Affectionately known as the “Stone of Successful Love”, and the “Poet’s Gemstone”, the deep green Emerald carries a rich history spanning over 4,000 years to Babylon, the “cradle of civilization.” It was a favorite gem of poets and artists, thought to inspire the Arts. Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, loved them and was known to drape herself in Emerald jewels.
Historically, ancient tales, myths, and legends wind around the eternal April birthstone, the infamous Diamond. As one of the world’s most valuable and ancient stones, although not nearly as rare as commonly believed, the Diamond – “King of Gems”, The Invincibility Stone, and the Forever Stone – is a crystal of Light; flashing prisms of brilliant color and spirituality in our lives.
Saturated in folklore, legend and ancient culture, the soft serene aquamarine stone was hailed as a mighty oracle and protection stone. The name aquamarine is literally translated as ‘sea water’, derived from the Latin words for Aqua (water) and Marina (the sea). In ancient lore, it was believed the serene Caribbean sea-colored stone was actually crystallized sea water, a treasure of mermaids, which invokes the tranquility of the sea.
The semi-precious Amethyst, rich in history, lore and legend, has been revered in numerous ancient cultures. Amethyst can be traced back as far as 25,000 years ago where it was used as a decorative stone by prehistoric humans; it has been found among the remains of Neolithic man.
The name Garnet is derived from the Latin term Granatum, for the stones striking resemblance to the Pomegranate seeds. The deep and vibrant Red color of the garnet energizes and motivates ‘getting things done’, making it the perfect stone for the first month of the New Year.