Gemstones are more than just dazzling stones of nature. Over the centuries, different cultures have attributed legends and qualities to these special minerals. What makes these gemstones so alluring? And how do they reflect our inner selves when we wear them? We’re digging deeper to find out.
Diamonds are the only gemstones comprised of one pure element – carbon. Formed under extreme pressure and heat, usually at depths of over 140 kilometers inside the earth’s mantle, it’s no wonder they are the hardest natural stones on earth. And it’s this enduring quality that marks the diamond a symbol of everlasting love and lifelong commitment.
Before they became a promise of love and romance, diamonds had a much different purpose. When they were first discovered in India in the 4th century BC, they were admired for their strength and brilliance. Diamonds were often used as cutting tools and adornments. Many used them as talismans to fend off evil spirits, and they were believed to give protection during battles.
Today, diamond is still the preferred choice for engagement rings. However, its resilience makes it a fitting gift for anyone who appreciates its beauty. If you have a diamond piece, draw strength from it during difficult times and remember: “No pressure, no diamonds.”
Pearls are the ultimate symbol of wisdom. These sea gems emblemize serenity, purity, and an ability to strengthen and protect relationships.
One of the oldest gems in the world, pearls have a rich history filled with myths and folklores. An ancient Greek myth was that pearls were tears of joy shed by Aphrodite, the goddess of love. They believed that a bride who wore pearls on her wedding day would not cry. According to one Persian legend, pearls were created when a rainbow met the earth after a storm. Lightning and thunder were believed to be the reasons for the pearl’s imperfections.
The Pearl Arc Wedding Band, USD380
During the 1st century BC, Julius Caesar decreed that only rulers of the Roman Empire could wear pearl jewelry, making these gems an exclusive adornment for royalty. But today, pearls have transcended cultures and defied the centuries to become cherished by all. Beloved for their purity, elegance, and timelessness, pearls make beautiful gems for wedding bands, engagement rings, or simply a refined piece of jewelry for your everyday look.
Just like diamonds, rubies are formed under immense pressure and heat beneath the earth’s surface for millions of years. While diamonds are made from carbon, rubies are made from a mineral called corundum. Traces of chromium are what give rubies their stunning red color.
Seis Classic Ruby Ring, USD195
In Sanskrit, ruby is ratnaraj, or “king of precious stones.” Many early cultures likened the stone’s color to that of blood, believing that rubies held the power of life. And among European royalty, they were believed to promise good health, wealth, and love.
Today, rubies are a symbol of fire and passion. Its glowing red suggests an inextinguishable flame burning within the stone, bringing spiritual vitality and wellness to its wearer. While they are great romantic gifts, they make a perfect addition to your jewelry collection regardless of the occasion.
The sapphire is very much like its sister gem, ruby. While it is most famously associated with the color blue, it appears in a rainbow of colors. What gives the sapphire its alluring colors are traces of chromium, vanadium, iron, and titanium in various proportions.
Historically, sapphires were believed to have curative and spiritual significance. Many ancient cultures placed great value in the stone as protection against evil and promise of divine blessings. In Persian society, ground-up sapphire was used in an all-curing medicine.
Monroe Sapphire Baguette Bangle, USD790
Through the ages, sapphire has remained a prized gemstone. The traditional blue sapphire now marks a symbol of truth and faithfulness, making it a popular choice for engagement rings as well.
So are you a strong, sturdy gal like a diamond? Or passionate and fiery like a ruby? Or maybe you live by integrity and loyalty to your loved ones, just like a sapphire? Finding a stone that resonates with you makes your precious heirloom all the more special. If you would like to know more about the other stones we offer, read on in Part II.