The meaning of gemstones

Posted on September 01, 2016 by sergio gutierrez

Precious stones have been used since antiquity to adorn jewelry, not only for their immense beauty, but also for their given properties in popular culture.

We will explain the meaning of seven gemstones which are most valued by humanity, so that you can learn about the history which is hidden behind each one.

1. Onyx

There are several tones of this stone, but undoubtedly the most striking is the one which is such an intense black that it is hard to take your eyes off it.

It has always been very precious and used, above all, in jewelry. For example, it was used by the Romans to make earrings and brooches, and they added the signs of the zodiac to them, to use them as talismans.

Popular culture describes it as a stone which can attract and dissolve negative vibrations, thus protecting the wearer and transmitting seriousness, humility and confidence.

Leaving legends to one side, the onyx is undoubtedly a superb stone which brings elegance to any look, which is why we invite you to discover our limited-edition bracelet in antique silver with onyx, and the matching ring.

2. Emerald

The emerald, with its characteristic green tone, has always been extremely sought-after, given its rarity.

From the Egyptians, to the Mayans, up to the present day, it has always been one of the stones most valued by humanity.

Thus, it is no wonder that you can admire those most famous pieces in some of the most important museums in the world. For example, amongst the collection of the American Museum of Natural History in New York there is a valuable cup made completely of emerald, placed right next to “Patricia”, one of the largest Colombian crystals in the world.

Commonly known as the stone of love, the emerald is also the gemstone par excellence used to commemorate the 20th and the 35th wedding anniversary in some countries.

Amongst our collection of limited-edition jewelry, which can only be bought online, is this beautiful bracelet adorned with a unique emerald which will undoubtedly attract your attention.

3. Alexandrite

Alexandrite is an extremely rare precious stone which is fascinating to look at, given that the color of it depends on the light and the angle at which it is looked at.

It is a dark green gemstone, but it changes color in daylight, having a reddish purple glimmer, as seen clearly in the photograph.

It was discovered during the mid-nineteenth century, immediately becoming an essential gemstone in Russian jewelry.

However, there's no need to go there to enjoy it. You can find this wonderful bracelet with an antique-silver finish and a beautiful alexandrite gemstone in our shop online.

If you like it, don't think twice, because it is a limited edition.

4. Amethyst

Amethyst, with its beautiful violet colors, is undoubtedly one of the most treasured precious stones, along with diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald which was mentioned previously.

The most perfect ones have been cut for jewelry for thousands of years, as the Egyptians did, and the rest are used in works of art.

It can be found in a variety of hues, which is why there are several jeweler's terms to describe it. The “Rose de France” variety is defined by its light lilac color, as pretty as that of the gemstone seen in the photograph, whilst the “Siberian” variety describes those which have a deep violet color with red hues.

It is commonly known as the stone of peace and love. Very often, couples exchange them as a symbol to strengthen their commitment. Many families also have one at home, as it is believed to have the ability to purify, clarify and harmonize the energy within the home, thus bringing happiness.

Amongst our collection, we have a magnificent necklace with an amethyst and an antique-silver finish, and with the matching bracelet, both are perfect to stand out from the crowd.

5. Malachite

Malachite has an intense dark green color, immediately taking our thoughts to thick forests.

It is one of the most ancient precious stones, used by different civilizations throughout history. It was worshipped by the Egyptian pharaohs, who almost always used it in their clothes and headdresses, since they thought it would help them to rule wisely. Today, for example, it is used as the base of the FIFA World Cup Trophy.

In popular culture, malachite is known as “the stone of transformation”, it is believed to have the power to help us see what we do not want to see, to guide us in times of change, to encourage us to take risks, to release inhibitions and express what we feel.

In our limited-edition collection we have a magnificent necklace, with an antique-silver finish, adorned with a magnificent malachite, without a doubt it would be worthy of Cleopatra herself.

6. Turquoise

This stone, scarce and valuable, has been treasured for thousands of years due to its characteristic color, which is usually blue-green.

It is a delicate gemstone, which is usually extracted by hand, and comes in a variety of colors, ranging from white to dark blue, including sky-blue, blue-green and yellow-green.

It has been used in all kinds of jewelry from the beginning of civilization, adorning the Egyptians, the Incas, the Aztecs and the Persians, among others. Many are believed to have the power to protect its wearer, attract fortune and happiness and stimulate beauty.

In some regions, it is used in love magic, giving it to the loved one with the aim of achieving harmony. It is said that if the love of the person who was given the stone fades, its color will also fade.

If you would like to wear jewelry with a stone as precious as turquoise, amongst our limited edition you can find this beautiful bracelet and necklace set.

7. Lapis lazuli

Lapis lazuli is an intense, deep blue gemstone, making it one of the most beautiful in the world; hence, it is widely used in jewelry.

It was much valued by the Egyptians, who used it to adorn the sacred scarabs and the funeral masks, since its color was considered a symbol of purity, health, luck and nobility.

Since the Middle Ages, it was made into powder to produce a characteristic ultramarine color, used for dying fabrics or used by the most illustrious painters, such as Leonardo da Vinci, being so valuable that it came to be called "blue gold".

Lapis lazuli has always been appreciated by numerous nations: For example, the kings of France adored this stone, which is why the treasure of the French crown has magnificent objects that include it, and today, it is the national stone of Chile.

Even among those who believe that Atlantis existed, there is the rumor that it rose thanks to lapis lazuli.

In popular culture, it is considered to be the stone of truth and friendship, and it is believed to foster harmony in relationships.

Amongst our limited-edition jewelry you can find this beautiful necklace adorned with a magnificent lapis lazuli, perfect for wearing day-to-day.