Coloured gemstones have been witnessing a rebirth over the past several years, and it continues to open up a small world of vibrant, vivacious, creative cuts. Gemstones reflect a rich and famed past. They have always been a vital part of Eastern and Western culture.
Here we will talk about gemstones that are as popular today, and they were centuries ago.
Moonstone reflects its namesake’s enchanted and ethereal reputation throughout different periods and cultures. They acquire beauty and captivating significance and held high esteem throughout history. These gemstones comprise of mystical properties encompassing romance, passion, protection and luck. Its primary characteristic is love. It was associated with good fortune and was considered sacred for many.
Turquoise was the first stone to be mined and set into jewellery. The turquoise stones originated in Persia and were famous for their pure blue colour. Respected as a lucky charm since first found, it has been carved into amulets believed to carry good fortune and protection to the wearer from evil and harm. It also symbolises remembrance and friendship and is known for its stylish look. Today, turquoise is considered as a seasonless gem.
Blue Sapphire was worn by medieval kings around their necks as a defence from harm. They were chosen for ecclesiastical rings by the 11th century. In the 14th and 15th centuries, these gemstones were favoured over other gems and were passed down through generations of nobility. These gems are symbolic for romantic love, fidelity, truth, and loyalty. With Lady Diana Spencer’s engagement, sapphire engagement ring returned in the late 20th-century.
Emeralds are deep vivid gems having a rich history. They are connected to royalty and celebrities, with the most prominent example of Queen Victoria, who established a popular trend for this vivid gem with her emerald set snake engagement ring given to her by Prince Albert.
Opal consists of a fiery luminescence and vivid hues that change with the light. Throughout history, opal has had a rich cultural past of lore and legend. Opals (deriving its name from “opalus,” meaning “to see a change in colour”) have become one of the most regarded gems among antique and modern-jewellery collectors alike.
Available in almost every colour from deep orange to vibrant green as well as variations of red, Garnet is associated with properties including friendship, devotion, compassion, and healthy sexual activity, and feelings of security and stability. Garnets were one of the most desirable and wanted gemstones in the Georgian period because of their affordability and ability to complement almost every complexion. Today, it remains one of the most popular stones among jewellery enthusiasts.