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

Nazib says:

Its amazing to read you Sunnyray. Pls tell me, can anyone wear carnelian and terquoise together? While one is fire and one is air element?

sunnyray says:

Yes, why not. They are a great match. Fire and air support each other.

Unannounced says:

What are the symbols called that you used to show us the elements? Plz let me know...

sunnyray says:

I don't know that they have any special name. They are simply symbols of the four elements, earth, water, air, and fire. It could be that they have roots in the Western esoteric tradition, but I don't know that for sure.

felicity sekela says:

what element does jade fall under?

sunnyray says:

Jade is probably under the influence of the Earth element.

Clover says:

I know this, all by the knowledge of this document, but one by experience, one by a theory and some research, and one with only knowledge.

Amazonite - Earth

Rose Quartz - Unknown between All except Fire (3/4 of all the elements)

Tiger's Eye - My theory is along with Air, it could fall under Earth and/or fire.

Now first off with Amazonite, i'm saving Rose Quartz for last, since it will be more complicated to explain this. I don't have as much experience as I do with Amazonite, because I don't have it yet. Tiger's Eye will go second because there is a theory I want to share.

Amazonite falls under the Earth element because it can attract success and money due to it's ability to grant good luck. I know this through experience. One time when I had it, I had taken a test at the time, and guess what? I passed! It must have given me good luck on the hard parts. I somehow already knew it, but how? Amazonite.

Tiger's Eye seems to fall under Air, and its because researching this crystal, it can bring up new possibilities. But, how can that be? I figured it out, but it's just a theory, this may not be the reason why. It's because Fire and Earth. With Earth, it can attract success and money, like Amazonite, but Tiger's Eye dosen't let you get off easy. It grants focus and encouragement, which means it's wanting you to try hard. Fire most certainly could be the element because read the name of the crystal. "Tiger"'s Eye. "Tiger". KEY WORD. A Tiger is usually fierce, so it could be fire because it's granting protection for your aura, and, if needed, increasing energy, increasing vital power, and the ability to fight well against physical attacks.

Rose Quartz could go under either Earth, Water, or Air. I'm going to make different paragraphs to show why it could be either of those elements:

Earth can, just like Amazonite and Tiger's Eye, also has a different way of doing it, attract success and, if lucky, money. Success is like when,

-Water : Trying to make a friend, Making peace with someone who either you did them wrong or they did you wrong, attempting to let someone you love in your life (BF/GF)

-Air : Enhancing abilities, bring new possibilities

-Earth : attempting to try your hardest to make money, or, if you would most likely be a brat or he/she insists, getting a man/girl with a-lot of cash

Water can grant healing, peace, self-confidence when your trying to make a new friend, get a man/girl or make peace with someone. It's easy to do that when you have Rose Quartz.

Air can grant enhanced abilities, and new possibilities because it can grant self-confidence in your self.

That's all I have for these crystals. Goodbye!

Mimira says:

Great article! I'm new to the crystal scene and am curious about the Ether element. Perhaps you'd only want to use one of those kinds of stones to improve your meditation. Would the effects of the rituals and sacraments just "happen" or would the effects only resonate with exact use? Thanks for your time!

sunnyray says:

Thanks, Mimira. As for the ether element, yes, definitely to improve meditation. I would use a transparent crystal, rock crystal being the best example. Similarly for rituals as for meditation.

HeavenAirSaberSlayer Pro Gamer Player says:

What about Air Element? Is Diamond belongs to it? Because Air's Colours are White, and Colourless. I hope you would answer all of my questions.

sunnyray says:

The crystals associated with the air element are given in the text above. According to this classification scheme, Diamond is an earth element. Of course, Diamond is not only colorless or white, it can be of almost any color, including black.

Michael Running Deer says:

Great articles and awesome website on crystals here, Sunny Ray. I'm a secret admirer of yours!

Tony says:

In the book of stones selenite is classed as storm element do they mean water?

sunnyray says:

Storm would suggest the air element (i.e.,wind), at least to my mind. Yet, here selenite is classified as belonging to the water element. Don't be confused, there are different classifications.

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