal colors and the individual stones, as other things such as shape and exact shade of the color can influence your choice.

There are many well known crystal types selling, so simply allow yourself to relax, check out the various crystal colors and let the stones tell you if they are right for you. 

Use Of Crystals: One of the best ways to use any crystal is to hold it in your hand. The hands have energy centers that quickly move the vibration throughout your body. 

There are many beautiful colors for you choose from, and most of us have a favorite color. So perhaps your favourite might be one of the crystal colors that you choose first.

Later you might obtain other beautiful crystals that get your attention and call out to you to come home with you.

Should You Be Concentrating On Your Favorite Stones? One of my favorite crystals is Black Tourmaline, shown above. And I must admit I use it a lot as it has powerful metaphysical properties.

It is a highly protective stone that transmutes negative emotions into positive emotion and brings good luck and increased happiness so it’s a good stone to have chosen

Once you read the healing properties of a stone that you have chosen, you might have a better understanding of the reason you chose it.

Check out the A to Z of crystals to see a range of different crystals in alphabetic order. The link to that page is below.

Where do I get them? Stones of any of the colors can usually be obtained at most crystal shops.

Crystals are now found selling in a number of retail stores as well as many online crystal retailers.

Check out my favorite online crystal shop Exquisite Crystals, who have an amazing range of stones in a variety of colors.





Looking for information on something, maybe a specific crystal?

Go To Healing Crystals For You Site Map to see list of site pages.

To See The A-Z of Crystals Minerals and Stones Click Here


Note: When you use the vibration of crystals to help and support your healing remember that crystals are part of an holistic approach to your health.

Metaphysical healing uses universal energy so does not stand alone and can be used with any other type of healing. 

Using the energy of crystals for healing yourself is about finding a way to enhance conventional medicine not replace it. So always seek out medical treatment for any worrying health issue.


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