Our 5 Favorite Blue Gemstone Beads
Ranging in color from light blue to blue-green, aquamarine is a versatile stone that works well in many projects. The birthstone for March, it is also closely associated with the throat chakra and is said to alleviate the fear of public speaking. It is a soothing, cleaning stone that inspires trust and truth. It was once used by sailors as a talisman of good luck because it was believed to be the treasure of mermaids.
Aquamarine beads work well with any metal, but they look especially nice with silver. These beautiful stones are amazing on their own, but they also look nice when paired with darker gems, like obsidian. If you are going for a lighter look, try pairing it with clear quartz.
Tanzanite is a purplish-blue stone that is sourced from only one place in the world–beneath Mount Kilimanjaro in the Merelani Hills of Tanzania. It ranges from light lilac blue to a deep blue-purple and is deemed a highly protective stone in metaphysical communities. Associated with the brow chakra, it is said to open the Third Eye and aid in psychic and spiritual communication. It is also believed to generate feelings of happiness and dispel worries and fears.
Lighter tanzanite beads are breathtakingly beautiful when paired with silver, while darker shades look lovely with gold. Try pairing these purplish-blue stones with yellow gems, such as citrine or yellow opal, for a dramatic and eye-catching look.
Natural Blue Chalcedony
If you are looking for lovely light blue gemstone beads, try natural blue chalcedony. They range from translucent to opaque and are rare occurrences in the quartz family. These stones have a light violet-blue hue that makes them highly desirable to jewelers and members of the metaphysical community alike. Natural blue chalcedony is a calming stone and is commonly used during meditation. It is associated with the throat chakra and is sometimes referred to as the Speaker’s Stone. It is said that the Roman orator Cicero wore one around his neck.
Because of their subdued color, natural blue chalcedony beads work well with any metal. Try silver if you are creating a subtle, delicate piece or black if you want more drama. This stone works well when paired with other light blue stones. For contrast, try combining it with darker stones like sapphire or tanzanite.
Lapis lazuli was one of the first gemstones to be used in jewelry, and it still remains popular today. This bright blue stone often has gold-colored flecks dispersed throughout and is an incredibly eye-catching gem. In ancient times, it was a symbol of royalty, power and honor. It also serves as a universal symbol of truth and wisdom. It is believed to encourage good judgment and wisdom and enhance intellectual ability. Lapis lazuli is also said to encourage honesty and improve communication.
Because of the golden flecks that can usually be seen in this stone, blue lapis lazuli beads look best with gold. They are also quite lovely with black metals. This stone is a showstopper on its own and often is not paired with other gemstones.
If you are looking for a truly unique blue stone, labradorite may be your best option. This gemstone tends to be gray or colorless on the outside, but on the inside, there is an incredible flash of blue or blue-green. There may also be yellow. Found in Labrador, Canada, it is said that this gemstone contains the Northern Lights. Labradorite is believed to protect against negativity and allow one’s magical abilities to surface.
Labradorite beads are lovely when paired with gold or silver. It’s best to let these gemstones shine on their own, though, rather than to try mixing and matching with other beads.
As you can see, there are several remarkable blue gemstones to choose from for your next jewelry-making project. Browse the selection available from Beads of Cambay today and you are sure to find something you love!