We may say we dream of one day owning a beautiful gem, but sometimes we literally have dreams involving gems and jewelry while we are asleep. Various meanings have been attributed to such nocturnal visions, and it is believed that understanding these interpretations can allow us to predict the future, understand our hopes and fears, or avoid a potentially unfortunate or dangerous situation.

Precious stones are thought to symbolize aspects of life. In general, a dream about gems is usually a good sign for personal affairs, love life and business dealings, since jewels are generally thought to signify pleasure and riches.

A dream about looking at a precious stone could mean that you are tempted by material possessions and a dream that you are considering purchasing gems should be interpreted as a warning that you may have to learn to live without some of the things that are taken for granted.

On the other hand, if you receive a gift of a gemstone in your dream, it is a sign that your wealth will increase. However, if you dream of wearing gemstones, according to some, your dream may be telling you that you are arrogant and self centered. According to others, wearing gems is a sign of rank or achievement. If you see other people in your dream wearing gems, it could mean that you or maybe a friend will rise to an esteemed position.

Dreams of finding precious stones and semi-precious gems are an indication that something of value is about to occur, but surprisingly, the converse is not true – dreaming of losing a gemstone is thought to predict unexpected good fortune. However, if you give away jewels in a dream, it may be a warning of some threat to your person or estate, or else it could mean that you are subconsciously acting to your own detriment. A dream of inheriting jewelry means that you will prosper but in some unusual way, which may not be quite what you expected or hoped for.

The colors of gems in dreams are also significant. Finding a blue gemstone symbolizes inspiration, new ideas or even a new body of learning, while a red stone may foretell a new romantic connection. If you find a yellow gem, you should be ready for a new opportunity through a distant connection, and a violet stone is a sign that you should pay more attention to the spiritual side of your life. Green gems can bring money and newfound wealth into your life.

If you are a young woman some of these dreams may be interpreted in a different way; if you dream about receiving gemstone jewelry, it may mean a desirable marriage in the near future, whereas a dream of losing jewels is a warning against those who may give insincere compliments.

Diamonds are valuable gems that have been considered to be precious throughout history and across cultures. However, the meaning of a dream about diamonds is not so clear-cut.

For example, some believe that diamonds in dreams represent love and money, since a diamond is a much desired object and thus represents the things that are most valuable to us. According to some accounts, a diamond may symbolize universal truth and spiritual consciousness. In other cases, a diamond may foretell victory over enemies. Context is key to interpreting dreams involving diamonds. Where the diamond appears in your dream may provide a clue as to where you can find that elusive thing that can bring happiness to your life.

A dream about rhinestones may mean that you will encounter some short term pleasures or small favors. If a young woman dreams about a rhinestone that turns out to be to be a diamond, she may find that some insignificant act on her part will bring a disproportionate amount of good fortune.

Emeralds are valued for their powers of promoting spiritual or intuitive growth. Some believe that a dream of emeralds is a sign that you have much to look forward to, while others say it means that you will inherit property in circumstances that may cause disputes with others. If in a dream a lover sees his fianceé wearing an emerald, it is a warning that he may be about to be thrown over for a wealthier or more desirable suitor. If you dream that you buy an emerald, it signifies that you will engage in dealings with an undesirable outcome.

Agate is another gemstone that is thought to be meaningful in dreams. To see an agate in a dream may mean an improvement in business affairs, or else a journey. Some people use agates as protection from bad dreams, and in ancient times, banded agates were placed at one’s head while sleeping to induce rich and varied dreams.

Dreams about amethyst are generally believed to bring good luck, especially in the area of business dealings. An amethyst in a dream may be a sign that you will receive a small but satisfying income, or be content with the outcome of a business deal. However, a dream of losing an amethyst might signify a material loss or personal problems. If you are married or engaged, an amethyst is a symbol of a serene and happy marriage, but for a young woman to dream of the loss of an amethyst, may be a sign of a broken engagement or unrequited love. Amethyst is also thought to help insomnia, and it is believed that an amethyst placed under your pillow can bring about sweet dreams.

So dream on … but take special note whenever your dreams involve gemstones, because all gemstones meanings can impact your life.