Black gemstones are not only associated with elegance, mystery and power but some believe that they also provide healing and protection.

Spiritually, many people believe that black gemstones possess the ability to heal, protect, calm and enrich.

Each gemstone is said to have its own benefits, but many are used for purifying negative emotions, protecting from negative energy, and connecting to the Earth through their grounding energies.

In jewellery, black gems offer a deep counterpoint to the warmth of gold or the pristine shimmer of platinum or silver.

Black gemstones. Picture: Instagram @nangifinejewelry

“Black is unambiguous and specific,” said local designer and founder of jewellery brand Black Betty, Kristin Weixelbaumer.

“It’s dramatic, powerful and, in jewellery, shows that the wearer is confident of themselves. Black gems draw people in because they’re unusual and have a depth that few other stones can replicate – making the pieces that they enhance as much about a statement as they are about a question – a mystery,” she said.

Here are some black gemstone-lead pieces Weixelbaumer recommends for the stylish and wellbeing benefits they deliver:

Black Spinel

The Black Spinel is associated with healing and inspiration, protecting the wearer against negativity by repelling it. It improves communication by dispelling anger and resentment and aids in the release of stress, increasing in the body both persistence and endurance.

Black spinel. Picture: Instagram @eradesignjewellery

It’s a stone to be worn with confidence – particularly when taking on one of life’s new challenges.

Black Onyx

A powerful protection stone, Black Onyx absorbs and transforms negative energy, leaving the wearer with only the positive. Because of this, it’s perfect for helping those in the process of throwing off the limiting shackles of past attachments and seeking comfort and peace of mind.

Black Onyx. Picture: Instagram @solsticewaves

There’s a theory that Black Onyx draws in all manner of energies from the universe and transforms & channels them into a power that only sparks wellbeing.

Black Diamond

When you imagine a diamond, you imagine clarity, purity and iridescent sparkle from a stone forged at the centre of the earth over millions of years. Its creation story also speaks to a measure of invincibility – there’s no material on earth tougher than the most glamorous of stones.

Black Diamond. Picture: Instagram @shygemsjewelry

The Black Diamond possesses all of these qualities, despite it bearing a depth of darkness rather than a heart of light. The gem is said to enhance inner strength and justice, guiding the wearer in standing strong and holding their convictions.

Black Sapphire

Associated with the Divine Truth and regarded as a stone of the mind, the Black Sapphire is as powerful as its more famous blue cousin. While the latter is associated with helping to relieve depression and ease anxiety, the Black Sapphire adds a grounding influence, allowing the wearer to embrace the intuition it also affords.

Black Sapphire. Picture: Instagram @suzannekalan

“Black stones are all about the gravity they carry – and inspire in the wearer,” said Weixelbaumer.