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25th October 2017 by Amey M
What is my birthstone
Birthstones were believed to have a connection between the twelve stones in Aaron’s breastplate, the twelve months of the year and the twelve zodiac signs but later, these gemstones were related to each of the 12 apostles from the Catholic religion. Every gemstone has a history and a spiritual power that increases in their month, so are you curious about what is your birthstone? Keep reading to find out! engagement ring
The name garnet comes from the Latin word “granatus”, meaning “seed like” in reference to a pomegranate (if you ever see small garnets, they look like pomegranate seeds!). Traditionally thought as a burgundy red colour, Garnet is actually the name of a group of 7 silicate minerals that vary in colours and sizes, making it one of the most unique and plentiful stones.
Throughout history, garnet was believed to have medicinal powers to cure depression or a protector against bad dreams. Also, this precious stone was believed to have different meanings for each religion; Noah used a glowing garnet to illuminate the ark during darkness, in Catholicism is a symbol of Christ´s sacrifice and in the Koran, the garnet illuminated the Fourth Heaven of the Moslems.
Garnets are also a gift of love, it is said that Hades gave a pomegranate to Persephone before she left him to ensure her return so nowadays, garnets are given as a present for 2nd wedding anniversaries.
Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz that owes its colour to irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements. This stone has been a prized gem for centuries, having been included in royal collections from the Ancient Egypt to the British crown jewels, and for a time it was valued equally with the diamond but after its rarity decreased, so did its price.
Amethyst is believed to help with stress, insomnia and depression as well as with addictions and mental illness. Also, this stone has spiritual powers such as cleaning body and mind, providing balance and harmony and bringing stability to the individual. Today, amethyst is given as a present for the 33rd wedding anniversary.
Fun fact: Greeks believed that this gem could prevent intoxication so they used to drink from cups or goblets made entirely of amethyst and on top of that, its name derives from the Greek word “amethustos” that means “sober”. Also, the Egyptians represented the zodiac sign of the goat with this stone and the goat was considered the enemy of vines and vineyards!
Derived from the Latin word “aqua marina” that means sea water, this stone gets its name because of its watery colour. Anciently, the Romans believed that Aquamarines served to reconcile enemies and make friends when a frog was carved on it or that the stone absorbed the atmosphere of young love. Also, both Romans and Greeks sailors used to wear aquamarines to ensure a safe journey across the sea during stormy weather.
This stone is considered to have healing properties, both physically and mentally, making aquamarines ideal for meditation since it quiets the mind.
Nowadays, aquamarines are given as a present for the 19th wedding anniversary.
It is believed that diamonds were discovered in India at least 3000 years ago where this stone was considered a religious icon. The Ancient Greeks named it “adamas” meaning “invincible” or “indestructible” and thought this stone represented the tears of weeping gods. The Ancient Romans thought it was a piece of the stars that have fallen from the sky, but almost every civilization thought the diamond symbolized strength and it was, in fact, considered the stone for winners.
It wasn’t until the Renaissance Period that diamonds became a symbol of love. When Archduke Maximillian gave Mary of Burgundy the first diamond engagement ring, he started a trend among the royals and the rich. Then, after a popular marketing campaign during the 20th Century, diamonds rings became a tradition.
Due to a combination of reflection, dispersion and refraction diamonds sparkle a lot making them the most dazzling stone. The ultimate symbol of love and eternity is given as a present for the 60th wedding anniversary.
The emerald gets it name from the ancient Persian word that was translated into Latin as “smaragdus” and over time, corrupted to “emerald”. This stone was thought to be really powerful and it was worshipped by different cultures from the Incas to Aristotle, being Cleopatra’s favourite gem.
Emeralds were associated with the Greek goddess Venus, goddess of love and beauty, and it was said that if the heart was loyal, the gem would glow beautifully green. A lot of celebrities had received emerald by their love ones: Elizabeth Taylor has various emerald jewels given to her as an engagement and wedding present by her husband, Jackie Kennedy had a 2.88-carat diamond emerald engagement ring and Sharon Stone a 3 ½ carat! Nowadays, emeralds are given as a present for the 20th wedding anniversary.
Derived from the French word “perle”, pearls are made from aragonite in minute crystalline form and are found in clams, making it the only gem to be extracted from an animal.
Pearls had been an object of beauty for many centuries because of its rarity and value. In fashion, Coco Chanel made them popular by saying “a woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls” and of course, by wearing them. Also, Grace Kelly and Princess Diana wear them, making pearls the accessory of respectability. Nowadays, pearls are worn by cool singers like Rihanna or sewn into different clothes by Balmain or Chanel.
Today, pearls are given as a present for the 30th wedding anniversary.
Derived from the Latin word “ruber” that means red, this gem is a favourite among those who were in power or in love. In the orient, rubies were described as “a drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth”, the Indians called it Ratnanayaka that means the lord of the gemstones and the French jewellers called it the gem of the gems or the dearly loved stone.
Rubies always had an important place in Hollywood as when Dorothy clicked her ruby slippers to magically travel to her farmhouse in Texas or Pretty Woman’s famous scene with Richard Gere snapped the ruby and diamond necklace jewellery box close on Julia Roberts’ gloved hand. Also, Elizabeth Taylor’s 8.24-carat ruby and diamond perfect ring was auctioned and sold for $4.2 million, setting set a per-carat record for a ruby at $512,925.
A breathtaking colour, excellent hardness and irresistible sparkle makes the ruby a perfect gem for jewellery. Nowadays, rubies are given as a present for the 40th wedding anniversary.
Named after the French word peridot meaning “gold” in reference to its golden shades, Peridot stones were used for carved talismans and were searched during the night due to their radiance. Similar to the emerald in colour, peridot comes from the mineral olivine and is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one colour: olive green.
This stone is considered to have healing properties, both physically and mentally, making peridots ideal to relieve depression.
Nowadays, peridots are given as a present for the 16th wedding anniversary.
Derived from the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros” both meaning blue, sapphires are one of the three gems varieties of corundum. This stone is a symbol of the heavens and it is believed to bring joy, inner peace and prosperity.
Sapphires had, for centuries, been famous among royals who used to wear this stone around their neck to protect their selves from harm. In 1997, Prince Charles gave a sapphire and diamonds engagement ring to Princess Diana that was then given to Kate Middleton by Prince William.
Nowadays, sapphires are given as a present for the 5th wedding anniversary.
Is it believed that this stone got its name from the Sanskrit word “upala” meaning “precious stone” and the Greek word “opallios” which means “to see a change of colour”. Opals were a symbol of fidelity and assurance among the ancients and it was believed to have strong healing properties increasing the powers of the eyes and the mind.Opals are delicate and soft and nowadays are given as a present for the 14th wedding anniversary.
November: Yellow Topaz
Derived from the Sanskrit Word topas meaning fire, topaz is a silicate mineral of aluminium and fluorine and yellow being one of the rarest and valuable colours.
This stone is considered to have healing properties, both physically and mentally, providing good mental health.
Nowadays, yellow topaz stones are given as a present for the 13th wedding anniversary.
Tanzanite is the blue and violet variety of the mineral zoisite and it was discovered by Manuel d’Souza in 1967 in Northern Tanzania, the only place where you can find it, making this gem incredibly rare.
Tanzanites have the power to transform negative energies into positive ones. Nowadays, this stone is given as a present for the 24th wedding anniversary.
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