The magicians, alchemists, and holy people of the past knew how to use crystals and relate them to the five basic elements of nature. Today, we often speak of four elements: earth, water, air, and fire, omitting the Akasha — the fifth element that represents the foundation of the remaining four.

Presently, it is not so easy to relate the vast majority of different crystals, stones and minerals to these elements. The intuitive knowledge of the ancient times is lost. Today, we cannot see what our ancestors knew as a fact even without learning, for example, that a certain stone is a conduit of certain type of elemental energy. Because of that there are different classifications and you can find that certain stones belong to many different categories. Below is given the scheme we believe could be closest to reality.


element earth

Earth is the principle element of our body. It is the realm of prosperity, abundance, and growth. Using crystals and stones of the Earth element is great if you want to:

Some of the crystals and stones that belong to this element are:

agate slab

Agate, Moss Agate, Calcite, Diamond, Emerald, Jasper, Jet, Malachite, Onyx, Black Tourmaline.


element water

Water is the basis of all life. It has cleansing and healing properties. Water is also the fundamental force behind our emotions, including love and friendship. Using crystals and stones of the Water element is great if you want to:

  • induce healing,
  • make peace with somebody,
  • make new friends,
  • perform purification,
  • induce peace,
  • expand universal love,
  • induce lucid dreams,
  • practice divination,
  • increase intuition.

Some of the crystals and stones that belong to the water element are:

colored pearls

Amethyst, Aquamarine, Azurite, Celestite, Chrysocolla, Coral, Mother-of-pearl, Lapis lazuli, Lepidolite, Moonstone, Pearl, Blue and Pink Tourmaline, Sapphire, Selenite, Sodalite.


element air

The air element represents the power of the mind. It brings imagination and inspiration, new ideas and visionary leadership. It is the element of travel and communication. Using crystals and stones of the Air element is great if you want to:

  • enhance your intellectual abilities,
  • develop inspiration,
  • improve memory,
  • improve communication,
  • expand awareness,
  • bring up new possibilities.

Some of the crystals and stones that belong to this element are:

opal ring

Aventurine, Opal, Tiger's eye, Mica, Topaz, White Fluorite, Turquoise.


element fire

The element of Fire can both create and destroy. In is an active element. Whenever we need a transformation to happen, to destroy the old and make room for the new, this element may be of assistance. Using crystals and stones of the Fire element is great if you want to:

  • increase energy,
  • increase vital power,
  • awakened enthusiasm,
  • protect your aura,
  • fight against psychic attacks,
  • strengthen your will,
  • perform purification.

Some of the crystals and stones that belong to the fire element are:

ruby ring

Amber, Apache Tear, Citrine, Carnelian, Ruby, Fire Agate, Fire Opal, Flint, Sardonyx, Red Tourmaline, Sunstone, Spinel, Sulfur.


element ether

Akasha or Ether is the fifth element. It is the binding power that keeps together all the other elements. It contains the past, present and future collective experiences of mankind. Using crystals and stones of the Akasha element is great if you want to:

  • perform rituals and sacraments,
  • unlock past life memories,
  • improve your meditation,
  • increase your spiritual powers.

Some of the crystals and stones that belong to the Akasha element are:

clear quartz ball

Apophyllite, Danburite, Fossils, Phenakite, Clear Quartz.


Phyllis says:

What about nummite, Sorcerer's stone. What element is it? I know it is a masculine stone but not the element.

sunnyray says:

Thanks for the interesting question Phyllis. We have two different clues that point to the same conclusion: Nuummite is the stone of the Ether element. First, what other element would one expect for a Sorcerer's stone? And second, Nuummite is a metamorphosed stone of Anthophyllite and Gedrite, and given its composition, we would again classify it as Ether stone.

Sara says:

What about selenite ?

sunnyray says:

Hi Sara
Thanks for the question. The situation with Selenite is pretty clear. It is a stone of the water element. Its name also suggests that. "Selene" - Greek Godess of the Moon. The Moon - very intimate relation to the water element, i.e., the Moon affecting ocean tides, etc.

Aaron says:

I've noticed that Emeralds sometimes jump between Earth and Water and Sapphire will show up in both Air and Water. Do you know why some people will connect those stones with different energies?

sunnyray says:

Hi Aaron
Thanks for the interesting question. I'm afraid I don't know the answer. There is so much we don't know about the elements and their link with the mineral world. Maybe someone else will be able to share their insight in this regard.

shiro says:

what element does labradorite fall under?

sunnyray says:

Hi shiro. Labradorite vibrates with the frequency of the water element.

Emery says:

Would obsidian have a use? And if so, what category would it fall under?

sunnyray says:

Obsidian could be thought of having a little bit of all elements: fire, air, watter and earth. All these elements are associated with volcanic activity in which obsidian has been formed.

Babywitchling says:

What element(s) would pyrite fall under?

sunnyray says:

I would classify pyrite under the earth element. It is an iron stone (iron=element of the earth) plus its crystals grow in cubes (cube=earth shape).

Demarcus says:

Great Article, Thanks

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