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The Meaning of Gemstones

Romy Mittelman - Mountain Ring

Throughout the ages, gemstones have held a special place in the hearts of humanity. Found deep within slabs of seemingly unspectacular granite, or crusts of course kimberlite, sparkles a hidden trove of treasures – an unexpected beauty within. To us, gemstones are not only a symbol of wealth and beauty – but of the hidden gems within all of us that we uncover as we move through this magical and unexpected life.

Gemstones arise in a spectacular variety of colours and compositions, each with special properties that aid the wearer in their journey through the the world.

We have compiled a list of stones that often feature in our collection and their properties so your next purchase is imbued not only with love, but meaning and intention:

Diamonds – Strength & EnduranceDiamond-Jewellery

The king of all stones, diamonds are well known for their incomparable rarity and sparkle – hence why they have been chosen as the stone of ‘love,’ oft used on engagement rings in western cultures. The stone’s name is derived from the Greek word ‘adamas’, which translates to “unconquerable,” the perfect symbol for eternal love and devotion.

Above: ‘1ct Diamond Ring’ by Welfe Bowyer ($22,780) ; ‘Curve Claw’ stud earrings by David Parker; ‘Secret Hearts’ necklace by Cinnamon Lee ($990)

Sapphires – Symbol of the HeavensSapphire-Jewellery

Sapphires are the birthstone of September, and named after the latin word ‘saphirus’ meaning blue. The are the second most valuable stones after diamonds, due to their hardness and extraordinary array of colours.

The sapphire has, for centuries, been seen as a symbol of the heavens, a guardian of innocence, a bestower of truth, a promoter of good health, and a preserver of chastity. It is believed to brings gifts of fulfilment, joy, prosperity, inner peace and beauty. Some wore it to ward off illness or as protection while traveling.

Above: ‘Ophir’ Rings by Suzi Zutic ($4,000-$5,000); ‘Relic’ Ring by Welfe Bowyer ($17,270); ‘Ancient Empire’ earrings by Aurelia Yeomans ($3,975)


Rubies – Passion & Wealth

The colour red has long been associated with the strongest of human emotions – love, passion, anger and fury. This is why it is no surprise that rubies have long been considered a symbol of passion and desire, making them the ideal romantic gift.

Rubies were also treasured by early cultures for the resemblance of the blood flowing through our veins, believing they held the power of life. It was a common belief that wearing rubies on the left (heart) side of your body would allow the bearers to live a peaceful and prosperous life, as well as guaranteeing health, wealth, wisdom and success in love. It is no wonder that in sanskrit the ruby is known as ‘ratnaraj’ meaning ‘king of precious stones.’

Above: ‘Bezel Track’ Ring by Anna Davern ($4,220); ‘Japanese Flower Hook Earrings’ by Claire Taylor ($350); ‘Ruby Point’ Necklace by Lauren Trojkovic ($700)

Emerald – Intuition & Foresight

Emeralds are some of the most prized stones in the world, associated with intelligence, health, intuition and foresight. Aristotle was a great proponent of the stone, stating he believed carrying it increased the owners importance in presence and speech during business; give victory in trials; help settle litigation; and comfort and soothe eyesight.

There are legends that also say that placing the emerald under your tongue gives you the ability to foresee the future.

Above: ‘Garden of the Beloved’ Ring by Emma Goodsir ($8,650); ‘Lapis Lazuli & Emerald Reef’ Earrings by Anna Davern ($1,753); ‘Look Down Hills’ Ring by Jane Reilly ($690)

Tourmaline – Love & HumanityTourmaline Jewellery

The name of this alluring stone comes from the Sihnalese term ‘turmali’ which was a name given to all coloured crystals in Sri Lanka at the that time. It is considered an excellent stone for healers and therapists as it encourages empathy and allows them to to better understand the needs of their clients. Those who are drawn to pink tourmaline have a love for humanity and promoting sympathy towards others.

Above: ‘Sunset with Stars’ Ring by Jeanette Dyke ($7,570); ‘Oval Shared Terrain’ Earrings by Julia Storey ($4,970); ‘Molecular’ Necklace by Aurelia Yeomans ($975)


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