Fun Fact: Garnet comes in every color but blue. From the Latin word granatum malum meaning pomegranate, garnet is best known for its deep red color and can be found in burial sites from the Bronze Age (3000 BC)! It was believed to help with blood conditions and as a source of protection in the afterlife.
Fun Fact: Coming from the Latin word for “water of the sea,” aquamarine is known as a sailor’s good-luck gem. As the story goes, aquamarines were first discovered in a mermaid’s treasure chest.
Fun Fact: Amethyst was especially revered in Ancient Greece and was considered to be connected to the god Bacchus. Amethysts could help prevent drunkenness and being poisoned, but was also a gem of courage and protection for soldiers.
Fun Fact: Diamonds have a long history that has captivated cultures all around the world. In ancient Egypt, it was the stone used by the sun god. In India diamonds where used as eyes in statues and represented invincibility. That idea also carried on in ancient Greece where kings led troops to battle wearing diamond-studded breastplates.
Fun Fact: The oldest mines of emeralds were in Egypt around 330 BC. It was a particular favorite of Cleopatra. Romans believed it helped eyesight, and some legends say that placing an emerald under the tongue would allow you to see into the future.
Fun Fact: Because of its deep red color, ruby has always been associated with deep passion/love. This makes it a popular choice for engagement rings for brides. Also associated with the color of blood, rubies are often used as talismans of courage.
Fun Fact: Discovered in the 1830s, it is considered a new stone in the gemological world. What makes it really unique is the fact that it changes color, blue/green in daylight, red/pink/violet in incandescent light. In Russia, where it was first found, it is seen as a sign of good luck and good omens. Alexandrites are one of the top 10 rarest stones on Earth.
Fun Fact: Ancient Egyptians considered peridot a gem of the sun. It was used to ward off evil and sweeten dreams. In later years it was said that this gemstone brought happiness and a “sunny” disposition to whoever wore it.
Fun Fact: Sapphire is the second hardest gemstone next to diamonds and it comes in every color but red, making it a popular choice for brides! Blue sapphires are said to represent faithfulness and truth and have great healing powers. The ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire and its reflection colored the sky.
Fun Fact: Topaz has been around a long time. Egyptians wore it as an amulet to protect them from injury, Greeks believed it increased strength, Romans believed it improved eyesight, and during the Middle Ages it was thought to heal both physical and mental disorders.
Fun Fact: Tourmaline comes in a wide range of colors and even comes in bi colors and even tri colors. Legends say tourmaline traveled along a rainbow and gathered all the colors, giving it such a variety. It is believed to inspire creativity and was used as a talisman by artists and writers.
Fun Fact: It is the oldest mineral on Earth, with samples found in Australia that are over 4.4 billion years old! In the Middle Ages it was said that it aided in sleep and cleared the mind, bringing wisdom to the person wearing it.