Colors, Metals & Gemstones in Dreams



Colors in dreams are only important when they are not details. They generally carry positive or negative meanings and are discerned primarily from the context. Strength of meaning is indicated by the depth or lightness of the colors. Neon indicates imitation or counterfeit while mixed/blended colors my be mixing positives with negatives, positives with positives, or negatives with negatives.

The ancient Hebrews, like other ancient societies, experienced colors primarily through creation: blue the color of sky, green of vegetation, red of blood, white of wool and snow. These peoples believed that God or the gods deliberately designed colors with deeper purpose than meets the eye. These color associations remain universal, but are enhanced by the fact that nature was so close to them in contrast to today when we derive color meanings from manufactured and synthetic items.

Below we explore colors and metals influenced by the Hebrew scriptures as well as universal color symbolism. BLUE, PURPLE, RED at times may symbolize royalty, authority, and wealth since the natural dyes for the colors blue, purple, and scarlet were rare and expensive in ancient and Biblical times and only available to royalty or the wealthy.

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Positive: Communion, Fellowship, Revelation

Numbers 15:38

• The priests wore solid blue

• Blue cloth coverings protected the holy articles of the tabernacle

• The sky suggests the zone connecting heaven and earth

Negative: Sorrow, Depression, Emotional Lows

• Blue is a universal term for sadness as in “singing the blues”


Positive: Royalty, Kingship, Authority

Judges 8:26; John 19:2

• Worn only by those in high rank in royal courts

• The bronze alter of sacrifice was covered in purple cloth for travel

• The color of political wealth and power

Negative: False authority or domination; Oppression

• Babylon, the great harlot of Revelation

Apocalypse and image of the world’s wealth and power gone awry is described as wearing purple and scarlet


Positive: Blood atonement, sacrifice

Positive: Power, anointing, wisdom for battle

Lev 14:52; Josh 2:18,21; Isa 1:18

• The tabernacle’s linen curtains were red

• The blood sacrifices, the cross

Negative: Anger, battle, bloodshed, destruction

2 Kings 3:22; Rev 6:4; 12:3

• the great harlot of the Apocalypse appears dressed in scarlet on a scarlet beast


Positive: purity, righteousness, holy power, Spirit of the Lord, angels

Rev 6:2; 7:9; 19:8; 3:4-5; 15:6

• The absence of darkness

• Heaven’s garments

Negative: false purity, righteousness, holy power, Spirit of the Lord, angels

Negative: religious or legalistic spirit


Positive: Mysterious, unknown, unable to see

Positive: Formal

Negative: Death, spiritual darkness, evil, famine

Lam 4:8; Jeremiah 8:21; Rev 6:5

• In the Bible it is not used as an image of sin

• God’s presence in times of divine judgment upon sin and evil.

• “Darkness fell over the whole land” when Jesus died (Lk 23:44)


Positive: The Glory of God

Ezekiel 1;4; 8:2 KJV

• The Lord is described in visions of Ezekiel as amber

Negative: False glory, attempt at gaining self-glory, attempt at being seen as a hero


Positive: The Glory of God

• The color associated with the Glory of God

Positive: Hope, Faith, Strength

• The color associated with the sun and sunshine

Positive: Gifts from God

Negative: Coward, Fear-based Motive

• The color associated with cowardly fear as in the term “yell0w-bellied”


Positive: Perseverance, Persistence

Negative: Stubbornness, Strong-willed

• The color of fire

• The color of autumn leaves

• The color used to signify danger or a hazard


Positive: Growth, Prosperity, Conscience

• The main color of living plants and vegetation such as grass and trees

• The color associated with currency

Negative: Stubbornness, Strong-willed

• The color associated with envy as in “green with envy”

• Again, the color associated with currency


Positive: Child-like Faith, Love or Innocence

• The color universally associated with children, especially female children

Negative: Childishness, Immaturity


Positive: Maturity, Deserving of Honor

Positive: Having to do with Seniors or a Senior Community

• The color of aged hair is gray

Negative: Death, Sadness, Weakness

• As in gray skies, gray clouds

• The color associated with the grave


Positive: Humility, Compassion

• As in the dirt we are made from and will return to

• As in the leaves that fall from trees

Positive: Pastoral Color

• Shepherds of flocks are intended to be motivated by compassion

Negative: Compromise

Humanism or Worldly/Fleshly perspective (disregarding divine perspective)

• False human compassion as salve from motives to feel better




1. Diamonds, when they are in a wedding ring, may symbolize a commitment or partnership. An engagement diamond, then, would represent a pending or coming commitment or partnership. In these cases the message within the diamond is related to a “marriage” so to speak, something the dreamer is currently tied to. And it’s more likely to be about a job or ministry or something you are currently involved with or committed to than an actual marriage.

2. Diamonds in dreams may symbolize human beings. We are often said to be “diamonds in the rough”!
Within the scripture, diamonds are referred to as precious stones (Exodus 28:18; Exodus 39:11; Ezekiel 28:13), and included on the garments of the Old Testament priests and of Satan prior to his rebellion in heaven. More significantly, God sees his children as precious as mentioned in Psalm 139:17. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

3. Putting those two together, a diamond on a wedding ring may represent a commitment connected to a particular person (or persons if there is more than one).

4. Jesus can be symbolized as a diamond. If so, He might be very large and red like a ruby.

5. Diamonds can be literal rather than symbolic whether attached to a ring or not.

6. Diamonds, as with other kinds of jewelry, may be taken to mean an adornment, something not essential but enhancing. Spiritual gifts cam be represented as jewels or jewelry in dreams, depending on the context, but rarely diamonds.


May symbolize wisdom

May symbolize the Kingdom of Heaven

May symbolize something of great value

May symbolize a valuable result of great agitation

My symbolize the need for focus on the reason for the work of Christ on the cross

May symbolize Jesus himself



May symbolize Jesus himself, due to His shedding of blood for our atonement

May symbolize healing and restoration



Positive: Purity, holiness, glory, prosperity

Positive: Of Immense Spiritual Worth, Value

• Despite its rarity as a commodity, it’s Mentioned 425 times in the Bible

• The primary meaning is value, with secondary meanings of permanence and durability

• Gold is clearly associated with wealth

Negative: Idolatry, Defilement, Contamination, Misplaced Honor, Lawlessness, Licentiousness

• Idols were either solid gold or carved from wood and coated with gold

• Aaron allowed the Hebrews to make a golden calf while Moses was on the mountain.


Positive: Redemption Will Result From This, the Price of Redemption

Positive: Appropriate use, Purposeful

• Mentioned 300 times in the Bible

(Matthew 27:3-9, Exodus 30:11-16)

• Next to gold, it holds the most value

Negative: Temptation, Covetousness, Envy

• Joseph’s brothers sell him for twenty pieces of silver (Genesis 37:28)

• Joseph planted a silver cup in

Benjamin’s satchel (Genesis 44:2)

• God warned his people to “not make gods of silver alongside me” Exodus 20:23


Positive: Symbolizes GREAT STRENGTH

• Bronze, a combination of copper and lead, was one of the earliest alloys to be widely used during the Old Testament period.

• Two-thirds of the uses of BRONZE in the Old Testament are figurative, rather than literal. Figuratively speaking, BRONZE symbolizes STRENGTH as in Job’s question, “Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze?”

• STRENGTH is also indicated in Jeremiah 1:18, “Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a BRONZE wall to stand against the whole land.
Lev. 26:19 denotes the GREAT STRENGTH as well, “I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.”

Positive: Symbolizes SHINING RADIANCE

• Since bronze was used to form mirrors, it may be associated with SHINING RADIANCE as in Revelation 1:15 and Ezekiel 1:7 and 40:3.

• It’s important to note the nearly half of all literal references for bronze refer to its use in the temple or tabernacle.

Negative: Symbolizes WARFARE

• A sizable group of literal references for bronze refer to its use in warfare, so bronze may reinforce a spiritual battle theme within a dream.

Negative: Symbolizes BONDAGE AND CAPTIVITY

• BRONZE SHACKLES speak of the treatment of captured leaders by victorious adversaries, as with Sampson (Judges 16:21).


Positive: Generally Symbolizes SUPERIOR STRENGTH & PERSISTENCE (as compared to others)

• This strength is due to iron’s hardness and durability.

• Iron, as well as copper, is indigenous to the Promised Land.

• During the transition from BRONZE to IRON, the Israelites found themselves dependent upon the Canaanites for iron craftsmen and production.

• Israel’s lack of iron weapons of war repeatedly placed them at a distinct military disadvantage as they struggled for independence from their neighbors who cunningly maintained a monopoly on iron forging technology.


• In Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the statue depicting four world empires, the iron portion is the least valuable metal in the statue, hinting at a government lacking values but ruling with an iron fist.


• Based on biblical passages, iron in dreams may speak THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION.

• And since the craft of forging of iron was heavily guarded by the tribes that utilized it, IRON in dreams can speak of MYSTERY.



• Today’s common uses of copper in the construction field include using it for welding and soldering; use in brazing applications; use for making lightning rods; and, use in plumbing applications (like making pipes and fittings from copper).


• As in 2 Kings 25:7, Job 6:12, Isaiah 45:2 and Jeremiah 1:18


• Copper, like iron, is indigenous to the Promised Land, and has made vital contributions to sustaining and improving society since the dawn of civilization.



And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row. And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings. And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes. (Exodus 28:17-21, KJV)

1. Precise identification of the 12 stones in the Ephod cannot be always be assured, but the stones identities represent the classic theological opinions.

2. Associating the stones with corresponding tribes is difficult, given the difficulty of associating the qualities of these stones with the qualities of the corresponding tribes.

3. BIBILCAL SYMBOLISM stems from the Hebrew or Greek terms used for 5 of these stones (the other 7 meanings are unknown).

4. HISTORICAL/UNIVERSAL SYMBOLISM is included when possible.

ROW 1, STONE 1- Carnelian

Meaning of Hebrew term: Red

Hebrew: אודם (odem) Strong’s #124

The color RED may symbolize blood atonement, sacrifice

The color RED may symbolize power, anointing, wisdom for battle

Lev 14:52; Josh 2:18,21; Isa 1:18

• The tabernacle’s linen curtains were red

• The blood sacrifices, the cross

Anger, battle, bloodshed, destruction

2 Kings 3:22; Rev 6:4; 12:3

• the great harlot of the Apocalypse appears dressed in scarlet on a scarlet beast

ROW 1, STONE 2- Olivine

Hebrew: פטדה (pit’dah) Strong’s #6357

Meaning: (unknown)

The Septuagint uses the word , but the Topaz was unknown at the time of the Exodus

Other possibility: Chrysolite

ROW 1, STONE 3- Emerald


Meaning of Hebrew term: Lightning/Flash

Hebrew: ברקת (bareqet) Strong’s #1304

This stone may symbolize SUDDEN BRILLIANCE or PROSPERITY

The Septuagint uses Smaragdos meaning a green stone

Other Possibilities: Beryl or Quartz

ROW 2, STONE 1- Turquoise

Hebrew: נופך (nophekh) Strong’s #5306

Meaning: (unknown)

Turquoise was commonly mined in the region

Other Possibilities: Carbuncle, Garnet and Malachite (the Septuagint has Anthrax meaning coal)

ROW 2, STONE 2- Lapis Lazuli or Sapphire


Meaning of Hebrew term: Scroll/Write

Hebrew: ספיר (saphiyr) Strong’s #5601

While the Hebrew word is saphiyr, the origin of the word Sapphire, the Sapphire was unknown until the Roman period.

ROW 2, STONE 3- Flint

Meaning of Hebrew term:: Hammer/Strike

Hebrew: יהלום (yah’lom) Strong’s #3095

A Flint stone is a stone used to create a spark when struck

ROW 3, STONE 1- Opal

Hebrew: לשם (leshem) Strong’s #3958

Meaning: (unknown)

Other Possibilities: Amber, Jacinth, Amethyst

ROW 3, STONE 2- Agate

Hebrew: שבו (sh’vo) Strong’s #7618

Meaning: (unknown)

The Septuagint uses achates meaning Agate

ROW 3, STONE 3- Amethyst


Meaning of Hebrew term: Dream

Hebrew:אחלמה (ahh’lamah) Strong’s #306

The Septuagint uses Amethystos.

ROW 4, STONE 1- Topaz


Hebrew: תרשיש (tarshish) Strong’s #8658

Meaning: (unknown)

Possible Stone: Topaz

Other Possibilities: Beryl, Amber, Serpentine

ROW 4, STONE 2- Onyx

Hebrew: שוהם (shoham) Strong’s #7718

Meaning: (unknown)

Possible Stone: Onyx

Other Possibilities: Beryl (the Septuagint uses beryllios), Malachite

ROW 4, STONE 3- Jasper

Hebrew: ישפה (yash’pheyh) Strong’s #3471

Meaning: (unknown)

The Septuagint uses laspis meaning Jasper.

In addition to element symbolism, dream interpretation is based on a myriad of factors which should be considered before drawing conclusions. All dictionary entries are for suggestion purposes only, and we cannot guarantee that the information on this post -including comments- applies to your dreams. We believe, however, that we do an exceptional job of vetting dictionary entries through actual dream experience. Comments may be used in posts and for training purposes.


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