History of Gemstones
The story of gemstones is as old as the hills in which they formed,millions of years ago. Ancient burial sites show that gems were usedfor weapons as well as for adornment for 20,000 years.
Folklore and legends about Gemstones have been handed down throughout the centuries, and the beauty of gemstones has been revered for thousands of years.
Genuine golden, glowing Baltic amber is the fossilized resin of ancientconifers and a natural wonder.
Amethyst – February
The royal purple amethyst gem is February’s Birthstone. Amethyst is also the gem for the 4th (alt.), 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries a swell as the zodiac sign of Aquarius. The color purple is traditionally the color of royalty and amethyst has been used since the dawn of history to adorn the rich and powerful monarchs and rulers.
Aquamarine has been known to man since the beginning of written history.Because, it was a common mineral, it is said to have many uses, most dealing with the mystical or fantastical. For instance, for a sound night’s sleep, sailors would keep Aquamarine underneath their pillows. Aquamarine was also a way to ward off poison. Ancient sailors said that the mythical mermaid’s tail was made from Aquamarine.
Moonstone – June
Moonstone is also known as Rainbow Moonstone. And it is the modern June birthstone and the gemstone for Aquarius. Iridescent rainbow moonstone: radiant with the “light of the moon”, this lovely feldspar is white with flashes of blue and rainbow light and derives its moon name from its blue-white sheen. It was once thought that the gem’s luster waxed and waned just like the moon itself, and moonstones have always been used in jewelry by moon worshipers.Moonstones are generally set in silver, which brings out their characteristic bluish-silvery sheen. Moonstone is claimed to be the gemstone for lovers as it symbolizes passion. It is said that it enhances our ability for empathy and understanding and is believed.
Emerald – May
Emeralds the most famous member of the beryl family. Legends endowed the wearer with the ability to foresee the future when emerald was placed under the tongue, as well as to reveal truth and be protected against evil spells. Emerald was once also believed to cure diseases like cholera and malaria. Wearing an emerald was believed to reveal the truth or falseness. Legend also states that emerald was one of the four precious stones given by God to King Solomon.
Sapphire shave been prized as great gemstones since 800 BC. Rulers of ancient Persia believed the sky was painted blue by the reflection of represents the heavens. Sapphires have long been used as talismans for protection, to ward off diseases, and to bring peace, happiness, and intelligence.
Opal – October
Throughout history, opal has been regarded as a stone of good fortune. In ancient times, precious opal was included among the noble gems; it was believed that the gem possessed magical properties and ranked second only to emeralds, and carried opal as a good luck charm or talisman because it was believed that like the rainbow, opal brought its owner good fortune.
To early Humans, pearls must have been considered the most Perfect gift in Nature: able to capture the beauty of the moon and the rainbow at the same time, a gem with true magic. Later, in the world’s emerging civilizations, pearls took on a much bigger role, personifying virtue, wisdom, power and wealth. Nowadays, pearls are considered the”Queen of Gems.
Peridot – August
Peridot is an ancient gemstone and is very popular today. It is so old that it can be found in Egyptian jewellery from the early second millennium BC. The early Egyptians claimed that peridot glowed by night but was invisible by day. In the middle ages, peridot was believed to dispel the darkness and terrors of the night. King Edward VII wore a peridot for good luck and Pakistan and even in the Antarctic. The peridot gemstone is of a green color that is special among all gemstones and it has been said that it “shimmers like damp moss in the fall sunshine”. Peridot was once known as the “Evening Emerald” And is said to bring healing and vitality to the whole body. Peridot is the modern August birthstone
Blue Topaz – December
The birthstone of December and the Zodiac gemstone for Scorpio Blue topaz is said to enhance one’s communicative abilities, helping to more easily and clearly express oneself. And it is believed that topaz will enhance one’s spiritual potential, to increase intelligence and creativity, and to impart wisdom and wealth!
Citrine – November
Citrine is a beautiful soft gold-colored gemstone, and especially gorgeous when combined with sterling silver! The name citrine comes from the old French word citrine for this golden yellow gemstone and is said to be especially useful in stimulating one’s mental capacities,enhancing creativity & intuition and bolstering one’s self-confidence.
Garnet – January
Garnet is the modern January birthstone and the gem for the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary. Beautiful, red garnets have been revered throughout history. The name Garnet originates with the Latingranatum malum which means pomegranate Garnet jewelry has been found in burial sites as early as 3000 BC and was thought bring protection in the after-life. Garnets are said to enhance creativity and understanding, and bring success in business.
is a lovely blue to violet blue gemstone, resembling Tanzanite. Iolite is also known as Vikings’ Compass and is often called Water Sapphire. Its healing properties are said to bring harmony and well-being to personal relationships. Iolite is also said to help bring on visions bestow the power of clair voyance
Ruby – July
Rubies are the scarcest of all gemstones and command extremely high prices.To the ancients, ruby was known as “the king of gems”. To some it was a representation of the sun. To others it represented integrity, devotion, happiness, healing, courage, romance,generosity, inspiration, and prosperity.
The name “spinel” is derived from the Greek word for “spark”, in reference to the fiery red color of spinel’s often used for gems. Spinel is a very attractive and historically important gemstone mineral. Many famous rubies in crown jewels around the world are actually spinel. Spinel, meanwhile, is one of the hardest minerals and is a favorite of jewelers and collectors because of its brilliance, hardness and color variety Spinel is a durable gemstone that is perfect for all jewelry uses. Spinel typically forms in well-formed octahedrons. But it is famous for a type of twinning that bears its name, the Spinel Twin Law. Spinel is not a synthetic stone. It is a real, natural, attractive and rare gemstone in its own right.
Diamonds – April
The diamond is more than just aesthetically beautiful—it’s an enduring symbol of love, romance, and commitment. The stone’s name is derived from the Greek word adamas, which translates to“unconquerable.” This symbolic meaning lends itself well to the diamond’s historic commemoration of eternal love.
Tanzanite is one of the most gorgeous gemstones mined in East Africa. Tanzanite is a stunning variety of zoisite with a velvety blue color. You can also find tinge of purple in Tanzanite gemstones. The Tanzanite gemstone was first found in the year 1967 and was given the name Tanzanite by Tiffany And Company, the gemstone was found in Tanzania and was therefore named Tanzanite. This gemstone was introduced in the world market in the year 1969.
In the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro are the Merelani Hills of Tanzania and this is where the best Tanzanite gem stones are mined.Liberalization of the Tanzanian economy and new mining techniques have recently, made the Tanzanite gemstone more readily available.
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