The name Garnet derives from the Latin 'Granatum' for pomegranate, because of its red color of the stone. There are many different varieties of garnet. It is found in every color, but blue. It encourages friendship and love. It enhances dynamism, will power, self-confidence and success.
Man has known garnets for thousands of years. Noah, it is said, used a garnet lantern to help hum steer his ark through the dark night. Garnets are also found in jewelry from early Egyptian, Greek and Roman times. The garnet was popular as a talisman and protective stone, as it was believed to light up the night and protect its bearer from evil and disaster.
During middle Ages, people thought garnets could help widows to find new husbands.
Mandarin garnets have a magnificent color and high brilliance of orange-red which is unique.
Amethyst can be found in all shades of purple, from light lilac to a deep intense grape violet.
Amethyst is the stone of spirituality. It develops concentration, intuition and helps one meditate and pray. It is a powerful and protective stone. It transmutes unpleasant energy into love and protects the wearer from all types of harm. Amethyst is a natural tranquilizer; it relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability and balances mood swings.
In Ancient Greece, amethysts were believed to ward off the effects of drunkenness and were worn as amulets by inexperienced drinkers. This is how the stone got its name – from the Greek "amethysts" meaning "alcohol repellent". Amethyst is considered helpful in heightening the spiritual connection and is always used in "The Bishop’s Ring," worn by officials of the Catholic Church or' the right hand. Saint Valentine always wore and amethyst.
Aquamarine is a fascinatingly striking gemstone. From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea, aquamarines shine over an extraordinarily beautiful range of mainly light blue colors.
Its name is derived from the Latin ‘aqua', water, and 'mare', sea.
Its light blue arouses feelings of sympathy, trust, harmony and friendship. Aquamarine is a stone of courage; however, its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind. It is a gem with gentle, soothing and long lasting vibrations.
It symbolizes purity and detachment. It protects from enemies and assists in overcoming obstacles. It brings love to lonely hearts.
In the 19th century it was the most fashionable romantic gift between lovers.
Diamonds are the ultimate gemstone, having few weaknesses and much strength. It is well for being the hardest substance found in nature, but few people realize that Diamond is four times harder than the next hardest natural mineral, corundum (sapphire and ruby). It has very low reactivity to chemicals, rarity, and of course, extreme hardness and durability.
Diamonds are usually colorless, however, some diamonds can be yellow, brown, pink or blue. Due to its incredible sparkle, it makes diamonds the most precious gem of all. Diamonds symbolize purity in all cultures. In the Buddhism, it is a symbol of absolute reality, the very essence of love. It encourages self-confidence and positive thoughts.
It purifies the body, bringing in vital energy and slows the aging process. This gem protects against negative energies. Like a mirror, it returns them to their sender.
A diamond strengthens the feeling of love, brings people together and encourages faithfulness. It is said diamond can carry negative vibrations if a harmful individual has owned it. All this Diamond power increases if the stone is given with love.
Emerald is an energizing stone. It has the most beautiful, most intense and most radiant green brilliance. It symbolizes nature and hope. The stone generates energy and feelings of well-being. It keeps one young and beautiful. It is know for dispersing anger, increasing one's memory, enhancing wisdom, intuition and spiritual development.
For centuries, it has been the color of beauty and of constant love. In ancient Rome, green was the color of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love. Today it still occupies a special position in many cultures and religions. It is the holy color of Islam.
The magnificent green of the emerald expresses harmony, love of nature and elemental "joie de vivre". The human eye can never see enough of this unique color. In view of the fact that the Color green always changes to some extent between the bright light of day and the artificial light of a lamp, emerald green retains its lively vigor in all its nuances.
This rare gemstone is named after the Russian tsar Alexander II(1818-1881). The first crystals were discovered in mines near the Tokovaya River in the Urals. Since it shows both red and green, the principal colors of old Imperial Russia, it inevitably became the national stone of tsarist Russia.
Beautiful Alexandrite in top quality is very rare and hardly ever used in modem Jewelry.
The most sensational feature about this stone is its surprising ability to change its color. Green or bluish-green in daylight, Alexandrite turns a soft shade of red, purplish-red or raspberry red in incandescent light.
The more distinct the change of color, the more valuable the stone is. A great Alexandrite should show a vivid bluish-green in daylight and a purplish-red in artificial light, without any trace of undesirable brown or grey.
Ruby is a gemstone considered royal. In India, the Sanskrit word for ruby is 'ratnaraj', which means something like 'king of the gemstones'. Today, rubies still decorate many royal households. It has magnificent color, excellent hardness and outstanding brilliance.
Ruby dispels stress and worries. Its shines symbolize a love for life and sensuality. It drives away discontented thoughts and suicidal inclinations. Gives force and courage to shy and weak people.
This gemstone helps people to face and accept daily problems. Ruby is a realistic gemstone, bringing dreamers back to reality
It was once known as the Crusaders Emerald. It was first brought to Europe during the Middle Ages. It is consider the stone of hope. The radiant green shine of this stone does not change even in artificial light. For that reason they nicknamed it the 'emerald of the evening'.
It is thought to bring the wearer good luck, peace, and success. Its powers include health, protection, and sleep. The advantages of Peridot are to attract love and calm anger while also soothing nerves and dispelling negative emotions.
Sapphire is the most powerful and purest of all the blue gems. This gem comes not in one but in all the shades of blue.
However, this magnificent gemstone also comes in many other colors: in yellow, pink, orange and purple. It is the gemstone of self-assurance, known to make the one who wears it to succeed in everything he does and to drive away nervousness and worries. It is a stone that fights negative vibrations and brings protection.
It empowers the person who wears it to love, to seek out truth and to remain faithful, protecting marriages and being and ideal engagement gift. For meditation, it eases physical pain, relaxes the body and soothes irritability. It is a symbol in all religions. The Egyptians believe it is the stone of truth. In Catholic Church, it represents the Virgin Mary, as it is a symbol to purity and the luminous power of God's kingdom. In Buddhism, it represents the link between the material and the spiritual.
Tourmaline is the gem to be found in the broadest spectrum of colors. Most commonly black. It can range from brown, violet, green, pink, dual-colored pink, blue and green and gray. It is a soothing stone, capable of freeing our minds from narrow perspectives and materialistic concerns, as well as enhancing creativity.
Rubelites are the tourmalines that come in very saturated colors of hot pink, magenta and red. Fine Rubelites are among the most cherished tourmalines. Pink Tourmalines that are too pale to be Rubelites are simply called pink tourmalines. Orange tourmaline is very unusual and rare.
Yellow tourmaline is very rare as well. It is sometimes called "Canary tourmaline." More common shades are pale yellow and greenish yellow. Green tourmaline is one of the most common colors for this gemstone. The most typical color is a dark, forest green.
Paraiba tourmalines are name after the region of Brazil where they are found and mined. They are famous and extremely valuable for their shades of teal, aqua and blue. These are some of the most valuable stones in the world today.
Tourmaline aids in understanding oneself and others. It promotes self-confidence and diminishes fear. Tourmaline attracts inspiration, compassion, tolerance and prosperity. It balances the right-left sides of the brain.
Citrine comes in all shades of yellow, from pale yellow to yellowish brown. Citrine energizes every level of life. It cleanses the chakras and opens the intuition. Stimulates the brain, strengthening the intellect.
Citrine promotes motivation, activates creativity and encourages self-expression. It suits academics and intellectuals.
Its blue-lavender color is rather unique and a wonderful addition to the gemstone palette. Found in Tanzania (hence the name) in 1967. It ranges in color from rich blue to mauve blue. It is a rare gemstone, very coveted by collectors.
It has a special ability to connect one with the spiritual world and bring that connection into life in the form of knowledge. It stimulates imagination, artistic creativity, literary talent and sense of humor. Lastly, it improves the wearer's power of intuition. Tanzanite is a powerful stone known to bring visions. It was thought to bring the revelations of the gods.