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Gemstones for Fertility
January 9, 2008 11:39 AM   Subscribe

Are there any gemstones/crystals that are traditionally tied to increasing fertility?

A friend is struggling with fertility issues. I realize rocks are not magic. I am not asking what gemstones will actually make a friend get pregnant. I am asking what gems traditionally have been associated with fertility or increasing the likelihood of bearing children.

I don't have any cultural preference, anything from eastern to african to native american, any would be welcome. The more background the better.

I have googled but it seems to be all over the place, with practically every gem being mentioned somewhere as "for fertility".

I would be most interested in responses from people with some sort of interest in gemstones or crystals.
posted by Ynoxas to Grab Bag (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
I have no interest in gemstones or crystals, but I do find your question entertaining/intriguing. A bit of research indicates:

Rose Quartz crystals (add to your bedroom or wear on your body- Asian tradition says that they alone increase fertility, western suggests they are for compassion and emotional healing)
Moonstones (balance hormones and increases 'feminine' energy)
Amethyst (heals the wearer and increases fertility)
Carnelian (increases creativity and fertility)
Jade (protection and luck)
Unakite (protects and balances the immune system)

Bonus points if any of the above are shaped like an elephant or Kwan Yin, who both promote fertility. Incidentally, Kwan Yin is supposed to be the most popular goddess in Asia. Crystals shaped like rabbits are apparently also helpful. You can even keep the status of Kwan Yin after you conceive because she also protects the souls of children!

Seems like common wisdom is what works for one wearer may be *very* different from what works for another. Your friend may have to experiment around to see what she likes. A lot of people feel like you should mix them together for the right cocktail of crystals, a few think that mixing them is problematic. Best of luck!
posted by arnicae at 11:57 AM on January 9, 2008


After my sister got a peridot pendant she started squirting babies like crazy. Although I'm pretty sure it had more to to with her quitting the pill you have your anecdotal evidence right there. Peridots are real pretty too.

The internets seems to agree on the green stones being the best for fertility. Spring, rebirth and all that...
posted by uandt at 12:24 PM on January 9, 2008


As a preface, I don't believe in magic stones either. As you've noticed, there are no lack of stones guaranteed to provide luck, protection and fertility.

That being said, fertility is stongly associated with the goddess Venus - she appears as the Empress in the modern Tarot, and is usually shown as being great with child. Venus is associated with the color green, so really, just about any green stone should be suitable.

Going back to the medieval grimoires, Agrippa lists the following stones as venereal: the Berill [beryl], Chrysolite, Emrald [emerald], Saphir [sapphire], green Jasper, Corneola [carnelian], the stone Aetites, the Lazull [lazuli] stone, Corall, and all of a fair, various, white, and green Colour.

I'll see if I can't find something more specific to fertility when I get home from work.
posted by malocchio at 12:51 PM on January 9, 2008


Does it need to be a gemstone? In my family, we keep a dish of a couple of pomegranates in the house. They aren't for eating, they're just left to slowly dry out over the course of the year. Having them in the house increases the likelihood of both good luck and fertility. If you're looking to give your friend any symbolic gift (rather than just the gemstone route) to increase her chances of conception, I'd go with a bowl of pomegranates to be kept in the house.

They also have the side effect of looking just lovely -- the beautifully-textured deep red fruits, particularly in a nice silver bowl, are a practical alternative to a bouquet of flowers for adding color to a room.

in b4 "your god damn greek fruits do not have magical powers"
posted by Greg Nog at 1:14 PM on January 9, 2008


opal
posted by maloon at 2:48 PM on January 9, 2008


A geode placed in the bedroom is said to increase fertility, as is a red garnet placed over the reproductive organs. (These according to Cunningham's Encylcopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic, and Color and Crystals by Joy Gardner-Gordon, respectively.)

Sir J.G. Frazer wrote in The Golden Bough that "...the Greeks gave the name of tree-agate to a stone which exhibits tree-like markings, and they thought that if two of these gems were tied to the horns or necks of oxen at the plough, the crop would be sure to be plentiful." The creative mind can surely imagine a human parallel. ;)

And Venus seems to be have a particular affinity for the emerald, as confirmed in Crowley's 777.
posted by malocchio at 3:27 PM on January 9, 2008


Moonstones would be your best traditional bet, as they are associated with all things female, including fertility.
posted by desuetude at 3:30 PM on January 9, 2008


Thank you everyone.
posted by Ynoxas at 8:12 PM on January 9, 2008


Moonstone? :)
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har at 8:12 PM on January 9, 2008


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