Phases of life, seasons, color symbolism and zodiac signs link stories to the stones and their properties.
Ancient vessel sparkle with the burning red color of the heart and blood. The ones with the deepest red color are the male grenades, the lighter ones are the female ones, says an old book about the gemstones.
The hyacinth, whose name evokes lovely spring sensations, protects its wearer from thunder and lightning and from all other nuisances. It ensures him hospitality on travels and should be good to carry for the sleepless.
A heart-cut amethyst set in silver it was the lucky jewel the medieval lady bestowed on her knight
at St. Valentine's Day. Amethyst subdues evil thoughts, counteracts exaggerations, prevents infection, and provides insight into hidden things.
Even with the diamond, the clear zircon can catch up when it comes to brilliance and play. Therefore, it’s also particularly suitable as a lucky stone for those born in the pale, light-poor February. It’s available in numerous colors.
The water blue gemstone is the symbol of purity in the East and a favorite bridal gift.
It keeps love young up over the years and it makes its bearer happy and cheerful.
The aquamarine is the sailor wife's best amulet.
According to legend, the heliotrope, the red-splashed green jasper, must have had its spots
at the crucifixion. Some drops from the spear of the Roman soldier penetrated the stone and endowed it with
the ability to supply blood. The funny thing is that the stone really possesses this ability to some degree.
It should also serve as an amulet against the bite of poisonous animals.
The purest and noblest of all stones is the guardian of justice.
It reveals ungodliness and other insults and protects its wearer from danger. April kids make it indisputable.
Rock crystal is not a kind of finer glass, as many believe. It’s a real gemstone, highly valued by the ancients, who were convinced that it protected against ailments such as chickenpox, glandular disease, melancholy and dizziness. In ancient Japan, the rock crystal was considered the perfect jewel.
The beautiful, green emerald with the velvety soft glow is said to be good for the eyes.
Not only does it cure diseases there, but it also gives its wearer prophetic gifts and insight into hidden things. And we all know that it’s a delight to the eye.
The stone with the difficult name has been known and loved for its fresh, apple green color for almost two thousand years. It brings May children happiness and protects against evil.
Pearls mean tears, they say; but it’s shown only to those who no one owns.
The mussel stone with the wonderful mysterious glow is the symbol of beauty itself and has great power over man.
In the old days, pearls were crushed in most ointments and medicines for diseases in eyes, ears and liver.
Modern people know a better use for the lovely pearls.
The strange, romantic light in a moonstone reconciles the lovers, says the sage Leonardus, and it can with advantage be worn by both men and women. If you are going on a long journey, you can be sure of a lucky outcome if you wear a moonstone piece of jewelery.
The most expensive among red stones, whose glow is so strong that it can even shine in the dark. If you want to win goods and wealth, you have to wear rubies, it says in an old script. The ruby brings peace to its owner and frees his land and house from the ravages of the enemy.
In the ancient Egyptian amulets one often finds carnelians, and also the Indians used this stone as a talisman. It’s said that Muhammad wore a carnelian in a silver ring. Its red and yellowish red colors are said to be stronger in bright sunlight.
The olive green peridot has always had a reputation for being the fortune teller's amulet. In addition, it is said to be able to dampen rage. One of the most beautiful peridotes the world has known, sat set with thirty diamonds
in one of the Russian crown jewels.
The second August stone is also green, at least in its best known species. But you also have red, brown, yellow, orange, blue, violet, white and even black jade. The wonderful green jade is the stone of the East above all others, and the Chinese have praised it for millennia. In a book from approx. 1000.1. Kr. one reads that whoever wants a long life should eat millet mixed with finely powdered jade.
The red ruby and the blue sapphire are among the hardest stones you have. The sapphire symbolizes truth and permanence, and after tradition, the Ten Commandments must be written on a sapphire. The three lines that form the star of a star sapphire represent faith, hope and love.
The skeleton of the small coral animal is fished up by the sea off the coasts of Italy and North Africa and is processed by the jeweler into the well-known, popular jewelery. In ancient Rome, children wore coral chains around their necks - then they were protected from danger; nowadays, italian women especially love the coral species, which is delicate pink. Angel skin they call it.
One of all the gems, the opal has been accused of bringing misfortune.
The bad rumor simply stems from one of Walter Scott's short stories, where an enchanted opal brings the female protagonist misfortune. Later, Queen Victoria gave the opal redress by making it her favorite stone; since then, the popularity of the colorful opal has steadily increased.
If you were born in October, you have been lucky when it comes to the lucky stones. Both opal and tourmaline are extremely useful for all kinds of jewelry. The tourmaline is available in a myriad of colors and color combinations.
Particularly favored is the tricolor, whose red and green bands are neutralized in a white; it’s considered the peacemaker among the gems.
Not all topazes are golden brown.
You also have them blue, purple, pink and white; but the stone some call smoky topaz is no topaz. It’s a quartz species.
There is an old tradition of considering it as the special lucky stone of the November-born. A famous Indian doctor promised anyone who wore topazes, a long life, beauty and a lot of wisdom.
Is it not exciting that the little amber heart that lies in the jeweler's window, once millions of years ago, was a drop of resin dripping from a pine tree that might have stood where the Baltic Sea is now?
In old-fashioned Scotland, expectant brides were given an amber necklace. The jewelry was supposed to keep the girl from evil spirits and enable her to hold on to the oncoming one.
From ancient times, turquoises have been used in amulets. The stone is soft enough to be cut, and in addition it possessed occult abilities to protect the wearer from danger, to encourage the downtrodden, and to bring happiness in general. Riders and travelers wore it in the belief that they would escape unscathed from falling with the horse and other mishaps along the way.
The deep blue stone with its gold splashes is like the night sky. If you translate the Latin lapis and the Arabic lazuli, the name will sound The Heavenly Stone. The Egyptians used lapis lazuli as an amulet, for jewelry and crushed and mixed as an eye ointment.