The Meanings of our Favorite Stones
Jewelry is way more special if it means something
Pearl (JUNE birthstone) In all of history, humankind has admired pearls. Persian mythology called them “the tears of the gods.” Ancient Chinese legend claims the moon holds the power to create pearls. Pearls are interesting because they are the only gemstone formed within a living creature. Pearls are said to promote prosperity and success and enclose you with an aura of calmness. Freshwater pearls are considered to offer the power of love, money, protection, and luck.
Turquoise (December birthstone)
Turquoise is among the oldest known gemstones and its popularity has spanned the globe for centuries. Egyptian Pharaohs wore turquoise and it adorned the ceremonial dress of early Native Americans. This beautiful robin’s egg blue gemstone has been attributed with healing powers, promoting the wearer’s status and wealth, protecting from evil and bringing good luck. For centuries, the most valuable turquoise came from Iran but today some specimens mined in the United States compete with it.
Opal (October Birthstone)
In the olden days, the Opal was known as the Queen of Gems because it encompassed the colors of all other gems. Because opal has the colors of other gems, the Romans thought it was the most powerful of all. The Bedouins believed that opals contained lightning and fell from the sky during thunderstorms. Each Opal is truly one-of-a-kind; as unique as our fingerprints. With its rainbow of colors, as you turn and move the Opal the color shifts, giving you a gem that can be worn with a plethora of ensembles.
Ancient Romans believed that this shimmering rock was formed from frozen moonlight. In colors ranging from colorless to gray, brown, yellow, green, or pink and clarity that goes from transparent to translucent. The best Moonstone has a blue sheen, perfect clarity, and a colorless body color. Found in India and Madagascar, rainbow Moonstone has a variety of colors, from pink to yellow, to peach, purple, and blue. The greeks valued the moonstone as a talisman for lovers. To wear it was thought to arouse the most tender of passions and true love.
Used to create the beautiful ocean blues as well as the vibrant sky blues in paintings during the Renaissance, Lapis Lazuli is a colored gemstone that has been worn for centuries. Its name means “blue stone” and it couldn’t be more accurate. Lapis Lazuli is a dark blue microcrystalline rock that often sparkles with golden pyrite inclusions. It remains the symbol of royalty and honor, gods and power, spirit and vision. This stunning gem is reminiscent of the stars in the midnight sky. The Romans believed this gem to be a powerful aphrodisiac. In the Middle Ages, it was thought to be medicinal, keep the limbs healthy and free the soul from envy and fear.
Jade has been treasured in China as the royal gemstone since at least 2950 BC. Thought to preserve the body after death, Jade can be found in emperors’ tombs. Many people believe that jade will protect them from harm. In ancient Egypt, jade was admired as the stone of love, inner peace, harmony and balance. In other cultures, jade was regarded as protective stone; yet it had nowhere near the significance that it had in Asia.