Gem Remedies – an Introduction


Homeopathy evolves, decade by decade and day by day, not only to better meet the needs of a more diverse range of clients, but to meet the specific challenges arising due to our evolution as human beings. Some of this continual evolution involves the development of techniques for more deeply perceiving both the experience of clients and the nature of the remedies.

But equally important is the exploration of new remedies, and new families of remedies, which do seem to appear on the scene at the time when their special qualities are most needed. For example, bird remedies, remedies from the sea, and mammal remedies, with a few notable exceptions, were very little known and used until the last couple of decades. Our understanding of these large groups is now growing by leaps and bounds.

One remedy family that is new on the scene is the gems. The first appeared in 1970 when P. Sankaran of Mumbai did a proving1 of diamond, which was then extensively re-proven by Jeremy Sherr in the 90’s. Ruby was proven by two students as a masters’ project in 1995.2 Around the same time emerald was proven by Moya Ross, as a 4th year college project. Not long after, quartz, amethyst, and rose quartz received minor provings.

But then in 2005 Peter Tuminello brought out his landmark book, Twelve Jewels, in which he set forth deeply developed pictures of the following gem remedies, incorporating both new provings and clinical information (understanding gained from cured clients) from a group of homeopaths working in collaboration over a ten year period:


black opal



golden topaz

lapis lazuli

morion (dark smoky quartz)






All of these remedies were created by Peter first as gem immersions, which were then potentized according to homeopathic method. Immersion leaves the crystal intact, maintaining the integrity of its essential nature (including structure, beauty and transmission of light). Previously the few gem remedies that had been created in homeopathy were made from triturations of the crystal (in which a small amount of the substance is ground to a fine powder in a mortar and pestle). Trituration is the traditional way of creating a remedy from a solid or hard substance, and it has stood us in good stead, producing remedies that reach to the core of that substance’s archetype. Yet Tuminello believes that gem immersion remedies best transmit their highest and subtlest spiritual aspects, which he finds to be absent in triturated remedies made from the same gems. This is important because spirituality turns out to be the most defining characteristic of the gems!

For some months now one of my favorite projects has been the deep study of Tuminello’s gems. I am fascinated by this remedy family’s connection to human spiritual development. Of course all remedies do relate to this – we are all developing spiritually all the time. We can’t help it – it is part of the learning process of life. But gems do speak to high levels of spiritual connection, and to the struggles that people face in awakening to an enduring connection with their Divine Source.

Very often a major interest in spirituality is an indication that a client may benefit from a gem remedy. This is not the only remedy family that can have strong spiritual inclinations. For instance, it is a noted characteristic of bird remedies, and of the lanthanide series of the Periodic Table of Elements. I have also seen profound spiritual connection in people needing spider remedies and insect remedies, which is roughly the opposite of what traditionally has been taught about these families. (But all remedies contain polarities – the two opposite ends of their ‘issues’! Birds, as we are taught, have the issue of being caged versus freedom. Spiders have an anguished restlessness, and as I have seen, conversely can have access to a sublime and utterly peaceful state – an almost all-knowing state – of spiritual connection.)

Back to gems! Think of how they are created. Their component minerals precipitated from metamorphosizing rock under conditions of immense heat and pressure. They then grew into forms of great purity, with mathematically precise geometric structure, great hardness, durability, and beauty. Many are able to transmit light. In those that are opaque, the play of light is essential to their expressions of color and qualities such as shine and opalescence.

Human spiritual growth is likewise achieved due to our exposure to intense stresses. Gems speak to the transformation of the individual. When you are in the midst of transformation, you know it. It stands out from day-to-day life. You may be going through huge changes – those events that make you know that you will not be the same person that you were before. Or you may be seeking major change, and yearning for the growth of your being that will accompany such a change. In the midst of transformation you can feel lost or even blocked as you confront your deepest obstructive patterns but don’t yet know how to dismantle them. This is where a gem remedy, the guidance of a gem consciousness, can make the difference between a protracted, difficult journey and surging forward into new life and new understanding.

In future posts I will summarize individual gem remedies for you, so that you begin to have an understanding both of their archetypal essences and their potential in healing. I believe it is no coincidence that their use in homeopathy has begun only in recent years to blossom. This is a family of remedies uniquely suited to our time of transformation.


1 A proving is a controlled experiment in which homeopaths, and sometimes other volunteers, take a remedy in order to discover its effects on healthy individuals, and therefore what it is capable of curing in those who are suffering. For more information, click link.1

2 Sandra Azar and Suzanne Marlowe-Fries, The College of Homeopathy, 1995

3 He has recently brought out a similar but very much smaller book solely on rose quartz, which he feels is a polychrest (a very widely needed remedy).