What do the different gemstones mean?

From ancient civilisations to the modern day, gemstones of all colours have been said to hold special powers by many cultures around the world. Whether you would choose a gemstone for its special properties or simply for its colour, CMJ London has something for everyone. Take a look through our guide below to discover the right gemstone for you.


Chrysotine is a type of Olivine which are usually green in colour. Many people are familiar with this stone as it is a mineral of a very popular green gemstone known as Peridot.


These stones are known for their calming abilities as it is said to neutralise negativity in all forms, such as resentment, anger, jealousy and spite; as a result it is said to reduce the wearers levels of anger, anxiety and irritation.


Hematite is often found within soil and rocks and is an important ore of iron, with colours ranging from black to silvers and greys and even some with reddish-brown features. Hematite is a heavy stone that can be found in places such as Brazil, Switzerland and Quebec. Hematite appears red in the earth when oxidised but when polished reveals a striking metallic look.


Hematite is said to be a grounding and protective stone. It is said to help stimulate concentration levels and strengthen the wearers connection with the earth to help them feel grounded and secure. Hematite is also said to bestow the wearer with courage and strength.


Howlite is a borate mineral that appears chalky white in colour with dark veins running through the stone.


Howlite is known for aiding in patience and perspective and is often said to relieve stress, pain and rage. Howlite is also said to stimulate the wearers desire for knowledge and their ambition.

Lapis Lazuli

Lapiz Lazuli is a metamorphic rock that presents as a deep blue or purple stone that historically has been popular with artists as it was ground down for its vibrant pigment.


Lapis Lazuli is credited with being the wisdom stone – it is said it brings peace to the wearer whilst revealing honesty, compassion and self-awareness.


Onyx is a type of Chalcedony that presents with small parallel banded layers. The Onyx we source is polished into a rich black stone, but there are alternative colour variations that can be sourced from all around the world in countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, the United States, and India.


Onyx is a stone that is said to give great strength to its wearer. Said to promote stamina, steadfastness and impart self-confidence. Onyx is also said to bring protection and good fortune.

Picture Jasper
Picture Jasper is a brown/tan variation of Jasper that is detailed with intricate lines through the stone.


Picture Jasper is said to absorb negative energies and therefore supports the wearer through times of stress, bringing them peace and wholeness. Picture Jasper is also said to encourage honesty and courage to tackle problems and aid quick thinking and help with organisation.

Red Jasper

Red Jasper is a type of Chalcedony and can vary in colour from a deep and vibrant red to a more brownish red hue. Jasper can also be shades of green, black, blue, yellow and and orange.


Red Jasper is believed to bring about courage and strength to its wearer and said to bring about emotional focus and balance. As a result, Red Jasper is credited with increased self-trust and self-confidence.

Red Tigers Eye

Red Tigers Eye is a member of the quartz group and is usually brownish-red in colour with red markings running through the stone.


Red Tigers Eye is said to be a motivational stone that will help the wearer rekindle passion and reconnect them with natural abilities and skills. It is also said to promote inner peace.

Snowflake Obsidian

Snowflake Obsidian gets its name from its dramatic look – a deep black stone with white snowflake like patterns running throughout. Snowflake Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass.


Snowflake Obsidian is said to ground and purify the body and soul. It can focus attention and centre the wearer in stressful and chaotic situations.


Sodalite is a tectosilicate mineral. Sodalite is mainly blue or grey but can be white, yellow, red or even green. The blue shades of sodalite are found intermingled with white calcite.


Sodalite is said to have a calming energy which helps to bring order, calmness and balance to the mind of the wearer. It is said to enhance self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-trust.

Tigers Eye

Tigers Eye is a stone that is often brown with bands of yellow and gold running throughout.


Tigers Eye is said to be a stone of protection and brings good luck to its wearer. It helps to promote clarity by focusing the mind and therefore assisting with decision making and problem solving.

Whether you want a particular gemstone for its appearance or its properties - CMJ London has a stone for every man. 

Our range of mens beaded bracelets come in a variety of forms, with our simple yet stunning Essential collection to our bold and eye-catching Premium beaded bracelet range. For the most subtle injection of colour, why not shop our Focus range - this gives the ability to add both colour and each stones properties to your everyday look and can be stacked so there is no need to choose between stones. 

Cant quite see what you are looking for? Whilst our range of mens beaded bracelets are extensive in style and design, you may want to put your individual flair into your piece of jewellery - why not combine stones in a bracelet to get your desired look? 

If you would like a custom piece designed just for you then contact our team at sales@cmjlondon.co.uk and our team will be happy to work with you to create your perfect piece of handcrafted jewellery.